It has been nearly a month

This happens every single time I blog. I start out with the best of intentions, at least a post every single week, I tell myself. I tell myself. Then life happens, and when life happens, the blog seems to be the first thing out the window with laundry landing smack dab on top of it. So when life pauses for a moment and I can recollect, the laundry has to be moved before I can find the blog.

My life has been busy. The work. The shooting class. The never-ending need and desire for more sleep than I have. The eating habit. It has left me with little or no motivation to blog. I crochet, starting project after project (and I even finished one today!). I photograph, shooting class after shooting class and snow, too. I’ve had this tremendous ache for sunrises lately, so if I ever get up early enough to stop and take pictures on the way to work, I’ll continue to photograph those as well. I have thoughts and ideas and I am overwhelmed with characters, but I have no time. I’ve promised myself a summer off, just one job, no classes. Until then I’m being overwhelmed with creativity and drudging along in the same crochet paths I’ve drudged before. Until then I will attempt to remain constant. Trying ever so hard to carpe diem instead of sleeping, napping, or watching netflix during my two hours of free time.

NEW on Etsy!

It’s about time, right? I think I’ve spoken about my good intentions and bad follow through before. If we add that to two jobs, one at 40 hours a week, the other at 12ish, my inability to say no, two shooting classes at roughly 1.5-2 hours each, and the fact that I really really enjoy sleeping and eating, I don’t have much time left in my week for the things I really want to do. But I’m trying, I promise! I’m nearly finished with the first (of many, I’m sure) Eloise sweater by Moogly and I am positively loving it. I can’t wait to review the pattern and show you the photos. It’s been an excellent stash buster project and I intend to make a matching Bobble Poof hat to finish up the last little bits of color. This one has been earmarked for a favorite little girl, but I hope to be making more soon because they are just so cute! I’m really hoping to have several different sweaters to feature at the craft show later this year.

And now onto the latest finished projects. These first two key chain sets, Gomez and Morticia and Lucy and Ethel are for sale on Etsy already. I’ll try to get the others up at some time this week, but if you’re dying to have one or the other, let me know and I’ll arrange for it.

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Couples are on my mind obviously with Valentine’s coming up, but best friends are always present. These pairs stood out most in my head, with a few more to come as I sort through beads. ;)

 

The Kindle

With dreams on the horizon I purchased a kindle. I think I’m in love. It’s so small and smooth and portable. Definitely a must for ebook reading (and ebook writing, I hope). Until I purchase a keyboard for it, I don’t think it will prove best for blogging, but it’s certainly easier to work from than my phone. My favorite use so far is viewing my crochet patterns online while watching a movie on my laptop. I have keychains coming in a little bit, both here, on Etsy, and on the Facebook page. I’m also planning an Easter giveaway featuring some lovely Easter bonnets, so stay tuned!

Busting the Stash

After going on a recent organizing spree (not induced by my mother at all…) I’ve concluded I have too much. Too much yarn and too many books to be specific. Possibly too many socks as well, but that’s a problem I will gladly live with. I’ve tried to make a stack of giveaway books. It never works. I’m emotionally attached to every single one of them. The yarn though, the yarn I can work through.

I’ve promised myself that I will not buy any more yarn UNLESS IT IS FOR A SPECIFIC PROJECT I WILL MAKE RIGHT THEN AND THERE until I’ve cut down on my stash.

To that end, I’m participating in my first crochet-a-long by Moogly. With one block every other Thursday I figure I have to be able to work that into my schedule. I’m also going pattern crazy and my Ravelry favorites grow every time I have a spare minute to browse. There’s just so much to make! I’m looking forward to developing a decent stock and variety for the next craft fair, even though it’s not until November. Bags, sweaters, dishcloths, towels, hats, I need to figure out what looks good together and what makes sense. Suggestions and ideas are welcomed. As usual, items that are not made to give away will be posted to my Etsy shop!

Bobble Poof Earflap Hat by Moogly: Pattern Review

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This hat has been in my queue on Ravelry for a long time and I finally took a day to make it. It’s adorable in the pictures Moogly has posted (and she has awesome tutorials to go along with it, perfect for beginners or those who are slightly less confident in their crochetabilities – a new word, yes). I’m trying to make more new things this year, trying to get out of ruts, trying to be a little less predictable when it comes to gifts, etc. So I was looking for another hat pattern and this fits the bill.

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, so I was concerned about how it would work up with a bulkier weight yarn, but it worked out great. I think Baby’s First yarn might be a new favorite. This hat is adorable and I’ll definitely be making and gifting many more.

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Crochet Owl Hat by Repeat Crafter Me: Pattern Review

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This Owl Hat is my go-to baby gift. They’re “in” right now, and I think they’re absolutely adorable. Repeat Crafter Me has some amazing patterns and tutorials, and I’ve learned several new things. Her technique for joining is amazing and I can’t make myself use anything else.

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I was a little bit worried about how it would work up with Lion Brand’s Baby’s First yarn, but I think it came out beautifully.