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Little Update

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Just a quickie – swamped by RL, as usual:

  • I’ve been teaching myself granny squares.  I’ve read here and there on the ‘net that they’re addictive – and I can certainly attest to that.  Currently, I’m trying to destash old yarn picked up from Goodwill way back, plus odds and ends left-overs, so I’m making squares for a pastel throw.  I’m using the instructions from the Klutz Crochet book, and the squares are turning out to be roughly five inches a side.  I’m gathering this is a more unusual size?  The book uses them for a scarf, so perhaps? Anyhoo – hopefully soon I can take pics of the pile I’ve made so far – I have about 20.  I need a lot more! XD  In the mean time, blog entries like this and this are inspiring me, ‘tho I wonder if my skills would do such blankets justice at this point…. 😛
  • Via twitter, a confidence-boosting look at substituting yarn in patterns.  Pretty straightforward info, but some good reminders here.  This is something I think about a lot, especially as a vegan.  Wonder how many knitting and crochet vegan pattern designers there are out there….
  • On that note, right now golden bird knits has a giveaway for a really interesting yarn:  Ruca by Araucania.  It’s made with 100% sugarcane.  It looks like really interesting stuff.  Elsewhere on the web I found this description: “Araucania Ruca Multi is an interesting new fiber made from sugar cane! It has an absolutely lustrous sheen and is incredibly soft. It is reminiscent of silk. The colors are gorgeous, and Araucania Ruca Multi would be perfect for socks or an absolutely stunning shawl.”  I’ve got my fingers crossed on this one, but regardless – I’ll be considering picking some of this up.  Anyone else have experience with it?
  • A couple of charity crochet/knit projects:  Warm Up America! and Knit Your Bit – Knitting for Veterans.  Check ’em out!

That’s it for me for now – hope you’re having a fantastic day and the rest of it goes even better!!!!!  ^_^

Sneaky Crafting

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Art ReclamationI absolutely adore sneaky crafting.  If there is something that will soak up entirely too much of my time, it’s guerilla knitting, or something along the lines of The Toy Society.  Colorful social commentary and joy spreading – can’t beat it.  ^_^

Some great links to check out:

LOL – Did it Again, Huh?

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Well – life’s been crazy – we’re self employed and live in Florida – I figure that’s enough said about that. That, and my Dad has been critically ill with a failing liver – he got one! And none too soon – he was probably within a week or so of dying. Organ donation is such an amazing, joyful, gobsmacking thing – it turns lives around, lets people keep their sons, daughters, wives, mothers…..Please consider it if – heaven forbid – it becomes relevant.

Good Project

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Goods for Girls

This is a fantastic program and when I get my sewing machine back in working order, this is high on my list of things to sew:

“In many areas of the world, access to adequate menstrual supplies is difficult to come by. Many women and girls rely on rags, newspaper, camel skin or nothing at all for their menstrual needs. A lack of sanitary pads can be a big barrier to a girl’s education….Imagine trying to go to school or work without protection. For many, it brings life to a halt….Providing disposable supplies creates an additional burden on some communities where solid waste disposal consists of burning the garbage. Since many disposable feminine hygiene products contain plastic, incineration potentially creates an environmental and health hazard.”

Their sewing patterns page is here.