Shelter in Place: Day 70

Shelter in Place: Day 70, Happy Memorial Day!

There’s plenty of knitting going on, you’ll have to wait to see it though!  Today, it’s all about the cross stitch!  In the age of pandemic, instant gratification is king.  I love getting that hit of accomplishment and I want more.  Cue the cross stitch parade…

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I’ve been keeping busy!  :)  So much instant gratification!  It’s the best fix for when the Covid blues rears it’s ugly head!

Not only have I updated my Cross Stitch Gallery page, but my Etsy Shop is stocked and ready to ship!  Check it out!  And if you’ve got an idea, leave me a comment…Maybe I’ll stitch it up!  Inspiration is everywhere!


 

Distractions

One thing about fewer blog posts:  You hear fewer complaints.  I never have enough time.  I always want to get more done.  I always have more inspiration and ideas to try.

Just because my inner  mantra is ‘I never have enough time’ doesn’t really make it true.  I certainly want more time but I still manage to get a lot done with the time I have.   Of course, I want more knitting time.  Of course, I want to get more done.

The reality is…I am highly prone to distractions.  D’oh.  Yes, it’s true.  Distractions are just so fun though.  Especially when it comes to snarky cross stitch!

This week it’s Valentines for that truly special someone.

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Or perhaps, for that “special” someone.  LOLOLOLOLOLOL.  I just can’t get enough.

I’ve started a new 2020 Cross Stitch gallery…check it out here!

It includes gems like this one that went to live with my nephew…

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You can find the Valentine’s day pieces, along with lots of other snark in my Etsy shop…Click Here! I’ve put a bunch of older stock on sale too, so get it while you can!

 

Happy Birthday, MOM!

Here we are…another February 6th has rolled around!  There’s lots to celebrate today!  First, it’s Mom’s birthday!  Happy Birthday, Mom!   Here’s Mom with all the knits…

Appropriate because it’s also the FogKnits third anniversary, here at the blog and over on Etsy.

In honor of today’s special occasions, I’m pleased to announce a new collaboration with Mom and some new products in the FogKnits Etsy shop!  Without a doubt, all of my creativity comes from my Mother.  She’s got an impressive array of creative skills, from cake decorating to yarn dying.  Today, we’re showcasing her skills as a seamstress!

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The FogKnits Etsy shop now has a variety of large, cotton, drawstring project bags.  All handmade by Mom!  She’s got a great selection of fabrics and she really took it to heart when I suggested a LARGE size!   In addition to just being big, each bag has a gusset bottom so it expands into a very roomy project bag, easily accommodating sweaters and even afghans in progress!  I kinda wanna keep them all!

Find all the details in the shop at www.FogKnits.etsy.com.

I’ve added some new knits as well so check those out too!   Thanks for 3 great years of knitting chat and inspiration.  I appreciate all the comments and suggestions!  I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings!  (HINT:  Knitting for Baby)  Stay tuned for all the details!


 

Sunset Mercantile, December 11th

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Sunset Holiday Mercantile

Sunday December 11th, one week from today!

Shop FogKnits in Golden Gate Park!

11 am – 4 pm

Hall of Flowers (9th & Lincoln)

This event promises excitement and thrills!  :)  Enjoy shopping for handmade holiday gifts with local artisans.  Refresh yourself with local food trucks and even a local beer garden!  There will be pinball, storytelling, live music and arts & crafts!  Come join the fun and be sure to say hello!  Fellow knitters always welcome!

Click here for full details on the FB Event Page


Shop Update!

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Happy Fall!  I’ve stocked up with lots of new hats for the season!

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Happy Shopping!

Shipping is going to be delayed while I’m in Rhinebeck at the NYState Sheep & Wool Festival!  To make up for it, I’m offering free shipping for the next two weeks, just use coupon code ‘Libra’ at checkout!

Orders placed Friday, October 14th through Wednesday, October 19th will be shipped Thursday October 20th!

FO Friday – The Landmark Series

I have a list of knitting ideas, it’s not short.  It’s pretty much knit all the things.  Everything is always on the list.  I can’t help it…I have big plans (at least when it comes to knitting!)  The list is so long, it’s a miracle anything gets done.  Winnowing down the list is a task that causes paralysis when faced with it’s sheer enormity.

Unless, of course, you keep in mind, it’s just knitting.  There are no knitting police.  I can do anything I want, including re-order the list at will. Twice a day if necessary.

What’s the point?  Early this week, roughly Monday, I had an Idea.  It got added to the list with little fanfare.  There’s so much on the list, I often forget large parts of it.  This idea though, it had legs!  It started marching itself right up the list.  It glommed on to the Hat Binge already in progress.  Smart move.  It made friends with the lonely Surface Crochet idea, a sweet thing to do.  The lynch pin though, parking itself right next to Mom’s Hand Dyed yarn.

 

Suddenly, there I was, knitting hats on the bus.  This is indeed Mom’s yarn.  It came to me balled up so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the colors.  Turns out it spirals beautifully!  Some people hate this effect but not me, I love it!  Especially for this project — The San Francisco Landmark Series!  It reminds me of the fog rolling in!  I love the fog so this makes me happy!

The finishing touch is a local landmark done in surface crochet!  It’s a fiddly technique but I’m happy with my execution.  My art skills leave something to be desired though.

First, we’ve got Sutro Tower!  It’s a 977 ft antenna on the highest peak in San Francisco.  It’s generally considered to be ugly.  San Franciscans have traditionally hated it but I think the times have changed.  It’s a thing the locals (or those who strive to be local) love now.  Anyone can love the Golden Gate Bridge, after all.  Takes a true aficionado to love Sutro Tower!

I’m okay with it.  I’m even pretty pleased with my version of it!

My Golden Gate Bridge, on the other hand, needs a bit of work.  ggbinprogress

That is not recognizable as the Golden Gate Bridge.  It needs to be wider and just bigger in general.  After finishing the ‘Hat’ Hat, I intentionally went for a small motif.  Not a great choice.  The Golden Gate Bridge is not a trivial little thing.  It can’t be reduced to a little patch.

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I know what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like, after all.  I can do better!  I’m happy with one success and one work in progress though.  It’s still only Friday morning, I’ve got time.  This idea has grown leaps and bounds already.  It’s not as though I’ve run out of yarn!  Ha!


Now for shameless, self-promotion!

I’ve updated the shop!   Check it out here…FogKnits on Etsy!

You’ll find Sutro Tower, the Hat Hat and a few more beauties! There’s going to be a shawl update next week!

Thanks for looking!

Making Hay

In a surprise to no one, it turns out, having a real job takes up all your time?!?  My brief stint in cryogenics last fall was not a real job.  I still had time to complain about not having time.  My new job is a real job.  There is no time for complaining.  I have too much to do!  I find myself quickly becoming one of those people who gets out of bed early to get things done before work?!  Who am I?  Surely not an early riser?!

All the little bits & pieces add up into a lot of productivity though!  Couple minutes on the bus, couple minutes at lunch, a few minutes in the morning…I’m getting shit done!

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A finished slouchy hat–cashmere and silk–delicious!!

Another silly cat hat!  Rocky needed to be bribed with treats!

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An instant gratification baby hat, that also satisfied my ridiculous need to buy novelty yarns on sale!  I could. NOT. resist!

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And of course an Etsy update to go with it all!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, it turns out the laundry doesn’t wash itself in my absence and the cat still has not learned how to grocery shop??  I’ll be off adulting if you need me!

Shameless Self-Promotion Thursday!

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I finished yesterday’s Gnome hat.  Turns out it was really the Octopus’s Garden  all along :)  With that, I’ve finally managed to take some photos and do an Etsy shop update!  Check it out if you’re behind in your Christmas knitting or just want some new inspiration for your own work!  Lots of one of a kind hand knits from hand dyed yarn!

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A Big Unicorn Fart

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Another Sea Life Inspired Hat, The Fighting Jellyfish

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A Small Unicorn Fart Hat

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A Hitchhiker From Oregon

Among many others!

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Secret Knitting

I’ve got some secret knitting happening.  I can’t show you.  You’ll just have to take my word for it.  So, while we kill time waiting for the secret to reveal itself, let’s take another walk down memory lane!

Last year at this time, I saw a call for artist’s submissions to a Bill Murray art show.  The guidelines were pretty specific.  They talked about the type of wall mounts and lights that would be used.  They talked about not infringing on copyrights.  They talked about pedestals for sculptures.  They talked about Steve Zissou (mostly to say, don’t do that it’s too obvious.)  Mostly, the whole thing seemed pretty obvious, it was geared towards fine art.  It made no mention of fiber arts.   Naturally, this made me want to knit Bill Murray.

So, I did!  Why the heck not?

I knew I wanted young Murray, so I found a photo (the Stripes promo photo), converted it to black and white, and laid a grid over top to create my pattern.  I picked up a cheap-o knitting machine and knit myself a canvas.

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From there, I duplicate stitched the chart I made.

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It took a long time.

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I don’t ever want to do this much duplicate stitch again!

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Then I got to the Abe Lincoln Phase…

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I was nervous that my Bill Murray wouldn’t really look like Bill Murray!

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Facial features saved the day!

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And now I can say, I’ve had my work shown in a gallery.

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Shameless Self-Promotion:  Bill could be yours right now! Just click here! 

Tomorrow, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled knitting content!  There are WIPS for Wednesday!

FO Friday!

With a little luck, I can use FO Friday as my title every Friday!  This week I hit that goal with a new hat for the shop!  With 4 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, I’ve got the SF Giants on the brain!  And I’ve always got Jerry on the brain, but especially these days with all the chatter about the Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary shows this summer!  It’s been a busy week, I needed to kill two birds with every stone so…

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BAM!  Giants, Dead, Stashbusting, Queue Clearing and Shop Stocking all in one!  This beauty was knit from the bottom up in Cascade’s Highland Duo.  The Steal Your Face was added by duplicate stitch and the brim was reinforced with a touch of elastic to give this hat years of wear!  It can be yours now, just click here!  It’s gonna be slow to ship, won’t go out until Tuesday so shipping is free if you order this weekend!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  (I did not stick to yesterday’s plan…come back Monday to see how it turns out…I’m curious myself!)