Flamies!

Winners for the 2009 Flamies Awards (given out by the Crochet Liberation Front) will be announced LIVE on Monday, March 16th at 9pm EST on Getting Loopy. It promises to be a great show!

If you can’t listen live, you can listen to the archived shows once they’re posted (at the same link).

And if you aren’t listening to this show already, you should. It’s a great show and Mary Beth has a lot of great guests. The chat room is usually pretty lively, too, during the show.

But anyway, you should listen on Monday night if you want to hear who won (and remember, I was nominated for Best New Designer). I know I’ll be listening! Can’t wait to hear who won what!! ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, work on the sweater progresses. I *think* I have the math figured out. I had to do it in my own way, but we’ll see if it works. Crocheting the medium sleeve now and if they work, I’ll send it off to a tester for the largest size and then I’ll get it cleaned up and likely self-published. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, okay, it is important

I have spent the past three days struggling with basic math concepts. Why? Because I didn’t pay attention in math class in school. In any of them really. I passed all my math classes, I just did what I needed to in order to pass.

Anyway, once I learn an equation I’m okay. But this is learning all new equations and things. Today I finally gave up on making the math make sense in my head and actually wrote out line by line the increases for the sleeve. At that point I was able to see that the math was right, and now I understand it.

So now I’m crocheting a sleeve, and hoping it will all turn out okay. I think I understand how to do the sleeve cap and will work on that when I get there.

In other news, John is off at another project. This time in Falls Church, VA. The good news is thanks to “commuter” flights, he’ll be able to leave Monday mornings and return home relatively early on Friday nights. It will likely be for a couple of months. Midnight is very confused today as his Daddy left while he was still sleeping this morning.

Oh well, back to my crocheting.

A lot done for a half day

First off, thanks to my wonderful webmaster, the site is back up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! Thanks, babe!

This morning I followed up on two potential students through email. Not sure when I’ll find time to fit them in, but hopefully our schedules will mesh.

The yarn for the two projects that I need to work on hasn’t arrived yet, so this morning I did the math (ew) for the publication project. I also did a much larger swatch in a similar yarn and I think I’ve got a good game plan for when the yarn does arrive. So I’m feeling pretty good. I am prepped and ready to go with both projects as soon as the yarn gets here. Yay me!

So, because I am all caught up, I’m going to take the rest of the afternoon off. Tomorrow I will be at Dani’s for a girls day. Hopefully yarn comes tonight so I can work while I’m there. If not, well, then I don’t know what I’ll work on. :-/ I’ll likely just be taking a long holiday weekend.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

The yarn fairy came today!

Today’s design hours were spent attempting to grade a pattern. Well, let me start over, today was spent researching measurements, swatching different stitch patterns, and then doing a lot of what shouldn’t be complicated math.

I’m likely overthinking a lot of what I’m trying to do. But that’s par for the course with me. Around 4pm I had the stitch pattern decided on and was still trying to figure out the best way to start the thing to make it simple. Yeah. I was giving myself a headache so I stopped for the day.

A little bit ago we were sitting here watching TV after dinner and we heard a knock at the door. I got up and beat the dog to the door and saw through our mega peephole that it was the UPS truck. That’s when I got excited.

See, that pattern that just got accepted came with yarn support and sure enough, that’s what this was. So, this is all I can show you right now (I don’t think I’ll be able to do any super duper close ups on this one without giving it away) but I hope it whets your appetite for when it comes out next year.

Hooray yarn! Aren’t those colors just awesome? I can’t wait!!! This is another one of those designs that I can say I’m just tickled with how well the swatch matched what was in my head. I can’t wait to see the whole thing done.

Oh, and while I had the camera out, I got a shot of the sock I’m working on:

Notice how there is no marking on the handle to tell you what size hook that is? That’s because I’ve worn it down. It’s not the only hook like that. My I hook is missing its label and the G hook is starting to lose its label as well. Oh well. I need to have John either engrave them for me or do letter press into it or something.

Okay, I’m off to work on a sock while a storm rolls through. Tomorrow I start work on the design! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kids, learn the math….

I hate math. Really really hate math. I remember sitting in 5th grade doing the morning work of math problems on the board and crying quietly ’cause I had such a hard time with it (long division with big numbers, multiplying with big numbers, and long addition problems). I admit to not really learning anything in Algebra 2 thanks to the wonderful scheduling of that class being 3rd period (and Kelli had the math genius in her 1st period class, Kelli and I had 2nd period together, and then had 3rd period math….I’m not going to really admit to anything in writing ’cause well, I don’t want to get Kelli in trouble either). ๐Ÿ™‚ I admit that me and the entire class did really well on all our tests thanks to the teacher having a serious smoking addiction and he left the room every class for 20 minutes….regardless of if we were testing or not. I admit to being a smarty pants on the day that the math genius missed school (aack!) and we did homework on imaginary numbers. I turned in a blank piece of paper and told the teacher with a straight face that I could see the numbers, why couldn’t he? ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember watching Kelli across the room try not to snicker. That was my last math class in high school. College math wasn’t much better, but I got through the bare minimum I had to take.

I say all that to say this….kids, pay attention in math class. You really do use the info later. As a designer I’ve had to remember how to calculate area, yardage, convert fractions to decimals (ok, I cheat on that one and use a chart), etc, etc.

The other important thing? Counting to a certain number effectively. The current adventure? The wrap I’m working on. It has 120 stitches. The fiber I’m using is a slippery rayon thread and it is very easy to skip a stitch. So I’m now having to count to 120 on EVERY SINGLE ROW. It’s very time consuming but less than ripping out rows every 5 rows. Which is what happened yesterday.

So yeah, that’s my rant for today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, back to counting….

Back to a sock for the rest of the night

So I’ve spent all day working with rayon and dowels. And all I have to show for it is about 4 rows. Why? Because I should learn to always double check my math before I start (note to self – 122 is not a multiple of 6…not sure where you got that, but really, use the calculator, that’s why we have them). I should also learn that in the beginning of a project it’s important to count the stitches in each row. Grr. So it’s going back in the bag for tonight. All I’ve accomplished is giving myself a headache.

I’ll get through this. None of this is the pattern’s fault. It’s operator error and I’ll get it solved and get through it. I think I need to cut down on the distractions tomorrow. Part of the day was spent chatting with a friend and I did put the project down a few times. I also need to find a way to put the spool of thread on something so it turns easier. Maybe the paper towels will lose their holder for a bit.

So it’s back to socks for tonight. Tomorrow morning I will start again and hopefully get through this pattern.

Back to work to conquer the math

I took yesterday off because I was going to be gone during the day. I did let the problems with the math on the sweater percolate in the back of my head. I think it will be easy to fix.

I can likely do it without pulling the cable out. BUT…I think for my own sanity, I will. Blah, I know. But, I want to redo where the button holes are. I need to try it on Midnight to see if the strap is wide enough.

I still have a bit of the migraine (it’s just time…once every year or so I get one that won’t go away for a while), which is why I think it will just be easier to rip back and start over on that section. I’m not sure I can handle the abstractness of just changing the directions. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have my last class with the girls tonight. Here’s hoping they all did their homework and I can get them through this last bit. While I’ve enjoyed teaching them (it’s the first time I’ve taught a kids’ class), I’ll be so glad when it’s done. ๐Ÿ™‚ They wear me out. I remember why I quit teaching school when I get home from those classes.

Well, time to get some coffee and get to work. I’d like to get the issues worked out of this sweater and get it on the storefront by this weekend.

When math is actually my friend

I just took a moment to measure the main color repeat for Little Bro’s blanket. It’s 16″. Since my brother is 6’3″ I want to try to make it long enough for him to have over him if he lays on the sofa (no, I’m not making it to cover his bed since he has a queen bed). I want to make it at least 60″. That would be 4 repeats. But, if I just go ahead and do 5 repeats then it would be plenty long enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s not even counting the fact that it will loosen up when I wash it. ๐Ÿ™‚ 5 repeats total seem totally doable. Especially considering I’m at the end of the 2nd repeat. Not bad at all. At least now I know where I’m going. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other happy math news, I’m at 6″ on this section of SSP#1 and need to get to 15″ for this section. It’s starting to move quicker even though I’m still struggling with the hand cramps. My goal is to finish this section today. I likely won’t hit that, but I’m going to try. Today I think I’m going to work late to try to get ahead.

Okay, that’s all from here. I need to get back to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

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