It Worked! 

Motivational M&Ms work!!  A little determination probably didn’t hurt either! 

I sat down to weave ends and 45 minutes later, I’d done 2/3s of my 100 ends! 

Look at all those ends!  Who knew cutting yarn into tiny bits and making a pile could be so satisfying!?!  

Fingers crossed that I can ride this high right on through to the end of the weaving! The end is in sight!  It should be rather painless! 

Still not done

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My latest shawl is off the needles!  The ends aren’t woven but I’m wearing it anyhow!  I need to come up with a trick to motivate myself into getting that particular chore done.

Apparently, as a wee lass, my Mom used M&M’s as a potty training aid.  I vaguely remember that.  Or rather, I remember eating one M&M at a time, for many different reasons, none of which is really clear.  I remember those delicious chocolate moments though.  Mmmmmm.

M&M’s might be the key here.  One M&M for every end I weave?  Yeah…I think that could work, especially if I upgrade to peanut M&M’s.  Mom’s no dummy…she knew what she was doing!

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This thing is going to be huge once it’s blocked!  I can’t wait!

Although, now that it’s off the needles, my modifications don’t stand out much.  Blocking will help but the lesson here is:  Go Big!  There’s no such thing as going too big when it comes to knitting big scrappy shawls.  I could have put many more giant eyelets along the bottom edge and the ripple along the top edge could definitely have been more pronounced.

Not complaining, just noting the lessons I’ve learned for the next one.   Always got the next one in mind…


 

Almost FO

After 4 months and all my leftover yarn bits, my WestKnits Mash Up is being bound off!

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I’m doing an Icelandic Bind Off.  I haven’t counted but it’s probably in the neighborhood of 500 stitches.  I’m about halfway.  It’s fun to finally see it stretched out, it’s been months since it fit comfortably on a 40″ cord.

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I’ve combined pieces of my favorite Stephen West projects.  The main body is Dotted Rays.  I’ve given the edge a little flare, inspired by the Doodler.  The bottom border is a little bit Esjan.

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I went a bit understated with the Esjan portion, lining up one big hole with each Dotted Rays hole.  You won’t see it until it’s blocked but there’s also a series of small YOs around each of the large holes.

Of course, there’s 100 ends to weave so this project may never make it to the blocking phase.  On occasion, I’ve done finishing work for hire.  This is something you couldn’t pay me to do though.  LOL.  I am curious what the ‘professional’ finisher would change for it.  I might go as far as a getting a quote.  Heck, if she works cheap, I might actually pay.

It’s an interesting discussion…what would I pay vs what would I charge too weave $100 ends.  Sadly, even as someone who knows the skill & time spent on a task like this, I would not pay as much as I would charge.  How about you?

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May The Fourth Be With You

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Happy Star Wars Day!  and May the Fourth be with you! 

My intergalactic amigurumi crochet collection is growing!  I gotta say, I’m happy to see this Stormtrooper killed.  He’s kind of a reject anyway.  If Yoda didn’t do it, Vader would have, soon enough.

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While he does look more like a Stormtrooper than a Village Person, he’s a summary of everything I dislike about making stuffies.  He’s just a bit off.

At least he’s less phallic than when he started.  It makes me wish Rebecca Danger wrote a Star Wars book.  I love her toy design.  Her pieces aren’t sewn together but rather, picked up and worked more continuously.

That said, if you’re good at tiny finishing and you like fiddly bits, this is the book for you!  Rumor has it, you can find it at Costco these days.

I’m not letting the dark side win, I’ll be back to crochet another day.  For now though, I’m just going to enjoy a day filled with nerdy puns—and KNITTING!

May The Fourth Be With YOU!