Sunday night I finished up the last bit of knitting on Decimal and weaved in the three ends I had once I was done. Yep, I only had THREE ends to weave in! I was pretty excited about that. I knit in all the ends as I went so that I wouldn’t have to weave them in and it really paid off. I did the bind off for the armpits of the sweater together so that I didn’t have to sew them together when I was done and I knit on the buttons on the button band so that I didn’t have to sew them on when I was done, either! I really liked having so littile finishing to do once the knitting was done :o)
Monday morning I washed and blocked the sweater and now it’s still sitting on the living room floor, drying.
Since that was all done and I noticed I had three projects on the needles currently (garter stitch scarf, plain sock, and the Fountain Pen shawl) and the Knitting Purls Sweater and Summer Hotties KAL’s (Ravelry link) had started, I figured I’d cast on something new. I was really considering starting Cassidy, but decided I’d rather have something I didn’t need to wait for fall to wear, so I decided on Hey Teach instead. I had some Cascade Sierra in the stash I got just for it, so I wound up all the yarn and got started. Here is my progress as of about noon yesterday. I had about 4 inches at this point.
So far it’s knitting up pretty quickly. I have to say that the US 8 needles I’m using feel huge in my hands! I was knitting Decimal on US 4’s and I knit socks on US 1’s or 0’s, so in comparison, these seem like gigantic sticks. On the other hand, that’s what’s making it go so quickly and I’m alright with that!
I started a new sock, too. It’s one of the patterns chosen for the Socks from the Toe-Up KAL on Ravelry, Sprucey Lucy. I’m using The Yarn Bearer’s Uber Sock yarn from May’s Nightmare Club shipment (the theme was “Falling”). I really love how this yarn knits up!
I’m still debating about starting the one from the book, Lacy Ribs. I think I want to finish Sprucey Lucy first, but we’ll see.
Soon, pictures of me modeling Decimal (once it’s dry) and more progress pictures of Hey Teach!
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)
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4 thoughts on “Decimal is Blocking, Hey Teach, and Sprucey Lucy”
I love the look of all your projects. You are an inspiration.
Thank you so much, Ida! :o)
Lindsey, Wow, I love your Decimal! I have such a hard time starting a sweater because I’m afraid that I won’t finish it. I like projects that don’t take forever and don’t require all that much brain power but now I think I will just have to give it a try. Now I just have to see what I have in the stash to use.
I agree with Ida, you inspire!!
Loving the Decimal. What a great idea with the finishing as you go method! I might try that too. 🙂