New toys are the best toys

•May 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My new metal hole punch is going to make prepping the bottle caps for my upcoming workshop much easier. I’ve been playing with it all morning. I may have named it Cindy.

“Someone’s been eating my porridge..!”

•May 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A new design for my pride colors cross stitch collection is in the works. Can you guess which one it is?

GenCon 2015

•May 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Nearly a month later and I just found the email telling me that my jewelry workshop for GenCon got approved.

Twelve hours later, I’ve stopped hyperventilating. I’ll stop pulling my hair out and rending my new clothes when I’m ready.

Putting the FUN in Functional Double-Tie Deconstructed Cardigan

•May 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Because I couldn’t resist taking another crack at it, I spent six weeks (including most of Mental Health Awareness Week) conceptualizing, knitting and seaming a new cardigan. (Read more…)

Swimming for the surface

•May 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Bad days happen and I had a few of them in a row. Here’s what I did:

– went to therapy.

– went to work.

– made some chocolate greek yogurt.

– knitted.

– up-ended the music selection on my phone.

– watched Parks and Recreation, a three-hour fan edit of Dawn of the Dead, and a four-hour documentary on Watergate.

– played with my cat.

– made thai food with my girlfriend.

– went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.

– re-read the first few chapters of Kate Bornstein’s Hello, Cruel World.

All in all, this (plus time) seems to have helped. So far, so good.

It’s that time again…

•May 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Because it’s been a year, because I promised some necklaces to a few people. And because this template and character are just too much fun!

Someday, I’ll be able to cross stitch an X-wing helmet on a character this small. In the meantime, have a rough design of Princess Leia in Bespin garb.

(I know, the white grid is blinding. I’m thinking Leia needs a different color Aida cloth for her backgrounds.)

May the 4th be with you!

We’re definitely getting better at the longer projects…

•April 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Four weeks along and the main piece to my second cardigan is nearly finished (about 8″ of stockinette stitch left before binding off). Both sleeve holes are complete and have the ends woven in. The plan is to make it reversible with expressed seams and a pair of double ties on the purl-side, so when I wear it inside-out and backwards, it resembles a straight-jacket.

I’m thinking it will be two more weeks of knitting and seaming before I know whether the outcome matches the design in my head. Not bad when you consider my first cardigan took me more than five months!


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