Boo's making me terribly happy.
I actually finished a crochet creature and he actually looks like he's supposed to look.
It was really very easy and extremely rewarding, and much less problematic than trying to learn crochet via Japanese instructions.
That can be my next project.
I still have a tiny scrap of the lovely organic cotton, so I'll have to try and find another tiny project for it.
You can get the pattern here.
But even better was this on my front doorstep when I got home from work. I suspected I knew the contents, but I ripped it open anyway and was extremely pleased to find this inside You can get it here, and it is in stores in the UK. There are plans for an Australian release in the near future.
It has no less than 54 projects in it like theseas well as some introductory technique sections and a directory of web resources.
I feel extremely proud to be associated with it.
So that's the good, but I feel bad and stuck in one of those situations I can only describe as ugly.
It's hard to talk about here right now, but it's all about balancing my hard line rational self and doing what I think is 'right' with my desire for harmony and peace by trying to make unhappy people happy.
I can't feel good coming down on either side in this one and being in a leadership position makes me feel incredibly isolated and responsible and torn and tormented. And like everyone, well around 50% of the people involved anyway, hate me.
Let's hope for a better tomorrow.
** Yes - they are my projects in the book! For those who asked about getting yer hands on it - the link in the post above is to Amazon UK, which has stock. This is the link to Amazon in the US, which doesn't yet have stock, but which will. This and this link to Australian sites which will also have stock soon. They are taking back orders in the meantime if you are really keen. Having now had some time to digest it I am even more impressed. The intro gives a nice overview of craft in the context of feminist and art criticism and as a renegade anti consumerist movement. Cool.