June Energy

I disappeared and taught myself the bean stitch. Some of the best things in this photo (besides my thrifted sheet turned cult gown) are the Lego Bonsai and the lump of petrified turtle poop.

I used the Into Nature Scarf pattern to understand the bean stitch construction. It’s a lovely pattern, but I ended up not working the scarf as written, I worked it from the bottom up because I realized I wanted a true triangle shawl. The pattern as written has long narrow wings and is worked side to side.

Such a good woven look.

This is the stash yarn used (I think it might be discontinued though) it’s a aran weight acrylic, kinda splitty, but the color was fun. I don’t have a lot of worsted/aran in my stash so this was one of the very limited choices I had enough yardage of (4 balls). I think my next one will be fingering/sock weight wool, which the stash is is still bursting with and probably in some mellow cream color because that’s me.

Now that the studio is in summer mode (blistering hot) of course all I want to do is sew. Gah, all the patterns from the new Tauko Magazines are perfect, size inclusive and come in full size paper pattern sheets, it’s a good read too.

Forcing myself to use these hooks more, I’ve got to stop purchasing beautiful things and never using them.

Ok, I don’t know if the combination of the bean stitch, acrylic yarn and resin hook created some sort of dark energy, (well, a fast hot friction situation might be more accurate) but after I finished I felt a slight worn groove on my hook neck where the yarn wraped, it’s not super noticeable and it could’ve of been there before I started too? ..now is this a thing I need to worry about for cripes sake.

More dark energy.

It’s also peony season, oh and rhubarb season. ♡

This is the same Rhubarb Cream Cake I always make and you can find the recipe in this old blog post.

Mixed Bag

I didn’t have enough fabric for a single cut bag, so piecing together rabbits on repeat and adding rivets to outter pockets (that if it could’ve, should’ve been moved a ¼” to the right), that incorporated selvage is the cutest bit ever though. ♡

(The outter canvas fabric is Wildwood Fable from Rifle Paper Co. and inside is a creamy organic cotton canvas from Cloud 9 Fabrics.)

Most bags get stuffed with my favorite junk: pens, notebooks, zip pouches and crochet. The thing is, I always obsessively sew in custom pocket arrangements specifically to hold these things ..obviously for occasional use only.

When I first taught myself to crochet, I almost exclusively made household stuff like dishcloths, washcloths, potholders and scrubbies, they were perfect for practicing stitch patterns and new techniques and even if they were wonky, they were still useful. Somewhere along the way I started seeing really cute patterns that used crochet charts and at first I was so confused by them, but after learning the symbols and constantly referring back to the reference charts on their meanings, they have become my absolute favorite way to work a crochet pattern. If possible I completely forgo the wordy written paragraph rows and rounds and head straight for the charts. The best part is charts are universal, so even if a pattern is written in a different language, if it’s also charted you will be able to make it!

(Way back when, I found this Ravelry group so helpful in understanding Japanese knitting and crochet charts.)

Soft scrubbers ♡ gosh, I missed you.. I think the last batch I made was in 2011, well I’m back at it, 4 pineapples in and feeling like I could keep going forever. Assorted cottons from stash. ♡

This cutie is charted, it’s motif 35-37 from the booklet: Highlights from Magic Scrubber Part 2 魔法のタワシ 総集編 by Boutique-sha (ブティック社)

Oh look, a tiny slightly translucent bowtied bunny made in my usual chocolate rabbit style, I keep falling back in love with all my old favorite things to make. ♡

regular things

I can’t get over how the months are just blurring together, life is busily unbusy if that makes sense? ..let’s catch up.

Late day notions pouch, I’m a fool for grid fabric, translucent tools and caramel apple pops. The white needle is carved from bone, which is cool and gross, but I rarely use it because it’s so huge and when I think deep the gross wins out.

I sewed a zipper and it was a big deal! ⭐

It’s a pen AND marker ..but most importantly it has a really cute name. I gave one to Lex, she immediately unwrapped it, threw away the package and started using it! ..WHAT.. Clearly I have not passed down my “never for actual use” attitude I have towards cute stuff. I guess I can understand, it’s a pen ..but still, I absolutely can’t!

P.S These were a surprise from Lex so I felt obligated to share with her, but to make it easier on myself, I gave her the ugliest one.

Always masks, because I would never want you to think that I’m not still taking this pandemic absolutely fucking serious.

A bigger than average Mr.Bundles Cotton Washboard at 40ish stitches. If you’d like to make one, you can find my free pattern here! ♡

Curbside bubble tea is still one of my favorite things.

Gosh, this cute stuff ♡