Making It

It’s finally July 31st!  I’ve been waiting for today since March!  That’s when I first shared the trailer with you, for Making It!  The new craft competition show hosted by Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler.   Tonight, Making It makes it’s debut!  Woo!  I have to wait until it’s streaming online but for you TV types, you can watch it tonight at 10 pm!

Just thinking about it, has got my creative juices flowing.  Along with the looming threat of getting a job, it’s super motivating.  I’m making progress in all sorts of crafty pursuits.

I’ve been watching Parks & Rec while I patiently wait for Making It.  I’d never watched the show before.  I love it.  It’s comedy gold.  Ron Swanson is just the best!  (That’s Nick Offerman’s character, if you don’t know.)  He’s inspired me to change the cross stitch design on my phone case.  It used to say ‘don’t be a prick’, with a cactus.  You can still see the outline a bit. I’m just gonna go right over it.

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My new Ron Swanson themed phone case is going to say ‘clear alcohols are for rich women on diets’  :)  I can’t upgrade my phone yet but I can definitely upgrade my case!  It’s gonna be so fun!

In other cross stitch news (don’t worry, there’s knitting news too!), I’ve got an ode to the Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun nearly finished.   From original concept to execution, you can see it changed a bit.

I really wanted to capture the blistering quality of the sun.

Ultimately though, I couldn’t get the colors right, so the oranges and reds got cut.  It turned into a study in yellows.  After a sunflower phase, two decades ago, I’ve got every shade of yellow embroidery floss imaginable.  Good thing because I’m really happy with this result.  Now to come up with some more sun song lyrics…Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Sunshine Daydream (Grateful Dead) and millions more…feel free to remind me of your favorite sunny day lyrics.  I’m bound to be missing lots…

The pop culture train continues with this next little project.  I had a few scraps of aida cloth.  Google told me people make bookmarks with their scraps.  Easy enough.

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Baby got book, alright!  lolololol!  Seriously, no one should laugh at themselves this much.  I just can’t help it.   This joke is getting serious mileage with me.

Anyone who knows Becky, can probably guess what comes next in the series…I like big books and I cannot lie!  bwahahahahah.  For those not in the know, it’s a play on the song Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot.   Replace ‘book’ with ‘butt’ and you’ve got the original song.   It’s the pun that just keeps on giving.  I’ll definitely be turning my future scraps into more bookmarks!

I was going to share some actual knitting content today, but I think you’ll have to wait until tomorrow!  All this crafty talk has my fingers itching to Make It!  :)  I’ll let you know how much I love the new show too!


A Friday Finish!

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I finally finished knitting something!  It’s a Hitchhiker.

I could tell you (again) how the Hitchhiker is the best scarf pattern ever.  I could tell you I love the color.  I could tell you about manually striping a solid and variegated yarn to break up the pooling even more.

 

I could tell you how happy I am to have frogged this yarn from a different project to reclaim it for one.  I could sing the praises of neon green.  I could tell you it’s perfect timing because Fogust is arriving in style, it’s super foggy this week.

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I could tell you it took me 15 movies to knit this.  I could even give you reviews of those movies.

Unfortunately, I’m short on time, heading to another movie.  With no knitting?!?  For my next trick, I will be crocheting in the dark!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

5 Weeks

5 Weeks.

That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had finished knitting to share.  There are just. so. many. summer. distractions.

Museums to see…

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Knitting machines to pedal…

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And whatever was going on here…

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I really have been trying though.  I’m dutifully carrying my Pebble Beach Scarf with me on all my adventures.  It comes out of the bag a lot.

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Man, those rows have gotten long though.

And then, of course, there’s the big news.  My nephew has arrived!  Everyone is happy and healthy.  He’s adorable and perfect!  It’ll be some time before I get to meet him but the baby knitting has ramped up again.

The blanket is getting very close.

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I just need to come with a top & bottom border.

I’m working on turning some cat toys into baby rattles.

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It’s a Purl Soho pattern, super fun!  I can’t wait until the kid figures out how his hands work!

I couldn’t resist making him a cross stitch birth announcement.

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And, oh yeah, a couple other cross stitches I’ve been working on.  Despite all the crafty goings on, my poor knitting is definitely being neglected.

I think I’ll finish 3 or 4 projects this week though.  Critical mass has been reached in so many places.  Stick around, it’s bound to be exciting one of these days!


 

WIP Wednesday – All Cross Stitch Edition

Happy Wednesday!  It’s been a while.  Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying cool.  While much of the country has been having a heat wave, we’ve been enjoying really perfect weather here in San Francisco.

It’s pretty much always knitting weather here.  There’s no summer break because it’s too hot to even think about wool.  Despite that, I don’t have any progress to show.  I am making progress though.  It’s just that my WIPS have all grown to the point where progress is lost to the jumble of fabric crammed on the needles.   Soon though, I’m sure to have a breakthrough and get something finished.

In the meantime, I’ve turned to cross stitch for my instant gratification fix.  I love a project that only takes a couple hours.  Song lyrics are perfect for that!  From idea to execution to finishing in no time!

I’ve been watching the World Cup.  Our regular knit night takes place in an English pub so when they opened for a 7 am game, I had to go.  That was the inspiration for this piece…

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and once I’ve got a taste of instant gratification, I want more.  These two came in rapid succession, as well.

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My lettuce looks more like a pea, but he’s happy about it so I can’t be mad at him. I’m contemplating an upgrade for him, though.  In the meantime, I’ve got a jellyfish going on.

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His shading is so perfect.  I’ve finally found the ideal use for the variegated thread I’ve got.  I love him so far!  He’ll be joining his friends on the wall soon.

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It’s getting crowded…definitely making it’s way to full quickly!  I’ve still got a plenty of ideas left!