Whoops. Forgot I had a blog. Lemme see if I can think of something to post. BBL

November. National Novel Writing Month. AKA National I’m Out of my Mind and Somebody Better Bring Me Some Coffee Month.

I have a lot to do.

I mean, I did this to myself last year. Last year, though, at least my excuse was that I hadn’t actually decided I was going to participate until October 28th. I didn’t have time to do more than jot down a few notes about my characters and what would happen to them, why, where, etc. I had maybe a page and 1/2 worth of jumbled and vague notes and notions in one of those black and white composition books when November 1st rolled around and it was showtime.

Here it is October 28th again. This year I have been planning on participating. If by planning we mean, yeah, I’ll give it a go. What the “it” is that I’m giving that go, I don’t know. I have no outlines, no research, no notes, no iPod playlists, no schedule, no character profiles, nothing. I also have very little coffee in the cabinet. I’m not ready. Where has October gone?

To decide in the next few days:

Am I writing a whole new story from scratch or am I scrapping everything I wrote for last year’s novel (VERY tempting) and starting from scratch on that one?

What am I taking notes on, notebooks, index cards, writing software*, or some combination?
(*Microsoft OneNote, Scrivener, something else?)

What am I writing in, Word or Scrivener?

10 hours later:
I stayed up all night and did some synopsis writing. This is gonna be awesome!

When I was writing up the pattern for Ariana, I found a page of notes I had forgotten I took for another item I made quite awhile ago. It is obviously taken right from my design for the HP Bags.

It was knit to fit my (dearly departed) iPhone, but it really would fit a variety of phones and smartphones or be great for keeping your ID and credit cards together while you go clubbing with your Gryffindor pals in Hogsmeade.

Anywho, see pattern below:
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I can only vaguely remember what it was like to keep up with a blog on a regular basis. I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve used my blog that I don’t really know how to do it anymore. And as for content, theme, or purpose? Yeah, I have no idea. I do know that I won’t get it going again, though, unless I just jump in and do it. So, here I am.

Part of the reason the blog went by the wayside is that last fall I started back to school. I found myself doing less of everything, especially crafting, and suddenly my dull, day-to-day life was even more dull and even less blog-able. The changes didn’t stop there, either. I fell out of contact with a number of good friends because I simply wasn’t sitting at the computer as much anymore.

Happily, Julie (my Borg other half) and I have reconnected these past weeks. Funny thing too – the CraftBorg has inspired motivated me to pick my handwork up again. And while I still have no solid plan for this blog, our recent interactions have given me an idea for at least one post’s worth of blog fodder.

I guess I should say, for those of you that didn’t know the CraftBorg, that we basically started podcasting and then video blogging because heck, we’d spend all day every day updating each other on our various crafty endeavors anyway. Seems like we have picked up old habits, as emails, texts, and IMs have been flying back and forth with photos of stuff.

For instance, the other day we congratulated each other on washing our hair and sent pics of our wet hair.

Not crafty, I realize. But really, who doesn’t enjoy having a cheerleader? And yes, we’re dorks.

I have been drawing lately, and it’s motivating when I can periodically share my progress. Here are the start of some things I’m working on for future gifting.

The other day I started a new afghan project. It’s totally Julie’s fault. Such an enabler, sheesh! But yeah, basically I’ve pulled a bunch of yarns that have been languishing in the stash and am going to end up with a massive blanket before too long. (Because I’m pumped and I am going to tear through it in typical Rosemary fashion.)
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That’s my at home project. Here’s what I started to take on the go:
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A lovely Eula (owl, auf Deutsch) colored yarn for mindless, plain socks.

This pattern has been a long time coming. WELL over a year ago I told Dani at Sunshine Yarns that I’d write up a pattern with her fabulous yarn. Then my blog blew up and I also misplaced my notes from when I knit these. Anywho, I finally have gotten my act together. Ch-ch-ch-check them out.



Pattern below.
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My favorite way to make hats is to start from the top and work down. The knitter keeps increasing until he or she has enough stitches and then it’s straight on from there. Also, if I happen to run out of my main yarn before the end of the hat, I could totally just make the brim out of a random contrast color I have on hand.

I’ve made a fair number of hats off the top of my head, but this one came out so well that I wanted to get it down. The combination of the cotton yarn and the gauge that I got with the needles I happened to grab I think made for a good balance of firm, hard-wearing fabric and touchability. Thought I’d share.


Pattern below.

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This is a pattern I haven’t been able to recover from an internet archive or anything else, but it is simple and I can easily reconstruct it.

Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock Yarn Mini-Skein Set (6 skeins were included)

Needles: size 4  (3.5mm) I used Circular needles with a good length cord so I had room for all my stitches.

Grab your first skein and, fairly loosely, cast on a lot. I think I did about 3 hundred stitches, but it’s up to knitter’s taste on this point. Knit on both odd and even rows until you run out of that skein. Add in the next skein, do the same. Repeat until you have just about enough to bind off all of those stitches. Do so with the stretchy bind off of your choice.

I ended up giving my own scarf a twist and seaming the two short ends together to create a sort of moebius cowl. This isn’t necessary but I enjoy it this way. I then double it up and wear it around my neck like a big ole scrunchy.

Found the PDF on Ravelry. I don’t remember if there was a witty post to accompany it =P April 2009

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Gillyweed_Socks (PDF)

Wayback machine FTW! October 2007

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Pattern:
4.5 st/inch gauge, to fit someone like me (22 inch circumference) CO 94 with smaller needles, knit for 1.5-2 inches, purl one round. Switch to larger needles (with which you get gauge). Knit til its big enough (I switched colors every other round, folded the brim up when the hat part was the same height and knit the brim together with that next round, then kept going). Do a crown of some sort. I go “K8, K2tog around; K7 K2tog around; etc” until I have just a handful of stiches left then cut and pull the tail through all of the stitches. Weave in. Tada!
Yarn:
Berroco Comfort, in Bitter Sweet and Olive. This is my 2nd hat from these skeins and I STILL HAVE SOME LEFT.
Comments:
I love turned brims; They’re so finished looking. And this yarn? LOVE.

Reposted courtesy of the way back machine. September 2007

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A couple of weeks ago I had a sudden desire to make a ridiculously big hat. I was at the yarn store and fell in love with a bigass hank of hypersoft yarn, despite the heat and despite being warned that it would pill like mad, I got it.

This is very simple and has likely been done many times before, but I’ll share my “pattern” anyway.

 

Big Hat
A thick and quite large crocheted hat with a rolled brim. Fits loosely on an average adult.

Yarn: Twinkle Handknits Soft Chunky Shown in 18 French Grey
Hook: 6mm / J
Gauge: 7.5 stitches and 3.75 rounds = 4 inches

Chain 3, slip stitch in 1st ch to make ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, dc 11.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc right below chain 3, *dc 2 in each stitch* around to end. Sl st in 3rd ch to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc 1 right below, dc 1 in next st *dc 2 in next st, dc 1 in next 2 sts* around, dc 2. Sl st in 3rd ch to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc 1 right below, dc 1 in next 2 sts, *dc 2 in next st, dc 1 in next 3 sts* around, dc 1 in next 2 st. Sl st in 3rd ch to join.
Rounds 5-9: Ch 3, dc 1 right below, *dc 1 in each st* around to end. Sl st in 3rd ch to join.
Round 10: Ch 3, dc 1 right below, dc 1 in next 2 sts, *dc decrease in next 2 sts, dc 1 in next 3 sts* around, dc 1 in leftover stitches to end.
Weave in ends. Roll up brim. (If you don’t, it will surpass so-ugly-it’s-cute and go straight to friggin’-ugly.)

 

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