Posted in amigurumi, blankets, Commissions, crochet, design, embroidery, jewelry, Toys

What Haven’t I Done?

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?”

Posted in blankets, Commissions, crochet, pattern, yarn

Hey Commish! Alternative Title: God my hands hurt.

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.

Continue reading “Hey Commish! Alternative Title: God my hands hurt.”

Posted in crochet, design, review

Graphgan…Save me from “clever” names

If you know me, you know I love puns. I live for them, I enjoy them being used, I enjoy using them…most of the time. I can’t pinpoint exactly what I despise about this naming pun so much, but I do, I really really do. I don’t find it funny or clever, just painful and I can’t stand using it so I won’t actually refer to my work with this technique by that moniker, I will refer to it a C2C or corner to corner crochet as it’s also known. Continue reading “Graphgan…Save me from “clever” names”

Posted in amigurumi, crochet, yarn bombing

Yarn Bombing

(Please note: the yarn bomb pictured is not mine, but it was too nice not to share. Awesome job Knits for Life!)

It’s been a while since I’ve yarn bombed anything, my Ravelry group is very dead, as is the FB group I made for it. The idea of yarn bombing still makes me really happy and I really do want to do more with it, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that little yarn bombs aren’t really my thing. I’ve done small projects like fortune cookies (with fortunes!), gnomes, crochet bombs, etc. While fun they’re very time consuming, even the tiny projects (sometimes it’s especially the tiny projects) and they just aren’t that fulfilling. What makes my heart sing are larger elaborate projects. Projects with lots of elements that take perhaps months of work to complete like my 1,000(+2) Butterflies project from years back!

There something special about small, individual yarn bombs, it’s like a touch of magic in the world to find a crochet flower peeking out among real in a garden or a gnome waiting to be taken home on a shelf. It’s like a special little gift and I’m sure it makes people smile. I want to do that too, but people so rarely share those kinds of things and maybe it’s a little self-important, but I really want to see or hear about people’s reactions to finding them, which is where more ambitious projects come up.

I have several ideas for large scale projects, some bigger than others. The cost associated with them is definitely a consideration (especially as I move away from super cheap but ecologically disastrous materials), but it’s something I’d really like to see through. For example I’d really like to crochet the ENTIRE “Over in the Meadow” song (which is 65 animals for those unfamiliar with it) and set them up in a park. I’d be even more overjoyed if people liked the animals and took them home while it was being displayed. I’ve also considered what it would take to make a life-sized Totoro (hint: a terrifying amount of yarn and stuffing).

Yarn bombing is something I’m passionate about enough that I’ve actually made it a goal for this year to do more yarn bombing in general, but more specifically I want to do a large scale project installation. I already know the project will be and it will use some designs of my own making as well as some designs from other crotchers. I’ll be sure to link to all appropriate people once the project is completed!

Here’s to 2017 being a year of fanciful whimsy and expecting the unexpected!

Posted in babbling, crochet, presents, Thoughts, yarn

The future of Otakraft

Happy New Year! Time to make up some new excuses for why I did practically nothing last year!  Hmmm, let’s try honesty, I was lazy and didn’t put in the effort.  Oh, except a shawl I was working on for my mother for Christmas, let me tell you how that went… Just not well at all.

I started it in September, put it down for a month (because I’m into messing myself up) so when I picked it up again I didn’t remember the pattern quite right.  I, of course, didn’t notice for some 10 odd rows, which was….so much, like a foot, maybe more, of row progress.  I ripped it back.  Now this yarn is an alpaca blend, so I’m sure you can guess how much it likes ripping back.  And this wasn’t the only frogging rodeo the yarn went on.  There were some occasional mistakes that were pulled back, but by the time you get to the place with the mistake (and it’s lace so it’s SUPER obvious), you’re pulling back an entire row. It’s physically painful for even non-crocheters to watch (Like seriously, it was funny the first time I pulled back a row in front of this teenager who’d watched me find a mistake.  He was horrified when I told him it would take about an hour to do back up). And I just keep messing up. I don’t know what was wrong with me, but I just kept making really ridiculous counting mistakes that should have been.  Ripping back was getting harder and harder and then it happened, the continuous line of my lace weight yarn broke.  I tried to carry on, but it wasn’t the last time I was suffer another break. It just became too much and I knew I wouldn’t be able to salvage it for Christmas.

So ultimately I’m trashing the original yarn (more accurately ripping it back to figure out something else to do with it, because it was 40 damn dollars and I am poor) and I picked up a new skein of Freia Ombré Lace Weight, this time in Dirty Hippie.  I’ll be trying again for Mother’s Day this time instead of Christmas.

I have some other projects planned for this year, including some home improvement work like sewing curtains, a shower curtain, finishing up the hidden cat box I’ve been working on, and some other things.

I’ve gotten part of the hidden cat box done, I’ll probably make a couple posts with pictures of my progress until it’s finished.

I’m going to try and go back to updating weekly with projects I’m working on, but I’m also going to add in some reviews of products I’ve used.  I’m also working on the scripts for a crochet tutorial that I hope to upload to YouTube later this year.

Posted in crochet, spinning, yarn

What Am I Doing?

Excuses waste time and I’ve wasted enough so let’s get down to brass tacks.  What am I doing?

I’ve finished full single ply from an entire batch of fiber.

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It’s made from the cotton candy colored mystery fiber I picked up at Upcycle Trading Company, sadly now closed.  I really enjoyed spinning it up though it took me a while and I’m looking forward to plying it.  Because it’s all a continuous single ply I’ll be plying it back on itself, which will be an adventure because I’ve never done that before.  >.>  I have done a little plying, but it was on a wheel and with very different yarn.  I’m thinking I might actually film myself plying for the first time on a drop spindle for laughs because I’m sure there will be plenty of that as well as cursing.
I also completed a headband, basically the sister to the one I made my sister.  Yes that one from forever ago.  I misplaced the yarn for a while, then I moved (remember when I bitched about it endlessly?) so it was really misplaced, not that they were large balls to begin with.  Anyhoo I found the yarn again, the lovely cria, $10 per 90 yd skeins and finally made my own headband.

I rather like the way it turned out using the Harlequin Check pattern.

If you’ve followed my other blog you’d know about my love for You Are Umasou and Umasou specifically.  I’ve been working on a crochet pattern for him (unique shaping challenges there) that I think is coming along nicely. As it progresses I plan to post updates to twitter and tumblr (BTW, I know my tumblr theme is a hot mess, I’ll sort it out soon).  Anyone who follows me on tumblr probably knows it’s been pretty scarce on the DIY/crafty and geeky side lately and I’m going to work on fixing that.

In other news I’m going to be casting on my first pair of socks this month.  I know basic casting on and how to knit and purl a stitch so I figure I might as well jump into the deep end!  You’ll definitely see video of that attempt as well.