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Monday, March 13, 2017

Three steps again

Yesterday I knit and frogged the same two rows of Miss A's halter top no less than 3 times.  I need to check the pattern for errata....None noted.  I checked projects and comments in Ravelry, no one else seems to have had any issues with the Diamond halter from Knitty Summer 2009.  Le sigh...I guess I'll just try it again and try to make sense of it.  The chart  refers to a C4FP, but only explains a C3FP in the stitch key.  The next stitch on the first row of the chart is a C3BP.  I keep winding up with more reverse stockinette stitches on one side than on the other, although my stitch count is correct for the reverse stockinette portion (the bust),  So I've tried shifting the cabled part over by 1 stitch, as I had two more on the right of the base of the diamond than on the left.  Then my WS had two too many on that side!  Grrr....

Sunday, March 5, 2017

In which I am sometimes busy

The dreaded Dry Eye syndrome has come back, I've been to the eye doctor twice in the last week and am due to visit again today.  Lordy, eye drops are pricey!  And now I've got 5 different ones I need to use, two for wetting the ol' eyeballs, 1 for glaucoma, 1 antihistamine, and 1 steroid.  Then the last visit they put a piece of amniotic membrane on my left eye, so the only drops I can put in that one are the wetting ones.  That membrane was really high-priced, but lucky (!!) for me most of my deductible has been met.
In spite of the eye problem, I have been working on Miss A's halter top.  I have been diligently resisting the urge to cast on any other projects.  I did start on the third ball of the yarn -- I sure hope I can get this made with just 5 balls, 'coz I'd like to make myself some ''therapy" mitts out of this stretchy stuff.  And of course I'd like to find a good substitute for the yarn, something as stretchy and soft.  Just cruisin' through Ravelry, I think I should try to find some OnLine Linie 119, which is cotton & polyester and has "stretch" in the name.
I did say I'd get a picture of the bracelet from the Crafts Fair.
A very pretty thing, in lovely colors,,,I'm sure this is some kind of agate, maybe someone will recognize it.  The stones are triangular cabochons in silver.  I nearly dropped it through the planks of the deck while trying to hang it up for another shot!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

HAHAHA...NO

Last night Disco asked me if the Steelers were playing in the Super Bowl this year.  I told her she needed to wake up occasionally.
Funny story: I love the Crafts Fair we have here, twice each year.  The spring version is usually just before Mother's Day, and the Fall one is just before my birthday.  It's gotten a little harder for me to do all the walking around to see the whole thing, but I still like to go.  Both Plaidman and Disco know to look for possible gifts for me, as I love love love handmade pretties.  So the last time we went, Plaidman found a super nice piece of jewelry for me, then gave it to Disco to hide it until Christmas.  They both totally forgot it, until last weekend.  I'd worn a blouse with nifty buttons: they each had a shiny nickle ring on the outer edge.  I'm walking around at work, and I keep seeing a tiny shiny ring on the floor -- I thought it was someone's earring, but it turned out to be one of the rings off a button.  I took it home & asked Disco if she could put it back on the button, but she said it would be easier to remove all the remaining rings and make all the buttons look the same.  She was right; the sleeves had 3 buttons each and none had the rings.  So, she took the blouse and collected the rings, then went looking through her beading supplies for an idea for using the rings.  Guess what she found:  a gorgeous handmade bracelet from the Crafts Fair!  It's silver, with green and pinkish/purplish agate triangular cabochons.  I've worn it two days running.

eta:  I wrote the above, fully meaning to get a nice picture of my new adornment, and promptly forgot all about it.  I did watch the Big Game until half time, when I thought the Falcons had it well in hand.  I have no interest in the half time show, so I got up & went about the process of preparing for bed.  When I got out of the shower, the Falcons were still leading 28 to 9.  I dropped into the bed, and didn't wake until the Plaidman came into the bedroom.  I am so very disappointed with the Falcons!  Boo hiss boo to Brady!
I did some knitting Sunday, and I've started on the top portion of the halter top for Miss A.  This part is worked on larger needles, so it should go a little faster, especially once the sides start decreasing.  I don't think I'll have it ready for her birthday....but it'll be close!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It ain't for sissies

Growing older...I guess it's better than the alternative, but it sure is a lot of trouble.  Back in October, my eye doctor told me I have early glaucoma in my left eye.  So now I use drops in both eyes to keep it at bay; at least I now understand why that left eye has been such a problem the last couple of years. I was never satisfied with the lenses for that eye.  In addition, I've got a tiny cataract in my right eye, which makes everything look darker thru that one.  I think if I want to knit the Aeolian shawl, I'd better get started on it while I can still see -- I'm kinda slow when knitting, it's liable to take me years to finish the thing!  I'll be using Knit Picks Bare Gloss lace, such a lovely mix of merino & silk!  I probably should have read up on the projects in Ravelry, as so many of even the big versions use a lot less yarn than I bought.  But I'd planned to knit some sample swatches first, to practice my nupps & bead application, so I don't think any of it will go to waste.  I still need to look over my 40" circulars, to see if any are sharp enough for nupps.
Hey, I have some Addi Lace Rockets, should be sharp enough.

Ouch

The sciatica has been stomping me down lately, making it hard to go to sleep, which in turn makes it hard to stay awake at work.  Last weekend I never really got "dressed", just changed into clean pj's after my shower!  I've been working really hard on a "commission", a halter top for a certain nameless gal.  The thing has about a quarter-mile of 2  x  2 ribbing.  Endless ribbing...except I think I'm down to the last 3 rows of that part!  Hurray!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The bog

So, last week my cubicle neighbor came to work deathly ill, and just coughed continuously for the entire day Tuesday.  Thank goodness she got some cough drops for Wednesday, but I believe she managed to infect half the office.  It sounds like an old time cancer ward up here.  I have not escaped the plague, and am coughing & sneezing whenever I don't have a cough drop or hard candy in my mouth.  Ah well, into each life a little rain must fall.

How 'bout that Meryl Streep!  A class act.  And can someone else please carry the President-elect's phone?  Just don't let him have the phone until he submits his tweet to his speechwriter for a little presidential polish.  The man needs a filter!  He's an embarrassment to his party.  The sad part is, he'll probably decide the job is too much work, and delegate most of it to Pence.  I shudder to think it.

I've been looking at Delica beads, and have narrowed down my choice for the Aeolian shawl to either transparent pale blue or light green -- for just a hint of color.  I'm still looking for a good option for applying the beads, which will mean buying something for that purpose.  None of my steel crochet hooks are small enough.  I guess I'll try the flosser (an inexpensive option), but I really want a couple of beaders in sizes .8 mm & 1.0 mm, from a party that will not be named here.  So far I've found one source, that charges $2 more for each than the inventor.