If You’re Looking For Me Here, You Should Find Me Over There…

So it’s been a long while since I’ve written anything here at Pixie Worx with any regularity.  It’s not that I don’t write.  In fact I write quite a bit.  It’s just that I have found myself struggling more and more with splitting my attentions across multiple blogs and other places that I write at.

You see, some years ago I used to think I needed multiple blogs and spaces to cover all my writing interests.  I mean, that’s the way it was supposed to be, right?  Particular subjects for particular blogs?

But I find today I’m not so sure anymore.  In some cases it makes sense, in others… sigh… maybe not so much.

I used to think that people liked to read what I write because of the subject material. And I think that’s still true to a degree.  However, I’ve come to realize it’s not really what I write as much as my style, friendliness and way of looking at the world that draws readers.  So in that case, it doesn’t really matter if each blog is perfectly themed or not.  If I will just naturally be me, that’s all anyone really cares about, no matter where I am.  And splitting my focus and attentions at this point only serves to water down what I do.  Better to have the one main punch I think.

And so instead of writing on four different personal blogs all the time, and instead of trying to keep TDBAD as my “writing personality” only and PW as handmade only and FQ as family only, I’ve pretty much now consolidated anything related to my quirky personality, loves and way of looking at the world over to my blog at Aberrant Crochet during the last year.

Now, I’m not saying I’ll never write a post here again.  I reserve the right to follow whatever whim I might.  Who knows what the future holds?  But for now, the way my life is stretched, I’m consolidating Pixie Worx, The Difference Between A Duck, Family Quirks and Aberrant Crochet all over at Aberrant Crochet.  In fact, when I do NaBloPoMo every November, that’s the blog I enter now.

So if you’re still subscribed here, you might want to mosey on over to Aberrant Crochet, if you haven’t already.  I’m also pretty active at micro-blogging over on Twitter as @AberrantCrochet52 as well.  So if you’re on Twitter, follow me there – and say hello if you do!  I love real peeps who actually interact and will follow you back if you do.  I don’t follow linkers though (people who only post links) so keep that in mind.  Twitter is truly social and it’s about developing relationships.  But more on that in a new blog post over at Aberrant Crochet.

So here’s the deal.  The articles already written will stick around (I’m not taking down these other blogs at this point), but if you want to find me where I’m most active now, head over to Aberrant Crochet and subscribe there.  It’s a lot more interesting and a lot more fun and with my schedule, that’s where my focus is now.  Way simpler to just be myself and write what I love all in one place.  Gee, what was I thinking after all?  Perhaps someday it will be conducive to write so much that I’ll need these other blogs again, but for now, one will do. 😉

Catch you on the flip side and thanks for following me there!

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Giant Adjustable Crochet Halloween Spider Web Pattern – For Haunted House or Costume!

I continue to get hits for my blog post last year about developing this pattern and have received contacts looking for the pattern. This post is just to update and make sure everyone knows that yes, this pattern is available. I don’t know why Google is picking up my old blog post and not any of my more recent ones here or on my regular crochet blog at http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com.

You can find this pattern for a crochet spider web and several OOAK ready made spider webs in my store at: http://PixieWorx.etsy.com (finished goods) and http://AberrantCrochet.etsy.com (patterns, hooks, yarn, supplies).

This pattern is completely adjustable, allowing you to extend it to the size you want, up to about 6 feet in diameter. It is also unique in that it can also be used to create a spider web to wear for a costume. You can read more about this pattern and its requirements here: http://etsy.com/listing/82366585/6-foot-spider-web-crochet-pattern.

Christmas Spider Web

I am also working on a crochet pattern for a 15-20 foot spider web for serious outdoor use. It is an advanced pattern using reinforcing stitches there are currently no yarn standards for (hence the delay in its offering). This design is to help produce an incredibly strong web for lots of stress, use and abuse outdoors in trees, etc.. (Things that often wear fibers out.) If you are interested in the more fortified giant spider web pattern, contact me directly.

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Red Hot Hooker Night April 28th: 5-11pm CT – Etsy Sale 20% off tonight!

Etsy Sale from EtsyHookers Crochet Team! 20% off anything in my shop, 5-11pm tonight! http://www.etsy.com/shop/PixieWorx

Red Czech glass 6-Pointed Star Flower Choker - Comfortable Fine Crocheted Jewelry - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design

I am participating in Red Hot Hooker Night (meaning CROCHET y’all) on Etsy tonight – Wednesday April 28th from 5-11 pm CT.

Flaming Crochet Hook Bag for CLF Book

Gothic Turquoise Crochet Necklace

There will be a lot of sales in the RHHN category and I’m personally offering 20% off anything in my Etsy shop from 5-11pm only.

Not a Joiner - Outrageous Ski Hat

I just picked up the last of my designs from consignment and want to make room for new designs coming out this year.Toddler Bear Hat with Pink Bow

I’ll be working on loading more into my shop today in preparation for the sale. Working on the photos now. Most of my work are OOAKs, so if you like something get it while you can.

Spring Goblin

The official RHHN announcement doesn’t go out until tonight, but figured I’d share with my friends in advance so you can plan.

Modified Railroad Choker with Sun Motif - Czech Glass

"Sun Cherries" Squiggle Hat

Help me ring in the new and let your friends know?

Max the Goblin

The Bubblegum Goblin

Spirit Jumpers get discounts for their Spirit Jumps.

"Vail" Ski Hat with a Squiggle

Contact me directly if you are interested in something for a Spirit Jump.

Again, the sale doesn’t begin until tonight: 5 – 11pm CT!



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What Yarns Are Best for Crochet…?

This was a question asked on one of the crochet forums I’m on. Thought I’d share my response here. Feel free to add your input in the comments to help others!

I would say that what yarn you use depends on project and attitude actually. I know everyone has an opinion and there are various camps of thought. But my take is more of a unifier of worlds. I’m a true Libran – I dislike division.

You can crochet with anything. Seriously. And I’ve done it. I’ve mixed all sorts of fibers (some thigns not even considered “fiber”) and broken most taboos out there. And what I haven’t broken yet, I will endeavor to before I die. You can’t focus on being able to see. This is the eternal quip between my grandmothers and I. “But grandma, if you really know how to crochet, you don’t have to see your stitches, right?” It’s our private little laugh between us. But it’s true. I’ve used lots of stuff people didn’t think you could crochet with. But I also find that people get in a rut with fibers because they only use one type of hook or tool. Hooks can make an incredible difference in the variety of things you can create. Certain ones are better for certain things.

Only once have I come across a fiber that I felt was the spawn of satan and that I refused to try again and actually threw it away. Something called whirly-gig. And the monstrosity was difficult to use because it falls apart. Shouldn’t have been called yarn! In my experience, as long as it doesn’t fall apart, it can be crocheted!

I find most yarns do not meet people’s expectations because they approach it either with preconceived notions or one hook fits all approach. And that’s OK. Specialization is important too. Let the fibers speak to you and you’ll figure out how they best like to be used.  It’s like anything in life, you learn how it works. All fibers have a personality of sorts and a way they “prefer” to be handled. All you do is just figure that out. 

I say take the fear and hesitation out of it and just let go. Get some paint and splash it on that canvas and see what you get.

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Fair Trade Chocolate…

Not really related to crochet, but then again, who isn’t inspired by chocolate from time to time….! (Except for you strange non-chocolate fans out there……)😉 Thought I’d share…..

For those who like chocolate, here’s a company who makes a very good high quality fair trade chocolate. Chocolate desserts are my other hobby and I’m very picky about chocolate. In fact, I totally embrace and admit that I am a complete chocolate snob. So really, this is pretty good chocolate!


(Austinites – there are a few places in town selling Divine Chocolate so you don’t have to mail order if you don’t want!)

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Setting: I’m working on my latest hat design one night, trying to get all my notes down and actually record the creative process. So, I’m trying the hat on, trying to make sure the shape of the bill is just right and just about ready to make the final snip to tie off. Dear hubby is multitasking – recommending a yellow flower for the side while wailing on the new Fender he just bought. And my dear daughter (11 at the time) is fondling the yarn balls I just snipped free from the hat I’m finishing.


“Oh, I just love this yarn,” my daughter sighs, handling the shimmery lilac one. “That’s mohair,” I say, never missing a moment to teach. All these years she’s always heard me talking about one fiber or another.

But this time, she paused long.

And then my super genius 6th grade but high-school level science whiz tells me, “Ummm Mom, I don’t know what a Mo is……”

So that’s where I stop and nearly choke laughing!

To make matters worse, without skipping a strum, my dear hubby chimes in dryly, “Oh you know honey,” he says to our daughter. “From the Three Stooges. The guy with the hair chopped off in the front. Mo-hair.”

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Crochet Movie Titles Fun….

We had a fun thread awhile back at The Crochet Liberation Front group on www.Ravelry.com (a crochet and knit community) about possible Crochet Movie Titles

These are the ones I came up with – reposted here for your enjoyment! Feel free to participate and add yourself to the fun in the comments!

How to Lose a Hook in 10 Minutes

Last of the Mohair

Triple X-Stitch

Hot Yarn and Cold Feet

The Accidental Crocheter

What About Bullion?

Bullion 5 (Babylon 5)

Backstitch (Backdraft)

Balls of Furry

Attack of the Zombie Fiber Hookers (John suggested that one!)

101 Things to Do with a Naughty Skein (another John contribution!)

The Cable-Stitch Guy

Cast Away the Sticks!

Chasing Stitches

Chronicles of Intarsia (a technique in crochet)

Cirque du Filet

Clash of the Tritons (a shell stitch)

Code Name: Decrease

Cluster Theory

Cables Under Fire

The Craft (Hey I like it!)

The Hidden Lives of the CLF

Crazy Shell Dundee

Weaving in Ends

Cross Trebles Make Hidden Dragon

Saving Popcorn Stitch

Scary Mohair

The Stash

Star Stitch Troopers

Herringbone and the Half-Close Stitch

The Stitch-hiker’s Guide to the Marquerite (a star stitch)

House of Flying Picots

The Coffee Stain (I know I’m not the only one who has spilled coffee on a project!)

Tapestry C and the Hook of Destiny

That Darn Cat (need I say more?)

Triton A.E.

Basic Crochet 2: Risk Addiction

The Back Loop Killers

Ruffling Evil

OK I had some fun with this…..!

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