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There’s No Decision I Won’t Second-Guess . . .

Remember my work in progress–the Space Invaders cowl?  Well, it’s a hat.



I was about 3/4 done with the cowl when I lamented to my knitting group that I wished I’d made it a hat.  Somebody thought I WAS making a hat.  So I stuck it on my head to see, and it worked.  I’d have liked the band to be more narrow, though.  I hear there’s a way to cut your cast-on stitches off and pull back to where you want to be, but I’m too scared at this time.  It fits well enough, and it’s going to be really nice and warm for winter with all the extra strands inside.

Last week I decided to put a macrame book to use, since I bought it a while ago and it’s just been sitting there.  I’m just playing around with some seed beads and (probably not a good choice, in retrospect) some fine Omega nylon cord in my stash, trying to make one of the simplest projects in the book.

Macrame is way fussier than I anticipated.  It doesn’t help that I don’t have proper bobbins for my six-foot lengths of beaded cord.

Everything slips off these plastic tubes after just a few passes over and under and around and whatever you’re supposed to do!  I think I would be enjoying this much more if it was crochet.  But, I’ll keep at it.  The work is supposed to be twisting, but it’s not.  I’m guessing that’s due to my choice of cord.  Perhaps when it’s done I can make it wind around.




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Lucky Kitteh!

This giant ceramic “lucky cat” bead has been sitting on my desk for a while, a benevolent mascot smiling away as I fumble with bead project after bead project.  Finally, I figured out what to do with him.

The cat is so fat, I made the necklace extra-long so he wouldn’t just sit like a lump on my chest.

The pattern is Tassel Necklace by Juana Jelen (Bead & Button, August 2002 (no, I don’t throw away old magazines!), slightly modified.  I used Fireline instead of beading wire, with fringe beads at the ends of the strands.  I don’t know if any of that was a wise decision, but we’ll see how it holds up.

I had a progress shot of this necklace, with my table full of beads and strands and tools, but somehow it never got uploaded and I deleted it from my camera before I realized.  I wanted to show all that mess because I think it’s interesting that a lot of people believe that beading is somehow very simple work.  Hell, sometimes I believe it–until I try something like this!  The time and patience it takes, especially fiddly bits like knots and clasps, can be daunting.  I so admire people who do these kinds of projects more often than I do.

Coming soon:  my husband is looking for a new project to do.  Once again, I’ve hounded asked him to build me a light box so I can take decent pictures of jewelry. He’s considering it now. Fingers crossed, I’ll get my wish!



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