Crocheting and Other Crafts

As you may have seen on my AMIGURUMIST page, in addition to writing, I practice a few crafts that involve yarn. Preferably small projects, like earrings and amigurumi, because I don’t have the time/patience for afghans. I have an Etsy page called Crafty Meankitty for most of the results of my “squint work” since I can’t wear them all myself. So far, just really small projects to make sure I don’t spend all my time hooking when I should be writing or editing.

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But I gotta hook SOME, you know? I relish hooking “the end” on a project as much as I relish writing “the end” on a story. My crafting projects are a lot like short stories instead of novels so I can enjoy that gleeful finishing sensation more frequently.

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Clearly one of my arts =/= photography, but I have to have SOME weaknesses.

At one point I was involved in my kids’ after-school musical theater classes in order to help with costuming. (And I may have been conned into performing as a tap dancing Jedi in 2013.) I own a vintage clothing collection that serves no purpose beyond to make me happy and to fill our attic. I also have rudimentary sewing abilities. But my real aptitude with costuming–beyond my thrift-store cheap-wad savvy–has been crocheting custom hats.

For example, here’s the puffer fish hat I made for a production of Disney Jr’s Little Mermaid.

pufferIf you’re a hooker, too, feel free to drop me a line. I know all sorts of people I can talk to about writing, but my hooker circle is limited!

Another crafty art I hope to get better at, both for myself and for musical theater, is the art of the refashion — taking existing clothing items and turning them into things I like better. I’ve also seen this called upcycling and rehashing. The blog that turned me onto this was New Dress A Day.

You can see all my posts about crafting on the blog. I also have a Ravelry account (http://www.ravelry.com/people/meanwallace) I don’t use much. And, again, my Etsy store.

Last but not least, if you want to know more about naughty crochet, the peens have their own page! http://www.crochetpeen.com/

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2 thoughts on “Crocheting and Other Crafts”

  1. Jody, i really puffer fish, just too cute with beautiful color combinations, can i please have the pattern for the same, i would really to make one for my little one? Also how can i subscribe to your blog to get these posts in my inbox?

    XXX
    Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah!

      I didn’t have a pattern. I made a regular size knit cap for the base and then a giant ball for the puffer. I put the eyes and spines on the puffer. I attached them around the base of both, with the regular sized one on the inside, and before I finished the attachment stitch off, I stuffed the puffer!

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