So, I finally had the Dell guy over to fix my computer. Now it won't turn on. So I have another Dell guy coming tomorrow to actually fix it. We'll see about that. Maybe you'll get pictures someday soon. Then again, maybe not.
I haven't been knitting for a couple of weeks due to the wrist thing, even though I can. I haven't been wanting to overdo it. So, I've been cross stitching and crocheting, and I've learned that although crocheting is easy to do without looking at, say while in class or otherwise distracted, it is also much easier to drop stitches. And much harder to fix dropped stitches in crochet than in knit. I usually do the crochet hook fix when I screw up the knitting. Can't do that with crochet. You gotta either just add a stitch and hope no one notices the few rows in between, or rip back to where the mistake was made and fix it. Of course, being the perfectionist I am, I rip back and fix it. I figure I could be somewhere between 5 and 10 inches further if I just crocheted when I could pay attention better or decided to add stitches instead of ripping back. Stupid sleeve. I really want to finish this sweater though. I can't wait to wear it! I also have to dye the leftover yarn black to use for the edging, and I'm not 100% sure if that will be enough. My row gauge is not what is called for in the pattern, though I'm using two hook sizes larger. I should probably have tried a larger hook, but since I've been getting the exact same gauge using different hooks, I think it's the yarn, not me. In order to finish this sweater, I need to:
1. Untangle second half of yarn and wind nicely. (I think I'll actually use an old pop bottle to hold it when I'm using it since the first half, the one that wound nicely, is acting up while in use.)
2. Finish sleeve #1. (This will probably actually be done first, since it does not require the second half of the yarn.)
3. Make front.
4. Make sleeve #2.
5. Measure leftover yarn, decide if it will be enough or if I should buy some more.
6. Dye leftover yarn for edging, because you know I'll end up deciding it's enough even if it isn't enough for half of what I need.
7. Block and seam sweater.
8. Grumble because either:
a. I should have not dyed the yarn and added another inch to the length, or
b. I should have not dyed the yarn, taken an inch off the length, and then dyed the yarn since I no longer have dye.
9. Edge sleeves.
10. Edge neck.
11. Edge bottom.
12. Pick your adventure! Will I:
a. Add embroidered details, buy beads and finish sweater? Or
b. Curse because I only needed three yards to finish the bottom with current yarn.
If b, then continue. If a, I win! Wear sweater in triumph! Then go to #20.
13. Curse because I can't find the same yarn since it was recycled.
14. Take out other edgings, use yarn for embroidered details.
15. Buy other yarn for edgings.
16. Crochet edgings.
17. Take out embroidered designs because they just amplify the difference in yarns used.
18. Embroider details in new yarn.
19. Wear sweater in subdued triumph.
20. Scream at everyone who asks if I made sweater (because they saw me making it) for implying my sweater looks homemade.
Yup, this won't get done for awhile. Especially because I've been itching to knit and spin. I think spinning will happen this weekend, as my wrist feels up to carding. It's probably a good thing that I don't have a spinning wheel, because then I could just take the bobbin with the half carded llama off and start spinning the confetti roving. So my spindle is forcing me to take spinning one project at a time. I guess that's a very good thing!
I've also been working a lot on the new Disney cross stitch. I'm getting as much work done on it as I can before I cast it aside for a new project. I think I may actually be monogomous to this one for awhile! It's smaller and has a LOT more white space than my other Disney projects, and I misplaced the Tinker Bell on the other smaller one, and since I really don't want to take that out yet, I think I'll just work on this one. Hopefully I'll keep on working on it until it's complete. And by that I mean, no other cross stitches except for those couple ornaments I started, and probably the Eagle one since it's so freaking close to being done. If I was working on that one instead of the other three I've been stitching, I'd have finished it two or three times already!