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If it's fiber I'll probably be sewing it, knitting it, crocheting it, cooking it, or reading it.  Those are my main outlets right now.  Who knows what else may pop up in time and become an obsession.

23 nov 04

change in gauge
So I've learned a lesson.  If you stop a project for a few months and learn a different style of knitting during that time, don't use the new style on the old, partially complete project.  I picked the Harry Potter scarf back up and began knitting on it again, this time with the yarn in my left hand.  After working on quite a bit of it, I looked at the whole scarf and realized I knit MUCH looser with the yarn in my left hand.  Here's a picture:
HP scarf with gauge problems
You can see that I switched the yarn to my left hand after the second set of stripes.  It is really just too big up there.  The picture doesn't look as bad as it does in real life.
I think I will take it all out and start back over from the beginning.  I made a few small mistakes just before and after the first set of stripes.  I also wished I would have done a provisional cast-on so that I could knit the end closed.  So now, instead of remembering those mistakes and regretting the cast-on, I will just redo it from the beginning.  I'm surprised at how it does not bother me too much.
23 nov 04 @ 2:01 pm est

20 nov 04

Weasley Complete!
Bruce in his Weasley sweater
I finished the sweater last night, and even though it is QUITE warm today, I made Bruce put on a turtleneck and his new sweater for a picture.  As this picture shows, I really need a new digital camera.  Mine is old and was cheap even then. 
I think I may go back and cast off the neck even looser.  I fit over his head but was pretty close.  If I want him to wear it much I think I should do that.
I'm having trouble with some of the pictures on this blog coming out squished longways.  I've taken them off and reloaded them a couple of times and it still is happening.  I don't know what is going on.
After I finished the sweater last night I sat around with my hands fidgeting, not knowing what to do.  I'm going to work on the Potter scarf until I figure out what my next project will be.
We're off to Connecticut for Thanksgiving.  Hopefully I'll have some neat show and tell when we return!  I'll also try to get some better pictures of the sweater and put them in the gallery.
20 nov 04 @ 1:07 pm est

17 nov 04

Sleeve Progress
One sleeve down and 2/3 to go in the second one.  I'm making the sleeves longer than the pattern calls for.  I figure it will allow Bruce to wear the sweater longer.  I'm excited to be so close to finishing!
1 2/3 sleeves
I've been trying to figure out what my next project will be.  I have ideas, but never seem to find a yarn I like.  I may wait and see what kinds of yarn I may find on our trip up to Connecticut for Thanksgiving.  All of you Northeasterners seem to have great yarn stores around you.  I'll have to check out the yellow pages.
17 nov 04 @ 1:35 pm est

9 nov 04

Sleeve Start
Sleeve Beginnings
I've begun the first sleeve for the Weasley sweater.
I must admit to a great lack of sewing and knitting last week.  I thought the election would cause me to sit and knit more, but my solking got in the way.  I found I'm not a good at knitting and sulking.
I have realized, though, that I purl best with the yarn in my left hand and that I knit best with my yarn in the right hand.
I cast on using the knit cast on technique.  I liked it. It was a little slow going, but the edge is nice and I didn't have to worry about getting the right amount of yarn at the beginning.  I also tried out the make one increase.  I like that too.
My darts on the apron dress are way off.  I've got to just sit down and rework it.  Or just wear a bra that hefts my boobs up and inch and a half!
9 nov 04 @ 6:07 pm est

2 nov 04

My little dragon
Okay - so this is not a post about anything crafty.  I didn't even make the costume.  It was given to me by one of my aunts and she bought it at a store.
But Bruce was cute and had a good time visiting my parents' neighbors.  We pulled him around in a wagon. (A dragon in a wagon!)
Bruce the Dragon
2 nov 04 @ 2:25 pm est


I'll do my best to use this as a way to get some "me" time.  I'm hoping it will help me to see a project all the way through instead of fizzing out at the end.
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