Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Amigurumi swap - done!

Inky and I finished our amigurumi challenge, and we met up for the swap on Sunday. Here's what we made:Inky's creation (on the right) was the most awesome teal skate in the world. He's happy and floaty and he's currently keeping my other skates company on the shelf in my office. They all seem very happy together. As soon as my camera recharges I'll take a picture of them all so that you can judge for yourself..

My piece (on the left) was a bastardized version of a pattern I found on Etsy. It was supposed to be a little boy in a T-Rex suit, but I decided that it had to be an Inkysaurus instead. Note the dark bangs and big dangly earrings. Due to some equipment shortages in my area (darn you, Orange Park Joann's and Michael's) my amigurumi didn't turn out exactly the way I planned, but I'm still fairly pleased with the results.

And just because Inky is awesome, she made a bonus amigurumi:

Meet the beet! He's soft and cuddly and, unlike his vegetable cousins, does not make me sick to my stomach. He makes me happy instead. He also makes Bean happy; she appropriated him on the way home.

Since we finished early, I started a hat for Bean out of pinky camouflaged yarn. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the month. I should get it done by the end of the month, darn it! Look at all the stuff Inky can churn out. Inky rocks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Congratulations, Inky!!!!

Inky has a new job cooking some of the finest lunches and evening nibbles that Amelia Island has to offer. Everyone join me in congratulating Chef Inky on her new adventure:

Hip-hip HURRAY!!!

(or Hurrah if you're feeling British)

GO INKY!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009



Woohoo I am so excited!!! I would post a picture but I want it to be a surprise. I didn't think I was that close to being done, but I finished it all tonight! I would like to thank the Academy, and SKate, and of course SKate's mom. Oh boy oh boy. I love making cute things!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Finally getting started

Yes, I know that the month is half done, but I just finally started my amigurumi today. I've finished the first piece:

Now only six more to go! (That's not counting the final finishing, of course).

The crocheting is lot more time-consuming than it should be due to two reasons.

1. My grandmother was the one who taught me how to crochet when I was about five years old. I don't know if she never taught me the names of stitches, or if she did and my wee mind jettisoned them to make room for the lyrics of the "Fraggle Rock" theme song, but to this day I don't know most of the stitch names. I have to constantly cross-check my little crochet manual or internet tutorials against my pattern. It always takes me at least five rows before I can mentally connect "single crochet" with the motion I learned almost twenty-four years ago.

2. I've been knitting recently more than I have been crocheting, so my fingers keep wanting to do the wrong motions. I don't know if this is common among needleworkers, or if it means that I have the motor skills of an empty potato sack. Either way, it's the way I am.

I still think I should be on track to finish by month's end. I just have to keep going, and refuse any more help from my daughter. This is Bean's attempt to help with the yarn:

As you can see, she thought the inclusion of a toy would add to the artistic merit of the work. While I agreed that it was charming in an outsider-artist kind of way, I explained that it wasn't really in keeping with the amigurumi theme. Then I gave her my practice swatch to play with, and she was happy.

I hope Inky's happy with the finished product. It doesn't look like much now, but I have high hopes for the future.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

wtf crochet

Bonjour c'est moi Inky. I am proud to report that my challenge for February is half-done. It has gotten thus far due to the tutoring influence of SKate's mother, who has kindly given me tea and cookies and helped me when I so often go awry with hook and yarn.

Unfortunately I think my project is going to remain half-done until next week as SKate is having her mother to her house for a few days and I, who so confidently thought I could Finish This Off without any additional help, am sitting here frustrated trying to join a new piece of yarn into my current project. Every time I try to do it, I get hung up on this slipknot or things stop looking like Single Crochet and start looking like A Mess so I just rip it out for the fifth time. Maybe I'll do better tomorrow. Or maybe I'll have to wait until next week.

It's Darwin Day!!!!

Our old boy of evolution would have been two hundred today. So join all of the finches, tortoises, and beagles in wishing him many happy returns. Love ya, Charles!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Inky and SKate take NOLA

Oh, where, oh where to start... well, guess I'll start at the beginning.

We arrived in New Orleans on Monday night. I got us incredibly lost, but Inky managed to finally find our hotel (hurray!). Our first glimpse of the city was in the dark:The next day we headed out along Canal Street in search of sustenance. We had barely gone a block when we were greeted by a local:(That's a bronze of Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces in case you can't make out the shot). This welcome delighted Inky and SKate to no end, since we both love-love-LOVED that book. Even though I'm pretty sure that Ignatius would not have approved of us: me in my Boden Euro-biker style jacket with a baby in a stroller, and Inky with her fabulous earrings and red pea coat. We would have been "abortions" in his eyes.

We found breakfast at Cafe Beignet along Royal Street, along with a lovely languid cat.Then it was time to stroll around the French Quarter. We beat feet until mid-afternoon, when we enjoyed a brief sojourn at the park on Jackson Square.A trip to St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 was supposed to happen on Tuesday as well, but we managed to arrive about ten minutes after the placed was locked for the day. So this was our second stop on Wednesday. Our first stop was for an Egg McThingie at a certain corporate restaurant on Canal Street, where we also peeped our personal New Orleans hero: the guy we had spied the day before, cycling down Canal Street with a green umbrella hat, a pink backpack, and a bullhorn under his arm. Umbrella Bullhorn guy came and sat at the table next to us, which made Inky and me practically clap our hands in delight. Unfortunately, I didn't have the guts to ask for a picture :(

St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 was AMAZING. Right by the entrance was quite possibly the grooviest tomb ever:Followed quickly by the acknowledged resting place of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. Inky paused to pay Madamoiselle some homageand we both admired the offerings left for her pleasure.A little further back in the cemetery, Inky pointed out the second tomb of Marie Laveau. Turns out that no one knows exactly where she truly is, so people pay their respects to both masoleums just to be safe.It was a gorgeous day, although it was incredibly cold, even for February. We stopped for a delicious lunch at Sammy's on Bourbon Street (best sweet potato fries EVER!!!) and the spent the afternoon doing the mandatory souvenir shopping (AKA, dashing from store to store in order to stay warm).

Thursday was checkout day, and we hit the road at nine sharp. We had one final mission to accomplish, after all, one that we didn't even realize would be ours at the onset of our trip.

Did you know that there was a Bagdad, Florida?

Well, we sure didn't until we drove past it on Monday. So we had to take a peek at this delightfully named burg on our way home. There wasn't a whole lot there (hence the lack of original photos) but it made Inky and me happy just by the fact that it existed.

Speaking of surprise stops, we also had a great lunch at La Rumba outside of DeFuniak Springs. They have lots of $5 and under lunch specials, and their enchilada sauce is delicately spiced perfection. Inky and I were still raving about it a couple of hours later. I might plan another I-10 road trip so that I can get more.

So there's our New Orleans adventure, documented for your pleasure. If you haven't overdosed on photos, you can check out my flickr page.

Now, it's off to my yarn stash to choose my weapons for the Amigurumi Challenge!

Friday, February 6, 2009

It's February!

Bonjour c'est moi Inky! SKate and I had a lovely time in New Orleans, complete with photos! I am sure that SKate will be more than happy to update them when she has time, what with her busy schedule. Keeping up a family, a house, and two blogs is not for the weak!

I am here bearing not photos, but the FEBRUARY CHALLENGE!

February Challenge: Amigurumi Gift Exchange.

SKate was so kind as to introduce me to crocheting, giving me all the needed supplies for my birthday! Unfortunately that was months ago and all I have learned is Chainin'. My friend Lulu even tried to help me learn Single Crochet stitches, but all I managed was....a lump? Kind of?

At any rate I am ready to pick up my hook and start making Cute Things. It is my life goal to Make Cute Things, and since SKate gifted me with so many crafty accoutrements, I want my very first crocheted thing to be for her! Hence the exchange.

I am sure that I will be back throughout the month with many tales of yarn. Have at thee!

Sunday, February 1, 2009


We're off to New Orleans this week, guys. But don't worry - we'll be back with our February challenge and tales of all our great Nawlins adventures before you can say "beignet."

Until then!

A Day Late and a Dollar Short!

I swear to y'all I had this done on time. But I had almost no sleep the other night and had to patrol my family's yard sale early in the morning, so I wound up going to bed at 3:30 pm yesterday and woke up too late and too groggy to post on time.

Behold my nonsense!:

I hate chalk pastels, y'all. I was telling SKate the other day, if chalk pastels were a person, I would murder them, because they would likely be the most annoying person that ever walked the face of the planet. I also think that I used entirely the wrong paper for this, but it's not like I am going to do it over.

Chalk pastels bug me. They honestly give me chills. I cannot abide the sensation of accidentally scraping my fingernails on them, nor can I stand washing my hands every three seconds. I have been looking at the reference drawings I did for this composition and I am thinking I'll redo this one in black and white. It is less eerie in color. Or I could tone the color down; we'll see. All I know is, I am not doing anything in chalk except drawing on a sidewalk.

January poll results are in!

Which marine animal was your favorite?

It was a dead tie between octopus and mermaid.

Hurray for half-humans and eight legged sea creatures!

Scroll down for February's poll; this one is important :)