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Decimal FO, New Hair, and Hey Teach

This weekend I had Matt take some pictures of Decimal for me so I can do up the full FO report.

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Pattern: Decimal (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: March 19, 2009
Completed: May 31, 2009
Yarn: Elann Lara, color 335 Algiers Teal, 9 skeins
Needles: US 4 Addi circulars, 32″ Lace Addi’s and 16″ regular Addi’s
Notes: I knit the 49″ size. I did make a few modifications. I added an additional border repeat to the bottom and sleeves of the sweater (3 instead of the called for 2). I also changed the sleeves to be short sleeves instead of 3/4 length bell sleeves and knit them in the round instead of flat. Instead of sewing the buttons on at the end, I decided to knit them in instead so that I had less finishing. When I joined the sleeves to the body, I did the bind off for both the sleeves and body where the armpits are at the same time so I didn’t have to sew them later. I wanted minimal finishing and I definitely got it! I had all of 3 ends to weave in at the end since I was weaving them in as I joined new balls of yarn or came to a knot in the yarn (there weren’t many of those, thankfully).

In this post, I talked about how it was too long initially. Then I washed it in the washing machine in warm water then ran it through the dryer, which shrank it an inch in length, which I talked about here. If I were to knit this again, I’d probably take out 2 to 3 inches in the length of the body somewhere. Possibly even in the top/shoulder area because the buttons start a little lower then I expected. I do love how the final product turned out once I washed it, though!

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On Saturday, Matt and I went to the Paul Mitchell school to get haircuts. I wanted to just get my hair trimmed and get rid of the dead/split end, but it turned out that I had about 4 to 5 inches worth of that! I was thinking maybe and inch or two needed to come off, so that was a bit of a surprise. Then again, it has been about 4 or 5 years since I last had it cut! I went with it, though, and said cut it off! My hair person, Sam, was really nice and she has family that has really curly and thick hair that she’s cut and styled, so she already knew quite a bit about it (plus the knowledge from school), which I really wasn’t expecting since most people who have cut my hair didn’t know much about how to deal with it. From her suggestion, I decided to get it layered, too, which is something I’ve NEVER done. I really, really love it, though. There’s much more body to my hair now and since it’s no longer weighted down in length, it’s a lot more curly. Best $12 haircut EVER :o)

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Old hair, New hair (front), New hair (back)

This weekend I had a lot of time to work on Hey Teach, so it’s coming right along. I have now finished the back, left and right front pieces. I started on the first sleeve today. I haven’t taken a picture since I finished the right front yesterday, so here’s what it looked like yesterday morning.

159/365: Hey Teach, Week's Progress

I’ve done a little work on the Sprucey Lucy socks, too. I don’t have an updated picture, though. After ripping out the Lacy Ribs sock, I decided to go up a needle size for the Sprucey Lucy socks and I like how they’re turning out a lot better. I re-knit up to the heel, then tried it on and realized it wasn’t long enough, so I ripped out the heel and I’m adding another inch before doing the heel again. I really love how they’re working up in The Yarn Bearer’s Uber Sock yarn!

Pictures of Hey Teach and Sprucey Lucy progress soon. Happy crafting! :o)

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live 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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