Sunday, August 28, 2011

My poor neglected blog

Did I mention last post that I'd been persuaded to do a craft fair? If not, I have. It's a month away and I'm already regretting signing up. I'm so tired of crocheting baby blankets. But I'm going to keep on truckin', because I paid the entrance fee and gosh darnit, I'm going to do as well as I can in an hour and a half of crazy selling. So in short, I've been really productive, but it's boring blogging. (Here- another baby blanket- tada! Oh look, another!) I've also gotten a head start on Christmas presents, which I may end up selling at the craft fair if I don't make my project goals. So I'm going to try to make this blog post interesting.

1. My dill plant hatched today! (I am aware that plants don't "hatch" I just like that word better than "germinate")
2. The never-ending ruffle scarf is still never-ending.
3. I started a new spinning project! It is green and yellow and purple and sparkly and I love it. More later.
4. I can see the bottom of the bead container for my cowl, which means I only have a few more hours of work. That being said, I've knit about 10 beaded rows today and it doesn't look like I've used any of the beads. I'm quite sure they are reproducing in the bottom of the little bead tin.
5. I skipped rugby practice on Thursday and went to Jimmy Buffet instead. It was fabulous. Best skipped rugby practice ever.
That's all for right now- I'm quite determined to finish the beaded cowl today, and the sooner I quit writing, the sooner I can get back to the COWL OF DOOOOOOOM!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The hooking continues!

Looky here- a new Peace Lily!

Yesterday was not the best day. I woke up bright and early (there was an overweight cat sitting on my face) and thought I'd go to the State Fair to see if I had won anything- the suspense has been killing me!

I took 6 items and placed 2nd in lace- any article (tablecloth- yay!) 3rd in handspun-alpaca (which surprised me- I thought that was my fugly item this year) and 4th in scarf/shawl. For the scarf/shawl contest I entered my green silk beaded lace shawl that I worked on for nearly a year. I was thrilled that it placed- there was some tough competition this year. At least I was thrilled it placed until I saw what placed before it. I lost to a 1x1 ribbed scarf. Really? It was a really nice ribbed scarf, I'll give you that, but a ribbed scarf? Plus my shawl was displayed inside out, which makes me question if it was judged inside out, but who that was supposedly expert enough to judge knitting competitions wouldn't see that a lace garment was inside out? I know I'm being ridiculous, but I'm just...sad. I mean, I just finished a 1x1 ribbed scarf and sent it to a charity. Whooda thunk I could have placed 3rd in the State Fair with it? Bitter knitter is moving on...

I signed up to do a craft fair. I did loads of them in high school and a couple my freshman year in college, but had kinda gotten burnt out on people asking if I would take $10 for a $60 baby blanket. Then this lady that has bought a few baby blankets off me called this week and asked if I'd be willing to do a show that she's organizing. The booth space is reasonable, so I said yes. If I only sell 4 or 5 things, I'll break even. Plus my car needs a new front strut, so I'm not really in a position to say no to any work.
So for the next month and a half, I'm going to be making as many baby blankets, hats, and fast scarves as possible. Hardly a recipe for riveting blog entries, but my car isn't going to fix itself. Here's a few pics of current projects for the show and an addicting new cross-stitch pattern I just started. It's a halloween cross stitch (hence the rabid-looking bat) and I've done approximately 1/5 of the first of 6 charts. I might be working on this for many halloweens to come. (Good thing halloween is my favorite!)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Totally hooked

I don't know how this happened...but I can't stop crocheting cotton dishtowels. I blame Jessica from Sunday knitting. Not that "blaming" is a bad thing...
On the bright side of washcloth addiction, I only have enough dishcloth cotton to carry on at my 2-balls-per-day rate for another 3 days. Then I have to quit or buy more dishcloth cotton, so I think you're safe from too many dishcloth related postings. Carry on!