All Stop!

I’ve hit a snag in my knitting. In fact, I was working on a post detailing the extent of my frustration, but that’s going to have to wait. Just like my projects are going to have to wait. Because last night the yarn for my first original design project arrived!

Several years ago L.L. Bean had a quilt of Navy signal flags. I didn’t buy it. Why? I ask myself! Perhaps I thought I would buy it from the next catalogue, but as far as I know, it was only offered the one time. I’ve regretted not buying it ever since. Could I make one myself? Nope. I’ve never quilted nor had the desire to. Quilting seems like a time-consuming process and an awful lot of work. I just don’t have the patience.

I thought about asking a childhood friend (Sam, if you’re reading this!) who loves quilting to make one for me. But she’s got her own stuff to make.

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Ta-Daa!

The tote is done! I announced it last week on my Instagram and half of my followers liked it! (I have only two followers, one of whom I think forgot she even has an Instagram account.)

As you can see from the photo, I fixed the stripe situation. I unraveled only about 10 rows (vice the planned 24) . When I got to the top stripe this time, the they aligned properly. I have no idea what I did differently, so, sadly, I cannot learn from my mistake.

The Dallas tote is finished!
(Not sure what the purpose of this “rounded” pic style is, but WordPress gave me the choice, so I used it.)
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Sunday 7: STILL on My Needles

At the end of his weekly YouTube videos, Tom Daley (yes, I’m still a wee bit obsessed) answers questions posted in his comments and asks for new questions. One question I’d like to ask: Does he completely finish one knit or crochet project before he starts another? I recently went through my stash and found many unfinished projects. Here are just seven of them. (Yes, there are more!)

Seven Unfinished Knitting (& Crochet) Projects

(“Crochet” is in parenthesis because only one project is crochet—the first one shown here.)

Dallas tote bag, making progress.
Dallas tote bag

1. Dallas Tote Bag: from Lion Brand. The yarn is called “Jeans.” I love me some denim, and I love this yarn. It’s soft and stretchy. Of course, I need another bag like I need another hole in my head, but who cares? I’ve made great progress since this picture was taken, finishing the first panel Friday night. Yay!

2. Boxy T-Shirt Top: another Lion Brand project with Jeans yarn. I’ve made good progress on this, too. Took it to the auto dealership on Thursday and knitted while waiting for my car to be serviced. (Knitting is easier for me than crochet.) I also finished listening to a favorite book from Audible—a paranormal gay romance mystery. But that’s subject for another time.

The beginnings of a cute boxy sweater.
The beginnings of my boxy T-shirt sweater.
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Not Fair!

While British diving champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Tom Daley was knitting this:

Tom Daley's Team GB cardigan
Tom’s Team GB cardigan

and this:

Tom's doggie sweater for a friend
Tom’s doggie sweater (for a friend)

and this:

Tom’s cozy to keep his Olympic Gold Medal from getting scratched. Clever!

I was knitting these:

Fuck 2020 (and some of 2021 for that matter)

WHAAAT???

Tom has been knitting (and crocheting) for about a year and a half. I’ve been knitting, off and on for 50+ years (crocheting for a bit less). Tom is a world-class athlete who spends his days training, parenting (and husbanding), cooking for his family, writing books, and creating and editing content for his very popular YouTube channel. Not to mention tending to plants and fish (and frogs?). When does he have time to knit?

How does he do all that when I can’t even get my dishes washed every day? Oh yeah. He’s well-disciplined and driven. At least he’s motivated me to pick up my knitting needles and crochet hooks again.

So, thanks, Tom! 💜

[Top three four photos © 2021 Made with Love by Tom Daley ]