Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Such a Tease

  Between organizing and finishing my granny-love-knot shawl, I've been making steady progress on the elephant rug I took an order for. The pattern is easy to follow, but full of time-consuming popcorn stitches, so it's taking a little longer than anticipated. And I'm dreading the bit of embroidery needed to finish the details of the face.

  When I ordered the yarn for the project, it came to just under the $50 I needed to spend to qualify for free shipping... So I was naughty. I'm not supposed to be buying more yarn. I could have just bought another skein of the cheaper Super Saver to reach the threshold, but...

  I know they have something I've been eyeing up for awhile... Something that that has been whispering to me: You want me... But... Don't... Buy more...But... It's sooooo prettyyyyyyyyy!!!

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

  Yup. One skein, and only one skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable was added to my order, completely justified by free shipping. I've wanted this yarn in this color (Dragonfly) ever since its release. And now that a skein is in my house, it won't stop teasing me. I know I decided to keep it packed away until I lift the ban on new projects, but I had to pull it out to take some pictures...

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

  And during the photography, a little of the tail pulled out of the center of the skein. No. No, no, no, yarn, you can't do this to me... I'm committed to other projects... I'm staying faithful to my promises of no new WIP's...

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

  Please, stop calling to me! ...What's that you said, pretty yarn? You want me to pull that tail out a little more? Okay, well, just a little. You know we really shouldn't be doing this...

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly


yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

  Sorry, either the heat is affecting my brain, or I'm having a love affair with my yarn. I'm pretty sure it's the heat. I haven't been thinking straight. I mean, how did that skein get on the table along with its recommended hook size? I couldn't have put it there, right? I promised I wouldn't start any new projects until I finished all my WIP's!

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

   And how on earth did it get hooked up into the start of a lacy fingerless glove? Nooooo... Not me! I'm sticking to my word, remember?

yarn, Red Heart, Boutique, Unforgettable, Dragonfly

Oops, I guess I slipped up.
Happy Crocheting!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lost and Found

  To make a long story short: Yesterday + ants = Exterminator coming today. It's been raining every day, we're flooded up to and under the house, and the poor bugs just want to find high ground... But sorry, they're not welcome here.

  Well, that leads to a bigger problem: Mission to get organized + not enough space = Big mess. I had traded out what used to be my yarn cabinet for a bunch of plastic bins, and moved the cabinet into The Kid's room for her books and movies. Needing help but not wanting to turn her into slave labor, I made the mistake of asking if she could empty the cabinet... Just put it all on the couch... I'll get to it soon...

  Yeah, right! She did her part, but my mess has sat on the couch for a few days now. However, now I'm hustling. I'm not letting it sit there while the bug people do their work. I had an embarrassing situation last time when the guy blamed the ants all on me. Nope, it's not rain causing the problem, he said... I need to clean more, he told me. To which I'm like:

  Are you kidding me? I vacuum almost every day, mop twice a week, wipe down counters and tables every time I use them, and dust once a week (ceilings, too). Okay, so (clean) laundry tends to pile up unfolded, and there's usually a few dirty dishes in the sink. I still KNOW I clean more than most... Who disinfects every door knob and handle in the house once a day? 

But I do know I am a clean freak with a clutter problem. Look what I found stuffed in one of the boxes from the cabinet:

crochet, plarn, rug, cats

crochet, cats

  The plarn project, not the cat... He just won't move, and the snoring Other Half will be in the photos if I move over. So, today you get kitty pics. Now, back to the project: I don't remember what it was supposed to be. I have no memory of working on it. And I'm not going to continue working on it, because it's the perfect size to be used as a runner in front of my kitchen sink. All I have to do is weave in a few ends, and get it straightened out after being folded up for who knows how long.

crochet, cats

That one's just to prove Jump Steady won't move. No, he's not playing. He hasn't moved in about 5 hours. I put it on him. And he still won't move.  

crochet, cats

  So after giving the project (and me) a stretch via downward-facing dog, it was in much better shape. Some of the really bad creases are still a problem, but I wonder if a little use will press them out. I tucked in the ends before moving it to the kitchen, deciding to scrap the project if the wrinkles don't straighten out.

crochet, cats

And he still hasn't moved...

crochet, stash, plarn

  With a cat in the way and The Other Half still snoring (also in the way), I went through bags and boxes, finding more unfinished projects that I had no memory of. I stuffed one big shoe box full of scraps, test squares, and other random nonsense that could be thrown away. (GASP!) The cabinet wasn't airtight, and anything not protected by plastic is horribly contaminated with dust. In the end, I reduced my clutter by two large shoe boxes and one small...

crochet, cats

Okay, two large shoe boxes. The small one I emptied seems to be full again...

crochet, cats

I told Lucky if she was going to take over the box, I would take cute kitty pics of her.

crochet, cats

So, of course she moved. Good, now I can get back to work and haul all three of these boxes out for the...

crochet, cats

So, I reduced my clutter by two large shoe boxes, and gained another new plarn rug.  

Happy Crocheting!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fighting the Urge

  Sometimes I'm a perfectionist, and other times I'm willing to let minor details slide. Many times I find these two sides of my personality fighting each other. When that happens, I can count on productiveness flying out the window. This is one of those times.

  I was making great progress on my Grannies in a Love Triangle shawl, but then I got that order for an elephant rug... That is going nicely at least; it's easy for me to follow the well-written pattern with no mistakes to rip out. But when I couldn't access the PDF on my PC because of more (severe) thunderstorms, I had to set the project aside. Not wanting to waste time, I picked up the shawl again.

crochet, shawl, love knot, solomon's knot,

  I finished the last round before the edging starts. Yay. That's a sarcastic "yay", because I found a mistake on the opposite side. It's not a big mistake; I simply missed one stitch, and you can barely see it. It won't cause any problem with working the final round. It doesn't even make any difference in the shape. I think many crocheters would say "oh well" and keep working. But I'm fighting the urge to take it all the way back to my mistake and fix it.

crochet, mistakes, fudging, frogging

  As I kicked the question around in my mind, I took a few photos that would be usable for the pattern, mistake not showing. My camera refused to focus properly, the lighting kept changing, and now we're in the middle of another thunderstorm, so I need to get off the computer anyway... Sometimes I wonder if all these setbacks are bad omens telling me I need to fix my mistake.

  And I'm back. I thought more about it during my break: I think too much. This is just a test pattern, a pre-pattern, a FREE pattern that I'm writing to see if people like it... I kinda like the combination of stripes and squares, but I also think it looks a little weird. I want to design a similar pattern to sell, but I'm not sure if I like the stripe/square design after all. Just because I missed one stitch while creating the shawl doesn't mean I can't keep working, finish the pattern, and get it published so I can see how it goes.

crochet, shawl, love knot

  So, fudge it. Fudge the fudging mistake, and get on with the fudging pattern. The missed stitch blends into all those lacy loops, and you'd have to be picking it apart to notice it. I need to stop thinking that every thunderstorm, bad photo, and anything else that holds me back is a sign that I should rip my work back even farther. It's called July in Florida, an almost dead battery, and life situations. I often look at crochet as a metaphor for life, but life doesn't have to be a metaphor for crochet. Sometimes you just have to say "fudge it" and look past the mistakes to admire the beauty around them. There, how's that for a metaphor?

Happy Crocheting!

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