One Perpetually Famished Caterpillar

Growing up “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” was one of my favourite books. Eric Carle is a genius, and as you read the opening words of his books a kind of magic sweeps over you. When a friend asked me if I could make her a bookmark my mind immediately flew to the classic simplicity of a small caterpillar that is terribly hungry. After all, while food feeds the hunger of our bodies, knowledge feeds the hunger of our minds, knowledge that is so often found in books.

Buy your own hungry caterpillar here.

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Today’s the Day!

Hello, friends! Happy day to you! Today is a happy day. Do you want to know why? Because today I became an Entrepreneur. That’s right: today I opened my very own shop. You can find it here. I decided to keep the same name as my blog: Dramatic Lyric. So far all of my listings are tatted jewelry, but I plan to include knitting and other types of crafting as time goes on. So have a happy day, friends. And please visit my shop. I welcome suggestions of how to make things better.

The Queen of Hearts

I have finished something, and thus, I must blog about it! Behold: The lovely heart bracelet!

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I love this bracelet so much.

Also, I have this to show you:

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The basil I’m growing in my windowsill is so happy that it’s flowering! It makes me smile to know that I must have done something right. I have killed too many plants to take a happy one for granted.

Have a happy day!

I have a Dream

Like most girls – well, like most people – I dream of someday getting married. I don’t see this happening anytime soon, since I am about as single as they come. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming. I dream about my wedding dress, and the music I will include. I dream of the time of day (or night) when my wedding will take place, and plan who to ask to be my bridesmaids. Now you know me: I will be making something for my wedding. I’m not brave enough to make my wedding dress. I’ve thought of tatting my bouquet so I can save it for forever, but there’s something about real flowers that is impossible to capture in another medium. One thing I have decided, though: I will knit my wedding veil. Would you like to see it? This is Goldenregen, designed by Herbert Niebling.

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I think it is some of the most beautiful lace I have ever seen. And I want it for myself. It will be beautiful, and I will be beautiful in it. Now I just need to learn how to knit lace….

The Scarf that Never Ends

Do you remember the “Song that Never Ends”? I used to sing it all the time when I was a kid just to annoy people. (Yes, I was one of those kids. I am truly sorry. But I am now reaping what I have sown because people annoy me all the time by doing and saying stupid things. At least you can count on Karma.) For those of you who are not familiar with this song, here are the lyrics as I sang them in my childhood (for those of you who know them, feel free to skip down the page):

This is the song that never ends:

Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.

Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,

And now they’ll keep on singing it forever just because

This is the song that never ends:

(Etc.)

Because of the way the words and music are arranged you can literally sing it forever. I just finished knitting a scarf like that. I have officially named it the “Scarf that Never Ends.” You see, this scarf needed to be at least 8 inches (20 cm) wide, and 5 feet (1.5 m) long. I was asked to make it by a coworker, who wanted a hat and scarf in grey for her daughter. She wanted them to be like this hat that I knit a few months ago. In multiple shades of grey. Which means that I ended up knitting the thing in 2 colours of grey in Brioche. You heard me right, this scarf is double thick. And really wide. And long. I began to sing to myself as I knit:

This is the scarf that never ends:

Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.

One day I started knitting it not knowing what it was,

And now I’ll keep on knitting it forever just because

This is the scarf that never ends:

(Etc.)

It might have gone a little crazy. But at long last the scarf was done. I almost wept when I realized I still had the hat to make. Still, I knit on. And finally both hat and scarf were done. I wove the ends in, seamed very cleverly, and on Monday morning they were done. Hallelujah!

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Yarn: Yarn Bee Effervescence in Black Gauze and Silver Frost.

Pattern: Loosely based off of the Brioche Hood Hat

I must say: as crazy as this project drove me, it was amazing to give it to my coworker and see her love it immediately: “This is beautiful! My daughter will love it.”

Down to the Wire

You know, it’s easy to post when I’ve finished something and make it look like it was super easy and effortless. And some projects are like that. But, truth be told, the Gamecocks Cup Sleeves were a grueling knit. I’m not sure why. They only took about an hour each, so six of them should have taken only 6ish hours. I have no idea why it seemed like so much longer. Maybe it was because I was knitting with cotton. I generally prefer yarns that have a little push and pull to them. Wool is perfect like that. Worsted weight cotton was just not my cup of tea. Maybe it was because I really just did not love the colours. Sure, black and burgundy are great, But it’s the middle of winter. Can I have some bright colours? Maybe it’s because I was silly enough to knit them flat instead of in the round. Sure, I would have had to go up a needle size to knit them in the round, but what’s one needle size? Not that much of a difference. Especially since it was my own pattern.

I will say toward the end of the last cup sleeve there was a bit of terror. I only had this much yarn left.Image

I was so terrified that I would run out of yarn that I had to put the project down for a while. I picked it up again the next morning, hoping and praying that I would have enough. And, you know what? I did. Just barely.Image

Whew! That was a close one!

Sometimes knitting in the break room is a good thing

Sometimes instead of looking dorky you look skilled. Sometimes people wish they were as creative as you.  And sometimes they ask you to knit for them. Growing up I never saw myself as someone who would do crafts for a living – and I don’t. But recently several of my coworkers have seen my handiwork and wanted it for themselves. And they are willing to pay good money for it. Because of their support and interest I may be setting up an Etsy shop in the near future. I will definitely post more about it if it all pans out. For now, I have some finished items to show you.

Cup Sleeves in black and red for a Carolina Gamecocks fan:

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Knitted in Peaches and Creme (black) and Sugar and Creme (wine), pattern is my own.

Note to self: wearing one’s own creations is a great way to raise awareness of one’s craft and to garner sales. Example: with Valentine’s Day looming close I wore my tatted red heart earrings. 2 coworkers asked for a pair, one in red, the other in black. They liked their earrings very much.

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