crochet:: i’ve actually been doing lots of making…just not so much sharing…

Life has been a blur for the past 6 months and I have finally gotten myself into a make-time-to-make-stuff groove.

I’ve been furiously making all manner of stuffage for the upcoming farmers’ market season.  The big problem I’m currently facing is that I have failed to contact any of the farmers’ market organizers to reserve space.  I am a friggin rocket-surgeon sometimes.  

In all this making, I have come to the conclusion that this may only really be my second full year at the market scene, but it will probably be my last until I retire.  I think I more enjoy the designing part than the mass production part and I have to keep a full-time job to pay my mortgage.  So, something’s gotta give.  I’m just trying to do too much with too little time to do it in.

Ok, now that I have wandered off topic yet again…

Just what have I actually been making?

I finished the project bag that was started in the fall, had a request for some wild colored slippers for my niece the Diva, tried my hand at some little polymer clay ring dishes, and have lots more to photograph.

 




 ….and I’ll leave you for today with some spring flowers. I hope your day is ridiculously amazing!

crochet:: updating my old sky scarf

Back 2012, I made a sky scarf.

I never wore it because I made it too large and used yarn that was too heavy.

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This year I fixed it.

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I added a hood.

And I actually wore it.

crochet:: i don’t do doily

In the center of my kitchen table, as it has for 20 years, sits a handmade Amish oak lazy susan.  Under that, for 20 years, I have required a centerpiece made of some sort or another of fabric.  To make it look pretty.  Because I said so.

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I used to shop at an Amish general store when I lived in Ohio, and they had a furniture store next door.  I always oogled over the beautiful tables and rockers and bedroom sets that were way too expensive, but the accessories…I could afford some of those.  So entered into my life the lazy susan and the hand quilted centerpieces.  Fast forward 20 years and the pretty quilted centerpieces look more like pretty shabby after several hundred washings.  Even though I have mad crafting skills ~ I don’t quilt above the level of a 5 year old.  I also don’t do doilies.  I may be all LittleHouseOnThePrairieMakeItMyselfIBrakeForYarn, but I just don’t do doily.

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Using 3 strands of doily cotton together, I whipped up a new centerpiece.

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I am the weirdest 40something I know.

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But my table is pretty.

crochet:: on pins & needles

I got the wild idea that I needed yet another pincushion.

Redundancy runs in the family & courses through my veins.

Then I came up with this mini sewing kit featuring a watercolory felted african flower.

Told ya.  My life has a theme.

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crochet:: may the force be with you

Dark side, dark schmide.

Making Star Wars stuff is cool.

I’ve made the DeathStar before, so I won’t bore you with the details.  But the R2D2 hat was awesome fun to make.  I googled it & I found several free patterns, several paid patterns, and more movie shot images than you would believe for a make-believe robot.  In the end, I made it up as I went along with bits and pieces of ideas from all over and I love the outcome.  Photos don’t do it justice.  I will look so freakin adorable on my friend’s little boy!

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I’m the first to say I love amigurumi stuff.

I am also the first to say I will not make the AT-AT toy again.

Nearly 10 hours to finish that little guy.  Great pattern ~ but not fun.

I need fun patterns in my life, it kind of makes the world go ’round for me.

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So to recap, if you are into geekery crochet…

DeathStar = good

R2D2 hats = AWESOMENESS

AT-AT toys = may the force be with you cos you’re gonna need it ;)

Happy hooking!

crochet:: for the love of african flowers

My WiP basket runneth over with african flower projects right now. Wanna peek?

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I love how the dishcloths turned out.  I was playing with those colors for Valentine’s Day and then it evolved to needing the combo in my life on a daily basis.  Can you say channeling my Grandma Amy from the 1940’s???

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What the what?! you ask

That my dearies is a brick covered with african flowers to transform into a doorstop.  It even has handles.  That way I can drag it out of the way instead of trying to lift a brick.

Will wonders never cease?

 

 

 

 

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And this is the start of a project bag.  More on that one later.

Make today ridiculously amazing :)