Having wrapped up a few knitting and crochet WIPs, I’ve taken out a cross stitch pattern that I haven’t worked on in ages. This time I’m determined to finish it!
It’s a very silly piece that, when finished, will include a helicopter and the words “May Godzilla destroy this house last.” I bought the pattern on Etsy. It was very reasonable, especially because this is the second one I’m making.
I used to do so much cross stitch in high school and college, but back then patterns were more “country cottage” style, so I eventually stopped, aside from a little project now and then. Now, however, there has emerged a new genre of geeky and subversive patterns that have drawn me in again!
Is there and art or craft form you’ve rediscovered?
When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.
Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!
The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.
I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!
I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.
Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!
Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!
The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.
During the Rose City Yarn Crawl, I picked up the yarn to knit a Weekender sweater. Well, I wound the yarn pretty quickly, but it took ages to learn the tubular cast on. In fact, I’m pretty sure it took longer to learn the cast on than to knit the whole sweater.
I’ve been wanting to blog, but have also been kind of overwhelmed and down in the dumps about the current situation. So here I’ll do a little photo roundup of things that have been keeping me sane.
Honestly, I feel lucky that I have so many things that I enjoy doing at home. There’s always something to do, and I’m never bored. I even learned a new knitting technique; the tubular cast on, so I finally have my Weekender pullover started, with yarn purchased during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. So, aside from some bickering and cabin fever, we’re doing ok. I am just extremely grateful that we’re riding this thing out in a house with a big yard, rather than in the apartment we had in SF with no outdoor space.
My kids’ schools decided to start spring break a week early, meaning their last day for March was today. We decided to keep them home today. It snowed, so we spent a lot of the day indoors.
I finished and sewed up the Baby Yoda I’ve been working on for a nephew’s 21st birthday. I think this was my first amigurumi in crochet, so there are a few bits that could have been better, but I think it’s pretty cute.
Then my daughter went to a sleepover, so my son and I binge-watched whatever he chose, and I was able to make The Child’s pod as well.
I think the nephew will love his gift, and I know I’ll make at least one for us as well. It’s a cute, fun, quick, and relatively easy pattern by Ami Amour. She’s on Instagram and Ravelry at the very least, and she has some really great patterns! Totoro, Pokémon, etc! Check her out!