Author Archives: CJinSF

About CJinSF

I write, coach, teach, create stuff, and give back. When I'm not doing that, I read and travel. Happily living in San Francisco.
Montage of Completions

Day 28: Montage of Completions, or Not

 For this last day of TAD, I decided to bring together everything I’ve completed this month, and everything I haven’t. The happy news is that I completed 2 crocheted scarves, a needlepoint cell phone case, 2 heart-shaped pom-poms, a Valentine and envelope, a spool-knitted teddy bear,

Montage of Completions

Day 28: Montage of Completions, or Not

 For this last day of TAD, I decided to bring together everything I’ve completed this month, and everything I haven’t. The happy news is that I completed 2 crocheted scarves, a needlepoint cell phone case, 2 heart-shaped pom-poms, a Valentine and envelope, a spool-knitted teddy bear,

Crocheted Sock Toe

Day 27: Crocheted Sock Toe

I made a gauge swatch for the crocheted socks I’m starting to choose the right hook size. Then I started the sock proper, and got a few rows completed on the toe.

Crocheted Sock Toe

Day 27: Crocheted Sock Toe

I made a gauge swatch for the crocheted socks I’m starting to choose the right hook size. Then I started the sock proper, and got a few rows completed on the toe.

Yarn and Hooks

Day 26: Yarn for Crocheted Socks

It’s a beautiful day outside and I needed some exercise, so I walked the four miles round trip to the nearest yarn store and back to buy some sport weight yarn so I could try out the crocheted sock pattern shown at right. I

Yarn and Hooks

Day 26: Yarn for Crocheted Socks

It’s a beautiful day outside and I needed some exercise, so I walked the four miles round trip to the nearest yarn store and back to buy some sport weight yarn so I could try out the crocheted sock pattern shown at right. I

Spool Knit Scarf Piece

Day 25: Spool Knit Scarf Piece

I’m almost done with this lacy, spool-knitted piece that I will braid with some other pieces to become a multi-media scarf. Not sure what the other elements will be yet, but I’m sorting through my stash.

Spool Knit Scarf Piece

Day 25: Spool Knit Scarf Piece

I’m almost done with this lacy, spool-knitted piece that I will braid with some other pieces to become a multi-media scarf. Not sure what the other elements will be yet, but I’m sorting through my stash.

Equipped Chatelaine

Day 24: Chatelaine Is Equipped

At the Quilt-Craft-Sew show in San Mateo last weekend, I found the perfect items to equip my recently completed crocheted chatelaine: a couple of mini-carabiners and a pill case with a jump ring. Now I have everything I need to

Equipped Chatelaine

Day 24: Chatelaine Is Equipped

At the Quilt-Craft-Sew show in San Mateo last weekend, I found the perfect items to equip my recently completed crocheted chatelaine: a couple of mini-carabiners and a pill case with a jump ring. Now I have everything I need to

Spool Knit Scarf Piece

Day 23: Spool Knit Scarf Piece

I needed a small project to carry along on a car trip, and I had cotton yarn left over from my crocheted chatelaine, so I started a lacy, spool knitted piece that I will braid with some other pieces to

Spool Knit Scarf Piece

Day 23: Spool Knit Scarf Piece

I needed a small project to carry along on a car trip, and I had cotton yarn left over from my crocheted chatelaine, so I started a lacy, spool knitted piece that I will braid with some other pieces to

Granny Squares

Day 22: More Granny Squares

Still turning out granny squares for a special little girl’s sweater. Working on a couple of other projects also, so I’ll post about one of those tomorrow to avoid granny overload.

Granny Squares

Day 22: More Granny Squares

Still turning out granny squares for a special little girl’s sweater. Working on a couple of other projects also, so I’ll post about one of those tomorrow to avoid granny overload.

Granny Squares

Day 21: Granny Squares

I completed a 2nd granny square for the crocheted toddler sweater I’m working on. Not bad for one Muni ride.

Granny Squares

Day 21: Granny Squares

I completed a 2nd granny square for the crocheted toddler sweater I’m working on. Not bad for one Muni ride.

Granny Square

Day 20: Granny Square

In my montage of intentions for TAD that I posted on Day 1, I included some lavender and white baby yarn that I had begun to crochet into a sweater. Alas, life intervened, and the baby somehow became two years old

Granny Square

Day 20: Granny Square

In my montage of intentions for TAD that I posted on Day 1, I included some lavender and white baby yarn that I had begun to crochet into a sweater. Alas, life intervened, and the baby somehow became two years old

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 19: Crocheted Chatelaine

I finished crocheting my chatelaine and added the second ring. Next will be adding decoration and hooks or ribbons for my sewing tools.

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 19: Crocheted Chatelaine

I finished crocheting my chatelaine and added the second ring. Next will be adding decoration and hooks or ribbons for my sewing tools.

Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Day 18: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Completed

My spool knitted teddy bear is done! He has been felted, given eyes, nose, and mouth, and a neck ribbon. You can see what he looked like before he was felted here. He is 3 1/2 inches tall. Now that I see

Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Day 18: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Completed

My spool knitted teddy bear is done! He has been felted, given eyes, nose, and mouth, and a neck ribbon. You can see what he looked like before he was felted here. He is 3 1/2 inches tall. Now that I see

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 17: More on Crocheted Chatelaine

I was so busy shopping for ruffle yarn on Etsy last night that I forgot to make my TAD post! I made more progress on my crocheted chatelaine yesterday. I’m still thinking about how to decorate it once it’s finished.

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 17: More on Crocheted Chatelaine

I was so busy shopping for ruffle yarn on Etsy last night that I forgot to make my TAD post! I made more progress on my crocheted chatelaine yesterday. I’m still thinking about how to decorate it once it’s finished.

Messenger Bag Needlepoint

Day 16: Needlepoint Messenger Bag Flap

I acquired a messenger bag at a conference which I found myself using quite a bit. But of course it had the logos of the organization and a major conference sponsor on it. I thought, “Why should I walk around advertising

Messenger Bag Needlepoint

Day 16: Needlepoint Messenger Bag Flap

I acquired a messenger bag at a conference which I found myself using quite a bit. But of course it had the logos of the organization and a major conference sponsor on it. I thought, “Why should I walk around advertising

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 15: Crocheted Chatelaine

I started crocheting a chatelaine to wear around my neck when I do needlework. When it’s complete, I can hang all my tools from the rings at the ends, so I will stop losing them in the couch (or to

Crocheted Chatelaine

Day 15: Crocheted Chatelaine

I started crocheting a chatelaine to wear around my neck when I do needlework. When it’s complete, I can hang all my tools from the rings at the ends, so I will stop losing them in the couch (or to

Spool Knit Fairy Pieces

Day 14: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 3

My spool knit fairy doll is inching forward. I completed the last knitted piece, which will become the hat, and started shaping the pieces. The piece shown on the left will be the wings, and the one on the right will

Spool Knit Fairy Pieces

Day 14: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 3

My spool knit fairy doll is inching forward. I completed the last knitted piece, which will become the hat, and started shaping the pieces. The piece shown on the left will be the wings, and the one on the right will

Heart Pom-Poms

Day 13: Heart-Shaped Pom-Poms

I tried out the Clover Heart-Shape Pom-Pom Maker I bought on a whim at the variety store, with the idea of making a heart to go with my honey’s Valentine tomorrow. My first attempt at left looks more like a

Heart Pom-Poms

Day 13: Heart-Shaped Pom-Poms

I tried out the Clover Heart-Shape Pom-Pom Maker I bought on a whim at the variety store, with the idea of making a heart to go with my honey’s Valentine tomorrow. My first attempt at left looks more like a

Spool Knit Fairy Stage 2

Day 12: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 2

Here are the next two pieces for the spool knit fairy doll. The longer one will become the body and legs, and the shorter will become the arms. I’ve got one more piece to make before I begin assembly.

Spool Knit Fairy Stage 2

Day 12: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 2

Here are the next two pieces for the spool knit fairy doll. The longer one will become the body and legs, and the shorter will become the arms. I’ve got one more piece to make before I begin assembly.

Valentine outside

Day 11: Valentine for my Honey

UCSF was having a Valentine-making party on campus at lunchtime today, so I stopped in and made a Valentine for my honey. Back home, I made an envelope for it from wrapping paper.

Valentine outside

Day 11: Valentine for my Honey

UCSF was having a Valentine-making party on campus at lunchtime today, so I stopped in and made a Valentine for my honey. Back home, I made an envelope for it from wrapping paper.

Spool Knit Fairy Stage 1

Day 10: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 1

I finished the first piece for the spool knitted fairy doll I’m making from a pattern I acquired recently. This piece will become the fairy’s wings. How? Stay tuned… more will be revealed.

Spool Knit Fairy Stage 1

Day 10: Spool Knit Fairy Stage 1

I finished the first piece for the spool knitted fairy doll I’m making from a pattern I acquired recently. This piece will become the fairy’s wings. How? Stay tuned… more will be revealed.

Denim-Look Potholder

Day 9: Denim Look Potholder

I haven’t had time to pick out the yarns I want to use for my potholder loom weaving project, but with the loom and leftover loops just sitting there, I found myself sorting colors while watching a movie with my honey.

Denim-Look Potholder

Day 9: Denim Look Potholder

I haven’t had time to pick out the yarns I want to use for my potholder loom weaving project, but with the loom and leftover loops just sitting there, I found myself sorting colors while watching a movie with my honey.

Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Day 8: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Stage 3

My first-ever spool knit teddy bear is now at Stage 3. (Here are Stage 1 and Stage 2.) All of the bear’s pieces are together, and next I will felt him (he’s made of wool yarn) by washing him on hot, and perhaps

Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Day 8: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Stage 3

My first-ever spool knit teddy bear is now at Stage 3. (Here are Stage 1 and Stage 2.) All of the bear’s pieces are together, and next I will felt him (he’s made of wool yarn) by washing him on hot, and perhaps

Potholder Loom

Day 7: The Saga of the Potholder Loom

Today’s post is not really about a potholder. It’s about the serendipity of crafting and where it can lead the crafter. One day in the neighborhood, on the free shelves of the now-defunct HANC recycling center, I found a potholder loom

Potholder Loom

Day 7: The Saga of the Potholder Loom

Today’s post is not really about a potholder. It’s about the serendipity of crafting and where it can lead the crafter. One day in the neighborhood, on the free shelves of the now-defunct HANC recycling center, I found a potholder loom

Chenille Scarf

Day 6: Chenille Scarf

I completed another scarf I’ve been working on while riding Muni last night. It’s crocheted from chenille yarn, and was upcycled from a thrift store scarf I bought for a dollar. The original scarf looked like it was someone’s first

Chenille Scarf

Day 6: Chenille Scarf

I completed another scarf I’ve been working on while riding Muni last night. It’s crocheted from chenille yarn, and was upcycled from a thrift store scarf I bought for a dollar. The original scarf looked like it was someone’s first

Crocheted Scarf

Day 5: Crocheted Scarf

I finished crocheting this scarf a couple of weeks ago, but it still needed to have the ends woven in, and since the stitch is quite open, glued in place so they wouldn’t come undone. But now this is complete,

Crocheted Scarf

Day 5: Crocheted Scarf

I finished crocheting this scarf a couple of weeks ago, but it still needed to have the ends woven in, and since the stitch is quite open, glued in place so they wouldn’t come undone. But now this is complete,

Teddy Bear Starts to Take Shape

Day 4: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Takes Shape

I completed two more pieces for my spool knit teddy bear (during yesterday’s Super Bowl debacle), and began stitching it together. The pieces are at top, and at bottom you can see the bear start to take shape. My fellow Super

Teddy Bear Starts to Take Shape

Day 4: Spool Knit Teddy Bear Takes Shape

I completed two more pieces for my spool knit teddy bear (during yesterday’s Super Bowl debacle), and began stitching it together. The pieces are at top, and at bottom you can see the bear start to take shape. My fellow Super

Needlepoint Cell Phone Case

Day 3: Needlepoint Cell Phone Case

I finished the stitching on this case some time ago, but I had never blocked it, so the case looked a bit askew. At left is the case being blocked, and at right, the completed case. This was a souvenir

Needlepoint Cell Phone Case

Day 3: Needlepoint Cell Phone Case

I finished the stitching on this case some time ago, but I had never blocked it, so the case looked a bit askew. At left is the case being blocked, and at right, the completed case. This was a souvenir

Spool Knitting

Day 2: Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Spent a lovely afternoon with karizmatic working on our respective creations. I re-taught myself to spool knit, which I haven’t done in forever. The tools have advanced since that long ago time. Love my new Knifty Knitter spool, and hook with

Spool Knitting

Day 2: Spool Knit Teddy Bear

Spent a lovely afternoon with karizmatic working on our respective creations. I re-taught myself to spool knit, which I haven’t done in forever. The tools have advanced since that long ago time. Love my new Knifty Knitter spool, and hook with

CJinSF Craft Montage

Day 1: Montage of Intentions

It’s my first time participating in Thing-a-Day, and I’ve begun by making a pile of my intentions. They fall into two categories: ~ Finish projects I’ve already started ~ Try out some new techniques I’m planning to complete a couple of

CJinSF Craft Montage

Day 1: Montage of Intentions

It’s my first time participating in Thing-a-Day, and I’ve begun by making a pile of my intentions. They fall into two categories: ~ Finish projects I’ve already started ~ Try out some new techniques I’m planning to complete a couple of