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Month: August 2003 Page 1 of 2

The Golden Snitch

I finally finished the Breeze T. Whew. It’s like a game of Quidditch. It doesn’t matter how many points a team makes during the course of the game (Final count, Frogs: 4), all it matters is who catches the Golden Snitch. The End Game. (I know, I’m mixing metaphores.) It’s finished. It’s on the drying rack even as I type. If all goes well, it makes its debut tomorrow. But, dare I say it …? The crochet edge on the neck looks like I picked up one stitch too many, causing a slight wrinkle near the shoulder…

Frog: 3, Ann: 0

I’m making headway, slowly, on the Breeze T. I have finished the front, bound off the shoulders together, and crocheted the collar. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn before finishing the first sleeve (I had 2 balls left when I started the sleeves, and I finished the 1st ball before finishing the 1st sleeve).

I knew I was going to be short of yarn, because I decided to make it a different size than when I bought the yarn. I had already adjusted the pattern by shortening the sleeve somewhat, but it still wasn’t enough. So, out it came.

Then, this morning, as I was approaching the end of the 1st sleeve, I realized that I forgot to change my needle after the garter row stitches. So out it came. This makes the 3rd frogging episode on this sweater (one for the front).

So, while I was in a ripping mood, I frogged the too-tight sock, skeined it, and took it into the shower with me.

Frogs may have won some of the skirmishes, but I’m determined to win the war. I don’t know why this sweater is causing so much difficulties for me. At this point, I just want it over so I can move on. I’m too stubborn to abandon this sweater because I really liked the finished garment I saw at LYS.

Thanks, Kate, for your note. No, I really don’t intend to rip out both socks unless I really have to. But have you ever been in a state where you are just so frustrated that you just want to rip everything apart and start with a clean slate? I can in such a mood.

Same mood, as a matter of fact, with my laptop. I installed the critical upgrades the other night to prevent the dreaded worm that is going around. However, once upgraded, some component got seriously corrupted (Remote Access Services, for the geeks out there), so now I can’t dial out nor use the DSL. No internet access period (I’m using my work computer to write this post). Now, this is the same computer I tried to upgrade to XP a few months back, and it stubornly refused to. So it’s still running a seriously outdated Windows version (NT4). I’m now in the final throes of “I’m getting a new laptop.” I’m just trying to convince my checking account that it is really a neccessity, not a luxury. Especially since all the rest of the computer equipment are still up in Seattle.

Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Or not. The sun is shining with a light breeze building. I’d like to do nothing better than to loll about and play with fibers. Unfortunately, the cupboards are bare and the laundry basket is full. Nothing like harsh reality drop you back to earth in a hard thud.

Breeze Tee

Just to show that I have been able to get a little knitting done. Here’s a picture of the lack of progress I’ve been making on the Breeze Tee. I was at the arm hole decreases when I realized that I miscounted somewhere along the way. I ripped it back to the ribbing and here’s how far I’ve gotten.

On top of that are my Caruso socks. One sock is just right, but the other is too tight. Although they were knitted with the same yarn, same needles, and the same number of cast ons, I was so stressed with the move that I knitted the second sock too tight. The gauge on the socks? 15 sts = 2″ vs. 16 sts = 2″. Just that one stitch per 2″ was enough to reduce the circumference of the sock from 7.5 inches to 7 inches (over 56 stitches). Now, just think what that would do to a sweater? Always, always check your gauge!

Now, I have half a mind to rip, not just the too-tight sock, but both of them, so that I can ensure that I have a matching pair. We’ll see how I feel after I finish the Breeze Tee (and which half of my mind wins).

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