Grandpa Sweaters & Burger Badges

Lion Brand's The Weekly Stitch newsletter included a fucking GEM on Thanksgiving:

Glittery Shrug

Am I right or am I right? Free crochet patterns are often boring or too boxy but this is quite handsome. I'm excited to start on it but my holiday gifts are currently my top priority. Being the selfish crafter that I am, I went out and bought yarn already!

Greystone | Moonstone | Platinum | Onyx

My local Jo-Ann didn't have enough greystone, and matching dye lots is so difficult, adding another color seems like a good alternative. So, the trim and bottom portion will be in greystone and the mesh and top portion in moonstone. The cuffs in either platinum or onyx would be a nice touch, right? What do you think? I picked up ruby red, but it's too bright and I actually kind of like the monochromatic color scheme.

This brings up another long-forgotten crochet project: my crocodile stitch skirt. The length hasn't increased much since this post from April, and truthfully, I don't know that I want to finish it. It seemed like such a great idea and I totally loved the colors I chose (for like, 5 minutes) but I can't get motivated about it. It's all a bit Easter or circus-y. I don't know. Candy colored pastels just aren't for me, I suppose.

In other news, I embroidered a badge and a brooch last week, and I absolutely LOVE my burger badge. I wish I could just make 16 more and be done with the holidays!

Unfortunately my family would all get a good laugh and maybe two cousins would actually wear them :( Would you wear them? I'm thinking of making more and selling them in my (empty) etsy along with my cross-stitched donut necklaces. The donut brooch design needs a little work, it's not quite there yet...