I finished this.
It’s cute, and warm, but it’s a bit much for me. Perhaps I’ll sell it. I’ve been thinking of modifications I could make if I do this pattern again, though. Maybe turn all the ruffles into subtle, shorter, waves.
The holiday season is good and done. I’d have checked in sooner but I had a nasty New Year’s flu. As promised, here’s the finished barn for my niece.
I don’t have much in progress right now. I did start an interesting bit of neckwear in the car on my holiday travels, though. This pattern from an older issue of Interweave Crochet is pretty frilly, much more frou-frou than I usually like, but I felt like trying something different. I have a long, wool, burgundy coat this might look good with . . . in a Prince and the Revolution circa 1984 kinda way.
Nope, didn’t get ‘er done in November.
BUT, I have a really, really good excuse. I had a commission! One of the ladies who fought over my purple scarf at the charity auction a couple weeks ago (see last post) and lost, still wanted one. So we made a deal, and I spent a couple of crochet days on that. So, now I have some Christmas money in my pocket, hooray!
I should probably also admit that I got really bored with this sweater, and started working on a sparkly cowl. I’m really big on cowls and need a new one for the winter, as I’m asthmatic and a runner and cold air really, really hurts the back of my throat. Here’s the cowl so far, ready to be seamed:
I’m really liking white these days, the way I used to gravitate towards black when I was younger. It’s very flattering around the head and neck, and bounces light onto the face. I have at least two other white scarf projects in mind for myself, one of which will be a very plain scarf and the other–if I choose to make it; still on the fence–is a cute, buttoned, Edwardian frilly thing.
In jewelry news . . . well, Christmas is coming and I need equipment! So I’m putting together an online cart full of pliers and beads and wire and tools for
my husband Santa to bring me. It’s crazy exciting. And although I’m still educating myself on business matters, I’m just going to work on building my skills, having fun, and not worrying about what’s popular or marketable or whatever. Not yet. To that end, last night I took apart an awful necklace I got at a charity rummage sale for $2. It had beautiful, shiny cut steel links held together in some crazy configuration with bits of chain and some awfully tough jump rings (I needed heavy-duty pliers to get them open!) I’m going to wire-wrap them together in some interesting way to make a necklace:
I’ve already learned that a vise would be a very useful thing to have right now. It’s hard to control the end of your wire–which really seems to bob around looking for an eyeball to take out–and hold links together at the same time. But I’m having fun.
I did finish the bright blanket I mentioned a few posts ago, affectionately nicknamed “Clown Barf”:
It’s the sort of project you know is pretty awful, but you’ve done a lot of work on it so you just keep doing more. You’ll notice the stripe sizes aren’t consistent; I just worked until I ran out of colors. And while I confess to buying another skein of green, I could not justify more orange and yellow. So let’s just acknowledge that my acrylic stash is a little more busted than it was before, and move on. To this:
I can’t tell if this Space Invaders cowl is coming along nicely or not; it’s my first foray into stranded knitting. I’ve been advised that the strands on the reverse side should look like they’re too loose, and they do, so I’m hoping the piece will have enough stretch when I’m done. So far, managing two yarns in one hand has been a bit awkward, but I can do it.
And, lest it seems I’ve forgotten all about my beadwork, I’m still plugging away at the purple beaded crochet rope, which is growing longer and longer. I’m also reading three books on craft business advice at once; every week I take on a topic and read what each has to say. Honestly, the whole idea of trying to make a go at this is terrifying. Perhaps that’s why I’ve stalled all summer. Still, with every artisan shop I visit, craft fair I peruse, book I read, and Etsy shop I study, I get a bit closer to understanding what to do–and what not to do. It may be a more artsy and free-spirited thing to just create a bunch of stuff and plunge in, but I prefer a realistic approach. So far, I’m not creating anything a factory in China couldn’t do (and probably is doing right now) for a fraction of the cost. So . . . Phase I of my plan is to spend the rest of the year continuing this research and creating new things, developing a practice. Come January . . . well . . . I will have formulated some next steps by then.