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    On First Patterns

    Short story short, my dear Rusty (partner-in-crime, woodworker extraordinaire) needed a little sleeve for his new Auvi-Q allergy medicine, to keep them together in his pocket/bag.

    So I made one.

    This isn’t so much a ‘pattern’ as the basic recipe that I used, in case anyone else wasn’t sure where to start.

    Auvi-Q Sleeve (Holds 2 Auto-injectors)

    Materials:

    • 4.0 mm circular needles (I used a 16 inch cable, but this is so small that really any will work)
    • worsted weight yarn (I used an acrylic Caron Big Cake, but I imagine any fiber type would work)
    • tapestry/yarn needle (for kitchener and weaving in ends)

    Instructions:

    1. Cast on 26 stitches using a stretchy method like the long tail cast on.
    2. Join in the round by knitting first and last stitches together (25 stitches)
    3. Knit 1, purl 1 for about an inch (3cm). You can use any ribbing you like, but for this small of an object I like the look of the 1×1 rib. (25 stitches)
    4. Knit all stitches around to make about 2.5 inches (5cm) of stockinette. (25)
    5. Divide stitches evenly between the needles, and kitchener stitch the bottom closed.

    I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by explaining the kitchener stitch, but here are two lovely tutorials by Purl Soho and Craftsy.

    Here is the result:

    On my first attempt at quilting

    Hello all, this is a quick update on a project that I made for my partner over the weekend.

    Our adorable cat Uma, seen below, rather enjoys kneading on his chest. The problem is that he is mildly allergic to cats, and her claws leave red itchy marks. He suggested that I crochet some kind of pad to put on his chest and take the brunt of her affections.

    Our cat Uma, being a cute lump of softness

    I decided that I would do something new and attempt to make a quilt. I found a free pattern on Craftsy for a potholder that seemed the right size, and went to work.

    I discovered one thing about halfway through…

    In progress quilt project on my ironing board

    I have no idea how to get the points to match up. As a consequence, the whole thing is kind of wonky. I think that next time I need to watch some youtube tutorials!

    I made this with some fat quarters I had in my fabric stash, and I think it turned out pretty great considering my experience level with quilting!

    finished quilt pad

    On upcoming projects

    Long time, no see. It’s RosewoodGiraffe here, ready and willing to share with you the many forks (thoughts) churning around in my garbage disposal (brain).

    I currently have three major overarching goals for myself in relation to textiles. Here they are, along with their status.

    Learn to Tunisian crochet. Tunisian seems like a perfect way to transition into eventually learning to knit confidently. And I want to know a bit of everything involving textiles and yarn, so it had to happen eventually anyway. The Tunisian Crochet Workshop book by Poppy and Bliss is what I will be using, along with the KnitPicks Options interchangeable crochet hook set. Review and finished projects to come soon!

    Make at least three pairs of socks. I really want to make socks, if for no other reason than I want socks that are the perfect fit for my ~~massive~~ above average size feet. I have ordered Step into Crochet by Rohn Strong and look forward to making some crochet socks. I’ve already started my first practice sock! I will definitely need to work on my mattress stitch for seaming the cuff. I also plan to try knitting socks with DPNs (double pointed knitting needles) and circular needles at some point.

    Sock progress

    Publish my first pattern. If I want to become a successful crochet pattern designer, I need to design patterns!!! I am working on a pattern that I’m very excited about, but it needs a lot more work before I will be ready to show it off. Maybe a sneak peek will be in the future.

    You are a badass!

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    You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance.
    ― Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    Introductions are in order

    Hello!

    I hate to be cliche, but welcome to the place on the internet that I call my own. Pardon the emptiness shiny brand new-ness. My goal is to have somewhere to share with the world the amazing things that I can produce by being the best me that there ever will be. The inspiration and final kick in the pants that I needed to actually create this website came from a fantastic book that I am reading, titled You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero:

    Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a
    celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone.

    While listening to the audiobook, narrated by Sincero herself, I decided that I done enough dreaming about becoming an awesome and successful crochet and knit designer, and that I should get a move on already. The first step I decided to take was to create this very website that you have by some miracle managed to find, and to start writing stuff already.

    I am not a big fan of writing, but if I want to share with the world my designs, I need to get good at it. I also want this ‘blog’ to be a record of my journey, with personal content thoughtfully separated from the rest, in solidarity with those people who just want the patterns already. (Side Note: I do love my run-on sentences, since that’s how I talk as well. So if that bothers you, take comfort in the fact that I am working on it, although its a slow process.)


    So, Introductions. My name is Jordan, and I live in the Midwest of the United States, an hour from the nearest LYS (Local Yarn Store). Around Christmas of 2016, I decided that I needed a hobby. With not much to go on except that I wanted to be able to work with my hands and not go into debt, I ordered a cheap set of crochet hooks and bought some value yarn at a big box store. The moment I made my first wobbly ‘square’ was the moment I fell in love with the intricate and magical action of transforming string into something.

     Since then I have expanded my abilities (and my stash, and my hook collection, and my general love of yarn and fiber and everything soft and cuddly) to a point where I can safely state that I love yarn. I look forward to amazing such feats as: making socks, knitting, finishing a blanket for once, and hopefully putting a smile on a few people’s faces.

    I’m glad to have you, and I hope you come back soon!

     

    Regards,
    Jordan