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Many (belated) thanks to Yarnnut at gailknits who gave me a “You Make My Day” award. Here’s how it works in her words: “Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times!”

So it’s my turn! I enjoy reading many, many blogs, most of them craft related. Here are ten nine that I take particular inspiration or pleasure from, in no particular order.

  • Geckogrrl of All in a Day’s…. I always feel privileged to read her crafty and emotionally honest posts, and genuinely look up to her. Thanks again for all the encouraging posts through my dissertation and career decisions!
  • Robyn of crochetbyfaye is an amazing design talent. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next. Her pattern sneak previews are tantalizing and leave me impatient for the day they get published.
  • Futuregirl has got talent and dedication to craft. Kudos to someone who tries to make a living out of doing what they love.
  • Lily of LilyGo designs and knits perfectly tailored, fine-gauge garments with a demure feminine sensibility.
  • Hannah of Bittersweet maintains a fabulous blog on craft and vegan desserts chock full of beautiful ly composed photos and witty amigurumi stories. She is only 19 years old. And has already published a dessert cookbook.
  • Mariannealice of Applehead specializes in collages and cartoons as well as crochets and knits. She has a distinct soft, charming aesthetic. I also love the photos of her two beautiful daughters because they remind me of me and my sis growing up.
  • Milobo of Without Seams is another fellow ambicrafter (that is, she both crochets and knits). I identify with her because of her affinity for the technical aspects of yarncraft design and for seamless garments. Wish I could finish projects as consistently!
  • Yarn Abuse is a hapa Korean gal (or so I assume based on her kimchi tchigae post) with fierce knitting skills, legions of regular readers and the self-deprecating wit of a Jewish comedian. Since so much of that wit is directed at her (imagined fat) ass, the feminist in me shrinks a little but she is still fun to read.
  • Last but not least, my friend Dotorious Judy of Otherwise is a fellow foodie and 1.5 generation Korean American leftist. I highly recommend checking out her “Missionary” comics based on her dissertation project.

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I’ve been staying up really late at night obsessively crafting with yarn. Here are some knitting pictures, finally. Additional crochet projects follow. But before that: my spouse turned to me last night and said wistfully,” I’m never going to get to enjoy you leaning against me again when we watch movies at home, am I?” Did I mention that my partner is a sentimental sap? In a good way. So I promised I’d lay off the yarn for one movie a week.

Cabled armwarmer:

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Hourglass Sweater:

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It curls like mad. Hope it will behave after sewing the hem and blocking! I am a lousy knitter. Oh well.

White Quartz Tunic:

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Another version of the Smoky Quartz Tunic from Interweave Crochet F06. This time as a cardigan. I’m having trouble finding more Lion Baby Soft in Black; but nabbed a few of the white/cream for this. The cheapest yarn I’ve ever made a garment with, I think. $2.50 for 460 yards sportweight. Because of the open front, I’m having a lot of trouble fitting the sleeve opening/armpit. The front keeps flying open when I raise my arms. One of these days I’ll take a class on fitting garments…

Oh yeah, I also started Totoro, from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. I’m using the pattern from a AngryAngel at Craftster, her FO posted here. Pattern here. Yarn: TLC Essentials in light blue. My (younger) sister says that the twolittle sisters in the film remind her of the two of us as kids. Awww. 🙂

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