20 Dec 2014

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It’s A New Filament Friday! New Flexibles and Metals

BrassScull Today, we saw two announcements for new 3D printing materials coming to market. 2014 has seen a huge rush of new filaments coming forward, as well as users who are adopting their unique attributes to take their 3D printing projects to the next level. First, Colorfabb has announced that BrassFill will […]

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20 Dec 2014 12:01am GMT

It’s A New Filament Friday! New Flexibles and Metals

BrassScull Today, we saw two announcements for new 3D printing materials coming to market. 2014 has seen a huge rush of new filaments coming forward, as well as users who are adopting their unique attributes to take their 3D printing projects to the next level. First, Colorfabb has announced that BrassFill will […]

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20 Dec 2014 12:01am GMT

19 Dec 2014

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Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

dremel-ideaThe time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]

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19 Dec 2014 9:00pm GMT

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

dremel-ideaThe time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]

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19 Dec 2014 9:00pm GMT

DIY Decoy Gift Wrapping

decoy-gift-1Give the gift of misdirected expectations this year with this brilliant decoy gift wrapping tutorial by Instructables member gogglecrab.

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19 Dec 2014 8:01pm GMT

DIY Decoy Gift Wrapping

decoy-gift-1Give the gift of misdirected expectations this year with this brilliant decoy gift wrapping tutorial by Instructables member gogglecrab.

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19 Dec 2014 8:01pm GMT

3D Printed Replacement Feet for IKEA Gilbert Chair

7531051_origSacha DeAngeli recently moved into a new home with pine wood floors dating from 1925. He also had an IKEA Gilbert chair that was quite functional besides missing a foot. He tried using stick-on felt pads, but after some use, they simply fell off and left scratches and sticky spots […]

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19 Dec 2014 7:01pm GMT

3D Printed Replacement Feet for IKEA Gilbert Chair

7531051_origSacha DeAngeli recently moved into a new home with pine wood floors dating from 1925. He also had an IKEA Gilbert chair that was quite functional besides missing a foot. He tried using stick-on felt pads, but after some use, they simply fell off and left scratches and sticky spots […]

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19 Dec 2014 7:01pm GMT

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

_SD_DSC5597 copyInspired by the territorial displays of arachnids, the Spider Dress 2.0 by designer and electronic wearables artist Anouk Wipprecht is a mechatronic dress with an Intel Edison chip that uses biosignals and learned threat detection to defend the wearer's personal space. Mechanical arms extend and retract as a response to […]

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19 Dec 2014 6:01pm GMT

Anouk’s New Creation: Intel Edison Based Spider Dress 2.0

_SD_DSC5597 copyInspired by the territorial displays of arachnids, the Spider Dress 2.0 by designer and electronic wearables artist Anouk Wipprecht is a mechatronic dress with an Intel Edison chip that uses biosignals and learned threat detection to defend the wearer's personal space. Mechanical arms extend and retract as a response to […]

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19 Dec 2014 6:01pm GMT

Small But Mighty: Meet Adafruit Trinket

trinket coverNote: This excerpt is adapted from author Mike Barela's new Make: Book, Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket. The Arduino has revolutionized the use of microcontrollers-programmable electronics-in the last several years. This can be attributed to easy to use hardware and software at a reasonable price point. The often-cited Internet of Things […]

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19 Dec 2014 5:01pm GMT

Small But Mighty: Meet Adafruit Trinket

trinket coverNote: This excerpt is adapted from author Mike Barela's new Make: Book, Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket. The Arduino has revolutionized the use of microcontrollers-programmable electronics-in the last several years. This can be attributed to easy to use hardware and software at a reasonable price point. The often-cited Internet of Things […]

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19 Dec 2014 5:01pm GMT

New Project: Gingerboard Houses (by Kids)

IMG_3135Construct a whole village of recycled cardboard gingerbread houses for kids to decorate with paper, stickers, holiday candy, perhaps even leftover Halloween candy!

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19 Dec 2014 1:01pm GMT

New Project: Gingerboard Houses (by Kids)

IMG_3135Construct a whole village of recycled cardboard gingerbread houses for kids to decorate with paper, stickers, holiday candy, perhaps even leftover Halloween candy!

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19 Dec 2014 1:01pm GMT

18 Dec 2014

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New Project: Coffee Cup Spy Cam

w_dsc8317_nologoTake your cup of Joe from classic to classified with a tilt-triggered spy camera. The trick is to modify two paper coffee cups - install the device in one, slide it into the second, and align holes cut in the bottoms of each. Two LEDs can be seen through the […]

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18 Dec 2014 10:30pm GMT

New Project: Coffee Cup Spy Cam

w_dsc8317_nologoTake your cup of Joe from classic to classified with a tilt-triggered spy camera. The trick is to modify two paper coffee cups - install the device in one, slide it into the second, and align holes cut in the bottoms of each. Two LEDs can be seen through the […]

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18 Dec 2014 10:30pm GMT

BIOFABRICATE: There’s a bio-revolution on the horizon!

Rayfish footwear, faux rayfish skinIf you missed BIOFABRICATE you missed out! Researchers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs are growing building materials, packaging, and lighting products from mushrooms. They're painting with bacteria, dying cloth with microalgae and growing clothing from kombucha. Plus, get the scoop the programmable materials library being built with Autodesk's Project Cyborg and learn to GIY!

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18 Dec 2014 9:45pm GMT

BIOFABRICATE: There’s a bio-revolution on the horizon!

Rayfish footwear, faux rayfish skinIf you missed BIOFABRICATE you missed out! Researchers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs are growing building materials, packaging, and lighting products from mushrooms. They're painting with bacteria, dying cloth with microalgae and growing clothing from kombucha. Plus, get the scoop the programmable materials library being built with Autodesk's Project Cyborg and learn to GIY!

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18 Dec 2014 9:45pm GMT

New Project: Extend The Life Of Your Gates By Adding A Gate Wheel

finishedThere are several reasons why you may need to fit a gate wheel to a timber gate - more than likely the main reason is that when you open your gate, it drags along the floor making it difficult to move freely. If this is the case, then either your […]

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18 Dec 2014 9:01pm GMT

New Project: Extend The Life Of Your Gates By Adding A Gate Wheel

finishedThere are several reasons why you may need to fit a gate wheel to a timber gate - more than likely the main reason is that when you open your gate, it drags along the floor making it difficult to move freely. If this is the case, then either your […]

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18 Dec 2014 9:01pm GMT

16 Dec 2014

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Grey Scarf

The (oh-so-slight) downside of getting your husband to go into fabric stores and yarn stores with you for a decade-and-a-half is that he will eventually learn that there are things there that he might like ... things that end up being projects for you to make.

In this case, a soft squishy ball of lovely mottled grey wool-silk blend became a request for a soft, light scarf. "Of course I can do that," I answer. And the giant ball of fingering weight yarn comes home with us.

Fast forward 7 months after countless swatches, needle size tests, calculations, and charts. It took me forever to settle on a simple linen stitch to show off the subtle bright patches in the yarn. I love the way the slipped stitches break up the colors and give the scarf a pixelated look, like the static of an old black-and-white TV

After the first 5 inches (seen here) I did a quick wet block. This yarn feels so incredible in linen stitch with a slightly stretched block (7 inches across became 7.5 inches). It will be a very light scarf, which is exactly what was requested.

I have put all my other knitting on hold until I finish this, which has lit a fire under me, for sure. In just 8 days, I've made it almost half way through the scarf! I set some aggressive goals for finishing it so I can be sure I'm not still knitting it over the holidays, because, although I'm happy to knit this for Andrew, plain linen stitch isn't very interesting to knit for 50-inches.

I calculated that this scarf will take 56,000 stitches and 31 hours to knit. I've never done calculations like that before, and I'm pretty sure I never will again. It's pretty daunting, to say the least.

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16 Dec 2014 1:00pm GMT

11 Dec 2014

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2014 Ornament - Tree-ception

I have a very good friend Pam who loves the winter holidays, so every year I make her a Christmas ornament.

When November 1st rolled around, I started brainstorming. Every time I had an idea I realized I'd already used the motif ... an owl, a pincone, a heart, and a star ... and I was starting to worry and then the cutest image popped into my ravelry pattern feed.

The Christmas Tree ornament (ravelry account needed for link) by beakaptur is so adorable! She hasn't published her pattern yet, so I did a ravelry search of Christmas Tree patterns (knit and crochet) and found Little Christmas Tree, and I loved just as much. Bonus, it is a free pattern!



My only modifications were adding random purl stitches to make the tree textured, and I crocheted the trunk because it's so much easier to crochet tiny things than to knit them.

I resisted an urge to sew every bead, bobble, button, and sequin I own to the tree; I kept it simple. In my imagination, I see the pearly beads and gold sequins as reflectors of whatever colors and lights are on the tree where it will hang. That way it will always coordinate and be a mini-me of the bigger tree.

A tree to hang on your tree = tree-ception!

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11 Dec 2014 1:00pm GMT

02 Dec 2014

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River of Doubt - Progress on Body

So much progress! The unblocked stitch pattern accordions into ridges, as you can see in the photos. Once it's blocked the fabric will be flat and the knit/purl design will be more noticeable. Right now it's hard to distinguish between the zigzag chevron lines and the diamonds.





Next step is to block it to make sure it's the right length (it should be a couple inches longer when it's blocked).

I'm thinking of doing a purl icord bind off. I will need to swatch that and see if it will look good.

Oh, let's not forget the arms!

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02 Dec 2014 1:00pm GMT

10 Nov 2014

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River of Doubt - The Source

I've started a new sweater named River of Doubt. It's come together from a lot of different sources:

I bought the pattern for Crazy Stripes Tee because I like the neckline (and would eventually like to make that sweater). I followed the directions for the top-down, seamless, contiguous set in sleeves. So fantastic!

I had to chart every row of the front, back, and sleeves so I could figure out where the diamond and chevron stripes should be so that they'd all line up once I got to the armpits and started knitting the body in the round. That took quite a bit of work.

And, about the time I got to the armpits, I realized I was making a sweater 3 sizes too big. My normal ... haha. So I frogged the whole thing, redrew the charts, and now things are moving much faster!

Here are photos of my progress over the last couple of months:










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15 Oct 2014

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Bermuda Triangle on Vacation

I made the sweater Bermuda Triangle (ravelry link) specifically to wear with this skirt on our vacation in LA this October. I assumed that it would be cool and a little extra warmth up-top would be needed to balance out this short skirt. Who knew that we'd visit right in the middle of a 90-degree October heatwave?!

Luckily, the sweater is cotton, so it was comfortable in spite of the heat. It was also nice that I departed from my normal tight-fitting hip-length sweater silhouette and created a billowy cropped top to show off the swingy skirt.

This is one of my favorite outfits now: a bright cropped sweater and a short swingy skirt with pockets. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would even wear this combo. Live and learn!





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15 Oct 2014 1:00pm GMT

15 Sep 2014

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Golden - Finished!

I realized recently that I never posted an "I'm finished!" photo of this sweater, so I staged a mini photo shoot at the park. Golden took forever to make, but it was worth every stitch. I wear it to work once a week with this great purple v-neck. That's the only thing good about chilly San Francisco summers - perfect cardigan weather.

I love wearing this sweater. It's comfy and stylish. Those increase eyelets make it look designer. People complement the sweater all the time. If it's extra cold on my walk to work, I wrap the front wings over my chest and secure them with the strap of my cross-body bag. This pattern is highly recommended!

For pattern, yarn, and project details, see Golden on Ravelry.





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15 Sep 2014 1:00pm GMT

05 Sep 2014

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Bermuda Triangle

Somehow, I started and finished a sweater before I could even mention it to you! I still have to weave in the ends of Bermuda Triangle (ravelry link), but that's it. I hope to take some finished shots of it this weekend. I made it to match a new skirt because I was having a hell of a time trying to find a matching top. Woohoo!

All of these pictures come from my tumblr. If you're interested in seeing what I'm doing more than once every couple of weeks, check it out. FYI, you can't follow my tumblr with bloglovin because reasons.





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05 Sep 2014 1:00pm GMT

25 Aug 2014

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Mini Road Trips

For the last couple of summers, instead of taking one big summer vacation, once a month we rent a car for a long weekend and drive somewhere nearby. We have discovered so many amazing natural treasures within a day's drive of San Francisco.

This month we went to Owen's Valley and saw Devil's Postpile, Panam Crater, Alabama Hills, and (on a whim?!) drove back home across the entire length of Yosemite. Seriously amazing.

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When I first started this sweater I googled the name of the yarn color, basalt. I learned about a spectacular form of basalt, called columnar basalt that is lava that cracks into hexagons as it cools. This is what lead me to name my sweater Fractured.

When I discovered that we had a columnar basalt formation within a day's drive, I knew we had to go see it. That formation is a National Monument called Devils Postpile. We hiked out to it as the sun was coming up. Such a great way to start the day!

The formation is striking from below, where you can see the columns rising up ~60 feet into the sky. Then you can hike up to the top of the pile to see the hexagon tops of the columns. Bonus: there is a spectacular view of the valley below from the top.

Black bears are common at Devils Postpile, but luckily we didn't see any since we had enough black bear sightings on last month's hike to last us a lifetime.

This is a public domain photo of the Panum Craterfrom overhead.

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Panum Crater is an inactive volcano that is around 650-years-old. You read that right, 650-years-old. That means this volcano was erupting around the time the bubonic plague was devastating Europe.

Please note, if you plan on visiting, there is a weather cycle here near Mono Lake which brings 30-mile-an-hour winds around 3 PM. Ask me how I know ... haha. We hiked the entire rim trail (that outer circle in the top photo), part of the crater between the rim and the plug, and the plug. All in 30-mile-an-hour winds. When I wasn't taking phontos, I was literally holding my sun hat with both hands to keep it on. My arms were more sore than my legs after that hike!

The rim is made of loose pumice rocks about the size of ping pong balls. The plug is made of majestic spires of obsidian. Both pumice and obsidian are the same rock cooled at different speeds. In my photos above are some chunks of striped pumice *and* obsidian. So beautiful The floor of the plug is full of broken shards of obsidian so it sounds like you're hiking through broken glass ... and I guess you kind of are.

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Alabama Hills is right outside of Lone Pine, CA. It's otherwordly! In fact, it was used as a set for other planets in the movie Star Trek Generations and the show Firefly. Over 150 movies and a dozen TV shows have been filmed here.

The day we visited, we saw a couple other cars and two people. It was quiet and beautiful. We hiked and climbed and marveled. As you move through the rock formations, they morph and change. So many hidden wonders!

full-sized images here

On our normal route home, we pass through the city Lee Vining which happens to be where the "back" entrance of Yosemite on 120. We stopped to get drinks at the gas station and thought, "Hey, why not drive back through Yosemite National Park?"

I'd never been to Yosemite and Andrew went once about 16 years ago. We'd been avoiding it because you hear horror stories of people in 3-hour car queues just to get into parking lots. But it didn't seem like there were a lot of people driving in and out of the 120 intersection with 395, so we went ahead and drove in.

It was a beautiful day. Andrew convinced me to stop on a couple heart-attack-inducing turn offs that had us perched on the edge of cliffs. We stopped in Yosemite Valley and went for a couple hikes to see Half Dome, Mirror Lake (which had almost no water), and El Capitan. Hands down, it was the best drive home from a trip, ever!

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25 Aug 2014 1:00pm GMT

04 Aug 2014

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Fractured Arms

Just in case you don't already know, this sweater's name is Fractured. :) I didn't want you to worry I'd hurt myself!

One sleeve takes a little more than one skein of yarn.

I have a couple more rows to do of the left arm (the one on the right in the photo). I steam-blocked the body and will try it on after it is dry* to see if I need to frog back to the waist and redo the hip increases sooner. (please. god. no.)

*Or at some time in the future when I have the fortitude to handle the (potential) news that I have months-more work ahead of me to complete a sweater I started in January 2013.

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04 Aug 2014 1:00pm GMT

28 Jul 2014

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Introducing the Lucky Wristlet

There is at least one of you who has been waiting over 7 years for this pattern to be published! There are many more of you that have emailed over the years asking for this pattern. And now, here it is, the Lucky Wristlet, available as a free download.


I can't wait to see all the creative personal twists that you put on the pattern. There are so many ways to customize this using colors, materials, ribbons, etc. Plus it's a very quick project. You could have it done in a weekend. So far, no one's posted a project on Ravlery. Will you be the first? ;)

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28 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

05 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Make a Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a ribbon strap for the Lucky Wristlet.

The tutorial is broken down, step-by-step. Let me know if something isn't clear. I will be happy to help you out.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. You'll need a crocheted Lucky Wristlet using my free PDF crochet pattern and one yard of ribbon.



2. Find the side of your wristlet that doesn't have a spike crochet "belt loop" for your ribbon. This side has a spike.




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05 Jul 2014 5:01am GMT

04 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Make a Zippered Lining for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet.

The tutorial shows, step-by-step how to make a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet. Let me know if something isn't clear. I will be happy to help you!

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. You'll need a crocheted Lucky Wristlet using my free PDF crochet pattern, fabric for the lining, and a zipper that is about 3 inches longer (or more) than your wristlet.

CUT FABRIC PIECES

2. To figure out the size of the fabric pieces you need to cut, you need to measure your wristlet. Measure the width of the inside opening. In this photo, my interior wristlet width is 7.5"




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04 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

03 Jul 2014

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Tutorial: Crochet a Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for crocheting my Lucky Wristlet pattern.

The tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step. Let me know if something isn't crystal clear to you. I will be happy to help you out.

First things first: download the PDF pattern for the Lucky Wristlet.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1. Gather your supplies: yarn, ribbon, and your crochet hook. I highly recommend doing a gauge swatch, but it's not required. For this project, size isn't a concern, but you might want to make sure the fabric your yarn-hook combo makes will work for the wristlet you're imaging (not too thin, thick, etc).

Don't be confused by the yellow ribbon. I originally thought I'd use the yellow, but I ultimately decided to use the blue you see in the top photo. Luckily, grosgrain ribbon comes in standardized widths in a wide range of colors so it was easy to find the blue I wanted in a 1" width to swap with the yellow.



2. Start the foundation row of foundation single crochet (FSC) stitches. Never done FSC stitches before? Learn how from my FSC Tutorial.

After a I make a couple of FSC, I always put a stitch marker in the top and bottom of the first FSC. In the photo, I have put a pink stitch marker in the top of the FSC and a green stitch marker in the bottom or the FSC.




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03 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

02 Jul 2014

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Making New Habits

I recently came across a bit of advice about forming new habits. I read that to successfully build a new habit you need to make it easy to incorporate into your life. Two ways to do that are:

- do it right before or right after a current habit
- give yourself a reason to look forward to the habit

I've wanted to get up a little earlier each morning to give myself time to relax before jumping into the day, so I tried it out.

(p.s. you're welcome ... I photoshopped out my oatmeal. wow, it looked awful)

Every night, before I go to bed, I measure out the oatmeal and make a cup of coffee and put it in the fridge (I drink my coffee cold). WITHOUT FAIL, I have gotten up at my new wake up time because I look forward to eating the oatmeal. It feels like magic.

A big bonus is that I also have time to read a little as I eat my breakfast. If you like crime novels, I can't recommend Åsa Larsson's series that features Rebecka Martinsson highly enough. Only four of her novels have been translated from Swedish to English and I'm looking forward to the other two coming out here.

I also love my brand new owl mug. Such a cheerful way to start each morning!



Do you have any great tips for creating habits? I'd love to hear them!

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02 Jul 2014 1:00pm GMT

11 Jun 2014

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Wristlet Pattern Coming

I have finished the photo shoots for the wristlet tutorials I need to accompany the pattern release. I've made a list of all the things I need to get done before I can post the pattern and the tutorials. As long as I stay on track, the pattern should be posted by the end of the month. Woo hoo!

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11 Jun 2014 1:00pm GMT

06 Jun 2014

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Fractured Progress

I've made quite a bit of progress on Fractured.

I thought I had about 10 more rows of body to do before I do a ribbed edging, but it looks like I'm done-done with the body.

But now, looking at these photos, I think I waited WAY too long to start the hip increases. I can see that my waist is about 2 diamonds up from the edge. That's where the slow curve out to my hips starts. I didn't start increasing until the start of the last diamond.

See what I'm talking about? The triangles are the increases. The dotted line is my waist.

Even more troubling is that this sweater isn't blocked at all, so it could grow even more. Wait ... maybe that could make everything A-OK.

Oh, and another thing I'm forgetting - once I add the arms, the whole thing might get pulled up higher. Arm holes on a top-down raglan sweater can stretch out a lot before they have a sleeve attached.

Whew! OK. I'm not going to make any rash frogging or bottom edge decisions. I think the next step is to add the arms and then reevaluate the fit.

My goal is to finish this sweater in June so I can wear it during the chilly San Francisco summer. It would have come in handy this week, for sure! Don't let our highs of 70 F fool you. It might be 70 F for about 5 minutes in the afternoon. The rest of the day downtown is dreary, damp, foggy, blustery, and bone-chilling.

I doubt I'll have it done in time for our mini roadtrip to Devil's Postpile this summer to see columnar basalt, which was the inspiration for the name of this sweater. I'm looking forward to seeing such a spectacular natural formation! I guess I won't need the sweater there, though, since it's normal summer temps once you get out of the city.

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06 Jun 2014 1:00pm GMT