From Scarf to Cowl and Shark Attack Socks

It is with a heavy heart that I must say….I FINISHED THE DAMN SOCKS!  Yay!!!  I was working on those so long that I felt I was in a bad relationship.  Say bye-bye to the shark socks – woohoo!

With that out of the way, I could focus entirely on my scarf.  I was so excited to finally work on a pooled crochet project.  If you saw my last entry, you know how keen I was to be doing this.  It was going to be the prettiest scarf, ever, with tassels and everything.  When I finished with the first skein, I was figuring out how to join the two yarns so that the color sequence remained the same, and discovered that in order to make the match, I would have to pull not from the center but the outside.  I unwound the factory skein with my yarn winder so the correct end would be used.  Ok, so I can be funny that way; I just didn’t want to be pulling from the outside as it always causes trouble later on!

As I successfully joined the yarns, I had to blink my eyes several times because, oh crap, the colors weren’t the same hue.  In my haste to begin with this beloved project, I failed to check dye lot numbers.  Goody.  I had already unwound the new skein, so there was no returning or replacing it.  Double goody.  What do you do when this happens?  You check how it fits around your neck and make a buttoned cowl, or neck wrap, which was no easy feat considering the pattern I was trying to keep; but, I persevered and got ‘er done! Ta-da!

I will be making a scarf next, and I will be checking the dye lots!  I will also be using a different technique to see how that goes.  I’ll let you all know.  In the meantime, behave!

See you in the funny pages.

 

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Halloween Purse Finished

I just love Halloween. The change of the weather, the beautiful foliage and the giving out of candy to cute trick-or-treaters all go to make this my favorite holiday.  Because I’m such a fan, I decided to design and make my own purse to reflect this.  I used a spiral square to get the most effect for the colors, and I found a Frida Kahlo/sugar skull material for the lining.  The crochet portion went quickly, but the sewing portion was a nightmare – of course.  I must learn how to use this machine if I’m going to continue making things that require stitching!  Anyway, I was disappointed in the interior, but overall, I’m glad I did it and I’m going to use it until Halloween!!  Below is a poll – please answer!

The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers…

Yea…this post has nothing to do with A.A. Milne’s wonderful creations…

2016-03-31 17.59.19I’ve been having trouble with my FB page.  It appears that I can’t properly access it, because I’m still in my personal profile.  Is this happening to anyone else?  I am a huge fan of progress and improvements to my digital environment, but I sometimes the changes that are effected feel like they are done just for the sake of change.  I got enough damn change in my life without having to deal with superfluous modifications that don’t actually help!

Ok.  Rant over.  I promise.

I hope everyone had a great Easter.

For myself, my latest and greatest pattern still sits atop my yarn tray, still unfinished. Something that should have been done in 3 days max. My problem? I am sooo not in the mood to crochet! I want to knit!!! And you’re probably thinking, Grow up!  Just knit something or pick up the damned hook and finish this alleged wonderful project so you can knit!  (Umm….I hope you’re not really thinking that.)  I don’t like more than one project going because it starts feeling too chaotic, but in instances like these, my whole creative process gets in a bottle-neck because, again, I refuse to have too many thing going at once.  Oh, well.  It’ll be done, I’ll show it off, and on to the next one!

Do you have any rules about your crafting?

Sneak Peek

New patternI have been wanting to make this scarf for the longest time, and damnit – !  I’m going to.  I hope it comes out as well as I think it will, and what I find exciting is that I haven’t seen anything at all like available anywhere….so I want to finish it – NOW!  LOL  I’m sure it’s been done before, I just haven’t found it yet.  When I do finish it and the pattern, I’ll want to hear from anyone if they’ve seen it before.  I got so much guff when I posted the Foxy Hooded Cowl for looking exactly (and it didn’t!!!) like another, fiber artist’s work whose fame is renowned, I almost gave up.  I did have supporters who backed me up that it wasn’t the same thing, but man, I learned my lesson.  Now I endeavor to do my research before, and even then, it’s not always a sure thing.

Anyway, I’m going to continue doing what I love, and in the meantime, try not to step on too many toes!  Let you know when it’s done!

Frogging and Illegal Burning

The offenders...looking innocent

The offenders…looking innocent

This always happens to me when I’m working on a pullover or a sweater! It’s so frustrating.  The yards of yarn that seem to crawl under your laboring fingers – instead of flying! – as you toil through 29 inches of stockinette stitch.  And to further exacerbate the process, I’m having trouble with the openwork pattern for the sleeves.  It’s a really simple pattern consisting of four stitches:  k2, yo, k2tog repeat across.  But I’m always forgetting the yo, and frogging lace or open work such as this creates an even bigger problem for me.  I’m currently working on a row that has the correct number of stitches, but because I had to frog about half of it, now the pattern doesn’t match up.  *sigh*  After having totally starting over, I have decided no one will notice and I’m carrying on.  But wait – the second frog lead to an incorrect number of stitches that I didn’t catch until I had to start shaping and counting again, so I frogged a third time!!!  We now have the correct number of stitches, the correct pattern set in, the correct number of rows.

The last couple of days have been warm and dry enough to start cleaning up the yard.  It’s been so lovely wet that all the pine needles and branches have been saturated, making fire starting a real pain.  I did try about a month ago during a break in the weather to work on reducing the piles of leaves, but it literally took me 30 minutes to get a flame started, and by the time the fire was going good, it started raining.  So yesterday, with every good intent to finally get the show on the road, my husband and I were piling on the branches and getting a good smoke going, when he turns to me and asks, “Glenda, did you check to see if it’s a burn day?”  I looked at him like he was insane.  Burn day?  Why wouldn’t it be?  It’s winter and it’s been raining pretty much non-stop for the last two months.  I bickered with him on this logic for a about 20 minutes before I gave in and checked.  Guess what?  Yup.  No burning allowed.  Period.  With great haste, we had to douse the lovely fire and hope that someone hadn’t reported us already.  I felt like such a criminal!  Why would the fire department do that?  My husband then explained it’s not only just for fire that they restrict burning but air quality for the whole county.   *sigh*  Today, I dutifully checked the status and yes, we are cleared to burn away.  Just a cautionary tale to always check with your local authorities before burning!!

Sleep Knitting?

I purchased some yarn for a project about two weeks ago, and I was excited to get started on it, but I’ve been working on Christmas gifts.  I tried to get a head start on those back in July, but didn’t get around to it until September.  Typical.  They’re almost done, but I just couldn’t wait.  Breaking my rule about having no more than one project going at a time (I’m usually good at keeping this rule – honest!), last night I cast on the stitches with a feeling of guilty pleasure normally reserved for chocolate.  I had been working and running all day and was more than a little tired,

Tentative beginnings...

Tentative beginnings…and yes, I’m writing this while lying in bed since I refuse to get up until hunger or sheer boredom impels me out of it!

but I wanted to play “ketchup”.  Surprisingly, I was able to get more than a few inches done, considering I’m working with 122 stitches and worsted weight yarn.

Then it hit.  A busy day of activity and it’s 9:30 pm; can’t keep eyes open.  Must.  Knit.  More.

Suddenly, my eyes open.  When did they close?  I look down at my hands that are still holding the needles, yarn still twined around my fingers on my right hand for proper tension.  Wha…?  I blink my eyes, notice that I’m further along than I remember and look around in sleepy confusion.  Did the knitting elves show up and continue for me?  I run a hand over my brow, now thoroughly baffled.  And since I am primed to carry on, I do.

It’s not until a turn the row do I notice that the knitting elves are a confused lot because:

#1) I’m picking up dropped stitches more than once;

#2) Tension was maintained properly so the stitches that weren’t dropped are uniform in appearance.

It would be a wonderful innovation if I could fall asleep and wake up with the project half done, but I still have a few kinks to work out!

 

Everything Old is New Again

Does everyone remember the 70s? No?  The way fashion trends are going you’ll be getting a living education in one of the worst crafting fads to grace that decade:  macrame.  I’m sure more than a few of you are shaking your heads in disagreement.  Glenda, you’re thinking, is this not also a fiber art?  I would answer, Yes. it is, and being an art lover, I would like to embrace all forms of it.  In a quest for enlightenment, I  briefly searched Pinterest, hoping to find something that would change my mind.  After all, art does have a way of making interesting changes.  Sadly, my search didn’t reveal anything I would consider earth shattering and my view remains unchanged.