In L.A. we have this thing called June gloom where it tends to be a little overcast and cooler through the entire month of June. I am a huge fan of June gloom because I am a vampire that hates the sun. Anyway, this year we haven’t had so much June gloom as June scorching heat, so I’ve got some serious heat-induced rage issues happening right now. This weather does NOT sit well with my Alaskan make-up. I need me some rain and 50-60 degree weather, stat! I’m blaming the heat for my non-existent energy levels and my inability to focus on much of anything lately. I need to figure out how to re-set my brain. I’m open to suggestions!
Despite my blahs, I have been mixing things up on the craft front over the last few months. And since I can’t seem to blog unless it’s about birthdays or knitting, I’ll just stick with what I know.
I finished the body of my Girasole, and I LOVE it. I started the knitted on edge and found the instructions completely confusing. I figured it out after two evenings of knitting and re-knitting (and re-knitting) and now I’ve got it (finally!) I read that the knit-on edge takes an eternity to finish, so I know I’ve got a ways to go, but I have really loved knitting this shawl and I can’t wait to finish it.
I put the Girasole down for a while so I could crochet a blanket for a friend who is expecting. I messed up the pattern and have one point that is just flat wrong and very noticeable, but I would literally have to undo the whole thing to fix it, so it’s going out mistakes and all. Anyway, it’s the mistakes that show that it’s handmade, right? Right??!!??
Because I can’t be satisfied with just 2 projects on the go I started up this little sweater for Mika with some yarn I picked up when my local yarn shop closed its doors. I don’t usually like the look of garter stitch, but this sweater is adorable and totally suited to Mika. It’s going to be huge on her so she can wear it for a few winters, which is always what I’m looking for since there are only 5 days a year in Southern California where a sweater is warranted.
I noticed that I have a little mistake on the i-cord edge, but I think the buttons will mask it and I’m clearly all about mistakes lately! I’m currently eye-balling these gorgeous cedar buttons from Wooly Moss Roots. It’s hard to justify $25 for buttons on a toddler’s sweater, but when she grows out of the sweater I can just take the buttons off and re-purpose them, right? Someone make me feel better about this purchase because I really want them!
And finally, I’ve been thinking about learning how to embroider (my transition to 75 year old grandma is almost complete!) Inspired by the lovely lady over at My Bit of Earth, I ordered this little owl embroidery kit that seemed fairly easy and cute and I’m looking forward to giving it a go. I haven’t started yet because I’m intimidated, but I’ll find the mental fortitude eventually!
We’ve got plans to do a bit of camping this summer. I am positive it will look nothing like the camping I did up in Alaska as a kid but I’m really looking forward to getting out of the city. I’m hoping some nature will help get me out of this rut and spur on some non-craft related blogging!
Linking up with the Yarn Along.