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Finishing Spree

I’m going on a finishing spree (applies only to projects I can finish relatively quickly and easily– not to projects that have substantial amounts of work yet to be done).  It’s about time; some of these UFOs have been hanging around for months.

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First up was the Celtic Cables Neckwarmer, which technically may not be completely finished, yet, since I’m seriously considering adding a very small, unobtrusive crochet border.  Maybe.  (Oh, and I’ve yet to weave in the two yarn ends.  I hate weaving ends into knitting even more than into crochet, because I’m not confident about how to do it properly.)

Celtic Cables Neckwarmer

I decided from the beginning to omit the buttons (and thus the
buttonholes and ribbing) in favor of a shawl pin or stick of some kind,
so that made it easier to finish. (g) On the other hand, I ended up
knitting seven pattern repeats– more than usual. Since my neckwarmer
will be adjustable (no fixed-in-place buttons and buttonholes), and
because I don’t have a long, thin, elegant, swan-like neck ;o), this just seemed
practical and more comfortable to me.

Celtic Cables Neckwarmer

The yarn was a bit itchy on my neck when I held it on for size, but
then again, it’s not really wool weather right now. Maybe it’ll be more
acceptable in wintertime. If not, at least it was a learning experience!
I learned how to cable without a cable needle (and that I prefer that
method for projects like this one)– and I learned that I can
make complicated-looking knitted cables.  Another lesson: Cables take a lot of
time for me to make, but that they’re worth the extra effort, because
they are Fancy. ;o)  D.V., this will not be my last encounter with fancy cables.

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Second UFO to FO– the Prairie Star Motif Pillow.

Prairie Star Motif Pillow, Side 1

I may have mentioned before that I don’t enjoy crocheting pillow sides together?  Well, I still don’t. It’s nice having the pillow finished and useable, but somehow the construction part isn’t very pleasant.  It’s more awkward than regular crocheting– even almost painful at times, with the bulk of the pillow constantly in the way.  Anyway, it’s done!

I single crocheted the two sides together around the cushion–
sc through both loops for sturdiness– using the same color as I used
to hdc around the separate motifs and for joining.  Then, for the finishing touch, I added a modest edging (still in the same beige yarn I used for joining)– #25 from Edie Eckman’s wonderful Around the Corner Crochet Borders. Simple but pretty and ruffly.

Once it was done, I put it on the couch– and when I looked at it later on, I thought, “Oh.  I didn’t realize until just now how… beige it is.”  Heh.  Yeah, if you use lots of beige in a cushion cover, it’s liable to look somewhat beige-ish, when all is said and done.  Well, I was trying to use up some of my less-inspiring scraps and skeins while still keeping near the colors in the room’s decor, and it does that…  And beige is harder-wearing than white or even cream, so I’ll just be happy with my Very Beige-ish Cushion.   I’m certain I’ll be glad it’s beige and not stark, crisp white, sooner or later– when it gets something spilled on it, for instance.

Prairie Star Motif Pillow, Side 2

Also:  That small pillow beside the new one is the ugly duckling of my hand-made cushions.  It’s not the pattern’s fault; it’s the colors I chose, I think…  Anyway, every time I look at it, I think that it belongs in some 1970s horror flick.  That’s what it makes me think of.  Probably ought to just get rid of it, but I doubt I will. Maybe one of the dogs would like it… (g)

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Next up… I’m not sure.  There’s the small secret project that’s 99.5% done (all but the worst, most persnickety bits)… The crocheted mesh bag that just needs a reinforcement at the top and a strap or two… And the knitted pincushion / doo-dad holder that needs sewing together.

WIP:  Knitted Pincushion
WIP:  Crochet Mesh Bag

Once I get those three wrapped up, I’ll feel better about starting a new project.  I’ve been thinking about this one for a while… the Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf.  But I’ve never done brioche before, so I’m a little intimidated.  (Apparently it’s one of those patterns where if you drop a stitch you’re out of luck, so lifelines are required.  I can do lifelines, but just reading that puts a pall on my ardor… (g))  On the other hand, the similarly named Reversible Cabled Scarf looks a lot like it (imho), but doesn’t use the brioche stitch, so far as I can tell.

Next New Knitting Project?

I’ll probably try the one with brioche– at least give it a try– if only because I like saying “brioche”.  ;o)  Ooh la la!  It brings back memories of high school French class… Gah!  What have I done?  Opened Pandora’s box!   Begone, you memories of high school awkwardness!  Back!  Back into the dimmest, most spider-webby recesses of my mind!   …Whew.  Should’ve seen that coming…   (Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but I’m not one of those unfortunates who look back on high school as the best life had to offer. (g))


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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