treasury tuesday -- autumn brown

Next to creating, I absolutely love sharing the beautiful things I see others make. Here are some picks from the nice stuff I've seen around Etsy and the rest of the internet.

The weather here in L.A. hasn't made up it's mind just yet about autumn, but we've been teased with cool (if dry) days lately. Very promising! In the meantime I've been dreaming of warm browns and the smell of earth.
  1. Hand Crocheted Linen Edging, Lace Trim -- beige  by namolio
  2. Stoneware Vase by Living Earth Ceramics
  3. The Park Sloper Senior - wallet & notebook by One Star Leather Goods
  4. The Condyle Pure Wool Wristwarmers in Warm Brown by Bapsicrafts
  5. Cedar Eucalyptus Aftershave. by Craftsman Soap Co.
If you see something beautiful around that you know I'll like, don't hesitate to drop me a comment and let me know.

I'm Alive!

Yes, I'm still alive! It's been a slow recovery, and my knitting been a bit slower but I'm still at it. I'm currently finishing up the last touches for my one-of-a-kind Condyle wristwarmers which will be available in the first week of November online. It's exciting to see these go from the shelf to needles and (soon) in the Etsy shop.
The domino socks for Jason are about 75% done as well too. I think they may be in his hands by Christmas!
I'll write again soon, it's been a real pleasure to read everyone's knitting blog posts this summer/fall and I'm excited to jump back into craft and shop blogging soon. :]

wip: domino socks, and oh, cubital tunnel syndrome!

So I've been bad. Remember that nagging wrist/elbow pain I've been complaining about lately? Turns out it's Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. My ulnar (read:funny bone) nerve has been compressed for so long that it's inflamed. I often can't feel my pinky and ring finger anymore, and sometimes it's meant dropping mugs full of tea from the numbness. GAH.
I can owe this to my fulltime jobs--my day job of digital painting, exacerbated by my 8+ hours a day spent knitting for the shop.
the moonstone/domino vanilla sock Ok, here's how I've been bad. I've been sneaking a few rows in anyway. I know I shouldn't, but I guess the painkillers have made me a little bit brave(You warned me, Michelle, but it's so tempting!). And thanks to that, (my elbow is cursing me) this little sock has grown, just a little bit more. It really can't be that bad anyway, right? Given the right posture, less pressure on my inner elbows and a looser grip it's can't be as bad as it was before. I'm going from 8+ hours to 30 minutes max(punctuated by breaks), that's got to count for something.

On the other hand, I've also been pretty good! Besides following through shop and concept design commitments (with my good friends Ibuprofen and frequent breaks), I've had to practice filling my day with things other than my businesses.

Part 1 of my July reading list, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, was finally finished. I'm not gonna lie, that book fucked me up. Even from the get-go, when I realized I was going to care about Kath, Tommy and Ruth, I knew I was in for it. If you're down for being devastated, this is definitely the book for you.
What I'm getting through now is Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone. What is known so far is that there are some very complete and relatable female characters(at least for their time) to look forward to, as well as a juicy mystery plot. Beyond that I have no idea what I'm in for, which is exciting.

And tv shows! Hannibal S2 is compelling but often hard to watch, and Stargate SG-1 is UGGGH FANTASTIC. Some more marathons of friend-recommended shows are on the horizon as well. I just have to lock up my WIPs so I'm not tempted to 'make use of my hands' while watching.

Overall, I'm trying to feel pretty optimistic about this RSI. It definitely dispelled my dejection to have learned what I've got before it was any worse. Nerves take annoyingly long to heal, but I'm grateful to know that a behavioral recovery is within my currently weak, numb-pinkied grasp.

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn-Along.

treasury tuesday - birdwatching

Next to creating, I absolutely love sharing the beautiful things I see others make. Here are some picks from the nice stuff I've seen around Etsy and the rest of the internet.

The theme for today: Birds, anatomy, black, white, and gold.
Birdwatching was a favorite pastime when I was a child. I have a small collection of books filled with illustrations of all sorts of birds that you would find around North America. Even today, I have an affinity for the creatures and find inspiration in their anatomy for my sketches every day.
  1. Silk/Cotton Women scarf, Hand painted printed Wings and feathers  by Shovava
  2. Camera Strap dSLR / SLR - Seed Catalog by TheSweetStrap
  3. 4" Huge Raven Skull Belt Buckle White Bronze by Skeletos
  4. Leather Feather Necklace, Metallic Gold Feather Jewelry by LoveAtFirstBlush
  5. Latitude Longitude Sign by Threelittlebirds333
If you see something beautiful around that you know I'll like, don't hesitate to drop me a comment and let me know.

wip: jason's domino socks

So the current work in progress now is this happy little ribbed cuff for Jason's domino socks. I know it's a good sign when I stop every now and again just scrunching and admiring the yarn ball. I should have bought another to make myself a sock! GAH JUST LOOK AT IT!
crazy zauberball, domino
The way each of those greys just flow into each other, how brilliantly that ball is wound to show it all off..I think I'm smitten with Crazy Zauberball. (Like my improvised knit marker? I should consider buying some proper open markers, but for now this will suffice.) wip: jason's domino socks
My wrists are on fire again, so I've been forced to take knitting (and drawing, typing, and anything else for that matter) much more slowly just to try to heal. Every row I manage to slowly complete has been savored like a fine dessert. I think I'm gonna go ahead and take this project as a lesson to slow down and enjoy the little details of hand-making socks.
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