So the kids had a project to make at home that represents the first 100 days they’ve been in school. It’s super cute. We worked all week to find 10 groups of 10 things “around the house” for it and it was a lot of fun. This makes me happy. :-)
Look at this! I found all of this in the Closet of Stuff and the Basket of Things. Think about adding a dozen or two wee little stitches patterns to my collection and that adds up to a lot of stitching to be done, besides what I posted last week. (Whee!)
I’m not kidding, I have 24+ wee little stitches patterns. I’ve stitched a lot of them, but I have 12+ left I’d love to get to eventually, and I still want to buy a couple more! ;-) First step is admitting I have a problem…ok maybe not a “problem”, maybe just a favorite hobby of awesomeness. B-)
I only work a little on these one at a time, remember. This one is in my project bag at the moment though, I’ve been working on it a lot. The good part about starting so many things at once is that I usually finish them all at once too, and that is an incredible feeling. Knitter high? Yessss…. Juicy Top Found this in Crochet Today July/August 2013. Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby is one of my favorite designers of all time so I searched three or four stores for this magazine before I found it in a bookstore. Go figure. I went with the original colors for the shirt which surprises me, but I think it will look cute. It’s an easy pattern to veg out with. Very zen. It was super exciting when I got to the stripes! I really never thought I would wear something like this, but SMB designs clothing for any size and shape, so I’m sure it will look nice. It seems that crochet can lend itself to a lot of unflattering shirts, but I think those are just the ones that get publicity. There are lots of pretty crochet shirts too, I just had to look harder! I’m using Lion Brand Microspun and what I think is Red Heart Luster Sheen (I lost the ball band/label). The bright colors are so cool! I stress about sizing a lot beacuse the last (well, ok, ALL) of the sweaters I made were not the right size. I measured about 6 times for this one, and came to the conclusion that I don’t have to start over (nopenopenope not happening) but I am in between their sizes. So…I decided I may add some color on the sides as a vertical stripe. Cool! We’ll see how much of each I have left but I’d love to have a pink strip on one side and orange on the other. :-)
I have big plans for next month. I’m going to finish my Bat Shawl while watching the Olympics. All that’s left is the border but I need to concentrate on it, so February is all about finishing that stupid shawl.
I still have lots of yarn involved WIPs to share, no worries, but tonight I want to share a rare thing-an almost finished drawing. Artists are like writers, we are never (or very rarely) satisfied with a piece. Read a writer’s blog and you’ll get it. It’s a constant feeling of inadequacy (“that other guy draws/paints/shades/etc waaay better than me”), second guessing, and sheer terror when Sharpies (or any other permanent ink) are involved. I love to draw so much, especially sketching and coloring things to make them look…I dunno…tattoo-ey…like bold colors and simple lines and deep shadows. Traditional tattoo art is neat stuff. It’s really something to make something come alive on the page with just pencils and ink (see the writing comparison? Writers can make whole worlds out of words alone.) I love it when I can capture someone’s look and features in as few lines as possible. Anyway, My bffs and my BFF have always encouraged me to draw. I have about 34 sketch pads, a set of Prismacolor markers, Prismacolor colored pencils (even the skin tone set -drool-), countless freaking pencils and erasers, and even a nice little kit for watercolor sketching on the go. Ergo, I am prepared, I really don’t have a decent excuse. I have sketchbooks that are older than my house. I should probably use them, right? And those skin tone pencils. Seriously. -drool- But I’m terrified of it. I need the practice (or do I?), most of all I need the confidence to just go with it and not worry so much. I read a neat article about a graduation speech Joss* Whedon gave at Somewhere University and the main point was that we are better when we change. Our personalities should constantly change, we should accept when we are wrong, and try to see things in other people’s eyes. Don’t be afraid to be imperfect. So I drew something tonight and I’m over the moon about it. Bffs gave me a blank play mat** for Magic the Gathering for Christmas, in the hopes I would draw something cool on it. I knew it was a mat when I opened the package (it was rolled up in a nice tube) but was confused when I didn’t see anything but horrifying whiteness when I unrolled it…no dragon? no angel? Nope. Uh oh. “Now you can draw something cool on there, that would be cooler than any of the other designs.” is pretty much what they said. Oof. But no! (cue the internal dialog, which I will spare you of) I will not worry. I sketched a black lotus*** right away, when they were here. Partly to show them how I appreciated the gift and partly to get my ass in gear about it. (I am a high ranking official in the Court of Procrastination). I liked it a lot, and today I got the chance to color it in. I am using Sharpies (regular, I tried the fabric ones but they bled a lot more and weren’t as crisp) and a blue highlighter of unknown origin. It’s really cool, and I’m not afraid to say that. I plan on putting each of my regular MtG team on there as a representative of each color in the game. That will be me: white/plains, BFF:green/forest, deltafine:blue/water, MAB:red/fire, and RVXB3: black/doom. W has offered to draw me a dalek on there, so I’m totally taking him up on that tomorrow. I’ll ask him nicely to draw the Doctor on there too. ;-)
I’ll post the finished version asap. Now I just need to get back into sketching people.