Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bat Poster

Since my poster was censored at the Howard County Fair, I'm going to post it here, where it will not be censored by anyone.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ranting Time...

Hello,

I know I haven't been updating this blog a lot lately. Sorry for that. I need to rant about something. For context, I chair Children's and Teenage Crafts in Open Class at a county fair in Maryland. My mom is one of three co-superintendents of the building. Rant time commence....

Next year, the fair will get one half day from me, not 4. All other days, I will be at work, where I will be treated better, will be appreciated, and where I should have been this year. My 21 years of volunteering in that building meant nothing to them this year. Next year, they won't get my ability to find entries missing ribbons or entry tags that aren't open. I won't be there to help exhibitors find their entries or watch the building. I won't be there to scribe for the mid-week flower show. They won't get any of that from me.

If you treat your volunteers badly, if you chastise them as if they are children multiple times (over things that are non-issues), your volunteers will walk. Your volunteers will go out of their way to not inspire others to help in a building that desperately needs volunteers for fear they will be treated badly, too. If my mom were not a co-superintendent, after this year, I would walk and never look back.

I hate that it has come this. I've never been treated this badly at a fair and I have been volunteering at them since I was 4-years-old. I think people often lose sight of perspective (as they did here) and think that bullying and rudeness will get them the result they want. It might, but there will be unintended consequences, such as this post and me almost walking away.

I am not a pushover. Texas taught me that. But I can't let them bring me down. I have an important job that impacts the health of others. I am better than them. I am better than this fair. I need to focus on being happy in my life and not letting my happiness be dependent on the ill-wishes of people I see one week out of the year.


Cheers

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Second Pussy Hat Pattern


Hi all!

 Lately, I've been a little overwhelmed by the negativity coming from the eight-day-old administration. I made another pussy hat pattern to try to relax. Here's the pattern, using worsted weight yarn this time.

 Materials:
 Worsted weight yarn (less than 170 yds)
 H hook
 G hook
 Tapestry needle to weave in ends

 Abbreviations:
 Ch - chain
 Dc - double crochet
 Fpdc - front-post double crochet
 Bpdc - back-post double crochet

Pattern

Starting with a H hook...
1. Chain 38.

2. Dc in third chain from hook. Dc in each ch. When you reach the end (36 stitches), rotate the piece 180° and dc back across the bottom of the ch stitches you already dc-ed into. In total, you will have 72 stitches. Join to the first dc with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn. 




3. Dc into stitch slipped into from previous round. Dc in each stitch around. Join to the first stitch with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.
Repeat step 3 until piece measures 6-6.5 inches long (approximately 12 additional rounds).

Switch to G hook...
4. *Fpdc, bpdc. Repeat from * around. Join to first fpdc with slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.

5. Repeat previous round two more times. Do not chain at end. Break yarn. Secure yarn. Weave in ends.

I hear for the scientists march that brain hats will be accessory of choice. Stay tuned for a pattern for one of those!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Spiralis Hat


It's been a pretty dreary day here in Maryland. Sleet and freezing rain has kept me inside all day. But with that time, I was finally able to write up my first original knitted hat pattern. It won 1st place at the Maryland State Fair in the original design category in 2016. The judges liked it. Now the pattern is written up and available for the world to make. (I know I look a little angry in the first photo, but it's the best one I have of me wearing the hat.) You can find the pattern here and here.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chunky Pussy Hat


I know I'm behind on this. But don't take this as me trying to pile on the bandwagon. I have loathed Screaming Carrot Demon from the start. He is a danger to our country, to diversity, to kindness in this society. Darth Cheeto could put my best friend on a list because she wears a hijab. Agent Orange could take away my health insurance and the insurance of 20 million other Americans. All of this is unacceptable.

I couldn't make it to the Women's March on Washington today, but here is a pattern I made for the Pussy Hat.

Materials:
K hook
J hook
Bulky weight yarn (just over 120 yds)

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Hdc - half-double crochet
Fpdc - front-post double crochet
Bpdc - back-post double crochet


Pattern:

Starting with a K hook...
1. Chain 30.
2. Hdc in third chain from hook. Hdc in each ch. When you reach the end (28 stitches), rotate the piece 180° and hdc back across the bottom of the ch stitches you already hdc-ed into. In total, you will have 56 stitches. Join to the first hdc with a slip stitch. Ch 1. Do not turn.



3. Hdc into stitch slipped into from previous round. Hdc in each stitch around. Join to the first stitch with a slip stitch. Ch 1.
Repeat step 3 until piece measures 6-6.5 inches long (approximately 12 additional rounds).

Switch to J hook....
4. Ch 1 more (should have 2 ch stitches to start this round). *Fpdc, bpdc. Repeat from * around. Join to first fpdc with slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.
5. Repeat previous round. Do not chain at end. Break yarn. Secure yarn. Weave in ends.

The next four years will be long. Keep fighting. Keep moving forward. Keep the panic up. Do not let society normalize what is going on. Don't give up.

"A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

We are in hot water now. We must be strong.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Just got my first 1-star review on Etsy and it isn't even my fault

I just need to get this out because I'm upset about it.

I sold a crochet pattern to someone at the end of December 2016. He messaged me yesterday saying that he had never received the item. I messaged him back saying that he purchased an electronic download, the link was in an email Etsy sent him. We had a few more emails back and forth about.

I refused to offer him a refund. I can't. It's an electronic download. If I offer a refund, I can never get the item he purchased back. And I'm sticking to my guns on this.

Now he left a 1-star review and my overall rating is down to 3 stars. I'm upset about this. My buyer didn't read the title, the first image (it has the word pattern on it), and the first line of the description. The second word of the title is "PATTERN".

I feel like I'm being punished for someone else's mistake and I'm worried it's going to affect future sales because my current rating is relatively low.