…but now I can only think of one of them so I guess I’ll start with a projects post! After I finished the vest I had, believe it or not, nothing else going on in the handwork department. I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened, mostly because I find the feeling so uncomfortable I try to avoid it as much as possible.
I took a few days to work on the music thing (name blurred because of reasons)…
…and then the last of my yarn for the CC project showed up so I was able to start that!
The block isn’t big enough yet, but I have a Plan. This cotton is lovely on the fingers, but it took me almost the whole block to get used to it. I’ve been working with wool blends all winter and got locked into that, apparently!
At the same time I started working on a new felt embroidery project for Easter, taking inspiration from a Russian style of egg art, specifically Kraslice and Pysanky.
The first go around is more of a stitch sampler, but it’s a start. I have ideas for others and am rather happy I can plow through all my pastel and bright spring felt colors.
Keeping this short, there have been lots of little but significant develops in the last couple days.
I have been worried for months now that my ancient 90s-era music writing software wouldn’t be compatible with my “new” computer. I put off finding out because I didn’t want to experience That Cry if I wasn’t going to be able to access my musical works anymore. I finally got the nerve up earlier this week, and thank you God, it works! Yay!
Shortly after making the software discovery I got a bee in my bonnet to write a cover of a song. It’s a silly little song, but when the word went out that the writer was opening the floor to covers, a tiny burst of excitement ran across my skin. I fought it for a day before deciding to give it a go. A musical challenge! It’s been so long since I took one on. I set about working on it, and as of yesterday, it’s done! Boom! (Still have to work out recording while still keeping my internet self vague, but I have Ideas there.)
And then, we get to the bang. A big one. Involving my little toe and the wooden baby gate hung in the kitchen doorway. I don’t think it’s broken, but after 15 minutes on an ice pack of frozen peas it still hurts to walk. Pokado is impressed and sympathetic. LK brought me my phone right away because “Daddy should know about this”. Squeaky just wanted to eat the frozen peas, but at least she stayed by my side and watched my toe with me.
There go my plans of a mega laundry day. On the upside, I can get caught up folding everything! If I ever get my foot back on the ground to move to the couch, that is.
Tea! Tea sounds good. Where’s LK? He knows how to do that…
I had a hard time deciding on my title, the other candidate being “A Vested Interest”. I went with alliteration because my OCD side liked the look of it better. Not that it really matters to any of you, but, you know, it matters.
Remember when I offered a sneak peek of a new project here? Well, it’s done! Only it’s not at all what it started out to be. I got half way through with my first idea and realized I was going to run out of yarn so I scrapped 2 weeks of work to start something new.
I didn’t mean to copy this lovely vest and I suppose technically mine is a little different. Sometimes I find it hard to know where the line is between copying and inspiration. I looked at the picture once and thought oh, that’s pretty easy! I could do that! Then I sat down, took measurements, and got to work. It was only when I went back and looked at the picture again after I was all done that I realized just how similar it was. It’s not something I’ll try to sell for the very reason it’s too much like the other pattern and the designer stipulates her pattern is for personal use only, but then I start wondering…well, would it be okay because I did do all the math myself and didn’t use the exact pattern?
It’s one of those areas I tend to avoid as much as possible just so the question won’t come up. I’m curious how others handle the whole inspiration/ copying issue?
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On another investment note, due to circumstances the Dearliest found himself with a bucket of black dirt as part of a collection of things he hauled away for someone. He was preparing to toss it when it crossed his mind that the person he’d gotten it from used to be into gold mining. Long story short, it turned out the black dirt was concentrate. Or maybe ore? I’m a little unclear on my terminology, although it has been explained to me once.
After a few weeks of reading and YouTube videos, gold mining is now a new hobby in the house, and yesterday while the rain poured down the Dearliest set up an improvised mining shop in our living room so the kids could “help.” Or watch. Or get shooed to other activities once a shovelful of dirt ended up tossed gleefully across the carpet.
It’ll be interesting to see what (if anything) comes from the venture. For now it’s just fun to do, and the few flecks of gold fines he’s found so far is enough to keep the motivation up!
I’m quite excited to be participating in my first ever crochet event! I’m making a few blocks for a collaborative blanket hosted by Patch, who I think is amazing and brave to be taking this on. The theme is hexagons, and I’ve been enjoying scouting out patterns.
The biggest challenge for me so far has been yarn. Nobody locally carries 100% cotton DK yarn, and I wanted higher quality so no Sugar N’ Cream for me. I took to eBay and found a gal selling off a stash of Cotton Lux Egyptian Cotton. A lot of it was already gone but there were two colors left.
So I got some!
This is by far the nicest cotton yarn I have ever had in my possession, and I’m quite afraid I’ve now been utterly spoiled. Also, it presented a little dilemma because I still need white and maybe one other color. Upon several searches and even contacting the gal I bought the yarn from, it came out that Cotton Lux is discontinued and there’s barely any available anywhere.
I finally bought a comparable (I hope) skein of Sublime cotton in white from yarn.com. I’ve never used Sublime yarn before, I’ve never bought from yarn.com either, and while we’re at it I’ve never paid that much for one skein of yarn in my LIFE. New experiences everywhere!
Hopefully it all turns out well. For now, however, I’m off to less creative pursuits in the form of scrubbing out my oven.
As I may have mentioned before, there’s a lot of Irish in the Dearliest’s ancestry. St. Patrick’s Day occasionally got a nod in my family growing up, but it wasn’t a big deal. Then I married into the Dearliest’s family and all at once I learned about corned beef, boiled cabbage, and drinking songs.
In honor of the upcoming holiday, I decided to try my hand at a new thing! Well, not really a new thing. I’ve been making cards for years (one of many skills my mother taught me), and starting a couple months ago I started feeling like I ought to put a few together for the shop. Procrastinating being what it is for me, I didn’t do anything about it until last night.
But I finally did something! Sadly we’ve been having fog, snow, and rain the last few days so lighting was not so good for pictures.
I did it!
I didn’t much care for the first attempt (the top one, although maybe I’d like it better in a solid color), but I rather like the second design, and I have some other ideas (mostly on how to work in different colors).
This project taught me that I’m actually not so much a fan of color work. All the moving back and forth between yarns really slows the fingers down. It gives me a whole new appreciation for all of the crocheters and knitters I know who regularly use multiple colors at once!
I’m still trying to come up with a baby-safe way to “catch” the fish. With the older kiddos I can hand them a clothespin on a string tied to a stick, but with Arc on the floor a clothespin isn’t so good. I thought about velcro, but it would be such a small bit of it…not sure how to stitch it onto cotton yarn and have it stay.
LK didn’t eat his lunch today, because eggs are icky or something (let’s forget for a moment that this little guy regularly packs away 2 fried eggs at breakfast). When he does this he’s not allowed to complain about being hungry, and quite frequently whatever he didn’t eat shows up at the next meal or snack because, yanno, parenting and stuff.
Here we are, a scant few minutes away from snack time and LK casually asked if the food from lunch is still in the pan. He halfheartedly peered into the kitchen while I looked at him sideways. I wish I could capture in words the rainbow of joy-joy that appeared over (and through) him when I told him yes, the lunch food was all gone. He was getting something else for a snack.
The rascal. I have half a mind to hand him a can of tuna.
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In other news, apparently Pokado can read? I had no clue, but she recognized “fish” and pointed it out to the Dearliest and LK.
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A small crochet project recently wrapped up for New Zealand:
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The latest obsession in the house is fishing. The Dearliest got a fishing license, and recently he started collecting his fishing gear. LK now talks about rods, reels, and lines; steelhead, salmon, and catfish (which are “really really creepy”), and the kids all play “Fishing” now with string and plastic cups and a wild imagination. I asked Pokado once what she was doing with a spoon and she returned with, “Cleaning the fish!” Oookay.
It does have me thinking, though. The leaf pattern would be really easy to adjust a little bit to turn into a fish pattern! I think I’ll try making up a few and see what happens.
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Ah, yes. Moments.