Sunday, June 24, 2007

Will it ever end?

this crocheting thing I mean.
My finished market bag. The first crochet pattern I tried out, interrupted by a few dishcloths but now complete. I've been using it to hold unfinished crochet projects! (detail)
Mom has already put in her order for Christmas.

Second dishcloth swap package:
This one's destined for Maine. I kind of made up the towel pattern; I hope it's welcomed.

I cast something onto knitting needles today! Back to two sticks for awhile. Crocheting is fun, and fast, but knitting is the one in my bones.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane

I'm not, but these are:

currently en route to New Zealand (lucky things) for a swap I'm working on. I'm furiously working on a second set & will hopefully send them out this week. The dishcloth (crocheted...I'm becoming quite a pro!) was whipped up yesterday afternoon and I just have to decide on what to do to match.
More F.O. pics coming in the near future (crocheted items really is fast and I think I'm just going to have to work through this little phase before heading full fledge into another major knitting project) and hopefully the beginning of a new sock or Camisa...
who am I kidding? It'll probably be both!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

caught hooking again

still not finished the bag...but only because I've been forgetting my next ball of yarn when I go out. As soon as I'm off the computer I plan to get back to it.

I seem to think that I managed to mix up decrease for double crochet so the seam of this bag may come out a little wonky. The nice thing about crochet is that it all seems to work anyway. Maybe I just can't yet see mistakes the way I can with knitting. It's a bag for veggies...I'm really not all that concerned.

Somehow I did manage to remember my extra ball of yarn just to practice crochet using the best swatch technique ever - the dishcloth. I started the other night and finished it the next night. Everyone is right; crochet is pretty fast. I'm still pretty far from being elegant though. I'm half thinking about sending this away as a bonus with a swap but pondering whether I'll want to have my first crochet washcloth as a keepsake...


Saturday, June 09, 2007


I'm crocheting from a pattern!

If the crochet gods are with me this bit of white and green will soon turn into a market bag (like my grandma used to have!)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

socks at hand

My mother has a friend who knits. I would consider her at least an intermediate knitter; she can increase, decrease, do short rows, follow a pattern and her stitches are very even. All of that wonderful self-patterning sock yarn captured her heart and imagination and she started to knit socks. She didn't finish any of the socks, but kept starting new ones. My mother asked if I would finish them for her so she could wear them at some point and I agreed.

The odd thing is that the socks were all finished at different places. Some were 'discarded' just after the cuff, some before the heel, some after the heel and one only required decreasing to shape the toe! My mind was boggled. I could understand if maybe she was worried about turning the heel, or got lost while picking up stitches for the gusset but these socks showed that she was able to do all of these things. And they all looked good too, even stitching, no gaps from picking up stitches. I asked mom to investigate.

It turns out that my mom's friend either gets lost in the pattern or loses interest in the sock at hand, like a knitting ADKD [attention deficit knitting disorder?] and is much more interested in learning what pattern the next ball of yarn will produce rather than in actually having a finished sock to have and to hold and to wear.

I have finished two pairs of socks with three more pairs to go. She has since purchased yarn to make about ten afghans.

Let it be known that I will not be finishing any afghans.
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