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It kind of feels like all I’ve been talking about lately and working on is the Hedgerow Coat.  Now that I’m really down to the wire with only eight days to go before Shannon’s birthday, I’m really eating, sleeping and breathing that thing!

Over the weekend I knit a sleeve, finished it and started the second one.  Normally I would do both at the same time so I could make sure they matched up perfectly but I needed to really pay attention to my increases because of the pattern.  I figured doing one at a time would be the best way to go.  I took a few notes though so I think I’ll be able to do the second one identically.

After casting off on the first sleeve I decided to take a break from the cabling and do a quick, couple hour project.  One of my friends from Ravelry designed a really cool dishcloth and I was itching to try it.

You can get the pattern on her livejournal page.  I loved making this!  It’s a little fiddly to work with all those dpns flopping around in the beginning, but it’s construction is so unique and fun!  You work from the small square in the center out.  I’m not really happy with my color choices, because I think there’s too much of a contrast between the varigated and solid yarns, but now that I’ve tried it I can make more in different color combinations.  It was a GREAT way to give myself a break without wasting too much time on “THE COAT” lol.

I think I’ll be a lot calmer after this project is done.  I feel a little bad because I feel like I’m bitching about working on it, but that’s really not it.  I mainly feel like I took on way too large a project with way too little time to really enjoy the process.  What can I say though?  I wanted to do something truly fantastic for my best friend for her birthday.  You only get one a year.

I’m currently on the ribbing for the cuff of the second sleeve.  When this sleeve is finished I have to sew the pieces together and then add the front bands and collar.  I think I can do that in eight days, don’t you? 

Ugh.  Please say yes!

Thirteen Things I love about Ravelry

I finally got my invite to Ravelry yesterday, so my mind is swimming with all the great stuff about it! In honor of my new addiction I present 13 things I love about Ravelry!

1. Ravelry is a fantastic new site in it’s Beta stage where knitters and crocheters can gather.

2. You have a “Notebook” where you can catagorize your projects, yarn, books, needles/hooks so you can get really organized!

3. There is a pattern area where you can browse by tags to find new things to make.

4. You can check out the yarn section to find new yarns you haven’t tried or substitutes for ones you don’t like/can’t afford.

5. You can meet new people and friend them.

6. There are forums of all sorts to ask questions and give advice.

7. There are groups up the wazoo and if you don’t find one you’re looking for, you can start your own!

8. You can find just about anything and if you can’t, chances are there’s someone there that can help you find it.

9. It’s new and shiny to me and I can spend hours looking at new things.

10. It feeds my fiber/pattern/knitting/crochet addiction!

11. It’s free!

12. You have to wait for your invite once you sign up since there’s so many people joining, but it’s worth it!

13. It takes so many of the things I love and puts it in one place. It’s handy, dandy and super awesome so anyone that crochets or knits should definitely sign up!

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Yesterday I promised myself a Hedgerow Coat free day.  I didn’t look at it, pick it up, nor did I knit a single stitch on a single row of it.  It was a great break!

Instead, I focused some of my chaotic creativity towards some other projects I’ve been wanting to work on.

First I made a dishcloth.  Yep, still couldn’t drag me away from my knitting!  This is A little lace kitchen cloth, © Carol Bristol Designs  It was quick and just the thing to help me steer my thoughts away from that big ‘ol coat.

Next I started a pair of slippers for the hubbin’, but it was crochet, two strands held together VERY tightly and my wrists hated me for it.  So I put the first one down when it was about 85% finished and decided to work on those very sporradically!

I finally settled in and concentrated on working with my altered book.  I’d had an idea and just ran with it.  This is what I came up with:

I don’t think it’s finished yet.  It needs something else, maybe a design down the right side of the left page.  I’m not sure.  Here’s a close up of the quote:

If you can’t read it, it says “True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”  The quote is by Jason Jordan.

One more picture before I run away for dinner!

When I was done painting and cleaning my brushes, I decided to make some pretty paper by balling some plain white paper up and putting it in my rinse water to soak.  I guess Gutter thought that he’d help dry it with the warmth from his body, because this is what I came across last night!

I finally got my ravelry invite and I’m so excited!  I’m chaoticcrafter there (simple, eh?)

I just have to remember not to spend so much time there that I don’t get anything else done!

When I first got high speed internet I spent hours upon hours compulsively watching videos on youtube and listening to music on online stations (and podcasts!)  Hey, after about eight years of dial-up, wouldn’t you?

As the new wore off and I knew that my high speed wasn’t going to magically disappear I stopped searching for so much new stuff to watch, but I noticed a youtube update in my inbox and decided to go browse for a few minutes.  This video popped up when I searched for “knitting”.

It’s a little long, and unless you love the Benny Hill theme song you may want to keep your volume off. However, having never been around a knitting machine in real life, I was completely in awe while watching. I know it’s been sped up, but I read the comments and the woman who posted it says it takes her about 45 minutes to make them and around 30 minutes to sew the seams up. So fast! Personally I prefer NO seams at all on my socks so it’s not really something I’m looking in to trying but I’ve heard wonderous things about making sweaters in a day. How cool is that?!

Eventually there are a lot of little (and not so little) goodies I’d like to get to aid in my complete crafting destruction crafting lifestyle. Such as:

A spinning wheel. I’ve never used one, don’t really know a thing about them, but I want one nonetheless. I like using a drop spindle, but it usually takes me ages to not only spin, but ply, get it off the darn thing and actually DO something with it. The last stuff I spun is still sitting on my spindle and I haven’t touched it in probably a month; mainly because I know I still need to spin enough to ply it, then spin the plies together, etc. etc.

An honest to goodness sewing table. Something large enough to cut fabric on one area of it, while still leaving room for my sewing machine and accessories. I’ve put off really doing anything about this because of room, plus not doing much sewing lately. But if I don’t have room, why would I sew? It’s a catch 22.

Proper storage. I know it’s not a “tool” per se, but it has it’s place. I would love some enclosed shelving to store yarn/fabric/notions in. Living in Arizona, the dust never stays outside. I pulled the carpet up in our dining room when re-decorating and there was SO.MUCH.DUST. That’s just what filtered down through the carpet in the years this place has been around. The stuff just sticks to everything, including the walls. I thought I’d be clever and paint one of our bedroom walls black. Thus far I’m regretting it because you can see every speck of dust that lands on it. Anyway, back on topic, I’d LOVE some proper storage. Something clean and neat that you can see through.

A large area to pin out/block knit items. For now, most of my stuff gets pinned out on towels laid down on the floor. The towels protect the project from any random dog hair that may be on the floor, but not from the dogs walking all over them! We don’t have a lot of doors in our place, it’s a pretty open lay-out, so I use the bedroom when I know whatever I’m blocking will be dry before bed-time. It’s a little tricky.

There’s a ton more stuff, but I think I’ll stop there for now. I mainly wanted to post something (because I felt like writing!) but didn’t feel like updating with a lot more pictures of “THE COAT” unfinished. I am happy to say that I finished the left front and am halfway through the right front since I last posted about it. I’m starting to think I may actually have enough yarn to finish the sweater, and that makes me very very happy! I am thinking about taking a day off to just work on some random things though. I need a break I think.

Congrats to anyone who actually made it through all that babble! You get an e-cookie!

Thirteen banned or challenged books I’ve read

There are so many books that have been challenged or banned throughout history for various reasons. If you’re interested in finding out more, please visit The American Library Association.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

3. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

4. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

5. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence

6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

9. Charlotte’s Web by EB White

10. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum

11. A Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

12. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

13. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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