Crafty update: sticks, string, needles, & thread.

One of the wisest things I did this semester was decide to take only one class. I knew two things before the semester started: 1) this class involved a lot of work; and 2) there was an excellent chance that I would be increasing my hours at work. Both of those things have proven to be true & have taken a toll on my crafty time, but I still manage to squeeze it in there once in a while (probably still more often than I should).

Recently finished:
Disappearing TARDIS bookmark
A disappearing TARDIS bookmark, gifted to Rachel for her birthday. You can find the pattern at Dalek’s Teahouse.

HP gang cross stitch
Harry Potter trio cross stitch, pattern from Wee Little Stitches. I started this ages ago & got distracted. Finally spent some time finishing it while looking for my knitting mojo. No idea what I’ll do with it yet, but I also have Harry’s Friends (1 & 2) to stitch up if I want to do an HP cross stitch triptych. Again, no idea what I would do with it, but I do enjoy stitching the pixel people quite a lot.

Eternity Scarf
I made the Eternity Cowl as a gift for one of the ladies at work, though I haven’t gifted it to her yet. I keep meaning to block it first, but I’m starting to think I should just gift it, as I seem to be terrible about actually getting things blocked lately. I want to make one of these for myself sometime soon.

In progress:

Labyrinth
I’m only 3 characters away from having this finished for Mindy. She created the pattern before there was one available at Wee Little Stitches & it’s taken me a very long time to get it stitched up. I only have Sarah, Jareth, and Toby left to do, though.

Priority Projects
These are the two projects responsible for my loss of mojo, I think. I need to finish this scarf & baby sweater, as they’re both gifts, but I’m feeling selfish at the moment. They’ll get done, just not quite as soon as I’d hoped.

Hermione's Everyday Socks
I finally got over the cast on hump on the Hermione’s Everyday Socks & managed to get a good start on the second.

Spattergroit Mitts
I started these Spatterdash mitts on Tuesday & am loving the way the Katatomic colorway knits up. I also keep calling them Spattergroit mitts, but that was the disease Ron’s parents were to say he had when he didn’t get back to Hogwarts in year 7. Apparently it all comes back to Harry Potter.

There are still many other projects on the needles, but these are the ones that have my attention at the moment. Well, these four and the one in line to be cast on.

Mineral
I scored this yarn in a ravelry destash after falling in love with it eons ago and it’s begging to be made into a Millwater. Right now. As in it’s possible I started it as soon as I got home from knitting last night.

Dyeabolical Highlighter Colors
I also just acquired these lovely little mini-hanks of Dyeabolical Super Ego in highlighter colors. These will be paired with a neutral to make a stripey infinity scarf. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

So, there we have it. That’s a lot of crafty for a girl who should be reading up on her dissertation topic and the other readings for class. And as if that isn’t enough, I had been thinking for a while that the world needed a dose of Ziggy the Wondercat every day. I mentioned it to Rachel on Sunday & she encouraged me to do it NOW. So I did. If you want to get a daily fix of the Ziginator, it’s at The Daily Ziggy. :)

“F–k Cancer” Cross Stitch

A friend of mine finished cancer treatment right before Christmas & shortly after that got the “all clear”. She sent an email with a link to her new mantra, so naturally I had to jump over to Subversive Cross Stitch & grab the pattern to stitch it up for her.

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I spent New Years Eve at home* watching movies & stitching away & by the time I went to bed, I had the whole thing stitched up.

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A quick wash and pressing later, I was able to frame it to gift away. She just had a birthday & the original plan was to give this to her then, but I found that I couldn’t wait & gifted it a week or so earlier when we all got together for hot pot & our holiday gift exchange.

*I have never been a fan of going out on New Years Eve. It always feels like something you’re SUPPOSED to do, but I much prefer a quiet night at home not having to worry about driving home after midnight. Especially after all the travel & prep for Christmas, it’s nice to just sit at home and eat pizza and get my crafty on.

Bowties are cool.

I did this little cross stitch project for Rachel’s birthday (which was Monday).

Bowties are Cool

It’s a mashup of a couple patterns from Wee Little Stitches – the eleven doctors* & the modern companions.

I added “bowties are cool” at the bottom myself based on the lettering used in the other Pixel People patterns.

I had so much fun making this for Rachel – I just might have to do one for myself, too. I think Rachel was as excited about this as I was.

And just for fun, I snapped a picture of the back of my work.
Cross stitch back

I try to keep things neat back there, especially when stitching over the ends of my floss. Sometimes things get a little crazy, especially when the colors cross over each other.

*There is a pattern with just 9, 10, and 11, too.