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Knitting right along.

I like that my cell phone has a camera in it (I have a SideKick LX). Sometimes it takes some decent pictures, but it IS a cell phone and the pictures aren’t fantastic. I like the convenience because I can email the pictures to myself to upload rather than using my regular little HP camera that doesn’t always work right and having to get the pictures off the card. Honestly the little HP I have is a real pain because the little plastic bit that holds the battery in is broken, so every time I want to get the camera card out, the battery pops right out along with it. I like pictures with my blog post and I’ve been using more pictures from my cell phone lately because my HP camera has been acting up more and more – it won’t take pictures, won’t save pictures, does this thing where it records voice with the picture and you can’t shut it off you have to pull out the battery. It’s apparent that it needs to be replaced. If/when I get a new one, I’d like it to be similar to my cell phone in ease of getting the pictures off, but better quality so I can easily make blog posts any time I want!

This week has been tough. Had to see the neurologist and it went okay. Finally feel solid about everything that will be happening and then I get my end of year review and things were thrown up in the air about all of it. After my initial OMGWTF moment (day?), I pulled it together and have a plan now. I will admit, I couldn’t have gotten over it and into action mode without Matt. This month has been a roller coaster of things going on and the review gave me a blow I wasn’t fully expecting and put a lot of things into perspective for me. I don’t want to go into too much detail about it, but my actual review was good, just other things going on that I can’t control that have nothing to do with my performance. Matt has been fantastic and held me up when I just wanted to sulk rather than get it taken care of. We’ve had some great talks and I know we’ll work it out, no matter what happens. The best feeling is knowing that he’s there for me no matter what. I don’t even know how to put into words how that makes me feel! Just… totally loved :o)

Anyhow… I wanted to show you my knitting today.

It’s been all Gable all the time around here lately. I’ve worked on it pretty much non-stop since I started it nearly two weeks ago now. The yoke is getting on my nerves at the moment, plus it’s pretty heavy to carry around with me, so it’s currently the knit-while-sitting-on-the-couch project. Hopefully I’ll finish it up this weekend. Here’s a picture of it just before I joined the body and sleeves.

Body and Sleeves

I started the Twisted Flower socks just before I started the Gable sweater. When I ran out of yarn to continue it, I worked on this sock and I’m now on the second chart repeat. I really love how it’s coming out.

Twisted Flower

Juno Regina is moving along slowly. I only really knit on it when I’m out somewhere because it’s become my designated purse project. It’s nice because I’m at the part where I don’t have to follow the chart anymore so I can pick it up at any time and just knit a row or two. It’s come in handy when Matt and I have been out somewhere and there’s some down time where I can pick it up and keep my hands busy.

Juno Regina Grows

Yesterday I cast on a cowl (finally). I’ve been wanting to start this all month and finally did. This pretty skein of Malabrigo Silky had been sitting on my desk waiting for me to wind it and make a cowl, so over the weekend I had Matt assist me in winding it up (he’s my official Yarn Winder) and I picked out a pattern – Crofter’s Cowl. I’d had my eye on it since I saw it sometime in September and wanted to knit it even more after seeing Zarzuela’s. I was thinking about not grafting it and just continue the pattern rather than knitting two halves, but I decided to go all out and knit the two sides and graft it. I think it will be a bit more stretch this way as I have problems binding off a bit too tightly! I considered doing it the other way first because I thought I might not have enough yarn. After looking on Ravelry, though, I should have enough to be able to graft it. Here’s my progress so far.

Crofter's Cowl

November 1st we leave for a week vacation to Charelston, South Carolina and I can’t wait! I’m planning on some things to do and places to see (or eat at) while we are there. I’m also thinking about what knitting I want to pack ;o)


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

2 thoughts on “Knitting right along.

  1. All the knitting looks great! If someone wants to see how my Gable is coming along, I’ll just send them to your blog! 😉 (I did order the size 10 16″ circular today….) he he
    My reviews are like that too, and it is usually something totally not in my control (for example, she’s all the way at the other side of the office… WTF indeed!). I always prepare myself beforehand that there will be stupid stuff on there. UGH!
    I’m glad it went well with the neurologist. I’m also glad Matt is taking care of you! 🙂

  2. Enjoy your vacation. Sounds like you need the break. It’s good to hear that things might be settling down in your favor. And at least you have your knitting. 🙂

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