luna

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Hard to believe how happy this made me, to crochet something. 

Life’s been busy, and I feel rather depleted every day when I get home. But I know that if I carve out some time to make something rather than zonking out in front of the TV I would feel much better, much more energized, much more nourished in my spirit.

I’ve been wanting to make a luna moth for a while. Was looking for an origami diagram actually, but couldn’t find any on the interweb. So I thought I’d go back to what I do best, with my trusty crochet hook and yarn.

Someone I really admire once asked me what it’s like to crochet, referring particularly to the tiny anatomical heart I gave her. I said it’s like sculpting with yarn. 

You see, it crossed my mine to write out a pattern, because I haven’t posted a pattern for a long time, but writing a pattern kind of takes away the spontaneity of free-form crocheting, of sculpting with yarn, which was what I needed at the moment. But you can see that the veins on the upper wings are clearly off, so I might make another one to improve on it, and I might jot down the stitches then.

I had some perfectly sparkly yellow beads for the eye spots.

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Like I said, I’ve been wanting to make some kind of moth for a long time. The inspiration for it is kind of ridiculous. I keep seeing this commercial for Big Bang Theory in which Sheldon asked Amy, “are you sure your moth-like personality won’t be drawn to this blazing fire that is myself?”

I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory, but I find the description “moth-like personality” interesting. It reminds me of a conversation I had with a former supervisor, whom I also admire very much. She asked, “so you say that you have this huge fear of conflicts and angry people, yet you picked a profession in which you have to deal with people who are in conflicts and angry all day?” 

I don’t know why I choose to work in social services. Sometimes I wished I could go back in time and choose archaeology or paleontology as a major. Sometimes I think I would be much happier and less stressed out in general if I studied dinosaurs instead of the various ways people hurt one another. But I’m not so sure.

Anyway, I was feeling depleted, so I made a moth, and it made me happy. That’s all I can say for today.

I didn’t sew a pin back on it yet, but I think it might look good as a brooch. Not too over the top, right?

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Wishing you a peaceful rest of the week.

 

this week’s awesome finds

A bit bummed that I don’t have new art or craft projects to report, but I am working on a knitting project, it’s just going to take me quite a while longer to get done, so in the meanwhile, here’s another awesome find post! :D

 

Maybe I’ll try making soap gifts again. Last time it didn’t turn out so well with the dinosaur toys, but Lego people might work better because they lay flat. From Craft Test Dummies.

 

The sweater I’m making is in moss stitch. Need to make another one in stockinette stitch so I can put on a teacup pocket :D From Colorful Stitches.

 

Felted dryer balls, practical and hilarious. From Petals to Picots

 

I’d love an octopus sweater. Video tutorial on Craft.

 

Love this fox and its green eyes. Clever bookmark from Wake and Whimsy.

 

This looks super fun to make! Crazy paper hats from Make and Takes.

 

One can leave hotel staff with an extra token of appreciation by leaving a hand-folded bunny in the room. Or these will make very cute gift basket items for baby showers. Or one could impress people by whipping out a napkin version of the bunny at dinner. Bunny-folding is indeed a must-have skill. From Rocket News 24.

 

Have an awesome Wednesday, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

I really like the look of garter stitch. Might have to make a pair soon. Mitten pattern form Martha Stewart.

 

Awesome retro-looking chevron clutch. Pattern from Fiber Flux.

 

Cat cupcakes! Adorableness overload. Pattern by Stuff Susie Made.

 

Also in garter stitch, I really like this skirt. Maybe in less bright colours, but I would totally wear it. From Knitty.

 

This is so awesome! OctoMitts! On sale on Ravelry by SpillyJane Knits.

 

Sweetest hand muffs ever. Free Ravelry download by Mizpah Thomas.

 

Have an awesome week, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

lichen

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Have been working on this cardigan over January. I have two piles of leftover grey yarn, neither is enough to knit a whole sweater so I thought I would combine them in a random striping pattern. The ripply texture of garter stitch and the different tones of grey remind me of the lichens I saw on a road trip to Bruce Peninsula two summers ago.

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I followed this cardigan pattern from Pierrot. It’s has a nice chart that I learned to read with the help of this wonderful document. I followed all the instructions for stitch count, increases and decreases in the chart, but I used a larger needle (7.5mm), made button holes all the way down the front (though they’re not quite spaced evenly despite my best efforts. Oh well) and knitted everything in garter stitch, which I think has a simple, rustic look to it that I really love. Like lichens.

Here’s the back view…

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And I thought some nice unpolished wood buttons would go well with the simple garter stitch.

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I’ve been wanting to make a versatile grey cardigan for a while and I think this is it! I’m very happy with it. And I think I’m starting to appreciate the slower pace of knitting. I still avoid circular needles as much as possible (I chose this pattern mainly because it’s knitted flat and seamed), but maybe one day I’ll start to appreciate them too. And because it’s knitted quite loosely with the relatively large needles I crocheted all the seams together with a 6.5mm hook.

On a slightly separate note, I mentioned a couple of times that I’ve crocheted the Masonry Jacket, but it turned out really rather stiff and doesn’t look all that good on me. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to take it apart to make something else. I’m thinking of knitting a basic sweater in garter or moss stitch. Would be nice to wear over collared shirt. Will keep you posted! 

Have an awesome week, everyone!