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I have this small thing done.
Actually the endless hours aren’t so endless, and I have a large portion of the next section finished as well. Too bad that I had the camera pointed off in some weird direction for this photo, but I need to get this posted and a better picture will come later.
This is for a swap I am doing, but I am seriously considering taking this technique farther, as it is as close to being able to paint with yarn as I have found thus far. I have long admired hooked rugs, but after a few square inches of hooking with a crochet needle, I decided I had had enough.

I have been neglecting the garden. These daylilies have been patiently waiting to be planted.

I picked a basket of nettle tops yesterday, bare-handed as usual. I find that the deep sting has become a part of my spring, and I am certain that nettle helps with arthritis, which is becoming a minor problem in my right pointer finger. And I a stitcher!
I love to cook the nettles in more or less this fashion. I dry them too, for use as tea and a nettle powder that is a good addition to many foods. Eep, I had better check the nettles I have in the dryer. Normally they are air dried but this year, I through a bunch over lights and they are probably crispy by now.

Another thing done this weekend was this hat
new hat
with which I was testing a pattern for an as-yet-unnamed crafter who is putting together a book. It came out large on me; a bit of felting fixed that. The first hat I started (without checking for gauge, tsk tsk) came out way too big. But it reminded me of cake, and before I ripped it, I took a photo, which you can see here if you so choose.

mark’s birthday hat
Uploaded by bramblescratched.

Although his birthday is weeks past now, I never showed off the hat I knit for him. Double thick to keep the wind off his ears. some of my handspun in there, too. I wanted to embroider a salmon on the front, but my instinct told me it would be too flashy, and when asked he admitted it would.
I really haven’t made a whole lot for the man. He is rather understated, and doesn’t want much that he can’t throw in the washer, besides.

The inside of the hat, in which I attempt to get over my aversion to stranding:
the inside of Mark's birthday hat

The words refer to the Mingulay Boat Song, only it turns out ‘Isle A Ho’ isn’t in the lyrics. A mediocre example of a mondegreen, “a mis-hearing of a word or phrase in such a way that it aquires a new meaning.” (Except what would the new meaning be for the above? I shudder to think…)

such a wintery light today. There are swans on the marsh below our house.

the marsh below our house

I promised an entry about my trip to Kate’s, but never delivered. Ah time passes.
We had a wonderful time. Alice and Woods made two Risk boards, one of them BPAL themed, and we played a super fun parlor game that we then replicated at home. It goes like this:
You have two sets of cards, a large set with nouns written on them, and a much smaller set with adjectives thereupon. (One word per card please.)
Each player draws 7 noun cards for his or her hand, and the starting player turns one adjective card face up in the middle of the table. All of the other players then look through their noun cards and choose one that they feel would represent said adjective to the player who turned it, otherwise known as the judge. The judge then reads them aloud, everyone laughs, or moans, and then the judge chooses the noun card that they like the best. The player who played the noun card of choice then keeps the adjective card, and that is one point to them. Remember that each player needs to keep seven noun cards in thier hand.
We played a commercial version of this game, but of course we had to make a custom deck when we got home. It is as much fun to write up the hundreds of noun and adjective cards as it is to play. Plus it is an ongoing process, the making of this deck.
We tested our deck out on some friends the other night, and it was a smashing success.

Kate gave me this hat, and I have been letting Alice wear it. It is perfect. The ganomey pattern from Elizabeth Zimmermann, altered a bit. Thank you Kate!!! You are great!!!
ganomy hat

Okay, here is my happiest creative moment for the season.
pocket belt
a pocket
Isn’t it so wonderful?
It is embroidered, quilted, appliqued. Coffee satined denim from some of my mom’s jeans. All other fabrics old thrifted, or otherwise scrounged. This has been on my wishlist for so long. Inspired ages ago by a post in juju loves polka dots and also by gooseflesh on flickr…

is this hat.

handspun hat

I am fairly well pleased with the photo. It is in line with my aesthetic goals for my shop. For my life even! The only trouble with extending the aesthetic out to my surroundings is that it requires me to spend time developing new habits, and I want to spend my time making stuff. I figure that moving into a new house will give me a good start on a fresh look. I simply won’t have to move everything over to Astoria! Oooh, I had better not leave a mess behind, though, or I will sorely regret it…
Speaking of Astoria, I did indeed get a bank account there yesterday, which is noteworthy here on the blog for the sole reason that, completely by accident, I ended up dealing with my mother’s banker. She even had little stories to tell me about my mom. Funny ones, too.
Life is so poignant. Damn.

I love this photo.

from the flickr photostream of eclectic gipsyland.

Here, too, is a REALLY invigorating and soothing (what is this, aromatherapy?) photoset seen on flickr. Belonging to nesting.emily. I highly recommend it. ha hah!

now back to knitting. Or maybe sewing. One of the projects I have going right now is a pocket-only apron. You know, I inherited a large number of clothes from my mother, and most of them not so nice. I am working on finding ways to use some of the denim from her jeans that I can’t take to the thrift store. I imagine much of the fabric will end up as mulch, but a small amount of it is going into this little apron.
I think that I need to admit that, at least for the time being, I am not settled into doing only (up to) three projects at a time. I was doing so well, too!
na ja.