I call it my grass vest, due to the color. My other score from TWF last year. The sample vest was on display at the entrance to their booth (Bijou Basin Ranch) and no on could resist petting it and ooo-ing over it. The collar! The colors! The lace! The drape! I had an epiphany that I should wear more vests. No idea what kind of shirt to wear underneath…but who cares? I decided to think about it after walking the whole fairway. Penny convinced me green was the way to go, so when we got back, there happened to be just enough green left for a couple vests. I got enough for mine, and bought it (pattern included-it’s how they hook you I think) and went on the hunt for some needles. I found some amazing carbon fiber double points at a booth down the way. These needles are so bad ass. They’re light weight, cool to the touch, and so shiny. mmmm…carbon fiber. I’m almost done with the back piece, which is the largest piece. I think I got a little freaked out once I reached the neck decreases, and put it aside for now. I’m 0 for 3 of sweaters/etc that actually fit. I made a sweater for B that fit. So far nothing I make for myself that’s bigger than a sock fits me. It’ll happen! If I change the type of yarn I use (acrylic is not the way to go for sweaters I guess) and be careful to match gauge (go figure) I might get one accomplished this year. Anyway, the vest will fit, I know because I took my measurements three times, measured the vest as I worked it constantly, and double-triple checked the gauge and size measurement. That plus sheer stubborn willpower might mean I’ll wear this with pride to TWF in October. :-) Cross you fingers!
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The bag is one Beth made for me, covered inside and out with sugar skulls and doily-fied sugar skulls. <3 It’s a nice big bag too, big enough for this kind of thing. The yarn is made of angora fiber and a little rayon for strength. Seriously soft and warm! Also, here is a reference to an angora rabbit, for giggles.
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So poofy!!!

Mmmmm…cashmere and silk. I splurged at Taos Wool Festival last year and got this yarn. It is unbelievably soft, like it isn’t even there. It’s ethereal. I haven’t worked on them in a few weeks though. The pattern is super easy, one that can be adjusted to any weight yarn, I bet.
I was standing in line at the coffee hut at TWF, in the cold, and started chatting with the lady in front of me. After 15 minutes in line I realized they probably didn’t take cards, and I didn’t have cash (as usual). Oh well, I stayed and talked to my queue friend anyway. She bought me a coffee :-D and I helped her carry all the other coffees she bought to her booth, Jabberwocky Farms. The ladies were so nice and I couldn’t resist the yarn…well…I did resist a little, but figured why not. I should try cashmere once! The pattern came with the yarn and I cast on right away. So the mitts have lots of warm fuzzies for me. I think of Taos in October (talk about ethereal), good friends, warm pastries, soft yarn, and wonderful people.
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(These are fine lace weight mitts, size 1 needles.)

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!)

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It just didn't stop. I kept pulling out another, and another, and oh look there's one under that other one...
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All the kits I have left, plus some cool patterns I collected over the years.

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….
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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. :-)
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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. ;-)

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almost there! I would have finished it but it needs to dry. I was getting marks on my hand and woe unto me if I smudge it.

I’ll post the finished version asap. Now I just need to get back into sketching people.

*the article about Joss: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/29/joss-whedon-2013-wesleyan-commencement-address/
**Magic the Gathering is that geeky nerdy card game you may have heard about. We’re nuts for it. The play mats are a lot like huge mouse pads. They are nice and smooth and make it easier to handle all the cards in play.
***Black Lotus card: http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=600
It’s very rare and super cool. I just like drawing lotuses mostly and the colors are great. Part of what makes MtG such a fun game is the amazing artwork featured on each card. Deltafine even made a chainmaille bracelt based on it; it’s my favorite one.

Isn’t it neat? Doesn’t it look like a tattoo? :-)