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Starlight is Done and Rhinebeck is Almost Here

Yesterday, I was able to put the final touches on my Starlight Sweater. No full pictures of it yet, but here’s a little teaser.

286/365: Buttons
Starlight

Yesterday, after I got the buttons on, I tried it on only to find that the sleeves were about 5 inches too long. They came to the tips of my fingers. I was pretty devastated to find this out after all the work I’d put into it, just DAYS before Rhinebeck, but I managed to save it. I put it through the dryer, which shrank it about 2 inches in length. That brought the sleeves to my knuckles, which was still a little longer then I wanted. I though, “Oh, I can live with it.” As the night went on, I kept thinking about the sleeves and I knew I wouldn’t be happy with them, I needed to fix them. I carefully cut it where I wanted to re-knit the garter stitch edge from, picked up all the stitches and re-knit the edge. The sleeves come to about the base of my thumb now, a length I can definitely live with! Crisis averted. 🙂

Since I finished this, I’ve started some new projects. The first thing I started was my TLE swap partner’s knit thing, but since it’s a seekrit, I don’t have any pictures I can post! Monday, I started the Snapdragon Flip-Tops. Today I finished the first part of the first one.

287/365: Snapdragon Flip-Tops
Snapdragon Flip-Tops, using Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset

I started Springtime Bandit with Tilli Thomas Plie (100% silk, plied) last night, but no pictures yet. I plan on starting the Featherweight Cardigan very soon, maybe tonight. I want to make sure I have enough interesting knitting to keep me busy during my trip since Laura figured I’d have at least 15 hours of travel time to knit. I’m undecided if I want to frog my iPhone mitts or not, so I might not bring them along with me, but as of now I plan on bringing my plain sock, colorwork socks, Springtime Bandit, Snapdragon Flip-Tops (which might be finished before I even land in DC), Featherweight Cardigan, and yarn/needles to cast on for Sunday Swing socks. Should be enough… right??

Alright… well, it’s time for me to get on out of here. Got some last minute errands to run (gotta get my “this chick is bionic” card from the doctor before flying tomorrow) and knitting tonight, then tomorrow it’s off to Rhinebeck! I’ll try to do some mini updates while I’m away since I can post to my blog from my iPhone now, but if I don’t get a chance to, I’ll do it when I get back Monday.

Have a great week everyone! See some of you Saturday! 🙂

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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)

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