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I knocked my Nook Simple Touch off my dresser and into that cat’s water dish, which is less “dish” and more “large bowl of water.”

Of course, it died. Luckily for me, I had a 2 year SquareTrade warranty with 5 months left! Since e-readers are difficult to fix, SquareTrade just refunded my money so I could buy a new one. Instead of purchasing another Nook, I decided to make the switch and get a Kindle Paperwhite, and it arrived early this afternoon.

Long story short: I totally crocheted a case for it.

I used a variegated Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn, just found it in my stash and thought cotton would be nice, maybe a bit stiff so it doesn’t stretch out too quickly.





Big pictures!

See the line of orange and white towards the bottom of the case? That’s part of 3 rows of slip stitches, which made the case tighter in that spot. So when I put the Kindle in, the case (which is already nice and snug), is a bit tighter in the slip stitch area. If I drop the case or, more likely, I accidentally hold it upside down, the Kindle won’t fall out because it’s being held in place by that one tight spot. I kind of discovered this by accident, and I think it’s awesome. 

I love it, it makes me happy.

And so does the Kindle, if you were wondering. I love it and I love the built-in light. Also, reading is the bomb.

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Okay, I’m freaking out.

I sold some crocheted items. I actually received money for something I made.

Wow. It actually happened a week or so ago, but now I have the money and it’s more real and my head is exploding.

So here’s what happened! Nate’s mom offered to try to sell some things for me and I I gave her a baby blanket and a bunch of scarves, even though I was pretty sure nothing would come of it. She asked me how much I wanted to charge, but I had no idea. All I wanted to do was be sure I covered the cost of the yarn, so I told her how much I spent on each item and gave her permission to price everything however she wanted.

She actually decided to buy the baby blanket from me herself so she could give it to her grandson, and then she sold two scarves. The total amount for all three items is $100! I literally cannot believe it.

Here are two of the things I sold:

This baby blanket is actually a bit large, like something you'd give a toddler. The whole thing is one big granny square with a shell border.

This baby blanket is actually a bit large, like something you’d give a toddler. The whole thing is one big granny square with a shell border.

I posted a tiny picture of this scarf last year when I started my blog. The little animal-thingies on each end are actually puppets! I hated making this scarf and will probably never make another one ever again haha

I posted a tiny picture of this scarf last year when I started my blog. The little animal-thingies on each end are actually puppets! I hated making this scarf and will probably never make another one ever again haha

The third item was a ruffle scarf made out of a dark teal yarn that had sequins scattered throughout. I didn’t get a good picture, but I still have a lot of the yarn left. Since it sold so quickly, I’m going to make another one and I’ll post a picture when I do!

I’d had that puppet scarf since 2011. I got to see a picture of the little boy it was given to. He looked pretty stoked and it was so cute. I’m really excited about the idea of people enjoying the things I make :]

So there it is. Sold items. Finally!

On another, much less exciting note:
My first blogiversary (I lol at that word every time I see it) was the first of January. It’s pretty crazy (to me, anyway) that I started out with the intention of posting pictures of my crocheted stuff and ended up posting about a ton of other crafts too. Before last year, I didn’t know how to crochet with any stitch other than a single or double crochet, decorate cakes, bake, make candy, cross stitch, use perler beads, make anything good out of clay, or sew. Now I know how to do all of those things, some of which I have yet to post about! I’ve always wanted to know how to do stuff like that, but I lacked the motivation. I think having a blog and being able to look at other crafty blogs really inspired me and gave me the motivation I needed to learn new things. Rad!

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The Ugly Granny Stripe

Inspired by both the granny stripe blanket on (in?) The Little Room of Rachell and the fact that I have way too much crappy yarn I’ll never use, I have started a blanket of my own. It’s a granny stripe (because they are neat), but it’s the ugliest one I’ve ever seen because I’m just throwing yarn into it so I can get rid of the stash. At first, I was kind of bummed that it isn’t going to look as nice as the others I’ve seen, but I’ve grown to love it.

It reminds me of my crochet beginnings. All of this ugly stashed yarn I’m using is from back when all I could make was a potholder or a crooked scarf and I had no idea what amigurumi was or that an afghan isn’t something you wear. I didn’t know how to do anything other than chaining, single crochet, and double crochet. When I bought yarn, I bought the cheapest possible yarn and didn’t care what color it was because I always said it was for practice. I wanted to “get back into crochet,” but I’d give up before my few rows of single crochet could actually become something, so I ended up with random half-skeins of puke-green or some horrible variegated mess.

And now, I am using those random skeins to make a blanket because, well, I shouldn’t be buying new yarn until I get rid of some of my stashed yarn, and all of this yarn is too ugly and/or not soft enough and/or there’s not enough of it left for me to make anything else. I did consider a yarn bomb, but there’s too much for that. No, it must become The Ugly Granny Stripe.

This is it so far. It’s even uglier in person. I love it.

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RIP Yarn Bomb, January 1, 2012 – March 2012

My yarn bomb has been removed from its post. I’m not sure when it happened. Probably sometime in the last week. I’ll just make another, but it was my first one and I loved it.

I caught someone taking several pictures of it earlier this month! It made me really happy.

Farewell, Yarn Bomb. You’ll always be in my heart!

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Leap Day

Usually, my February 29ths are not very good days. When I compare today to previous Leap Days, I’m happy to say this one has been extremely average. It’s cold and rainy and I’m snuggled up in bed crocheting a baby blanket and watching shows on Hulu.


Wow, this picture is super huge for some reason, but I don’t feel like re-sizing it. Anyway, I learned the ripple stitch just so I could make this blanket and I really like it. It’s super easy and relaxing. I think it looks more complicated than it is, and I love when that happens!

I just started it this morning and it’s working up quickly considering how distracted I’ve been watching shows all day. I like it so far, but I do wish I’d chosen different yarn. I’m using Loops & Threads “Snuggly Wuggly,” which translates to “Michaels Brand Baby Yarn.” It felt soft on the skein at the store, but now that I’m working with it, it just doesn’t feel as nice as I’d like it to. I’m hoping that washing it will make it a bit softer.

I’ll post a picture when it’s finished :]

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