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Ah, how I love Saturdays. Of course, I didn't get as much done as I wanted to, but that's a quintessential Saturday, no?

I did go shopping, during which time I found some clothes and Cory's V-day gift, which is decidedly unromantic, but whatever. I'd rather he like it than I think it romantic.

I also got groceries, which was also unromantic.

Then when I got home Cory went to work, which nixed my plans of cleaning out the car, so I reassigned my cleaning urges to the kitchen and living room. And I opened up the two windows in the house which have screens. Luckily they're on opposite sides of the house, which got a good draft going and hopefully sucked some of the musty smell out of here.

While I was vacuuming, Trout found her way out of the house through a hole in the screen of the front window, and when I turned off the vacuum and called for her I heard her yowling in the front yard. It was her I'm-about-to-vomit yowl, and I was glad she was outside 'cause I didn't want to have to clean it off the carpet. I grabbed her when she was finished and brought her back in, but then she puked 9 more times in different rooms of the house. I spent an hour following her around with a roll of paper towels and the bottle of carpet cleaner. Poor baby. She's all better now, begging to have some of the top sirloin I just put under the broiler and giving me love.

Tonight and tomorrow I will start my pattern for the spring CrochetMe again, as I got 3/4 of the way through a sleeve and decided I didn't like the Marguerite stitch that I'd been using. It's not open enough, I don't think. I don't know - choosing a stitch pattern seems like the hardest part of pattern-writing. Josie and Julie, how do you decide? Do you just go through Harmony guides, or do you usually have one in mind when you sketch the garment?


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Feb. 12th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
I have a notebook with stitch patterns that I've ripped out of magazines or printed as well as the harmony guides, and then sometimes I'll mix and match pieces of them to create my own.

The first most important thing for me when I choose a stitch pattern for clothing is how many stitches per repeat and what yarn am I using. That combo has to work out to something I can adapt for other sizes. Nothing over 8 sts/repeat for DK weight yarn (or sizing will be too limited), numbers divisible by 4 make everything easier.

Sometimes I'll really like a stitch pattern and want to design with it and sometimes I'll have a shape I need to get the right drape for... I get inspired in many ways and the stitch pattern can come into play in all different parts of the design process.

I always swatch and I keep my swatches so that I can refer back to them later and I keep notes in my swatch notebook with respect to drape, wearability, preferred hook/yarn combos, etc. It's all a learning process.
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
So is it difficult to decrease and increase in a 5- or 6-stitch repeat? I guess I just need to DO it and see what happens.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've been going through and swatching patterns from the Harmony guides and from the many magazines and pattern books I have. Then, I either keep them or take photos of them. Of course, the project determines the drape. I've been thinking of the marguerite stitch but it does appear to be a firmer fabric. Through all my swatching I've learned a lot about manipulating a stitch to become drapier. Like working through one loop only, changing the stitch (like from sc to dc), changing the hook, and adding other stitches within the stitch pattern - essentially creating your own stitch pattern. Because I've been thinking about making a top myself I've already learned some of the things that Josie refers too, like stitch patterns with fewer stitches within the repeat. I'm also hitting the same increase/decrease issues that you have. It's not easy to shape with an alternating stitch pattern, is it? Sorry, I don't think I'm any help.
Feb. 13th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
It is a big help, actually - I'm glad to know that it's not just me who has problems with shaping!
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