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Deary, deary me…

I realise I have neglected this blog somewhat in recent weeks. This is regretable. However, in my defense: prodution week. It’ll fuck you right up, bitches. Trust me on this.

However, in spite of my complete production-preoccupation, I have been crafting pretty heavily. I always do in production weeks; it’s partly a stress thing and partly a boredom thing.  In any case, I finished my piece for the Phat Quarter swap; now I just need to sign it and board-mount it. I will post pics here as soon as it reaches its recipient. It’s made of interesting variegated threads, a self-devised pattern and teenage movie memories. I’m pretty excited to show it off!

Next, I’m going to try and finish knitting myself a hood, made with this really yummy yarn. I kind of wanted it for winter, but the way it’s looking, it might be finished before summer. Damn complicated lace patterns.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2010 in Deviousness

 

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Needlework for pirates

Having duly recovered from our Radical Crafternoon, I shall now blog as follows:

The skill levels of our Crafternoons are going WAY UP. I had very little teaching to do – people just rocked up and started stitching Radical Cross Stitch designs, or crocheting seaweed, or knitting crazy rainbow things. It was awesome. I do love showing people how to do new things, and there was a little bit of that going on, but mostly I had plenty of time to get on with other things.

Like this:

And all of these:

Clearly, I have been having a great deal of fun with our new badge machine, our scrap fabric, old pattern books and AIDA offcuts. I really am paticularly keen on the “skull-and-cross-needles” badges, adapted from this Anticraft pattern.

Also, I would like to say thanks to the guys from Format’s Hackerspace.  They were busy deconstructing the universe in the basement while we Crafternooned, but kindly took time out to help me carry brown vinyl chairs and green velvet sofas up a flight of stairs. All in a day’s work for your friendly neighborhood hackers.

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In other news, there’s a new phat quarter swap in town! I really do love swaps, because I work so much faster with a deadline. (As opposed to the next exegetical profanity, which has been a work-in-progress since about June. It is progressing, though!) This one is movie-themed, and I’m quite excited by the design I’ve knocked up – it’s totally different from anything I’ve stitched before, and I’ll get to play with interesting variegated threads. Stay tuned, movie buffs.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Craftiness, Deviousness

 

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an antidote to terseness, or, what I’m doing when I’m not making things

I’ve realised that my posts recently have been pretty terse, and I think I want to try verbiage instead.

You know, in lieu of actual craft, since I have no beautiful pictures at the moment. (If you would like pictures, please scroll down. There are lots. Many of them are pretty.)

I do have a lot of works-in-progress, though. Like, waaay too many. I’m knitting a scarf that I started last September, and I’m still halfway through knitting a bamboo/silk camisole. I honestly don’t know where that pattern for that has gone. I’ve got a knit-graffiti tag to be finished, and ‘finished’ can only be defined once I work out where it’s going to end up. On top of all this I am foolishly trying to start a lace hood/cowl thing with my cloud yarn. And I still have a scarf on my loom, which will remain unwoven for now, because I was dumb enough to think that using two kinds of feathers yarn was a good idea. Yeah, no.

There’s also a bunch of cross-stitches that I want to design and make. I’ve got some Bloody Shakespeare ideas that are waiting on art from my awesome artist friends. I also have plans for more NSFW Exegetical Profanity – “FUCK” is definitely the next one, though I’m torn on what the third should be. Four letters, definitely, but I just can’t decide.

There will also, at some point, be a piece of embroidery that asks one of life’s ultimate questions – “where do all the calculators go?”. This will happen just as soon as I design a decent-looking halo-wearing cross-stitch calculator.

I also have a design ready-to-roll, which I want to cross-stitch soon: ‘viva la stitch’, which needs to be ready for the crafternoon’s exciting tour schedule. Thinking of which, I need to co-ordinate and plan for the crafternoon’s exciting tour schedule. July is going to be a MAD MAD MAD month. We’re going down to Flinders Uni for the Students of Sustainability conference (fingers crossed), which totally counts as touring since it takes me two hours and three busses to get there. We’re then heading to Murray Bridge with Format Festival, which will involve hardcore crafternooners sitting around, plotting the radicalisation of rural South Australia’s crafting community. CWA? HTFU.

And THEN we’re going to have a crafternoon. Because there really wasn’t enough going on.

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Anyway, I had a really cool moment today. I was out shopping (for lace-up boots with NO FUCKING ZIP! Is that too much to ask? Really? Well, it would appear so.) and stopped into the bakery for lunch. The girl behind the counter said I looked familiar – I sort of recognised her as well, but I could not remember how we knew each other. I live in Adelaide, so stuff like this happens to me on a regular basis, especially since  I’m fairly rubbish at recognising people out of context. The girl at the bakery clearly has no such impairment, however, because she then said, “you’re the crafternoon lady, right?”

Random craft-related recognition! Followed by random craft conversation in bakery, where I found out that one of my “I (heart) zombies” patterns not only got finished, but gifted to a sister. Which is very cool.

This conversation completely made my day.

(Even though I wasted four hours looking for a still-elusive pair of lace-up boots.)

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I just realised that, despite my avowed aim of reducing terseness, I’ve written over 500 words of increasingly terse prose. Note to self: remember to use more conjunctions and pronouns, and stop slipping into the imperative voice. Oh. Damn.

Writing ditsy teenage dialogue is messing with my prose.

Damn.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Deviousness

 

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mmmmothers’ day…

I am replete. It’s Mothers’ Day, and I just cooked the most amazing dinner for my Mum.  Rich capsicum rigatoni with fresh parmesan, followed by chocolate mousse tarts with raspberry coulis. It was sooo delicious. (…I have no photos because it all got eaten way too fast. You’ll just have to trust me on this one…)

My Mum was also the recipient of some fairly unique and personalised stitchery. I’ll be posting pics once I frame it later this week – it was presented as her card, but will soon be reborn as a framed and wonderful item. Watch this space.

I also made some nice stitchery for my grandmothers.

Pink roses for my Gran:

And dark red roses for my Grandma:

They were stitched from 19th century patterns, and the finished stitching was less than three inches tall.  They were presented in some very pretty op-shopped frames.

Frankly, I think both grandmothers pretty much just pleased that I didn’t stitch any four-letter-words in there.

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I’ve also got a bit of a nifty WIP going, for the Phat Quarter Zen Swap. But it’s a secret until the swap recipient gets it, which means no WIP shots, and it’s eating all my time, which means not much other crafty stuff to post … I hope the delayed gratification is worth it.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Craftiness, Deviousness

 

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mini-me

Huzzah! I  finally I have an avatar for this blog!

Introducing the new face of Crafty and Devious:

Ta da!

It even looks passably like me. Sort of. Except that I have arms.

My Amigurumi Avatar has actually been sitting around for more than a month, only without hair and accessories. Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and learned how to make fringe hair; it was okay once I got the hang of it, but an extra hand would have been incredibly useful. Yarn, thread and coathanger wire tangled themselves up repeatedly before I got them tamed.

Also as promised, here is the work-in-progress shot of the latest Bloody Shakespeare stitchery:

I’m a bit excited about the Bloody Shakespeare stitchery I’m planning after this, which will (with any luck) be a collaboration with an artist friend of mine. More coming on that soon…

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Craftiness

 

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Crafternoon: the “post” blog

Yesterday really was fairly amazing. My high expectations did not go unmet. Lots of people came to the Crafternoon (for “lots,”  read about two dozen) – always good to see. We got knitters and beaders and crocheters and even an hourly-comic artist. Honest!

People taught other people how to do amazing things, like make pompoms and stitch finger puppets. I got to show even more people how to cross-stitch the word “fuck”, and there were also some pre-existing cross-stitch pros who helped me teach the newbies. Check us out!

So, thanks to the fact that a whole bunch of people seem to have taken a level in crafty awesomeness, I was actually able to chill, and relax, and get a whole lot of stuff done. I made good progress on my TOP SECRET project for my Grandma’s wedding anniversary, right up till the point that the yarn drove me insane (btw, the top-secretness is because I’ve taught her how to access this blog. I’m a fair bit proud. But I don’t want to rumble the surprise).

I also managed to make a start on my next Bloody Shakespeare project – it’s been designed and ready to roll for a while now, I just needed to get motivated. Here’s a sneak peek. To all the artsy-lit types out there – can you peg the play and the character?

P.S.      I also just have to give props for Cathy’s caramel meringue tart, which was delicious. Our afternoon tea at these things is always quality nice.

P.P.S.      I realise that my writing these past few posts has been a bit needlessly complex and full of double negatives. I blame this on the books I’ve been reading lately – a whole bunch by Robin McKinley. She does amazing, very epic stories, but the language does tend to drag you down into a pit of verbosity after a while. However, I would still really reccomend her books – she’s a terribly clever writer.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2010 in Craftiness, Deviousness

 

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Avatar work-in-progress

At the moment, I’m in the middle of making an avatar. Not the big, blue, movie kind of Avatar. I actually mean an avatar in the traditional, internetty sense of the word. It’s just that, instead of making a digital image, I’m crocheting a mini-me to stick as a blog avatar. It’s still in bits and pieces at the moment, but shall soon be completed and will grace this blog just as soon as I work out how to do the hair…

stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in Craftiness

 

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