Friday, June 22, 2007

Thursday is Yarn Day *Edit

I am not a spontaneous person, sadly. I keep trying to be spontaneous but usually I really prefer to have a plan. I am far too young to be so crotchety, but there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it.

Thursdays are always Ann Days. This means that I make no plans with friends for Thursday evenings. Thursdays are for me to either do errands and sit at home doing whatever I want, or just sit at home and do whatever I want (without errands). Lately, this has meant that I spend Thursday evenings under a big pile of yarn, trying to knit or crochet my way out.

Yesterday was no different. I had one big goal: knit my sock homework. I needed to get the foot done to 1 3/4" from the end, so I can learn to make toes tomorrow in my final sock class. It took me a few hours (measured in TV shows I listened to but didn't watch), but I did it! Hooray! I had planned to work on my Practice Sock last night too, but by that time Grey's Anatomy was on. I'm at the point in the Practice Sock where I need silence to wrap my head around picking up stitches and knitting the gussets (which I screwed up on my Real Sock--don't look too close!) and I wasn't about to miss the shiny rerun of Grey's!

I am such a dork.

(In other Dork News, I foolishly cast on my Practice Sock in a different yarn than I'm using for my Real Sock, because I wanted to see how the self-striping yarn looked. If I had been smart, I would have used the same yarn, and ended up with a pair right away. Not always very clever.)

Anyway, because I wasn't willing to turn off the idiot box, I grabbed my crochet hook and some of the Caron Perfect Match I got in the worsted grab bag I ordered from Herrschners. (I can't resist grab bags!) I made a couple of these:
Except that mine are medium blue. And I'm doing an extra round of double crochet at the end in black, because I'm a big copycat. I discovered that you can get 13 hexagons from one 7-oz. skein, if you're careful about your tension and the length of your ends. For the first 12, I was not, so of course I ran out of blue yarn two-thirds of the way through the final round. Luckily the final round is single crochet, so I was able to fudge my tension in the black round enough to more or less disguise the discrepancy. I'll have to remember to post some hexagon pictures that I didn't steal from the Lion Brand website. Here's another mark of my dorkitude: I bought a digital camera almost entirely so I could take pictures of my yarncraft, but gosh, it's just so much trouble to photograph things and transfer the pictures to my computer! Once I have hexagonned and edged all 35 ounces of grab bag goodness, I will connect them all up and have another afghan. Because a girl can never have too many afghans.


Edit: Photobucket to the rescue!
I just remembered that I have taken pictures of my blue hexagons. Here's one now!

See? Just like the other picture, only blue. Now imagine that it has black edging.

4 comments:

bookie said...

So is all your grab bag yarn medium blue? Or do we have other colors to look forward to? Maybe one day I'll get brave enough to order a grab bag. And did you get your bag o' sock yarn yet?

Abby said...

Ann -
David and I both love your blog. I just wanted to say thanks for the great yarncraft birthday present! The soap caddy, and washcloths are too cute as are the bath goodies. Sorry this is a little late but David and I have been crazy!!!!!
Thanks again
Abby

Psyche said...

Mom,
I actually got 5 different colors; there's cream, green, purple, and grey, too. I figured that I could be 12 bucks' worth of brave when it came to 32 ounces of grab bag yarn, since I was already ordering stuff.
I did get my bag o' sock yarn! And now that I know how to make socks, there'll be no stopping me!

Psyche said...

Abby,
Don't worry about being a little late; I completely understand how nuts getting ready to move can be. I'm glad to hear that you liked your gift! I hope you find the time to pamper yourself a little and have a spa day during the moving craziness.
~Ann