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.
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