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Hazel 1.1

It lives!  I’m actually farther along than I was on Hazel 1.0 when I lost her to a dropped stitch and tight gauge.  I’m two rows away from leaving behind the horrors of multiple increases at least every other row.  I even dropped a stitch on this one, but it only ran back three rows, it didn’t run into any of the increases, and I was able to use my smallest crochet hook to pick it up.

One of the advantages of having to put my hair up in a bun or twist every day is that I’m surrounded by hair pins.  They’re the perfect cable needles or stitch holders, so when I dropped that stitch I was able to just reach into my hair, pull out a pin, and pop it through the stitch.  Of course, that moment when you actually drop the stitch is still torture, where you freeze, feel sick to your stomach, and think about having to start the whole thing over again all in the half second that it takes to register what the little dangling loop means, but it helps not having to open your tin full of notions or search for a cable needle or crochet hook before securing the run.

After picking up the stitch and finishing the row, there are 35 stitches of each color on the needles.  This thing is very compact, but the very slightly looser gauge makes Hazel 1.1 much softer than Hazel 1.0.  Please pardon my ugly, pink, provisional cast on.  It looks somehow vulgar to me, but you can rest assured that it’s only there to make the nose close up neatly.  Now I just have to decide when to do Hazel’s nose job.  I don’t want to do it too soon, because I want a good amount of surface area available to weave in the ends, and hopefully even make the little embroidered nose bumps with the yarn tail.

For now, I’m pleased with the progress.  I plan to place a lifeline when I get through the increases, despite the fact that I can’t remember ever using a lifeline in a project that wasn’t lace or insane cables.  It feels silly to do this when it’s still mostly stockinette up to this point, but I just can’t knit this nose one more time.

In other news, the apartment is still messy, my fuzzy pants and pointe covers haven’t progressed any further, and my coat fabric is still unwashed and unsteamed.  I did, however, substitute in five classes this week on top of my normal load of six classes and a couple of private lessons, and I got caught up on some laundry, so I’ll cut myself some slack there.

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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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