fiber arts

post-Xmas catch-up

After I wrote the last post on the 23rd, I went and wove in the ends of yarn for D’s scarf.  What I need to remember for next time is to pull the fabric to “seat” the yarn before cutting the end of the tail — what happened once this time is that pulling the fabric basically undid one entire securing stitch.

Basically, the book I have tells me to follow the lines of each crochet stitch up and down, for about four stitches, then (I altered this) pull the fabric to seat the yarn and clip it 1/4″ from the fabric.

I did find a place where I may have incorrectly joined a new tail end of yarn, where a hole might form, but Sis would probably be able to help me with this if it does come undone.  Best we can do now is wash the scarf on “gentle” (or hand wash, but I specifically got the Wool-Ease so we _would_ be able to machine wash it).

Besides this, I’m finding that I like giving things to others more than just receiving things.  This is the first year that I’ve really had enough money to be able to give things to people, and most of it was handmade.  And, right — I also had enough money to be able to buy things for myself that I really wanted.

It wasn’t as stressful as I expected, other people coming over, the other day.  But I did hold my new Hinduism book close to me so that others wouldn’t be thumbing through it (I don’t know why people seem to think that since you let them into your house, they can touch anything they want).  I got a New Agey type book from my brother, who was probably working off of the content of the bookshelves in the computer room, not the bookshelves in my bedroom.  The computer room is where I put books I don’t read!  But the thought was nice.  :)  And M is interested in that book, which is a good thing.

I think I’ll probably head in to my volunteer position tomorrow, not today.  I really need to clean up these receipts and the jeweling supplies, though to be honest, what I really want to do is read.

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