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Decimal Fits, Lacy Ribs Frogged, Hey Teach Continues

Last night after getting home from work, I measured Decimal in width and length. It measured 20 inches across and 17.5 inches from under the arm to the bottom of the sweater. I nervously went down to the washer, put in soap, dropped in Decimal…

155/365: I'm not worried...

… and waited. It takes 35 minutes for the washer to be done, so after 35 minutes passed, I put it in the dryer which takes 45 minutes. While it was doing its thing in the washer and dryer, I watched a few episodes of The Simpsons on Hulu and knit Hey Teach. Finally, after what felt like forever, it was time to get the thing out of the dryer and see if it fits. First thing I did was measure it. It measured 20 inches in width still (yay, no width lost!) and 16.5 inches in length. I was hoping I would lose at least an inch in length, so I put it on and went to the bathroom mirror to see how it fit.

It fits perfectly!

And it fits!

Matt wasn’t home, so I took a picture in the bathroom mirror to show my Twitter and Plurk friends how it came out. They were all anxiously awaiting the results! I’m hoping that this evening I can convince Matt to take some better pictures of me wearing it since this one isn’t really the most flattering. I have to say, it’s HARD to take a picture of yourself in the bathroom mirror! It’s pretty impossible to get a picture where your camera or arm isn’t somehow in the way or you don’t look ridiculous. At any rate, I really love this sweater and think I’ll get a lot of use out of it this summer. Once I get Matt to take some pictures, I’ll do the full FO report!

Today I was looking at my Lacy Ribs sock and I just hadn’t been really happy with how the toe looked. It seemed too small or short. When I tried it on, the lace starts about halfway up my big toe and I don’t really care for that. I thought about frogging it back to before the lace starts and adding a few rounds of stockinette, but the more I thought about it the more I realized wasn’t happy with the overall sock. Could have been a combination of the yarn and the pattern or just the pattern, but I wasn’t loving it. I was a bit worried that the lace pattern was going to make the sock a little more bulky when I wear the socks with shoes, so I think that was a contributing factor in frogging as well. Ah well, not all projects can be winners, right?

Hey Teach is moving right along. I’m 2 inches away from the back neckline shaping.

Hey Teach, back progress

Tomorrow Matt and I have haircut appointments at the Paul Mitchell school right up the street from us. He’s been getting his hair cut there for a while and they always seem to do a good job. I’m rather nervous about going, though. It’s been a good 4 to 5 years since I’ve had my hair cut at all and the last time it was just trimmed a little by my mom. Growing up my mom cut my hair. She went to school for it, but ended up dropping out, so until I was 20 I had never been to a salon or had anyone else cut my hair. It was a really nerve wracking experience for me! For a while, when I kept my hair really short (shaved in the back, no more than in inch and a half on the top), I would go once a month. I kept it like that for 2 or 3 years, then one day the stylist I went to left – no idea where she went, so I stopped getting it cut. Until my mom trimmed it for me, I haven’t been to get my hair cut by anyone since!

All that to say, I’m kinda nervous! I think I just want to get it trimmed up, but if they make a recommendation that sounds good to me I might just go for it. We’ll see what happens :o)

Have a good weekend everyone!

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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 Fits, Lacy Ribs Frogged, Hey Teach Continues

  1. The Decimal looks wonderful! I’m so glad the shrinking worked.
    Each time you post pics of the Hey Teach, I think I need to get started on one. I may actually buy yarn for it.

  2. Decimal is a winner on you, Lindsey!! And – I must commend you on the picture!! When I take “self-portraits” I always end up going with a sideways shot! At least I didn’t have to turn my head to see yours. 😀

    And you are definitely moving right along with Hey Teach! Maybe I’ll catch up with ya this weekend???

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