September Highlights

So, here we are, a week into January—er, I mean, September—and we’re less than four months away from Christmas.

Usually, by now I’d have a gift list and probably even have half the items already on the way. This year, it’s proving very difficult to get excited about something that I love but that is coming around so dang fast.

I’m sure many of you are in the same boat: this year has been such a poop show that looking forward to anything just seems like an invitation to make 2021 even worse.

Alas, the show goes on.

September in my Mini Happy Planner
I decorated September in my Mini HP with the Celebration kit from Planners Anon

September is a month of birthdays for me: mine is on the 26th (the most important, of course xD), my niece turns eight on the 13th, and Dumbledog the Draught Excluder will be going to her new home on the 21st.

I don’t think I’ll be able to see my niece this year, unfortunately; both niblings will be back at school by then and I’ve been hardcore shielding since lockdown began.

Fortunately, we have access to video calls so I will at least be able to watch her open her gifts. I already purchased them and sent them directly to my sister’s house to cut out the middle man (and possible extra contamination).

It’s weird that I haven’t really made any gifts this year, though. I’ve been focused almost entirely on knitting for myself (giveaway Labby and Dumbledog excluded). I don’t seem to be getting very far with this bloody cardigan, though!

Ravelry Updates

It looks like nothing much is happening on the Ravelry front, except that Cassidy (who Jess’ apology letter claimed was no longer to have a user-facing appointment) has been, uh, messaging with users, apparently. So that’s already one aspect of their “plan” they’ve back-pedalled.

I deleted my Ravelry account on the 17th August, anyway. It took longer than I’d intended, but I had a lot of favourites to go through. Turns out most of them weren’t even patterns I wanted to try out, just things I liked the look of, so it was easier to delete them than I’d expected.

Yarn Projects

I’m only really working on one thing at the moment, now that the Labbies are done and my Cosmic Pop! is still in hibernation, and that is: my seaside cardigan!

Seaside cardigan sleeve WIP

I decided to knit the sleeves first so I’d know exactly how much of the fancy yarn I’d have left, and so far I’ve knitted one sleeve up to about the elbow (seen above) and the other just past the stripes. I’m now working on the body, having ribbed the bottom hem and started on the first stripe (which may wind up being just a large colour block instead).

Considering I’m not using a pattern and that I’m making this all up as I go, it’s not actually going that bad! Um, maybe?

From My Shop

As mentioned, September is my birthday month–but I don’t have anything in my shop that’s birthday related! (Shock! Horror! Woe!)

Well, that’s not strictly true, actually. My notecard/notelet sets could make for nice birthday cards, and basically anything in my shop would make a great gift for that special someone. How about these?

How cute are those little monkey clasps on the baby zipper charms? I got a set of mixed novelty clasps on Amazon and they really stand out! I look forward to using them.

August On Our Instagram

Okay, I know we already did August last month, but I’ve been struggling to come up with feature-worth Instagram pics because my highlights posts are only a week or so into the month.

I’ve decided, instead, to highlight pics from last month, so we’re doing August again.

Cool?

Cool.

This one is my favourite pic from my account in August: poor Labette just looks so helpless and angry. She makes me want to knit an entire army of Labbies in her size. You know, just because. I mean, imagine an army of these guys. I would definitely find a way to leave the planet if they came out in force!

My favourite pic from KitKat’s account, meanwhile, is actually a spot-the-cat twofer:

Only one person/kitty found her, according to the comments, but she is very good at camouflaging herself against dark backgrounds, so we’ll let you guys off just this once.

Other Instagram News

So, I had this idea to host a giveaway on my Instagram account every month for the rest of the year after my tropical flip book and KitKat’s birthday giveaway in June were (to me) so popular.

However, my bee giveaway in August saw less love and it doesn’t seem entirely fair to pick a winner from so few entrants. I also realised that I’d somehow missed July, anyway.

But I’ve really been enjoying making flipbooks from my Planners Anon subscription kits. I don’t have many pen pals to send them to, and I’m not sure if they’d sell in my shop. (How would I even quantify them for pricing?) Giveaways seem like the next best option to me.

I’ve got a bigger giveaway planned for my birthday (two flip books instead of just one!), which will probably run over two weeks and include reposting for extra tickets. We’ll see how successful this one is before I look at future giveaways; I might have to try selling them after all.

Here’s a preview of one of the birthday giveaways coming up on my Instagram:

What do you think? Will you be entering?

Would you buy one of these from me? How much would you be willing to pay if you did? Or do you think they’re better as giveaways?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. IdleEmma says:

    This is a strange time of year. I’d usually have a huge craft list of things I need to make for presents seeing as late september to november is a very busy birthday time and then there’s Christmas but I don’t know what I want to make, I have no real plans to make any presents and actually, these last few weeks I’ve done so little crochet!

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    1. Emma says:

      I decided early on in the year that I wasn’t going to be making gifts this year (with a couple of exceptions). It’s been so freeing! But I also feel super guilty, but then I also don’t?

      I figure, with the way this year is going, do what makes you happy (or the least stressed) and forget about everything else. Like, I’m not saying don’t buy gifts or anything, but if crochet isn’t making you happy, don’t crochet, etc.

      I dropped it as a hobby for years before I picked it back up again (because I got bored), and now I think of it as a skill rather than a hobby. I’ll crochet something when I need it done fast because I can crochet quicker than I can knit. I still enjoy it, but I don’t feel bad that I don’t crochet much anymore.

      I know sometimes there’s a guilt associated with it, like, “I spent all this money/time/effort, I should keep going” but hobbies aren’t supposed to be a chore. If it helps, you have my permission to put down your crochet hooks for a while. ;D

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      1. IdleEmma says:

        Yup, I I’m both guilty and not guilty about not making gifts this year – it’s a strange state of mind to be constantly swaying between the too.

        I’m just in a strange place with my yarn hobbies at the moment where I keep seeing yarns I love and want to use and patterns that are calling out to me to make them but then when I’d usually pick up some crochet to do while watching stuff, I just couldn’t be arsed.
        …I mean that sums up a lot of 2020 so far with crafting…couldn’t be arsed.

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        1. Emma says:

          I feel you. Motivation is one of the first things to go when you’re stressed, depressed, etc. And I dunno about you, but this year’s been one long period of what my friend calls existential dread. Like, there’s so much going wrong around the world, it’s hard to get up in a morning and NOT think “what’s the point”.

          But hey, looking at patterns and planning future projects is just as much of a hobby as actually crocheting/knitting/weaving/etc. Don’t beat yourself up about it, just add it to a list and decide later if you’re going to actually go ahead and work on it. 😉

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          1. IdleEmma says:

            Yup, 2020 does feel like on literal hell of a year!

            On the bright side, while I’ve not been crocheting, I have been focused on cross stitch which I am enjoying…even if it is taking god damn forever! 😀 Fairly certain I crocheted a large picnic blanket quicker than this tiny piece of cross stitch 😀

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            1. Emma says:

              Ahahahahahahaha yes cross stitch is very demanding in a fun way. How is the black lab going?

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              1. IdleEmma says:

                Good thing I’m enjoying it! And it gives me a reason to catch on up my backlog of audiobooks 😀 It’s coming along though – a few more days of intense focus and it should be done, just in time for my dad’s birthday and for me to take important note that cross stitch should never be made to a deadline! 😀
                Also, speaking of birthdays, happy birthday to you!

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                1. Emma says:

                  Thank you very much! 😘 Good luck on meeting your deadline, but don’t actually, you know, kill yourself doing it. ;D

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