So I finally finished that purple crochet scarf that I just made up a pattern for (single, double, half double on repeat until I ran out of yarn). It turned out pretty good, not as long as I would have liked (I should have made it narrower) but still looks good if I do say so myself.
Here's a closer view of my stitches. They are all pretty consistent, which makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is that I wasn't focusing part of the time and I ended up with one end being narrower than the other:
See? I wasn't paying attention and I know that I forgot to chain one at the end of the row so I ended up making a few rows shorter than the rest. I'm also not terribly good at counting my stitches in crochet. Knitting yes, crochet no. Not sure why but that is a long philosophical discussion for another day.
Nevertheless to the "untrained" eye I think it looks fabulous and because this is a gift, the person I'm giving this to should damn well appreciate it, narrow end and all. 😉
Still working on my knitting project, which I am woefully behind on but that one is now also starting to take shape so I am feeling more confident about it.
Lola loves to jump around in the water, and she has started taking Toby's ball from him in a game of keep away. Then she decides to take the ball into the water, which isn't a good idea since she can't pick up the ball in the water, she only makes it sink more or she pushes it farther out in the water where I can't get it so then I have to send Toby out in the water to get the ball.
These are chuck-it balls, which aren't cheap, so I want the damn things back.
Look at her dirty face! This is what she's really like:
Don't let that cute little face fool you, she can be a terror.
Lounging around today, working on my knitting project, which, unfortunately, I know I'm not going to complete in time. That bugs me. I have been trying so hard for so long to finish what I start (and in a timely manner) that this is a step back. At least I tried, right?
Hey, has anyone seen these or tried them?
These are gorgeous and I would love to get one but they are SOOOOO very expensive I don't want to have serious buyers remorse. Does anyone have any feedback on these? I'd love to hear it.
So…do you have any big plans? I am still working on a knitting project that is kicking my ass. It’s not a difficult pattern, but I have been having such a hard time getting it all started. I can’t get past the set up. I started with metal straight needles of my grandmothers and the yarn kept slipping off the damn needles. Then the yarn I was using was almost the same color as the needles, and it’s fingering weight yarn, so even with my readers I was having trouble seeing the yarn. sonofabitch. So now I have some bamboo circular needles and different yarn. Even if the yarn slips off it’s not going anywhere, and I have a different color too because by now the yarn I was using is just giving me fits looking at it so I’ve put it away for another day.
So this is the new yarn stash and needles I’m going to try today. This is a beautiful knitting project and dammit if it’s not going to be the death of me.
And as for the purple scarf I was crocheting, just as an aside project and because I wanted to use the yarn, it is done, but I need to find the metal pole that connects the wheeled base of my mannequin to the mannequin body before I can post a proper photo. I know it is around here somewhere, I know I packed it and I know I took it out of the POD, so it’s probably in the garage somewhere…
So if you didn’t know, I took a Level I crochet class at the library this past week. I only learned the chain stitch and single crochet stitch, but I practiced my ass off over the weekend. I made about 5 dishcloths just from the single crochet stitch. All I did was make a square and crocheted back and forth. The pink and the beige and green are the crocheted dishcloths. The dark green is a knitted crochet cloth.
I have noticed that crochet is much more forgiving than knitting, and (so far) so very easy to do. (no wonder my mom likes crochet so much!) Crochet is not as fussy, you only need one hook, and I can whip through a pattern really quickly with crochet. Now let’s just see if I still think it’s that easy once I try the Level II class.
So what do you think of my patterns? This was so easy to do and kind of fun. Besides napping, this was the bulk of my weekend. I am not complaining.
Oh, I also started some more of those drawstring bags too. Those are fun; quick and easy to make too! So, what are you working on?
Yeah, kinda how I feel about knitting now. I mean, I still love yoga, no doubt about it, but knitting has become an obsession of mine and it’s like I want to just stay home and knit all the time and when I get tired of knitting then I’ll go to yoga class. So just knit and yoga; and dogs and dog park. Knit and yoga and dogs and dog park. Yep, that’s it, that’s my life and I am perfectly happy and content with it.
I often think of this quote when I’m feeling like I can’t do it all, or just do it – period. Then I remember to do just one thing at a time, work at it a little day by day, and it will get done. Maybe not as fabulously as I had hoped or imagined, but it will get done. I never thought I’d be very good at knitting, but I’m doing pretty well, mastering the stitches, and trying something new almost every week, and not with the same easy stitches either, I’m getting into some yarn overs and K2TOG, etc.
I’m learning to be more patient with myself in the stuff I do, and I am totally honest about my limitations; if I can’t do it, I can’t do it and that’s that.
I bought myself an ID lanyard with the Wonder Woman logo on it and wore it to work. One of my smart ass coworkers I joke with says “I know you’d like to think you’re Wonder Woman, but you’re not.” Pshaw…I know I am.
The weather has just been so beautiful the last few days, I can hardly believe it. The last “cool snap” before the heat of summer kicks in. I am ever so grateful for days like this, I can enjoy my back porch and being outside watching puppies play in the garden; and I can work in my garden without being so uncomfortable.
I still have tomatoes growing and some collard greens, so I think I’ll make a sweet potato and collard green dish for lunch. I also have dill growing! What I did this year with the garden is I threw a bunch of seeds in the dirt that we had leftover from a couple years ago (I know…) and they grew! And one of those seed packets we had was dill! So now I have dill and I need to find something to add it to. Besides my eggs in the morning and pickles, I have no idea what to use it with. It smells great though.
Still cleaning and purging and simplifying. It’s been great and I am getting used to it and enjoying it really. I’ve found, for me, that my biggest problem is the sentimental and emotional attachment that comes from certain objects. But as this article states, “…we are the embodiment of our experience.” So I don’t have to hold onto things because I will always have the memories and experience within me, that can never be taken away. So all my photos from high school, that I haven’t looked at in years, I can shred, because let’s face it, I’m not going to look at them again (anytime soon) and I will always have those memories with me, they aren’t going anywhere. Having less clutter not only frees up space, it frees up time too.
more time to watch puppies play in the yard and to work in my garden and to make more crafty, creative sewing/jewelry/knitting stuff. (I’m working on these happy sheep dishcloths next, SO excited!)
Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.