happy birthday sim-plystefichop aka stefi aka stefolini, the kindest person in the world, who’ll talk to me even when i’m all nonsense and you crochet which i’m not entirely sure what is but i think it’s like knitting and i love it when people have old-lady hobbies and you’re so cool cool cool HAPPY BIRTHDAY

30 Day Crochet Challenge

Day 1: What was your first finished project?

Day 2: What is currently on your hooks?

Day 3: Do you have any other WIPs (works in progress)?

Day 4: How did you learn how to crochet?

Day 5: How long did it take from the time your learned how to crochet, to finish your first project?

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve crochet?

Day 7: Your least favorite?

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

Day 11: Do you have a “Crocheting Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?

Day 16: Have you ever had a crocheting related injury? 

Day 17: Have you ever had a project that you loved become ruined? What’s the story behind it?

Day 18: What are your preferred hooks made from (metal, steel, bamboo, wood, plastic)?

Day 19: Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while crocheting? What are your favorite things to crochet to?

Day 20: Do you crochet in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

Day 21: Do you crochet gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-crochet-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last crochet gift to them?

Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

Day 25: Do you have a crocheting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a crochet-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides crochet? What are they, and did learning to crochet come before or after learning these other crafts?

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from crochet?

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?


How I spend my afternoon today.

[insert jokes about filling your bucket in the forest here]

The berries in the picture are Vaccinium myrtillus,or European blueberries. The Finnish word for it is mustikka and I was taught to call them just blueberries in English, until a few years ago when I found out that it’s not in fact the same berry Americans call a blueberry :,D

Well, of course no matter what you call it, it’s a tasty berry and really healthy too!

Tl:dr; I have old lady hobbies and my back hurts.

My evening hobbies include watching Jeopardy and answering all the pop culture questions that the contestants don’t know and calling them nerds, followed by watching Wheel of Fortune and screaming out the answer as loud and fast as I can.

To-knit list

Do any of you crafty beezies keep a running list of what you’re planning to knit/crochet/sew/whatever? I have one on my phone and it’s excellent. I don’t usually have more than one project going at a time (I’m a product knitter, not a process one) so it’s helpful to go “oh right Andy asked me to make him a thing, I can start that now!”

Now that I’ve finished a sweater for each girl this cold-weather season, I’m going to knit a chemo hat for my aunt, then a tie for Andy. He asked me to knit him a tie. I agreed, because he rarely asks and because it’ll make a designer feel nice that their dumb filler knitted tie pattern gets used, probably. Who the fuck wears a knitted tie?

I finally added my stash to Ravelry and rediscovered a bunch of great stuff, none of which is kidproof, so there’s some selfish knitting in my near future, too!

What are you all working on?


My brother comes down to visit my new apartment for the first time tomorrow, AND we are going to a local tea room on Sunday. I have wanted to try this place since I walked passed it a year ago! Oh my goodness I’m so stoked! They do everything from the sandwiches to the pastries and chocolates, all on fine tea services in a gorgeous dining room! Fuck I’m such an old woman!