Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Pattern Correction

Please note that there is an error on Row 78 of my Bobbling Along Tote. The correct directions are as follows:

Row 78: Ch 1, turn. Sc in first sc, **FPDC around FPDC, sc in next sc, double FPDC around double FPDC, sc in next 2 sc, popcorn in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, double FPDC around double FPDC, sc in next sc, FPDC around FPDC,** sc in next 3 sc, FPDC around FPDC, sc in next sc, double FPDC around double FPDC, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next sc, double FPDC around double FPDC, sc in next sc, FPDC around FPDC, sc in next 3 sc, rep ** to ** once, sc in last sc.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Times are a changin'

I've decided to shake things up a little, and recently accepted a position at American Express here in Phoenix. You know what that means. . . a hiatus from art history! I'm really rethinking my choice of graduate programs, and making some money in the meantime seems like the best decision. Plus, John will be able to take some time off from working to finish up school, which will make both of us a bit more relaxed! Oh, and one added bonus -- there's a Michael's right across the road from my new office. Score!

It looks like my blog header may be changing very soon, as I'll be heading down to the DMV (here in the southwest it's the MVD. . . strangeness) to trade in my New Yorker license for a genuine Arizona Desert one. I can't believe how cheap they are -- my New York renewal put me out half a paycheck back in college, and here it's $5! Insanity!

And yes, I'm crocheting this evening and watching Law and Order (at its new time -- dum dum). Project updates to follow!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bags and Squares Galore!

Now that I'm back from spring break, I thought I'd update my blog with loads of photos -- the best kind of updating, right? My mom's aran tote is almost finished, and she chose a great Celtic button closure. I'm still working on getting the lining material, but my *new early birthday sewing machine* will certainly help with that! I've lined two bags by hand this month, and it's SO NOT FUN. Vera Bradley has a great
new pattern (Java Blue) that would match perfectly, so I figure I'll get a couple of napkins, chop them up, and work them into a groovy lining. I'm also working on a pink aran tote, this one in Lion Brand wool-ease. The heathered yarn makes the pattern disappear a little, but I think the finished effect will be great. Also finished are the Booga Bag and my March swap square, sent out to Jimmie Lu this afternoon. The tote took a few trips through the washer (luckily, the washer at home doesn't require
quarters), and I think it's achieved just the right "feltiness." The square is my usual pattern, following instructions written by a fellow Crochetviller. This time I steamed it
to the precise measurements, and I really like the results. I hope she will too! Last but not least,I've begun an album for my 63 More Menagerie afghan. In three months, I've completed two whole squares. So many projects, so little time!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Project Update and New Blog Button!

Major thanks to Mary Anne at Crochetville for her awesome talent and creative impulse to make me a new blog button! How super cute is that?!

Melissa's bag is coming right along, but I did hit one small bump in the road. . . my hook literally snapped in half last night while finishing a round! See? I'm hoping to get out sometime tomorrow to buy a replacement, but that's going to depend on whether Midas can get my car window working again!

The Booga Bag is also progressing along. I'm really enjoying knitting in the round (again!!!), and can't imagine purling anymore! It should be finished over the weekend, and I'll felt it sometime during spring break.

Finally. . . ANOTHER aran tote! This one is for my mom, and I'm excited to be using Paton's Merino Wool instead of Caron acrylic this time around. It's just slightly thinner, but a whole lot softer on the hands! The color is an absolutely gorgeous peacock blue, and I'm trying to resist the temptation to felt it into a teenie-tiny Barbie bag!

Just for fun. . . a photo of our new Mexican-themed porch!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Woo-hoo! "'Round the 'Ville" has launched!

My Bobbling Along tote bag is featured as pattern of the month! I knew it had been accepted, but had no idea that it would be featured! The newsletter looks beautiful, and I'd like to thank the ladies who worked so hard to get it out today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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