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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?”

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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 amigurumi, crochet, pattern

Caroline’s Birbs revisited

Ok, so a WHILE ago at this point I made a boat load of Caroline’s Birds.  They were part of a larger yarn bombing plan that also tied into the Art Assignment.  As you may have guessed from my absolutely stellar track record, I haven’t actually gotten around to doing anything with them and after my current move it’s kind of up in the air where they are now.  I’ll do something with them in the future, but that’s not what today is about.

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Moar Yarn

Whoo, Sunday was a day full of adulting for me.  I’m not used to getting so much done, but it felt good.

 I finally finished up the Kodama by sewing on his eyes while I was waiting on my laundry to dry at the laundromat.  Working on him made me want to do more Studio Ghibli inspired work so I think I might try something this week while incorporating a new(ish) stitch (more accurately it’s a stitch I haven’t used in a good while so I need a refresher course).

 I also made it out to my L(relatively speaking)YS and got more Tandem yarn and Berroco Folio yarn so I can complete two projects I’ve been working on.  I’m also hoping break out the Prepster Jacket again to try sewing it up.  We’ll see how it works out.

I’ve already started back on the Diana Shawl, it’s a nice steady project that I can just work on, but I’m definitely going to doing some more amigurumi work this week too.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even have a pattern to post by Friday!  Crazier things have happened.

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Scarfing it down

I’m actually pretty proud of my work this week, both as an active crocheter and a procrastinator.  I’m proud to announce I haven’t touched my damn jacket since last I posted about it.  I was getting too frustrated with trying to make it look nice and was pretty close to doing some actual harm to the garment.  So for the moment it’s in one of my baskets until I’m on speaking terms with it again.  But honestly setting aside a project when it’s too challenging is probably a good thing.  I haven’t given up on it, but I don’t feel good about continuing at the moment which seems like a sign.

In other news I’ve made some real headway on the scarf I started.  If you’re really observant you’ll notice it looks a little different and that’s because I ripped out and recast it several times, fiddling with the stitches until I was satisfied.

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The above was a few days ago and at this point it looks like this.

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It’s hard to see all the color changes at a distance.

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The Tandem yarns really are super nice to work with and I highly recommend them, they are heavy-ish but have a great drape.

In news that will excite ridiculous cat owners like me, there is an adorable book of knit and crochet patterns I recommend called Cats in Hats!  The patterns are easy and straightforward, she includes diagrams as well as a written pattern, and they work up really fast.  And I’m absolutely making a hat for my cat as we speak.  I’m not following a set pattern right now, I’m pretty much mashing a knit and crochet project together.

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The white part is the actual hat, I’ll be adding ties to it.  I’ll be making either a unicorn horn or a multicolored mohawk out of the neon, I haven’t decided which yet.

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I’ve also finally made it out to Michaels to pick up the missing ingredients for the Mew I was working on as well as finding some yarn in the right color for my Tetris blanket!

 

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So I’ll finally be able to get back to work on both projects.  I’m actually getting scary close to finishing the Tetris blanket, which will be weird considering I’ve been working on it off and on for a few years now. XD

I have another weekend full of house/apartment hunting so I don’t know exactly how much I’ll get done, but I’ll definitely be finishing up the cat hat and I’ll make sure when I post the finished product it will be on a model… He’s so looking forward to it. Ψ(`▽´)Ψ I’ll also try and figure out a program I can use to type up the pattern I’m making up for my scarf.

Until Monday!

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Christmas Gift Update

Surprising no one I didn’t actually finish either of the gifts I was working on this Holiday season.  The French Market Bag I’ve been working on for my sister I don’t feel that badly about because I’d explained that the handles I’d originally planned to use wouldn’t be suitable and I wanted something with a big more heft for when she’d loaded it down with produce.

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It’s coming along well, the crochet body is nearly complete and I’ll definitely be able to finish it because guess what I got for Christmas?!

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I’ll be sewing up some straps that work down the body with this and I’m really looking forward to it.  I need to get a case so I can take it around easily without fear of knocking parts off, mostly because I’d like to be able to take it to the MakerSpace at the main library to get a crash course in sewing.

I was also working on a Mew using Wolf Dreamer’s Pattern.  It’s nice and easy to follow and it’s been working up pretty quickly with the Red Heart Super Saver I had laying around.

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My nephew really appreciates the toys I crochet him and he’s been super into Pokémon.  When asked what Pokémon he’d want to travel with like Ash travels with Pikachu and he said Mew so Mew it is!  I’d originally brought the WIPs to my parents to work on them while I was there for the Holiday, but in the past I’ve worked hard to finish presents, but at the expense of actually socializing with the people there (I spent and entire Birthday Party like that one year).  I wanted to make sure I actually spent time with the people I had come home to see, so I put aside the projects and while I didn’t finish anything I had a good time with loved ones which I think is worth prioritizing.

That said I have every intention of actually finishing the Mew out before the end of the year.  I also need to update my list of Projects owed to people, because it’s terribly out of date so expect that around the New Year as well.

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Monsters and Bad Ideas

A friend of mine is pregnant with her second kid and I, of course, promised to make something for the new arrival.  The first baby was a baby blanket.  My first blanket ever, actually.  When I asked what she would like this time around, my friend asked for a hat.  Turns out the theme is monsters for the second kid.  A little monster hat is easy enough, heck you could just add an eyeball and call it a day, but I didn’t want to do that.  I wanted to make something a little more personalized.

So thinking about it I decided to go with an Oni motif.  I’m a huge fan of mythology and Japanese mythology in particular.  An oni is a Japanese spirit, they usually Earth spirits found on mountains and are large an imposing.  The best European equivalent in both looks and attitude is probably a troll.  They’re large red or blue monsters that are often depicted in either tiger stripped or leopard spotted loincloth like skirting and often carry large iron, spiked clubs.  They are also horned.  Traditional portrayals of them are predictably fearsome, but they’re also very popular in cute pop-art in Japan.  I’m obviously running with the cuter depictions.

I’ve already finished the hat, I’m just working on the embellishments, but the horns have been surprisingly hard to pin down.  I’ve made and ripped them back no less than five times. >.>  I think I might actually be satisfied with this incarnation, as little of it done as it is.


I also get a lot of personal inspiration from Megan Murphy, especially her Kawaii Not work, but honestly…. some of the ideas are Bad Ideas.  And unfortunately I made a Bad Idea today.


XD  I rather like how it turned out!  I made it on a whim today so I wasn’t writing down what I was doing while I made it, but it wasn’t terribly hard and I’m sure I can figure it out so I can post a pattern of it soon.  I’ve also gotten more tetris squares done, but as always I haven’t taken any new pictures of them.  I’ll try to get all of the finished squares together for a picture for next time.

I think this coming week I’m going to get started on some long overdue crochet projects I’ve promised several people.  We’ll see who’s I actually complete in a timely fashion. XD