Bad Mom

One of the ripple bonuses of attending BlogHer this year has been the occasional email reaching out to talk about mutually beneficial opportunities.

A few weeks ago a rep for ThinkJam got ahold of me and asked if I’d want to watch the movie “Bad Moms” in exchange for a blog post. Uhm, yes please! I even had the perfect opportunity – my 40th birthday craft night! Except, of course, that being moms meant there was already too much on all of our plates. So instead, I watched the movie in mini-segments during quiet time. Ha! At least I got some knitting in.

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I had fun giggling to myself during the movie as I finished these bats for my girls. I’m definitely in the Bad Mom camp!

“Bad Moms” the movie is from Universal Home Entertainment and is available on Digital HD now and Blu-ray / DVD on Nov. 1 if you want to catch up with the exploits of Mila Kunis as the titular misbehaving mama of the movie and Christina Applegate as her too perfect to be perfect nemesis.

Since we’re just starting on the school path with a kindergartner this year, I can definitely see myself falling in to some of the traps of trying to be everything to everyone – though the art department on the move is way better at school crafts than even my Pinterest enhanced skills can match.

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Check out the movie and some of the party games – assuming you can spare a moment from those perfect children of yours. Is it bad that the full-time-at-home Kristen Bell is the movie mom I most identified with?

Hello, BlogHer!!!

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Today’s post is coming at you from the past! As of 5AM I am driving down to Los Angeles and the JW Marriot Live to attend the 2016 BlogHer Convention: Experts Among Us!

Hello, fellow bloggers, thanks for checking me out!

My name is Krista & I have been a crocheter since 6, a knitter since my late 20s, and have recently taken up some scroll sawing. I also occasionally pull out my sewing machine, fire up the oven, or look up fun ideas on pinterest.

I have two pugs and a chug who often appear in my photos for my different crafts.

Leroy, the male fawn pug, is my 13-1/2 year old “grumpy old man” and is the opposite of everything a pug should be. He’s anti-social, demanding, and independent. He’s my heart walking around in dog form.

George is my female black pug. She’s 8-1/2 and starting to slow down. But she is the original velcro pug. Sweet, docile, but going blind and stubborn as heck.

And we just added Maggie. She’s half pug/half chihuahua, all puppy. As of 3 months she is velcro like a pug, and does the “hearts shooting out of her eyes” at her people like a pug, but mostly looks like a short, black chihuahua. We adopted Maggie through Central Coast Pug Rescue this year after looking for a third pug for several years.

Most of my knitting is hats and socks and shawls as we live on the central coast of California and it’s not exactly winter here, ever.

I like my hats simple but interesting, my socks on double point needles, and my shawls long but thin (a glorified scarf). I prefer to work on fingering weight yarn except for children’s hats, which are generally worsted. I usually knit for myself or my loved ones, only occasionally taking on a request or commission.

I do, sometimes, work on sweaters and blankets. I’m still hashing out the fit of sweaters and prefer to crochet blankets as it goes faster.

& I like to talk about “knitting adjacent” activities like baking, wood, or sewing.

You can find me on Ravelry (if you do fiber craft and haven’t discovered Ravelry for forums and pattern database, you are in for a real treat!), Instagram, and Twitter as knitonepugtwo.

& if you’re a fan of stitch markers, or even just pins, I’m bringing some with me to give away!

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Maggie is modelling. The finished object is double sided on a little pin.

 

Getting Ready for BlogHer

While getting ready for BlogHer, there have been several Instagram challenges with prompts. Here’s the summary of the ones I participated in.

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#HowToPack

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#InMyBag

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#experts , & I wrote “Not loving the #experts prompt from @blogher , kind of feel like my #impostersyndrome is creeping up. I have so much left to learn, even in the things I’m good at and that I love doing. #knitting #color #yarn #blogher16

 

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#knowme #pug #knitting #socks #kindle #glasses #nerd

 

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#mysite

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#whatiwillmiss

Splurge

Scanning through one of the many articles that pops up on SheKnows Media, who put on the BlogHer event, I came across an article about splurging and what women splurge on. I like the term splurge. Though now I’ve typed it a few times it sounds weird in my head and maybe a little dirty. Still. The word itself implies less bad feelings than “guilty pleasure.” Because most pleasures aren’t things you need to feel guilty about (I feel slightly guilty not sharing the last bit of ice cream with my husband). But splurging seems to imply that you’re maybe spending a little more than most people might, but that you aren’t sending yourself into bankruptcy for a treat.

I’m generally careful with a budge and the more grown up and adult I’ve become the more I like to save. To put off and make do. I’ve always enjoyed mending. And I like old things. My dresser was my mother’s. Our headboard was re-made from bits of our wood ceiling. Our desk is a Craigslist find. Not to say we don’t have new things, but re-use is high on our list.

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See that corner of desk above the pug?

And treating myself has become more important since quitting my job and becoming a mother. My “me time” is shorter. And knitting is more important. It centers me, grounds me. I don’t like yoga. And weight lifting has to be done at the gym. Even wood working & sewing are limited by the machinery. But knitting? I can do that in the car. On the couch. Walking around Home Depot.

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Being the do-it-yourself types, this is our family’s second home

While I buy yarn that I like, I don’t often truly blow the budget. I’m frugal by nature. And I’ve started really considering what I want. Both in my knitting and in my home. That gorgeous variegated skein with all the colors may be gorgeous, but I’ve yet to be 100% happy with a knit up item out of one of those skeins.

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That yarn is pretty, but is it me?

I much prefer self striping or tonal finished objects.

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Purples and pinks may not be me but the mix is fabulous and subtle. Me? Not so much subtle.

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Self striping & geeky? BB-8 on my feet!

I think my frugality has stretched my creativeness. And it allows me to splurge on the tools, yarns, fabrics, woods, and new hobbies that really appeal to me. And I don’t feel guilty about being a creative person with a lot of things rolling around in her brain just waiting to get out of her finger tips.

Colorful Shawl

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I purchased some Knitted Wit sock yarn in a grab bag, which means I didn’t get to pick (you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit!). That’s ok, I got more yarn for the dollar (yftd ;-)! This yarn is lovely but a LOT more colorful/variegated than I’d normally choose. i knew I wanted a bit more exposure than socks provide, so I tried a Reyna shawl several times – the yarn wanted nothing to do with it. So I switched it up for something similar, the Be Simple.

 

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The yarn’s happy. I’m happy. It’s growing like gangbusters. And the super colorful shawl/scarf should be the perfect air conditioning accent for the mostly black & grey outfits I’m planning on packing (& sewing!) for BlogHer16.

A Distressing Situation

The finishing on my jewelry has been going through a “distressing” phase *crazy eyebrow wiggling”. See what I did there? ’cause it’s not bothering me, but I’ve been using paint and distressing the pieces before shallac-ing & calling them finished.

I’m blaming Joanna of “Fixer Upper” who loves to distress her tables. We binged the whole thing on Netflix. I even bought grey nailpolish like she wears. Totally rockin’ that at BlogHer16! And I found a great tutorial on Pinterest to distress wood using multiple layers of paint and the results can be fabulous!

Originally I was going with a more pure wood look for the pieces I want to give as gifts in the gift bags for my girlfriends, but I think at least one of them may get a mixed piece with one shaped wood + bead + distressed wood charm.

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rings and pendants

What’s your preference? Painted, semi-painted, distressed, or natural wood?

What does it want to be?

I bought some Knitpicks tonal fingering weight yarn for my birthday. In 2014. It was supposed to grow up to be a cardigan. While I love the look of pullovers and the knitting of them, it’s just too hot here even for a fingering weight wool pullover (learned that lesson on the much loved Olive pattern, which I’d still like to re-knit, I just love that collar).

I first tried to knit an Impromptu. But that wasn’t working. So I tried a Decimal. No dice. Then I picked Grace. That hummed along for a bit but I couldn’t quite make it with the mesh.

I really wanted a new cardi to wear to BlogHer16 in August.

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But it may not be in the cards. This yarn may simply want to be broken up into multiple little projects instead of one lovely cardigan. It makes me so sad. I’m not sure whether to push through or to give up. Right now it’s in time out. Again.