Friday, October 20, 2006

More surgery, crabs and swag

Happy Friday everybody! I'm especially happy today because I don't have to go to the office today. Woo Hoo! But, one thing I am doing today, which isn't so fun is going with B while he gets an MRI. Why does he need an MRI, you ask? Well, like Nonnahs's B, my B decided to go get himself all banged up at the skate park. Although instead of being on a skateboard, he was on a BMX. And instead of breaking an arm that required surgery, the doctor thinks he tore the maniscus in his left knee...that would require surgery. I'm going save Nasus's K's broken bone and surgery story for her to tell. What the heck. It's like they all got together and decided to do sacrifice their bodies just to help us get a little extra knitting time. The really are swell guys!

Instead of the Knit Salon last night (although I did get a chance to chat a bit with some of the people who came), I took a class on crochet for knitters. Having recently been fairly disappointed with my crochet ability when I edged my Blue Sky Fitted Tank, I thought this was a great opportunity to learn a little more about what I was doing in the crochet department. And I realized that it is fun and very addicting. Once I got going, I had a hard time not working the next stitch. Here is a look at my crab stitch which is sitting on top of a layer of single crochet.

I'm not sure if this is really the right or wrong side, but I suppose it doesn't matter. Like knitting, you can make the right or wrong side whichever one you want to accomplish the look you are going for. I actually really like the look of the other side of the crab stitch, but I didn't want to bog you down with too many photos of my amature crochet.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn't get to the box stitch and only just bearly got to the shell stitch.

I can see adding a ridge of shell stitch to the bottom of a knit top or tank. This one was really fun and I learned a lot about the tension with this stitch and how much yarn it really took to make the stitch look right. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised with is that I am a much better crocheter now that I am using my left hand to knit. I know, duh. But both me and another classmate instantly recognized the change in our crochet after working on our Deep Vs.

Finally, this week I also got my first shipment from Scout's Indie Swag Club, since there may be a few people who haven't yet received their package, I will let you go look at the picture here if you are interested. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to join the Club, not because it was super limited (which it was) but because I was one of the ones that the website let buy a membership when there wasn't any left to buy (I was 12 or 13 of only 10 membership she had originally decided to sell). Fortunately, Scout decided to let us overages stay and the other designers also agreed. So, yay! I can't think of a better way to help support indie business!

7 comments:

Mouse said...

Great Swag! thanks for sharing! Sorry to hear about all the hubby injuries!

Nonnahs said...

Knee surgery. You're joking, right? BOYS!!

Jennifer said...

You can add my RM to the list of the injured hubbies. Last week at his flag football game he got his hands stomped on. They are still swollen and painful. If it's not better by next week, we'll be making our own trip to the doctor's for an x-ray. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

I just have one comment "teach B to knit - it's much safer". Oh maybe not, he could poke his eye with the needle trying to do it while riding!

mle said...

Oooh! I've been eyeing that Scout Swag yarn recently and you are lucky to have joined the club! The package you got is so cute! I love supporting the indie businesses too...I just love getting one-of-a-kind stuff!

Theresa said...

That sounds like a really useful class. I'm not much beyond single crochet myself.

Cristina (CrissyPo) said...

I got a "Learn to Crochet" video at Michael's and it's pretty good. Are you making any crochet projects?