A Very Crafty Update

Word to my internet peeps, yo!

So what’s been going on with my crafty endeavours that I was oh so gung-ho about? I haven’t forgotten! Remember my lime green basket weave scarf? That miserable cotton yarn that turned out so pretty but wreaked havoc on my poor fingers? Yeah, that one. Well someone at work bought it to give as a Christmas gift! He just so happened to be looking for a lime green accessory for someone who is very into lime this season. Worked out well for me! Take that cotton yarn! Not to be outdone, I picked up a robin’s egg blue version of the same yarn and have been proceeding to kick its ass just as hard as the first project kicked mine.

I present, my weeks-in-the-making attempt (and fairly succesful I think) at a lacey twist on entrellac. I got the pattern here and just had to make it. It’s also inspired me to try my own hand at writing a pattern, hopefully you’ll see it soon. As for this number, I am a little beyond ridiculously excited to wear it around Christmas shopping cause it looks fan-fricking-tastic.

Pretty!

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Seriously, once I finish this thing, I’m going to be known across the city as “that crazy girl who keeps talking to strangers about how she knitted that goddamned scarf.” I care not. I love it.

In other news, I did not have time or real desire to do anything crazy creative for Hallowe’en. I’ll save that for next year, when I’ll – fingers crossed! – be with Josh. Dudes, can you just imagine what sick creations the two of us will come up with? But as for this year, I was quite thrilled to go trick-or-treating with Talea, May, and the wee ones.

Check out the rad pumpkins I carved for them!

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Hehe, that’s my signature.

Next up on the crafty agenda:

A stockinette stitch scarf made of this very pretty stuff:

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A seedstitch scarf made out of this yarn, and I’m going to try to figure out a way to do star-shaped cutouts. A perfect Christmas scarf! Woot!

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I wish I could knit faster!

Less typing, more knitting! I’m off to get crafty folks, I’ll be back in a few days with a story about a douchebag. It’s a good one! Mahahaha, suspense.

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16 Comments

  1. November 10, 2008 at 3:28 am

    That’s a kick ass jack-o-lantern you carved there. I’ll leave the crafty comments to your scarf loving readers. 😉

  2. romi41 said,

    November 10, 2008 at 3:48 am

    I love your signature Pumpking carving! Nice to see that your talent extends into so many different mediums 🙂

  3. teeni said,

    November 10, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Your pumpkins are awesome! And I LOVE that blue scarf! Is it really knitted? It almost looks crocheted. Either way, nice work. You are talented!

  4. talea said,

    November 10, 2008 at 4:02 am

    I never saw the E jack o lantern!!
    And you already know this, but I adore your blue scarf. And I am also in love with the yarn for your next project.

    And I know the douchebag story! I do!!

  5. birdpress said,

    November 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I love the scarf! I was debating contacting you about buying that green one, but didn’t have the funds to throw around, with the wedding and all. I’ll have to wait and see what other awesome stuff you come up with to sell. Those pumpkins are too cool!

  6. javajunkee said,

    November 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    oh my gosh I’m surrounded by craftiness. We didn’t get our pumpkins done before they turned to mold and mush 😦 Is that one up there Jack Skeleton? That’s suhweeet!

    I’ve made quilts and blankets but now dont’ have the patience for it. Makes me sad so I’m living my craftiness through all of you crafty people.

    I would so be stopping people on the street to have them admire that scarf!

  7. JavaQueen said,

    November 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Oh Grasshopper, wise one, teach me your knitting ways! I’m so blown away by your robin’s egg blue scarf. DANG! DANG! DANG! And, your pumpkin turned out kick ass! Mine sucked so bad this year that I’m not even posting a pic 😦

    Oh, I wish we lived close by and you could teach me your wicked knitting ways……………………….. until then, I will continue on with my basic scarf knitting….

  8. kaylee2 said,

    November 10, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Those pumpkins rock!

  9. November 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    You are so awesome. I have grand visions of creating things like this, but they never come true. You should be proud that you are contributing beauty to the world.

  10. Pure Evyl said,

    November 11, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Great pumpkins and now I shall patiently await the douchebag story. I just love douchebag stories.

  11. 2lazydogs said,

    November 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    I looooooooooooove that blue scarf. I just clicked on the link for the pattern. Shitballs, I couldn’t even get two rows (ok, maybe one row) completed. I’m not good at following directions – actually, I never do, never have, probably never will. Just directionless knitting for this gal.

    Love the pumpkins. My child decided to make the vomiting pumpkin this year…taking all of its guts and trailing it out the mouth. Great fun. Everyone steered clear of our house this year.

  12. joanharvest said,

    November 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    We forgot to carve our pumpkin. Yours came out wicked cool.
    That’s the one thing about knitting–it takes too damn long. I don’t have the patience for it anymore.
    I like crocheting because it’s faster.

    Looking froward to the douchebag story!!!

  13. joanharvest said,

    November 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    We forgot to carve our pumpkin. Yours came out wicked cool.
    That’s the one thing about knitting–it takes too damn long. I don’t have the patience for it anymore.
    I like crocheting because it’s faster.

    Looking forward to the douchebag story!!!

  14. Billy said,

    November 12, 2008 at 12:21 am

    You win the most sincere pumpkin!

  15. Emerald said,

    November 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    @ Peter: Why thank you. And yes, I’d be somewhat confused if you suddenly started gushing over my rad use of yarn-overs. If it were a manly scarf than maybe, but that ain’t no manly scarf 😉

    @ Romi: You should see what I can do once I’ve got a blowtorch and other fun tools! That doesn’t happen very often though 😦

    @ Teeni: Thanks, but yes it is knitted, not crocheted. I cannot crochet to save my life. I tried! I tried, I tried, and I failed. Knitting it is for me, but I’m glad I can make crocheted-looking stuff without actually having to crochet.

    @ Talea: The e was on the back of the non-Jack pumpkin. And I know you know the douchebag story! You’re in it, though not as the douchebag, natch.

    @ Birdpress: No worries, them weddings can be expensive! And I’ll be churning out lots more stuff, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love. And if you really really loved the basketweave one, well I can always make another one. Give me a shout anytime. Loved the photos of your rehearsal/wedding by the way!

    @ Javajunkee: It is very time consuming, especially complicated patterns like that blue one there, cause I can’t take it on the subway without getting mad enough at all the elbows. That’s why the green and white scarves will be in simple patterns that I can throw in my purse and not have to worry about counting stitches.

    @ JavaQueen: Well I do still have a website in the works. Both myself and my super-nerdy-friend May let it sit on the back burner for a bit while life and stuff got in the way, but I do think I’ll throw a few instructional videos up there. I mean, there are plenty of instructional videos out there, but I’m thinking of putting up patterns, preceded by tutorials on how to do every stitch involved in the pattern. That way you’ve got a handy dandy refresher before starting a new pattern instead of having to search all over the intermanets. I may live far away, but I live far away from Josh too, and we make that work, right? I’ll teach you my knitting ways yet!

    @ Kaylee: Thanks! I did them on the spur of the moment, if I’d planned more, I probably could have done some actual rocking pumpkins. Like Motley Crue or Kiss. Woot!

    I’ll respond to everyone else later, I have to go work and stuff now!

  16. Emerald said,

    November 12, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Okay, I’m back!

    @ Maggie, Dammit: Aw, Maggie, that’s like the nicest thing to say ever! Thank you. You contribute quite a bit too, words can be just as pretty as yarn. Don’t leave yourself out 😉

    @ PureEvyl: Thanks, and yes, the Douchebag Story is on it’s way. I love them too, they’re almost always good for a nice ego boost.

    @ 2lazydogs: I tried directionless knitting last night (directionless as in “I’ll just wing it and see if I can make beaded diamond cut-outs magically appear”) and ended up slamming it all into my big blue trunk of crafty goodness for a much needed brain-rest. I can’t do it! I think that means you’re more flowy and creative and I’m more “Oh god, my bookshelf isn’t alphabetized, can’t sleep!” You might have the advantage there.

    Also, I am a big fan of the puking pumpkin. I think it’d be rad to have one puking on another, and have that second one with a really grossed out expression, and maybe a third puking in a corner. Because nothing says pumpkin love like group vomiting.

    @ Joan: Oooh, I wish I could crochet! I know how, technically, I mean I know how it works and what to do and I’ve got the books and training videos. But my fingers…they rebel. I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten to carve my pumpkins (haha, that should totally be a euphemism ‘wanna carve my pumpkins baby?’ hahaha) but I once forgot to take them out after Halloween. And this was when I was younger, still living at home. So they were in my bedroom…on the floor…carpet….it was awful.

    @ Joan: Oooh, I wish I could crochet! I know how, technically, I mean I know how it works and what to do and I’ve got the books and training videos. But my fingers…they rebel. I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten to carve my pumpkins (haha, that should totally be a euphemism ‘wanna carve my pumpkins baby?’ hahaha) but I once forgot to take them out after Halloween. And this was when I was younger, still living at home. So they were in my bedroom…on the floor…carpet….it was awful.

    (Ha, I’m such a loser, I had to post it twice cause your comment posted twice :P)

    @ Billy: My pumpkins bring all the…candy…to the…porch? Yeah. Yeah, that’s it! Woo!


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