So here ya go:
Please excuse the hair & the goofy face. It was late, I was tired. ::wink::
- Pattern: "Lacy Top Cardigan" by Doris Chan from Tahki Stacy Charles "Crochet" Spring, 2007.
- Hook: J
- Yarn: 5 skeins Lily Cotton in black.
- Mods: I made it a few inches longer than called for and I changed direction on the front edging so I'd be ending with a RS rather than WS row. I have long arms so to have the sleeves be as long as the pattern, I would've had to add another 4 pattern repeats but I didn't bother.
- Mistakes: Once I got past my own user goof, I only found one mistake in the row stitch pattern. It's not a big deal and once you get there you'll know exactly what to do so I'm not going to write it out.
- Ease of crochet: Once you get the pattern going correctly, this is a breeze. The size of the hook and the worsted yarn make this one go very, very fast.
- Ease of wear: Even though the pattern is very open & lacey, this is surprisingly warm due to the heavy (worsted) yarn used. The fitted sleeves are a very nice touch and the tapering is perfect. The drape of the whole cardi is great. :)
For all you Cotton Ease lovers out there - this would be a perfect project for our favorite yarn. Judging by the Lily yardage, you'd need 5 to 6 skeins of CE, depending on your size.
I'm thinking I might wear this to school today. The weather has turned cooler and we're getting rain for the next couple of days. Today is "Civil War Day" where loads of reenactors come out & show the 8th graders what it was like. There are 9 "stations" on everything from cannons to the Virginia Reel. It'll be a lot of fun and hopefully I'll be able to see some of it. :)
Speaking of school, I didn't have the "zoo" yesterday after all. Turns out I was really there to cover teachers going to IEP meetings. But it didn't go as smoothly as in past years. The head of the Spec. Ed. department left a couple of weeks ago and she's the one who scheduled all the substitutes for each teacher. Each of us would cover 4 to 5 different teachers throughout the day. However, yesterday there were subs waiting but no schedules!
Too crazy for words. I ended up covering 3 IEPs and a period for a teacher who went home with the flu.
But at least I didn't go to the "zoo!"
Regarding the boy I told you about yesterday & Dylan's part in it: The kids were interviewed again yesterday and the tables were turned. The officer who interviewed Dylan told him he must be lying, that he would press "charges" against Dylan for doing that and for "covering" for a student who regularly brought weapons to school. He asked Dylan if he wanted to wait until there was "another Columbine" before coming forward.
You have no idea how angry I am at this. You know why he was hard on Dylan? Because Dylan wouldn't back down & looked him in the eye and insisted he was telling the truth. Dylan said he could tell the officer was getting pissed because Dylan wasn't acting like a frightened child. Eventually he backed down, though, because the officer just kept at him about it and Dylan said that finally he made him feel about 2 inches high.
Because I don't want this to turn any uglier than it already is, I'm going to withhold any comments I might have unless they (the admin) keeps hammering at the kids. Hopefully this was it and they have enough info.
No wonder kids don't come forward if this is how they're treated!