Lots of new projects!

Purple Moleskine VolantAnd lots of other things going on. When it comes to blogging I have this  tendency to have a clear idea in mind about what I’d like to talk about and then find myself on a million different tangents. So I’ve started carrying a purple Moleskine Volant in my purse specifically for jotting down possible  blog ideas.

And lots of other things going on. When it comes to blogging I have this  tendency to have a clear idea in mind about what I’d like to talk about and then find myself on a million different tangents. So I’ve started carrying a purple Moleskine Volant in my purse specifically for jotting down possible  blog ideas. I have always been a fan of Moleskine notebooks, but the traditional black ones, while great for paper quantity, made it impossible to just “jot stuff down.” Why?? Because it felt like a waste of a beautiful (and albeit expensive) journal. They were always seen, in my mind, as something where brilliance happened. So I picked up this one set of 2 books and we’ll see how it goes. I’m currently toting around the lavender colored ones. I even managed to pack some pens in my purse, just in case inspiration (of any kind) hits.

Including pattern ideas.

Back to blogging for a second. One of the problems I run into with the craft blog over my other blogs is that I have to take pictures of things I’m working on, or have finished, or what I’d like to make for it to be effective. I’m so terrible about that. I have a hard time writing about World of Warcraft related articles and I play WoW almost daily! I have a million ideas of things to write about, mostly about my own experiences, and so I might clog up my personal blog with some of my WoW-related nonsense when I don’t feel as though it’s really a generic WoW thing. I don’t know. I love playing WoW (most of the time) and I obsess over some things, where others might find it trivial and pointless. So I hate that I share the blog with a dear friend where I might want to complain about something or bitch and moan about another. But eh, WoW is an entirely different subject and beast.

I have issues writing. I have issues writing about craft stuff because I feel inferior and… well, let’s face it… pathetic in terms of creativity. I want to create amigurumi dolls. Of all kinds. I have a billion ideas that are constantly floating around in my brain dying to bet made, documented and turned into a semi-profitable pattern available for sale on etsy.com or otherwise. Yet, I don’t have the umph to push myself towards doing it.

Namaste Hip Holster - Peackock

I have become a bit of a Namaste snob, and picked up my 3rd bag. The bags never look quite as big in the photos as I expect, even when I bust out the ruler to check out in front of me roughly what it’s going to look like. I love all of them, but my tiny little hip holster bag I snagged the first day The Loopy Ewe had them up is by far my favorite. Especially for small outings and small projects.

I have almost no readers, but I’m hoping as time goes on that will change. When I find more time to design some patterns. Or actually finish items I’ve started… for once. And take pictures. And share progress on some items not meant to be gifts.

Stacey sent me a message over Ravelry a few weeks ago asking if I was interested in doing a knit swap. Where we both make an item for the other. I love this idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love making gifts for other people, but I have a really hard time finishing stuff for myself. So since so many knitters are like me (they want to make stuff for others, and that becomes the motivation to finish instead of shelving the project for starting another), I was excited. We exchanged a couple of emails, extended the parameters to crochet as well, nixed sweaters and shawls and decided that it should be about a skein of yarn. I gave her some of my favorite colors (or at least range of colors) and I think she’s got at least an idea of what yarn she’s going to use.

For me, I had an idea of what I wanted to make, but not a specific item. Just an idea. So yesterday while things were slow-ish at work, I took to Ravelry and went a-lookin’ for patterns. I stumbled across one that I absolutely fell in love with. Fell. in. love with! And then I browsed some of the other artists patterns and spend the better portion of an hour going “OH! I want to make that!” or “Oh! That’s so cute! I wonder who’d want that!” Needless to say, I picked up the pattern for Stacey’s swap item, and another pattern to work on for myself (or someone else, I haven’t decided yet).

The great thing is that I’m fairly certain I have a decent amount of stash yarn I can use for this project. After purchasing I’m stuck waiting for the illustrious email containing my PDFs.

Now comes the funny story. I was recently (yesterday to be exact) put on 2 new medications. One for my blood pressure and the other for anxiety/stress/panic attacks. Both of which I’m supposed to take before bed. So I took them about 10:30pm and headed to bed. My phone buzzed, and me, thinking it was a text message, noticed I had new emails. MY PATTERNS! My boyfriend could tell the meds had kicked in, but I was determined to get my butt up outta bed and go print those patterns out. When the first pattern printed, I took the handful of pages, ran back into the bedroom, and presented them to my boyfriend as though I had just won the most amazing prize in the world. He glanced at the pictures on my papers and said, “Oh. Nice.” But I was so damn excited I went back to grab the next batch. I came in exclaiming “Oh, Lookit this one! Isn’t it just so damn cute!” “Uh huh” was his response. I was so drugged it didn’t even matter to me that he had his normal, mostly-apathetic-to-my-yarn-follies reaction. I grabbed 2 sheet protectors (how I managed this I don’t know, at this point) and set them carefully on the top of my sewing table as a reminder to pick some yarn when I get home today.

Maybe less drugged, I will start on the first part of this project. I am truly excited.


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