(First person to make a "bitch" comment gets it through the computer screen).
Snow, ice, rain, sleet. We got it all. The kids went to school yesterday, only to have schools close early because of the weather. Sr. Jr. got home around noon, Jr. Jr. around 1:45. Yesterday was mainly snow, so there were snowball fights and sled pulls and general frolicking. Last night the sleet and freezing rain started, so all that snow is now saturated with ice. No school. No playing in the snow. We'll play Wii, I'll bake cookies, maybe I'll get to knit a little.
I've mentioned before that I want to improve my crochet skills. I've seen some beautiful crochet patterns that I'd love to tackle. The Alpine Frost scarf from Interweave Crochet seemed like a good place to start. The pattern is lacy and pretty, but doesn't look too complicated -- offset shells of single and double crochet. My first attempt used some lightly twisted laceweight that was difficult to work with. The yarn wanted to untwist itself as I worked with it. Not fun.
So for my next try, I grabbed some leftover Lanas Puras Melosa Laceweight that had used for my Star of Evening shawl. This worked much better. I think I even got the pattern mostly right!
It even looks somewhat like the picture! Please, I welcome any corrections, tips, or criticisms from my crocheting friends. I think I could go up a size in crochet hooks to make this a little lacier in this yarn.
Emboldened by my close-enough-to-call success, I pulled out some gorgeous alpaca laceweight purchased earlier this year at Maryland Sheep & Wool.
It's the yarn on the left, called "Morning Mist." It took me forever to wind up. I got out the crochet hook, chained 57 and got to work. And it looked terrible. It was not fun to work, either, hard to see where I was supposed to do my stitches, no good definition of the stitches, etc. So I packed it away :( The pattern calls for laceweight yarn, though, so I'm not sure if the problem here is the yarn, or me. (Alpaca probably wasn't the best choice -- fuzzy and without much definition.)
I really like the way the Lanas Puras looked in the pattern, but it's definitely more "rustic" than the original. I'll try to dig through the stash for some Knitpicks wool lace yarn and see how that works but Imayalsohaveorderedsomemorelanaspurasjustincase.
Again, any tips from the crocheters out there would be greatly appreciated.
Finally, the discussion topic of day. Query: Rod Blagodevich -- insane, or really fucking batshit insane. Discuss.