I’m making two hats for the upcoming Not Your Mama’s Tea Party! One is for me, this crochet one I started. The other is for the hat auction. I’m planning a huge paper wig monstrosity. I’ll start it this weekend, I don’t think it’ll take as long as the crochet hat.

A bunch of us are making hats this year for us and for the auction. I cannot wait to see them!!

I’m trying to make a hat that looks like Marie Antoinette. I’m starting with a beanie for her dress, then I’ll add her torso and head. I’ll add decorations as I go! I’m excited!

Pic for inspiration. Coffee for energy.

Last year’s party was amazing. The hats, the people, everything was just wonderful!! I bought the big black skeleton top hat then. Proceeds from the auction/tickets/etc go toward the TGRC. It’s at the Hotel Parq Central this year!! I’ll post my progress with the hats when I can.




I’m at the airport waiting to pick up my parents from their awesome cruise. I got here very early, of course, so I’m at the restaurant right by the gate. On a whim, I brought ball of lace weight yarn I bought at Taos (who knows how long ago) and decided to design my own shawl. I grabbed an appropriate hook and my new knit picks catalog and got comfortable.

I have an idea for a crochet version of a three wedge shawl, a la the (knitted) Jen Lucas variety. I picked the lace weight because it’s got plenty of yardage for me to play with and make something substantial that would keep at least my shoulders warm. I’m hoping it works out and when / if it does I will share the pattern with you!

Notes on the catalog, of course. I like it a lot so far! I even thought of the name based on my current location.

Funny thing is, I’m also working on a vest pattern with stripes crocheted in four different colors of Bamboo Pop. That’s working out too, but a little harder to write down as I’m literally making up each row as I go.

Luke is supervising as usual. I don’t have a name for this yet.

This one’s a little different, although it’s very easy to do. It’s only half double crochets and double crochets. The tricky part is that I’m making up the stripe pattern as I go along, so I guess I better start writing this down huh?

I think it’s pretty funny / neat that I finally got around to just making my own pattern because I couldn’t find what I was looking for, lol. I’ll keep you posted!

I finished a lot this fall! I need to block them all, though. I haven’t because I’m tired of blocking things on towels, on my bed. I have too many people and pets for that nonsense anymore. I’d like to get some blocking mats and then I can use either my mom’s giant table or my FIL’s pool table to block them.

I like this one: Knit Picks blocking kit

but if we’re on the subject of Knit Picks and upcoming holidays…

Unicorn sparkle awesomeness!!

Master plan

Let’s see. Where was I?

Oh! All the FOs (=finished objects). I finished Duke City, another (very) quick crochet shawl Voltage, and (very soon) a knit shawl Apple River. I became a parton for Jen Lucas this year and I’m so glad I did!! I keep getting all these amazing patterns and I’m stashbusting everything to knit all the things. Apple River and Volta are hers. I’m about to starter Paulette, once I decide which yarn to use. My stash is substantial. Srsly. AND this is what I’m currently working on, yarn-wise:


a blanket

Opus the Octopus

oo! Lemme geek out a bit over Opus. So he’s from an older issue of knitty. I went off and bought all the yarn, needles, whatevs for him and busted out his head in no time. But…the tentacles were taking…

sooo poor Opus sat alone in the WIPurgatory for years. Like 4, 5 years. I dug him out and I’m determined to finish him this year!! I’m really a better crocheter than a knitter. I spoke to a buddy about it and I planned out how to crochet the other 6 arms. I’ll post about that later; I think it’s interesting! It’s fun to think up how to hook stuff. I can think in crochet, not knitting. I feel I could probably crochet anything! I love it!!

I’m making a long cowl made up of fingering weight scraps. It’s fun to have it in my bag. (I like having something to do with my hands…I get anxious and staying busy/grounded helps!)

Mom gave me homemade tamales for lunch (thanks to her neighbor!) and now I can sit and try to finish Apple Shawl. I only have a bit left of the edging left to go!






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