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?”
Ta-da! As promised the cat in the hat I crocheted! All things considered I like to think it’s turned out well. I got a few quick picks right after I’d finished hooking in the bits for the mohawk and then one when it was finished.
I’ve got about 15 inches of the scarf and I’m trying to decide if I want to guy more yarn or just turn it into a cowl and give it some buttons. I’ll play around with it and figure it out, though I don’t have any current pictures of my progress. In other news I’ve taken up my Tetris blanket now that I’ve got the cyan and the squares are working up quickly. Once these are done I think I’m going to get all my squares together and kind of start piecing the blanket out so see if I have enough. I’ll take a picture sometime of all the finished squares thus far.
I have really high hopes for this month including getting some patterns finished up and posted! We have a pairs theme for this month in the Amigurumi Army and I think I want to tackle a matching Nidoran♂ and Nidoran♀ pattern set. Those would be free, of course. I’ll also be finishing up the prepster jacket this month and I plan to get some spinning done as well. I’ll make sure to keep posted.
One step forward, one step back. Two steps forward, two steps back and then a big step to the left.
In many ways that’s crochet in a nutshell, you crochet up a row of chains just to realize a row or two later you somehow don’t have enough/have too many so you have to rip back (or if you’re lazy like me, add or subtract stitches through inc/dec). And as it turns out the pretty alpaca I post about last time is basically crochet on hard mode. It’s not proud mode because I’m not working with glorified dental floss, but it was definitely a headache at the beginning. All those pretty, cushy chain plys that make up the yarn work up to a very confusing looking snarl.
What am I even looking at?!
That aside the colors are lovely together and it does work up to a very elastic fabric that has a nice textured look. This is the finished headband using the Peace Leaf Headband pattern from Tawana’s Cute Crochet blog using HiKoo Yarn’s SimpliCria in red and sky.
I think it turned out lovely. Do you know what it wasn’t? The right size. Because of the elasticity of the yarn and the fact that I was worried about making it too small I ended up making it too large! Sure it’ll fit, but it’ll be loose and probably kind of annoying or uncomfortable. So in the end, as I have so many time before, I find myself back at this stage.
I’m kind of grateful that I was able to frog the entire project though, on my foundation row it was looking like the stitches didn’t want to come apart and while I wouldn’t have lost much yarn, it’s really not a cheap yarn at $10/95 yrds per skein. On the plus side once I figured out how to do the Spike Cluster Stitch it went very smoothly and was pretty darn fun, I really like the result too so I’ll keep it in mind for future embellishment, like maybe around a sock cuff or something.
I was also digging through my yarn yesterday and found this!
Looks like the perfect color to continue my tetris blanket. Yeah, you thought I’d just stopped making that, didn’t you? Well I haven’t. I periodically add new squares to it using the yarns I’ve got hanging around, though I’m hoping I end up with enough to actually finish the blanket soon. >.> I still need to find cyan yarn.
I’m also hoping to start that amigurumi a week project as well, or at least a crochet project a week. We’ll see.
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 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.
Anyone who knows me personally can attest that I’m awful about getting projects finished. I’m working on getting better at that, but I’m still lagging on some of my Christmas presents from last year so….. As is I’m planning on making out a list of projects I have promised to others and myself, it’ll probably end up titled something geeky like UFOs Listing, but I’m still working on it so there’s time yet. I’ll strike out projects as I finish them.
As is I get to cross off one from my unfinished list: The Pittsburgh Penguins I owed my sister for Christmas!
I struggled with those numbers on the back for the longest time. At first I thought I’d crochet the numbers and sew them on. That worked for the 7 and 1, 8 would not cooperate. So I thought, “slip stitch surface crochet!”… Yeah, that looked really weird. So surface crochet yes, but full stitches. That eight took three tries. >.< But it was totally worth it! They turned out pretty well I think. AND THEY’RE DONE! YES!
My next project focus is the Fluttershy I was supposed to make another sister for Christmas. Since you can’t rush art and I’m a little obsessed about show accuracy I’m giving myself a slight pass on this one. I’m picking it back up now, though I’m struggling to work out the head. I’ll probably post in progress pics soon. I’ve also gotten started on a Tetris blanket for myself. Ever since I finished the baby blanket it feels really weird to just sit and read or watch a movie/show. I keep wanting something to do with my hands so I found a Granny Square pattern I liked and started making them. I go out three rounds or so and then slip stitch in black around. I like the effect.
At this point I’ve got six or so done in yellow and a couple in solid black. I’ve got some acid green hanging around, but I’ll have to look into getting the other colors eventually. I’ll post more as I make them.
I’m moving in the extremely near future which means I’ll hopefully be able to post some other projects soon as well. If I do something really interesting in the kitchen I’ll post about that too.