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Illinois, United States
I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knitwithlove Podcast 3

I promise to get the shownotes done tomorrow!
Please excuse how frumpy I look! It was my day off!

Sunshine on the Horizon Scrap Scarf- done with.... scraps

Shop Updates
Stitch markers and earrings!
Check out my shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/luganchica102

Black and gray scarf- red heart yarn
Steves socks: Pattern "referred to" Lifestyle Toe Up Socks- Charisa Martin Cairn
My own pattern technically: K2 P1 yadda yadda
Cascade Yarns- Heritage 150

Spinning: Sunset Fibers 4 ounces of M6-11
$132.70 dollars saved up for the Prelude spinning wheel!!!

Lithuanian Blanket- Now turned into scarf :)
Jeweled Cowl- Alpaca with a Twist Fino

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Catching up!

So this past weekend I got to visit an old friend! I decided to spend my weekend up north with my friends from home, and upon announcing that I was heading north, Sarah/rainlolverknits told me I had to stop by! So I did! I drove the 1.5 ish hour drive to knit for a couple hours with her and two other girls that live in her apartment area.

Her two friends, I feel bad that I do not remember their names! I have been learning so many names in the past month that all new names slip out of my head! It was fun chatting with them both though!

It was great catching up with Sarah, as we have both been living on opposite sides of the world (but not really) and have both been pretty darn busy! It is so nice to be able to catch up!
As you can tell, I really look up to Sarah! She has been knitting for such a short time (well.... a little longer now) but she just does so much! I am proud to say that I know her and went to school with her!

SEE! I look up to her! :)

I have updated my shop, quite a bit actually. Earrings, made from Amber that I received from Lithuania, and many other knitting notions! In a couple weeks I will be putting up Christmas items!

Check it out!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Knitwithlove Episode two

Update on Life:
Get Healthy Raverly Group- http://www.ravelry.com/groups/get-healthy-group <- Check it out! Join! Get the Motivation to get healthy! Yarn Store in Casey Illinois- The Yarn Studio. http://www.the-yarn-studio.com/ Owner- Jeanette Huisinga <- awesome lady. Awesome awesome awesome. Stop in and buy something if you are in town, tell her Vanessa sent you! Spinning Wheel- Kromski Prelude- 57.07 saved up for the spinning wheel! (I am bad at math apperently) <-and spelling! Please help me out by purchasing something from my store!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/luganchica102 Works in Progress:
Tee shirt quilt- all high school and middle school Tee shirts
Brown Baby Quilt
Music Purse
Yellow Stash Buster Scarf- will be on sale in my store when it gets colder

Four ounces of Merino Wool - Sunsetfibers.com Roving of the Month Club

Baby Blanket, Blues and Greens- Bernat Baby Coordinates

Stash Enhancements:
Fiber- Cashmere Queen Fillzwolle 2 Ounces, Dark greys
Royalty Fiber Farm 4 ounces, Dark Red

Cascade 220, Fushia and Cyan
Cascade 128 Bulky, Coralish and off white
Dream, Classy Pome-grenade
Heritage 150, Cascade Yarns Sock Yarn- Green
Kraemer Yarns Fountain Hill Brushed Mohair- Royal Lights, 560 yards

Plurk- knitwithlove
Ravelry- Luganknitter
Etsy- Knitchet Shack

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Knitwithlove Episode 1

I am crossing my fingers hoping this is going to work as it took me allllll weekend to figure the uploading to the internet! (not because I don't get how to do it, but the net was not keeping a stable connection! Grrr)

Let me know what you think, (be nice!) And I will have a great yarn update next week from my trip to The Yarn Studio in Casey Illinois.

Also, I will not have shownotes for this episode, but I will make sure to do so for the next one. The hat fundraiser is PatPat Hat- go to this blog to get more info on it!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Labor Day Weekend!

Did you say "whoooa"? Yeah so did I when he came up to the window holding that bullfrog. It was hugeee!

For Labor Day weekend, Steve and I headed out to the island for a weekend of fishing, swimming, and relaxing. Too bad it got so cold and all we got to do was fish!
We caught quite a bunch of bluegill, perch and pumpkin fish, and a couple of smallish northern pikes. It was a good fishing trip.

Kitty even came with us and hung out around the house, she took over steves sleeping bag. (the beds are still in disarray from years of no use, so we decided to camp out in the living room.)

Sadly thats all the pics I have from the trip. The weather was sorta stormy so we didnt get to do half of the things I wanted. (Tubing with a rowboat was one of the main things I wanted to get done....)
But I did get a little bit of knitting done!
Here is a baby blanket I am working on for the shop. Simple, stash buster blanket. I am getting through my yarn! I might even be able to bring my yarn storage into my apartment! yay!

I spun this yarn from some white fiber my friend Sarah gave me a while back. Its about 260 yards, lace to sock weight. I am not quite sure what the fiber is, but it is not very soft. I hated spinning with it, well... sort of. I felt that its fiber was not long enough to spin anything thinner than sock weight. I am planning on buying some kool aid so I can dye it. Because I hate white, and I would love to give it some colors! Greens and Blues are my favorite, so we will see!

I also bought some fiber, because I am participating in Rainlover Knits Spin Along (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/rainlover-knits/1711344/1-25). I also have been trying my best to perfect my spindle spinning before I go out and buy a spinning wheel! (Squee!)I signed up for the Roving of the Month with SUnset Fibers, and she sent out roving right away! I have started spinning it and I literally love it!
It is 4 ounces of Merino Wool, and it is just.... so freakishly soft and comfortable. I love it already. Seriously, sign up for her roving of the month! It is a thrill to get a surprise in the mail! (sunsetfibers.com)

Lastly is some fiber that I ordered from WoolGatherings shop on Etsy. It is superfine Merino Wool Roving, and I have yet to start with it, waiting to finish up with the sunset fibers roving.

I do not have a bunch of money to spend but once a month I plan on spending 20 fiber or yarn. Depending on what I reallllly need during that month. Next month I have a feeling it will be sock blockers (Unless someone wants to donate a set! :) )

I am 27.07$ closer to buying a spinning wheel. Profit made in my shop on Etsy will go into buying a spinning wheel. I am also debating on throwing profit from me teaching private lessons on instruments into the spinning wheel funds. Its either that or get internet for my apartment.... hmmmm Anywhoooo, go check out my shop and help me buy a great spinning wheel!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/luganchica102

Thats it for now I guess. Teaching has been hectic mostly because the 4 grade schools still do not have the band schedule added in, which makes my life confusing. But the high school pep band played at the first home football game and we got tons of compliments! I am excited to push this band to their limits in order to make them great musicians!

Right on. That is all I have for you this week! Stay tuned because I am going to start updating my shop with winter scarves/hats/shawls/ and whatnot!

Until then!