Friday, December 31, 2010

T-Shirt Modification

It's no secret that I have issues with the clothing industry and have a very hard time finding shirts.

So my solution is to buy guy's shirts and then modify them to my preferences.

It's not very hard. You can do it too!

Here's my process. Let's take this one. Typical guy tee. It also makes me look like a dude too, see?

My general process is to lay the shirt flat, and then take a shirt that fits me in a way that I like) and trace around it on the new shirt. I also usually ditch the collar. Especially these collars, as they're too tight, and I hate that kind of thing.

Each shirt gets traced a little different. Also, if you're tracing, don't forget to leave a little bit for seam allowance.

This shirt got taken in a little, and a modified neckline as well.

End result?

Easy right?

Let's do it again!

This one needs taking in, of course, and the collar's coming out, but the shape is staying.

Much better! (and yes, I have now woven in my thread tails...)

Take that, women's clothing makers!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Glimpse

I have not gotten nearly as much crafting done over this "break" as I've wanted to.

I also haven't gotten as much posting done as I've wanted to, either!

I do have a finished object to show, though. The weekend before Christmas, we headed to the In Laws. Seeing as we do a lot of sitting and talking there, I generally try to take a crochet project so that I have something to do with my hands.

I took the Lion Homespun from my stash, and an I hook, and I made myself a hat with earflaps!

Sadly, I lost the picture I took of me wearing it on the way home. (Seriously, WHERE IS IT?? It was on my phone!). So I'll have to get another action shot at some point. ETA: FOUND IT.

In other family news, my stepdaughter is getting back into crochet and is starting to make hats for herself and her friends. They're looking really good! I actually had nothing to do with it, but I'm still proud!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

How To Make A Fleece Ornament

Got some fabric scraps laying around? Want to make a rustic looking ornament for your tree, or as a quick handmade gift?

I'm going to tell you how. I'd show you, but I just kind of whipped this up and forgot to take step by step photos. :/

Difficulty rating: Not super easy, but pretty darn close.

Supplies: Fabric (I'm using some leftover polar fleece, but pretty much anything that won't unravel too much would work great.), scissors, pinking shears, thread & needle (or sewing machine)

Step 1:
Cut out your shape. I chose my favorite shape, a star. A cookie cutter can be a good pattern for tracing a shape. Make sure you cut two - they can be the same fabric, or different - that's up to you!. Also cut out about a 3-4 inch strip of fabric (or ribbon) for a hanger.

Step 2:
Pre-assemble. Pin the critical bits of your ornament together. For me, it was the star points so they'd be sure to line up. Include your hanger strip in the pinning! This is the time to decide where it goes! Sandwich the hanger ends INSIDE the two layers.

Step 3:
Sew it up! I did mine with the machine, but you can also do it by hand if you're so inclined. I used contrasting thread for a more "rustic" look. If you want to stuff your ornament to make it puffier, leave a small hole in the seam to insert stuffing. If you're not stuffing, go ahead and sew all the way around - no open spots!

Step 4:
Apply the finishing touches. This means cutting, knotting and weaving in any thread ends, and pinking the outside edges.

This is just an outline - think of the ways you can customize! You can embroider on your ornament, use sequins or glitter. You can stuff it and make it puffy! There's tons of possibilities. Use your imagination!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flaking Out

OMG you guys. Thread crochet is tough. I do not have the proper tension control for this stuff.

But I'm doing it anyway!!!!

During TV time the past few nights, I've churned out a couple ornaments for my star themed mini tree....

Pattern HERE (by the way, the shimmer thread is pretty, but it twists up REALLY bad).

Pattern HERE.

And More snowflakes!!

This one is from the Sally George pattern collection.

This one is from Paton's.

I'm still on the snowflake kick, there's a couple more I want to make. Hopefully my knuckles don't crap out on me for tensioning.

For stiffening, I went with the diluted white glue mixture. Results were WAYYYY better than the failed starching of last winter. I even redid those and they're way better now.

Oh yeah, I probably ought to study for my exams in there somewhere too, right?

ETA: Omg! My Paton's flake was featured in the Crochet Liberation Front blog post on Threadwork! Thank you!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Craft Area Organization Complete

To review....


Ew. Gross.

Someone please smack me if I ever let it get that bad again.

And now the after....

wait for it....wait for it....

Ahhhhhhh. I can breathe now.
And make stuff.

See, sitting patiently on the table, waiting for crafting is a stack of old Christmas cards that will soon be gift on that coming soon....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Cover for Serj

One of my "to do" items in the Great Craft Area Cleanup was to make an actual cover for my serger.

From the time that the cat started chewing on the threads until now, this has been my serger cover:

Yeah, classy. Let's take care of that, shall we?
Hi Serj!

I used some fancy fabric that I originally bought with the intention of making pillows or something. That never happened, and it was clogging up my stash, so it was a perfect choice.

Drape. Fiddle around a bit to find a good fit. Cut off excess.

I opted for a simple two seam with a bit of tucking for shaping. Pin it up (inside out, of course):

I put Serj to work making his blanket:

There wasn't a selvage edge, so I just serged over the raw edges to prevent raveling (and gnawing kitties):

All done sewing. Weave in the ends (I hate this part, both in thread and in yarn).

All done!

It's not fancy, definitely not very fitted/shaped, but it fits its purpose.

I'm satisfied! A quick fix that I should have taken care of a long time ago. One more step done in the quest to fix up my craft space.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Here's the wind up...

So I have a week of classes left, and a week of exams, and then I'm free for a month before school starts up again.

Taking advantage of the free time I gained by the holiday break, I started new stuff!

This is the beginning of sock #1.

The pattern I'm using is "Tennis, Anyone?" Socks out of the book Crocheted Socks by Rehfeldt & Wood. It's specifically designed for the elasticized yarn (I'm using Stretch Socks again).

Also on my mind, more snowflakes. And stars. I've decided our little mini tree is going to be decked out in stars this year, and of course, some of them are to be handmade. So I've been over at Ravelry digging up some more flake & star patterns.

So needless to say, I have a lot of plans for my upcoming free time. But now I want to go play with more yarn.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gifts for Crafters 2010 edition

Guess what? It's Thanksgiving! That means tomorrow kicks off the Holiday gift buying season.

Do you know crafty people? Do you need to find a gift for them? Need some ideas?

(I still stand by my recommendations in my Gifts for Crafters posts Edition 1 and Edition 2)

What am I recommending this year?

-->Pinking shears. Somehow I have managed to be without a pair forever, and I don't understand how. Mom got me a pair for my birthday, and I love them. They're an essential for anyone who's trying to sew anything, particularly with finicky fabrics.

-->A dress form. It's on my wish list. I have a horrible time trying to find clothes that fit my oddly long torso, and I have high hopes of being able to make my own things without that frustration. I know I can't be the only one.

-->Storage. If you're following my Operation Organization on my other blog, you'll know that I have craft space mess issues. I'm not the only one. Give the gift of storage and help your crafter keep organized. Clear plastic see through bins, racks with drawers, shelves, it all helps.

-->Doris Chan (author and crocheter) just put out a post full of ideas for
gifts for those that crochet that I heartily agree with.

-->Have a high tech crafter? How about a Kindle or other reader to take patterns & books on the go? I don't have one, but I hear good things from people I know that do. Think about it - no giant books, no stacks of papers - all in one handy device.

I've been doing some perusing on Ravelry to see what the yarnies there are asking for, and one of the top items is a gift certificate to the yarn shop. You can shop locally if you're lucky enough to have a local yarn store, or you can go online to somewhere like WEBS or KnitPicks.

Probably the thing your crafter wants most? Time to craft! So go old school and make them a coupon for time. Say that you'll do the laundry or the dishes, pick up the kids, walk the dogs or whatever mundane activity they do (that you can do for them) that's taking up their creative time. Give with sincerity and allow them to redeem it without hassle or complaint. It will be MUCH appreciated.

I hope these suggestions give you some help. Happy Gifting!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Quick Quick

Before I forget...

I've started following this blog:

For a DIY'er or seamstress in general, it's awesome inspiration. She takes things that I never would have even considered buying at the thrift store (man, there's some fugly stuff) and Makes. It. Work.

She's coming towards the end of the project (I'm late to the party as always), but all the previous items she's done are in the archive.

It's some really fun reading. Go enjoy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cleaning up my act

The craft area organization project is progressing.

I had to root through pretty much everything on the shelves & weed out things that were no longer relevant to me or usable. I finally got realistic and threw away fabric scraps that I knew I wasn't going to use. Yes, it was traumatic. Bigger stuff that I knew I wasn't going to use got put in the Goodwill pile.

So the shelf has gone from this horrid mess:

To This:

It's a bit more organized, but the main part is that all of it is mostly CONTAINED. No more avalanches.

The sewing desk is still a work in progress. It's mostly cleaned off, but I'd like to make an actual cover for the serger so that Joe can't get his little kitty teeth back to the threads. The plastic bag will DO, but it certainly isn't very classy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Items of Note

In the past 30 days, I have seen/gotten 3 instances of happy feedback and reassurance about my crafting. One of the girls posted a pic on Facebook where she's out and she's wearing the hooded scarf I made her for Christmas last year. The Universe pointed out to me where the blue & green baby blanket should go and the recipient likes it, and my gift exchange partner liked the bag I made her and the earrings that I sent with it (that I also made). It's really made me feel good, especially during a time where I'm not getting to do much and not even sure if I should keep making stuff for people. So that's my happy moment for the week.

I don't know if I mentioned it here or not, but I started another blog for non-crafty things, over at I'm doing a project that I'm calling Operation Organization. I'm cleaning up some problem spots in my apartment and trying to get them to where they don't drive me insane and are actually functional. One of these places is the craft space.

Want to know why I haven't been crafting much (aside from school eating my time)?

Yeah. Messy. Not even creatively messy, or an organized messy. It's just a pile.

So I've gotten a small start. Today I tackled the top two shelves of the bookshelf. They're looking WAY better now.

And I'm not allowed to touch them ever again.


I think.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hey, lookee there....

Good morning, crafty people!

I have a finished object to show you!

I made an Inga's Haekelbeutel!

I've had this pattern printed off for a while, and finally decided to do it. I took it with me when we went up to my in-law's for the weekend, and finished it off this weekend

Link to free PDF pattern.

The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Shadows in Mardi Grey. My only problem with it was that Michael's here doesn't carry it anymore, so I had to do a little modification so that I wouldn't run out of yarn. I made 12 squares instead of 16, so the bag is smaller than the original pattern.

My other pattern deviation is that I did not follow the directions for the straps. Instead of doing the straps separately, then crocheting them on and doing the border, I did it all at once as I went. Looks good to me.

It's a good pattern. The hardest thing about it is arranging the squares to be crocheted together, and even that's not really hard.

This is going to a gift swap partner, I hope she likes it!

2 more skeins busted from the stash....

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Well, I have my answer...

My Etsy listings expire tomorrow at some point.

I will not be renewing them, nor will I be restocking the shop at the present time.

The Craftykix Etsy store is going on a hiatus until further notice.

I just do not have the time to devote to it for it to be a successful venture. I don't have a lot of time to make things and I don't have a lot of time to promote the shop and post all kinds of links everywhere (and besides, I kind of find that annoying). Not to mention getting to the post office to send things in a timely manner is not really easy either.

So get the last few items while you can, the link is over there on the right until I get home tomorrow night...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Passing Stuff On

A regular habit of mine is closet culling. I go through my closet a lot, and pull things I don't end up liking or using.

Very rarely does this culling include stuff I make. Usually I see it, think "eh, I never use this" and then think "but I maaaaadddde that" and shove it back in the closet. Except for this last time. I decided to go through my bags and ended up cleaning out a couple that I made.

I decided to finally ditch a bag I made almost 10 years ago, nicknamed the "Hearse Purse"

and I also got rid of the skully bag that is featured in this post.

The normal order of culling in this house is as follows: It comes out of the closet, gets put in a pile/bag in the den and when I think the pile is big enough it goes to the Goodwill/SPCA store/school yard sale. So it's not like anything disappears right away, but very very rarely do I ever get anything out of the pile once it goes.

My future stepdaughter came down for a visit last week. I told her that she could go through the bag of stuff and take anything she wanted. She ended up with a couple of pieces of clothes, our recently ditched coffee mugs, and both bags.

I'm glad they're staying in the family, and that someone else will get some good use out of them. It's all I could hope for anything that I created.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


If you follow my twitter account, a few weeks back you probably saw me say that I started a knitting project.

*insert amazed gasp here*

Ok, it's ME. It's not going to be any sort of complicated sweater or anything. It's a scarf. A very basic scarf.

This is being made with Lion Confetti chenille. It's very soft and it holding up surprisingly well. It's only shedding when I have to frog or knot together, which isn't often.

It's just knit, no purl, so I guess that would make that garter stitch? Meh, not concerned with the details. It's getting pretty long, so I should probably bind off soon, but I honestly have no clue what I'm going to do with it...

Monday, June 21, 2010

I'm awake, I'm awake!

The giant pile of yard sale crap is finally gone from my craft room!

To celebrate, yesterday I got a wild hair and made a bag.

I had seen these fabric hobos at Target the past few times, and said to myself "pfft, I could make THAT."

So I tried.

I made myself a little pattern out of a piece of scrap paper. I still would like to know HOW it is that even though I cut both fabric and lining from that pattern that NOTHING lined up correctly. Argh. But I soldiered on and a few hours later (taking a break for dinner...mmm, dinner) I had a bag. Even my fiance was kind of amazed at how little time it took.

I got closer to the original bag than I thought I did in terms of shape and details. This is the same fabric I used for my circle skirt and one of my pouches. And I still have plenty left over, too. It's lined with black cotton. The seams are sloppy, I admit, but since I'm not selling it (I'm using it), that doesn't actually matter so much. It's just big enough for a wallet, sunglasses and phone, which is all I need. It will need a snap eventually, but I don't have any on hand at the moment. Oh darn, another reason to go to the fabric store.... :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Almost there...

Just needs a border...

Sunday, May 16, 2010


No, I'm not really idle. I just can't think of what else to call this. Stagnation? Dis-inspiration?

The baby blanket is coming along fine. I'm almost done with the center part and then all that's left is the edging.

I tried cutting out some fabric today to make a bag. And I was seriously, incredibly NOT into it.

I don't know why.

Part of it might be the fact that there is a giant pile of crap in my craft room. It's stuff we don't need anymore and are getting rid of. This pile would have been gone a long time ago to the Goodwill but I was told that our TKD school will be having another yard sale this year, and so I decided to hold off and have all of it go to that. It was a good idea in theory. In reality, there is a giant pile of crap in my craft room. :/ It's limiting my movement and layout area, and it's stifling my creativity.

The second part is that I have no real reason to make something. I have an Etsy Store full of stuff that hasn't sold and still isn't selling. It was an experiment, yes, but now it's just annoying me. I do not have the time and energy to promote it and maximize it, and I haven't decided if I want to close it down or not.

Really, when I'm in the mood, I will make stuff. I will produce things. But these things really have nowhere to go. I only need so many bags or hats or scarves or whatever. Gifts, perhaps. I don't know.

Anybody have any ideas? Something to inspire me? A solution to the Etsy conundrum? because I'm kind of at a wall right now and don't really know what to do...

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Internet is not a Death Sentence

I went to one of the local fabric stores today. We have two local non-chains, I think the other one is mostly decor fabric. I didn't need anything, just wanted to browse, maybe pick up a magnetic snap for a bag I'm going to make. Despite them being here the entire time I've lived here, I think I'd only been in once right after I moved here, and didn't really remember it.

They had lots of very nice things arranged very nicely and lots of nice mod theme fabrics that I kind of fell in love with. They had a bunch of vintage stuff on display that made me feel like I was rooting through mom's sewing basket again. I feel like I had a giant smile on my face looking at some of it. I'm sure that I will be back at some point once I have a project in mind and more disposable income to spend on it.

There were about 4 or 5 ladies there when I went in, and about 5 minutes after I got in there, one of them made the statement that "the Internet is killing retailers!" and then the rest of them joined in on the bandwagon.

Oh honey, you didn't just say that. Sigh.

Yes, the Internet is a vast source of almost anything you want at almost any price. However, it's not killing businesses. It's attitudes like the one they were spouting that kill businesses. Wise business owners are using it to their advantage. No, the crafting/sewing industry isn't a rapidly changing place, but the retail market is in terms of how people are shopping. In order to keep up, you need to at least make yourself familiar with the landscape. Refusal to change means refusal to service the people that can keep you in business.

Some people just want cheap stuff. That's a given. You don't necessarily have to try to compete to cater to them. Sotheby's of London doesn't try to cater to cheapskates, do they? They're still doing okay. The people that want cheap crap will go to Walmart or Ebay or wherever they can get it. It's the people that are looking for specifics that should be your target.

Some newbies aren't looking for cheap stuff, but rather someone to help them out when they don't know about a certain fabric or technique. How are we supposed to know you can help if you don't tell us?

Local businesses don't necessarily have to be selling online, but they at least need let the community know what they have available. I know that if I'm looking for something locally (products, services, lessons, barbeque) I turn to the Internet first to try and find a place. If they've got a website, that helps me out even more in my decision to go there or not, especially if it's somewhere that I'll have to go out of my way to get there.

This store has a website. I could have sworn it used to have a few pages with different things, but now it's just one that says "website coming soon." Hopefully they use it to their advantage.

I did not end up buying anything. Not due to the politics, just that they didn't have the type of snap I wanted and I'm on a fabric diet until I use some of the stuff I have, even though I fell in love with a gorgeous royal blue silk fat quarter that begged me to take it home and love it and make something with it.

Don't be afraid of change. Not all change is bad.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Start

See, these are GOOD pastels. Not like that jerkwad pastel yellow. I hate that guy SO MUCH.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Quick Update

Here is where I go "omg it's been forever since I updated. I suck. I'm sorry."

I know, barely anyone expects any updates, but I do.

Classes are wrapping up. I have one more class Monday and an exam on Tuesday, and then one more exam the Monday after that. And then I'm free for the summer. Sort of. I'm taking an english class, but I'm doing it online, so at least I won't have to be traveling to campus.

The new job is great. I love it. I really like working with my hands.

I just chained on for a new project last night. It's a baby blanket. Don't freak out, it's not for me. I have a skein of Bernat's Baby Jaquards that I picked up because I liked the colors (yes, me of pastel hating-ness, but it's a muted blue & green). I figured I might as well use it for something and didn't have any other ideas at the time. So I figure I'll make it nice and solid and put a pretty border on it. I might sell it, or by the time I get it done, one of my friends might have a need for one. Who knows?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

On Consumer stupidity:

Namely my own.

A while back I was browsing around one afternoon in the fabric store. I was in the notions aisle to get snaps or something, and I turned around and saw the following item, which I proceeded to buy. This item has been the stupidest craft purchase I have ever made:

The Seam Ripper of Stupid. Now a seam ripper isn't altogether a stupid item. It's a very useful item which I encourage all sewing crafters to have. THIS PARTICULAR seam ripper, however, is the stupidest seam ripper on the face of the planet.

It's downfall? It's not sharp. That little U down there at the bottom of the point? The place where all other seam rippers are sharp to cut thread? It's not. It's like the safety scissor of the seam ripper family. Ugh. Way to go, Ubiquitous Sewing Notion Company.

I didn't even need this particular seam ripper. I have a perfectly good (albeit small) one that I got in some sewing kit or something and it's served me well for quite a while. But I turned around and saw "ooh pink!" (which was probably their whole purpose of making it that color) and decided I needed a new one with a cushy handle. Stupid.

What will I do with it? Who knows. I may keep it around for poking things/people. But it's sure no good for doing the one thing I DID buy it for...

Friday, March 19, 2010


Greetings earthlings!

Today found me taking advantage of the sunny day energy and I cleaned out my closet and dresser. Not only is this good because I'm cleaning out crap that I don't use and don't want anymore, it's time for repurposing.

I have a few shirts that I like the design on the front, but they all have one horrible thing in common. What is this heinous atrocity? Cap sleeves. CAP SLEEVES ARE THE DEVIL and whoever thought they should be the new staple in women's clothing should be shot. And I really mean that.

Anyway. I'm going to take these shirts and rip the idiot "sleeve" off and maybe modify the neckline a bit, and I'll have some new tanks. Easy as pie. Mmmm, pie.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I know, Craftykix has been a little quiet lately.

Well, it's been a time of transition around here, but GOOD transitions.

First of all, I got a new job! I start on Monday and I get to escape the hell that is the TV business (and no, I'm not kidding). I also get to escape the night shift and hold day hours like a normal person. I'm finding that as I get older, I don't enjoy staying up late as much as I used to. I still like sleeping in, and that's going to be a major change (I'll have to leave my house at 6:30 a.m.) but I'm ready for it. The new job is going to mesh well with my studies (both in time and content) and I'm really looking forward to it.

What else is going on? Well, I'm engaged! We have not set a date yet, but once we do I will be doing most of the planning myself (with him, of course), and hopefully most of the crafting as we're trying to keep the budget minimal. This also means I might be (ok probably will be) making my wedding dress! Hijinks may ensue.

So please be patient with me in the coming weeks as I get my new schedule under control and learn to budget my time all over again. I'm hoping to get something on the hook or sewing machine soon, as I'm getting kind of twitchy not doing anything with my hands lately. :)


Monday, February 8, 2010


The snowflakes are blocking. I starched them last night, and they weren't stiff enough, so I'm doing round two. They're drying right now:

And while I was trying to keep away the cabin fever this weekend, I made a hat, which is now on sale in my Etsy. It's kid sized, and so cute!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ok, Mother Nature

So it snowed again this weekend. We got about 8 inches here.

It's supposed to snow AGAIN this upcoming weekend, along with some sleet or whatever on Tuesday.

And as much as I sorely despise the stuff, what did I sit down and crochet last night?


Lessons learned:
1. Thread crochet is hard on the knuckles.
2. Thread crochet twists and winds up on itself.
3. Realizing the previous two lessons, my Grandma is a rockstar for churning out the things for church bazaars for many years.

I got two done - one of which I realized I finished wrong after I tied it off. Doh. I don't know if I'm going to go back a rework it or not - it doesn't look bad, it just doesn't follow the pattern.

Pictures will be forthcoming once I get them starched/blocked and they don't look like little white hairballs.

(ps, sorry for the lack of postage lately - there's been a LOT of reading for class going on...)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sewing-y bits

Weekend before last, I had some alone time while The Man was out of town, and I spent it sewing and shopping.

I made a reusable shopping bag out of some cool tiger fabric I plucked out of the remnant bin:

I used the Singlet Bag Tutorial from Craftster. I'm not especially pleased with the bottom of the bag, but I'm not entirely sure I did that part right, either. I could have used some extra clarification on that step.

And some pouches:

Two of these will probably end up in the Etsy shop. I've already claimed the black one for my essential bits that usually float around in the TKD bag.

I actually had more things planned, like a couple of tote bags, but sometimes I get craft boredom. After cutting and stitching for a long stretch of time, the last thing I want to do is craft some more, so I have the fabrics rolled up with their matches and they will be sewn at some point in the future. Or I'll pull them out and go "wha? I don't want to make THAT anymore, that's supposed to be THIS" and make something different.

As for the shopping, At our SPCA's thrift store, I found one of the handheld Singer QuickSew (or whatever they're called) machines for 4 bucks. I haven't tried it on anything but scraps yet. It may have promise, as long as I don't expect great things out of it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Handmade Holidays part deux

We made a trip up north this past weekend and I was able to give the last few presents to their intendeds, so I give you....

Golly's Broomsticks (from the CLF First Ever Book) for younger stepdaughter:

and a kitty hat for the older stepdaughter:

The hat itself is actually another Rheatheylia Cabled Hat, and I freeformed some ears to attach.

I finished the Phannie hat for me:

This was pre-blocking. It actually stretched out quite nicely when blocked.
I think I should have made it out of something warmer than acrylic, but I do like how it looks. And seeing as it's hard to take a picture of the back of one's head, you don't get to see it on me. Sorry.

I actually do not have anything on the hook right now! GASP! Yes, I know. I just haven't found a pattern that I want to devote time to at the moment. Nor have I thought of anything that is begging for me to figure out. This made for awkward "What do I do with my hands" moments this weekend when I was sitting with family, but I dealt. Besides, next week I head back to school, and until I know how much time I'll have between homework, it's best I not start something that I end up really liking and not have the time to work on it, which is a major drag.