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hey mae,

if you are anything like me, you have a problem throwing things away that still seem semi useful.  rubber bands, glass jars, old used screws, scraps of yarn; the garbage is no place for things like these.  i wish i could remember where i found this idea, but i thought it was super cool when i saw it and decided to snag it up and call it my own.

save up some of you old cans from veggies, pasta sauce, beans and what have you, clean and dry them, punch a hole in the bottom (i used a nail and a hammer to do this) and then screw them to the wall, easy as that.  my desk used to live under my can collection and it held pens, markers, and all sorts of desk gadgets, and now it is home to my collection of small balls of yarn!  it works perfect for this and reminds me of an artist pallet with dots of colors just waiting to become art.

❤ forever gurl!

betty

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hey mae,

and so, here it is, my completed dalek sweater. only it’s a pillow and not a sweater, because who needs all of that fuss?  i needed the gratification of a project finished,  and a pillow too, i suppose!  it’s so much fun, i think i might just make a few more completely nerdy pillows.

i found a whole bunch of awesome dr.who themed crafts at crafty tardis on live journal. did you know people still use livejournal? i haven’t seen mine since high school….

i ❤ you more!!

betty

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and dearest mae,  if you fail two more times, stop wasting your time, it isn’t meant to be. i acquired a huge skein of pink yarn and thought it perfect for my first knitted sweater.  i did attempt one in the past, but i didn’t know what i was getting myself into and ended up with a too-short, too-frumpy one-sleeve-too-long disaster.   this time was going to be different.  i found the perfect pattern, and even figured out how to add my own motif, knitted a swatch, and i’m much better at reading patterns by now.  but evidently not that much better.  attempt number one left me about a quarter of the way down before i realized that something was going wrong.  i reluctantly pulled the whole thing apart.  not a tear shed, and i started again.

it was going to be so cute too! pink boat neck with two dancing daleks on the chest, with a diamond lace pattern on the shoulders and back.

any-who, to make a long story short, i did the same thing on the second try.  i messed up the whole lace patten in the back resulting in a weird twisted mess.  i didn’t want to break my own heart a third time so i’m making something else, but i am committed to knitting something pink with a knitted red dalek on it.  so that’s not really giving up, right?

❤ betty

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dear mae,

on my latest venture to the goodwill i found this little gem tucked in with the board games.  i had one as a child, only mine was a wooden spool with four nails in one end.  i couldn’t resist and picked up my new little knitting nancy. she is used for making i-cords, or french knitting.  i’m not completely sure what to do with it, other than the occasional i-cord trim or drawstring.  i mostly got it just to jazz up the inside of my knitting basket.  knitting nancys come in all kinds of different designs, from spools to mushrooms and even with hand cranks, for the crafty challenged.  i think i like mine best of all of the designs i’ve seen because she kind of looks like a zombie, or a sleeping vampire….

i’ve already made a 3 foot rope just because i like to fiddle while watching tv.  i think once i’ve had my fun with her, i might send her to you, because i know how you feel about the dreaded i-cord.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

the only resolution i made this year was to not start a new project without finishing my current one. i have a bad habit of starting something and never ever finishing it.  it’s a bad one. i have a closet full of dresses with out sleeves or hems, shirts that only need a button or two, and a basket full of half-knit yarns.  it happens every time. i get to the point where its no longer the fun part, and then i quit and move onto something new.  “not this year!” i proclaimed to noone but myself, “twenty-eleven will be the year. the year where i finish things!”  but alas, it is the seventeenth of january and i have moved on to a more fun project.  i have been working on an embroidery project for weeks, and it’s getting to the point where i just need to add some details, you know, french knots and the like, and i’m over it. i don’t even like looking at it.  so,  i dug into my basket of unfinished knits from twenty-ten and started pulling a three foot, unfinished scarf apart into a pile of green woolly ramen. i transformed that never to be finished scarf into a most adorable hat! and i finished it! only three sessions of manic knitting and tv watching produced this little gem!

even though i did abandon one project to make it, this little debbie is complete, finished, finito.  ends woven in, knots tied, and i even made the silly i-cord.  done and done.  i haven’t taken it off since i finished it, on account of being so proud that i actually finished it.

love always,

betty the completer.

ps, the pattern is from my all time favorite knitting website, knitty.

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