There are many things that give me bliss, but for today I feel like writing about crafting because I spent 4 hours straight (with no internet connection and no human contact!) working on syllabi this morning (for courses that I have taught several times before and they still aren’t done). Much as I am excited for one of my courses, my pedagogy is a completely different type of creativity and finished product than creating with my hands.
For my b-day my parents gave me a gift card for Barnes and Noble. What a great present!!! I ended up getting this book. I love, love, love it! The author’s gallery has some things in it that I really love, too. I have some new napkins sewn that I am going to stitch something on (maybe for my someday etsy shop) when the mood strikes me. For now I am reading the book and thrilling over her designs. Her bio says that she is inspired by nature, which makes me happy. 🙂
I have begun a quilt for L3’s bed. He has a down comforter with a duvet cover that I made for him, but I wanted him to have a lighter weight blanket. Who wants a down comforter in the dead of summer? All of the pieces are cut and I sewed the first “block” for it tonight. Pictures when more of it is done.
I’m plugging along on Cables and Os, almost up to the arm hole shaping. I need to look at the pattern more closely and see if I need to make it as long or not. In case you didn’t know, I’m short (4’11”). It’s actually quite comical to see L1 and I together at times because he is 6’4″. But I digress. When the sweater looks a bit more like a sweater than the last picture of it I posted, I’ll take another.
I also finished the No Sweat Socks from No Sheep for You for my step-mom. I did take a picture of them before gifting them on Sunday:
I also finished making myself the sun hat on Sunday. L1 kindly took a picture of it for me. I’m wearing my KABs necklace, a shirt I made for myself earlier in the summer (a Simplicity pattern) and am knitting a sock for L1 (that I later had to frog because I was using US2s instead of US1s. bleh.). I took quite a bit off of the crown of the hat because the brim was so big. I read a bit about it being a big hat (SouleMama blogged about it awhile ago), but I thought maybe my head was bigger. Guess not! I like it all the same. 🙂
Finally, because I really should just get myself to bed, our tomatoes have begun to ripen in earnest. Though not crafting, the gardening is still “with my hands.” All of the tomatoes below were grown from seed starting in spring, except for the grape tomatoes, which I think are actually not visible in the shot.
And now, to bed. I have to get back to a normal sleep schedule, soon!