I am signed up for both Iron Craft and 10 for Tuesday. While there are other things I signed up for this year, these are my primary bloggy things to do (not that you can tell by the number of Iron Craft things I've finished this year).
For Iron Craft the challenge was flowers, and my thinking about flowers so influenced my 10 for Tuesday that I thought I was supposed to write about flowers. Baka.
I haven't made a choker in nigh on forever. Usually when I make a choker I bead weave, which I also haven't done in forever (I found one of my looms with a pattern already strung on it, but I don't remember the gist of the pattern. I think I was doing braille pictorially, but did not see any notes conveniently next to the loom).
This time I knit. I knit a cabbage rose from Knitting on the Edge (by the way, does anyone have a copy of this pattern that has the leaf instructions for the Cabbage Rose?) out of leftover Madeline Tosh sock yarn. I then created stamen with random seed beads, because I was too lazy to get up and find the gold and yellow beads). I sewed a strip of lace onto a black satin ribbon and sewed on black snaps (incorrectly the first time. Please tell me I'm not the only one who regularly sews her snaps on wrong). I positioned the flower over the snap and sewed it into place.
A single evenings worth of work.
In 10 for Tuesday land, I really would like to talk about my favorite birds.
1. I obviously like penguins. I have a wallet (still in progress, because I'm slow) that has a free form penguin on the front. They are cute, surprisingly loud, and live pretty much in the water.
2. Swans. I especially like the mute swan. It has the most gloriously frivolous plummage of the different swans I've seen.
3 (and 4). Chickadees and Grackles. They remind me of Maine and of wall hangings my mom made.
5. Starlings. I blame Tris's book, because I hadn't really thought about starlings before that.
6. Peacocks. I love the super colorful tail feathers.
7. Mallard Ducks. They were one of the first ducks I could recognize with their snappy markings.
8. Sparrows. I remember being young and watching a sparrow beat a crow (or grackle) for a partial hot dog and bun that we had thrown to the birds. It was the dead of winter when every scrap of food was precious.
9. Owls. I know they are over done, but I love them anyway.
10. Herons and Cranes. I love the long limbed birds (for that matter I love Rhea and Emu, but it is mostly a crossword puzzle thing with those birds).