Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Yarn, It Hates Me

So...

I was working away on the border for a baby afghan that I was designing for a gift...Looked great, very pretty and delicate (which was what I wanted)...Made a little place to thread some matching ribbon through...Nice...Thought that since I was making it to match the baby's room, and it was rather fluffy and eyelet-y, I would put a big ol' ruffle around the edge...Not that I'd ever crocheted a ruffle before or anything, but I know how it should look in my head, and I have the technical skill to do it, so...

No, it didn't really work out, after One Billion Stitches around the edge of the blasted baby 'ghan...

OK, so sometimes if I am trying to work something out, I find that if I put it aside for a day or two, and let the idea percolate through my subconscious, when I go back to it, I can figure out a solution fairly easily...So on to another project and give the Evil Babyghan a rest...

Got the yummy Magic Stripes from Sleepycat...Copy her footies? Easy-peasy! Did the toe, did the instep, did the heel, sewed it all up, edged the top...Too big? It would have been too big for a Sasquatch! 'Unsewed' it, frogged the back part of the foot, redid it...

Too. Big.

Redid it.

Too! Big!!!

Either Magic Stripes is mega stretchy, or I have freakishly small feet...(BTW, I was trying on every 5 minutes at this point...) Finally, Sleepycat posted her instructions for the way she did the heel part, but since I have thrown the gigantic footie down the side of the sofa in a fit of pique, it may be a little while before I am calm enough to attempt them again...

I had bought all that Debbie Bliss DK Merino on mega closeout, and thought I would hone my (non-existent) Mad Knittin' Skillz and do a sampler scarf with stitch patterns from one of my new books...Started off great...Some weird laddered ribbing...Neat! Then moss stitch, just because I love how it looks...Then this basket weave stitch I started on Saturday, while I was sitting with a friend at a yard sale...(I wonder if the reason we didn't have many customers would have something to do with the fact that his compatriot was sitting muttering and counting under her breath, coming up for air occasionally, only to shout, "You know I hate knitting, right?!?" over and over again...) I just can't get the freaking little squares to match up!!! I've frogged at least twice now, and am following the pattern exactly...It is totally driving me nuts!!!

The Sampler Scarf is now also down the side of the sofa, doing time with the Gigantic Footies O' Doom...

So today, I started the Babette...



Wish me luck...

4 comments:

Marti said...

Hey there.
I think it may have been you who was asking about the buttertart ice cream on the Harlot's coment section of her Canada Day post. Anyhow, I just discovered it. It's made by President's Choice, which I'm pretty sure is an exclusively Canadian brand. It's extremely decadent and has little bits of pecan in it...a little taste of heaven for those who love butter tarts. Hope you're able to find it or something like it wherever you are!

sleepycat said...

If the footies are too big around I'm pretty sure I had 39 stitches in fingering weight yarn with a C hook. I went down a hook size from what the South Bay pattern said because the D hook I have annoys me.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Just read marti's comment re: butter tart ice cream. I live in Victoria, and have found buttertart ice cream, too, made by Island Farms. Unfortunately, this too is a strictly Canadian company--probably even harder to find than President's Choice, which at least is available across Canada. Island Farms is only available on our little (okay, not really little......) island. Good luck in your quest, though.........
Barb

The Illustrious Ms E said...

Thanks for all the ice cream info...I think for now I'll try and get my hands on my auntie's butter tart recipe, then see if I can score some butter tart ice cream when I head up to Canada for the holidays! Yum!

*grin*