Updates and Another Pattern

Hello, blogosphere.  Just a speedy little update.  I finished Merry Meadow:

It’s so hilariously cute.  It needs steaming and framing.  I have a pile of finished pieces now that all need frames!

I’ve also been working on a crochet cardigan of my own design.  Its very simple.  I chained enough for 160 stitches and started triple crocheting my brains out.  I’ve been doing decreases every 4th row.  I’m hoping to get the body to be around 18″ before starting the sleeves.  I haven’t really decided what to do with the neckline or the sleeves yet.  I like the look of set-in sleeves, but I’ve not done much garment construction with crochet to really know how to go about designing it.  Since this cardi is going to be a bit oversized, I thought maybe drop shoulders with more fitted sleeves…probably in a single or half-double crochet.  I have a few store bought sweaters like that and I do like them.  DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

 

And now for a bit of self-promotion (That’s what blogs are for, right?).  I’ve put my second pattern design up on Etsy.  It’s called “Hex Party.”  I was inspired by the ubiquitous hexagons in my life (EPP, furniture, bees, etc…)

 

You can find the pattern here.  It’s a great project for stash threads and easy to personalize.  I’d love to see what creative people can do with it!

 

 

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A Finished Object

I’m about to show off something that I am extremely proud of, a finished object of my own design.  I’ve been seeing these biscornu pincushions all over the place and was immediately taken in by their charm.  The geometry nerd in me was intrigued by the construction, which turned out to be much simpler than I expected.  The new cross-stitcher in me is thrilled that I was able to come up with such a fun, yet simple design all by myself (Look, mommy!  Look what I did today!).  Here she is:

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I also made a little scissor fob to dangle from my brand new and shiny Gingher Stork scissors.  Aren’t they fab?  I do believe that having beautiful tools and details makes the domestic arts more enjoyable.

I’m currently working on the finishing touches for a pattern of the biscornu.  All I need to do is insert the charts into the pdf and do a little bit of proofreading.  It should be up on Etsy soonly.

Into trouble

I start things.  Occasionally, I finish them too, but mostly I start.  A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to start doing embroidery.  Since I had experience with cross stitch from elementary school as well as a project that I started on a whim a few years ago, I chose cross stitch as my springboard.  Almost immediately after completing my first piece, I went off the deep end.  I love stitching.  Poor knitting is taking a back seat for a while. Here are my first two completed cross stitch endeavors:

Oops.  My fandom(s) is showing.  The first was done off of a pattern purchased from this shop.  The second was my own concoction.

Also in the works is Merry Meadow by the knitting famous Mochimochi Land:

Anyone else feel bad for the sentient tulips?

And I joined the Quilty Stitches stitch-a-long put on by Little Miss Shabby.  I’ve finished blocks #1-3 and parts of #4 and #5.  I only have photo evidence of the first two squares:

And in case that isn’t enough, I am working on a few (million) designs of my own that I hope to put into some publishable form in the weeks to come.  No promises.  I’m a lazy bum of a SAHM.

Starting over.

Long ago, I started this silly blog and quickly abandoned it.  Life happened and I just didn’t feel like pouring it out there.  I grew weary of discussion and argument verging on personal attack.  Politics have become something lower than vile to me and circular debate makes my skin crawl.  Enough was enough.  I left Facebook.  I stopped blogging, deleting all my previous posts to clear the air.  And you know what?  I began to feel better.  People sucked just a tiny bit less when I wasn’t obsessing over how wrong and pig-headed they were.  Imagine that.  My anger was all about me.  Silly, stubborn me.  That’s not to say I’m no longer opinionated.  Anyone who knows me can attest to that.  What it does mean is that I no longer need anyone to agree with me in order to feel justified in believing what I believe to be true.  This applies to politics, faith, craft, and writing.  I still struggle, but it is now a different kind of fight. 

It is time for a return.  I’m not sure what this blog will be.  It is what it is.