Since Labor Day is past, the days are getting shorter and I'm already enjoying Sam Adams Octoberfest beer, we all know that colder weather is around the corner.
I'm going to try to blog a little more frequently, as I think I've discovered why I've lost my momentum (yes, we'll blame the Xbox 360 as the major reason).
It comes down to picture taking. I'm not a huge fan of pictureless blogs, so I like to include when I can. However, I've also found that I get better photos in the afternoon than in the morning. I was in the habit of doing my blog first thing in the morning before I got my day started. Once I started waiting for better light, I simply never got around to it. So I need to find a new schedule (maybe take the photos the day before I blog?)
Anyway, just because I haven't been blogging, doesn't mean that I'm not working on stuff. I will say that I've been doing more crocheting than knitting lately (and a lot of frogging. I am no master crocheter!)
I have an almost Fo, the October Vest from Interweave Crochet Fall 2009. I'm waiting for the zipper to arrive, and the finishing needs a light steam. Here's what it looked like in progress:
I will say that I have never been so frustrated by such a simple project. I'm sure that it's crochet had a lot to do with it. Plus I find Interweave patterns very hard to read (I understand space issues. I used to do typesetting for magazines and know that there is limited space for content). The problem for me is that you have to meticulously read the directions. The content is not broken down logically (like the collar directions are not at a paragraph break). This probably isn't an issue for meticulous pattern readers. Which I am not one. I am a skimmer. I glance at my patterns while I'm working and really don't like being tied to my pattern (and probably why I'm not a huge fair isle fan).
Anyway, I'll give specifics on my struggles with the vest when I do my project review, but suffice to say that I think I can say I've made this vest 4 times now.
Meanwhile, I'm hoping to get some crochet bags I've been working on finished up this week. I also need to dig out a cabled project. I'm feeling a little cable-less right now. Matt might need a Na Craga.