I'm sure there will be awesome photos of these from my photographer later.

How to: Vintage-ish Doily Escort Cards

So, I’m having fun practicing my hand lettering as I get ready for my wedding by making these escort cards. They’re inspired by these doily escort cards that I saw on Pinterest: (which should be banned for any brides who are within 90 days of their wedding).

Here's the image from Pinterest. I have no idea who it belongs to, so, sorry.
So pretty. Much vintage. Wow

I an DIY this! Yeah! We only have 80 guests. Or so. Some Still haven’t RSVP’d. It’ll all be ok. Gotta focus on the important things. Like writing down this tutorial for all the Internet to use and avoiding anymore hand lettering.

You will need:

  1. An interest or experience in hand lettering or calligraphy. I like to hand letter in my notes at work during meetings. I’ve gotten a little more practice at it now. Definitely don’t go into this without looking at a few tutorials. Or do, whatever.
  2. Cards! I used 80lb 4×6 Brown Craft Paper from ThunderBolt Paper. It’s already cut.
  3. Doilies. I just went on Amazon and bought a pack of these 4″ round paper doilies from Royal Paper The important thing is that your doily diameter is the same at the short edge of your paper.
  4. A nice pen. Don’t use some sort of Bic thing that you’d write your grocery list with. I used the 02 and the 05 pens from my Pigma Micron Set.
  5. Glue! A regular glue stick will be fine. Elmer’s Glue might also work. Modge Podge, too, I guess, but why waste your wonderful golden MP on something when a glue stick will work? You’re getting married. You should be counting your pennies.

Ready? Click through for the instructions.

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Mistakes Were Made

Mostly by me. I forgot my login info for my blog, and also have experienced an overwhelming amount of wedding crafts. And not a lot of knitting. In fact, zero progress on any knitting 😐
Here are some photos to make up for it:

Erm… yeah. I went to Ireland for work. So, there are all my pretty photos from that.

Any now, pretty photos of my house! (Not really. This is a terrible mess that is my wedding craft-o-mania.)

69 DAYS TO GO DON’T FREAK OUT

Just so you know – you’re not missing much, just me saying DON’T FREAK OUT a lot. Pretty much over everything that happens. πŸ™‚

The Dark Dark Days Have Ended!

a half-finished sock on my lap in the car.

The saddest month of the year is the month surrounding winter solstice. Why? Because it’s so dark that I can’t knit when it’s my turn to ride in the carpool. πŸ™

So happy that the sun is starting to peek over the hills when I ride to and from work!

But, of course, it’s not bright enough to take beautiful, blog-worthy photos. I’m sure my hoardes of readers will forgive me πŸ˜‰

(P.S. – found dpns that are the same size as my rosewood! So glad I didn’t clean out my knitting stash when I went through that Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up phase!)

Icing on the Cake!

So, here I am, trying to knit a little on my day off while I watch some BBC drama. (Call the Midwife, if you were wondering, which has both babies AND lovely knitwear.)

I got up to take my quiche out of the oven, and pop back down onto the sofa… and I head a CRACK.

pretty lovely needles... broken

I KNOW I’m not fat enough to break the couch (yet) so I get up, turn around… and I’ve sat on my needles. My lovely rosewood needles that I got inΒ  after a wonderful lunch at my favorite crepe restaurant.

They’re not going to be repaired, and I’m not going to have the money to go off buying rosewood needles anytime soon… so Dan’s socks will have to go even slower. Frustrating for both of us. He, because he wants his socks, and I because I wanted to finish these and start another pair by the end of the month when I go to Ireland for work.

What a Way to Start the New Year!

A pretty sky photo

As of today I can officially say that I have taken a record amount of time off from my job. On New Year’s Eve, I had a series of seizures. They weren’t sure what caused them at the time, but now my awesome team of medical folks that care about me (including my doctor, therapist, and personal nurse that I usually call “Mom”) are pretty sure it was from withdrawling from a drug that I had been taking.

I really got to see how the other side lived, though – or, well, how the other side was treated by emergency medical staff.

Because I was mostly out of it, I answered every question with “I don’t know.” Apparently, I was a pretty broken record when I wasn’t rolling my eyes back into my skull and wiggling around.

If you’re familiar with emergency medicine, you’ll probably figure out where this is going. One of the common questions that you get asked by EMTs is if you’ve had any illegal drugs. Of course I answered with “I don’t know” and everyone assumed I OD’d.

So, I sat in the hospital alone for about 3 hours (having said “I don’t know” when they asked me if I felt safe at home, which effectively kept Dan from coming in to see) seizing and remembering very little, except that people were pretty annoyed with me for wailing and wriggling uncontrollably. Sorry, ER nurses.

Thankfully, though, a social worker came in and talked to me and realized that maybe I wasn’t lucid, Dan came to sit with me, and eventually I got an IV and fell asleep.

Then I had a wonderful week of recovery. Even though I thought I was better by Tuesday, when I went into work on Wednesday I had trouble doing just basic work stuff – like, comprehending the emails I was reading or typing out my thoughts. Luckily, my job is awesome and they had no problem with me taking the time off – but I still feel kind of guilty.

Oh, uh, knitting? I did knit a bit, another one of my side effects from the medicine I was taking was random muscle clenching, and now that I’ve stopped taking it my hands feel so much better! Obviously I’m still going to keep doing stretches and strength training, but I can do a push up without pain! Whoohoo!

For 2017 I’m going to finish off my 16 in 2016… because why not? My main crafting priority is stuff for the wedding – none of which is knit – but I still have so many ideas!

 

My 2016 FOs

I knit more this year than last, but I still have a little bit of locker-room-esque shame when I compare my fancy FO collage to the ones on the other blogs I follow.

Anyway, here they are – and here I am, in MY TENTH YEAR of blogging. Ten whole years, guys. WHOA.

I’m Knitting! Just slowly.

Socks, with cat tax

We’re ending the year with a visit from Ash, some calm stockinette socks, and a very bad flu. Christmas was great, but whatever it was hit me like a freight train on Tuesday, and I’ve been taking it easy since.

Hope everyone’s holiday has been great!

Yarn Winding Woes – What else is new?

Since I finished my mermaid tail blanket, it’s only right to start another project, right? I’ve hard two skeins of Spud and Chloe Stripey fine in my stash from who knows where and when, because I never stashed them on Ravelry.

Anyway, I got out my trusty cake winder and swift last night and plopped the first skein on. I instantly knew I was going to have problems.

This little loop on my swift isn't supposed to be sticking out like this

That loopy thing is NOT supposed to be there.

Anyway, I wound on fearlessly… and ended up REALLY tangled.

Here you can see a mad yarn vomit on my swift.

Dan was watching TV, and laughing at me every time he looked over. What a fun night. 😐

But, I muddled through and now I have two little cakes of yarn to make some socks with!

Two cakes ready to go!

Not sure if I’ll like them, because the FO’s of this colorway on Ravelry are not my cup of tea. The word “hideous pooling” was used. You can see what I’m talking about yourself here. But as long as Dan likes them, that’s the goal, right? πŸ™‚