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The baby sweater is still in pieces. I am taking a class at my local yarn store, Blazing Needles, and next Tuesday night is for learning to put the pieces together.  3-needle bindoff, parallel mattress stitch, and perpendicular mattress stitch.  

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Don't they look sad, all curled up with their ends (for sewing up or weaving in) and live stitches held on purple waste yarn?  I have never blocked such a complicated piece before, only hats and scarves, and the blocking has been a production.  I am only half-way through though.  Here is a picture of the back, I think, soaking:

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In a week, I hope to have my baby sweater assembled.  The back and two fronts are drying, and I have just a few rows left on the second sleeve, after which I will soak and block the two sleeves together.  Threading the blocking wires between the stitches is every bit as tedious as I anticipated.  

I finished a new bracelet last weekend.  It is the shop's pattern for August, and I decided to not make the September pattern.  I have SIX, 6, SIX unfinished beading projects.  I was shocked when I realized how many there were.  I have beads and patterns for 5, and I have my semi-abandoned February lacey-netting heart project.  AAAUUUGGGHHH!  

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This design features Duo beads at the narrow point of the chevron to hold everything together.  Two colors of 11-seed beads, one for the sides of the chevron, and the other to nest in the middle.  3m crystals and 15-seed beads on the ends.  It was a slow start for me, I think there was a specific right-handed direction I had to work around.  Once I sat down and finished a couple on my second session with it, I just powered through to the end.  #yay for me.  I have hardly taken it off since.  It's so pale and delicate and low-contrast, rather a change for me.  It looks almost bridal, the way the colors work together.  

I am preparing to sew some pillowcases.  I have my feature fabrics and am trying to find the right band fabric.  Pillowcase tutorial are my directions.  They are a nice break from curtains.  

I learned to make caramel sauce.  The big secret is to stop stirring and do NOT stir again until you add the butter.  I am a compulsive stirrer and I utterly destroyed the first batch.  My daughter thought I was very funny for taking a photo of the pan of sugar.  Also, I love my Calphalon pan.  She was a workhorse yesterday.  

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