Saturday, October 20, 2007

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Here is another card, finished this morning. This is a perfect example of those quick and easy cards I told you I make every so often, to speed things along. This was made simply by layering different patterned papers. These papers are from Keeping Memories Alive, but they're probably at least 7 years old, so I have no idea whether they're still being made. I doubt it, knowing the voracious appetite of the scrapbooking industry for our hard earned cash.

I also did a test sample for the last card for my sister. It uses a technique I found in a card making book, and since I've never tried it, I wanted to make sure it would work. Looks like it's a go, so hopefully tomorrow I'll get started on that.

Meanwhile, the scarf and socks are labelled and ready to go into the package. I got my father's gift wrapped and the card done, and that's all packed up and ready to go to the post office. I also started on the card for my niece whose birthday is next month.

And in knitting news, the sock is coming along nicely. I'm on row 90 on the Baby Surprise Jacket. I had a bit of a setback though, when I realized I did one too many increases before row 80. Instead of ripping back, I took the lazy way out and did K2tog to even things out before putting the sides on holders.

I've been working alot on the colorwork Doll Bag. At some point during the first or second round of the second fair isle chart, I decided I needed to try the two handed method of stranded knitting. But I am, and have always been, a thrower. I wrap the yarn around the left hand needle by taking my right hand off of its needle and wrapping the yarn around. Trying to use the Continental method (holding the working yarn in my left hand and scooping it up with the needle tip and into the stitch as I knit) is driving me crazy! I keep wondering if it will get easier. I also wonder if I'm finding it so difficult because it's my left hand. I tell myself not to worry too much, since the bag will be felted and hopefully any irregularies won't be too obvious. But I'd love to make other things with colorwork, like mittens, hats, vests and so on.

So I hope I can stick with it until it feels comfortable. Or at least until it feels like I've only got ten fingers, instead of 27.

1 comment:

Bobbisox said...

OOOh, love the colors, and especially the colorway of the sock. What brand and colorway is it, please?