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Decimal Update, Hey Teach, and My Blog Featured!

Tuesday evening after I got home from work, Decimal seemed pretty dry so I decided to try it on. It was still a little bit damp, but I figured I would at least get a good idea of the fit. I had been afraid that it might be too long after I saw how big it got after washing and after trying it on, those fears were realized. Please excuse the crappy bathroom mirror pictures, but I want to share what it looked like when I put it on.

Decimal... too long?
From the front

Decimal... too long?
From the back, my hand shows where my tush ends and legs begin

Now, I’m only 5 feet 4 inches tall and something this long really isn’t my style, nor do I think it looks very good on me (seems to just make me look even shorter then I am). I was pretty bummed after seeing this and decided to let it finish drying all the way before making a decision about what to do. I asked on Plurk and Twitter for opinions and most people said that since it is 100% cotton, a run through the dryer might shrink it up to a reasonable size lengthwise. Wednesday morning I checked it and it was completely dry, so I tried it on again. This time it wasn’t quite so long. It went almost to the top of my thighs, but not quite. Still not as short as I’d like. Today I’m going to put it through the washer and dryer to see if it shrinks up some. If it doesn’t or is still far too long, I think I’ll give it to my sister. She’s about the same size as me and I think she’d get some use out of it. Here’s hoping it works!

After thinking about it, I realized where I went wrong and I’m going to share so that this doesn’t happen to you! Consider this a Public Service Announcement. For some reason I never looked at the schematic. (You can check it out here.) Normally I do, but I never checked it for this pattern. I wish I knew why I didn’t! That could have solved all of my issues right there. For the size I knit (49″), it says that the measurement from under the arm to the bottom of the sweater will be 16.5″. I don’t have the longest torso, so seeing this I would have realized that 14 or 15 inches would have been plenty and eliminated some rows while I was knitting the body. To add insult to injury, I also added an extra lace repeat on the bottom, which probably added another inch to the whole thing! Yikes! Obviously I didn’t take these things into consideration and just happily knit along thinking “Oh, it’ll be fine, it won’t be too long!” LISTEN TO THAT INNER VOICE! It’s usually right! Ah well… lesson learned, right?

Hey Teach is working up really quick. I’m about to start the arm hole shaping on the back! At the rate I’m going this thing will be done in no time and I’ll be able to get a lot of wear out of it this summer.

Hey Teach, back

Today, Ida who blogs at Knit-A-While and runs Knitting Purls and Station KPFF, featured my blog in her post today! I think this is the first some anyone has wrote about my blog anywhere and it was really great to see. I don’t often get a whole lot of feedback about my blog or content, so it warmed my heart to hear that you (and I’m sure others) have been enjoying my blog! Thank you for such a great review of my blog, Ida. It’s been great getting to know you and so many others through Plurk, Twitter, Ravelry, and blogs.

Today has been a pretty good day so far – I got some other fantastic news on the job front and with the house closing right around the corner (on Monday the 8th!), there’s a lot of good changes going on. Exciting stuff!! :o)

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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)

4 thoughts on “Decimal Update, Hey Teach, and My Blog Featured!

    1. I’d be okay with it shrinking width-wise a little. It has a bit of extra room there now, so that wouldn’t be too big of a deal. I’m going to measure it before and after washing and then make a post about how it turned out!

  1. Whatever you decide, the Decimal is gorgeous. And thank you for the reminder about checking the schematics!

    Your Hey Teach is going to be gorgeous. I can’t wait to see it finished.

    And I was very happy to give you a shoutout on Knit-a-While!

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