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Skew, Snapdragon FO and Sweater Knitting

I know I’ve said before that magic loop really isn’t my thing and that I’m 100% a DPN lover, especially when it comes to socks, but I might be changing my mind! I started Skew this past Saturday after finishing up Matt’s socks (pics coming soon). The pattern notes said this was better worked magic loop or with two circulars because you get up to just over 100 stitches at the heel, so I decided I’d give this magic loop thing another go. I swear this sock is going much faster then on DPN’s, though I’m not really sure how since I feel like I spent a fair amount of time untangling the cable and yarn before I got a semi-decent flow going. I certainly don’t hate the magic looping now, but I’m also not sure that I’m a total convert yet. We’ll see how I feel after finishing both socks!

Skew - Top of sock
Skew Sock

My TLE swap buddy received package number 2 a while back and I was waiting for her to post pictures of the package before posting the FO (so I could get a picture of the whole box because I forgot to take a picture of everything), but it’s been a few weeks since it was received, so I’ll go ahead and share the hat I knit for her.

Pattern: Snapdragon (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: January 20, 2010
Completed: January 24, 2010
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, colorway Verde Esperenza, a little less then 1 skein
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular (ribbing), US 7 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: Followed pattern as written. As always, Ysolda’s patterns are very well written and I found this to be an easy knit for me. I liked how the hat turned out and hope my swap partner likes it and gets a lot of use out of it. 🙂

Gretel
Snapdragon – Flat

Gretel
Snapdragon – Crown

As I suspected, I didn’t get the spinning done for the Ravelympics. Ah well, I didn’t really think I would anyhow. I didn’t even spin all weekend! Stupid back/hip was giving me some problems, so I decided it would be best to just let my body rest. Still plan on having it done by April 1st for the SAL/KAL, though! Considering keeping it as a single for more yardage, but I’ll decide once I’ve got it spun up.

Matt’s socks are finally done and he likes them! I haven’t taken pictures yet, but he’s been wearing them to bed the last few nights and he’s been bragging about how I knit socks for him to people. 🙂

Once these Skew socks stop hogging up all my knitting attention, I’ll be getting back to Rogue, which I started just before the Ravelympics (and don’t have pictures of yet). I really liked knitting the February Lady Sweater and I’m itching to make another one now!

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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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