Sunday, July 29, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Week 3

Project Percentage Complete: 34%
Overall Percentage Complete: 34%

Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 1
Total Items: 106

Total Completed Items: 36

Friday, July 27, 2012

Roly Poly Fish Heads

The Dead Fish Hat is done!

It is my second finish for the week and I'm pleased to be able to announce it with a post on FO Friday! (I get to participate yay!).

I have to admit that this was a really fun knit. I don't know if it was a combination of short rows then adding in color changes on a whim - THEN changing it up with adding in the fins and forming a tail - it was really a fun knit that didn't get boring at all. In fact - I had a moment where I wanted to work on it rather than the beast-ghan. I have never enjoyed knitting this much... of course, maybe its because I was finishing up crocheting that beast of a blanket.... maybe I was ready for something different.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Finding Comfort in Being Uncomfortable...

I am a serious education junky. I enjoy education and the entire process of learning - I like knowing... and I like figuring out how to know something.

Sounds weird but its true.

I started a new job path earlier this year, which is partially why I went MIA on this blog for a little. This job is 100% different than my previous job experiences. I welcome the challenge. I like change and tend to embrace doing something different - stepping outside my comfort zone.

Monday, July 23, 2012

I was a good girl (or: Thank the Stars its D-O-N-E)

After posting a few hours ago about how I didn't want to go weave in tails, I did take a trip to Wal-mart (where a single skein of yarn was purchased).... and then I came home and was a good girl.

I began weaving in my tails and the more I wove in, the more I kept going. It wasn't that I was super motivated - I did it because it was the right thing to do. I thought "oh, if I could just do 20 minutes" and then I noticed I only had a few areas with tails, so I kept going.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bad Bad BAD big project person

I am sitting here with my belly full of a wonderful dinner compliments of the Man, knowing that I should be working on weaving in tails on the beast-ghan, but I can't help myself....

I keep thinking of the dead fish hat.

I have to admit, the fish hat has been a wonderful mistress on so many levels. A different yarn, different colors, such an easy knit... and different. Oh so different than the ocean of white now lovingly called "The Beast-Ghan."

I have plenty of excuses too.... like "I do better at weaving in tails when I have a movie in... the movie takes my mind off of it ... and since you are playing Battlefield 3... I just can't bring myself to weave in the tails" - yes.... I am using that one right now. The man is over there, trying to capture the flag for his team, and I'm whining about tails.

But I cannot work on the fish hat - my son, the recipient of the hat, is in the house. He'll see me working on it. He'll "know" what I've been doing.

....

I really should just go weave in the tails.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Week 2

Project Percentage Complete: 32%
Overall Percentage Complete: 32%

Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 0
Total Items: 105

Total Completed Items: 34

Saturday, July 21, 2012

S'il vous plaît... dessine-moi un mouton

S'il vous plaît... dessine-moi un mouton

Translated as: if you would please.... draw me a sheep.

What is lost in the translation is The Little Prince asking for himself to be drawn as a sheep - which makes little difference to this blog (just something I remembered my French teacher talking about when we began to read this gem of a novella in French).

But then, you ask - "what in the world, Cris, does this have to do with crochet?"

Recently I was at a department picnic and asked to make a sweater, for some reason my mind went swimming back to my Junior year in high school, being lectured on the peculiarities and innocence of The Little Prince.

Friday, July 20, 2012

My Etsy Store (or: a rant about the way of the craft-shopping world)



A'right readers who have etsy stores - I have to ask you... how well do you do?

This is probably more of a rant than anything and perhaps has no place on this blog - but I really don't get it.

I have put things in my store on and off for well over 2 years and have only made a handful of sales, most of which is my dishcloth pattern booklet (3 patterns). My stats say I have sold 10 items... 9 of which are the pattern, 1 was a scarf.

Is there more to etsy than just listing your stuff? Do you have to drive people to your site? How in the world does a real crafter on etsy get noticed?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Contribute to the Whole

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know just how much I adore and value the friendships I have built through my local yarn group.

In the last month, I was brought in even further - I become part of the whole both figuratively and literally.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Year of Projects 2: Week 1

Project Percentage Complete: 30%
Overall Percentage Complete: 30%

Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 0
Total Items: 105

Total Completed Items: 31

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Year of Projects: Initial List

Project Percentage Complete: 0%
Overall Percentage Complete: 0%

Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 0

Total Completed Items: 0
Total Items: 0


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Crochet for Men eBook

How untimely can one person be? I'm not quite sure but I keep surprising myself each and every day *laughs* in the last 24 hours, I have thought of three different things I knew I wanted to blog about and never did... and they are things that are done and passed... but ya know, I'm going to share them anyway.

Today's post is something I was VERY excited about - I was featured in an ebook!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Grandma's Favorite with a Bit of Crochet

The "Grandma's Favorite" dishcloth pattern is one you can find in several places, and now this blog is going to be another - I have made several of these dishcloths, but I have to admit, when I knit to the end and bind off, one of my corners always looks odd. It is always pulled more and looks... wonky. I was making one the other day and got the idea of putting a loop on it - a loop would solve the annoyance of the weird corner and the draping of cloths in the shower when there are hooks - ya know, to hang things like washcloths and scrubbers from.