Friday, September 08, 2006

This has been a week of finishing projects. Unfortunately only in the knitting world.

In my research, I have been doing quite a bit of literary searching, which means spending a ton of time in front of a computer or trudging across campus to the library. In work, our big NMR (a.k.a. P.O.S.) "decided" to start working so I have been trying to get that up to par. In other words, I have gotten no where.

On the happier note, I have completed several projects this week. Now, far warning to the yarn snobs out there...these are done with the inexpensive yarn. Remember, I am a poor grad's all I can afford!!

The first is a poncho made of Lion Brand "Homespun". It's quite warm and very soft.

The edging of this poncho came out great and even comes out on it's own without any blocking. I had a lot of fun crocheting this because it had some periods of repetition, but that it also has the periods of interesting pattern. Speaking of the pattern, it is the Martha Stewart inspired poncho. It was designed off of the one she had on when she came home (i.e. got out of jail). WARNING!! People that I have talked to who have done this pattern advised me to do it in a bigger hook size. No kidding....I ended up doing this on a size P hook and used the same amount of yarn and the poncho hits me about mid thigh. Just so you know...

I finally finished my striped socks!! As any knitter knows, when knitting socks, you must knit TWO of them. Therefore, it is kind of anticlimactic when you finish the first one, only to realize that you have to start all over on the second. So, here are my pretty socks done in Lion Brand "Magic Stripes". These came out wonderfully warm and comfortable. It almost makes me wish I lived in a colder climate....almost. The fun this about this type of the yarn is the striping that occurs while you knit. For knitters, it breaks up the monotony of the endless stockinette over the foot. But for the non-knitter who observes you, wonders how you can do such work with so many colors.

Well, time for Craft Weekend with Becky, so maybe I can get some sewing done!!

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