Doctor Who knitting bonanza!!

Guess what? I finally finished my 3rd TARDIS, fixed up the pattern, and listed it on Etsy! So it’s out there in the big wide world. Want to see what it looks like? Why don’t you go check it out!

As far as the Dalek goes, I undid everything…again. I am going to try with knitting this time–I think that will work better for this shape than crochet. Anyways, I’m still working on it, I promise. At this point, I MUST finish, just because it’s been such a hassle. I am a Taurus, you know. ;)

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Victory is sweet…

Remember that route that just about killed me last week? Well, I did it this week! I successfully pulled the move that I tried a bazillion times before. And even better, my finger is almost completely healed, so I can knit again! Two victories at once. I’m back in the game!

On the Sidelines

During my last trip to the climbing gym, I managed, through sheer determination, (I’m a Taurus, what can I say?) to remove a dime-sized chunk of skin from the middle segment of my middle finger on my right hand. (No, I’m not going to post a picture–I’ll leave it to your imagination.) I had been trying the same move over and over–I was so close! Then my hand decided I was done for the night. It wasn’t that big of a deal–despite looking pretty bad, it didn’t really bleed, and while hydrogen peroxide burned like fire, it only hurts if I forget about it and use that finger–opening a drawer, closing a door, etc. Or knitting. I’m terribly sad to report that I am pretty darn incapable of knitting for a while, as I can’t really bend my finger. Well, I can, but it hurts. So technically I can knit, but very slowly, and it hurts. So I won’t. Which means that my Dalek is postponed even more. But never fear! I have tons of books to read, and I should be in prime knitting form soon.

Pannier update…

Remember how I was going to sew a pannier/messenger bag? I found my messenger bag from last year, and realized that I really don’t need TWO messenger bags. So I decided instead of sewing a whole bag, why not do a sleeve to protect my laptop while it’s in my other bag? I found this super plush padding, about an inch thick, and started sewing. It was a pain in the tooshie–the thread kept breaking, the foot got caught in the fluff, my machine jammed, and it was difficult to maneuver because it was so thick. When I slid my laptop inside to test it (I had just sewn across the bottom) IT DIDN’T FIT!!! The bag was about 1/2″ too short. Thank goodness I wasn’t any further along–as it was, I was extremely frustrated.

But right then, I had a brilliant idea. I drew up my own pattern for a sleeve. However, I didn’t have any padding left. Then I realized that the laptop case I already have would be perfect. It didn’t work before because I couldn’t put anything else in the case, but if I put the case inside another bag, it works just fine. So I now have my own, improvised version of the one I was planning on making.

Ta da!