The crafty part of being the Crafty Tech Nerd

The Statewide IT conference here at IU is doing something a little different this year – they’re going to have an Artists Showcase during the UITS Staff Appreciation event.  And, well, because I do create some very artistically lovely things by way of crochet… I’m going to be brave and share them at the Artists Showcase.

And on the page for submitting a “proposal” to be in the Artists Showcase, they ask if your art has a web presence.  Well, I don’t exactly have a public presence for just my crocheting – or didn’t, anyway, until just now!  I figure that I’ll occasionally post my finished objects here, in the Crafting category on this blog, so people can see what I’ve made if they’re curious and I’ll have an easier-to-share place where people can see my projects.  Most of my older projects that I’m adding today will be “posted” as close to the date I finished them on.

I’m excited about getting to show off my crocheting at the Statewide IT conference!  Who would have thought that my crafty side and my techy side would be able to meet like this?


Wedding Shawl


Stretched out for blocking and drying!


Detail of the stitches.


Detail of the beading, which is still a work in progress.

This shawl is still a work in progress – while the crocheting is complete, I’m working on adding some beads to this one to help it go better with the dress that this shawl is going with.  This shawl is especially special to me, as I’m crocheting it to go with my own wedding dress for my wedding celebration in August!  My talented mom-in-law is adding beading and embellishments to my dress to make it more unique – here’s a little taste of the work she’s been doing while I’ve been crocheting.


The bow on the side of my wedding dress, with additional red beading and red piping!

I’ll be very excited to show the shawl and dress off when they’re complete!

Mint Stripes Baby Blanket


I made this blanket for my co-worker at IT Training, Jessica, for her new baby girl that’s due in June!  This shade of mint green happens to be a favorite color of both of ours, and so I decided to use that color plus white for the blanket.

Sunset Shawl


I love the colors for this one.


Close-up of the border, which I like – it’s elegant in its simplicity!

This is one of my favorite projects – while the pattern itself is rather simple, the colors make it stunning.  I’ve received a lot of compliments when I wear this shawl out and about!