Hello 2017

Beaded bezel (which is a bead). Another great color combination.
Beaded bezel (which is a bead). Another great color combination.

It’s day two of the new year, and I’m on day five or six of an annoying cold. I’m currently in the afternoon lull when I feel like I’ve finally kicked it. Sadly, the mornings and evenings tell me otherwise.

The last two months passed in a blur. The election, holiday shows, holiday gift making, the holidays! I don’t have photos of any of the gifts or the custom orders I made. Some day I’ll learn. (I did have my upper left canine baby tooth pulled to get ready for an implant. I put that tooth in a small bezel with glitter and resin. I will spare everyone that photo.)
Oh, and I’m happy to report that Morgan loves his newest pair of socks. I really need to work on the third!

I was so hoping to use some of this three-day weekend to organize my craft room, the floor of which is a minefield of beads and more. But, because of this stupid cold, I’ve mostly been scouring Ravelry for the right patterns for the right yarn.

This yarn, for example.

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This photo does not adequately show just how bright the yellow is. Pity… I don’t even like yellow. What was I thinking?

I bought it several years ago. This is the second thing I’ve started with it. I half love, half despise it. It would for sure make a great scarf for someone who likes to take walks or bike rides in the dark. Part of me thinks I need to give it away. Much like there’s only so much time I like to give a book, I also think that a ball of yarn shouldn’t cause this much stress.

Oh, this is the beginning of a pattern that I used for mom’s Christmas scarf.

Aria pattern found on Ravelry.
Aria pattern found on Ravelry.

It turned out really nice, and I’m eager to finish this scarf. Plus, Morgan’s stepmom gave the yarn to me, so I’m eager to show her how I’ve put it to use.

And this yarn … such lovely colors.

Premiere Sweet Roll in wasabi.
Premiere Sweet Roll in wasabi.

It is acrylic, which makes it ideal for some projects and not others. I started a wrap, which I’m not crazy about. So, I have another pattern in mind. If that’s a bust, I’ll make a granny square triangle shawl and call it good.

And, beyond that, Morgan and I will be attempting some custom keys for mechanical keyboards. There are some fun ones out there, and it seems like a good personal challenge.

Beyond that, there’s blog more, paint (more, some, any), try new polymer clay techniques, make one piece of jewelry every week so that I’ll be in good shape in time for the market to start, beef up my Etsy store and use up my bead and yarn stash! Sounds doable, right?!
sigh …

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