Quest completed – Achievement unlocked!

It has taken me two months to complete this project.

But it is done, and I couldn’t be happier with it!!

It’s one part of my boyfriend’s care package.

Upon inquiring “isn’t it too girly looking?” all he had to say was “no, it’s not girly enough!”

And this is why I love him so!

I’m super pleased. It’s probably a little unconventional because, hey, it’s not really a scarf and it’s not really a blanket, but hovering somewhere in between. That was entirely accidental.

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Mission: Failed

My intention was to ship the package out by the 14th. It was my quest! Unfortunately, I ran into a few bumps in the road with my health.

I had a major breakdown a couple of days ago because little things that happened bottled up. I assumed I was overreacting with the things that bugged me. In the end, I just broke down bawling and told him how I felt.

Needless to say that consumed immense amounts of energy. I was too tired to knit much, nevermind tackle the last sprint on this project!

So I’ve concluded that Saturday (and the night following it into Sunday) I’m going to finish up sewing all the apples, stalks and leaves onto the scarf, then wash that and the socks on Sunday morning so it has a day to dry. Then I’ll be packing everything up Sunday evening and shipping it off on Monday!

I have 3 apples sewn on, 1 complete with stalk and leaf. That leaves 5 apples to finish completely, and then I’m done!

1,000 yards down the line

It’s been many weeks since I started this project. My first time trying two combinations of stitches to make a thick, fluffy and flexible scarf mutated into a half blankie, half scarf type of deal.

I did my best to get matching colors but had a bit of a hard time with it. It’s supposed to be an Applejack scarf, in her colors, with her cutie mark on both ends.

I just started binding off the work with the Elisabeth Zimmerman bind off. It’s my favorite in combination with the long tail cast on as they match very closely and it’s not too tight.

Although I’m not done yet, I hope to be able to knit the remaining 3 apples by Monday evening so I can sew them on and then give the whole thing a thorough hand wash before dousing it in my perfume (as per the boyfriend’s not creepy request). Hurray!

Perpetually irked

The wonderful and amazing guy in my life I’m lucky to call my boyfriend is an avid fan of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show. Although I initially didn’t care for the show at all, I bribed him into watching something and in exchange I agreed to watch one episode to give it a chance.

All 3 seasons later I’ve grown fond of the simple charms and humor in the characters’ personalities and I’m actually looking forward to season 4!

Anyway, one of our mutually favored ponies is Cherry Berry, the often disgruntled looking background pony with no major role. She’s depicted doing a lot of manual labor, like raking leaves and pulling a garbage cart, and her perpetually irked face has become a running gag for us. She’s featured in a number of comics and questionnaires being her rebellious self.

Ponies are surprisingly hard to draw. Their proportions are pretty specific and they very easily look very wrong and skewed if you mess that up. It’s been difficult for me to copy the official style, but as you can see in the image featured at the top of this post I’m not doing too badly! I haven’t drawn a lot for people, but because he makes me happy I’ve been doing my best to draw him things that will brighten his day.

A couple of weeks ago, I drew his original character Samantha Brooks:

Samantha Brooks

But what to do for Halloween? I thought of drawing his favorite pony Applejack in a costume, but realized that wouldn’t turn out well (because standards are hard to live up to). Then I thought of how much CherBer probably loathes Halloween with all the candy and dressing up, so then my brain instantly clicked the only reason she’d wear any costume at all: being bribed/having lost a bet.

And who’s more fun to lose a bet to than Fluttershy?

If you like ponies and a good sense of humor, I highly recommend you check out his gallery.