1. In March, it seemed like a good idea to knit a baby blanket with size 5 needles and sport-weight wool. Nearly two months later, I'm wondering if I'll ever finish it. The pattern is coming out nicely (I designed it myself!), but maybe I should have picked a thicker yarn and bigger needles. Oh well. I'll keep plugging away at it and will share the pattern here when I finish.
2. I tried making t-shirt yarn last week, but was unimpressed. My strips of t-shirt didn't want to curl up. And the things I tried to crochet looked kitschy. Also, stains on white t-shirts will not disappear when you cut the shirts up and make them into yarn. Obvious? You would think so...
3. Instead of making t-shirt yarn, maybe next time I 'll try to make one of these cool looking t-shirt bags. Most of these t-shirt crafts tell you to use old t-shirts. The problem is that all my old t-shirts are really gross and have stains. (see above) And I don't want to cut up a t-shirt I like and use. Does it still count as recycling if I buy t-shirts for these crafts at the thrift store?
4. Speaking of t-shirts, I really want this Atlas Shrugged shirt. It's one of my favorite books. I haven't seen the movie yet, but how cool would I be if I showed up to the movie wearing this shirt? Ok, I would be totally nerdy.
5. Easter is so late this year, but it has still managed to sneak up on me. I'll be posting some pictures of my Psyanky later in the week. My unsteady hand needs to get used to the feel of the kitska and the flow of hot wax. Does it sound like I'm speaking a foreign language? I am. Psyanky are Ukrainian style Easter eggs.
6. I also plan to bake paska this weekend. Paska is a Ukrainian bread that is made with LOTS and LOTS of eggs. It's delicious and sweet and I'm getting hungry typing this as I think of it.
7. I'm 25% Ukrainian. These Ukrainian Easter traditions were passed along from my great grandmother (who immigrated to New York from the Ukraine) to my mom to me. They are traditions for women only, which explains why my brother never had the patience to create eggs as a kid.
8. Do you have a few hours to kill? If so, head over to Craft Gawker. If not, go there anyway. It's a great place to find artistic inspiration, tutorials and new blogs to read. You can view my submissions, too!
9. Do you use Evernote? I can't say enough good things about it. I don't know how I organized my life before I started using this a few months ago. I use the desktop software on my personal computer, the web-based interface on my work computer and the Droid App when I'm on the go. Best of all? It's free!