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!

What is a research poster, anyway?

That’s what I’m trying to outline for a video series I’m working on, focusing on creating research posters.  And it’s turning out to be a weird question to answer – I mean, a research poster is pretty much a poster telling the story of some research, right?

It’s more than that, though.  It can serve as an abstract for your research.  It can highlight research methods for a project that’s in process.  It can stand in lieu of a presentation, or it can accompany you and help you tell the story of your research paper as you present.  It can help pique people’s interest, and get them caring about your research, or it can drive people away if it’s not designed well.

The designing is where my strengths come into play in this series – I love desktop publishing.  I could ramble on and on about how to lay out a poster in the perfect ways to get people interested and reading it.  I could go on forever about how to use contrast to grab attention, and proportion to make important items stand out.  But I only get one video to talk about that in this series – so I might just have to ramble about that here.

And I still have to talk about what a research poster is, and why you’d want to create one.  That’s where I’m at right now.  My notes are short and ridiculous, and I’m drawing a blank on things here.  Maybe I’ll go work on the layout and design video outline for a bit, and see if I can answer the question “what is a research poster?” in more detail than “it displays information on research”.

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.