Friday, November 26, 2010

Sketches and Ink

In high school I used to keep a notebook that I would just draw in all the time during class. That sort of stopped when I came to college, but in the last couple of months it has been picking up again. I draw a lot of things... and I thought that even though this has been a crochet focused blog so far, that I could share a few doodles here.

I specialize in dorky self portraits, actually.
Though this one is probably much more realistic.
And random, more serious ones. 

And then, they just get random...

These next two were actually the inspiration for a crochet pattern that I have just finished...

Which will be posted soon! 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wind and Rain

Image from The House at Pooh Corner

I don't know what it is about wind and rain that makes me feel so peaceful. When the world is positively torrential outdoors, I love being cuddling up in a blanket with a good book and a cup of hot tea. I also get the strange urge to watch the Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. I think the idea of getting carried away by the storm captivated me as a child, and continues to, to this day.

I never posted the pictures I took in San Francisco when I visited with my Big Sister from Theta... so here they are!

These hats were so cute, and I was inspired by the range and consistent adorable-ness (if that is a word) of this seller. One of my dreams is definitely to have an etsy shop of my own someday, but I am afraid that school is pretty much a full time job right now. I do manage to squeeze in a few projects here and there though. Here is my latest finished object(s), a pair of amigurumi cats for my friends' birthday. They are twins, so I wanted to give them something cute and sort of matching, but not identical, of course. That would just be tacky. 

Here they are!

High fives...

Taking the spotlight..


All fancied up with bows.

Hurrah! I was really happy with how they turned out. The pattern is available here, and is called roly poly cats on Ravelry. I didn't name them, because then I might want to keep them (sort of like real kitties), but I think the recipient of the black kitty decided to call her Batsu (the Japanese for x or false, since her eyes are little x's), and perhaps that means that the companion white kitty would be called Maru? (Japanese for an o or true.) I even whipped up a little last minute wrapping too out of some magazine pages and a shoe box!

Thank you, Marie Claire and tape.

And then we had delicious sushi for dinner. I am actually not a huge fan of raw fish in general, but for these avocado-unagi rolls I happily made an exception.

As for more up to date news, I do have something on the hook right now, but it is a Christmas surprise for a family member and I don't want to ruin it! I know it isn't even thanksgiving yet, but I love Christmas with all my heart and getting people gifts makes me really happy and excited. I have already started shopping and planning... muahahaha! I can't wait for thanksgiving next week either, and a chance for some down time with my family.

I hope you all are feeling the holiday spirit as well, and have a great thanksgiving!

Until next time!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Moments in Time

San Francisco near the Ferry Building

It feels like moments these days don't last as long as they used to. Winter is here, at least in Berkeley, as heralded by weekly showers and a brisk wind on some days. My midterms have been flying fast and furious, and I have not one, but two very important essays to write this week. Yikes! But amid all the chaos and mad panic of deadline after deadline, there are some really beautiful moments that I have been meaning to share from the month of October. So here they are.

A surprisingly thoughtful gift from my boyfriend a while back... apparently he just had it "laying around" 

New yarn from Michael's, courtesy of boyfriend's mom's car

Lunchtime! Brioche Pain Perdu (leftovers from breakfast at fancy french restaurant), ham,  fresh 
raspberries, and super delicious instant coffee

Sunflowers from my boy.

In case you were wondering... my bathroom has the best light. 
I promise that there is an even wordier, newsier post on its way regarding my doings and FO's of the month of October... but for now this will suffice. My Japanese grammar homework calls to me with its eeeeevil urgency, and so I bid you goodnight.