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The second kitty-vigil square and lyrics

This one isn't curling much, but it's slightly, um, parallelogram. I think I figured out why while working on the third square (not finished yet).

Here are some of the lyrics to the song I'm listening to:
Those who have died have never, never left
The dead are not under the earth
They are in the rustling trees, they are in the groaning woods
They are in the crying grass, they are in the moaning rocks
The dead are not under the earth

So listen more often to things than to beings
Listen more often to things than to beings
'Tis the ancestors' breath when the fire's voice is heard
'Tis the ancestors' words in the voice of the water


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Jan. 6th, 2003 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that song.

I like your crochet too. I used to knit a lot but I never learned to crochet.

And let me add my concern and best wishes to the heap for you and your kitty.

catching up a bit, though not re-computered yet.
Jan. 6th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have forgotten how to knit; I plan to re-learn at some point.
Jan. 6th, 2003 04:29 am (UTC)
oh i like the square, but it made me hungry for waffles! LOL!

The "trapezoid" problem usually occurs because you aren't throwing the chain one or chain 2 or however many the pattern calls for in at the end to get the crochet to "climb" up to the next level you are working on. I had that problem when I first started, indeed, it was one that stumped me for a year or so, I had about given up hope until I ran into someone who crochets left handed and she sat down and watched me and spotted what I was screwing up.
Jan. 6th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)
I am doing the turning chains. But here's the problem. The instructions say for counting stitches, something like: "34 dc, counting the turning chain as 1 dc."

Then in the specific instructions for the row, they say "ch 3, turn, skip 1st dc, 1 dc in next dc."

So what I couldn't figure out was whether, in the specific instructions for the row, the turning chain counted as the 1st dc or not.

For the "waffle" square, I assumed that it did count. I think that's why it ended up slanting. But doing the current square in progress, I realized that it didn't.

I'm a technical editor/writer, which means I'm very literal about instructions, and I tend to remember instructions that aren't right in front of me, and I notice inconsistencies...I see that my expertise could be used to take the ambiguity out of some crochet instructions...
Jan. 6th, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC)
Indeed it could! It sounds like I work for Leisure arts, but actually I'm just a satisfied customer. Once you learn thier "code" for writing instruction patterns, they are consistent with it, and they usually tell you whether to count the turning chain or no....I get frustrated because most of my books are Leisure arts, but the ones my grandmother had were old, some of them were even from Ireland, where of course it's all European crochet and if I remember right (I'd have to double check) they count a half double crochet as a double, a double as a triple, and I forget what they call a triple, it's all ass backwards.

I've written and offered to do pattern testing for annie's attic and other companies if they would provide the yarn, but no answer, so I guess they don't give a rat's bootie, which just encourages me to spend my money on leisure art books.

How Miss Selkie doing? Any word from the vet yet?
Jan. 6th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I remember reading somewhere that European crochet terms are different.

No word yet. We took her in at noon for the ultrasound.
Jan. 6th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
The Flirtations' version of that song is the one that's really in my head.

On my monitor, in the morning glare, your square looks black and white -- when I did a screen capture to adjust the gamma correction so I could see more detail, I was surprised to see that it was actually in bright colors.

Best wishes for you and your kitty -- it sounds really rough.
Jan. 6th, 2003 11:45 am (UTC)
It's in muted colors. My digital camera is not doing a very good job of capturing what these squares really look like. *sigh*

Thanks for the good kitty wishes.
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