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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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…to Ruth C., who won the Michaels gift card! Woohoo!

And a huge THANK YOU to all you (all 477 of you!) craft bloggers who took the survey! You guys ROCK!

Check back here in a week or so for results! I’ll announce it on Twitter and Facebook, too, if case you’re following.


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Last day for the giveaway!

It’s July 31st! Know what that means?! Tomorrow…the giveaway will be given! Take the survey, tell your crafty pals, and get a chance to win a $100 Michaels gift card by MIDNIGHT (EDT) TONIGHT!

Ok, that’s enough of that. I wish I could give you ALL gift cards for taking the survey–you guys are the best! Can’t wait to share the results.

one state, MANY bloggers

Believe it or not, I’m headed out on a trip to Guatemala with my friend Katie at Cooperative for Education. So, I’ll be taking a brief hiatus from tweeting and blogging for the next week.

And when I get back…data! Data! Data! Get psyched! Find out how many craft bloggers live in Texas! And other fun facts.