Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Update

How did my weekly goals go? 

1. Decide what I'm going to be for Halloween
Check.  Water Nymph...or Cute Swamp Thing.  I was a flake and didn't get any photos of it.  I like the in-progress photo, though.

2. Finish Fix's Halloween costume and start AND finish mine.
Also Check.  I couldn't find white fabric with pink polka dots, so I painted some myself.

BONUS: helped a friend do her zombie costume...which won the party's costume contest.  I was a little disappointed that the costume I worked for a couple days on was beaten out by one that took about an hour, but hey, a costume I did is a costume I did even if it wasn't the one I was wearing it.

Zombie and Fozzie at the party.
And she did look amazing.  I'm sorry this photo doesn't show the bite marks. 

3. Apply to three temp agencies (this was also last week's goal)
Ha ha oops.  But I am going to a volunteer orientation at a local animal shelter this week!  

4. Prepare for NaNoWriMo
She's a Vestal Virgin, he's an enslaved sculptor.  Mt. Vesuvius might erupt.  They'll probably be in a carriage that gets stuck in a ditch at some point.

5. Memorize first bit of the Iliad. 
I printed it out... that's a start.

Overall, not too bad.  More Halloween photos coming up.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Journey Round My Skull

If you haven't seen this blog, check it out.  It's full of the coolest and most inspiring book illustrations from all over the world.

Illustration of Goethe's Faust by Harry Clarke
I'm attracted to a lot of the black and white line drawings and woodcuts.

And how cool would this artist's plant shapes look in long and short stitch?  Now there's a goal.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekly Goals

Weekly Goals:
  1. Decide what I'm going to be for Halloween
  2. Finish Fix's Halloween costume and start AND finish mine.
  3. Apply to three temp agencies (this was also last week's goal)
  4. Prepare for NaNoWriMo
  5. Memorize first bit of the Iliad.  I regret that I didn't do it while studying Ancient Greek in college.

It's written on the back of an Ice Breakers gum box.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Manliest Apron I Could Cross Stitch

He does most of the cooking, so I figured I'd make him an apron he'd be proud to wear.

Cross stitch apron

Next time I cross stitch, I'll do it on a fabric where I can count squares.  The shiny thread wasn't a winner idea, either, but it reminds me of fresh blood, so it's worth it.

His Fozzie Bear costume for Halloween will be significantly less manly.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Escalator Socks

A quick "in progress" picture of the first of (many) holiday gifts.

Escalator Socks

Ravelry link.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Leaf Headband

For the sister of a dear friend.

Second Headband

I tried wet-felting it after needle-felting (should these things be hyphenated?) I think it went well, and made a cool pattern on the towel.

Wet Felting?

Apparently, I'm still learning to use a camera, too.

Monday, October 4, 2010

First Embroidery Projects

I found some of my first emboidery projects c. Fall 2009 and thought I'd share.

This pattern is from a "learn to embroider" book.  Until I got to the center of the flowers and got impatient (and didn't know how to do French Knots right yet) so I filled them with eyes instead. 

First Embroidery Project

And here's a cat in a fedora.  He's based on a doodle I really liked and wanted to replicate.  I'm a big doodler of cats with hats (and personalities).

Fedora Cat

I can't take credit for the delicate crochet border on the handkerchief, though. That was a late great aunt of a dear friend of mine.  Lady had some needlework skillz.

I like embroidered handkerchiefs because if you're crying already, it's a small comfort to be wiping your nose with something awesome.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Happy October!  Happy chilly Ohio weather!  Happy "Oops is it really less than three months before The Holiday Season!?"!  This means one thing:

Sweater in Progress 

It's knitting time!

I'm about 3/5 of the way through a sock yarn sweater and now I've got my eye on the riff socks from Knitty's Deep Fall issue (doesn't Deep Fall sound wonderful? mmmm...) and maybe some colorwork mittens like the ones I made a year ago.  I'd better make a list...

Hat detail

(To match the mittens, of course.)