This has been an excellent week for crafting, if I do say so myself. My little girl’s best friend’s 4th birthday party was this weekend, so I slam-banged my way through a hat and scarf set over the course of the week:
The hat was a pattern chance found called The Happy Hat; it’s definitely easier to make than it looks. I started it on Monday evening before an appointment, and finished it before going to Stitch ‘n Bitch on the Wednesday evening. The scarf was a ‘pattern’ of my own determination — I merely mapped out about how wide I wanted it, and how to make that work with ribbed ends. I should have slipped the edges to keep it from rolling up, but ah well. I don’t know if it was well received because the party got shooed out quickly for the next one at the location, but hopefully I’ll see the birthday girl wearing it.
With that out of the way, I had to suck it up and resume sewing up the cardigan I’d shown the progress on last week, and the week before that. That went better than the intarsia cardigan, I like to think:
The main nuisance was the button band in this case. It’s my first time doing one, and the number of stitches it was telling me to pick up seemed too few.And indeed, you can see how well that came out on the left. I think I’ve got a lot to learn about how to do these more naturally, yanno? I rejigged my numbers and tried something else, and came out with what you see on the right. Of course, I still messed it up by forgetting a row, but I wasn’t about to pick it back for that reason alone!
Having said that, the side the buttons go onto vexed me by, even though I did the same thing as I did on the other button band, came up a bit tighter/lacking in stitches. It’s not the end of the world though.
So yeah, excitement. I’ve still got to weave in the ends, and I might embroider the buttonholes to be more useful, but it’s mainly done and that’s neat. The next pattern in the book is a Christmas stocking, with the idea of learning to knit in the round. That should be neat, insomuch that we have -a- Christmas stocking in the house, and that’s the kiddo’s stocking. Perhaps I’ll make something pretty for my husband. I’ll make something one way or the other; coming out nice would be… nice. *laughs*
Beyond that, I’m that level of fatigued wherein my hair doesn’t get washed. I’d like clean hair, but I don’t have the spoons to deal with it. I’m still impressed that I managed to feed myself. I’m in good spirits, mind… just incredibly limited in what I can currently do. I think that I can accept this helps me to make the most of the situation. I think it also helps to know that I’ve a plan to address my physical health and energy levels down the line, which helps me suck it up and keep on smiling day to day.
Anyhoos, I hope everyone out there is feeling alright and doing well. Emphasis on hope — I know a lot of us are running on fumes lately. But this too shall pass, blah blah, and so forth.