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My Favorite Creation

In early 2005, life kind of blew for me.  I had just moved back into my parent’s house after breaking up with a long term boyfriend, was flat broke, and that was just the tip of the iceberg.  I spent a lot (read: tons) of time re-discovering my crochet hooks, having been abandoned for a few years prior.  Up until that point, I had not made anything that wasn’t perfectly geometric, and was pretty much rocking the single and double crochet like it was my job.  Circles?  Mmm…sometimes.  But they were wonky.

Well, anyway.  I crocheted a lot in those 3 years I was back at my parent’s.  Looking back at how much personal turmoil I had during that time, I can really see how my anxiety, fear, and loneliness giving me every reason to keep my hands (and my my mind) busy.  I decided to teach myself how to read more complex patterns, and with my crochet mentor (my mom) being just downstairs, I can say the time I spent crocheting, and doing yarn-themed things with my mom were the best times in those stupid dark days.  These days, I’m still crocheting up a storm, but I noticed that I work with brighter colors.  Happy hands want to play with happy colors 🙂

It was 2007.  These were the first pair of fingerless gloves I attempted, and my word did they drive me nuts sometimes.  I had never worked with something as small as an F hook, and I have pretty big hands.   Owie.  But I just kept looking at the book’s photo of the beautiful finished project and I forged ahead (I think I also have a botched 3rd sibling to this pair stuffed in a bin somewhere…).  I am so glad that I did, and now, I’m not afraid of any pattern.  Ever.  Cause I know I’ll figure it out eventually.  In fact, I think I should call these my Confidence Mitts, cause that’s what they give me!

I still wear these from September through March, and when I take them off, I put them right in my purse, because I’m always afraid I’ll lose them.  I just…love them.  They are 100% merino wool, super soft, and could probably do with a washing, now that I see these pictures of when they were so brand-y new.  Yikes.

Ahahahahaa, I just noticed that I had this next photo tagged as “my Sistine Chapel” in Picasa.

the finished project…cue Golden Girls theme song…

edited to add: the pattern is from Debbie Stoller’s “The Happy Hooker.” I’ve made quite a few items from this book.  The only bad thing I can say is that the binding on mine cracked after not very long, and now is hanging on for dear life.  Sad face.

What a difference a lens makes

I took this picture with boyf’s camera yesterday, a Panosonic Lumix, and I can’t stop staring at it:

It’s these!

It LIVES!

My Etsy Shop is FINALLY alive!  I have had a chaotic work schedule, but have finally, and I repeat FINALLY found time to photograph at least a few of the items in the stash and get them listed for my first ever jump into the Etsy sellers world.  WOO HOO!

No Time Like The Present

I didn’t get my first cell phone until years after my friends had them. I joined Facebook for work 2 years ago, and was shocked to find that pretty much everyone in the world was already happily poking away. It wasn’t until last summer that I owned a car with power windows.

I guess now’s the time to start a blog too. I’ve kept journals my whole life, but recently, the months and years between when I put pen to paper have become longer and longer. Since I spend half my time in front of this pink Dell laptop anyway…well, here I am.

I am a pretty ordinary chick, I turned 31 this year, and am currently in a “restorative” phase, as life has thrown some curveballs the past few years. When things get a little stressful, I tend to turn to my crochet hooks and deadly stash of yarn.

Lately, I’ve been hooking away like crazy.  What a fun, addictive way to keep the hands and mind busy while focusing your energy on something creative and beautiful.  MUCH more fun than worrying about the giant cell phone bill, or student loan payments!

Today, I plan to finish sewing in the ends of my latest endorphin-boosting beauty, this pillow cover inspired by my new favorite blogger (well, new to me, Lucy’s been bloggin’ & hookin’ for awhile now!), Lucy at Attic 24. Her use of color is so inspiring.  So often I reach for muted earth tones, similar to the color clothes like to wear.  But the burst of happy your system gets from combining all the prettiest colors in the world to display in your home is priceless.   Check out this adorable little sucker, made from 100% pure cotton:

LOVE IT!!  Would probably finish it faster if I didn’t keep stopping to admire it’s cuteness.