I’ve headed straight for the hands and arms this week. The idea was to avoid getting stressed out over the feet design, because I thought that’s what would happen. This week’s hands and arms actually helped me figure out what I am going to do with the feet, so I’m pretty happy about the decision. These worked up pretty quick. I’m loving how they turned out.
My kids go to the library on Wednesdays to play chess. Dr. Destructo is a 6 year old chess professional in training, and Kiddo takes all the credit for teaching him. It’s quiet, and they love it. I’ve been doing a lot of my designing at the library table in the magazine section while waiting for them. It’s been pretty great. Last week Knotty Knucklehead received some much needed legs. You’re going to make part of them today. I can tell already that the feet are going to jam me up (and probably make me curse
This yarn. It’s so soft. I just want to sleep on a pile of this yarn. That’s not weird, right? Did I mention that it is so soft? It is. Really. Soft. There’s 314 yards of this lightweight yarn. I managed to spin a fingering weight yarn for the first time. This yarn. It may have also turned my right arm/hand into The Claw forever.
Alright. The original idea I had for Knotty Knucklehead has gone out the window. I must have ripped out 20 rows/rounds of this thing. Then I scribbled out my notes, cursed for a bit, collected myself, and started to think. The good news is, I like where this is going even better than the original idea. The bad news is, I worked on this more than I had originally planned. Oh darn. I had to spend more time crocheting. Yeah. It was horrible. (Horrible is code for not horrible, but since you can’t hear sarcasm on the internet I’m trying to clear that up… and now I’ve typed the word horrible enough where it doesn’t even look like a real word anymore. Google assures me it is, and I’m spelling it right. Good.)
I finished my monster puppet today. I am so happy, I could do a cartwheel. I won’t do a cartwheel though. My wrist hurts from what I’m imagining to be complete-overuse-itis. A cartwheel could be disastrous. I’ll put some ice
Today was a lesson in preparation and patience. I figured I could simply throw together a backdrop and set my camera and be on my way with my stop motion monster puppet video (I didn’t mention that I was making one of those?!). Well. APPARENTLY you have to figure out camera angles and placement and other things like getting the entire backdrop in the frame and… I’m exhausted. It’s been a long day, and I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked.
I am just loving this little project. It’s a great way to break up the other work I’m doing. The Knot By Gran’ma Crochet-As-I-Design-Along (or a crochet-a-long with a twist) has hit week three (Woot! Woot!). This week was a quick little week for Knotty Knucklehead, because I had so much work to do on my Great White Shark Hat crochet pattern. So far, this design is following what I have in mind for him/her.
This crocheted Great White Shark hat has been my baby this week. The hat has been ripped out a few times to get it just right. There has been cursing and giggling. My kids and Hubs probably think I’m a little off (I am, and they’ve known for years.), and now we have amazing headgear for next year’s Shark Week. Maybe everyone will have one by then. It’s been crocheted along with episode after episode of Shark Week, and I’m just ecstatic with the results.
This week has taught me that sharks, and Shark Week especially, are responsible for a creative storm over here at Knot By Gran’ma. It’s like a yarn tornado of crocheting, with my hook at the epicenter. My wheel feels like