Where Has The TIme Gone?

Time is a fickle thing.  It passes super slowly sometimes.  And other times, it passes in the speed of light, whizzing by.  Somehow, that has been the last few months here on the Pond.  We had family visit from Texas for a week this summer.  We have had a 10 day relocation for lead abatement, Papa Frog was in the hospital with a blood infection for almost a week, and then just general craziness of life.  Birthdays have passed us by, and Halloween is a memory.  I keep meaning to pick up the blog and then find myself lost as to how to account for the missing time.  There is no way to recount it all.  So, we will call this time lost.  Even though, it is not lost, not truly, just lost to the annals of remembrance.

There is so much coming up that looking backwards seems pointless.  Lizard Breath is getting her new braces on Friday.  Papa Frog poises on the precipice of finding new employment, after his recent hospitalization has reinforced the need for a job with stability and benefits.  The Boy is cruising up on his 5th birthday and Baby E would have been 11 this Christmas season.  The business over at Greybriar Hollow continues to grow and bless our family in ways we would never have dreamed.

So enjoy this look back as we begin the task of looking forward.

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Princess Mononoke Hat- Sometimes I Amaze Myself

I will be honest, sometimes I really am amazed at my ability to create things without a pattern, just from looking at an image.    Papa Frog and the Froglets tell me it is silly.  They belief in my ability seems to be unwavering.  It is only recently that I have started creating things that don’t actually already have a written pattern.  A friend of a friend contacted me recently about making her a Princess Mononoke hat.  Fans of the anime recognize her iconic wolf pelt and red mask.  But this is where it got tricky.  This friend wanted the hat to be furred to look like a wolf pelt.  I have to be honest, adding that much fur to something is daunting.  If you don’t know what furring in crochet entails, let me tell you- yarn is attached strand by strand over an entire area, and then it is brushed and brushed and brushed with a wire dog brush to achieve a furry look.  I have never furred anything of this size before, and it used almost an entire pound of yarn.  That is one pound of yarn cut into 4 inch pieces and attached to a hat base 1-2 pieces at a time.  Apparently this friend had asked a couple of other crafters to recreate this hat for her, but no one was willing to tackle the fur!  I am so glad I did.  The hat is amazing AND it has opened the door for me to create some other cosplay pieces for her her.  I am beyond excited. WIN_20140911_223748 WIN_20140911_223739 WIN_20140911_223709