Posted in amigurumi, crochet, design

Disney, Spring Forward, Ghibli, Pi Day

Posting was light last week because I had a short Disney vacation this past weekend and I didn’t post yesterday because daylight savings is a bear and I was falling asleep ridiculously early, which I’m mad about because yesterday was Pi Day and I had a ton of Pi Appliques ready for distribution, but I didn’t get around to it, much like this blog post.

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Posted in amigurumi, crochet, LYS, pattern

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.

Posted in crochet, design, pattern, yarn

Usually I’m Trash (bag), but today I’m Produc(tiv)e bag

So I thought I had Sunday off turns out, as with many things in life, I was very wrong.  Luckily this was pointed out to me by a coworker on Saturday (Yes, I worked all weekend.  I’m actually staring down 9 straight days in a row.) instead of me getting a really panic inducing phone-call on Sunday morning that would have left me irritable and possibly put my job in jeopardy (I’m still in the probation period where they decide if they want to keep me… PLEASE KEEP ME!) So I didn’t have as much time to dedicate to the noble art of hooking what with also needing to look for housing and stuff, but I did get a little done.

Here is the promised pattern for my mesh market bags.  They’re basically the same pattern, they have different starts.

Round Bottom Bag:

Materials:

Worsted yarn in cotton (I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream)

H (5 mm) hook

Scissors

Abbreviations & Special Stitches in order of appearance:

MR= Magic Ring

ch= chain stitch

dc= double crochet

ss =slip stitch

st= stitch

For this pattern inc= dc, ch 2 twice in same stitch

Pattern notes: For the purposes of this pattern chains are not counted as stitches unless otherwise noted.  Do not turn your work, this pattern is worked in joined rounds.

Rnd 1: MR ch 3 (counts as first dc) 7 dc, ss into third ch of first st (8 dc)


Rnd 2: Ch 5 (counts as first dc+ch 2) dc+ch2 in each st around (8dc) 
Rnd 3; Ch 5 (counts as first dc+ch 2) inc every other st, ss in 3rd ch of first dc (12dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 5 (counts as first dc+ch2) inc every other st, ss in 3rd ch of first dc (18 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 5 (counts as first dc+ch2) inc every other st, ss in 3rd ch of first dc (27dc)

(Ignore that last increase row in the picture, I realized later it made the bag WAY huge)

Rnd 6-19: Work even (27 dc)

(At last we pay attention to those poor neglected chain stitches!)

Rnd 20: Ch 4 (counts as first dc+ch1), dc+ch1 in every other stitch, including chain stitches.  It doesn’t work out completely even as you’ll have to skip two chains to ss into the 3rd ch of the first dc. (41dc)

Fasten off

Tie:

Row 1: ch a 20 inch length

Row 2: Turn and sc back

In first end ch 3, dc, ss, repeat 3 times around the edge of the end. fasten off

Thread tie through the last round of dc by the unadorned end, once threaded through repeat embellishment at other end.

Square(ish) bottom bag

Row 1: Ch 21, turn and sc back (20 sc)

Rnd 2: (Do not turn) Ch 5 (counts as first dc+ch2), work two more dc+ch2 in first stitch working around, dc+ch2 every other sc, working 3 dc+ch2 in opposite end, ss into 3rd ch in first dc (22 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 5 (You know the drill) inc in first st (that ss) 10 dc+ch2, inc, 10 dc+ch2 in each dc around (24dc)

Rnd 4-21: work even (24dc)

(Again, finally giving those neglected chains some love!)

Rnd 22: Ch 4 (counts as first dc+ch1), dc+ch1 in every other stitch, including chain stitches.  It doesn’t work out completely even as you’ll have to skip two chains to ss into the 3rd ch of the first dc. (36dc)

Fasten off

Tie (this one’s a little different):

Row 1: ch an 18 inch length

Row 2: Turn and ss back

In first end ch 3, dc, ss, repeat 3 times around the edge of the end. fasten off

Thread tie through the last round of dc by the unadorned end, once threaded through repeat embellishment at other end.


I’m sorry if those patterns are hard to understand, any questions I’ll be happy to answer.  Both the bags are really customizable and I recommend playing around with the number of increases or starting stitches to get a bag the size you want.

I haven’t gotten any work done on the Prepster jacket (read all my attempts have ended in failure), but I did get started working with some lovely yarn I’ve had around, Tahki Stacy Charles Tandem yarn in Northern Lights (it’s beautiful, sorry my lighting is terrible).  I picked a shell pattern and I’m going to make an infinity scarf out of it.  I’ll be interested to see out it turns out after a few more rows.

 

 

 

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!

Posted in babbling, crochet, life

Accomplishments and Improvements

Ok, so I haven’t been posting lately.  I can blame my lack of home computer, but I do have access to computers at work and the occasional time to type out a quite post so that excuse isn’t really going to fly anymore.  I’m going to try and get back into posting again, mostly because I’ve actually been doing stuff, which is nice.  So we’re going to start with the accomplishments because they make me feel good before we get to where I could really stand to improve.

Accomplishments:

I made a skirt!  An entire garment!  It’s not just an accessory like a hat or scarf (not that those aren’t good and cool), but it’s a whole different ball game.  The commitment is greater, the cost is higher.  I made the Violet Beauregarde Skirt from Debbie Stroller’s Stitch and Bitch: the Happy Hooker (I’ll be adding a photo later).  It’s a great book for beginners and even the more experienced, if only because some of the patterns seriously rock, I’ll also be making the Prepster Jacket.

I’m also currently working on a shawl pattern that I really like (Again, adding a photo later).

Improvements:

I have one New Year’s Resolution this year: to finish all of the projects I owe people.  I’m going to make a master list of all the projects I’ve promised people and methodically work my way through them.  Since most are actually pretty small, I think one or two a month should be completely reasonable.  I’ll be posting this list as a permanent post at the top of this blog as I work through it.

Work more consistently.  I go on excited crocheting bends and devote myself obsessively to a particular project until it’s finished, but then the enthusiasm peters out and I stop crocheting for sometimes months.  I think the above list of goals will help me be a bit more steady about my work.

Post on this blog regularly, by which I mean at least once a week.  Sometimes I worry about posting because I won’t have made much progress, but there are lots of things I can talk about.  I have a number of crocheting books I could comment on or I could do yarn or hook reviews.  I can update anyone who’s wondering about my (nonexistent) youtube tutorials and when they’ll be coming.  There are lots of things I could talk about and I will.

Ok, so lots to do and improve on, but past accomplishments prove I can pick out a specific goal and work hard on it until it’s done.  I have every intention of doing that here.  Thanks to anyone watching for your patience.