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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love my little sheep soap. A friend of mine brought him back all of the way from New Zealand.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 34

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I love the way the colors line up in this. It would be fun in stripes, too.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the corner, where all of the short-rows are as short as they become.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I couldn't resist shooting Barbie wearing a zill cover as a hat.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Why yes, I do keep a Barbie doll in my desk drawer. Don't you?

This week's show is all about low-energy knitting. I have a sinus thing going on, so I don't have a lot of pep.

I made a series of zill covers last weekend. Eight in all. So, not a lot of knitting (each one takes me about 30 minutes to knit), but some amount of finishing (about 5 minutes of finishing work).

Teeny-tiny projects make me focus a little more on the finishing. After all, there are only 17 rows in the whole project, so how those ends are darned matters more than usual.

Of course, I ignored all of the finishing until the very end. So, I did a little stack of finishing all at once. It was both productive and tedious.

It made me think of one of my favorite technique books, The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques. It removed my fear of seaming. Now I only hate seaming, but I do not hate AND fear it.

I also knit a dishcloth this weekend as I was languishing on the couch. It was very simple. The usual tools. Cast on 45 stitches. Work short-rows in garter stitch, leaving by 1 stitch at a time from one end. This makes a triangular shape. Begin again, but now your short rows begin very short and become longer as you go. When you get back up to 45 stitches again, cast off. This makes a square with a diagonal line where your short-rows meet up. If you are not feeling addled and confused by your cold medicine, you may choose to wrap or otherwise minimize that diagonal line. I did not, so mine looks like a row of small eyelets. I don't mind. I'm just happy I thought of something to knit.

Unrelated Note, But Not Really Because One of the Characters Knits AND I Mention A (Fictional) Sheep

Did you know that there is not only a new(er) Wallace and Gromit movie, but Shaun the Sheep has his own series? I was too excited for words when I discovered this, although that may have been my cold medicine mumbling.