The kids had no school last week. Spring break is usually just that. A break. We don’t go anywhere and this year the weather wasn’t being too cooperative for doing outdoor type activities. At least we didn’t get more than a dusting of snow in the beginning of the week. I asked Dr. Destructo (Kiddo has been swamped with homework and headaches) to draw a monster using yarn or fiber or fiber animals (however he wanted), and I did the same. These are pretty awesome.
I would like to introduce you to this monster, Grimeclaw. He is exactly the kind of monsters I want to be making. He’s full of fangs, and creepy little hands, and tentacles. He can see really well too, because he has three eyes… almost 360 degrees around. He slithers about looking for his next meal, which he gores before swallowing whole. Grimeclaw is a badass little monster. Don’t put your fingers too close. You might lose one.
I had high hopes of having original art available for sale by now. I bought the ACEO cards and plastic sleeves and made “THE BEST PLAN.” In reality, I have been slacking. Excuses have been made for not drawing. You could probably get at least 7 reason why I wasn’t (or COULDN’T) drawing something every day. Those are all big lies. Drawing is something that makes me happy. I can find time to do it. No more lies. It’s one of the few positives that came out of a (very recent) bad situation. It’ll be in the book, so keep that in mind if you are curious.
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
I almost forgot to put this up this week. Last week’s got away from me. I’m trying to be better about following my schedule. It’ll get easier as I stick to it. Anyway. There’s only one lonely drawing this week.
So this caught my eye the other day. It was actually trending on Facebook. Here’s your headline: “After 8 centuries, rats exonerated in spread of Black Death. Gerbils implicated.” What?! Really?! This is a thing?! This sort of thing is actual “news”. Some lady’s butt, who apparently “broke the internet”… not so much (She really should use her powers for good instead.).
We’re finally at the end of this 3 part little series on drawing to create amigurumi dolls. If you missed Part 1 & Part 2, check them out to catch up. This is a super helpful tool for designing your own crochet patterns and plush dolls.
Self care is a tricky subject for me. I tend to forget about it at times, freak out, and then need more me time to fix everything. I need a little time for myself a few times a day. Apparently I’m needy in the self care department. I have to be though. I don’t want to snap at the kids (or Hubs), or break down into a blubbering pile of blubbering. I had to recently stop taking my medications that were helping with this entire process recently, because the side effects were trashing my liver and blood sugar… and making my muscles weak, which was driving me nuts. Can’t have weak muscles and do yoga (baby steps getting back into it). So yeah. I’m taking care of the whole taking care of myself thing. I kind of don’t have a choice.
It’s time for the second part of our little Drawing and Amigurumi Doll Design chat. If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up. Then come back. Ready? Good. Today I want to talk about how to start drawing and thinking about how to turn that drawing into an amigurumi (aka crocheted doll).