Monday, April 17, 2006


No, it is not a giant doily. It is my progress thus far on the above named jacket by Annie Modisett, from the current Interweave Crochet (see link 2 posts ago). This shows the back of the jacket, including armholes, and a little progress on the lapels. I did it in a single color, and so far, I am really enjoying it.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Carnival Shawl

Finalmente, the shawl is done. Es todo. It is all put together, but I haven't tucked ends and fringed it. But the hard part is over. The sewing together was an odious task, but, alas, it is done. That is all for tonight. There's another tornado warning, so I'm off to huddle in safety. Bon soir.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cross-Stitching: Knitting AND Crocheting

"It's a beautiful day for a motor car race." Actually, it was a beautiful day for anything! Half a day off from school for my son meant a half a day filled with fun with friends, while the kids played and the moms chatted. I can't tell you how long it's been since I've had a good one of those. I didn't have to think about lunch, it was all prepared for me. My kids were entertained, I was set with some good girl talk, and all the while the sun was shining and the breeze was blowing. And that was just HALF the day! I got to spend the other half knitting with some other friends. Well, actually, they knitted and I crocheted, as I'm working on the Lacy Leaf Shrug by Annie Modisett in the latest Interweave Crochet. Yes, I'm a cross-stitcher. That is, I knit AND crochet. Not the stuff with the 14 count Aida cloth and a needle and floss. I quit that years ago. Those supplies I just had to have now languish near the tubs full of yet-to-be-used-yarn. I haven't had the heart to break it to the cross-stitch stuff that it will never see the light of day again. I figure if I leave it there in the same room with the yarn, it can at least go on hoping that I will someday pick it when I do my search and seizure (not the kind where you fall to the floor and writhe. I leave that for my husband to do when he enters that room and sees how much yarn I have.)

I got one more strip of the Carnival Shawl put together tonight, but it doesn't look different enough from the photo I posted yesterday, so I didn't bother to post one tonight. Actually, I've renamed this project. For me, this is actually the Nautilus Shawl. I opened the new Knitty today, and there were some knitted "Nautie" toys, and low and behold, I found the Nautilus shell I kept trying to think of name of to describe the motifs of the Carnival Shawl. That is EXACTLY what I meant, but for the life of me, I couldn't come up with it. Thanks Knitty!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Carnies Unite

Two words for you, Wendy. Carnival Shawl.
I got all the motifs done and started putting it together today. You are looking at the right half, minus 1 motif on the left most strip, which will be added to the bottom tomorrow, because it is 11:30 p.m. here in the Midwest. The putting together might be worse than making the motifs. I strongly advise you to lay it out on the floor, or other flat surface, so you can see what you're doing. Intuitively obvious maybe, but you could end up playing Twister with it if you don't. Good luck, and may the force be with you!