A Monday Mash Up

Monday, April 5, 2010
I cannot tell you where all the time has gone, but it’s gone.  Gone!  Here are just a couple of things I’ve been working on - I feel like lots have been slipping by the wayside and I haven’t been focusing on things that I need to be doing.  Maybe tomorrow I can jump back into productivity …
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Freeform Crochet-Along, done!  But now what to do with it???? I was thinking a pillow since the textures feel so great, but I don’t know if I want to spend the time to do this – would have to add a backing and tack it all down – maybe if I find a pillow around here that I don’t like anymore I can use it as a base.  For now I will keep it in my scrap basket – maybe I’ll just add on more stitches when I want to experiment.
done?
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Doing a gauge swatch is important.  Very important.
Gauge is important
I’ve cast on and started this sweater three times now.  First time, with no gauge, the back was 4’ wide.  Yes, 4 feet.  That’s 1.2 meters.  I’m not the slimmest person, but that was ridiculous.  Didn’t even look until an entire day had passed, knitting all the while, finished a ball of yarn and realized I had only made it up about 4”.  So frustrating – will I ever learn from my mistakes?  Did a gauge swatch, switched from size 7 to size 5 needle and went from size XL to knitting a size S.  Still too large (not by much, sadly), so going to rip it out and do it over, in the round this time, finagling the pattern a bit to make it work.  Thanks to the brains of a friend who stopped by and saved me mid-day from giving up all together.
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Refashion project to do with my girls:
      A thrifted, stained, out-dated dress to be merged with a tank top…
makeover
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By the wayside are: some embroidered cuffs, half-embroidered; a few little quilted things I’ve been planning; and crochet/beaded rings that I’ve been wanting to make.  I have to buckle down and get working, what kind of unproductive spring fever is this? 

4 comments:

  1. I've always admired folks who could knit. Someday I hope to get someone to teach me. I tried to do it using books and I ended up using my toes to hold on to the yarn (because both my hands were busy with the long needles!)

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  2. The only wearables I have done are hats. I have done decorative socks, but none that needed to fit a person. I am afraid of gauge swatching, and of making wearable garments. I am dipping my toe in right now by making an infant wrap top (kimono style). I think it is going to have to be for a preemie. I did not do a swatch. Good luck with you sweater.

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  3. I've been spending my mornings in a spring fever funk. Can't get motivated! I like that at least you have a list of things you want to accomplish. Don't give up on the sweater!

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  4. Time really does pass by so fast! So many wonderful projects you have at hand...looking forward to each of them. Hope you are having a lovely happy productive week! Love to you!

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