Have a safe and wonderful day!
Not so Crafty Weekend
I didn't do much knitting over the weekend and no crocheting at all. I did watch lots of football.
I enjoyed Clemson's win over Carolina--especially since I was surrounded by Carolina fans while watching the game.
I didn't enjoy the Panthers getting jacked up by the Bears, but was glad Dallas won. You see, I was a Dallas fan before the Panthers came into existience, and have been following them since high school. I'm not sure they will beat Denver on Thanksgiving. Parcells is concerned. We'll see.
BTW, I'm tied for third place (out of 14) in my football fantasy league! I haven't clinched a playoff spot yet, but there are three games to go.
Here's Some Knitting for Ya
Okay, before this turns into Vera's Sporty Blog, I did do some knitting. I'm slogging away on my second Jaywalker sock.
I love this sock, but why do I have such second sock problems?
I'm also working on this scarf from Just Scarves.
I'm making this for Patrick (who is coming along well with his knitting). Here's what I have so far.
So far, so good, mostly. Some of the cables are a little wonky, and I missed one cable althougher, but I decided it wasn't a project killer. Actually, it's a pretty easy scarf; it works up quickly, and I'm thinking of making one for the both of us.
I got an unexpected gift in the mail yesterday.
Three skeins of Cotton ease in Bubblegum and some cute notecards from Cathi.
A while back, I had mentioned that I wanted some in that color for another Tivoli (now Picovoli) T-shirt. The yarn stores in Charleston have long run out of Cotton Ease, and I adore that color.
Thanks so much Cathi!
The Thread Madness Continues...
I received my second shipment of the DMC Senso for my Horse Around Purse, and I should get some more from Bron very soon, so it looks like I'll have enough for two more purses.
Look Who's Knitting
I got this from a friend.
I guess they are making the rounds in Cyberspace. I notice they have Lion Brand yarns around them too.
I was busy knitting and crocheting bags last month, but I have been eyeing all of the beautiful socks during last month's Socktoberfest.
It's normally much too hot in Charleston for socks in October, but now that November's here, and we've been hit with some cooler temperatures (it's 36 degrees right now), I want to make more socks.
Here are the finished "Get Along Socks". They look like booties, but they fit like socks.
Crocheting the cuffs really makes the sock work up fast.
and the first Jaywalker Sock.
I had the rose Koigu for around for a while. I just loved the color. When I saw the Get Along Sock, I knew it would be perfect for it, and brought two balls of the varigated Koigu, but I have plently left over, so I thought the yarn would do well for the Jaywalker sock.
I've been knitting for over two years now, but I'm still skittish about color changes, so this marks my first totally knitted sock that I changed colors for the top of the cuff, heel, and toe.
I 'm very pleased with how this sock turned out, and I really like how the Koigu works with the pattern stitch.
I've started the second sock, and I'll work on it for awhile before getting back to the Horse Around Purse.
Embrace Your "Inner Granny"
I'm totally with Regina on stopping the "Global Granny Slander" and embracing my "Inner Granny."
I'm Solid Orange!
Tomorrow is the big (at least in South Carolina) Clemson vs. South Carolina game. Most of my co-workers are Carolina fans, so I have to represent the Tigers.
Go Tigers! Beat Carolina! Fight! Win! Fight!
A Thread on Thread
Most of you are familiar with my drama trying to obtain more thread for my Horse Around Purse, which is currently stuck on the third tier.
Here's the rundown...
Oh what fun!
All for a purse.
I guess it seems so silly, but I really was bummed by the whole thing and didn't want to work on anything else for a while. I know many of you can relate.
It seems that when the first eBay shipment came in several weeks ago, the letter carrier didn't leave a slip in my box that it was in the apartment office, so I didn't know that it had arrived, so the apartment office sent it back to the seller. I didn't get a notice for the second shipment either, but the office sent me a note this time. I got it just as the office closed, and got the package.
Of course, that was the same day Bron got the thread for me, and I should receive another shipment from the eBay seller soon.
An embarrassment of DMC Senso thread? I think not.
A big note of thanks to Bron and Evening Stitches (the eBay seller) and to all of you who asked about it.
Anyway, now that I have enough thread to finish the purse, what I am I working on?
Socks of course.
Excuse the lovely scanner photo, but my home computer is on the blink again (another long story there). The sock is the Jaywalker sock from Mag Knits. I'm using the left over Koigu from the Get Along Socks* which I finished over the weekend.
I think it 's a cute sock and the pattern is nearly mindless.
I've been itching to make some socks now that fall is really in the air, and these socks have been lots of fun to make, but I did promise that I would finish one sock before jumping back on the purse.
...and then, I really have to get back to the purse.
*The socks are actually named "Granddaughter Socks" but since they have both have knit and crochet in them, and I love it when the two come together, I renamed them the "Get Along Socks."
The thread from eBay still hasn't arrived for my Horse Around Purse, and I'm bummed out by that. I was having so much fun making this purse and had hoped to have it finished by now. Also, the DMC Senso Wool Cotton is just wonderful to work with. It works up great, and I love the texture.
I wrote the person who I purchased the thread, and she said she'll send another shipment, so hopefully, I can start again soon.
I wish I could get this thread locally (sigh).
Get Along Socks Update
I was so bummed about the purse (and tired from the Knit and Crochet Out) that, for the first time in a long time, I had some difficulty switching to another project, but I picked up my second Granddaughter Sock from Interweave Crochet, which I renamed "Get Along Socks"
I finished the first sock a while back. I suffer from Second Sock Syndrome in a big way. I love making the first sock, but I struggle making the second.
I'm on the foot which is my favorite part because it's almost mindless, and you know how I feel about projects that incorporate knitting and crocheting..
After all of the activity of last weekend, I'm looking forward to a nice lazy weekend.
This Girl's Fantasy
I have lots of football to watch. BTW, I'm in 4th place (out of 14) in my fantasy football league with my team, This Girl's Fantasy. It's lots of fun.
Thanks to all of you who responded to my last post. I guess if I knew what expectations the fair had for judges before the event, I would not have been thrown off guard. The entries I thought were the best did get the ribbons I wanted for them , so that was a good thing.
It is their event, so they make the rules. It just annoyed me to see ribbons I didn't award on some of the items.
Charleston Knits and Crochets
It would be hard to ask for a nicer day to have the Knit and Crochet Out. The weather was gorgeous--hot in the sun, but absolutely wonderful.
Here are some views of the tent while we were setting up...
For the first couple of hours, things were pretty quiet. We just enjoyed the day and worked on projects.
Then, all of a sudden, we had lots of people stopping by wanting lessons.
Here's our guild treasurer, Jan, teaching a young lady to knit.
I had one crocheter at first...
and it quickly turned into a mini class.
No, I'm not disciplining a student or making a naughty gesture. I'm explaining how you can use your pinkie to help control tension.
I find that holding the yarn is one of the hardest things to teach in crocheting because while there isn't one right way to hold the yarn and hook, there are many inefficient ways. Good crochet is so much about the right tension.
Even so, everyone got learned single and, most, double crochet. It was fun to see them make their first stitches as well as their delight in making them.
Notice my bare foot. I felt much cooler after taking my shoes off.
We sat out and did our thing. I was too busy to see how many people came in, but the ladies at the tent tried to get most to sign in so we could get an estimate.
The Class of '05
Here are a few new knitters and crocheters. Welcome to our world!
Even Patrick picked up his needles again, but this time, he was much more Zen about it.
Last year, he learned to knit, but it stressed him out too much, so he stopped. This year, he got bigger needles and yarn (should I tell him that I was planning to use it for a purse?), and a new attitude. He was even giving pointers to some of the new knitters.
A Shout Out and Thank Yous
I even got to meet a fellow blogger, Enjay. Thanks for coming! It was very nice to actually meet you in person. I could never concentrate on knitting a lace shawl (from A Gathering of Lace) at an outdoor event like you did. I had enough trouble working on a baby sock.
I had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed teaching, and I hope all who learned keep it up.
Thanks to all of you who made this happen. You know who you are, and I really appreciate your efforts.
I will work on a photo album in the coming week. We'll debrief at the next guild meeting
2006 with a Twist?
The 2006 Knit and Crochet Out will be the first Saturday in November, and I want to add a fashion show to the event, but must get approval from the Farmer's Market first.
Right now, I need to get some rest.
Patrick and I had a nice Anniversary weekend. Thanks for all the well wishes. We had a great time at the Halloween party too. Halloween seems to be Patrick's favorite time of year. He really gets into it, and drags me along for the ride.
In the Stable
Here's the purse with the third tier almost done.
I have run out of the purple yarn that I received from Julie, and I ordered some more from eBay last week, so I hope it gets here soon, so I can finish up. I should have enough yarn to make a matching case. I'm already thinking of the next Horses Bag.
In the meanwhile, I'm working on the handles on my Lucy Bag, and getting ready for the 2005 Knit and Crochet Out this weekend. There's a lot of last minute things to do, so if you are in the local area and want to help, e-mail me.
She Who Judges...
The "secret" that I alluded to in my last post is a small one. I got to be a judge for arts and crafts at the Coastal Carolina Fair, so I couldn't enter the doilies I had made. While I wanted to enter the doilies, I wanted to be a judge even more. The judging was last Monday, and the fair opened last Thursday.
It was an interesting experience. There were some very nice entries, and the one I chose for Best of Show was a crocheted baby outfit for a boy and a girl. It was expertly done with thread, and simply exquisite work. I loved being able to judge something so nice.
The photo isn't very good, but trust me, it was beautiful.
There also were some stunning knitted shawls and scarves as well as some afghans that I liked a lot too.
However, there was also some pressure to give everything a ribbon whether or not it deserved it. The fair people kept saying,"We have a lot of ribbons." That's fine, but as a judge, I want to give ribbons only to those entries I think deserve it. The coordinator also said that she heard I was strict. She did say that was good, but I wonder who came to her with that in the first place.
I did feel that something was up when the coordinator told the volunteers that the judges decisions are final. Well, of course they are, so I wondered if there had been any problems with that in the past.
Anyway, when Patrick and I when to the fair on Sunday, I checked out the arts and crafts, and while none of my decisions had been changed, there were a large number of "Special Award" ribbons on items that I hadn't given out, and that alarmed me.
I did mention this to the person who asked me to be a judge. She will bring my concerns to a meeting they will have in January.
I feel that the fair needs to be very clear on what is expected for judges. I feel if they just want to give ribbons out to all, they don't need a judge. A judge should judge the items totally based on the merits of the item, and I feel that I did a good job.
Some of the entries--like the embroidery and painting--have judge who judge strictly, and everyone does not get ribbons, and I feel that's the way it should be if you get judges in. Overall, I feel the best entries got the right ribbons, but seeing those ribbons that I didn't award is more and more vexing to me.
I guess it's up to the fair to decide what it wants.
What do you guys think--especially if you you have judged before? Am I on target? Off course? Naive? Will be invited back?