Thanks for all of the kind comments on Dibs on Ribs. I love how she turned out, and it gives me confidence to make more sweaters. I wore her out yesterday and while at the bookstore, a couple of the employees (who see me there knitting and crocheting) came around to admire her, and other customers came around too. It was fun. I felt like a mini celebrity.
Isn't it Romantic?
I finished the Romantic Cardi Thursday night. The Crocheting Olympics gold is mine.
Since I have poor spatial sense, it was hard to me to see how this pattern would turn out. I had to frog her several times before I finally broke down and took Bron's suggestion to add more chains to the foundation so I could match the dimensions on the schematic.
That did the trick. Afterwards, it was a piece of cake to complete. I had mentioned that the Lion Brand Microspun is piled so loosely that it spilts very easily, so I had to crochet a bit slower to compensate. It also makes it a pain to weave in the ends.
I do love the softness and sheen of the yarn, though.
My gosh, these photos pack on the pounds!
Pattern: Romantic Cardigan from Lion Brand's Vintage Styles for Today
Hook: Clover Soft Touch Size H
Yarn: Lion Brand MicroSpun 4.5 skeins
Skills I Learned or Improved: I just need to learn to trust myself more when a pattern doesn't work out and go with my gut feeling. I tend to follow patterns to the letter and not branch out enough.
It's a nice top to add a little something extra for those chilly auditoriums during Spoleto. I may make one in black.
When I decided to enter both the Knitting and Crocheting Olympics, I thought I was a little nuts, but I'm very happy both projects worked out.
To those of you who are working to get your projects done in the next day or so, I'm cheering you on.
Winter Games Update
Actually, I didn't watch the Winter Olympics that much this week. I got really turned off by the whole Shani Davis/Chad Hendrick tiff, and was actually glad when neither won the 1500m.
I was very happy to see the U.S. men win the bronze in curling. Congratulations to the Canada on the gold.
A team with someone named Joe Polo must be good.
Patrick and I had fun watching the curling despite our lack of understanding. Too bad I won't get a chance to try it myself. I think I'd like it. Tonight, I watch some short track speed skating with Apollo Ohno and I'll also see if Bode Miller can medal.
No real plans for today, I'll hang out with Patrick and watch the games. The Olympics have kept me from mourning the end of football season too much. I'm looking forward to catching up with the NFL Combine next week.
Post Olympic Projects
I've also had a bit of a Stash Building Olympics as well these past two weeks, so many new projects are on the way.
The bag is cute, but the scan is lousy--too much yellow, but you get the idea. I have the Lion Brand Suede for it, and I'll pick up some handles later.
Eris, I haven't forgotten you either. I'm about halfway done with the second sleeve.