Thursday, May 19, 2011

3rd Time is the Charm! 5.19.11

Or is it the 4th time?  But, I DID IT.  Wow, I was really struggling with my newest square for James's Aran Afghan.  It is designed by Betty Salpekar.  It starts with a very complicated celtic knot central square, then there is a cool braided cable border, then finally the garter border.  Having mastered cables and chart reading, I thought the center square would be a breeze.  Oh contraire!  There are cable parts that must go sideways.  The directions call for a separate yarn, dpn, and an invisible cast on.  Well I just couldn't understand them.  I tried 3 times before I figured out that I needed to make a completely separate little 3 stitch cable and attach it to the square.  I was ready to check the Ravelery boards because I am sure that I can't be the only person who had trouble with these directions.  Right?  I can't be the only one?  Anyway, I did figure it out, and am about 1/3 through the center square, and, if I say so, it looks awesome!

I have also finished the 2-at-a-time Sheep Puppets I am making main bodies.  All I need to do is close the tops of the heads, stuff the heads, then cinch in the necks.
Then I will finish up 3 puppets simultaneously:
Why haven't i closed the 2?  Why haven't I stuffed them all?  Why haven't I started the arms (the next part)?  I can't find my tapestry needle.  I need to buy fiberfill.

I have decided that my tools are in ridiculous disarray.  I need to organize.  I bought these really cool double pointed needles, and am afraid to take them out of the package, because I know I'll just lose them one at a time...  Also, I really need some way to keep track of my circular needles.  Then of course, I know I bought a gauge thingy.  Where is it?  Also, how many tapestry needles have I bought over the years?

I have the urge to look for some cool patterns to sew for needle cases, etc., but I really think I should just BUY some good needle cases.  I will start doing some research and report back.

Here's to Organization, and Knitting Success!

C. A. Losi

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