It's Friday, I'm in Love

I know the flash is much too bright in this photo, it's because I have this need to get way too close to my subject (horrible in digital photography, that's what the zoom is for, but fantastic for my Lomography endeavors).
Anyhow, this is Otis, super cat. She's not a boy, but she has a boy name. She's very good. She sits on the couch during all waking hours of her life. I figured she could use a blanket to sit on. I was thinking of a baby who uses a blankie. It's more for security than anything else. So I made her a little swatch to sit on. But it seriously looks stupid on the couch. It looks like someone dropped a placemat on my couch and it just looks horrible and out of place. Everytime I see it I want to pick it up and put it on the kitchen table or something. So I picked up some more yarn and I'm going to make 3 more of these panels and stitch them together so it makes a very small cat throw. The color doesn't show well in this photo, but it really is lovely. It's Lion's Jiffy in El Paso. I love that yarn. It's so soft and lovely, like mohair, yet you can beat it to hell and wash it and it's all good.

Here is a green scarf I made in less than an hour. It's 4 rows of an almost-double-crochet (I sort of made it up as I was going, it's similar to dc but...well...fake). It's made with Lion brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. It's so beautiful in person. The pic is garbage, I wish it looked better. For this I used (drum roll please) my brand new S-35 hook. Yes, the Speed Hook. And let me tell you, it was awesome! I love large hooks, and I love holding multiple strands of yarn together, so this hook was, I feel, made just for me.

And the Shawl (and Otis). Again with the Speed Hook. I held 2 strands of Red Heart Super Saver yarn together and did this all in single crochet. I ended up using 2 complete skeins and then a teensy-weensy bit of 2 more skeins to finish it off. I did not do this correctly and it shows. It was my first shawl. I have such a hard time increasing on a row. I don't know why. Decreasing is so easy for me. So I made one long chain and then just decreased by one single crochet for each additional row. Took me two days. It's for my mom. I love it, and I think she will too. Or at least I hope she loves it. I'm going to give it to her tonight when we head over for dinner.
Oh and for the record: my butt is not that dumpy and horrible looking in person! It's quite cute, actually. I happen to be wearing 6 year old sweat pants after a 10 hour day at work, and they're not so flattering. Ex-cuuuuuuuze meeee. I shouldn't let anyone else take my photo EVER!


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