These puppets may be my all time favorite crochet pattern design that I have ever come up with. Scratch that. They are my all time favorite design. I’ve been quietly designing and testing these patterns for the KBG Patreon page.
I blame lack of supervision for my monster loving obsession. What are you talking about, Jess? Let me explain. I was that kid who read all the Stephen King books when I was way too young, and was addicted to horror movies. I couldn’t get enough horror or gore, and no one was saying, “Hey. Maybe you should wait until you’re old enough to read/watch this.”
There is so much laughing and funny looks around here. This puppet has been pretty fun to make, and it’s cracking me up. She’s been out on the coffee table for a few weeks now. No matter how many times I see her, it’s still a little unsettling that there’s a head just laying there. She’s waiting for a body… I have to make her a tentacle body like the original puppet, and I think I’ll add a human body too (I’ll figure out how to make them interchangeable). It’s going to be awesome. But for now, she’s just a floating head; hanging out on the coffee table for us to play with.
Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool is one of my favorite days of the year. Everyone I know, knows this. Jess isn’t available the third Sunday of October… ever. She’s at Rhinebeck, and she’s giddy. GIDDY!
This year I drove up by myself, after a night around the campfire… We’ll just say I didn’t leave as early as I wanted to. It happens. Everything was perfect… the weather, the people, and the crowd size. I spoke to vendors and the occasional fiber enthusiast that I may have bumped into. I got lunch from one of my favorite vendors at the fairground. I bought yarn, fiber, and combs. It was just a great day.
It dawned on me that I have craft shows coming up. I knew I had them, but now I’m like, “Oh. That’s THIS Sunday?” Yes, it’s this Sunday, which means I have to start my show prep. It also means that I had to figure out a cool way to display my awesome puppets. I whipped up these cute (and easy and cheap) puppet stands. I have to get back to the store for supplies to make some more… maybe bigger bases for the larger puppets… but not before my show.
We live in an instant gratification society. Everything is now and how fast. Cleaning fleece is the exact opposite of this. It takes time, patience, and a lot of soap. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to process my own fleeces, and the payback has been more than just fiber. This fleece is Romney, from my new sheep friend over at Grape Hollow Farm. I’m learning to take my time and breathe a little while I’m working. With any luck, I’ll have this and the other Romney (different farm) and alpaca (also a different farm) fleeces ready to be carded by September. There’s no instant gratification here, but I’ll have a wonderful selection of fiber to spin through the winter.
Putting together these crochet kits is taking forever! Why didn’t anyone say, “Hey Jess. That’s a ton of work, and it’s going to take you forever.” At least then, I would have been prepared for all of this preparation and fixing and tweaking. I’m trying to think of people I know that put together crochet kits; the ones who could have warned me. I can think of a few, and they’re probably nodding their heads in agreement that this does indeed take forever.
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 know lots of creatives that just make. They’re doing awesome. It’s probably because they are just making and not making themselves crazy doing things that make them feel… like they suck or they’re stuck.
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.