It is now craft and book time.

My internship is over!  I have won the internets.  And time to do things that are not my internship.  First and foremost, I’ve been reading.  In the last couple of weeks I’ve polished off Animal Farm, The Poisonwood Bible, and Eighty Million Eyes.  The last is one of Ed McBain’s 87th Pricinct novels.  I adore that series.  Animal Farm and The Poisonwood Bible were both re-reads.  I last read Animal Farm when I was thirteen or fourteen, and I was very pleased to find out that the story is still compelling.  One of my favorite things about it is that while it’s a fairy tale about how totalitarinism is bad, it’s also just a very good story.  Orwell gets the point across without beating you over the head with a slideshow.  I think this was my ninth or tenth re-read of The Poisonwood Bilble [by Barabara Kingsolover, if you’ve not heard of it].  I read it about once a year, and I plan for it because I know that picking it up just to check one piece of information means sitting down and reading it yet again.  And now I’ve started The Scarlet Letter. I’ve never read it, and I’m trying to read more classics because I just never have.  There were plenty of modern books to take up my time in school, so I never thought to pick up the old books.

In craft news, have I shown you these adorable shoes:

$20 heels and purple yarn for the win!

$20 heels and purple yarn for the win!

It took a little mod podge, a little yarn, and a great deal of patience to get these shoes.  I finished them way back but completely forgot to post the picture.  The only downside to having cute, fuzzy purple shoes is that I am now out of cute, low-heeled black shoes.  Whoops.  Oh, well.  I have cute, high-heeled black shoes to tide me over as needed.

I also crocheted a shawl around that time:

Isnt my pose just saucy?

Isn't my pose just saucy?

I made it with a D-hook, some Patons Brilliance, and [again] patience.  It’s a small fuzzy yarn on a small hook, people.  It’s a squinty job.  It was a bit rough when I completed it, but I ran it through the dryer on low heat, and that softenedi t up nicely.  I was inspired courtesty of “Mad Men”, which got me looking at vintage fashion, which got me to caplets from the 1950s.  Which got me here.

A quick close-up on the button and neckline:

asymmetrical and sparkly

asymmetrical and sparkly

Pardon the weird coloration, I took this picture with my webcam.  The button is a 1 and 3/16″ diameter rounded triangle [found at Hobby Lobby], and the neckline was intentionally asymmetrical.  I was inspired by the cobweb tights that I mentioned in this post, and I think the neckline and button give the shawl a nice touch of modernism without taking away from the retro vibe.

And that’s the completed crafts.  Currently, I’m working on a Big Tacky Blanket [tm].  I’m finishing a section currently, so pictures will go up once the section is completed.  I’m also working on another mod podge project; this one a giant red bag that will be covered in comic book panels [it will character-match the shoes I made back in March].  I need to finish clearing my work table of internship debris before the bag takes off, but I’ve got a couple of weeks before semester starts to get the whole thing jazzed up and ready to go.

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