So before I get so behind I can’t catch up, let’s catch up. There will be several topics covered today. I am providing an agenda so readers will know whether to stick around for all of it or skim judiciously. We will be discussing:
1. The Finally Finished East Meets West jacket which is actually a cap-sleeved cardi now.
2. The complete completion of all 12 afghan squares which will keep a lot of little dolls warm unless I get it sewn together.
3. The totally adorable Ridges and Ruffles wrap.
4. The reason why I am so busy right now.
5. The three (only three!) items that are currently on the needles. Wait….late-breaking news….make that two items and another FO.
Let us begin. The real truth for my slacker status is that I have not wanted to take a photo of me in the Finally Finished East Meets West jacket from Knit One Below that has no sleeves so it’s not exactly a jacket, is it? What I have here is very nice to look at on the surface. I had to tinker with the side seams, and with the loose panels in the back. It took two tries to get the crocheted edging on the armholes just right. Since it is a drop sleeve style, I end up with kind of a cap sleeve effect….not quite vest, not quite sweater, definitely not jacket. I sort of like the end product, but we are definitely not in love.
But taking a photo…finding out if it really is acceptable or if I will so hate myself in it that I’ll never wear it again….this is taking courage. I have experienced a significant weight loss in the last 8 months. (Intentional.) What if the photo makes it look like nothing has changed? If it looks awful on me, I won’t be able to show the photo, and what good is a write-up if I don’t include a photo?
Enough with the inner scripting….here’s the damn photo. What do you think?
Nope, never gonna be a favorite.
BLOCK OF THE MONTH AFGHAN
About two years ago, Rae, my boss, designed a Block of the Month afghan pattern. I came into the project about halfway through her designs, and by doing two blocks a month, I quickly caught up. Then she got behind and I got behinder. But we are both fully caught up. All 12 block patterns are published, and all 12 block patterns have been knit.
And then I come to a screeching halt! Haven’t blocked them. Can’t start sewing together until I block them. Don’t really want to sew them together. Hmm…..is this a project I want to hire out to be done? That’s a thought worth thinking. The last time I thought it was for the Origami Pullover, and when I finally seamed it myself it was way easier and faster than what my imagination had concocted. So check in next week or next month or next whenever to see what I decided.
RUFFLES WRAPHere’s a quick and easy and completely adorable project using just one skein of sock yarn. (100 grams) The Fiber Trends Ruffles and Ridges Wrap using Cascade Heritage sock yarn. The best feature of this pattern is that it starts at the ruffled edge with 807 stitches cast on (!!!) but quickly reduces to 273, and continues reducing every pattern repeat. The psychological boost of fewer stitches as I progress, instead of the usual other way around should not be underestimated.
The pink in this color way is more influenced by the oranges than I expected. It is not a great color for me. This one will be gifted eventually, and in the meantime I’ve started another using Noro Silk Garden sock yarn. As usual, I love the color play of Noro. As usual, I hate the knots. And I hate the way this yarn wants to wrap around itself as it comes out of the skein. This will be the last time I ever use the sock weight of my beloved Silk Garden.
COMMERCIALTime out for a commercial message from our sponsor, Lia Sophia Jewelry. I must have been starting to feel bored because I hosted a Lia Sophia jewelry party in December, and by the end of January I was in business for myself. Back when I was 17, I worked the Men’s Ties and Toiletries counter at J. L. Hudson for the Christmas season. This is when I discovered that I was good at sales. Flash forward all these years, after a lengthy career in education (teaching is selling too, in its way), and I find that I really enjoy selling. I love love love my job at the yarn shop, helping to match up a customer with the just-right yarn and pattern. And it turns out that I love love love selling pretty jewelry, helping to match up a customer with just the right special bauble, bangle, or bead. It’s not about making money; it’s about the mental challenge of getting organized and finding the balance between being persuasive and being pushy. (Not that making money is a bad thing.)
In fact, it’s so not about the money, that I am offering to do shows as a fundraiser. I will donate 50% of my commission to the organization sponsoring a party. This is not going to add thousands of dollars to anyone’s treasury, but it could add several hundred or so. My goal is simply to keep my business self-sustaining and to support my own habit. And to have fun, of course. Please contact me if you are interested.
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I am also happy to meet up one-on-one, meet with a small group, or do a full-fledged party where you reap the generous hostess benefits. Catalog party, lunch-time at the office party, coffeeshop party, online order party, mother and daughter party, any-theme-you-come-up-with party, full-fledged with all the games party or pared-down get right to business party…I will tailor a party to your needs. I’m your party girl.
ON THE NEEDLES NOW
Commercial over. Back to our regularly-scheduled program. So what’s on the needles right now? Just two things. A pale-green vintage style sweater for my granddaughter, Paige. However, the pattern was written for a newborn size with fingering weight yarn and size 2 needles. I am using worsted weight and a size 6 needle. The sweater has upsized nicely, but I think Paige will have to grow before she wears this. It is probably too big for big sister Abby as well. But as we all know, little ones get bigger in the blink of an eye.
I am also working on another Ruffles and Ridges wrap, as I mentioned above. Not much there yet to show.
And the most current FO…..simple socks knit wih Yarn Hollow hand-dyed yarn.