I’m baaack! So, I’ve been getting the hint from some of my friends that I need to blog again. I feel very loved and happy.
And apologetic. I didn’t mean to abandon you all, I guess the month of madness (aka Blogtober) did me in. The holidays were very busy and then work became very busy, and then my blog seemed to fall off of the face of the Earth. Well, I’m back! But just a little bit, not like October. I will try not to disappear for a week erm three months again!
So…. dear friends, what’s new? I spent the last few months on a crazy life/craft spree and I loved every bit of it. I’ve been ripping out my garden, knitting, crocheting, learning new crafts, doing home improvement, cooking and of course, giving lots of gifts. Here is a quick look at what I’ve been up to. I’ll catch you up in the following weeks.
Look at me, just finishing stuff left and right! Boo-ya! Do people still say that anymore?
Here’s the story. I am getting ready for Halloween which means sending lots of gifts to family members. It is also my sister’s birthmonth, so that gives me the opportunity to send one big package of goodies for her and her family. My sister is pretty rad and can somehow pull off really bold fashion. I knew that one of my Unfinishable pieces would work for her: those amazing Dia de los Muertos crochet earrings.
Here’s the wrap-up, just to rehash.
The New Craft
The story: “Look at this! Ooh, look at this!” That is what I sounded like the first time I looked up crochet patterns on Ravelry. The possibilities were endless….and so is my to-do list. This was the first pattern I was just DYING to make. The problem is, I still haven’t.
Finishing Problem: Too many projects, not enough time.
A challenge like the 31 Days Challenge is perfect because it forces me to make time for things that are important. This pattern is pretty easy, considering that I am a new crocheter and am still a bit shaky at this.
The pattern PDF shows the skulls with some fancy eyes so I looked through my bead collection and found some shimmery white eyes to add to these guys.
Also, look at that beautiful calavera pot! I participated in a little craft exchange with a long-lost friend from high school and that is what they sent me. Isn’t it fantastic?
I can’t wait to finish the second pair so I can wear them to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, which is the 1st of November this year. Curious about the holiday? Check this out!
Yes, I’m completely hooked on crochet. So this month’s Lusty Eleven is all about fiber fun in general, including tutorials, beautiful handmade accessories and crochet ideas — all celebrating my new hobby. Hope you can get hooked too!
As you know, I’m trying out my new crochet skills this month. One of the things I love most about crochet is the ability to quickly make super cute animals. There just seems to be a lot more freedom in this category than in knitting and is the whole reason why I wanted to learn how to crochet. That and lace actually, because nothing is more beautiful than lace.
Check this new crochet pattern I’m working on! I’m a tad bit obsessed with foxes right now. It appears that my excitement about fall has manifested itself in all things orange: pumpkin lattes, fox cuties and my new shimmery orange nail polish (aptly named Fox Hunt) I got in my latest Birchbox. All of these seem to be attempting to meet my deep need to see the leaves turn bright shades of red and orange.
Alas, I decided to make something foxy and this brooch is a quick one to make! Now all I have to do is get some more craft eyes and my fox will all done! Gorgeous!
You can find the pattern on Ravelry from Mad Madam Mel (she also has a fox hair pin pattern! eee!).
The crocheting continues! Serious all, if you don’t know how to crochet and really don’t know if you care about learning…just do a Ravelry search for crochet earrings and your mind will be blown! There’s too many cute things not to try it.
First, I just want to remind you that I’m completely new to this crochet thing. Though that crochet class helped immensely, I can barely understand the directions so crocheting actual items (as opposed to free-form thingies) is pretty hard.
To make me practice, I’ve chosen crochet as my September blog theme – though you could hardly tell by the looks of this blog this month. Oops.
Anyway, I’ve been lusting over ridiculously beautiful crochet earrings on Ravelry. They are lacely, gorgeous, intricate and look extremely difficult.
Probably because they are.
I’m confused by everything. Most patterns say “oh just go ahead and start with a magic loop”. Well what the hell? I Google’d it and yea okay, magic loop is like what I learned in class. You chain a number of stitches, slip to connect and then start making your stitches into the circle — but the pattern directions DO NOT always tell you how many to chain!! This is just too much freedom for this constrained knitter. Knit patterns are not free. They do not just leave important things like the number of stitches in the cast on row just up to you. Squeak! Okay, so I realize that the magic loop is magic because it is adjustable. But, eek! That’s just the sort of thing that would freak a newbie out.
But I blindly, lovingly jumped and tried out some earrings.
And the madness continues as I spent my lunch hour making adorable crochet earrings. How about they literally take minutes to make? Minutes! I think I love crochet. It satisfies my craft ADD perfectly because, unlike my knitted sweater, I can enjoy it it seconds!
I also found out that a repurposed Umbabox gift box comes in handy for my earring-making notions.
Why can’t every night be so productive? Because I am now exhausted! What I wouldn’t give for some mindless garter stitch project and a chick flick…