Merry Christmas

Bleah.  I’d had high hopes of finishing the Spectrum Sweater for Christmas…or at least to do the final wash and block on Christmas.  Unfortunately when I picked up and knit the rolled hem, it rolled back so far that it obscured the first purple section.  Disgusted, I threw it in the box and decided not to do anything about it.  For a few days now I’ve been working on a sock yarn cardigan design, so the SS has continued sitting in the box.  Today I pulled it out, picked up stitches for the neck, and did a rolled neckline…and it rolled so far forward that the picked-up stitches behind it are visible.  I tell ya, I’m really getting disheartened.  I’m going back to the sock yarn cardi for a couple of days while I let this stew and see if there’s anything I can do about it (short of ripping it all out)…

Entering the Home Stretch

Today I finished one shoulder of the Spectrum Sweater.  (Perfectionist Donna won the argument.)  I am pleased to say that it looks really good!  Tomorrow I’ll do the other shoulder.  Then I have the rest of the week to frog back the bind offs on the back, put them back on the needles, and work that up to the neckline.  I’ve decided to change the edging to double-crochet with black.  Partly to get it done sooner, but mostly because I fear that the 1.5" wide strip of black seed stitch is going to look very heavy for a summer cotton tee.  After I finish the back neck, it’s edge the neckline & cuff the sleeves time, then I’ll frog the hem and simply end it with the dark purple and then crochet it.
So, I actually MIGHT have this done by New Year’s!

Trademark Infringement

Wow.  Today I got a notice from Etsy that they had to pull one of my beaded necklace listings because it infringed on a Pokemon copyright.  It was a simple beaded necklace but I named it after a town in one of the Pokemon games.  Apparently the US offices of Nintendo/Pokemon found it and requested that Etsy remove it from listings because of the copyright infringement.  I’m so mad I cancelled my Etsy account.  In the last 3 years I never sold anything at all there, anyway.
What astonishes me is, recently I’ve been looking for Umbreon-related items on the internet (Umbreon is another Pokemon).  And in addition to all the licensed merchandise, I’m finding loads of people making Umbreon ears & tails for costumes, Umbreon magnets, plush animals, stuff like that.  Clearly marked as "individually made," clearly marketed as Pokemon gear, and clearly for sale.  If Pokemon USA was able to find my reference buried in the listing details of my one measly necklace, why aren’t they stopping these other crafters who are selling Pokemon-style merchandise?

A little something for my fan club…

<insert hysterical "George Jefferson" laugh here>  (I DON’T have a fan club.)
Anyway, here is a picture of the Spectrum Sweater, back portion, all properly spread out so you can see the sleeve sections and whatnot.  I have the cones standing on the top edge because it wants to curl up, but in reality it is straight across.  Inspector Bickie is checking it for mistakes.
It appears there is a darker horizontal section in the upper right (on the blue-green part).  That’s actually just a shadow.  Underneath that section is my needle with the matching colors for the front, so it’s causing a long bump/shadow where the back piece is lying over it.
Looking at it so nicely spread out like this, I’m really not sure WHAT I want to do about the color progressions.  I was going to rip out the hem and go from dark purple to ending at black.   But now it doesn’t look so bad, and really, who looks at the hem of a sweater?  Only someone staring at my butt, which doesn’t happen often, let me tell you.  So I might leave that part the way it is.  Of course, people may stare at my butt MORE, saying, "Look at that bad color progression!"
And then, I had been planning to work some more blue purple on both the front and back, higher up (at the neckline/shoulders).  But it looks pretty good the way it is.  If I change that, and leave the hem as is, I’ll end up with purple at the neck and hem – and I don’t like the idea of breaking that progression.  So I’d either have to change the hem AND the neckline, so all my blue purple ends up at the neckline, or leave it the way it is all over.
Natch, leaving it the way it is means I might finish it in time to wear bowling on New Year’s.  If I start changing it all, then I’ll end up with migraines, and probably won’t finish it until January 18.  Lazy Donna is really beginning to lean towards leaving it as is. Perfectionist Donna is screaming "Fix it!  Fix it!" and beating Lazy Donna into submission with a size 35 knitting needle.
If you have any real opinion on whether I should change it or leave it, please contact me.  To clarify, the "changing it" option means removing the light purple at the hem, and adding two shades of blue purple at the neck.

OK, just so you know…by the time I finished typing this post, I knew what I was going to do about it.  Care to guess?

Today’s Card

Haven’t had a card for a while.  Here’s one.

Last night I finally beat the clones in my DS Yu-Gi-Oh game.  I’ve been trying to beat these clones for six weeks!  If I can beat Jack in the final duel today then I’ll have completed the game. 

Otherwise, not doing much; knitting the Colinette sweater and the Spectrum sweater.