Friday, April 29, 2005

Making Stuff For Strangers

In the last couple of months I've discovered the swap forums on Who knew there were a whole bunch of people who are actually willing to make you something if you'll make them something too? I lurked there for a long time, feeling hopelessly inadequate and pathologically terrified to join in a swap for fear that anything I'd make would disappoint the unlucky soul that was unfortunate enough to get paired up with me, and then I'd be unceremoniously ridiculed in a public forum. Oh, the horror.

And then I got over it. I've managed three successful swaps thus far, (10 random things, 50 beads, and a CD swap) and I've signed up for my 4th, which is a flip flop swap. I don't even WEAR flip flops. I prefer the slide version of sandals, so I don't know why I'm so hopped up to do this one, but I am. Oh yes. I'm dying to make beaded ones, and have to figure out how to go about making sure they're still comfortable so the recipient will not be hobbling around in pain when she wears them. I think the key will be to only bead the top of the strap, vs removing the strap entirely and just using beads.

My friend Christine came over last night and we were supposed to knit and watch Survivor, but somehow I only managed about 2 rows of Devan's boring little back, and Survivor was pre-empted by Monkey Bush. I can't bitch about my life and knit at the same time, apparently. It's very difficult to do the necessary elaborate hand gestures when you're tangled up in sock yarn.


At 1:41 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Oh wow! A knitting blog! And links to more knitting blogs!
Huh! That's amazing!
Oh, and hey, where did you get those progress bars on the side of your page for what's on your needles? That's pretty nifty!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

For the progress bar thingy, check out Lesley's very fine instructions:

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Tom said...



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