My current projects

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When I began knitting 4 or 5 years ago, I read about knitters that would have 2, 3, or more projects going at once. I never thought I would be one of those. I always wanted to focus on one project at a time.

Then I made my first sweater. Granted, it was a baby sweater. But there was a lot of boring stockinette. And that was when I knew I had to have something else going on so I didn’t get totally bored. I added in one small project. I decided on projects like sweaters, I would have another, easier or more challenging project going on (depending on the difficulty of the sweater.) And I have been good about keeping my UFOs (unfinished objects) down to a minimum.

In April, I decided to start on a pretty large project. I decided to undertake the Susie Hoodie from More Big Girl Knits. I am a Big Girl, so I knew this meant lots and lots and lots of knitting. It is done in an aran weight yarn, so no bulky yarn to make the project faster! I started working on it and, thanks to the great cables down each side of the front, the knitting went quickly. I only have a few hours each evening to knit, if I am lucky, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it take shape rather fast. I have just added the sleeves and I am working on the yoke, so I can see the end in sight!

Susie Hoodie Cable

Susie Hoodie Cable

In the midst of knitting the sweater, I happened to pick up and start another project. I am not sure what got into me, but I happened to pick up my size 1 needles and some fingering weight yarn to make my husband an argyle vest. Well, most specifically, The Drunken Argyle Vest from Knitty! Now, DH is not a small man! Thankfully he did lose 70 lbs 2 years ago, so I am not having to knit quite as much now! This will be his first non-accessory item from me. I had actually planned to give this to him for Christmas – last year! Now, it looks like it will be Christmas this year instead! I am actually very pleased with how fast this one is knitting up, even with such small needles and yarn. The pattern keeps my attention without being challenging. I sneak in a few hours here and there and it is currently a pretty portable project, so it goes with me to my Grandmother’s house on Wednesdays. DH has not seen it and I don’t plan to show it to him, either! I am only on the back and haven’t reached the armhole shaping yet, but hopefully I won’t let this project die!

And, in the midst of all of this sweater knitting, I decided to knit up a dishcloth this week! Thankfully dishcloths are easy and fast. I had been talking to my grandma and she mentioned that her mom used knitted dishcloths. Grandma isn’t a knitter, so she can’t make her own. So, I want to knit her up a set for Christmas. Of course, Grandma can’t be the only one to get dishcloths for Christmas. Mom and Sister will each want some, too! So, they will also get a few. I am still not sure what a set will be, but I figure I will try to knit a dishcloth a week. I can get one almost completely finished in an evening with a good old movie or episodes of Enterprise on Tivo. I have almost 22 weeks until Christmas. Take 2 weeks off that to knit some nice comfy socks from worsted weight for Grandpa and I will have 20 dishcloths! I can give some to Grandma, Mom, Sister, and even Aunt and they will have 5 a piece – enough for week of washing dishes! I plan to make at least one scrubby for each of them and the rest will be cloths. I already have one or two hiding away, I think, too, so that may reduce the number even more.

I will try to post pics of the other items very soon. And the Susie Hoodie will need a new picture soon, too!

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An Intro – of sorts

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I used to have a knitting blog over on another site. I failed at it miserably! I neglected it until no one was reading any longer. Having an infant and a toddler will do that to a blog. But, my children are growing up and sleeping through the night (for the most part!) so I have time to update a blog now! So, here I am!

As I say in my About Me page, I am a wife, mom, knitter, spinner, and general crafter. I love creating through crafts. So far, I have attempted (some with decent results, others with not so decent results) sewing, cross stitch, crochet, painting, mosaics, glass etching, fiber dying, spinning and knitting. Out of all of those, I identify myself as a knitter. It is what I do. It is my relaxation and my creative outlet. I love every aspect of it (when I am not hating it.)

I am a talkative person, so many of my posts will reflect that. I do keep a personal family-oriented journal, so I will spare you all the details of my daily life as a stay at home mom. I will focus mainly on current projects, fiber, and anything else I can think of that comes to mind and has to do with fiber pursuits (and you may get some other crafts thrown in there, too!)

So, welcome! Nice to have you here. Please, comment at least once to just make your presence known! There is nothing worse than wondering if you are just blogging to empty space.