So, on one of my favorite blogs, Slipped Stitch, the lovely Alice recently wrote up a tutorial on beaded i-cord jewelry, a concept that had not previously occurred to me, being a much less inventive knitter. I had some beads leftover from Grandma's scarf, so I decided to use those plus some newly acquired glass beads (Findings is an amazing store, by the way!) and a bit of leftover yarn got me this:
It's clunky, and funky, and I think I love it. The tutorial is here. I personally used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Rainbow and size 0 needles, which definitely complicated matters. It's just that those darn teeny gold beads won't go through anything much larger than sock weight, so I decided to just go with it. It's a first attempt, what can I say? I just need to go back to Findings and acquire a fastener, because in the photo I just tied the thing on. If I were better with beads, these things would make great gifts; especially with the awesome prices in Findings' orphan bin!
My other recent accomplishment is a cross-stitch! Now, cross-stitching is something I hadn't done since... well... About the age of 9? But it's very easy to pick up re-learn since there's truly nothing to it. I may never have picked it up again if it weren't for the book Subversive Cross Stitch. Here it is on amazon. It was cheap and deliciously funny and... yeah, well, couldn't resist, especially with my mild hatred of children:
It just seemed so ironic. It's not framed or anything yet, but I need to soon. It's going to be hanging in a prominent location... Next cross-stitch: "Bite Me."