Posted in amigurumi, crochet, design

Let’s Talk about the Birds and the Bees

So I’ve taken a small break my chain chomp design to work on a project that’s been ongoing/stalled out for quite some time now.  You may not believe this, but I’m one of those crochet dare-devils you’ve heard of.  Yes, a yarn bomber! *cackles madly*

As far as “walking on the wild side” goes it’s pretty tame I’ll admit, but it’s just the kind of social deviance I enjoy.  I’m not much of an artist, but I’ve always admired street art.  Adding a textile facet to it was just icing on the cake.  I even have a group, though it might as well be dead for all the attention I give it these days.  IF you’d like to check out the FB, you can find it here.

Yeah, if you followed the link than you know the page hasn’t been updated in nearly two years. >.>  My fault entirely because I was the major driving force behind it though it originated on Ravelry.  If you’d like to check that out it has had a bit more activity in the last 24 months. I’m going to try and be a bit better about it starting with my newest yarn bomb.


These birds (there are seven total) are not just my first yarn bomb in a while, but also a part of the Art Assignment that I’ve posted about before.  This one is for Stakeout.  I’ve done several yarn bombs, some recorded, others (many) not and I’ll get around to putting together an actual gallery one of these days, but I’ve never stuck around to see how people interact with them.  This time I’m going to pick a place to set up where I can see how people react and if they take them.  I look forward to seeing what people do.

This pattern is Caroline’s Birds by Marlo D Cairns, but I find it a bit hard to follow so I’m going to edit and repost it (obviously I will not be taking credit for the design).  I also altered the design a bit for myself so I’l probably post my design edits and the pattern I came up with for the wings.

I inadvertently dipped my toe in cliché town when I also decided to bang out a quick couple of bees to give to The HIVE, a Community Innovation Center located in the Tampa downtown library.  I like how they turned out and I’ll include their VERY quick pattern below.


Bee

Materials needed:

Black yarn

Yellow yarn

White yarn

Preferred hook (mine’s G)

Yarn needle

Body:

With yellow MR 5 (5sc)

Rnd 2: inc around (10sc)

Rnd 3: work even (10sc)

Change to black

Rnd 4: *sc, inc* 5x (15sc)

Rnd 5: work even (15sc)

Change to yellow

Rnd 6-7: work even (15sc)

Change to black

Rnd 8: *sc, dec* 5x (10sc)

Stuff firmly

Rnd 9: *dec* 5 (5sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends

Wings (make 2)

With white

MR sc, hdc, 3dc, hdc, sc (7st)

Tighten ring to form wing, fasten off

Sew wings onto bee’s back

I hope you find the pattern easy and fun, let me know if there are any mistakes.

Happy stitching!

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Yarn, new crochet skills, TETRIS!

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).

Aptly named, wouldn't you say?
Aptly named, wouldn’t you say?

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!

Tetris squares everywhere!

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.

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The story so far….

So all those Tetris squares I had finished?  This is what they look like now.

first pile of yarn 

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.

second pile of yarn

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!

stripped fabric 

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.

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What am I doing?!

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.

panda hat technicolor blanket bottom zill cover IMG_0601

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.