Lesson 1 from my first NaNoWriMo: Never let your close friends read the story during November, if they’re critical about it you will think about their words to much and lose your mojo.
Good question! And you can find out on BBC America, Doctor Who Extras. I’m can’t believe I’m just now seeing this! I need to check the site more often…
Oh, and apparently I’m the TARDIS:
Your result: Ta da! You are THE TARDIS
You are a creative soul and more than a little eccentric. You might say your relentless zest for life makes you BIGGER on the INSIDE! Impulsive and curious, you lead the Doctor where he needs to go and not necessarily where he wants to go. You’re full of wanderlust, a romantic at heart and irresistibly sexy!
Beware – your passion for raw adventure can make you forgetful. Please call home from time to time!
I am NOT squeeing like a fangirl!! But seriously, isn’t this sooooo cool?????!!!! And such a perfect result since the sweater I’m knitting for myself is going to be decorated up to look like the TARDIS And thank goodness I’m not a Dalek, I love the Daleks (they’re so cute!) but that would be a terrible result to get!
November is one of my favorite months, the cooler weather is always nice and there’s such a wistful feeling in the air. And of course there’s lots of things to look forward to this month (Doctor Who 5oth Anniversary!!!). November is also one of the busiest months of the entire year for me, Christmas crafting takes up a lot of my time (but of course, I can’t talk about that just yet! Someone might see what they’re getting a wee bit too early ;)) and for some reason I thought I could probably handle a few other projects as well (’cause really, who needs sleep???) so I have a sweater on my needles and a hat on one of my hooks. And I recently finished a scarf for myself:
If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern page on Ravelry, the pattern is actually available for free until November 5th. I really love the pattern as it’s entirely customizable and so much fun. I used a lovely yarn from Neurotic Knitterz Etsy shop and played around with needle sizes. Notes from my project page:
Used roughly 1/2 of the nice smooshy yarn.
Started with size 5 needles, changed to size 6 on 2nd repeat of chart C, changed to size 13 on 3rd repeat of chart C.
Did allover lace version and repeated chart C 3 times.
I also finished a Chevron Cowl:
Click on the picture to go to the Ravelry pattern page. I made this with Caron Simply Soft Party in the Fuchsia Sparkle and Spring Sparkle colorways, the buttons are handmade with beads, ribbon, wire, and a little bit of crocheting. Notes from my project page:
Making this a button cowl instead of a slip-on.
Chained 150, worked in pattern to last 11 stitches of set up row. Working those 11 stitches after I finish the rest of the cowl. Plain dc with buttonholes.
I love this pattern! So easy and elegant.
And along with the Christmas gifts, I just started working on some penguin sweaters (as in, sweaters for actual penguins! Not sweaters with cute frolicking penguins stitched onto them) for the Penguin Foundation (remember, sleeping isn’t necessary!)
Speaking of crazy; I decided this year I was finally going to participate in NaNoWriMo…. So I’m going to write a 50,000 word young adult fantasy story in just one month! That’s totally possible!! As long as I have an endless supply of Twizzlers and Diet Coke, and my Pandora radio station keeps playing, sure! Totally doable (I don’t need sleep!!! ha ha ha, I can totally go without sleep for an entire month!! It’s easy, it’s… it’s… :snore:)
Made this for a special little girl who loves pink, the only thing she loves more is things that sparkle! (Girl after my own heart) So I combined the two by using some lovely yarn that I found on clearance at Michaels, Loops & Threads Dewdrops in “Tourmaline” and “Diamond”. I used the “…WITH LOVE” – Pillows of love by ND Studio – Nunzia Diglio (who you should totally check out by the way! Some really lovely-looking designs) and just didn’t stuff it basically. Here’s my notes from my Rav project page:
The pattern is entirely charted which I like but it needed a bit more detail as I was guessing a bit here and there about where I was supposed to be. It helped immensely when I realized that it starts with a simple square of single crochet and then you work the treble doubles that shapes the top of the heart and then finish it up by working in the round. Also, in the last two rounds, rather than working two single crochets at the center of the top of the heart, I think it would look better to slip stitch those two stitches, as it’s not as defined as I would like. Overall I love the pattern though, it looks great as a purse and it was fun to crochet.
I decided it actually looks more like a flower petal than a heart, which made me think of one of my favorite poems:
Cherry Blossoms Adrift
Pink petals passing
Scents above so high
Painted porcelain perfection
Blossoms caress the sky
Swaying silent shroud
Suitors strolling by
Pink petals passing
Lover’s gentle sigh
Pastel hues falling
Slow fluttering grace
Pink petals passing
Lining streams in lace
Pink petals passing
Smoothest transit by
Soft essence floating
In most subtle lullaby
Inducing springtime slumber
Upon a satin shore
Sailing with the current
Pink petals pass before
-Mary O. Fumento
I recently won a giveaway over in the Knitter’s Pride group on Ravelry and received a lovely Dreamz 7 (4.5mm) hook, I LOVE this hook! It’s so smooth and easy to use, I just got it a couple of days ago but I just had to find a project to use it for! So my current crochet project is another Elise Shawl, I’ve made one before in a bulky wool yarn and this time I thought I’d go with a worsted weight cotton.