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Friday, May 22, 2015

Excellent Question

I’ll be blocking my Extra Credit shawl today, but I really don’t have anything to show you right now. Fortunately, KayT of the comments asked a great question about the Yarn Over edging of Ondine!

Like many, many shawl patterns, Ondine uses Yarn Overs (YO) as increases.  This results in a row of YO’s at the edges of the shawl, which looks great and blends well with a lace pattern when there is lace in the middle of the shawl (Ondine has stockinette stitch, the only lace is the crocheted lace edge).  Since there is no other lace in the shawl, I didn’t feel like I was necessarily married to YO’s for my shaping increases.  Then, as I was reading through the notes on other people’s projects, I noticed one person mentioned that the YO’s at the edge made weaving in the ends from the stripes difficult.  That helped me make up my mind.  I was going to do this differently.

For my Ondine, I decided to go ahead and work the YO’s, but I would close them on the following row.  I could have worked Make One’s as my increases, those are closed when you make them; but they also tend to tighten the area they’re in.  With several rows of plain stockinette between them, it isn’t noticeable, but all of them in a single area (the edge) would have made it tighter than I wanted it.  By using YO’s, the edge didn’t get too tight, and then I could just twist them on the next row.  The YO’s at the beginning of Right Side Rows and the end of Wrong Side Rows were wrapped the usual way, and then knit (or purled) through the back loops on subsequent rows.  The YO’s at the end of RS rows and beginning of WS rows were wrapped reverse (back to front) and then knit (or purled) the regular way through the front loops.  This gave me the shaping the pattern called for, but made it easier to weave in the ends because I didn’t have a row of holes at the edge.  This is the only change I made to the pattern, which is beautifully written and very easy to follow.

I’ve added these notes to my project page on Ravelry as well so they’ll be easy to find (and I’ll be able to remember if I do this pattern again).

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Extra Credit

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The extra yarn arrived yesterday, so last night I finished the crocheted edge of my extra credit.  I loved knitting this (and crocheting it, since the edging is crocheted).  Once I get the ends woven in (I didn’t do that earlier this week), it’s ready to block.  After blocking I’ll get photos and upload them to The Loopy Ewe and then I’ll have completed my first year of Loopy Academy!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Slowly But Surely

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In addition to yesterday’s crochet, I’ve also been working on my Big Damn Heroes.  It’s impossible to photograph right now, and it’s so big that it’s hard to show progress as well.  I started the second ball of Pashmina yesterday, so I know I’m getting somewhere, even if I can’t really tell.  It’s taking 30 minutes to work two rows (yes, I time myself) and each right side row just gets longer and longer.  On the other hand, I think this will be very wearable here in the summer, tossed over a tank top.  Texas may be hot outside during the summer, but inside you can get hypothermia.  Add a glass of sweet tea and something like Big Damn Heroes will be perfect to keep me warm this summer.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Other Things

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Running out of yarn on my extra credit project means the crochet hook is free for other things.  Unlike knitting needles, I only have one set of crochet hooks and I’m using the same hook for the edging of the extra credit and for my second attempt at the Meditative Blanket.

I’ve completed the first row of the blanket, and I’ve begun the second row.  I’m so much happier with the colors being sorted and using a more compact portion of the color wheel.  As I use each color, I take the yarn from the yarn bag and it goes into the project bag until I’m through with the row.  This is my way of attempting to not use each color more than once in a row.  Some of the colors are pretty close though, so it might not look that way at the end.  I’m going with 24 blocks per row, but I’m not sure how many rows I’ll do.  I guess I’ll just see where the yarn takes me!

Or something like that.  I’ll figure it out when I get there.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Playing Chicken With Yarn

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The yarn won.

I’m on my last row of the crocheted edging and have less than a quarter of the way to go.  I’m out of yarn.  Fortunately, I’ve got more on the way, but until it gets here, my Loopy Academy extra credit project is on hold.  Once the yarn arrives, I’ve got less than an hour of crocheting to go, so I’m not worried about getting it finished.  I’m going to use some of the time while I wait to weave in ends.  Where there are stripes, there are ends.

Last week’s little medical adventure was the last thing related to this big gall bladder mess.  I’ve got to see the surgeon again this week, but that’s just a final re-check.  All the poking and prodding and sticking me with needles is over.  Now I get back to normal.

This morning I ran.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends, Once More

Tomorrow I’m going back to the hospital.  Fortunately, it’s for an out-patient procedure, so I should be home by lunchtime.  When I was in the hospital at the end of March, for the whole gall bladder removal thing, there were complications.  Due to this not being a standard, straight forward situation, the gastroenterologist solved the problem by leaving a few things inside me (not going into details, it’s kind of gross).  Tomorrow morning, I’ll be having an endoscopy so she can get everything she left there six weeks ago.  She has assured me that this would be very easy, in and out, because she knows exactly where she’s going (I guess she left a trail of breadcrumbs last time).  Nothing for this whole adventure has gone as planned, but I’m not too worried about tomorrow - I’ll be asleep, so as long as they get everything they came for, I don’t care how long it takes.

I’m so ready for everything to be finished with this stupid gall bladder!

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Little Crochet and I Completely Change My Mind

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I’m still working on Ondine, but I’m in the middle of the crochet border now!  I’ve just started the cream section which means there are only a few rows left, but the edge is approximately 274 feet long.  It takes a while to do each row.  I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel though, and I believe I will finish my second semester of Loopy Academy plus extra credit in plenty of time.

Did I mention I love the color of the English Rose yarn I’m using?  Yes, I’m still in the throes of a color crush with the pinks in this yarn.  I haven’t started writing poetry to it yet, but it’s really only a matter of time at this point.  It’s all downhill from here.

On a different note, remember how I said I wasn’t going to do Camp Loopy this summer because I wanted to knit from stash?  Well…I’m still going to knit from stash, but I’m going to do the sewing version of Camp Loopy this summer.  Sewing is faster than knitting, so I should be able to do that and knit from stash, and I had been wanting to do some sewing over the summer anyway.  But yeah, I’m doing Camp Loopy again.  I’ve done it every year it’s been offered so why quit now, right?

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