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Fountain Pen Shawl and Hey Teach

Yesterday I had planned to go to knit night, but I ended up having a very stressful day at work and by the time I was about to go home, it was pouring down rain outside. I knew that by the time I made it home, it would be after 5 pm (yes, a normal 20 minute drive takes me an hour when the weather is crappy) and I’d have just barely enough time to eat and go to knitting. Where we meet for knit night is about a 5 minute drive from where I work, but it’s 3 hours from the time I get off work to knit night, so I usually go home, then come back. I knew when I got home I wouldn’t want to go back out, so I decided it’d be better to stay home. I told myself earlier in the week, Wednesday would be my “day of rest” for the Tour de Fleece and it was. Besides, my hip and lower back were acting up from the rain, so it was probably best I skipped it. Tonight I’ll be spending some time at the wheel, though!

Last night I sat with Matt and knit while he played his video game. I did a few rows on the Fountain Pen shawl. I started it in… ohhhh… APRIL and haven’t worked on since. Figured I should get to knitting it, so I pulled it out, knit a row and realized I was short 2 stitches. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t do lifelines in lace. If I find a mistake or problem, I tink back to fix it, drop down the row/rows that need to be fixed and correct it, or bravely take the whole thing off the needles and frog back to whatever point I need to. It took me a bit, but I found that I hadn’t done two yarn over’s about 5 rows down. I’m not too far along, so if I couldn’t fix it I planned on frogging the whole thing and starting over. I took it off the needles, ripped back 5 rows and managed to properly pick up all the live stitches and fix it. I wanted to finish up Hey Teach before getting too involved in another project, so I knit one row before putting it aside. I now have less done then before I picked it up, but that’s okay! The mistake is fixed and I’m happy about that.

204/365: Fountain Pen Shawl
Fountain Pen shawl progress. (Pattern is from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits.)

I’m happy to report that Hey Teach is pretty close to done! I finished up the right front last night and started the first sleeve. I plan on finishing up the sleeves tonight and hopefully get it blocking.

Hey Teach Fronts and Back (Take 2)
Neatly folded pile of pieces.

Hey Teach Fronts and Back (Take 2)
Hey Teach pieces.

I didn’t work on the Nanners last night. It tried to for a short while, but I just couldn’t get into it for some reason. I think it was because I’m so close to getting Hey Teach done that I just wanted to work on that! I’m hoping to be showing you all and FO soon 🙂

Happy Friday Eve everyone!


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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