First I joined Secret Pal 10, and it has been really fun so far. Then the good folks over at getstitchy decided to have a stitch marker swap, so I joined that too because I was already having fun making stitch markers.
Well, actually… I was designing them by sliding the pretty beads on the head pins and then bending the tops over at the tip so the beads wouldn’t fall off. And they would stay that way until my DH would kindly take the time to finish the loops at the top and put them on rings. He did this during his evenings off, even though he had been working his tail off and only wanted to veg out in front of the tube. Then two nights ago, I had him show me how to finish them off, and after a few mishaps I finally figured it out, and you know what? It’s not hard at all! Now I’m a stitch marker-making maniac! I’ve made 10 complete markers just today, and designed some new to finish off later.
So back to the swap… only 22 people joined this first stitch marker swap, and after we were paired, we sent each other little questionnaires to answer about their likes and dislikes. It was fun shopping for my swap partner, and I made some nice stitch markers for her that I think she’ll like. They’ll be mailed out by Friday at the latest, and after she gets them, I’ll post pictures.
Knitting update: I frogged my first sock yesterday because I could not figure out how to turn the heel according to the directions. I understood them, but I was combining two patterns which weren’t working out together, then I lost a couple stitches near the end when they slipped off my needle. Argh!!! It was so frustrating because I had knit so much of them (seven inches of leg and a heel flap), but I can always redo them, and this time I will use one pattern only. And I’m going to use the simple sock pattern out of Cat Bordhi’s book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles.
Today I stopped by Michael’s (again) and picked up some cotton yarn for the April Showers-along at getstitchy.com. A few people on that web site have been making the entrelac socks from the spring issue of Interweave Knits, and they look so complicated, but stunning. Then someone suggested the garterlac dishcloth pattern from Criminy Jickets to learn entrelac in a flat pattern. So I started it tonight with the cotton yarn I got earlier in the day. And guess what again??? It’s NOT HARD. It looks so completely mind-boggling and complicated that I wasn’t even going to try it, but on a dishcloth? Why not? Dishcloth/washcloth… same difference. They are the perfect size for learning new techniques, patterns and practice! I highly recommend this garterlac pattern if you want to learn entrelac because it’s very easy to understand.
The crocheted market bag I started, frogged and restarted is still in the works although I haven’t touched it for a week or so because we’ve been on the go almost constantly. April is always the month of never-ending doctor, dentist and eye doctor appointments, and I am seriously ready for a break. The only thing that is scheduled for tomorrow is my teen’s piano lesson in the evening, thank God, and I am hoping we’ll have a thunderstorm that will last most of the day so I can turn off this computer and spend more time being crafty!
And back to nature, I snapped this shot of a tufted titmouse (my favorite little bird) a couple days ago after I heard something tapping on our bedroom window. There were two of them, but the other one flew away before I could get a shot of both of them together. It would seem that this one is suffering from the “crazy cardinal” syndrome (the other one must have come to his senses).
What is the “crazy cardinal syndrome”, you might be wondering? Well, last autumn, I shot video of a cardinal attacking this same bedroom window repeatedly. He would leave for a week or so and then I’d hear him at it again. Now there is a tufted titmouse acting the same as the cardinal did. I wonder what’s so intimidating about my window… perhaps I shall go outside on a warm day and try to figure this out. If it’s just a reflection, one would think that the bird, after smacking against the glass surface a few times, would figure out that it was a stationary object and not a real threat. It’s very odd, but then again, this is Furryland! 😉