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y'all look at this Absolute Unit of a puffball i found, it's 8.5 lbs

star-rice -

So I bought a crochet pattern on brioche crochet because #1 - it looks dope af and, #2 - oddly familiar..... I felt as if I'd done this already in a piece of mine, but I wanted the pattern for the specifics and to kind of compare.

And then I realized exactly what I'd done this with: my fucking bleeding moss stitch bags. One day I decided I wanted to see how how alternating colors every other row would look in bleeding moss only to be very surprised when I ended up with vertical stripes as opposed to horizontal ones. I then quickly expanded my horizons to experiment with it in round with some v cool results.

I lost the original project that I first demonstrated this on, but I did a quick sample using the techniques I know now/would have been using at the time:

First of all, this demonstrates very succintly the increasing pattern used in round (if ya'll were ever wondering about how I was doing that, I always meant to do a tutorial on it, but its not as easy to understand with words) but its literally the jumping off point for having a good understanding of the brioche techniques used in the pattern I bought and I discovered all of this on accident. Literally years before I would formally be able to put a name to it (I didn't know this was called Brioche or Mosaic crochet until a day ago).

And this is wild to me because I realized part of the potential when working with double colored extened moss while decreasing (not shown, but decreasing brings two branches to a point), I just never made the tiny leap to realizing how easy it would be to etch wild patterns into something because I figured it'd be too complex to want to work out the intricacies.

Anyway, the tl;dr of why im making this post is that I'm absolutely fascinated by what is the equivalent of convergent evolution amongst craftsmen (which isn't uncommon at all, esp in crochet where its basics are simple but there's a lot of freedom to it if you're willing to get creative, but since we're all using the same basic technique, we're bound to 'discover' the same things). I'm not gonna say I haven't been through this before with other stuff, but its definately been a while and this is the most complex thing I've developed all on my own only to find it word for word somewhere else.

Which is not to say I've been doing this technique the exact same as in this pattern. Far from it, though the basic idea is the same. This was partly why I bought it, to fill in that gap where years earlier I'd tapped out and paid it no mind. There's obviously more to learn here, more to explore and more creativity to be had. Even if I had completely understood how to balance the stitches and properly direct the design before this, for something I had to figure out the intricacies of on my own, I'm going to absolutely love reading up on how someone else decided to go about certain things.

I love the evolution of the creative exchange of ideas too. I know its sort of very niche depending on where you are on the internet, but I'm slowly amassing a huge pool of resources to better my craft with and I'm already a slut for community discussion of things.

Illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon from a book of African American Folktales.

This looks like one of my OCs but it is not her. They cute tho.

Here is freddie,

transwerewolf -

I'll have y'all know I didn't use a single drop of black paint for this

warm up drawing from twitter earlier ❄️

phantomflame03 reblogged nap

lost all motivation and havent drawn for a month, but hey, here's some bird

my painting is dry enough that I could take a good picture!!