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Ravelympics Brings Two FO’s and Spinning

It’s been two weeks since I blogged, but it feels like months. Funny how time does that to you – some days or weeks or months feel incredibly long and others fly by faster then you can blink.

I’ve been busily knitting on my February Lady Sweater for the Ravelympics and I’m proud to say that last night I finished it! 🙂

Ravelympics 2010
FLS from start to finish!

Matt was kind enough to be my model last night. This one is definitely my favorite!

56/365: Matt the Model
February Lady Sweater (on my man! haha)

Pattern: February Lady Sweater (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 12, 2010
Completed: February 25, 2010
Yarn: Brooks Farm Mas-Acero, 2.75 skeins (approx 1,100 yards)
Needles: US 8’s
Notes: The only thing I changed was the YO’s in the yoke. I left them out because somehow my stitch count got screwed up twice, so instead of the YO increases, I just did knit front and back increases to get to the stitch count I needed. I love how this turned out and have a feeling that I’ll be wearing it a lot!

About halfway through this sweater, I decided to cast on a hat as a portable project (and because I needed a warm hat for the snow and cold weather). Turns out it went a lot faster then I expected and I had it done within a day. I like how it turned out and it keeps my head nice and warm.

One Day Handspun Hat
Handspun Hat

Pattern: Handspun Hat (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: February 20, 2010
Completed: February 20, 2010
Yarn: Handspun (Twisted Stitches BFL), about 76 yards
Needles: US 10.5
Notes: I made up my own pattern for this after not being able to find a free one I wanted. My head is about 21.5 inches around, so this should fit most adults. Cast on 72 stitches, worked in k2, p2 rib for 6 rounds, then in stockinette until it measured 5 inches from the cast on edge. For the decreases, knit 12, k2tog, repeat around (there will be two “leftover” sts). Every round after knit 1 stitch less, k2tog (ie next round k11, k2tog), until you are down to k2, k2tog for the last round. Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches to close. Pretty simple hat. Next time I’d probably cast on 68 stitches, then increase to 70 the first round of stockinette.

53/365: One Day Handspun Hat
Me and my Handspun Hat

I decided last minute that I’d try to get in an Ravelympic spinning project, but I’m not sure it’s going to get done by Saturday. It’s been slow going because my hip and lower back have been giving me some grief (along with my knees each time I spin! 😦 ), so I haven’t got very far. We’ll see how much I get done this weekend. It’s for the Spin-and-Knit-a-Long over on the Zarzuela’s Fiber Junkies group on Ravelry. The SAL/KAL goes until May 1st and the deadline for spinning is April 1st, so at least I still have time to get it done for that! I’m loving spinning this up – it’s very nice to work with. It’s a merino, silk, mohair blend and I like the colors. Spinning from a batt has taken some getting used to, but I think I’ve got it all figured out now.

54/365: Olympic Spinning
First Bobbin of Zarzuela’s Fibers Luxury Sock Batt

Since the Olympics (and thus the Ravelympics) are almost over, it’s time to get back to my “regular” knitting. I’ve now picked up Matt’s socks again and should have them finished this weekend. I’ve already turned the heel on sock number two and the leg should go pretty quickly. Now… what to knit next?

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)

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