Friday, 2 November 2007

I am so very glad it's Friday

Sometimes the need for Friday just overwhelms me. Today is one of those days. I really needed it to be Friday and here it is! Sorry about no post yesterday, my dial up at home was not cooperating, and it was a rare day off for me.

Contrary to popular wants and needs of the blogger, a day off is not for knitting, it was for other appointments, that ended up leaving a need for a great deal of sleep. But I did take along some knitting to work on while I waited, and did some more knitting at home early early this morning. All that abnormal sleeping led to really screwed up sleep schedules, and I woke at 3, wide eyed and bushy tailed. I refuse to worry over it, and I couldn't go back to sleep, so I worked on my socks.

I worked on the green sock while waiting, and worked on the brown one this morning. Both are zooming along wonderfully well. I expect to have the brown sock finished by Sunday night. The green while it is going well, is not going to be my focus.

This weekend, I want to focus on the vest. I could really use the vest here at the office. So a frogging we will go. I hope to have it back to the point where I started dropping stitches, and worked back up to where I am now at least. Dropping these row end stitches makes me feel like such a beginner. I should not be doing this 40 years in, but here I am, making a beginner mistake. Even mistakes have plus sides in my world.

I am considering making a few other changes. I have hips, serious hips, and am thinking I might put in some short rows to accommodate them. I doubt I will ever wear the vest closed, I'll probably just make a tie closure rather than buttons, but I think for the over all look of the project, the short rows to give the extra width on the bottom will help the fronts hang straight. Straight hanging fronts mean that less attention will be drawn to my hips. Always a good thing.

I never really thought of it till watching the Tubey work that Curlerchik is doing. When the vest was going along really well, I was loathe to rip just for that, but now, whole new ball game. One extra repeat starting about a third way down the hem is all I really need. I may have to fiddle a little with the pattern stitches, but I hope it won't be too noticeable under the arms.

Thinking about short rows in crochet really is a D'uh thing. Its so obviously what smart crocheters do all over the place to give a project internal shaping. They are used and discussed in Lily Chin's Couture Crochet Workshop book, but it just never occurred to me, that this would work here for my hips.

So you see? D'uh. That's why crochet keeps me coming back just as much as the newly learned knitting, just as much as all the various embroideries. There is still so much left to learn.


A late breaking obserrvation by the blogger. Look at the green yarn of the sock. It doesn't look nearly so stripey in real time. Interesting!


Gina said...

Sooooooooo much to learn. So little time. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. And I want to learn it all!

Bonnie Thompson Zink said...

Learning the new stuff is what makes knitting / crocheting FUN FUN FUN!!! Keep on learning and adding to your repertoire of stitches. Soon you'll be the envy of everyone in the queue at the grocery as you whip out your needles and begin to wow them! You can learn a lot about people whilst doing this too.

Keep on learning and stitching!