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The Snowflake (aka Dragon’s Winter Coat)


Merry Christmanukkwanzwhatever!  I hope you’re having a lovely day, because I am not.  I worked last night, I’m on call today, and I work tonight. And tomorrow night. And it sucks.  But you know what? The money ain’t bad, and I’m going to take the first day I have off this week and spoil Mishto and myself silly and call it Christmas. So weep not for me, because my day will come.


Well, maybe you could weep a little.  Y’know, for my noble suffering and all.  Maybe just a sniffle.


Still, for most of you, I’d bet that today is the big day.  And hey, look! I got you something!  Careful, though.  She’s one of the challenging ones.





A wintry dragon investigates a snowflake. I imagine she has to hold her breath, lest she melt it.


Per usual, click through for the full-res (and with all the fiddly furry detail, I’m betting bigger will be easier).  I release these free bits of line art under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You are allowed and indeed encouraged to do whatever you want with the piece(s) (use, reuse, abuse, remix, share, and of course, embroider), just follow these two simple rules:

1) Give me credit (a link back is always appreciated- that way, everyone else knows they can use it too)
2) Don’t make a profit off any use or modification of my work.

To be fair, I won’t sue you or anything if you don’t give me credit- I’ll just feel all hurt, and no one wants that.  Also to be fair, should you really want to use them in a profit-making venture (ie: stitch it on something you then sell in your etsy store, use it as a print for your own fabric line, etc.), talk to me and maybe we can work something out so everybody wins.  Should you want to say thanks, leave a comment and/or tell a friend or six, or show me what you do with it ’cause that’s all sort of inspiring.

You can find a reminder/introduction to embroidery, including basic stitches and a by-no-means exhaustive list of methods of transferring patterns to fabric in this post (there’s also a good round-up here and another one here). You can find the rest of my patterns under the Embroidery Patterns category.



Sunday Song


The Real Vocal String Quartet does Regina Spektor’s “Machine”.

My violin teacher wants me to consider joining a quartet this semester.  I’m both terrified and excited.

Cookie Party!


Last Sunday was my second annual cookie exchange of awesome!  I had a pile of friends over and fed them a tasty dinner, with the cost of admission set at one half-batch of cookies per head.  They were all delicious.


These were my contributions:




These delicious morsels were Orange Creamsicle Cookies.  I zested two oranges and one thumb for these things, and it was worth it.


Second, I made these, and then was so damn proud of myself I proceeded to drag every single person who walked over my threshold over to look at them while squealing like a small child.





They’re Dinosaur cookies!  I used the recipe for turning cake mix into cutout cookies here.  One box of chocolate cake mix and a pair of dinosaur cookie cutters later and I had myself an entire herd:





The cookies spread more than I’d like for cutout cookies, but were quick and easy (which was the goal, what with party to be hosting).  Luckily my planned method of frosting -ie, bones- really just needed a generally-dinosaur-shaped background.


I whipped up a batch of buttercream, popped it into a ziplock bag and clipped off the corner, no fancy tips required. There were triceratops, and also stegosaurus:





It may sound a bit self-centered, but I’m just so damn proud of myself for these.  I’ve never really done much fancy frostingness, and I may have exploded my first bag of sugary goodness in the squeezing of it (protip: don’t pack a ziplock bag full, that’s bad), so I think these are kind of epic for my skill level.




Now I want some actual frosting bags/tips.  And more dinosaur cookie cutters.



Look, ma!  Knitting!


I cannot resist the Noro Striped Scarf; however, four balls of Noro Silk Garden adds up.   I’ve found a perfect stand-in, though.




I’m using KnitPicks Chroma this time around and I’m loving it.  It’s soft (significantly softer than my Noro scarf, in fact), yet still holding up well without piling -at least, during the knitting process.  It requires a grand total of two balls to make a reasonable scarf, and the colors are beautiful.




These scarves are so basic to knit (great for TV or knitting-group knitting) and yet the color changes make it quite rewarding at the same time.  Maybe I’m a simple soul, but I can’t help but tell myself “Just one more stripe to see what it turns into next!”, which of course turns to one more and one more and one more until eventually the scarf is done.




I’m not even done with this one and I’ve already planned the next.  Green and brown!






Project Day




I officially declare today, December 3 2012, project day.


This is my list:


-Knitted scarf

-Knitted baby sweater

-Necklace hanger

-Wrapping Christmas presents

-Constellation embroidery set

-Maasai cuff bracelets (which will require I go explore a bead store or two)

-Parfait dress

-Embellished jean jacket (which will require I go to a thrift store. I have the embellishments, but not the jacket)


-Put new buttons on a couple of blouses (I need new buttons. Apparently it’s also Project Shopping Day)

-Cutout tank top


There will be blogging.

What’s on your list?

Sunday Song


First Aid Kit, “Winter is All Over You”.



And a remix:

Walking Denver


I like walking.  Long time readers might remember I once walked across a large east African country, and now that I’ve settled into Denver I haven’t stopped yet.  I’ve gotten into the habit of picking a neighborhood a weekend, and wandering around to my heart’s content.

I particularly like walking with my camera.  I learn lots, and not just about the camera, but about the city as well.

One weekend, I packed up ye olde camera and my mp3 player and walked around Highlands and Slone Lake.  I think, when I got to the end of it, it came out to seven or eight miles.  Not too bad.

I like the Highlands neighborhood.  The food is tasty, and you never know when you’ll find an octopus on the wall.

The next weekend I hit City Park, wherein lies the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo.

This weekend I did Cherry Creek, and even though I had my camera on me, I didn’t take it out.  There are some really cool houses (coughcastlescough) in that area, but I feel a bit odd snapping pictures of someone’s home.  So I just walked.

It was nice.