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Ziggy Played Guitar

Posted on Jul 26, 2005. 0 comments

Congratulations NASA and Discovery Crew Members!
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Thank you for your fearless determination.
'Song of Honour'
I stood and stared; the sky was lit,
The sky was stars all over it,
I stood, I knew not why,
Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill
And stared into the sky until
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky.
Ralph Hodgson, Poems
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I made this pouch to hold all my stuff while jogging around my 'hood. I'm thinking of fashioning a fishing pole with a sandwich hanging from the hook and attaching it to the pouch as motivation.
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I've sewn the main part of the apron twice, but I wasn't happy with the results. Seam ripping is much more satisfying than frogging. Why is that?
I did learn a cool new way to gather. Sew one stitch in the fabric-to-be-gathered, pull both threads longer than the length of the fabric, and zig zag stitch over the threads. After you're finished, pull the threads and witness neat gathers. I'll be sure to share the results assuming I don't sew my camera hand shut.
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I've been experiencing some wrist pain so I haven't been doing a whole heckuvalot of knitting. But I couldn't resist starting this sweater. I'm using Harris Tweed Textiles Shetland 4 Ply from Elann, and an old Bernat Raglan pattern with alterations.
To make a suitable "M," I downloaded the Hogwarts font (easily accessible with google), setting the font as large as possible in Word, zoomed in 500% and printed it.
Next I taped my handmade excel spreadsheet graph paper over the M, and taped that to my sliding glass door so I could see to fill in the
appropriate blocks. Finally, I plotted the letter in excel and changed it slightly to make it a bit taller. I hope a 4"x 4" letter will look ok with the pattern. If anyone making the Weasley Sweater has any thoughts on what the height and width should be, drop me a comment.
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This is my first design attempt. I've decided it's a big swatch rather than the scarf it was initially destined to be. I thought steeking would be a novel way to knit the scarf, but it's a giant waste of the contrast color. So I'm reworking it as a tube, which I'll sew flat when finished.
Ant Update
A big Thank You to everyone who left comments yesterday! We sprayed the perimeter of the house with Ortho Home Defense. So far, so good.

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