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!

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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 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.