Getting Better

Back on April 30, I finished my second spinning project!  I did not have time to post about it before I left for Maryland Sheep and Wool, so I am getting to it now.  I finished spinning 8 ounces of the pin-drafted roving I got from Ohio Valley Fibers at The Fiber Event in Greencastle.  I started spinning this fiber while I was at The Florida Sheep, Wool, and Herding Dog Festival, and in my post about that event, I included a progress photo.

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Birch Leaf Shawl

I chose to knit the Birch Leaf Shawl (Ravelry pattern link) because I was looking for a travel project.  My sister is in her final year of medical school.  My parents and I were flying from Florida to Baltimore to attend Match Day, which is when fourth year medical students find out where they will be doing their residency.  I needed a knitting project to take on the trip.  My personal criteria for travel knitting are:

  • The pattern should be easy to memorize so I don’t have to look at it all the time.
  • The project should be easy to pick up and put down, even if I am in the middle of a row.
  • The project should take long enough to knit that I will not finish it before I get home.
  • The project should require only one or two skeins of yarn.

In addition, I was looking for a project that would fit into one of the HPKCHC prompts for March.  The Ancient Runes prompt was about Celtic runes and their connection to trees.  One possibility was to craft a a project that represented one of the trees connected to the Celtic runes.  Birch trees were on the list.

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First Ever Granny Square

I’ve known how to knit for more than 20 years, but I only learned to crochet last year.  I tried to teach myself crochet at the same time I taught myself to knit, but never quite got it right.  So last year, my friend Stacy taught me how to crochet.  In that year, I’ve crocheted dishcloths.  That’s all.  I wanted to expand my crochet skills, but just hadn’t gotten around to it.  Then I discovered that the Ravenclaws are planning a Blanket Square Term for the Harry Potter Knitting / Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC).  I decided to jump on the bandwagon.

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My Wheel Arrived!!

My spinning wheel arrived.  I bought the wheel on Friday at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana.  Susan told me that by ordering it on Friday, I should have it on Monday.  All day, I was distracted, waiting for the wheel to arrive.  FedEx and UPS deliver to my house late in the day.  I rarely get packages before 5:oo pm, and at busy times of the year (December), I’ve gotten packages delivered as late as 9:00 pm.  Still, I paced around the house.  I randomly peeked out the window at my front stoop, just in case I missed the sound of the doorbell ringing.  Finally, at 6:10 pm, the doorbell rang. My wheel had arrived!!!

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