I love this time of year. We spend a lot of time outside in the heat, and with the gardens/hiking/adventures, it’s easy to forget to have something to eat. Smoothies are the quickest way to have breakfast (or lunch… or
This newest crochet pattern came out of the need to display my wares at the art and craft shows that I am a vendor. I was in the middle of a show, and was thinking of different ways to display my chapstick holders when my mini epiphany struck. I can crochet bowls to display my goods. Duh, Jess. Seeing that I’m a crocheter by trade, this made the most sense. Never mind that I was crocheting the first version of this set while selling the very items I was trying to display. It worked and the idea for these bowls stuck around.
I’ve been feeling pretty crappy about blogging lately. I don’t know what happened. I used to love it, and I’d write; and it was awesome. Lately it feels like a burden, and I’m starting to resent the time I spend with the blog. It’s taking over my making time. I touched on this last week. It’s just been getting worse and worse. I found myself laying in bed today, wondering if I should quit everything. That’s not cool. Something about the pressures I place on myself to do what everyone else is doing… who knows. I want to be able to do it all, but maybe I’m just not in the right place to do that right now.
I love the little detail adding a picot creates. It’s just so pretty. I’ve been crocheting them “wrong” for years… nothing horrible. I was missing one little step. I would get a very similar effect, but if we’re going to do it, we should do it right. Today’s how to crochet, is how to properly execute a picot stitch (which is really a bunch of little stitches together). If you can single crochet (sc), chain (ch), and slip stitch, (sl st), then you can make a little picot. It adds so much more awesome to your crochet work.
Running a creative business is awesome. It’s also terrible. What? Yes. It’s terrible. Let me explain. It turns out the non creative parts of running a creative business, such as blogging on a schedule, marketing, photographs, listings, edits, advertising, social media, etc, etc, etc… is a giant time suck from the creative part of running your creative business. Pressure mounts, because everything has to be done. It’s difficult to watch your artistic time cut, regardless of why it’s being cut. That’s the terrible part.
Visions of Dee Snider and Poison started jumping to mind when I started balling this yarn for the first time. Memories back when MTV played mostly music videos and Beavis and Butthead’s “washing the dog” had me smiling. The yarn brought me back to before high school, back to glam rock, back to the days when I wanted to be a biker chick, and back to when I didn’t really have a care in the world… this yarn is awesome. That’s also probably the sappiest opening paragraph for a blog post that I have ever written.
This week was a little different than usual. In full disclosure style, I’d love to explain why I was a little more absent from KBG than usual. Kiddo spent 3 days at our local children’s hospital getting treated for daily headaches and running tests. We adapted as well as we could. The awesome news is that all the scary reasons for getting headaches were ruled out. Now to cross our fingers that the headaches do not return… because we still have no idea what is causing them.
I’m a day late with my Mostly Wordless Wednesday post. We have a new member of the family, and she’s kicking our butt a little bit (There’s a photo of her from behind at the bottom of the post.). It’s also making our normal, everyday schedule a little wonky. I am still in I-Hate-Typing-Up-Crochet-Patterns-Hell and have been trying to break up the monotony of it all with some yarn spinning and dyeing. It’s working. I’m feeling a little bit more motivated to get these stinking patterns onto the computer. IT WILL GET DONE. *shakes fist in the air like a 90 year old curmudgeon*
Eventually you are going to come across a crochet pattern that tells you to mark a stitch… or mark the first stitch. It’s going to happen. Marking a stitch isn’t difficult. It’s also nice to know where your rows start if you are crocheting in the round. Marking stitches makes your crocheting easier, and often, takes away some of the counting. What could be better than that?