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she's back and she's crafty [Jan. 31st, 2005|06:59 am]
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*blows dust off of this journal*

Taking baby steps on my postpartum attempt to get my crafting groove back. I've begun with knitting. The cold winter weather inspired me to raid my stash of Lamb's Pride Bulky and whip off a few simple hats. I did one for myself which I finished earlier in the week; I somehow lost track of my decreases on the crown at one point, so it's a bit lopsided but that doesn't show when it's on, and it's warm, so I'll wear it.

I offered to make hubby a hat, so I improvised a design with a k2p2 rib brim and plain stockinette top. Initially he didn't want the brim to turn up, so I finished it off, but he now thinks he would prefer it with the brim turned up. So I'm appropriating Hat 1.0 for my own self, and will make him another one that's long enough to turn the brim up. Incidentally, Hat 1.0 also looks mighty cute on toddler.

Seeking a challenge, I decided to try my hand at some lace knitting. I cast on and got one repeat of the pattern through Knitty's Cozy shawl, when I was struggling through a ssk and got distracted by toddler, and dropped a ton of stitches off the needle. After exploding into a Fit of Pique, I took it as a sign from the gods and ripped the thing out, because I didn't like the yarn or the way it was knitting up. The pattern calls for silk. I cannot stand the smell of silk - whether that is due to the chemicals used to process silk, or the fact that silk is, well, worm poop I cannot say, but I don't like it. Not wanting silk and not wanting to spend a lot of money, I found Jo Sharp DK wool tweed yarn at elann.com. The stuff knits up like cardboard. The pattern - and my hands - need something softer and drapier.

This is the third time I've been burned by ordering yarn online that I haven't previously seen and felt in person. Lesson learned!

Lace knitting or knitting that requires concentration and counting + small children in house = disaster waiting to happen. Lesson learned!

I think I will be sticking to relatively simple hats for the time being. My hobby, which is supposed to bring me joy and relax me, should not make me frustrated and angry and wanting to run away from my family.

Beading: I'm thinking of reducing some of my bead stash by making some stitch markers and seeing if the yarn shop in L'ville is interested in consigning them.

Stamping: I need to unpack my stuff and set up my desk in the guest room, where I can *close the door*.
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(no subject) [Jul. 14th, 2004|12:18 pm]
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[mood |cross-eyed]

I cast on for the Devan sweater last night. I hope I don't end up cursing this thing, although strangely I'm finding it easier to purl on those size 2 needles with that skinny sock yarn than I have purling anything else. Still, I wonder if, after this, I'll ever want to work with tiny materials again.
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Progress! [Jul. 12th, 2004|08:04 pm]
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The sort-of-Umbilical Cord Baby Hat:

I did finally figure out I-cord so now I can make another one properly.

Rolled Brim Hat for me:

I've made tremendous progress on the Booga Bag. It's amazing how quickly stockinette stitch in the round works up!

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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2004|09:06 am]
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I cast on and started a few rows on the Booga Bag last night. My yarn (Noro 116) and Denise needle set arrived, so I was all set.

I'd been working on this hat in grey, green, and charcoal, but joining colors in the round was giving me fits, so it's been put aside for the time being. Lord knows I'm not going to wear it any time soon in this weather.

Waiting for my yarn to arrive for my first sweater attempt, the Devan pattern from the Spring Knitty for Thomas.

I have made the foolish commitment to offer my services as a "beading instructor" -- haha -- to incoming students at the college this fall. Admin has been begging staff to offer 2-3 hour "interest sessions" to incoming students during orientation, so I gave in and signed up.

Stamping: eh. My stamping muse has left the building. I hope she comes back, and soon.
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hat! [Jun. 27th, 2004|05:35 pm]
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[mood |accomplished]

I started, and finished, the Umbilical Cord Baby Hat from SnB this weekend! To accomplish this feat, I needed to:

1. Teach myself long-tail cast-on
2. Figure out knitting in the round on circulars, right side out
3. Get over my fear and figure out double-pointed needles
4. Learn to make I-cord

I managed the first 3 of the 4. They don't call it "idiot cord" for nothing, and I definitely did it wrong somehow. But I was an inch into the cord when I realized it really didn't look right, and whatever I was doing twisted up and looked funky in its own way, so I went with it, knit a few more inches, and bound it off. It's a cute little hat, and I'm just pleased to have finished a project. I knit it in Mission Falls 1824 wool, which was really soft in the ball but feels a bit stiff, so I hope it will soften up after washing. Must take pictures, but first, must get new camera battery.

Still need to finish up my Sprinkle cards for the ignu2k's DPOV swap. I'm honestly not happy with any of the designs I've come up with, so I've got another in mind to try out. I'm finding it to be a hard image to work with, at least with the "this is going to be submitted to a stamping magazine" pressure on.
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glutton for punishment [Jun. 23rd, 2004|12:38 pm]
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Anybody want to go in on a Booga Bag knit-along with me?
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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2004|01:16 pm]
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[mood |spendy]

Budget? What budget? Go ahead and ask how much money I just spent.

I ordered two sets of circular needles. Some size 15's for this hat which claims to be a two-hour pattern and which I'm hoping will conquer my fear of knitting in the round. I also ordered some size 7's for the "Umbilical Cord Hat" baby hat pattern in SnB. I stocked up on some Lamb's Pride Bulky for various small projects, and some Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed that I don't know what I'm going to do with, but it was so gorgeous and it's being discontinued.

On the needles right now is the SnB "Ribbed for Her Pleasure" scarf, which I'm using to learn my purls and to use up some balls of Encore. I'd gotten the encore last year for a pattern for a hoodie for Thomas, but he's now grown too big for the pattern. D'oh!

On the stamping front I need to finish up DPOV cards for a swap, and send out a few goodie boxes.

I need to put new batteries in the digital camera so I can take/post project pics.
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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2004|12:32 pm]
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This is my new crafting journal. I made it a "community" just so I don't have to bother with logging in and out of my personal LJ. All of my entries here will be public and will focus on whatever craft projects I have in mind or in progress, in the crafts of knitting, stamping, and beading.

"Craft After Dark" because I generally only get craft time in after my son is asleep! :)
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