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Cast-On Monday…Sort Of. Mostly.

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Cast-On Monday…Sort Of. Mostly.

So I DID actually cast-on a knitting project today, even though that’s not what the whole blog is going to be focusing on. I joined my first KAL! I’ve played with the idea before, but time and money has never really been on my side. I’ve been following Allyson Dykhuizen on twitter for a while, and one day we just started conversing back and forth about random guilty pleasure TV shows (hers was Revenge and mine was Murder, She Wrote). Now we’re tweety box friends and it’s pretty cool 🙂 So when she said, “Hey y’all, Holla Knits is doing a KAL!” I was like, “Sign me up, please!” Last week was working on a gauge swatch and today was CAST-ON DAY. And I’m pretty stoked. My yarn is all sparkley and lime green and AWESOME.

Here’s my gauge swatch. SPARKLES! GREEN!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! I’ve been trying to work on making found-item jewelry for a couple of weeks now, and I have this really fun idea for bottle cap earrings that requires resin to be poured. It’s been 90+ and humid for the past 3 weeks, and it would take resin foreeeeeeeeever to set in those kinds of conditions (no A/C in the apartment). So now i’m stuck going, “what to do, what to do…thousands upon thousands of bottle caps and NO FREAKING RESIN POURING. GRRRR RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE.” So I was browsing twitter and craft blogs like I do when I need inspiration and it hit me somewhere along the way (I found a tutorial about fabric on wooden discs, but now I can’t find the exact one I saw…it was something like this) that I can flatten them and put fun pictures and artwork inside and just use a spray or brush-on sealer and save me all the headaches while still feeling productive.

See? Cute googly eye earrings CRYING because they can’t have resin friends.

This is probably 1/100 of my collection of bottle caps. This is just from the past 2-3 weeks in the kitchen. I’ve been collecting since I was 14.

But where to get art or pictures or fun flat things? I can’t draw to save my life, even my stick figures are heinous. Finding things on the interwebs means irking someone by taking THEIR art, which is absolutely no good. So I thought about trying to find old postcards or photos that people sell at flea markets and things, but that wasn’t quite right enough. I DO love vintage, and I’m sure at some point I’ll go for it, but I’ve been on a mega-nerdy streak lately so vintage just wasn’t hitting the right note. So THEN I was like, “HELLO, COMIC BOOKS AND DICTIONARIES AND ANATOMY BOOKS AND THINGS.” YES. This. Go to the flea market and see what goodies you can find. I found lots of goodies.

Comic books! All 8 of these cost me $2. And they’re all mostly 80s, and none of them had been bagged or boarded, so the guilt level at cutting them up was pretty much nil.

Old school dictionary with etchings!! THIS COULD NOT BE MORE FUN. Cost me $1.

So this is what I’ll be doing this week: working on my KAL and smooshing and painting and gluing bottle caps. I HAVE ALL THE EXCITE.

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