Knitting and a Movie
Thursday, November 27, 2003
      ( 4:40 AM ) Rebecca  
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my wonderful family, for our house, for the fact that we have enough to eat and clothes on our backs. I am thankful for my husband's Magic Hat bar that he won:

and will be even more thankful when we move it out of the living room and into the basement.
Finally, I'm thankful that we aren't hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year (since I've been too busy to clean obsessively) but I look forward to hosting it again next year.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! #


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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
      ( 11:34 AM ) Rebecca  
Back from the Twilight Zone...
Apologies for being AWOL for so long. I have been so busy. I made an Emma Peel catsuit for a Halloween costume (no good pics, what a shame! (NOT!) which involved struggling with my sewing machine zipper foot and swimsuit fabric. (If anyone wants to do the silver-and-black catsuit from the Avengers, just let me know and I'll figure out which KwikSew pattern I used. It's swimsuit fabric, not PVC, but it's way cheaper (it was on clearance even) and easier to work with, I imagine. I hosted a workshop for labor assistants, which involved lots of legwork with procuring the space and getting food and picking people up at the airport (in exchange for which I got to attend free of charge though!) I've been interviewing for a full-time job which I am supposed to start mid-December (we shall see) so I've been crazy busy trying to wrap up all my freelance projects before then. I've also been trying to get all my other life things out of the way for the same reason, so I've been volunteering at church and my son's school while I have the chance. So my poor blog has been neglected.

Also, I was in the yellow stockinette doldrums on the baby dress for awhile, so I had no interesting pics to post. Now I've got most of the knitting done, a little more on the shoulder straps and then I can wash it (yellow baby dress + black dog in the house = UGH) and block it and then try and figure out the smocking and crocheted border. I think I may have to call on my crocheting friends and relatives for help on that one, since my crochet skills are still pretty newbie. When I was a little girl, I desperately wanted to learn to knit. My grandmother said, "You need to crochet first" so I learned to finger-crochet, and made chains probably long enough to wrap around the house a few times. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 7 and I never got to learn to crochet from her. I've since picked up enough to get by on knitting projects I've done, but I still don't really know what I am doing. I'm confident I can figure out the border... if not, I will just make a knitted lace border instead.



Meanwhile, I actually got to work on my shawl a little more. I'm glad it's a simpler lace pattern so that when I drop a stitch it's easy to hide my mistakes. I saw the Legends of the Reef shawl which is just beautiful, but I'm afraid if it had fishie patterns it would be so obvious where I lost stitches. #


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