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Relearning to Bind Off

My beautiful scarf is done!

Way back on my bir’day, Scott bought me some fancypants yarn that I started working into a wavy scarf. Seven months, 5.5 feet of unstretched scarf (and most of a blanket and two dice bags…) later, I have a scarf, currently blocked out on my roommate’s floor.

Hey, he wasn’t there at the time. Not my fault he came home that night after I went to bed.

Me wearing the scarf, all blocked out and purdy.
Me wearing the scarf, all blocked out and purdy.
I’m not keeping the scarf–it’s going to my much more colorful sister–but I’m really proud (and glad!) it’s done. Aside from the little dice bags to break up these longer projects, this is my first sizable finish since I started back knitting/crocheting last fall.

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Happy Bir’day to Me!

There's no end in sight for this.Saturday was my bir’day! I’m a ripe young mumble-something years old, and I don’t feel like I’m getting old–I feel like I’m running out of time.

Advertising that I didn’t want gifts (hello, getting rid of stuff) meant that the gifts I did get were thoughtful and amazing. A set of writing books covering memoirs, grants, motivation, and fictionwriting techniques. A shorthand manual. Weber and Neal Stephenson books. Amazing and creative fancy-pants yarn (color 12).Greg says this yarn could kill me and that I should ask for a pale man to save me.

I picked up yarn for a new project myself on Saturday–an afghan to be finished by Feb 13 and begun after I finish my current afghan. Greg, being Greg, picked a pretty, soft eggplant-colored yarn for the blanket, and it’s going to be beautiful. I’ll have to relearn how to knit for that and the wavy scarf I’m doing with the fancypants yarn.

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Crocheting and Knitting: Having the MIPS

Um, that’s more this kind of MIPS, not that.

More like a Triple "Threat" than a Triple Treat.I haven’t been a heavy crocheter since shortly after I left teaching in early 2008, but way back then, I started a blanket. It’s a gorgeous design, and I picked the colors based on the decor of a friend’s house. I don’t keep up with him anymore–and he’s married, so no telling what his house is like these days–but I still love the blanket. It’s wide: wider than 6 feet, which makes doing each row a painfully long endeavor.

My favorite times to crochet (and knit, whatever) are when I’m watching television or on long car rides. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of computer-based volunteer work, which means my television time is spent on my netbook. In cleaning out my former office for our upcoming roommate, though, I tidied up all my yarn. I found the 10 skeins of midnight blue yarn for the cable-knit afghan I was going to make my father (I didn’t end up with very usable cable needles, alas), the little purple baby blanket that only needs about 5 repeats of its purl/knit checkered pattern to be done, and all my thick wool squares (presumably to be quilted into an afghan).

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Cats and wall hangings

Part of my quest for a gorgeous and comfy home includes wall hangings. Everything from posters to crochet work, I want them on my walls.

Unfortunately, my cats — most notably Jackie — have a problem with that. Nothing on the walls goes undisturbed by her if she can get to it. And, alas, all the wall space in my front rooms is accessible to her. She hangs off of them, bats them around, etc.

My parents had a set of mirrors they always put up in a style I loved. Three tall, slim mirrors in a descending path along the wall. Very stylish. But any mirror that size is going to have weight, and of all ways I’ve imagined killing my cats (especially on the nights when I first banned them from my bedroom), death-by-falling-mirror isn’t one I’d like to see happen, should I purchase such.

Likewise for any crochet work I might put up. It takes enough time to crochet such things that if I found it damaged by my cats, I might have to bust some caps in their little asses.

The internet hasn’t been helpful in figuring out a solution. A random cat-safety site says:

Tapestries and other wall hangings are very attractive to cats. If your cat has claws, she might try to tear objects off the wall and end up hurting herself. Try to remove these objects that tempt your cat.

Really? Because I’ve seen cat-owners’ houses with stuff on their walls. Nice stuff.

Anyway, I suppose this is a call for advice and/or guidance. The finally got the buggers off my desk and counters. Now I need them off my walls.

Crocheting happiness

Or, at the very least, a hat. I made myself a tam this weekend to cover zee locks. Found this pattern courtesy of the Nappturality forums. It’s huge, but someday I will fill this hat.

Until then, it’s a little floppy.

I used a standard black cotton yarn (Sugar n Cream) for this so it would be airy enough for North Carolina summer wear. I’ve also got brown and purple cotton I might use to make others. Doing another in acrylic yarn for the winter will be a cinch, although I’d worry a bit more about finding strange colors in my hair with acrylic.

I made a few changes to the pattern. When I got to the end, I found the hat too loose for my head at the rim. I added one more row on the double crochet decreases and I decreased about 4 times on the final single crochet “rim”.

…And it’s still looser than many might prefer. You could easily go into that last double-crochet row and increase the number of decreases; instead of decreasing on stitches 7/8, decrease on every 4/5, for instance.

Aside from my head being a bit small (first time I’ve ever said that in my life — my family is full of big-headed people!), I really like that pattern. That’s the first pattern I’ve successfully done by crocheting in the round, and I had almost no trouble. Well, there is a strange issue of there being gaps at the end of each round, but it’s easy enough to stick another stitch in there to make it look fuller. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong there; my tension looks pretty even all the way around each row.

It would also be cake to toss in other colors. After I finish my Blanket Of Doom for my buddy Mike O (if only it weren’t so wide… doing a row takes 15 minutes), I may use the extra acrylic yarn from that project (dark brown, light brown, and cream) to make the winter tam. Hell, I’ve got this crazy sport-weight yarn Mae’s mother got me that would, if crocheted loosely, make a fun one. More like a net than a hat, in that case.

Now I just need my hair to grow to fill it. “Grow hair, grow!”