Saturday, February 10, 2007

It's been too long.

I noticed that everyone seems to have a "blog addy" below their name on the different lists I'm on. I started to think I was the only person left in America without a blog, when I remembered this one, so after a very long hiatus, I'm back.

I'm currently in "knit" mode, and have been since two friends took up knitting and began asking questions about yarn overs and good patterns. As we all have a friend expecting her first baby in late April, we're all busy knitting baby clothes and stuff for an eventual baby shower. Knitting baby clothes is a trip--they're so tiny, it's like making doll clothes.

Also on the needles:
1 pair of olive green merino Renaissance hose for Stephen (my long-suffering husband)
1 navy wool scarf for the National WWII Museum's continuing scarf drive

On the crochet hook:
1 afghan

Along with assorted other UFOs (UnFinished Objects).

I haven't been sitting around doing nothing for the past several years. Last year I crocheted the afghan using a Fibonacci sequence (1-2-3-5-8-5-3-2-1) for the stripes, and 5 different acrylic yarns: 4 different variegated yarns in progressively lighter shades, and dark violet to separate each stripe sequence. The entire afghan is crocheted in Navajo Stitch, and it took about 8 months to complete; it's 6x6 feet, and I worked on it during meetings, evenings, and on weekends.

I took a chance and entered it in the Solano County Fair last year, and surprise! it took 1st place in the Afghans class. Another crocheted afghan took 1st place in the Baby Afghans class, so my crocheting did OK. My jams, jellies, and pickles did OK in the same fair--a bunch of ribbons, and I again won Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show (I did the same thing in 2004).