Mother’s Day at Last

First, it’s time for a little Finished Object Celebration:

Afghan3


Pattern
: Diagonal-Striped Throw, aka the Mother’s Day Afghan

Yarn
: Lion Brand Homespun in Spring Green, Lavender Sachet, and Cotton Candy

Hook
: Susan Bates acrylic hook, size K

Start
: 05/04/2007

Finish
: 06/10/2007

Final Thoughts
: I’m so glad to be done with this thing. I hate to say
it, but I’m really disappointed with the way it turned out. It’s only
rectangular if you really stretch your imagination… more of a
trapezoid, really. And it’s much, much smaller than I think it should be. I followed the pattern very closely, but since I’m
not a very experienced crocheter it’s hard to say whether it’s my fault
or the pattern. (*cough*it was the pattern*cough*

On a more positive note, I feel like I’ve worked out the kinks in my
single crochet now, and I learned the correct way to increase and
decrease along the way. Also, regardless of shape, the afghan should
perform its function of keeping my mom warm and cozy. I hope she likes
it! I’d like to make her another afghan, hopefully with better results.

Now that the Mother’s Day Afghan is over, what else is going on around here?

1. Well, I still haven’t gotten my Ravelry invite. Instead of moping
around and twiddling my thumbs, I’ve decided to take a more proactive
approach. (Well, okay, maybe I’m still moping just a tiny bit.) With a
little help and some great ideas from Kate, I’ve begun
photographing my stash. Not just the whole stash in one picture, but individually,
ball by ball and skein by skein. It’s a time consuming process, but
also a lot of fun. Why is it so much more inspiring to see all of it in
individual pictures on the screen than it is to see it sitting on my
shelves? You can check out my Flickr page to see what I’ve got
documented so far. The sad thing is that this is just my Lopi, Lamb’s
Pride and a big chunk of my cotton stash- the tip of a big woolly
iceberg. Maybe tonight I’ll do the sock yarn! \n\u003cbr\>\n(Oh, and can I say how NOT mad I am at the people working behind the scenes to get Ravelry up and running? I think they're just peachy, and it seems crappy that *people have been rude to them*. I know I'm being impatient! It's not their fault we all want everything now now now!)\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n2. I think I've been using stash photography as an excuse to ignore the baby gift projects I'm supposed to be working on. I've had a single bootie on needles for well over a week now, waiting on about 8 rows of ribbing before I can cast it off. Ridiculous! Hopefully I'll find some motivation over the next couple days, finish my baby gifts and get them all wrapped up pretty for the moms-to-be. Then you might actually get to see pictures of what I've been knitting! What a novel idea!\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n3. After a series of marathon Sundays spent working on the afghan, I was feeling all crocheted out for the rest of the week. As a result, my *UCS* has languished. Now that I'm done with the afghan, I don't have any other crochet projects going, so I think it won't be long before the first sock is done. Crocheting a sock goes so fast compared to a knitted sock that it's almost shameful to not have finished the pair at this point. I need to get back to a healthy project Rotation!\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n4. "Alas, poor Sigma! I knew him, Horatio…" Okay, that's a lie. I barely "knew" Sigma at all. After the long casting on (270 stitches- yikes!) and a few rounds, I set Sigma aside to work on more pressing (read: less boring) projects, only to find it a couple weeks later with almost all of the stitches hanging off the needles. So I did what any rational knitter would do- I cursed, flung it across the room, and ripped it out. It's actually a good thing I did, because what I pulled off the needles would have easily wrapped around me twice. Clearly, something was amiss. I'm not ready to write the yarn off as cursed just yet, but it's also no longer really appealing to me to try and make any kind of garment out of it. You remember about a year ago, when the MDK book had just come out and I was contemplating a Blue Sky Cotton log cabin blanket? It's sounding better and better all the time. Sunday is still for afghans, after all.”,1]
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2. I think I’ve been using stash photography as an excuse to ignore the
baby gift projects I’m supposed to be working on. I’ve had a single
bootie on needles for well over a week now, waiting on about 8 rows of
ribbing before I can cast it off. Ridiculous! Hopefully I’ll find some
motivation over the next couple days, finish my baby gifts and get them
all wrapped up pretty for the moms-to-be. Then you might actually get
to see pictures of what I’ve been knitting!

3. After a series of marathon Sundays spent working on the afghan, I
was feeling all crocheted out. As a result, my UCS has languished. Now that I’m done with the afghan, I don’t have
any other crochet projects going, so I think it won’t be long before
the first sock is done. Crocheting a sock goes so fast compared to a
knitted sock that it’s almost shameful to not have finished the pair at
this point. I have way too many projects going now.

4. "Alas, poor Sigma! I knew him, Horatio…" Okay, that’s a lie. Besides that I don’t know a single guy named Horatio, I
barely "knew" Sigma at all. After the loooong casting on (270 stitches-
yikes!) and a few rounds, I set Sigma aside to work on more pressing
(read: less boring) projects, only to find it a couple weeks later with
almost all of the stitches hanging off the needles. So I did what any
rational knitter would do- I cursed, flung it across the room, and
ripped it out. It’s actually a good thing I did, because what I pulled
off the needles would have easily wrapped around me twice. Clearly,
something was amiss. I’m not ready to write the yarn off as cursed just
yet, but it’s also no longer really appealing to me to try and make any
kind of garment out of it. You remember about a year ago, when the MDK
book
had just come out and I was contemplating a Blue Sky Cotton log
cabin blanket? It’s sounding better and better all the time. Sunday is
still for afghans, after all.\n\u003cbr\>\n5. In non-knitting related life news: Maybe it's nesting, or maybe it's just the fact that there are still boxes sitting unpacked from when we moved into our apartment over two years ago, but I'm starting to feel this urge to organize my life as much as possible pre-baby. Some of my urges have to do with housecleaning (and if you've seen my house lately, you know that's for the best), some of them have to do with getting crafting projects either finished or started, and some are a little more intangible. I like to make plans for how I will someday achieve inner and outer harmony, but like most people, I'm not so great with the follow through. It should be interesting to see if pregnancy gives me a nudge in the right direction. \u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\nThank you,\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\nHolly Murphy\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\nMTV Coordination of Benefits\u003cbr\>\nCorrespondence Specialist\u003cbr\>\nPhone: 502-580-4716\u003cbr\>\nFax: 502-508-3117\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n\u003cbr\>\n\u003c/p\>\u003c/div\>\n\n\u003cbr\>\n\u003cfont size\u003d\”2\”\>\nThe information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity \nto which it is addressed and may contain CONFIDENTIAL material. If you \nreceive this material/information in error, please contact the sender \nand delete or destroy the material/information.\n\u003c/font\>\n\n”,0]
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5. In non-knitting related life news: Maybe it’s nesting, or maybe it’s
just the fact that there are still boxes sitting unpacked from when we
moved into our apartment over two years ago, but I’m starting to feel
this urge to organize my life as much as possible pre-baby. Some of my
urges have to do with housecleaning (and if you’ve seen my house
lately, you know that’s for the best), some of them have to do with
getting crafting projects either finished or started, and some are a
little more intangible. I like to make plans for how I will someday improve myself and my surroundings, but like most people, I’m not so great
with the follow through. It should be interesting to see if pregnancy
gives me a nudge in the right direction.

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