busy hands: cacti trio #2 & more!

My coworker friend really liked the cacti trio that I took and put in my office:

not your average crochet - office cacti

And she commissioned me to make her a trio for her office!  So here’s her trio:

not your average crochet - cacti trio 2

You can see that I made an exact same barrel cactus, but the other two are different:

not your average crochet - cactus

This cactus with purple flowers doesn’t have a pattern specifically, I just used the techniques from the barrel cactus pattern and added the little flowers.

not your average crochet - succulent

This little succulent does have a free pattern (click here), although I added more petals than the pattern says.

I think my coworker’s trio turned out super cute!  I do apologize for the photos being a bit blurry — they had to be taken late at night so that I could take them to work in the  morning.

I’ve also made a dragon egg dice bag for my husband, who plays a couple of games that require irregular die:

not your average crochet - dragon egg dice bag

As you can see it uses the crocodile stitch that is so popular right now for those mermaid tail blankets, and let me tell you, this stitch is a wool eater!  I just used cheap Red Heart that I had lying around for amigurumi figurines.  When you cinch the drawstring it begins to look like an actual egg, even like the ones from Game of Thrones:

not your average crochet - dragon egg dice bag

It’s a tad misshapen here because it’s laying on its side and isn’t cinched up all the way, but you get the idea.  I think it turned out pretty well!

I’m still working on a couple of things that I will share soon, as well; I’ve had busy hands!  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

newest project: wrap

Honestly I didn’t really care for the way my recent sweater turned out.  The more I look at it the more I think ‘eh, it’s OK, but do I actually want to wear it?’  It doesn’t really fit quite right and I’d have to adjust it often.  So instead, I decided to make something else to take on my Christmas trip to England this year (and if I like it I might make my mom one, too).  I’m about to start on this (pattern here).

I love it because the cute tassels add a little weight to keep it in place.  I decided to make it in a more reddish color though (orange is not my thing), and my yarn just came in today!  I got it from Knitpicks, and it’s the Palette Yarn fingering weight in Rose Hip and Raspberry Heather shades:

I’m really excited about this yarn because it’s the first time I’ve ever bought yarn online without knowing what the brand feels like, and it’s actually really soft for 100% wool! It was also really appealing because of its cheap price, and I’ll definitely be buying from Knitpicks again.  I’m gonna get started on this project tonight, hopefully, while listening to the audiobook of the current Pern novel I’m on, Dragonseye.  (It’s really good, as are all the other ones I’ve read, and I recommend them highly).

On another subject that I really want to share with you, my boyfriend is starting a garden on our back patio.  He’s growing all kinds of peppers and tomatoes and herbs, and his goal is to make salsas and chowchows soon.  In his shopping at the Home Depot for plant necessities, he bought me a plant and pot of my own (he’s so sweet):

Isn’t he cute?  I named him Albert.  He’s a succulent, which I think are gorgeous, and they’re pretty hard to kill which is perfect for me (I kill every plant I touch, even aloe plants).  Hopefully Albert the Succulent will live — I think he’s so sweet!

So that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

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