Posted in amigurumi, crochet, design, spinning, yarn

The Best Laid Plans of procrastinators rarely get done

But even knowing that I’m a procrastinator and against my better judgement  I think I’m actually going to try out a game plan for July to get back on the creative wagon. It’s going to be a little complicated because I’ll be doing some traveling and a family vacation this month, but maybe having a schedule of sorts will ensure that I’ll actually get something done.

First off I’m going to be participating in the Ami-Along on Ravelry!  I like a number of the designers, but my financial situation is pretty sketchy so I’m not entirely sure how much I can participate with the purchased patterns, though I would really like to support some of these designers.  I think I’ll allot myself at least one purchased pattern, the trouble though is picking which one.  I’m kind of in love with the ridiculousness of cheezombie‘s Knitilus Nautilus, but it’s a knit pattern and while I want to learn to knit, I don’t think that’s the pattern to learn on as it’s a bit more complex than I think I want to start with.  I also really love Adorably Kawaii and definitely have plans to do her freebie patterns.

Setting aside the Ami-Along I’m going to start giving myself that Ami a week project I was considering from earlier.  Since I’m starting with a short week for July (i.e. I was too lazy to actually pick something before today) I’m going to focus on finishing up that MLP:FiM pattern I was supposed to finish two-to-three years ago.  >.>  After that I’ll just start working down my list of stuff I owe people and some of the designs I want to start working on.  I’ll probably map out what I’m working on for the next month so I have something I actually have to stand by.

In other news, the thing with the drop spindle I mentioned.  I’ve played around with it a bit, nothing big because I found out that A Good Yarn, an amazing store in Sarasota, is going to have a drop spindle class on August 1st!  They do have another one in July, but I won’t be able to make it due to scheduling issues.  So that means sometime with month I’m going to be sitting down my spindle before the class to film myself messing royally!  Yay!  I’ll probably also do some recording in the class if they allow it just to show any possible progress I’ve made.

I have finished up the first sleeve of the Prepster Jacket again, but that’s a boring picture so let’s end today with my cat trying to blend in with my plush collection.  Trust me, he’s fluffy enough to qualify.


Until next week!

Posted in amigurumi, crochet, yarn

SSDD

Ok, so this is going to look like a copy from another post I’ve made previously because of how much frogging I’ve had to do lately.  The two projects I’ve been carrying around are the Prepster Jacket and my Diana Shawl.  I just switch off working between them and have made some nice, measurable progress.

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Apologies for bad picture quality and framing, I took these on the fly at a cafe when I had access to wifi.

I think I’m going to have to set them aside one of these evenings though because while I do like that I just get to work on them and I can watch a movie or talk while working on them, I’d like some instant gratification and nothing gives instant gratification like amis!  Besides I have that back log I have to work through and I haven’t even really started it and the year’s pretty much half over.  If I actually want to finish my UFOs, make a few Christmas presents, finish my Amigurumi line, AND open an etsy shop that actually has things to sell I’m really going to need to kick it into high gear!

I think I’m going to set a goal of an amigurumi a week unless I’m working from scratch designing something and then I’ll give myself a bit more leeway.  I still really want to do the Mendell Palace dolls and fully intend to along with making some variations on the MLP:FiM design I’m working on.  I’d really like to at least make up a pattern for boy ponies.

I do have some bad news to report.  The Upcycle Trading Company I like so much might not be around for much longer, the original owner is moving to New York and I’m not entirely sure about it’s future.  It’s found a more or less permanent home in the Ybor Daily Market which seems to be primarily a coffee shop, but also seems to be a pop-up shop location for various local vendors and craftspeople.  There are still things available to buy and I did luck out on my last visit when I managed to snag this really nice roving.  I’m not sure how many ounces it is, what the fiber content is, or who made it, but I can tell you that I’ve decided on a colorway name: Cotton Candy because it absolutely looks like cotton candy.

Next time I’m in I’ll ask what the fate of Upcycle is and if they’re planning on keeping it open I might start volunteering some time to straighten things out, they were kind of a horrible jumbled mess last I was there.  Oh, they do have a cool program which is you can fill a particular sized bag and pay a flat rate for it: small is $5, medium is $15, and large is $25 and trust me the bags get pretty big and if you’re good with packing you could fit a LOT in there.

Well, until I actually have the amigurumi schedule underway my only real progress has been the aforementioned reworks, though keep your eyes open because I might have the first episode of Rome Improvement up soon featuring me absolutely failing at spinning yarn with a drop spindle!

Posted in amigurumi, babbling, blankets, crochet, DIY, life

Projects on the hook and more

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.

Posted in amigurumi, blankets, crochet

Productive? What’s that?

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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 wanted in on the shot
Progress!

 

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.

 

Female Head 1
Female Head 1

 

Female Head 2
Female Head 2

 

MLP:FiM body
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.