yes really, crafts.

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Some people may be amused to learn that I'm actually quite handy and like to busy myself with craft projects. Yes yes, you thought all I did was sleep, drink tea, and read novels (most of which are bad). Oh, and sit in front of the computer. Others who have known me longer (and longest) will probably read this and think that it would be quite self-evident. In fact, I became an engineer because I'm good with my hands and fixing things. I even included my love for working with my hands in my B.S. statement of purpose about how my first toolset was a gift from my grandfather in my early youth, much to my parents amusement and dismay.

So, you might be wondering exactly what handicraft skills I've accumulated over the years. *queue funky time sequence music*
As noted, my grandfather gave me my first toolset. While this isn't a handicraft, I can't imagine many other children who were allowed to have a hammer and pliers while not being allowed to touch a paring knife. I'm not quite sure what I took apart other than my big swatch watch clock (icon of the 1980's it was). Anyhow, he got me started with the handiwork happiness. Incidentally, I think this is a skill all girls should have. I still can't believe that some females can't use a screwdriver or hammer (or they hammer like wussie girls gripping really high). On that note, Amy Wynn of Trading Spaces, I salute you.
Sometime around sixth grade we had these stuffed animal packets we had to sew together by hand. They were about the size of pillows. Uh huh, expect a child to sew a pillow... Ah, here is where I had my first inking of impatience. To this day I don't usually tackle extremely long and involved craft projects, especially if they involve hand stiching.
Somewhere near there my Aunt Tracy who is into crafts probably took pity on me and taught me how to sew. Yes, my mother can sew and no, she had no interest in teaching me how to do so. I can sew a reasonably straight line using a sewing machine but have forgotten how to thread the needle. Ah well, there's always user manuals. I don't sew very often.
Around seventh or eigth grade there was a craft club at my junior high. It was there I learned how to crochet... one very long line. Voila, my sad crocheting skills resulted in a "hampster leash".
Interspersed with these events was the puffy paint era and beads. I must admit that my artistic skills don't extend much to drawing and I wasn't patient enough to use puffy paints since one wrong move would result in a smear. Come to think of it, the puffy paint effect was a bit tacky anyhow. As for beads, well, that's been a ongoing hobby. I like to make jewlery excpet I have one small problem, I don't really wear jewlery. Ahm. Right. However, I stuck with jewlery making, especially things with wire and requiring tools through highschool. My other artistic hobby during that time is photography. My grandfather also let me at the cameras at a young age. Shoes were ever so intersting. To this day, I usually photograph scenery instead of people. While people are ever so entertaining, when I travel I like to see the landscapes.

Come college I took classes when I could at the Experimental College which was less than I liked. I learned how to cast jewlery using wax and molten metals... yes, that involved a blow torch which several people appropriately made jokes about. I also learned how to bind books. You may have heard of the recent scrapbooking craze. Well, I'm not into scrapbooking but I do enjoy making the book. Both lost wax casting and bookbinding are more complex projects. Occasionally I'll still make a book, especially for extra-special occasions as gifts.

Which leads me to now and the topic sharp points. Yes, I've taken up some crafts again. Charlene bought that ultra cute stuffed animal book and I made a purple cat.
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See isn't it the cutest? It was handsewn and given to james who has been warned not to pull at the head since it's stiched in with large stitches.

Then I went to a yarn store with Charlene where I proceeded to poke, squish, and pet several yarns. Of course I fell for a ball of yarn (how much more catlike can I get?) and embarked on learning how to knit. My first scarf was knit out of a boucle (bumpy) yarn and looks a bit amoeba-ish due to accidental increasing. Ah well. The second scarf I'm knitting right now looks great and is knit out of Rowan Polar, a much easier yarn to knit with. Psst. Nice yarn is expensive! I keep on falling for the aqua and blue colors. Righto. I'll post a picture of my new scarf using the knit (garter on straight needles) stitch soon. My next project will be a cute little cell phone bag (since I love cell phone bags). Additionally, I'm fixating on cell phone trinkets. Ted brought several back from Taiwan and I've pretty much put out the word that if you're traveling abroad, bring back cute cell phone straps for freecia. I even purchased a book about how to make them and just need to find the parts (findings) for it.

So that's the story behind sharp points. It's somehow fitting that the craft section be named sharp points. I may be small but I would probably poke you with whatever tool I have in my hand if the notion popped into my head. Of course, I'm not that coordinated and I often poke myself. Off to walk the dog. (No, I haven't knit her a sweater yet. I might later though!)

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Freecia, you are uber-cool. Show me your scarves sometime. __

Hey Bbora, the knit above in the pale greyish blue is the one I'm currently working on. I think I'll also tackle a bucket hat when I when I get a few more stitches down. That's a summery useable item, right? http://www.chicknits.com/infopdf.shtml

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