Thursday, May 31, 2007

I remembered I'm a scrapbooker

Scrapbooking has been challenging for me since before the move.
Part of it is this crazy knitting obsession, part of it was moving away from my scrapbooking friends. It was so great when I'd get in a rut with a layout to just say, "Hey - what should I do here?"
Obviously, I can still do it via digital photography, webcams and email but it's just not the same. I miss my friends and scrapbooking seems to make it worse. :o\

It was nice yesterday to sit with piles of scrapping stuff around me and play with some of my favorite papers and work with one of my favorite subjects - baby Paige.
The layout was inspired by the incredible Valerie Salmon . Her sketches were just the boost I needed to remember why I love this craft.

Besides, it gave me a break from the devil sweater. (that I did end up ripping out. I'm on sleeve two and it is looking mighty fine!)

Perfectionism sucks! Especially given I can also be incredibly lazy!
Onward. . .

Thursday, May 24, 2007

the devil vestee

it kinda looks like a sweater, doesn't it?
the pattern wasn't clear OR i bit off more than I could chew.
it's a basic knit two purl one stitch - how can you mess that up?

easy - put your needle in wrong and twist your knit stitches. if you don't catch on half way through, fine. if you do and you're not completely anal like me you can continue in the twist-knit way you've done up to this point and make your baby friend a sweater. But if you're a complete nutball like me you want to tear the whole thing out.

when i got to this point, the pattern didn't say "work pattern in the round", it just said "knit". and me, being a new knitter, trying to follow a pattern exactly, didn't think to wonder until i got three inches into the knitting in the round. it just didn't look right.

now i know. i should just finish the thing with the understanding it's my first sweater - it's not going to look right!

for now, it's sitting in my bag waiting to be dealt with. :o\
i fear it's going to be a pile of yarn on my lap before too long.
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so i thought i could knit

these little bags are so easy, i thought i could knit. one little pink baby sweater fixed that!
i started a sweater KAL (knit-along) on a group i recently joined and it's turned out to be a hot mess. i'm leaving it alone for now, returning to what i know.

anyone need a bag?
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