This is the end.

Well, we’ve finally come to the end of this line. After 583 posts and six years, I am officially shutting down Crafter by Night. This will be my last post.

It has been a lovely blog, and I have enjoyed writing it over the years. I have enjoyed all the crafting that went into it as well. It has been fun to tweak the settings, add and subtract pages, get caught up in ideas, and sometimes just sit down and write. I’ve enjoyed all the comments I’ve received over the years, and wish I could have “met” more of you online. The people I do know through this blog are some very nice folks indeed. I really never imagined when I started it that it would stick around for nearly six years and be such an important part of my life. I am immensely grateful that I started it back in 2007, and hope that you guys have enjoyed it too.

I’m shutting it down because I don’t have the time or energy for either the subject of the blog (purportedly crafting) or for doing the blogging itself. It takes time and effort to make the posts, and these days I don’t have what it takes to get the crafting done, the pictures up and then write the words that accompany them. I’m ridiculously behind on my email box at this point, and I can’t begin to imagine where I’d get the time to blog. I know that may change in the coming months/years, but I do believe that this blog has already achieved what I wanted it to, and that its time is over. I’d rather end it now than let it drag out with sad catch-up posts coming only twice a year. So – finis.

If you are interested, I am going to continue to blog in a much simpler way (via Tumblr) over at blog.miriammuer.net, about life in general, and if I find time to craft I imagine it will land there.

In the words of the Sound of Music:

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

Sparkly Christmas Cardigan

Sun Jan 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm in Crochet, Eleanor, Fall & Holidays, Finished Projects | No Comments

Eleanor at her Great-grandparents’ house!

Christmas Outfit

Christmas outfit!  As in, here is Eleanor’s fancy outfit, complete with red dress, tights, silver shoes and a white/silver cardigan I made for her. I chose not to go the taffeta/fluffy/ruffles route with her Christmas outfit this year, although I saw some extremely pouffy dresses (which looked like layer cakes to me) that I could have purchased. I’m just not that sort of person, and therefore not that sort of mom. I think this was pretty fancy though. You can’t see it in the picture, but the red dress is sparkly, as is the cardigan.

And also, I’d like to note that Eleanor really is almost standing on her own in that photo. She’s doing a lot more things now that she hasn’t done before – clapping, waving, walking with assistance, babbling, and trying to crawl. I am amazed at her growth. Amazed! Watching a little being struggle to learn things and eventually succeed is really something else. Makes you REALLY not take your own skills, verbal abilities and dexterity for granted. I think it’s probably more rewarding for the parents than it is for the child …

Christmas Cardigan

Anyway, I was supposed to be writing about her cardigan. Here it is, the tiny sweater that I crocheted for Eleanor. It fit perfectly! The pattern is a picot and lace sweater from Aesthetic Nest.  Here’s the Ravelry link as well. I used Vanna’s Glamour in Diamond (silver/white). I thought the pattern was very nice! I had no problems at all with the pattern, it crocheted up fast and easy. I should have put buttons on the sweater, but I did not have time, I was sort of crocheting up to the last minute on this so she could wear it on Christmas. There was a party for Eleanor and she wore her fancy outfit to it. Well – I should say that she didn’t wear her shoes, because she took them off promptly and tried to eat them.

Detail of Cardigan

The pattern was pretty, shells with a picot edging. I think I crocheted the whole thing in about three weeks, which includes the time I was doing some other crochet projects. It was really fast. That’s what I like about baby sweaters!

Eleanor had a fantabulous time at her great-grandparents’ house, and I now have a wonderful picture of four generations of women in my family from my great-grandmother to my mom to me to Eleanor. Priceless! It was a great time, and I’m only sad that Eleanor really won’t remember it. I can only hope that as she grows older that the feeling of being very loved and of people being excited over can stay with her. The world would probably be a much nicer place if everyone could grow up with that feeling, eh?

Playing on the Afghan

Last, a picture of Eleanor playing on the afghan that I made for my grandparents. It’s a nice blanket, if I do say so myself. It’s super warm, probably too warm! Gosh, do you know how hard it was to pick one or two pictures out of the hundreds we took at Christmas? Limiting myself to the ones that are appropriate to what I’m actually talking about is hard!

And now Eleanor wakes from her nap, and blog posting time is over!

Happy Christmas!

Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm in Crochet, Fall & Holidays, Finished Projects | No Comments

Jeff and I are shortly about to undertake the biggest trip of Eleanor’s short life. We fly to Iowa to visit family tomorrow … well, first we fly to Chicago and then we drive to Iowa. Whew. I can’t wait for Eleanor to finally meet her extended family. She doesn’t know to be excited, so I’m excited on her behalf! In fact, there’s a super-extended family gathering the day after tomorrow wherein I will see many family peoples that I rarely see, so that’s pretty awesome as far as I’m concerned. I’m also hoping for a little snow, but I can live if we don’t get any – though it would be a nice break from all the rain we’ve been getting in California.

christmas cookies

Meanwhile Christmas preparations proceed. I didn’t really do as much this year as usual, but we have a tree, and it is decorated, and so is the house (sort of). I even made cookies one day, much to my surprise – my favorite cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I have to say that I barely participated in gift giving this year, I was too exhausted to do much more than think about it, and thinking about it vaguely doesn’t really get anything accomplished. So, score none for Miriam on that score. Eleanor did get some new age-appropriate toys since she is rapidly moving up in her skill sets, particularly the whole standing and walking part (scary!).

But really this post is about two of my three big crafting accomplishments – three successfully finished crochet pieces. Here’s one, my jolly little  snowman.

snowman

I actually made not one but TWO amigurumi because I had a handmade gift party to attend. I decided I’d give away the one that turned out the best, and keep the other for my decorations. Well, this snowman is the one that didn’t turn out quite as well, although I actually think he turned out pretty nicely overall. I really had to scramble to finish these. Really had to scramble. But it was fun to make them! Really fun. I forget why I like crafting sometimes these days, because, you know, it takes effort and I don’t have a lot of that left over. But then I finish something and I remember … oh, yeah.

snowman deconstructed

For whatever reason I’m always fond of looking at amigurumi in their component pieces before I stuff them and sew them together. They just look so unlike what they’re about to become, even though all the crochet is done. I don’t understand my fascination either. That’s the snowman up there, everything but the scarf. The snowman was actually quite nice on the inside as well as the outside … the hat and the bottom have interior stiffening to aid in their appearance that I think is quite nice.

penguin

And here’s the other … I gave away this penguin to one of my buddies in my fiber arts group as well as some cookies – he ended up wearing a red scarf as well in honor of the winter season. He’s such a cute round little guy! I might make another one of him and keep it for myself.

Things are otherwise well on the home front. Eleanor passed her 8 month birthday yesterday and is an active and happy little girl.  As hard as the last months have been, Eleanor continues to show me every day that it’s all worth it, and why. She’s my bright shining star when things seem bleak and I’m more tired than I can stand (it would be really lovely if she would stop waking up 2-3 times a night). There’s nothing quite like a baby to turn your world completely upside down, but I wouldn’t trade her for anything.

I probably won’t get back here before the holiday, but Merry Christmas to you, and Happy Chaunukkah (I know it’s past! I’m just slow!) and Happy New Year too. May you and yours have all happiness!