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Finishing Things, Starting Things

December has arrived and so has the cold weather! Not so bad of a thing when you’re a knitter, though. Been getting out the scarves and mittens to keep me warm this week. Since my last post, I’ve finished two things.

First thing I finished was the Mystery KAL hat from Woolly Wormhead. Didn’t take long since I was so close to being done. I made this my Thanksgiving Day knitting since it took less concentration then the baby sweater I was working on.

Limpetiole (Brim)
Limpetiole

Pattern: Limpetiole aka Woolly Wormhead Mystery KAL Hat B (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 1, 2010
Completed: November 25, 2010
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 81, one skein
Needles: US 6 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: No mods, followed pattern as written. Well written pattern that makes a lovely hat.

Limpetiole (Top)
Limpetiole

Here’s the thing about hats/berets and me: I don’t really wear them. I don’t know why I keep insisting on knitting yet another hat I end up feeling like I look stupid in. Might be time to either quit it or knit them with an intended recipient in mind. For now I’ll stash this in the “maybe I’ll give this away” pile (which isn’t really as big as my saying this might make it out to be).

The second FO I have to share is something I’m very happy to have done. I swear this felt like it took a lot longer then it did! At least it is done, I’m happy with how it turned out, it will be given to the person who requested I knit it early next week since it is currently drying, and I can get back to the other projects that I put on hold so I could work on this.

Trellis
Trellis

Pattern: Trellis (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: November 22, 2010
Completed: December 6, 2010
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK in brown, 2.5 skiens
Needles: US 6 bamboo straight needles
Notes: I found this pattern to be a bit fiddly and complicated for a baby sweater. Definitely not for someone who doesn’t like seaming. This sweater felt like it too a lot longer then 2 weeks to knit… I swear it felt like it took a month. I’m sure it didn’t help that I was kind of over the excitement of a new project (I’d never knit a baby sweater prior to this) shortly after starting! Mostly knit as written. I did change how the collar was worked. I worked it as a knit on boarder rather then having to knit it and sew it down. For right side collar: on right side row, work in seed stitch to 1 stitch from end, slip last stitch, pick up one stitch from edge, work as ssk. Work wrong side row in pattern. Repeat until the border is at the middle back of the neck. For left side collar: on wrong side row, work in seed stitch to 1 stitch from end, slip last stitch, pick up one stitch from edge, work as ssk. Work right side row in pattern. Repeat until the border is at the middle back of the neck.

Trellis
Trellis

As soon as I had the last button sewn on Trellis, I started a new stripy sock. I received this not too long ago and couldn’t wait to start a sock with it. The yarn is Perfect Day Yarns self-striping in the “Shew Woos Me” colorway. The picture below doesn’t do it justice, since I took it with my iPhone, but it’s really beautiful and I’m really enjoying knitting with this yarn. My stash definitely needs more of Sarah’s yarns! 😀

PDY Stripey Sock
Perfect Day Yarns Stripey Sock

I’m still working on my Opposites Attract Mystery Socks. Close to being done with both! Finished up clue 3 and now working on the last clue. Currently trying to figure out what to work on finishing up after those are done, but right now just enjoying knitting on the OA and Stripey socks.

Now it’s off to the gym with Matt to get our butts kicked by our personal trainer. It’s been about a month since our last appointment, so I have a feeling I’m going to be sore tomorrow! In a good way, of course. 😉

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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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