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Progress! Then Frogging! Then Progress(ish)!

Progress on the pointe covers has been all right.

Progress on the hair baubles has been equally exciting.  (Or not.  It depends on how much you love bright colors and novelty yarns and crochet.  I don’t really, but I went through an eyelash yarn phase in high school and the balls have been sitting in my stash for nearly a decade now, so I figure I’d better use them, and they look cute as hair thingies.)

My little yarn cakes are squishy and adorable, too.

I also cast on for the narrow ribbing at the bottom of the legs.  And, yes, they’re on size 0 needles, and, yes, I’m totally insane, and, yes, it’s going to take forever.  I like knitting on small needles (this will change to a US 1 for the legs and a US 2 for the skirt/waistband) and I have several long plane trips scheduled in the coming year, so I’ll have hours of uninterrupted airplane and airport time.  I’m also under the impression that smaller needles are easier to get through airport security.

That being said, casting on with these tiny needles is a pain in the butt, and I’ve already done it twice.  The first time, I cast on and went to knit the first row when I realized that I hadn’t carried the reinforcing nylon along with the yarn.  Seeing as that edge is the one that falls apart first on this type of pant, I decided to rip it out.  The second time, I cast on, knit two rows, and on the third row realized that I’d cast on the wrong number of stitches on one of the pieces.  I’d counted those stitches three times, and I still ended up with the wrong number.

There are 72 stitches on the right needle here, and 71 on the left.  I’m proud to say that there was no swearing when I discovered this.  I just calmly set it down and went to pet my sewing machine for a while (because it soothes me).  Then, I cast on and knit the heel patches, finished them last night, and I felted them with the laundry that I did today.  Now I have to decide between knitting from the waist down, picking up from the heel patches, and casting on those same 71 stitches again.  Twice.  In theory I know that casting on for the waist means that I’ll be casting on more stitches, but at least I won’t be counting to 71 again.


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And Crochet Too

For Christmas at the dance studio, we do a little gift exchange in each class.  With the little ones, we usually do Secret Santa, but the older classes get a choice between Secret Santa and a White Elephant gift exchange, or just doing class as usual.  (The more advanced dancers are in many classes every week, and doing two gift exchanges a day all week before winter break can get tiring.)  No matter what kind of gift exchange we do, there is a $3 limit, and we always have a couple of extra gifts on hand just in case someone forgets.  I’m bringing in a couple of crocheted flower bobby pins for my pointe class this evening.

They’re small, cute, and wearing a flower accessory in your bun is kind of a fad right now, so I think they’ll go over well but still not overshadow anything that the students might bring in for the gift exchange.  The pattern (which I found through its Ravelry listing) is found in total here.  The yarn is cotton, and from a K-Mart sweater that I got in middle school, ripped apart when it got too small, and have been using for trying out stitch patterns and making stitch markers and provisional cast ons ever since.

I’m really looking forward to my Thursday advanced pointe class, where the students didn’t want to do a gift exchange, but asked if we could do The Great Chaîné Experiment.  Chaînés are little travelling turns done on the tips of the toes, with the feet held close together, and each step rotates the body 180°.  Some of the girls are having trouble with making a perfect half turn with each step, meaning that they don’t move in a straight line, but wander across the floor in a strange zigzag.  I can look closely at their feet as they turn and tell them what the problem is, but it’s better if they can see it themselves.  For Thursday’s class, I’m bringing a roll of paper and they can dip their toes in water to make footprints as they turn so they can see what their feet are doing.  I think paint would be better, but I don’t want to totally make a mess on the super-expensive floor, and we need easy cleanup for the next class.

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