Sunday, March 26, 2006

Hi, Remember Me?

Thank you for all your advice my biased swatch. I was happy to learn that it's wasn't my fault--it's the yarn's fault. Thanks to Elizabeth, Grumperina, and Jes, I now know that crooked knitting can happen when the twist of the yarn isn't quite right. Grumperina even sent me a link to an article that explains how yarn can be unbalanced. It's interesting reading. If you spin, you should read the article.

Dragon, almost...
I'm bigger than this dragon! says EllyIf I sat down to figure out how long it's taking me to finish this BABY sweater, I think I would be embarrassed to find that I have finished adult-sized sweaters in half as much time. I guess I wasn't enjoying knitting this sweater very much. When I finally finished knitting and seaming, I had to crochet stuff--which meant putting the whole thing aside and teaching myself the necessary skills. But look! Now it has a spiky spine! Fresh off my crochet triumph, I decided to make up some crocheted ears because crocheted fabric is much stiffer than knitted fabric and I wanted to be sure that the ears stood up nicely. Here the sweater is modeled by a stuffed dog. I don't have a teddy bear that I can dress up in baby clothes. I attempted to put the sweater on Scout, but she didn't like wearing the hood (or the rest of the sweater for that matter.)

I don't need no stinkin' zipper!Now, for the most scary part--installing the zipper. I have a zipper and it is too long. I know that I can shorten the zipper, but I don't know how. I have a sewing machine, but it refuses to sew in straight lines. I have read the zipper-installing tutorials again and again. But I am still not convinced that I can do this. It doesn't look too bad without a zipper right? Who cares if the baby gets cold? Just kidding. I will put the zipper in as soon as I can.

Am I boring yet?
Yesterday, while I was staring at the too long zipper, Peter commented that I wasn't finishing very many knitting projects. Yes, that's true. Then he asked, "Aren't your blog readers getting bored with you?" Hummm...I don't know. Are you?

I haven't been knitting much lately. And when I do have a chance to knit, I've been working on a couple of projects that I can't blog about. Hence: not much blog fodder. I hope to pick up the knitting pace again soon.

I have discovered becoming a freelancer is actually starting my own business. I've been busy working on filling out small business paperwork, straightening out finances, and managing communications with clients, networking with other freelancers, and then trying to find time to do the work that I've agreed to do! Sure I can stop and knit whenever I like, but now if I'm knitting during "work hours," I'm not earning money. So, I'm less inclined to knit "just a few rows" on my "breaks" like I used to do when I was a salaried employee. Ah well. I'm still glad that I quit my other job. I will get used to being on my own and I will eventually have the free time that I dreamed about when I first decided to go out on my own.

11 comments:

grumperina said...

You aren't boring me!!! And I love the dragon look of that sweater, I think it's just cute enough without being over the top (gaudy). As for zippers... have you thought about maybe putting it in by hand? Sometimes it's a little easier to control the stitches, especially if you aren't a pro with the machine.

janna said...

Have you seen Claudia's tutorial on putting in a zipper? I have never used it, because I avoid zippers, but it looks good! It's here: http://www.claudiasblog.net/how_to/

Meredith said...

What a cute little dragon! :)

Jennifer said...

That is an adorable little dragon hoodie! Your crochet looks great. The colors are perfect too.

goodkarma said...

Dragon looks great! Such a whimsical pattern. Good luck with the zipper. I'm sure it will turn out perfectly in the end.

Terby said...

The spine is great. Completely makes the sweater.

I think setting your own hours frequently results in less free time. That and having a project you're really invested in.

smokey said...

Laura, that is SO cute. Almost makes me want to pick up a crochet needle and learn...

Rachel said...

I'll take quality over quantity any day, my friend. And you are quality. So don't fret.

The photo of the dragon sweater on the dog with Scout (right?) in the back cracks me up for some reason. The sweater looks fantastic, though, especially the spikes. I'm going to have to break down and teach myself some basic crochet at some point.

If you don't want to deal with the zipper, there are always toggles! Not sure how dragony they are, but the would allow you to avoid the sewing machine.

Jes said...

The dragon is adorable! Good job with the crochet.

You can shorten a zipper (there must be a tutorial somewhere). I know you have to take the top stopper off. Then with plyers, I believe, you pop off the teeth you need to remove, replace the stopper and cut the fabric (or vice versa). I hear from people that have done it, that it's easy, but I've never tried on my own. Might be worth a shot tho ;)

And you're not boring. It's important that you get your free lancing off the ground. You need your yarn money! And besides, the cuteness of the cats makes up for lackness of the FOs =)

amylovie said...

You are not boring us!

You can post pictures of our little project BTW.

Amy

Elizabeth said...

awwww... I love the lil' dragon sweater. don't worry - you're not being boring. knitting and blogging are like everything else - they go in cycles. I've got ups and downs all the time with my knitting, too...