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Castaway Vest: April Challenge

My mom’s a celebrity. Betcha didn’t know that, huh?

Thanks to years of semi-prolific crochet, she’s kept me in conversation pieces for years. Lately, it seems everything I wear that she’s made has sparked interest in half the office. Go famous mom!

Now one day, as I sat in a freezing cubicle shielded only by a crochet poncho, a woman I worked with oogled my coverup. For our purposes, let’s call her Ms. Sassy-Pants. After a lovely non-work conversation about yarn and knitting, Ms. S-P commissioned me to make her something similar. We haven’t quite found what she wants yet, but I was so inspired that I couldn’t help getting selfish.

I don’t even have to say it now, right? But I will. I started a new project. I’m allowed! I finished a bunch of stuff that I haven’t taken pictures of, so meh. Anywho, I found a skein of blue cotton yarn. It’s almost reminiscent of denim and rough around the edges. This was my starting point. Mix in taupe Sugar’n’Cream then top with a simple vest and we have it.

I love this vest pattern. At least, it looks pretty on the model. If I can stand to, I might make another in more feminine yarn, but right now I wanted rustic. The idea is to make a vest that will wear well, can be thrown in a rainstorm and only get better. I wanted something that could stand up to my abuse and still make me look like a cool pirate. Or old fisherwoman. Catch my drift? *snort*

I’m about done with the most tedious part which is the huge back piece before the shaping. I want to have this ready to wear by the end of April.

Sidenote 1: The stripe technique they use is BRILLIANT! Why didn’t I think of this years ago? It’s easy and it looks so nice I’m considering making it wrong-side out. If not, I’ll have another vest project later doing just that. Such perfect lines… I’ll take a pic for you later.

Sidenote 2: Whenever I work on this, which is often, I’m generally drooling over Hercules: The Legendary Journeys on Netflix. On the rare occasion I’m not, or when Iolaus isn’t on screen, I’m singing On a Boat. Check it. Theme music for my vest.

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What do you do with an Epic Fail?

Especially when you’ve done it in pieces and cut your yarn? Is anyone else singing “What do you do with a general” now? You know, Bing Crosby… White Christmas.. no?

I loved the way this scarf was working up and I was excited to finish it. I should have known that my fears of picking up and knitting the side borders were more than just me being lazy. Nope. The edge is screwed. The problem here isn’t that I can’t rip out the border; it’s figuring out what to do after that.

And if you’re thinking, just pretend it’s supposed to be that way: no. I’m all about improvised knitting and saying “oh, I totally meant that” if I can get away with it, but you can’t here. The eding is too small and pulls the length in. Meaning unless I did a just as crappy eding on the other side that was knit much longer, I couldn’t say that I meant to make it into a wonky c-shape. Mfghmp!

With large squares of stockinette, it rolls like crazy. Without something to anchor it down you can also see the edges which aren’t so pretty. I thought of maybe doing similar strips and creating a striped shawl, but that doesn’t sound great, even to me. So that begs the question, what now? Any ideas?

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Lititz, PA

Pronounced Lit-itz, but you can always say you’re from out of town and have more fun with it. I finally got around to visiting last weekend, and I’m so glad I did. Wilbur Chocolate Factory, the Sturgis Pretzel Company, the downtown shops, and their tiny but so pretty park bursting with ducks.

I’m not sure what to call this except for the hole next to the pond… thingy. These things were awesome and inspired the sentence “I wish I was tiny and had a boat!” which is something you don’t hear often. They were nestled around the base of a rounded wall covered with lichen and tiny ferns. So pretty.

But what is a downtown without that one perfect store. Amazingly, I’m not talking about The Cupcakery or Cafe Chocolate, neither of which we stopped at due to my month-long gluten-free challenge and my friend going vegan for Lent. I’m also not talking about their cute tea shop or awesome junk shops. Nope, I’m talking about the dude who sells Kangaroo steaks. And alligator, yak, ostrich, wild boar, bison testicles… oh, and crunchy bugs. We’re going to be friends.

Why is this my first real trip in PA? I can’t say, with total dignity, that most of the time I’ve been here’s it’s been raining, snowing, dark, and cold. So granted, I do have an excuse, but it’s a tiny one compared to the sheer amount of ground I could have covered. But I did go back for their Second Friday event, so boo-yah. In your face Boring Life.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 215 posts. There were 77 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 63mb. That’s about a picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 18th with 100 views. The most popular post that day was Mosaics.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were craftster.org, cosmicpluto.com, ravelry.com, ribbedforyourpleasure.wordpress.com, and purlverde.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for succulent wreath, drop stitch scarf pattern, fat hippy, hippy crafts, and living wreaths.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Mosaics November 2007

2

Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern (Really) August 2009
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3

Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf* September 2008
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4

Babette Blanket, Ahoy! August 2010
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5

My Vest! August 2010
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