Summary of 2010…

Let’s see… What happened, and what did I do last year? I’ll start with the crafting and patterns I’ve made. There are quite a lot… I’ve made six sets of Cute Little Dudes!
Forest Dwellers vol. 1
Forest Dwellers vol. 2
Forest Dwellers vol. 3
Happy Pets vol. 1
Christmas Dudes vol. 1
Christmas Dudes vol. 2
Then there are the Great Big Bugs, which – as someone correctly pointed out in a comment last night – aren’t really bugs at all! True bugs belong to another order of insects than the ones I’ve made; Bumblebee, Ladybug, Dragonfly, Dung Beetle and Fly:
And then there are two arachnids; Spider and Scorpion:
I’ve also made a few free crochet patterns, plus I’ve participated in a number of fun amigurumi CALs during the year 🙂 I’ve learned a new craft: tatting. I’ve become totally hooked and have even made a new blog for it! I’ve even got a new tattoo to celebrate two very important things in my life – crafting and Bollan:
During the spring term I decided to quit the university for a while, partly because I  didn’t feel like keep trying to get an expensive education that had no real job opportunities for me, and partly because I realized that I’d lost my motivation and wasn’t really good at it anymore. So I only took two exams of the four I’d originally signed up for, and I didn’t bother to sign up for any more for the fall semester.
This summer I had a taste of work life, and I found out (again) that I’m not made for working in social occupations. The cleaning job I had for four weeks suit me just fine 🙂 I then decided to start studying again, but something completely different – biology! I honestly think that it’s something I’ll be happy & comfortable working with later. I just have to get through a few mandatory math courses first (eek!)…
As for my personal life, well, I guess it has been as usual. Since I dropped the university I haven’t had the study support that I normally get, and my boyfriend hasn’t had a steady income either, so the lack of money has been quite straining. Hopefully that changes when I start studying again! Don’t know if everyone supports my choice though, I feel like my boyfriend still wants me to finish my bachelor in linguistics, and he doesn’t really believe that I’ll get through the biology either. He says I quit on everything that doesn’t go my way right away. Blah :/ I’m not the most optimistic person, but his attitude sure doesn’t help.
Anything else? Can’t remember, so probably nothing important 😛

Changes :)

Today I decided it was time for some blog redecorating again. I started with Bollan’s blog, which took me about two hours to get right, even with the new and easier Blogger tool feature thingy (I’ve had a glass of wine and can’t remember what it’s called!)… Finally I was able to give her blog three columns and space enough for both the gadgets and the blog posts! I still have some minor things to add, but they probably won’t change things too much 🙂 Oh, and by the way, can you guess what the background image on her blog is? I haven’t added it myself, it was already in the default backgrounds added by Blogger 😀
While I was at it I decided to change my own blog as well, but not as much as Bollan’s. I’ve recently developed a thing for the color purple (not the movie, though it’s wonderful and you should see it!), so when I found this background while searching for something for Bollan, I just had to have it. So there 🙂
I think my pattern blog is up next, but I think those changes will have to wait a little while. Tomorrow I’m going back out to my grandmother’s, and while I’m there I can’t really do much on the internet… Some time next weekend I’m going back to where I live during the school semesters, so I’ll have to catch up with my online life then. See ya 🙂 *waves goodbye*

Two CALs and a "feature" :)

As you may have noticed by the links in my right sidebar I’m participating in two CALs this summer 🙂 I’ve already shown you the beginning of my owl for Itsy Bitsy Spiders Great Owl Crochet-along. I finished the owl a while ago, and I made even more changes to the little bird: added embroidered eyelashes and feathers on the belly 🙂
Now the crocheting part of the Owl CAL is over (it ended on Sunday, I think), but there is going to be a swap with some of the finished owls. Signing up for the swap was optional, so I’m keeping my owl, but I really enjoy seeing lots of different owls together 🙂 Click HERE to see Karla’s post about the birds. Makes me want to make lots more owls and have them roosting on a shelf in my apartment 🙂 I’m sure Bollan wouldn’t mind! Speaking of The Great Boll: she was actually mentioned in a blog post along with my owl for the CAL 🙂 She’s so proud! Even Bollan’s own blog was mentioned 🙂 We are both very grateful to be featured on Itsy Bitsy Spider’s blog!
You see, The Itsy Bitsy Spider has this Flickr group where people are encouraged to post their latest finished crochet projects, and she will then pick some of them once a week to be featured on her blog. You can read more about this HERE. Ooh, and guess what, I’ve been featured again! With my Great Big Dung Beetle 🙂 
Thank you very much for your kind words about my Bug, I really appreciate it! Bollan and I are both very happy 😀
The second CAL I’m in is PlanetJune’s Summer CAL, where you can crochet either alpacas or a pot of African Violets. I am of course making the alpaca! I’ve started the CAL a little late, because I was so sure my mother had some alpaca yarn in her stash, but I couldn’t find it (not in the right colors, anyway – unless I want to make a blue one!), so today I finally went out and bought a ball of lovely light brown alpaca yarn 🙂 Expensive, though… So far I’ve made the ears, muzzle and head, and was ready to assemble the face, but then I discovered that I don’t have suitable safety eyes 😦 I have the right size, but the posts are both too thick and too long (and too hard to cut off), so I’ll have to come up with a different solution… No pictures of the alpaca yet, but I’ll post some as soon as I’ve made some real progress – I have until August 31st to finish it 🙂

Back in town

For a little while, anyway.. Just enough time to let you know I’m still alive, upload a bunch of photos and write a few posts 🙂
The past week or so I’ve been staying with my grandmother. The plan was to help out with a lot of gardening and stuff, and to paint all the garden furniture white (we’re tired of a very boring green), but the weather’s been bad most days, so very little of this has actually been done :/ On Tuesday we did manage to dig up some stone tiles across the lawn that just didn’t look good anymore. I carried the tiles away and used them to make a path and a small step up to my gran’s new tool shed. Bollan and Glyptodon tried to reach the door, but even together they are a bit too short. Fortunately my grandmother is a little taller 🙂
Carrying all those tiles were hard work, and the next day I was so stiff and sore all over I could barely move! But the work was worth it. We dug up a new flowerbed and used the turf to fill in the gaps from the stone tiles, and voila – the lawn is all pretty again AND my gran has a new place to put even more flowers 🙂
Then it was rainy again for several days, until Sunday and yesterday, when I could finally start painting a couple of garden benches. There are lots more to paint, so I’ll have work to do all weekend when I’m not preparing for the fair. Have I told you about that? Hm.. Well, it’s a fair. Don’t know what else to call it. There will be food and drink to buy, an art exhibit by local people (paintings, sculpture and photography), crafty people selling their stuff, and there will be some entertainment. Among other things there’ll be a play, which I have two different parts in. Very scary. Thankfully we’re not supposed to speak, because everything’s been recorded beforehand 🙂 Most of this will happen outside at the harbor on Sunday (want to keep some privacy, so I won’t tell you excactly where it is – it’s where I come from and it’s a pretty small place). Since I haven’t been outside much I’ve had plenty of time to finish the stuff I’m going to sell at the fair 🙂 Here it is:
I don’t count on selling all these things, but it’s good to be prepared 🙂 I have have so many different things that even if I only sell one of each, I’ll still be half-way to a new laptop! Yay 😀 Tomorrow afternoon I’m going back to my grandmother’s again and I probably won’t return to civilization until the fair is done on Sunday evening…

Before I go…

…to visit my grandmother for the weekend (where the internet is horrible and I probably won’t use it much), I thought I’d give you a little preview of some upcoming patterns 🙂 After I got my new job yesterday I was in such a good mood that I made almost two new Dudes and started a third! Here’s a mallard duck and a beaver:
I still haven’t decided if they will be in the same set, so I’m not sure if a pattern will be ready over the weekend, but I’ll do my best 🙂 I’ll also try to finish the next Great Big Bug for Tuesday, which will be a fly! A housefly, not a blowfly 🙂 I think flies are fascinating, though I don’t want them near my food, I love to watch them groom themselves. I have some other stuff to finish as well, plus I really want to begin my owl for The Great Owl CAL 😀
Ooh, and I’ve also stitched up one of my many tiny cross stitch kits! It took me just a few hours to finish – instant satisfaction 😀 Naturally I started with one of the hedgehogs:
His nose/face is one stitch shorter than it should be, but I think that only made him cuter, so I didn’t correct it 🙂
Well, it’s past four in the afternoon, and I think my uncle will be her to pick me up soon, so I’d better finish packing. I can’t believe how much stuff I have to bring just for a short weekend! A small suitcase full of yarn and WIPs, my backpack with more yarn, stuffing, a bottle of wine and my laptop, a handbag with even more yarn, a shopping bag with food, and a little laundry that I haven’t had time to do… *whew* But Bollan is already packed and ready to go, and that’s the most important thing 🙂