I feel pretty good about today. I got a lot of things checked off the ol’ to-do list. On the other hand I did allow myself to get completely distracted by Temari, not as bad as yesterday, but still, I should have been working on Christmas gifts.

I did get Jason’s (my boyfriend) scarf charted, finally, and I’m happy to report that with the help of this site I was able to do so in under 2 hours. It honestly would have been just an hour, but I realized that I put in the wrong swatch size. So it goes.

delta sigma pi scarfscarf chart

The scarf knitting is now underway though and I’m semi confident I will get it finished in time for Jason and I’s Christmas gift exchange.

Now back to Temari. So I’ve been curious about it for awhile now. I first saw it over on Knit and Tonic and then Craftzine, then the craftypod, and now it’s just popping up everywhere. The first question I asked was “what the heck do you do with them when their finished?” Well, some people place them in bowls, Diane of the CraftyPod and DIY Alert, made her’s into an ornament, me, well, I’m not sure yes. I kind of like the idea of making a mobile out of them, or I might get a big vase or jar and fill it with them and place them by my window. Honestly, who cares! When was the last time I wore a sweater that I knit? Well, a long time, in fact I ended up frogging the whole thing to make a new sweater. This Christmas knitting has put a stop to my sweater making though and I’m afraid another winter is going to pass without the company of one handmade sweater. Enough moping. I sure am a selfish knitter. I discust myself. Haha. Not really.

So the straw that broke the camel’s temari curiosity back? I saw a new book on Temari at the public library. Dang it. I just had to bring it home. Then I just had to read it. And you see where this is going, I just had to try it!

temari ball wipSo I did. I collected up all my temari ball making supplies and soon realized that I would need something to put them in. I’m normally okay with ziplock bags, but for whatever reason, I wanted a temari ball bag that would have all my essentials for the ball I was working on.

temari ball bagThe other driving factor is that a temari ball is just the kind of favorite thing that my ferrets love to steal and hide and rehide until they have really done a number on it. So a zipper was needed too.

temari ball bag

hand bound sketch book I also bound this little sketch book the other day, I’m thinking about making more and selling them in an etsy shop along with other stationary kind of jobbers (quad city speak there, it means thing-a-ma-bobs).
cookies and tea Well that’s it for today, have a good one. I’m going to get back to my tea and gianormous cookie.

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