Monday, July 31, 2006

Well, I'm almost done with the cable sweater for HP. I just have to assemble the pieces and do the neck edging. I'm on pins and needles because the pattern is originally for an adult. I made it a toddler size by using fingering/DK weight yarn and smaller needles. I'm trying to wet block, but I feel as if I'm doing something wrong. I've completely submerged the pieces, but the edges are still kinda curly. Thank God they're at least the same size. It took so long for me to get this far because I was working on a tank for a friend. I hope she likes it, but I'm glad to be getting back to my own projects. While waiting for the blocked pieces to dry, I've started on a pair of great fingerless gloves that I got from the website. These are perfect for someone like me with ice cold hands in whatever kind of weather. Since I'm new at knitting, I'm being challenged in several different ways. 1. Knitting in the round, 2. Knitting with double pointed needles, and 3. Knitting cable after cable after cable. I think I've overcome all of them nicely, but I'm a little worried about adding the thumb. I've read ahead and I don't understand the instructions . Oh well, wish me luck! Next I'm going to start a cute shrug made from ribbon yarn. The project looks like it will work up quickly. It seems perfect for the office AC. I swear, I have to coordinate every outfit with a jacket, and I get tired of wearing the same ones over and over again. After that, I'm finally going to get started on my Green Gable Sweater. I had to learn how to knit first. And low and behold, by 2:00, Monday 7/31/06, the left hand. Great stash buster. It was the last ball of yarn left over from the Zig Zag skirt.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The organization project is coming along. And, I'm sure ya'll can even picture the vision that I described in the previous post about my plans for this area of my room. This shelf has been lying on the floor in the hallway since February. Oooh, that's probably something that I should have kept secret. Oh well, time to move forward now. I am still going to put a curtain behind it so that the division of the two areas can be very distinct. I know that the positioning of the shelf seems questionable, but I have thought of safety, due in part to the insistence of my paranoid dad. No, I am not in denial. I know that my toddler is bad as h-e-double hockey sticks. But, we love her and don't want a giant shelf to fall on top of her when she tries to climb it. She's already made it about half way up. I swear, mine is going to be the first black family on Nanny 911. Daddy, the following images will prove to you that this shelf ain't going no where. First, I countersunk two heavy duty dry wall anchors; Second, I procured myself an L bracket and attached it to the wall; Third, I bolted the L bracket to the shelf at the joint. Ta-da! Instant safety. In the world of crochet.... I've been trying to work on this tank for the friend of my aunt. She loved HP's so much, she asked me to design one for her. I've been trying, but I haven't been able to focus and I keep messing up. The stitches are very tiny, which is ok for a tiny tank, by not one for a plus size, like us. So, I for now I have to give up. She'll still have a tank, but It's going to have to be her second choice, which already has a pattern. She became so impressed when HP and I wore our tanks on the same day. Her second choice comes from the same book that I got this one from. In the mean time, I've been knitting away at the Crystal Palace cable sweater which I've converted to toddler size by using sock yarn and size 3 circulars. It's coming out great so far, and I can't wait to finish. After these projects, I'm going to try to knit the Green Gable. Most of it looks easy, but the new stitch does offer a challenge for me. Come back to see the results. Also, DJ has been gone to his dad's since the first week of June. I've missed him sometimes, but I really think I needed the break. I've been slacking off majorly when it comes to things like cooking and laundry. Interesting how having one less child in the house makes this possible. However, my dinners have been healthy, although not conventional. Breakfast for dinner was not my invention, but it works well often.