These are my awards, Mother. From Army.


Buster, ep. 2.6Arrested Development is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I’ve watched the whole series innumerable times, and have probably memorized most of the episodes by now. So when I saw a meme on tumblr from one of my favorite episodes, I immediately decided to stitch it for myself!

The image is from an episode called Afternoon Delight (season 2, episode 6). Buster, the youngest of the adult Bluth children (and quite the momma’s boy), has unwillingly joined the army. Lucille Bluth, his mother, signed him up to make the family look good on television. He doesn’t actually want to be in the army (which he refers to simply as “Army”), so in this episode he decides to go the arcade and play games instead. When he comes home with his prizes Lucille makes fun of him. In response he declares, “These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship, and the gorilla is for sand racing. Now if you’ll excuse me, they’re putting me in something called Hero Squad.” In my opinion, it’s one of the best moments on the show. It cracks me up even just thinking about it. Anyways, I set out to make a simple, backstitch version of the meme. Here are some progress shots:

I had a lot of fun working on this one. I especially like how his right hand turned out! I decided not to replicate the camo, as I thought that might make the black-and-white piece too busy. I’ve been thinking of making a pattern for my Etsy store, so maybe I’ll do a version with color and camo. What do you think? I’ve been dying to stitch some more Bluth moments of glory (like this one), so maybe I’ll do a whole series. I can even work on them while watching the new season!!

These are my awards, Mother. From

What’s in my basket?

Cross Stitch, Knitting, My Basket

I always have 20 different projects going on at once (I’m not known for finishing one thing before starting another), so my basket is always full of yarn and fabric. Here are a few I’ve been working on lately.

My basket, 1/20/2013

If you’ve seen these basket posts before the purple scarf will probably look very familiar. It’s the knitting project I work on when I don’t feel like doing anything else. I know I’ll finish it someday, and it will probably become one of my Christmas scarves. In the back you might see a new skein of yarn – a very special skein, in fact. It’s Time Traveler yarn from Knit Picks. More specifically, it’s Felici Fingering Self-Striping Sock Yarn, and it’s super soft and pretty. This skein is dyed to mimic the Fourth Doctor’s scarf (from Doctor Who)! I ordered ten skeins, as it was a limited-time lot. I don’t yet know what I’m going to do with it (I can’t knit socks yet), but it just makes me smile every time I look at it. Anyways, onto the grey scarf. This is another Christmas scarf, although it was meant for my uncle for Christmas 2011. It’s my first cable scarf, and it took me a long time to get into the flow of cabling. I put it down for awhile, and recently started working on it again. I’ve got about half of it knit, so I have high hopes for Christmas 2013! Lastly, I’ve got a few small cross stitch projects going on. You might recognize the Fonz from a few months ago, and you’ll be seeing more of the other projects soon. Exciting stuff!

Catching up!


Although I haven’t blogged for the past few months, I have taken lots of photos with the intention of posting them. I think it’d be a shame to not use them, so I thought I’d do a series of posts about my projects and adventures this past fall. There’s lots of delicious food and stitching to share, so prepare yourselves! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Also – can I just say how much I love this new WordPress gallery design? So pretty!

Stitch all the things!

Cross Stitch

School and work have been keeping me busy lately – lots of papers and projects. Sadly, this means no time for stitching (depressing, I know). I haven’t stitched anything since early September, and no plans to start stitching soon (maybe early December?).

However, I want to share the last thing I DID stitch with you, because I love it so so much! As a preface, I just want to state how much I love memes and how much I love Hyperbole and a Half. They are two of my favorite things. Sooo, when I saw this meme going around, I just knew I had to make it. Except instead of a mop, I needed some stitchery involved. Basically this:

Stitch all the things!

Awesome, right? I have it framed and on my desk right now, and I gaze at it happily every day. It makes not having time to stitch almost bearable. Now all I have to do is somehow convince vardewoman to make me an Alot to sit next to it.

Who doesn’t respect Da Fonz?

Cross Stitch

So as many of you know, I am currently earning my MLS to become an archivist. I am nerdy about all things library/archives/history-related, and like to save favorite jokes, memes, etc. involving said topics. So when archivalshame posted this meme a while back I was in love.

Respect Da Fonz

I decided I needed my own stitched version to put on my desk, so I set about doodling. Those doodles turned into a half-done pattern, which I then altered as I stitch (I’ve found out that’s how I work best – sketching out a few parts of my pattern and then improvising as I go. I don’t think I’ve ever stitched a pattern – mine or otherwise – exactly how it’s supposed to be.) I was having a fight with his face, so I put him down for a bit. Here’s what he looks like right now.

Respect Da Fonz

I’ll finish him up soon, because he may be part of a new project I’m involved in (!!). More details as that project develops (librarians and archivists – get ready!).