I have something for you.

After deciding that this scarf’s previous incarnation just didn’t appeal to me, I opted to try this simple pattern from Tata and Tatao: http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/e-index.html.  I’d been avoiding the 1×1 rib because the switching between knit and purl sounded slow.  But man…the smoothness of the baby alpaca and the mindlessness made this project a pleasant accompaniment to catching up on old anime.

After only my second day at work, this is rather close to how I feel:

Droopy, relaxed, just out of the shower and looking forward to shape up for a new day.  Let’s hope I don’t shed as much as the alpaca…



It is a minor misery when you have a blog but nothing to post…The truth is that I haven’t even touched yarn except to pack it for the flight back from LA.

So instead, I will share with you some crochet items in my wardrobe that someone else made.

First, a skirt:

Would you look at this:

I’m usually not a fan of scallopy shapes but it works for this edging:

Then we have a jacket:

The shaping on this one really amazes me.  It also wouldn’t occur to me to combine those simple different stitches into a pattern.

I love the shadows cast by this:

I’m hoping that some day these stitches won’t be such a mystery to me.  I guess crochet will be a nice homework assignment to do during the commute to the new job.

Still floating. Job hunts and yarn seem to be stuck at the moment, as is a little comic book I was working on.  I’ve been itching to build minis but haven’t gotten to in a while.  So to ease the sorrow of idle hands, here’s to a little dusting of an old project:

A balsa [tea?] house from high school days.  Balsa, Xacto knife, glue, and a little bit of rice paper.  That’s it, nothing fancy.  Oh, and I’m a sucker for inlaid wood/marquetry, so the wall pattern comes from a bunch of balsa slivers assembled together by a masochist crafter.  ‘Tis my favorite part of the house.

The ridiculous stairs I don’t worry too much over; for now let’s just say they’re intentionally discouraging unwanted guests.  Purely decorative.

This photo was supposed to illustrate how each side has a different pattern, but instead goes to remind me how individual photographers leave their own telltale marks. (I know this one wasn’t mine; the house looks as though in the shadow of a neighboring highrise!) And would you look at that, you can tell I didn’t have a file nor enough balsa to finish…Let us get outta here.

But before that, a bonus peek at the back.

As with any miniature I do now, I intended it as a setting for a story forming (incidentally, the same story that’s idling on my desk right now). The difference now is that my pencil hovers over paper while the Xacto lies still. Maybe I should just scrap the calculator and go back to improv building like this. As for the buildings I’m currently planning, the CADing and the drafting are stifling both the houses and the stories “on location” there.  Because, really, who cares about the buildings in a comic book?

…Well, I do. I have such a house fetish :P.

Totoro on a bead loom

While the scarf yarn untangles, a familiar face stares out from a beading loom:

Totoro Beading

I actually made this some time ago to bust my bead stash AND earn my sister’s eternal love. As she is an avid Totoro fan, I find it appropriate that she is also chubbily adorable.


Now that I’ve whisked off to spend some time with my family, my yarn must sit with my roommate.  Sad sad sad, the cathedral afghan did not muster up the energy to tag along.

But some skeins did manage to hang on to my luggage, and they passed the 6-hour ride home doing this:

I do hope the three skeins will last the scarf.  I wanted to try length-wise stripes, but threw in basketweave to make it a little interesting.  Interesting in the good way, but I should have thought enough to place the knit-purl change off away from the color change.  Having both changes coincide takes longer (more switching to front or back) and makes it easier for the skeins to tangle.

This move also means that, for the next few weeks, this blog is at the mercy of my sister’s camera.

Exams and homework give way to getting not only my yarn but myself out of unemployment.  Also in the meantime, I’ll be doodling and staying happy as a bookworm.


The dreaded sewing.  I didn’t have a tapestry needle nor the patience to wait for one, so I grabbed a crochet hook and started stitching:

Depending on whether it’s attached from the front or the back, the fabric either pops out or sinks in.  I kinda like the dimensionality, but I guess we should stick to one or the other.

At this rate, the afghan will reach completion in–oh, say, 4 years?


If we put some wonky accents on the vowels in Minirug, it could be from MiniIkea:

A needlepoint miniature rug I stitched back in high school. Just goes to show just how long I’ve been meaning to make a miniature house. I’m leaving the fringe-cutting for a [mini] housewarming occasion.

For now, the rug lives in the tract housing in the chaotic CD-Rack district:

Once we get the house going, though, I’m thinking more of a “walnut-hued panelling with a deep desk and green lamps ” study type of setting.

The Details (Now with more devil!!): stitched on 24-count canvas with choice of yellow, red, purple, green, and white. Pattern from Janet Granger’s Miniature Needlepoint Carpets.  Unblocked.  Finished around 2001.