Crafty update

I’ve been winding down research and gearing up for classes to begin. I’m a teaching assistant at UNH, but writing TA’s here teach classes, so I’ve been getting together my syllabus and lesson plans. Even when you’ve done it before, it feels like your head is going to explode as you schedule X number of readings and Y papers and Z homework assignments.

Hurricane Irene didn’t hit NH too hard, though it  inflicted mucho damage in Vermont, including knocking out 4-6 covered bridges. If anyone knows of any crafty charity things going on for VT, please comment! I spent the day sewing and knitting, playing Cranium, and watching Cheers.

Flowered rectangular book bag with one strap and outside pockets


I finished this book bag (with fabric from Simple Savvy, thank you!), and started on a new pair of slippers from The Knitting Man(ual) by Kristin Spurkland, which is a totally awesome knitting book for men and women. She explains things in a way I understand, and the projects are actually things I could conceive of making for a man. I’ve also finally found a book at the right level: not too hard. In other words, there aren’t too many sweaters. But the projects are interesting; the slippers I’m making are straightforward but use a new stitch, and I’ll have to pay attention for the next few steps.

What are your back to school crafts? I’ve been watching lots of apple-themed tutorials pop up. I prefer leaves, but to each her own.

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Back to school…

I haven’t said it nearly enough: THANK YOU, you sweet, wonderful, kind people who posted such sweet, wonderful, kind comments on the results! I loved reading them! They made me feel warm and fuzzy! As Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes put it,

Screenshot of a kind comment from Pam about how great the craft community is

Also love the reaction posted at Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts!

I’m taking a break from surveying and researching for a little while–all that compiling wore me out! I hope to do some follow-up interviews in the next few months. In the meantime, I’ll be knitting more Xmas ornaments, making a book bag, and planning my next semester. Good thing it’s rainy–all these indoor activities on the agenda!

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The Results: 483 Craft Bloggers Say…

The results have been tallied! And re-tallied, and re-re-tallied. Thanks to Google Docs, Excel’s “counta” function, and WordPress’s refusal to crash, you can read all of the results after the jump. Each question has a chart of the answers and most have an accompanying table; it’s a lot of information, but I wanted to put in both in order to be accessible to as many readers as possible.

You are welcome to use these results, to cite them in blog posts, on discussion boards and in print. In fact, I’m very much looking forward to reading your reactions. I ask, however, that you do not reproduce any of the charts, tables, or text below without linking back to this site and in print, without giving me credit. I worked very hard on this project, and I want as many people as possible to check out the site. Which brings me to…

The survey will stay open for the rest of 2011, at least! If I get many more responses, I’ll update with another monster post.

Here are the results for 483 craft bloggers who took the survey:

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