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Little Christmas Tree Decorated, Juneberry Woes

Hope everyone’s weekend was good and all the holiday gatherings and things weren’t too stressful. We had a good Christmas. My family came over for a while, we opened gifts, and we had a nice lunch. After that, we went with Matt’s dad and brother to see Tron in IMAX 3D. We both thought it was really good and I was surprised the 3D part of it didn’t bother me at all. I did take some Dramamine right before going (though you’re supposed to take in an hour before), but I think it was less like Avatar was with all the fast movement and in your face 3D scenes. Good weekend over all, I think. 🙂

Over the weekend I put the finishing touches on the little tree I shared last time. Ended up not decorating it much, but I’m pleased with how it turned out!

Little Christmas Tree
Little Christmas Tree

Pattern: Wooly Tree Tutorial (My Ravelry project page.)
Started: December 12, 2010
Completed: December 13, 2010
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn in Guacamole, approx 1/3 of a skein
Needles: 4.0 mm (G) hook
Notes: I initially did the leaves every round, but when I realized I was going to run out of yarn and that I read the pattern wrong, I did the leaves every other row . I was going to decorate it with tiny ornaments. I searched and came up empty on tiny ornaments that I liked, so I decided to just put the star I found on top and call it done. Maybe next Christmas I’ll find some tiny ornaments that I like for it!

The sad news part of this weekend and this post has to do with the Juneberry Triangle I’ve been working on non-stop since I started it. I was doing quite well with the edging. Here it is just before I hit the halfway point of the edging.

Juneberry - On to the edging!
Juneberry – Edging

It was looking like I’d have enough yarn, but I knew I might be cutting it close. I got to this point when I realized the fate of my shawl.

Crap! Out of yarn :(
Juneberry – Uh oh…

Yep. Ran out of yarn. I have 8 rows left to finish the shawl and I have run out of yarn. 😦 No way am I going to rip out all that edging to rip back a row or two from the last rows before the edging to have enough yarn to finish it, though I will admit the thought did cross my mind. I really don’t want to buy a whole new skein of yarn just for the few yards I need to finish this shawl. (The yarn I’m using is Great Northern Yarns 70% Mink/30% Cashmere DK in Natural.)

In hopes that I don’t have to go that route, I’ve posted on Ravelry a few places and PM’d a few folks with partial skeins listed in their stash to see if someone would be able to help me out. I did get someone who may have some left after finishing a project and another who will check when they get home tonight, so I’m hopeful that I’ll get the little bit I need to finish this project. I was really hoping I’d be able to finish this before 2011, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Ah well. That’s what happens when you know you’re going to be cutting it close!

Since this won’t be in my “FO’s of 2010” after all, I’ll be working on getting my project recap for 2010 done sometime this week and hopefully posted before the end of the year. While I wait on a resolution to finishing Juneberry, I’ll be working along on my pink and purple striped sock.

To those that are snowed in today, stay safe and don’t go out if you don’t have to! To those only wishing they had a snow day from work (like me, but only a little since I wouldn’t be looking forward to the digging out after), hope your Monday’s been a good one. 🙂

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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)

3 thoughts on “Little Christmas Tree Decorated, Juneberry Woes

  1. The tree is so cute!

    And oh I’m so sorry to hear about running out of yarn at the end of your Juneberry! Ack! I hope you find someone to give you some leftovers so you can finish it soon.

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