Starfire Crochet!

Next up: Starfire from Teen Titans Go! Click the link below to view the free pattern! :D (You can save it as a PDF too!)

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I’m also running a sale out of my Etsy shop: Fill up your cart with at least $15 worth of patterns and use the code ‘birthday’ (without the quotation marks) at checkout to get… (wait for it) … 90% off!!!

That’s right, 10 patterns for $1.50! Yup. I know. Still rockin’. :D

Click here to check out my awesome Etsy sale! 

National Superhero Day!

In celebration of National Superhero Day I’m releasing a bunch of crochet patterns! Just like my other patterns (which you can find in my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy shops all under ‘muttix’) they’ll include both the graph and written patterns.

What’s so great about that?

Well, they’ll be FREE!!!

I know, I know. I rock.

First one up is Raven from Teen Titans Go!

Click the link below to view the PDF.

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Rolling Waves Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern

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My first pattern for the new year is a fingerless gloves crochet pattern!

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This is an advanced pattern so you’ll need to know the basics of crocheting.

Through January 10th at 11:59 p.m. CST, get this pattern for HALF OFF! Use code halfoff at checkout on Ravelry! Only $1 after discount!

Digital Items: 2015

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I’ve been flirting with the idea of moving solely into digital items for awhile now but have yet to make the push. After all, there are so many great patterns, and so many ideas in my head, and I just wanted to get them out there.

However, this holiday season has made me realize that I want to go digital only from now on. So in 2015, there are no more physical items! I have one order that I’m finishing up from 2014 and that’s it.

In honor of this change, I’m going to run a sale here in the next couple days! :) I’m also releasing another full pattern product, this one is a pair of fingerless gloves. Of course, because I know what it means to live on a tight budget, my patterns will still be affordable and I’ll still offer free patterns as well.

Remember to check me out on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry! :)

Keep an eye out, pattern sales and new patterns to come!

As to my resolutions, this year I’m keeping it simple. I want to be more productive than I was last year, in all aspects of my life.

I’m currently listening to My Story by Elizabeth Smart, reading Finn Mac Cool (Celtic World of Morgan Llywelyn) by Morgan Llywelyn, and also reading The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3)by Deborah Harkness.

“My Story” is interesting. I downloaded the ebook to listen to while going back and forth to work. At first I found it a bit weird but then I realized I was looking at it from the wrong perspective. Despite what she says, she’s still ashamed and maybe even guilty. I hope that she’s since been able to heal.

“Finn Mac Cool” has been on my reading list for awhile now. I haven’t read Llywelyn before and always wanted to try one of her books. I’ve been slowly reading it in small pieces, though I left the book I’ve been actively reading at work and so it might get more airtime this weekend.

“The Book of Life” is one of those books that I purposely read slowly, attempting to savor the last in the series. Of course, I left it at work and now though I ache to read it, I’m out of luck until I go back in.

I’ve also been reading George Takei’s Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1). It is a fun, fast read that I’ve been enjoying during lunch. The Kindle app is my abso favorite. I remember when I was a little girl and I wished for a Mary Poppins bag in which to carry unlimited books. Kindle did that for me and I love it! No more making heart wrenching decisions about which book to take with me, I’ll take them ALL!

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Monday: What I’m Reading

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If we’re defining favorite books by ones that you never tire of reading, mine would have to be Jean Auel’s Valley of the Horses (Earth’s Children #2).

While I’m in the middle of quite a few reads (J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, Finn Mac Cool by Morgan Llywelyn, and Book of Life by Deborah Harkness to name a few) I’m actively reading this one. Rereading, rather. I’ve read this series since I was a preteen and found Mammoth Hunters hidden in a nook on my parent’s shelves. (Disclaimer: There is some pretty graphic sex in these books and probably not something you want to hand to your preteen… I was a voracious reader and my parents were unable to keep this book from me once I discovered it.)

We were living in a house at the time where my father had built bookshelves around the entire place. The hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms were all lined with bookshelves on the wall and all of them were stuffed to the gills with books. I found this one tucked away and just loved it. Over the years I lost track of it but found it again years later. I was delighted to find out that it was part of a series and began from the beginning. Of all the books in the series, Valley of the Horses became my absolute favorite read.

Some books have memories tied to them. For me, for this book, there is no such thing. I’ve read it so very many times over my life that I’ve completely destroyed two copies of it and am now on my third. There is no one memory that I can associate with this book, but a myriad of feelings that I had while reading it at different times in my life.

This book will always have a place in my heart and as such, on my shelf. I highly recommend reading the series if you haven’t yet. Fantastic historical fiction.

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

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I’m excited to announce that my first full product pattern is in the testing phase right now!!

It is a crocheted Christmas graphed hat and already one of my testers has had an offer to buy her final product! :D

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Shirley of Royal Empress Designs made the beauty above after working tirelessly with me through the night to tweak my pattern into something great. :D Less than 12 hours into finishing, she’d already had an offer to buy! :D

The final pattern will be available on Craftsy, Etsy, and possibly Ravelry in the next few days once the testing is completed. :D

What’s To Come…

What have I been up to, you ask?

A little bit of this…

A little bit of that…

Trying to create some passive income with Bubblews

In just about any way I can…

I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like. I’ve been crocheting, transcribing, and writing so much that my fingers are in a state of near constant pain.

But it is worth it. I’m starting to see a bit of uptake in sales which is awesome. Passive income is absolutely great, once you get past the creation aspect of it.

I’m super hyped about the new direction that my life is taking and as such, I’m going to offer a free crochet graph pattern here in the next few days.

Now… I just might try to grab a few quiet moments with a book before starting my work day anew.

Halloween/Samhain/Day of the Dead Slouchy Skull Hat!

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What have I spent the better part of a week working on?

A Day of the Dead hat!

It took me days of working on this hat in bits and pieces for me to be able to finally finish it up. It was one of those moments where when I finally finished it, I almost wanted to take it on a run around the block with me, holding it above my head and screaming in exaultation the whole way.

I have never been so glad to finish a project!

Now… What to do next?

Banned Books Week was somewhat of a bust for me. I finished up J.R. Ward’s The King (which would surely be banned from any school library that accidentally let it in, so it should count!) and then visited the library to find something good for the week. I picked up Animal Farm to reread and Nine Stories by Salinger. I’m almost midway through Nine Stories and I’ve found it to be offbeat but good. :) It’s actually my first Salinger read (I believe) and I’ll probably be picking up more in the future.

A Little Musing on Banned Books Week 2014

Someone somewhere in the world picks up a book and within pages is horrified. Perhaps they didn’t read the book themselves, they just read the jacket or heard the horrified murmurs of parents at their child’s school.

“Have you heard of Harry Potter! Blaspheme!”

“Hunger Games dares to ignore my preferred religious sector! BAN IT”

“Captain Underpants is disgusting! No one should be reading that filth!”

In my mind I see these conversations taking place in a dark back room filled with whispers and furtive glances. Later, there are pitchforks and burning pyres of books.

I laugh in the face of these people. First up, let’s address the whole issue of ‘banning’ a book. As we live in the land of the free, home of the brave, no one can tell me or mine what to read or rather, what not to read. Can they take it out of the schools? Absolutely. After all, schools are a place where one has to ask for permission just to void one’s bladder, I don’t expect to find broad, open-minded quests for knowledge within a standard institutional school.

But by removing these books from schools (and their libraries) we do our children a disservice. If we all read the same books, we’ll hold the same conversations, and think the same thoughts. Reading books that don’t sit well with our delicate sensibilities helps us to grow as a species. How can one think outside the box if one doesn’t even know it exists?

But therein lies the issue for many on the banning books bandwagon. After all, we should all think the same, dress the same, carry on our lives in the exact same manner. By melting pot, we truly mean one is to lose sense of self in the vast majority and become a carbon copy of the status quo…

Don’t we?

I have to hope not. In history the minds that we laud as the greatest have always pushed the boundaries of (what was then) contemporary thinking. To take that away is to take away one of the most basic freedoms that every person should enjoy: The freedom to hold within one’s mind the thoughts and ideas of one’s choosing. To silence a book is to kill an idea. Eradication is a terrifying word.

Next up, what exactly is the goal of banning these books? As one opposed to any type of oppression or censorship so long as all parties involved are consensual, I admit that I may not be the right person to expose the thinking of one who doesn’t like something and then deems it unworthy for the general population to partake.

I feel pressed to address the issue of ‘banning’ though. We all know exactly where that leads. From the time we are children, the forbid fruit has always been imagined to be the juiciest, most flavorful of all. Why then, would one attempt to blanket ban something in order to encourage children to not partake in it? It seems contrary to the idea behind it. If in fact, one wants to ensure that the book dies before it is read by more than a handful of people would it not in effect be better to simply ignore it as opposed to fanning the flames of fame by attempting to remove it from the figurative bubble one mistakenly believes their child inhabits?

I think so.

Yet and still we have books that have been banned for one reason or another. Hunger Games apparently upset the ‘only my religion is the religion’ folks. Captain Underpants was deemed offensive and too old for the age group (to which I’d question, who exactly should read this offering if not the age group for which it was written?) while Thirteen Reasons Why was obviously banned by persons who have never met a teenager in their lives. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye… Well even I’m not sure why that one was banned. For truth, it doesn’t seem to me that it is a bad thing to address beauty standards and how that affects our youth. I haven’t read that one so I’m going to have to add it to my list. :D

See that? A book I didn’t even know existed is now on my ‘must read, have to buy’ list. Thank you, censors, for giving me another reason to visit the bookstore or library. Your plan is working! People everywhere know about the books you deem unacceptable (Google will let you know exactly which places are the ones to spark the ‘ban this’ craze for individual titles) and this week, we’re all taking a moment from our regularly scheduled reading to ensure these lovely authors get paid more so that they may go on to read books that ruffle your delicate feathers.

Banned Books Week 2014

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Over the years I’ve read a multitude of banned books. Sometimes this is with the purpose of making sure I’m reading what someone, somewhere has deemed ‘unacceptable’ and sometimes I just happen upon a read that intrigues me and find out later that others find it unacceptable.

This year I decided to take a gander at what has been banned recently. The ALA has listed out books by year. Funnily enough two of the series I have given to my kids to read have been on the banned lists: Bone and Captain Underpants.

Now, I’ll go ahead and admit here that Captain Underpants has never been my favorite kid series. Frankly, I found it a bit gross but when my kids show an interest in a book I just can’t say no. Reading is fundamental, people. So my boys have read pretty much every one in that series. Bones was something I threw their way because it was recommended on Goodreads based on another series they loved. They didn’t particularly care for it and read only one or two from the series. No sweat off my back, I’m only the provider of reading material. I learned awhile back that there is no use forcing oneself to like a book. There are too many fantastic books that have been written to waste time plodding through something that doesn’t capture your interest.

So it looks like I’ll have to delve a little farther into the past years to find something banned for the chits to read. As for myself… Well there are a ton of great books that might call for a reread this week or I might pick up something new. I’m currently entrenched in J.R. Ward’s The King but as the next book in the series isn’t due to publish until next year I want to savor this one a bit so I’ll probably put it down to pick up something tantalizing for BBW. I’m leaning towards a reread of George Orwell’s Animal Farm as I haven’t read it in years and absolutely loved it the first few times I read it.

What are you reading this week in honor of Banned Books Week?

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