Finally Ad-Free!

Funky!

Yeah, so having to deal with the code with a WordPress blog was more than I care to handle these days, so I paid for a plan here. Of my two favorite author blogs, one has a paid WordPress.com, and one hosts his own WordPress.org site. They both look great! While I used to code websites by hand back in the 1990’s, and with Dreamweaver in the Naughties, There are other things I want to do with my time … like creating new patterns! I’ll finally post the Amabie pattern over the weekend, then get back to work on my Funky Puffs, an amigurumi version of those Funko Pop figures.

I’m so happy to not inflict ads on you anymore, and I love the new theme. I’m going to work on a gallery here on my site (so that you don’t have to go over to Flickr to see all my pictures), and Paypal buttons so you don’t have to go to Etsy or Ravelry – unless you want to, I spend a lot of quality time on each myself!

Ch-ch-ch-changes

OK, so things might look a bit weird around here for a while. I’m migrating the blog from WordPress.com, to a self-hosted WordPress site. I was thinking of just paying WordPress.com to take the ads off of my site, but you have to pay separately for all your blogs, and I actually have four, lol (I have an author blog even though I haven’t been published yet, and two personal blogs).

Also, I haven’t been able to log into my Flickr account to add pictures for ages. I went through the migration away from Yahoo, but now the login info I have saved in Last Pass doesn’t work, and I can’t get a password reset to any email address I’ve ever had (the help article under “Can’t log in with an email address” is literally “try every one you’ve ever had”. Helpful!). Anyway, by building my own WordPress site, there are way more plug-ins available, including photo galleries.

Soooooo ….. are you seeing weird random theme photos & stuff? Sorry! Of course, the laptop with all my logo pics & everything died, lol. Everything on my new laptop gets backed up to Dropbox (who I absolutely pay for extra space, since it works on my phone & everything, too). OF COURSE I hadn’t installed the Dropbox desktop app on the old lappy yet, I had to many new things to do to worry about old stuff! And now, here I am needing old files. Dang it!

Anyway. Pardon our mess during construction.

I have a couple products I need to post, but I’ve also been dealing with gallstones all during quarantine because my life is the BEST AND YOU KNOW YOU ALL WANT TO BE ME!!! Yes, that was humor. However, I finally have surgery scheduled! I don’t know if that will make easier for me to post since I’ll be in bed, or harder because of the recovery, lol. I guess we’ll see!

Happy World Penguin Day!

penguin family

I should really, really, really make one or two of those cute pengie amigurumi patterns I’ve bought. I have SO MANY patterns, ya’ll. Normal crafters hoard pretty yarn. I never buy yarn except for specific projects – but I still have shelves & shelves of yarn, because I’m a pattern whore. I finally broke down and used the yarn I bought in 2010 for a project that I’m actually doing now. So, progress, lol.

ARGHHH!

Oh dear, I haven’t posted in forever! Um, lots of stuff going on, unfortunately very little of it crafting. I did manage to finish a scarf and a shawl, so yay! I’m currently taking photos as I finish the Harry Potter scarf, so I can update the pattern page to be more of a tutorial for those unfamiliar with double-knitting.

RainbowScarf

Currently making another rainbow scarf (with a black lattice instead of blue), to time how long it takes, so I know what to charge. I’d keep them all, but it hasn’t ever gotten cold enough in Phoenix to wear one. Shoot, I haven’t even worn a sweater. The summer is going to be a nightmare, lol.

 

This time I have an excuse for not posting forever!

Guess who has a table at Phoenix Comicon this year!!

As you may or may not know, there is a waiting list for booths and tables at PhxCC. I relaxed after the deadline for payment had passed … but apparently, that’s when some that didn’t get paid for become available. I didn’t have the fee saved up, so I had to borrow some of it. One I get to pay back with half of my hotel room, so yay!

I’ve also had to start working furiously to stock up on stuff, lol. Tonight, I’m working on re-formatting my patterns into a half-fold booklet so I can print some up & sell at the con, for those crafty folk who’d love a Pony hat or Splatoon finger puppet, but can make them themselves.

So anyway, if you’re going to the con, look me up at table AA1305

No cupcakes for you, sorry
No cupcakes for you, sorry

Where I Discover C2C (Corner to Corner) Crochet

I’ve always loved making graphed designs with beads and cross stitch, but my main love is the yarn arts. Filet crochet has always been there for solid-color work, but while I’ve done it in color, it doesn’t really look that great.

Enter C2C. Excuse me while I fan myself from how excited I am with this whole subject.

 

 

It's Rainbow Dash!
It’s Rainbow Dash!

 

I KNOW, RIGHT?!?

You can use any sort of grid pattern for this – this is one that was made for Perler beads. My next project will be done using some of the Celtic knotwork graphs I’ve been collecting for decades.

Thanks to the Repeat Crafter Me blog for introducing me to this awesome technique! It’s reversible as well, so it’s great for afghans & baby blankets, too.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

*whew* – I survived!

YES, it was in December … but then I was shipping holiday orders then vending in January at a smaller craft sale. Busy, I tells ya. But here I am. 🙂

I’ve been searching for hours for the pic a friend took of my table. It’s hit that “stuff I know I have but the Universe doesn’t want me to have it black hole”. Here’s a much better one, though – my Faux-lita wig/hat found it’s forever home!

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I don’t always run out from behind my table to take a pic of my customers, but Teh Cute was too much to resist. Seriously. I know you’re not even reading the rest of this blog post because you can’t look away. Me either. Later.

Goodbye, Rocky

I never know what to say, I really suck at this. It’s so sad when a friend dies, no matter how many legs they have.

Picture of Rocky in his hat
Vaya con Dios, sweetie

It’s actually been a few weeks since he passed away suddenly, from a short illness. His people and doctors did all they could, but eventually there was a trip to the hospital he just didn’t come back from. I’m glad that my last memory of him is licking some of the whipped cream off of a chocolate Thanksgiving pie – I hope, when my time comes, I’ll leave my friends with a similar memory.