Tedious Things In The Lives Of Crafters: Rescuing Dropped Stitches

•April 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Or when you can’t rescue a single dropped stitch and you have to overhaul 180.

The moon’s an arrant thief (Happy Birthday, Shakespeare)

•April 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

What a day to find an article on Shakespeare’s possible depression and its effect on his writing Timon of Athens.

451 looks good on you, sir.

This is going to be a fun workshop!

•April 22, 2015 • 3 Comments

This isn’t even half the bag of bottle caps I’ve got. Right now, if the workshop gets approved, I’m thinking I’ll let the attendees pick their favorite and then I can drill the hole and install the jump ring there for them. What do you guys think?

(P.S. I’m thinking a few Whovians could have fun with the “Two-Hearted Ale” caps.)

A brief crafting conversation between me and my girlfriend…

•April 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

ME: “Damn it! I used to scare normal people! What happened?”

HER: “You started knitting.”

Point taken, but shouldn’t carrying sharp objects at all times make it worse?

Time for Ms. Moody to play teacher again…

•April 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Last week, I submitted a new bottle cap cross stitch workshop to GenCon. The prep materials are going to be both more and less complicated than my doll making workshop — less because the designs are all adjusted for a 1″ frame, but ultimately more because I’m going to have to produce a small booklet for all of them (house colors for Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, pride colors, both basic and more specific designs for mini figures).

Also, a funny thing about a lot of workshops is that, whatever the suggested age and experience range you submit for the description, you inevitably get people who have limited experience in the activity. I sat in a knitting workshop last year where the instructor/designer had to spend about half an hour (not an insignificant amount of time for a two-hour workshop) walking one of the participants through basic knit and purl stitches.

People are enthusiastic and purchasing tickets for the activity ensures that you have both the enthusiasm and the money to come back. For that, I’m more than willing to sit with someone and walk them through something. But anticipating just what I might have to walk someone through is a little nerve-wracking.

Favorite Videos: “Wasted on the Way,” Crosby, Stills and Nash

•April 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I miss you.

Chunky-Knit Cappuccino Deconstructed Cardigan

•April 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s finally finished!

My everyday tops tend to be science-fiction and nerd culture t-shirts dressed up with cardigans. For my next long-term knitting project, choosing Lion Brand Yarn’s deconstructed jacket pattern was easy. The execution, however, was harder. For those not following on the blog, it was a long, long process. (Read more…)


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