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It’s incredibly frustrating….

… when you’re working on an ever-increasing pattern, and you’re down to the last stretch of one row… only to find a mistake you made at the BEGINNING of the previous row.

Seriously.  I’m at row 2 of the lace edging of the All Shawl, which at this point is friggin’ HUGE (and I’m making it fairly short, at least for a shawl) and I had to rip out almost ALL of the lace that I’d done so far.

Ugh!  😦

To give it some context, here’s the most recent uploaded photo:

All Shawl I

All Shawl I

I’ve done a lot more than it shows in this photo (and have taken more recent ones, just didn’t upload them yet).  There’s 15 rows of burgundy, 3 rows of the Beach Belle, 15 more rows of burgundy, 3 more rows of the Beach Belle, and 8 rows of burgundy to get to the lace edging.  It’s nearly finished, and might have been finished tonight if I hadn’t had to send it to the Frog Pond.

Oooon a happier note…

Birthday shout-outs go to my mother and my nephew Luke, who both had birthdays today (okay, technically yesterday but I’m still up, so to me it’s today).  It’s kind of freaky the way my husband’s side of the family have the EXACT SAME BIRTHDAYS as some of the people on MY side of the family.  One set of birthday-sharers even have the same FIRST NAME!

Freaky, I tell you.  F-R-E-A-K-Y.

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Frustration.

I have to frog the brown metallic shrug.

I had gotten a good way along on the round and tried it on to see how much farther I’d have to go before I could comfortably call it a shrug and not a cardigan.

And I couldn’t get it off again.

So I’m going to have to sit here and frog almost a month’s worth of work and re-do it.

However, looking on the bright side… if I have to do that, then I can make it longer sleeved (I’m thinking 3/4 sleeves) and do it in a different stitch with a different hook.  I experimented with the same type of yarn, but in purple, doing an Extended Single Crochet with the F hook I used for mine and Syrina’s Almost-Beatrice shrugs, and it looks good.

I just hate that I have wasted all this time on something and I’m going to have to do it all over again.

*sigh*

Oh well.  Shit happens.

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Why yes, I DO have shrug on the brain. Why do you ask?

But to be honest, I started this one before either of the Beatrice shrugs.  I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest time, I just didn’t believe that it would look good on me and I had to think of the perfect yarn to make it with once I decided fuck it, I’m going to try anyway.

I can’t remember exactly why, but I went looking through my stash and found this yarn that I’ve had in there for about 2 years now.  I actually bought it at my local Wilkinson’s, of all places.  It’s not exactly what you’d think of when you think “buy yarn,” but they actually have some pretty nice novelty yarns (for only 99p per 50g skein), as well as a few colors of the basic acrylic staple (for 89p per 100g skein).

I’m using the “Fluffy Pink Shrug Schematics” (also known as a Mrs Who shrug) to make it.  I was actually an active member of Crochetville when it was first posted, so I’ve been loving on this pattern for a long time now.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the pic, but I’m making it half-sleeved.  If this comes out as well as I’m hoping, I’m considering doing another one in the same type of yarn but different color (it comes in three colorways: brown, green, and purple; all have the metallic thread woven throughout to give it the shimmer).  I might make the next one full-sleeved, since it’s going to be getting cold soon anyway, and it gets FREEZING in this house (it’s very drafty).

Because I’m obsessed with ripples lately, I’m doing the collar/back in a round ripple.  I’ve done a round ripple blanket before, so I’m basically following what I remember from the instructions for that.  I’ve only done one full round and part of another, but it looks good so far!

I’m keeping this in the laundry basket that I carry around the house with me.  I work on stuff first thing in the morning, while sitting at the computer desk, in the living room at the end of the night when all of my daily chores are done… pretty much whenever I have a spare moment, really.  Right now I’m all gung-ho on Syrina’s Beatrice, but I figure if I keep it in my basket, then whenever I get the urge, I can pull it out and work on it a bit.  It’s going to take a lot longer than the Beatrice did, simply because the yarn is so thin and I have to use a small hook (3 mm).  But it’ll be worth it in the end.  🙂

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I wasn’t kidding…

… when I said that my crochet creativity has been kicked into high gear.  I’ve already started on a “Sort of” Beatrice Shrug for my daughter.  I’ve had yarn in my stash to make her a sweater for a couple of years now.  I keep starting one and then putting it down, only to forget what I was doing once I picked it back up again.

I’m using her measurements as a guide to figure out how many stitches, how many rows, etc., and it’s looking good so far.  Because it’s going to be so much smaller than mine (my daughter is quite thin, as well as a little short for her age), I think it’s going to go a lot faster than mine did.

Syrinas Sort of Beatrice Shrug, day 1

Syrina's "Sort of" Beatrice Shrug, day 1

This is what I had finished as of late last night (technically early this morning, but let’s not quibble with semantics, shall we? 😉 ).  I’ve done just as much again (IOW, I have twice this much done altogether) and I’m sure I’ll have well more than that done by the time I go to bed tonight (tomorrow?).

I love this.  The ripples give it a nice effect, but since it’s mainly just dc, so I can be watching TV or listening to something without worrying that I’m going to do some major fuck-up.  And I find that when I’m watching or listening to something that really interests me, I can get a ton of work done, because my hands just go while my attention is occupied.

It makes me feel really productive.  🙂

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Progress report: the “sort of” Beatrice shrug

Well, it’s coming along quite nicely, I must say.  🙂

I had a feeling that I didn’t have enough of the Spritz to do the whole thing.  Since I’ve never tried anything like this before, I just didn’t know for sure.  So my plan was to start it towards the middle and work my way out evenly on both sides.  I’m down to my last 1/2 skein (which is just enough to make one 4-row stripe) here.  You can tell which side it needs to go on (see below).

It’s okay, though, because I had a contingency plan at the ready.  I have an American yarn – this one here – that has a shimmery thread through it.  I think it’ll go nicely with the silver thread that’s spun throughout the Spritz.  I have a TON of this stuff in white, so I’m going to use that for the sleeves of the shrug, edging the sleeves in some more spritz, in pink.  I’m also going to make the tie in pink.

I will definitely be able to get started on the white as of tomorrow.  Barring some sort of major disaster, I think I’ll actually get this done well under the deadline.  Which is surprising, because every time I’ve tried to make some sort of wearable for myself, it always seems to take too long and then I get bored and put it away.  Could be why I’ve got something like 15 UFO’s in the yarn cupboard.

(Also, the date on my camera is all messed up.  I didn’t realize it until I uploaded these to my laptop.  These photos were actually taken about half an hour ago, not three weeks from now.)

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