And we are never doing it again!

My good friend Maebishonu and I worked our butts off on Thursday night and made her dress for the weekend SCA event in a single evening.

And we are never doing it again!


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Stuff Peasie Grew

This is an English rose, known as a Great Maiden’s Blush. Very aptly named color, and it smells so sweet! There are two more buds on the bush outside.


And this is a sugar snap pea I picked out of my garden at the end of last month. Doesn’t it look delicious? (Well it was!) Something new I learned this summer: peas’ blossoms (peaseblossoms) are not in fact pink; they are white.

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Husband Plus Doublet Equals…Hublet?

It’s getting on time for our local big SCA shindig, so I’ve been busy making garb. Here’s my latest addition to my hubby’s court garb. This doublet was made using Butterick’s pattern #B4574 size L. It’s made with a light suedecloth with velvet lower sleeves, and this beautiful metallic ribbon I found. I’m not usually crazy about metallic ribbon but it really works with this.

The back:

Next on the agenda: my 14-year-old Little Sister’s court gown.

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Yay for much stripe-age.

So, what do you get when you combine a pile of leftover yarn, the Random Stripe Maker, and an I-hook? Well I don’t know what you get, but I got a warm comfy striped blanket for curling up with a good book (in this case, it’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

I plugged in my colors, or at least colors to represent the ones I had (for example, they don’t have an “aspen print variegated” box to tick off), chose 3-6 rows in width, and about 100 or so total rows.

Then I copied the result–once I got one I liked–into Notepad and saved it. Then, using my trusty I-hook and a width roughly equal to the loveseat (five feet, about), I went to town. I worked on it while sitting in the cold mist at the Farmer’s Market. I worked on it while watching Letterman. I worked on it while waiting for Sims 2 to load. And in just a couple days, I was done!

I’m not crazy about ripple afghans, I’ll be honest with you. They’re just not my “thing”. But I love big, bright stripes. So, well, there’s that then.

In other news, I got the pattern from KrochetKrystal and this is the charity square I made to send in. I hope it’s all right; it’s closer to 8.5″ than the requested 8″. It’s a very tricky pattern. It took me some time to get the hang of it. To her credit, Krystal does a pretty good job of explaining complex steps to make sense. Still, they’re complex steps and I had to make more than one attempt before getting it at last. But I’ve got it now! So I’m making something new with the same pattern. You don’t get to see it yet.


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Blogger’s Choice Awards

Nominations and votes are being taken for The Blogger’s Choice Awards! WordPress is holding a narrow lead as Best Blog Host.

I’ve nominated What Not To Crochet for Best Hobby Blog (click link for more info and to vote for it), and Open Mind for Best Education Blog (also click link for more info and to vote for it).

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Yarn Fresh Veggies!

So I’ve finally gotten some pictures of the stuff I’ve made for the Farmer’s Market. I’ve seen patterns out there for carrots and tomatoes but I can assure you I did not use them here; I made up my own.
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I wantsss it Precioussss!

How in the world could I have been so out of the loop as to not know that Clover (makers of my favorite crochet hooks) makes these?!

The day after tomorrow is my Farmer’s Market debut. Some time between now and then I’ll show off the merchandice.

Lately I’ve been studying up on wind power and making a wind-powered generator. I jokingly told Himself that I’d have a report on it for him by Monday. Fortunately he’s got a conference call most of the day so I have time to finish it, heh.

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