Posted in amigurumi, crochet, yarn bombing

Yarn Bombing

(Please note: the yarn bomb pictured is not mine, but it was too nice not to share. Awesome job Knits for Life!)

It’s been a while since I’ve yarn bombed anything, my Ravelry group is very dead, as is the FB group I made for it. The idea of yarn bombing still makes me really happy and I really do want to do more with it, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that little yarn bombs aren’t really my thing. I’ve done small projects like fortune cookies (with fortunes!), gnomes, crochet bombs, etc. While fun they’re very time consuming, even the tiny projects (sometimes it’s especially the tiny projects) and they just aren’t that fulfilling. What makes my heart sing are larger elaborate projects. Projects with lots of elements that take perhaps months of work to complete like my 1,000(+2) Butterflies project from years back!

There something special about small, individual yarn bombs, it’s like a touch of magic in the world to find a crochet flower peeking out among real in a garden or a gnome waiting to be taken home on a shelf. It’s like a special little gift and I’m sure it makes people smile. I want to do that too, but people so rarely share those kinds of things and maybe it’s a little self-important, but I really want to see or hear about people’s reactions to finding them, which is where more ambitious projects come up.

I have several ideas for large scale projects, some bigger than others. The cost associated with them is definitely a consideration (especially as I move away from super cheap but ecologically disastrous materials), but it’s something I’d really like to see through. For example I’d really like to crochet the ENTIRE “Over in the Meadow” song (which is 65 animals for those unfamiliar with it) and set them up in a park. I’d be even more overjoyed if people liked the animals and took them home while it was being displayed. I’ve also considered what it would take to make a life-sized Totoro (hint: a terrifying amount of yarn and stuffing).

Yarn bombing is something I’m passionate about enough that I’ve actually made it a goal for this year to do more yarn bombing in general, but more specifically I want to do a large scale project installation. I already know the project will be and it will use some designs of my own making as well as some designs from other crotchers. I’ll be sure to link to all appropriate people once the project is completed!

Here’s to 2017 being a year of fanciful whimsy and expecting the unexpected!

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Posted in crochet, design, DIY, presents

Making gifts is the best

Hey Ash, if you’re reading this stop.  Don’t look under the cut because spoilers await!

So I’m forgetful and completely spaced on posting last week, though not really.  I originally didn’t post because I didn’t think I had anything to share forgetting I had this.

Finished headband

I know it doesn’t really look any different from the one I ripped back, but that’s pretty much the point.  AND it actually fits the recipient! Yeah!  When it comes to headgear where fit matters it’s hard when that person isn’t around.  Sure, you can take measurements, but it’s just going to be imprecise unless they’re there to actually try it on periodically.  I would use my head, but mine is stupidly small so we aren’t the same size.  I haven’t gotten around to fashioning my own headband, but when I do I’ll make sure to post it.  But onward to more gifts.

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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!

So the WWK(C)IP Day event was a gigantic

So the WWK(C)IP Day event was a gigantic no show.  Seriously, I was the only one there, but luckily I have no shame so I just sat in the shop window and crocheted my little heart out.  I got some seriously good work done, completing some UFOs and stuff.  Nothing that was technically on my list of UFOs, but it’s still progress!

scarf with edging

This was that scarf I goofed on.  It’s finally finished and now I have no idea what to do with it.

All four of the yarn bombs I made.

These are the yarn bombs I finished up.

 

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And those are the places I left them.  Two on the streets proper and two in two of my favorite places in Ybor City, Tampa Upcycle and Yo Boys frozen yogurt.

Next year I’ll be much better prepared for WWK(C)IP Day AND IYBD.  This year IYBD did get rained out for me though, so I don’t feel too bad.

Aw well,  laters!

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WWK(C)IPD

All right, so something I didn’t mention yesterday is that I was supposed to host a crochet demo at the Etsy Craft Party in St. Petersburg, FL.  Unfortunately my new job conflicts with this and there’s no way to really fix that.  Sadly I will not be able to do the demo or attend the party, but anyone in the area who would be interested in going should absolutely drop in.  It’s from 5pm til 9pm and they have tons of cool demos and vendors to see.

On a more positive note, my IYBD might have been rained out (because it really, really was even though I did have several amis all ready. -_-), but I can still participate in WWK(C)IPD!  It’s weird that they say day and the event is an entire week, but that’s cool because I’m flexible.  So this Saturday I’ll get to host a Knit(crochet) in at the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor where the amazing Tampa Upcycle can be found.  The event’s going to run from noon to 5pm and I’m going to offering basic lessons in crochet from anyone who asks.

Since it’s so last minute I don’t think it’ll be a huge turn-out, but I’m still looking forward to the event. ^^