It’s been busy in the craft department these 2 weeks…well, as compared to my previous weeks of… nothing or mostly nothing anyway. From crochet, to cross stitch, to jewelry making, and back to crochet I’ve been having some fun reacquainting myself to the joys of working with my hands. Continue reading “What Haven’t I Done?”
Last Thursday a friend of mine asked if I would mind crocheting a blanket for her sister’s baby shower. She has yarn and a pattern picked out. Now I’m the kind of person who, when a friend asks me to do something like this I’m usually willing if they pay for the yarn, my friend went one step further and said she’d pay for the labor as well as the yarn. Well damn, an offer like that never comes along so I, of course, said yes.
She needs it by next Saturday.
Ok, on the subject of radio silence I have a really good explanation: I spent the better part of March moving (which was a mess) into an apartment with a host of problems all its own. Add to this that my phone was stolen recently so I’m actually completely out of a computer and a camera at home for the moment, though at this point I’m going to have to suck it up and do something about it. If you’d like a more complete version of events check out my other blog, especially Reel Big Fish Everything Sucks and Home row key smashing.
During this time though I haven’t been totally slacker. I’ve finished two more skeins of squares for my tetris blanket, they’re really starting to add up. I still need to make the blue and cyan squares but I’ll have to dig through my yarn to find it, most of it’s pretty jumbled from the move.
I’ve also completed the body of the shawl I was working on, I just need to select a yarn for the border and figure out where the pattern went. >.> Also I need to block it because it’s curling something fierce, but I can’t decide if I should finish it first or block it now before adding the border.
The MLP:FiM pattern is actually in the final stages of completion, I just have to work out the back legs and it will be done! I’ve already gotten to work on my sister’s long promised Fluttershy. The line from hock to knee is the tricky bit I’m still working on.
I’ve also started work on the Prepster Jacket from The Happy Hooker, I’ve got one sleeve and I’m working on the other right now.
In other news, because of some design differences in my current place, my cat box doesn’t fit beside my toilet anymore. I bought a trunk a good while ago to make a hidden cat box from, but haven’t gotten around to it. The fact that my cat’s litter box is hanging out right in front of my door (one of the few non-carpeted places in my apartment) should be pretty good impetus to actually convert the trunk that’s been sitting empty for a good long while. I’m also thinking about finally getting around to making a craft closet for myself. I don’t just want a place to store things, I wanted to build a crafting space into the closet itself and intended to have a shelf at working height inside and a small table I could swing out in an L-shape for extra space. I have design ideas, but not a lot of experience in the area so I think I’ll invest in a fairly inexpensive used armoire for my first try.
When I actually have some way to record what I’m planning on doing and can get around to it (I have a other problems I need to take care of first), I’ll definitely update things with pictures.
So this week hasn’t been as productive as I would like it to have been (when is this not the case?), or rather not obviously productive. I did learn how to broomstick lace crochet (really cool, but tricky at first) and I really have this video to thank. I needed to learn so I could crochet my sister an infinity scarf. I’m using this pattern, but I’ll actually twist it to make it a true Mobius. The yarn I’m using is absolutely gorgeous. I was originally going to use a spare PVC pipe I had laying around, but I thought the loops looked too big and awkward so I’ve down-sized to a more moderate wooden dowel. I just need to sand it a bit to make sure it doesn’t snag on the yarn (I had a picture of the dowel, but wordpress has decided it doesn’t like it. I’ll take another pic when the scarf is in progress).
Luckily I’m not the one who bought it, because it’s predictably a pretty penny. My sister bought it on the condition that I’d make the scarf for her. I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn, it’s so lovely. I’ve also made some headway on my new tetris squares, look at them all!
I’ve also got blue, but I need to hunt up some cyan and magenta. I originally thought I could use my lavender Red Heart, but I don’t think the color’s bright enough. Oh and if case you were wondering about that pile of unraveled squares. Yeah, I straightened them all out and reattached the yarn pieces together so I could wind them all back into balls. It was time consuming.
Since I’ll be visiting my family over Labor Day I don’t know how much I’m going to get done, but I figure I’ll bring tetris square stuff and also my Art Assignment work. Hopefully I’ll have something more substantial by the end of the weekend.
So all those Tetris squares I had finished? This is what they look like now.
I realized that if I wanted to use the zipper stitch to attach them together (which I do, it’s a very nice look), the edging I’d given them would get in the way. Why didn’t I just take off the edging? I did for a few of them, but most didn’t have enough end yarn to finish off the squares so I had to unravel them so I can rework them slightly better. Turns out this isn’t such a big deal for my poor Tetris blanket though. I miscalculated sizes because I thought Tetris boards have 12 cells across. Wrong, of course. Typical Tetris cells are 10×20. >.< My squares were thus much too small so now the squares ALL look like this.
In other news I finished the Art Assignment’s Intimate, Indispensible GIF. It’s a crocheted GIF (shocking, I know), but crochet really is important to me. I’ve also amassed some materials for Make A Rug. I don’t really have clothes that I can sacrifice to the cause I’ve started looking to collect old sheets and large blocks of unused fabrics. I really lucked out in that I met some wonderfully nice people when I went to a local Knit Night at the Temple Terrace Twisted Threads yarn store. It’s a wonderful yarn store that specializes in alternative yarns. There’s this one really soft yarn and when I asked about it I found out it was made blending plant fiber and milk protein! In my head the exchange was something like this:
Me: Wow, this yarn is nice. What’s it made from?
Store Owner: Oh, soy and milk.
Me: Milk?! No way!
Store Owner: Whey!
But only in my head because I live in a world of terrible puns. It is luscious by the way.
But I digress, while I was at the knit night I brought up the fact that I was doing the Art Assignment, but needed to amass some materials and a woman there mentioned that her church had a member’s only thrift store where they raised money for charity and collected material donations for the poor. A lot of the things they end up with are bought at estate sales and this includes boxes of random fabric pieces, usually pretty large ones. She asked if that would work and if so I could take what I wanted out of it. All in all I ended up with a huge mound of fabric. About half of it now looks like this!
It’s hard to see, but that pile of fabric has been cut into strips. And that’s only half!
And to wrap things up, here is my GIF. I’ll also be posting it to Square Peg, Round Hole, so apologies for cross posting.
So you know how I was working on the MLP pattern and said I hoped to have it roughly finished by the end of the week something like two months ago? Yeah, let’s not talk about that right now.
In news where I actually have progress to report, I’ve been through my extensive yarn stash since I’ve moved to my new place (there was… quite a bit) and I’ve managed to pare it down. And by that I mean free up more space to buy new yarn. >.> Yeah, you put those judge-y eyes away right now. But amongst all that yarn that I realized I would never use because I was clearly having an out-of-my-mind experience when I bought some of it I managed to find another three colors for my Tetris blanket! I’m only missing the cyan, which I’ll pick some up of along with more black soon. I haven’t really been working on the blanket because I’ve been busy with a commission for a coworker of mine. She’s supplied the yarn, I provide the labor and I think we’re going to bang out a price for me later. I’ve also finished up a baby hat for my friend who’s expecting in August. ^^ I was also commissioned by another coworker for some zill covers and a friend in her dance class saw them and wanted a set too. This is the first time I’ve actually made money from my work and it’s validating in a way I would never have expected.
I’ve got a little side pet project in the works as well for the Art Assignment in the form of a pretty big yarn bomb I’m planning. Pics to follow, promise.
I also haven’t actually forgotten about the Pony project and I did finish the neck and worked on the legs. I’m still ironing out kinks on the front legs and then I’ll move on to the back legs. I’m actually pretty close to done and it feels weird considering this has been an project I’ve intended to do for over a year now…At least since the end of season 2 so around 2-3 years I guess. Wow.
I’m sure it comes to no one’s surprise that I haven’t been as productive this year as I would have liked. Sure, I recently moved, but that’s not really a great excuse anymore. I haven’t been a total slacker though; I’ve been churning out granny square blocks for my Tetris blanket when I want something to do with my hands while waiting.
Tacheton (my cat) clearly thinks you’d rather have a picture of him and who am I to argue with that face. 😄 I’ve got the acid green and blinding yellow down with some black empty space squares, but I really should get the other colors as well. I figure I’ll just make ridiculous quantities of squares and then just set them up how I see fit when it comes time to actually assemble the blanket. I’ve also been working on my MLP:FiM design, though I’m a little stuck on the head. Show accuracy is really important to me so I’m waffling over which design I like better and would really appreciate an outsider opinion. So here are my head designs. For reference the pony in the upper left corner was my main model. The poll will be open for one week, please make your opinion known below! I welcome comments and criticism.
I’m also working on the body shaping right now. I think instead of making the neck a second piece that I have to sew on, I’m going to try surface crocheting it on. I’ve only had one other experience with surface crochet, I’m sure you remember, so I’ll have to be really exacting on this. As soon as I’ve got the pattern worked out, I’ll post a copy here and hopefully will be able to work on out as a pdf. *does the I don’t know what I’m doing dance*
Finishing up the basic pattern is my goal for this week, we’ll see.