Monday is June 1st?!

A lot has happened since I last blogged. If you haven’t been keeping up, I added some hand painted safety eyes to my yarncast etsy. I also added my first pattern!

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If you don’t crochet, never fear. I sell the FOs too!

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Eventually, I’ll be making Foxy, Chica, Bonnie, and (assembled) Mangle plushies and patterns. And I might make (disassembled) Mangle and Marionette plushies (not sure about patterns for those). But for now, other things need priority.

Monday is June 1st. (How’d that happen?!)

The My Little Pony Fair and Convention is June 27th & 28th, and I’ll be attending. If it stays close, I may consider selling eventually. But for now, I just get to attend and have fun!

Yuji and Chance want to enter the costume contest. So cosplay plans:

Saturday
Yuji: Pinkie Pie
Chance: Rainbow Dash
Me: Apple Jack (different costume than previously)
Wes: Big Mac

Sunday
Yuji: Twilight Sparkle
Chance: Fluttershy
Me: Rainbow Dash
Wes: Spike

So, I gotta make those. I have some new plans for all of these that I hope pan out.
I also plan on entering the “Handicraft” contest. I’ll crochet a Flutterbat and a Discord and decide which one I’m going to enter.

June also includes my birthday! On June 11th I will be *cough*ty.
So I’m excited about June!!

Happy Easter!

If you noticed I’ve been kind of absent from most sites for the past couple of weeks, that’s because I recently upgraded my computer. This upgrade included the motherboard, which meant I had to reinstall Windows. And that means I have been spending the past couple of weeks fighting with Windows to get it doing what I want it to do again. Fun. Video making is not going well, sigh.

I also may have become addicted to Payday 2 and Tabletop Simulator. Both of which are great to knit while playing! In Tabletop Simulator you can knit between turns, and in Payday 2 there’s a lot of time between rounds where everyone is messing around with inventory and discussing strategy. So, I was able to get some Easter FOs done for Yuji & Chance!

First off was some socks for Yuji. She has in the past been kind of iffy about handmade socks, and I’m not going to make socks in fingering weight for someone that isn’t going to absolutely love them. But this is the second pair I’ve made for her in worsted weight, and she seems to have come around. She’ll be going with me to Yarncon, since it’s on her birthday this year, and I’ll probably have her pick out some fingering weight yarn to make a special pair of socks.

Anyway, she got some Rye socks in front of her Easter basket!

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Chance has decided he wants all his socks to match now. How boring, huh? So for the first time ever I tried to match self-striping socks. I was literally ¾ of a row off, but he deemed them acceptable 🙂 He’d better, since I was up until 1am on Easter finishing the second sock, lol!

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Bonus points for loving my stash – the main yarn in those is Fishknits Strong Heart in the colorway “Fuji: Fight Like a Girl”, which came out of one of my brown bags. I purchased it December 10, 2013.

Then they each got a Konijntje Pluis

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And yesterday, after we watched the Season 5 premier of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (which was awesome, by the way; it exceeded my expectations) Yuji, Chance and I used Easter egg dyes to dye a special skein of yarn. This is kind of the trade-off because they want to dye eggs, but I’m the only one in the house that will eat hard-boiled eggs – and of course, I can only eat so many of them. So they each dyed one egg and then we used the rest on a skein of white Cascade 220.

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So I’m trying to figure out something I can make for each of them out of that. It will probably be some kind of amigurumi – maybe a shirt for something?

Please ignore that the yarn is on an old Dell case. I swear, I don’t use a Dell! We built all the computers in this house. That’s Yuji’s old computer, which was cobbled together from some old parts acquired from various places; it’s on my table now because she got my parts I replaced, and combined with some new parts and a new pink case, she got a new computer as an early birthday present. With her new computer, she can play Gary’s Mod and Team Fortress 2, and she has been playing those like crazy. When she isn’t playing those, she’s using Photoshop. lol.

Anyway – hope you all had a happy Easter… and a happy MPL:FiM Season 5 premier!

Loving my library and my stash

My goal of buying less patterns in 2015 is going well. I have purchased a few (3 and one ebook), but they were things I really needed a pattern for and plan to start soon.

I got a 3DS flash cart, but other than that all my fun money this year has been going toward yarn. Which means I’ve bought a LOT of yarn this year. This is my stash in January; click for details of what everything is.

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And here it is a few days ago the acrylic hasn’t changed much (except that I got 15 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Light Grey, because it’s the perfect color for Derpy and seems to have been discontinued, so I bought a bunch where I could find it), so I didn’t re-photograph that, but I got some more self-striping sock yarn, removed the bamboo mix yarn from the solid sock yarn, and refilled the solid cube with wool and wool/nylon –

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I think my stash is a good size now, and I don’t have any more room to expand it. (Truth be told, some of it is on the floor right now because it doesn’t fit on the shelf. But I plan to use that quickly.) So I have decided to go “Stationary Sheep” – keep my stash the same size by only buying as much as I use – at least until Black Friday. You may notice that there is now a Knitmeter on the side, keeping track of how many yards I have knit and crocheted since February 9th. On my Ravelry profile I’m keeping track of how many yards come in. As of today, 1600 yards have come in and 1802 have gone out (since February 9th). But I’m in the Highland Handmades color study club and I have been buying the Leading Men Fiber Arts color of the month each month (and plan to keep doing so) so, I need to work hard to get more out before Yarncon! I’ll be good if I can keep getting out 900 yards a week… if I stop buying stuff.

So, I’m trying to take part in SnapDragonCrafts‘ Love Your Library Challenge. I also, at some point, signed up for BookishStitcher’s 15 oldest skeins challenge. My oldest documented skeins are from 2012 – that was when I started buying wool, discovered the LYS, and started knitting socks (I actually said back then that I wasn’t going to handwash socks. loooooooooololololol!). It was when I started buying wool that I started using the Ravelry stash, so while some of my acrylic may be older, I’m just not going to count that. So, here’s my 15 oldest skeins

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Most of it is from the same trip to Joanns. (I still have not used that book nor those bells :X) I wish I knew then what I knew now, so that I would have realized the Kashmira and Soles and More were being discontinued and bought more. The Kashmira especially, because come on; self-striping, 100% wool in something heavier than fingering?! How did this get discontinued?!??! Sigh. Well I have just used up the last of it. At least I made something for myself, so I can look at its wonderfullness.

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(Chance took this picture for me. Thank the lord, I finally have someone that can take the pictures I can’t take! My husband can’t take pictures of me for shit.)

These will replace my Vancouver Fog fingerless mitts – which were made out of the NaturallyCaron Country I got in that same haul, lol – but due to being 75% acrylic, and the fact that I use them all the time (inside the house, cuz like I said, if I wore them outside my fingers were cold), they kind of fell apart in some places and did-something-like-felting in others (of course, acrylic doesn’t felt, but it looks like they felted, just without getting smaller). I’m assuming/hoping 100% wool will fare better.

The rest of the Caron Country will be an afghan already in progress. The Patons Kroy and Soles and More will be socks. The Bernat Sox will be a Happypotamus. The Berroco Flicker (which I didn’t even have a full skein of left in the first place) has already been partially used in a hat, and now there’s little enough left that it’s gone into the scrap box.

So all that is left to figure out is the Plymouth Yarn Galway Colornep. I don’t remember what I used part of it on, but I used 20% of it – so there’s not enough left for a hat. I could make kid-sized socks if I did contrasting heels and toes, but I kind of want something long-lasting rather than something the kids are going to outgrow (though I am thinking of sewing all the handmade socks into an afghan once they are outgrown by the last kid. But that’s a different post…). So I’m thinking either a toy or some Lambing Mitts. But do I need more fingerless mitts? If I don’t keep them that kind of defeats the point. Maybe I’ll use it as one of the colors in Daphne and Delilah – I got the toys and the pattern in a Christmas 2012 swap and Chance has been asking me to make him a set every since. There’s that year again – maybe it’s a sign? Hmm.

On the otaku side of things: I totally scored today, I found a Lyra toy for $3 at Walmart!

Anyway, it is 1:45 am and I plan on starting a sweater tomorrow (I mean, later today) – one of those patterns I bought, a sweater for Yuji, but more on that soon. See ya!

Doraemon Magic

So I was doing some cleaning/reorganizing of the yarny stuff and I found this gem. I had totally forgotten I owned it, since it wasn’t in the Ravelry database (so I had never added it to my library) and at the time I purchased it, I couldn’t read charts (so I never used it and kind of put it in a “figure out how to use it someday” pile).

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It’s ドラえもんキッズ・セーター&ボンボンマスコット (Doraemon Kids Sweater & bonbon mascot), a book of Doraemon knit and crochet patterns, and instructions to make a pompom Doraemon and Dorami. It’s kind of weird that I found it now when my kids just – like, within the last week – got really into Doraemon. I show them a few episodes every so often but it seems this time it has really stuck… probably because some of their friends have seen the dub now. Bah. I actually gave the dub a shot because I figured… it’s been years since I’ve gave a dub a chance. America has progressed now, right? Family Guy and South Park have been on the air for ump-teen years. And what could they find to censor out of good old, wholesome Doraemon?

Well, our longtime friend Mr. Randomly Appearing and Disappearing Censorship Bush In The Middle of Fucking Nowhere makes a guest appearance in the Doraemon dub. You remember him, don’t you? Here’s a classic, his role in Dragonball Z:

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Thanks Mr. Censorship Bush, you really saved me there! My son almost saw something he sees every time he goes to the bathroom or looks at a male squirrel. And surely I would have started uncontrollably, furiously fapping at the sweet, sweet shota penor!

I digress. *deep breath* Yeah… I found this book I had forgotten I bought at Mitsuwa years ago. And since the kids are into it now – I see Doraemon sweaters in my future! And hey, it shouldn’t be too hard to put the pictures on an adult sized sweater…

Oh, speaking of sweaters… for those of you who don’t follow me elsewhere (why not?!) I recently finished a sweater for Chance!

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Goddamn it bush, get out of the way! Ahem

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This was for a KAL back in August, but then I never got around to doing the sleeves… they only took me a couple of hours each once I actually set out to do them though :\ Well, whatever, it’s done now!

Welcome to 2015!

Wow. It is 2015. How did that happen?

Well, several things have happened since my last confession. Somehow, I did not crochet two more Pokemon. So I guess I didn’t do 14 of anything in 14. But trying is half the battle, or something, right? And I’m going to try harder in 2015.

So what DID happen in the end of 2014? First of all, I got about 20 balls of Willow Rustic.

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and yep, I love it! I definately see more Willow purchases in my future.

Then I had a great Christmas. My Grandma-In-Law gave me this huge bag, great for large projects, and a Joanns gift card which I promptly spent on yarn and a row counter (because I can never have too many of those!)

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I got Patons North America Kroy Socks Stripes in Spring leaf stripes and Meadow stripes. These are new-to-my-Joanns colors; I’d never seen them before.

After that, my baby turned 5! It’s so strange that he turned from this weird living blob-thing into a person. Oh, that’s horrible, isn’t it? I shouldn’t call babies weird blob-things… but come on, we all know babies are f’ing weird, right?


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I mean, look at that. One day he’s just laying there. The next, his sparse hair is red. Then it’s black again and he’s trying to use a mouse as a phone. Then today he’s a regular little boy who loves cars and baby dolls with penises, aspires to someday work at the supermarket so that he can help his parents buy a bigger house – which he will continue to live in with them forever – and asks for my credit card number because he’s found an educational materials site and wants to buy some puzzles.

What’s up with that?

Anyway, now 2015 is here!!!! And like I said, I’m going to try harder. Last year I gave up rather quickly on the brown-bag-sock-club thing… well this year I have given it another chance. And this time around. I have 15 skeins/sets of balls/whatever that I know I will actually like to make socks out of.

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I caked these up so they are ready to go, and filled the other bags with sets of Patons Kroy (and one Soles & More)

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I labeled the self-striping so that I can work this into other challenges/KALs/etc. But there they are; 15 brown bags of sock yarn. Some may actually become mitts of some sort, I’m not sure yet, but I do hope/plan to use all these up in some way, and replace them over the year.

Buying 15 skeins of indie dyed yarn this year should be no problem; I’ve already got 12 covered, as I joined the Highland Handmades club! But I signed up for worsted, so that won’t be replenishing my sock yarn. Since Leading Men Fiber Arts is suppose to start doing a color of the month, I expect them to help with that!

Anyway, I’m working on some socks for Chance – I let him pick out yarn for them on his birthday, and he chose Hearthside Fibers Vanilla Sox in Electric (because blue. He is all about blue lately. Blue and only blue. Some of that may actually be purple though? SHH! Don’t tell him!)

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I am at the heel of sock #2, and once that’s done it’s all downhill from there (in the positive way!) so they really are almost done.

Once they are finished I will cast on the first of the Brown Bag Club socks. I will be doing self-striping for the Sock Knitters Anonymous January challenge, so…

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I will be knitting Jaywalker in Patons Kroy Socks Fiesta Jacquard! I don’t think anyone has done this pattern with this specific colorway (at least, no one has listed it correctly in their projects if they did) so that will be interesting to see 🙂

AND I found some awesome fabric at Tuesday Morning today. So I will be starting on those 15 project bags soon! But right now… sleep >.< I have been super-sick (which is why this is a blog post and not a video as I would like it to be) which has led to super-tiredness but the show must go on... which means I still had to shop today, and tomorrow I have to go to the post office to get the package the mail man OF COURSE tried to deliver right after I left, and take the kids to my great-niece’s birthday party (oh, she is going to have a little sister in April! What?? How’d that happen? Time is all screwed up I’m telling you).

So. Hope you guys are enjoying 2015 so far! Other than being sick, I certainly am. I got sale #150 over at craftotaku.etsy.com and I got a couple of destash yarns listed at yarncast.etsy.com (handdyed yarn and project bags will be there soon!). And I’m so excited about things to come!! Nighty night!

Patons, we need to talk

Patons Classic Wool, for a long time now you’ve been my go-to worsted wool yarn. I told myself you were the cheapest worsted weight wool that actually came in colors, and limited though they might be, I thought I needed you.

I realize now I was blinded by love.

You are, at regular price, only .51 cheaper than Cascade 220’s regular price at Webs, and $1.01 cheaper than my LYS.

Now I’ll admit, your regular price at Joanns and Michaels is 2.01 cheaper. And you do go on sale a lot at Joanns, bringing the price even lower. And then of course I get that teacher’s discount at Joanns. Over the past two years or so, this is how you’ve kept me.

But over the past few months, something changed. The colors I need – the colors I know you come in – aren’t on the shelves at Joanns. I check the stock before I head to the store, only to be told it’s inaccurate or they just plain don’t know where you are in the back. So I trudge down the street to Michaels, and I can use a coupon on one ball, but for the rest I pay $6.99 + tax bringing it up to 7.48.

Or Michaels doesn’t have the colors either. So I go home, gas money wasted, and get on Joann’s website. Oh, they take paypal now. Which means no waiting for money from online sales to transfer to my bank account before I can buy more yarn! But I can only use one coupon or discount code per order. Which means I can’t use my teacher’s discount AND a coupon. I can’t use my teacher’s discount AND a free shipping code. When I add in shipping costs, you’re back up to that .51 cheaper than cascade. And Joann’s shipping is slower than Web’s.

I’m working on a project that has a sky in it, so I need a sky blue. And I realized that, Patons, you don’t even have a sky blue. So fine, I’ll use ‘Aquarium” – it’s more greeny than I wanted to use, but the sky looks that way some days I guess, so fine.

But I couldn’t find Aquarium in stores. So, okay, I’ll order it online. You’re on sale on the Joanns site! … but with shipping, one ball would be $12.95. Okay, let me see if Amazon has it! Free shipping with Prime! But it’s only an add-on item, meaning I’d have to spend $25 to get this consolation color. Or, I could buy a 5 pack for $49.40 – paying $9.88 per ball. More than Cascade 220 even cost at my LYS. At my LYS, which is much closer to my house than Joanns and Michaels.

And here’s the kicker. Webs has a discount system where you get 20% off a $60+ order and 25% off a $120+ order. If I buy $120+ of Cascade 220, the price is $7.20 per skein.

Yes, Patons, you read that right. Cascade 220 is $7.20 per skein while you’re $7.48 at the store (where I can’t even get the colors I’m looking for) or $9 – 12 online.

I’ve been so stupid. It will actually be much cheaper if I do a $120+ Webs order of Cascade 220 once a month, and supplement with trips to the LYS in between.

And not only will it be cheaper; I‘ll get the colors I want and need. It isn’t just the stores’ fault; Patons, your color selection is pitiful. You offer me these colors:

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(and two of those I’m guessing are discontinued since they are out of stock everywhere) But Cascade offers me these colors:

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So sorry, Patons, but we’re breaking up. Cascade 220 is now my go-to worsted weight wool.

I went to the LYS yesterday in search of that sky blue I needed in Cascade 220. I found a fitting color and the colorway is called… “summer sky”. It’s perfect.

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2014 Goals Update and 2015 goals begin!

There’s just one month left in 2014. How am I doing with my goals?

Crochet 14 Different Pokemon. I did 12

1. Snorlax
2. Pikachu
3. Squirtle
4. Eevee
5. Charmander
6. Cleffa
7. Drifloon
8. Cyndaquil
9. Espeon
10. Camerupt
11. ludicolo
12. luvdisc

I will, most likely, accomplish this one. I don’t see myself NOT crocheting two more different pokemon this month.

Buy 14 handdyed skeins of yarn – I bought 4. Ain’t no way I’m buying 10 more by the end of the year, lol.

1. Hearthside Fibers Vanilla Sox Electric
2. Hearthside Fibers Vanilla Sox Groovy
3. Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper No Good Deed
4. Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper High Tech Mayhem

Though actually, I did buy at least 3 more, but they were for swaps so I’m not counting those since this was more a goal to stash-up.

Complete 6 Afghans and start 1. I completed 2 and started 3. Oops.

1. Tigger Lovey DONE
2. Red Heart Checkerboard Textures Throw CAL DONE
3. Finish Groovy nyan Cat Vs Tac Ghan – Made some parts, but nowhere near finished.
4. 2014 Block A Month & Crochet Sampler Square CAL Afghan 4 blocks/squares done
5. Xmen Afghan 1 block/square done
6. the beekeeper’s quilt 32 hexipuffs done

Actually start Granny Square Mario Bedspread STARTED
“Get Out of the Country on a Star Blanket” STARTED
“Daily Dose Chevrons” STARTED

Okay, so that’s how I’m doing. And I already started planning my 2015 Goals:

2015 Goals
Donate 15 items
Knit 15 different patterns of hats
Finish 2014 afghans.
Buy only 15 patterns (other than patterns from a list of certain people)
Dye 15 skeins of yarn
Buy 15 skeins of handdyed yarn

Now let’s break it down;

Donate 15 items

I recently saw Quiltoni’s putting-together video of the Spritestitch 2014 Child’s Play Charity Quilts and it reminded me; I wanted to do some donating! Back in May I bought the eye sets to make two Paschas and never got around to doing it.

I also recently discovered Wool-aid which is great for me because I have had a hard time finding places to donate hats I actually want to make. Groups always want acrylic yarn in patterns I’m not going to do with acrylic, but Wool-aid – which accepts nothing BUT wool – opens up so many possibilities.

And lastly I want to donate something elaborate to the Penny Arcade charity auction (where one of the Spritestitch quilts go). Maybe a Magikarp hat, or a giant Pikachu… I’m not sure yet.

Knit 15 different patterns of hats

There’s several groups doing 15 hats in 2015. In 2014, I have knit at least 30 hats so far. So 15 hats isn’t really a challenge for me. But 15 different patterns? I think this is a great way to add some fresh hats to my etsy store, and this can overlap with the donating!

Finish 2014 afghans.

Well, I mean finish the afghans FROM 2014. That’ll be 7 afghans, assuming I don’t finish any this month, which I probably won’t.

Buy only 15 patterns
Okay, I have a LOT of patterns. And honestly, whenever I go to use a purchased one, 95% of the time I change so many things, and take so many aspects from free patterns, and do so much of my own math (because I tend to want to change the pattern to match my guage, rather than changing my gauge to match the pattern lol) that in the end I’m not using the paid-for pattern at all. The majority of patterns where I actually use the patterns are free ones! I think I mentioned earlier this year that I was spending too much money on patterns – and I’ve done great with only buying patterns with money I made from knitting/crocheting. But I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t really NEED patterns anymore, so paying for them is silly.

I do have a personal list of certain people who I think do really amazing things that I’d never think up on my own. These are people I support, and want to continue to support. That is why this isn’t a “stop buying patterns” goal. But I’m only going to buy from those people. Other than that, I already own way more patterns than I could knit in a year.

Dye 15 skeins of yarn

I’ve got yarn, I’ve got dye, I just need to set aside some time to combine the two! In order to have this time, I need to NOT participate in swaps (Except Reddit Secret Santa and Arbitrary Day).

Buy 15 skeins of handdyed yarn

I think I said this last year (if I didn’t, I thought it), and while I did it a bit, I need to work on it some more. Rather than participating in swaps, I need to not feel bad about treating myself.

I feel bad/guilty when I buy something for myself. So I use swaps as a way to get something, while buying for someone else. But I end up spending too much time and stress picking out stuff for the swap, making sure I have money to ship, and making a handmade item. It just isn’t worth it. And sometimes stuff arrives for the swap and I’m like “Man, I really want to keep that for myself. But there’s not enough time to order something else.”

Why not just skip all that and buy stuff for myself? There’s no reason to feel bad/guilty. I deserve it. I work hard. I earn the money for this stuff. And if I’m not buying patterns, there will be even more money for yarn.

So. off I go to crochet those last two Pokemon!

Portage Christmas Craft Fair 2014 recap

Happy Cyber Monday! Thank you for taking a break from your cybering to read this!

I did pretty good at the Portage Christmas Craft fair. Surprisingly, others were saying they were doing horrible, and one lady even stormed out early saying she wouldn’t be back next year. I guess people were just giving all their money to me?

I do think they need to do better advertising. I saw basically none at all in the weeks leading up to the craft show. And I actually LOOKED. (I did see something after I left/it was over though, lol.) I was shocked when after the middle of the day Saturday, the organizer went around asking everyone if they had facebook. When they said yes, she asked everyone to share something about the show. Basically, she wanted US to do the advertising… after the show was already over a fourth done? Uh, no. First of all, I’d already been advertising on facebook, and second of all, that’s her job which should have been done weeks ago.

But with others complaining and the one lady leaving early, I think (/hope) she will wise up for next year. Which should mean I’ll do even better next year.

I wish I had gotten a picture of my “booth”. It was my first time using wire cube shelves and my banner. It worked out really well, and nothing fell. I was worried about it falling since the wire cube shelves that I keep my yarn on recently fell (again). But it was fine, and it even held up to a few kids that felt the need to manhandle it a bit.

I had a lot of fun. It was good to see a lot of the same sellers as last year. Most of them do more craft shows together, so know each other better, but I didn’t feel the odd person out at all. I grabbed a present for Chance, handmade by someone that had purchased something from me last year, lol.

If you’re here because of the craft fair (I handed out quite a few cards) then thank you for stopping by both the booth and my site! I’m having a Christmas Sale over on Etsy; if you saw something you liked at the fair but didn’t get it, it just might be over there. If you want something else just contact me for a custom order!

So my ranking for the Portage Christmas Craft Fair 2014: 7/10 will sell again.

Anyway, with that over, now I can think about Christmas! I signed up for Reddit Secret Santa again, of course. (I tried not to do many swaps this year, but Reddit Secret Santa and Arbitrary Day are two I will always do.) I got my giftee today, and he is so awesomely perfect! We share several interests, so the gears are already turning about what to give him.

I’m also excited about the things I plan to make for my kids. AND I’m excited for what 2015 will bring. I’ve already got a lot of ideas kicking around, but that’s for another post! Which I am actually going to go type right now. Cya there!

Lego KidsFest Indianapolis 2014 Recap

tl;dr and really bloggy warning

About 6 weeks ago Chance found out about Lego KidsFest Indianapolis and asked if we could go. I said that he would have to pay for his own ticket and food and part of the gas, as well as any spending money, and that I would have to give him an advance in his allowance for him to be able to afford it. I expected that not being able to buy anything for 8 weeks would put him off immediately, but to my surprise both he and Yuji powered through and yesterday we went.

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