Catching up

I have been a busy girl since June 2012! I have become addicted to swaps! I use them as way of forcing myself to not only finish projects but also as a way to make myself learn new techniques. And so far it is working!

Swap stuff:

I was a part of an anime swap around the same time as the 8-bit swap. I made a Tony Tony Chopper amigurumi (still love that word) from the anime “One Piece”. My fiance was sad to see him go. I used this top hat patternย and just kind of added rows to make it fit. The rest of him was heavily modified from a Russian pattern, but the blog doesn’t exist anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Maybe I will write one someday!

Tony Tony Chopper

Tony Tony Chopper

Next up was an “Alice in Wonderland” swap. I used this patternย (she has AMAZING patterns) to make a pair of queen of hearts colored handwarmers. I modified it slightly by adding an edging at the bottom.

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I also made some stitch markers out of polymer clay! It was the first time I’ve worked with polymer, I love it!

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Then there was the “Game of Thrones” swap! I love the books and I love the HBO series. (I was worried when I first heard they were turning it into a TV show, but when I saw the first 5 minutes, I was hooked!) My fiance and I had been trying to get all of our friends to read the books for years, even handing out used copies we found at various thrift shops!

For this swap I had a male ย swap partner, which was a little bit of a bummer at the beginning because I wanted to make a dragon shawl, however I got my creative cogs going and I came up with:

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Night’s Watch mittens and a dragon scale dust cloth! These were my first pair of mittens! I knitted them two at a time too and while learning stranding…there was a lot of swearing and frogging involved and I’m so glad they worked out in the end!

So besides all the swapping I did do a few other projects.

I made a Super Meat Boy plush for my fiance!

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I made a Don’t Blink Doctor Who Polymer Charm for myself!

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I made some eco-friendly wrap for Christmas this year:293998_10100970762136915_1082458846_n

 

AAAAaaand I finally got around to finishing my nephew’s mini Fourth Doctor, Doctor Who scarf

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He loved it!

Like I said, I’m currently involved in a swap and have some coming up. I also am working on a baby shower gift and I am so super excited to get that finished and gifted. So there will be more posts from me! Until then happy fiber fun for all!

I haven’t blogged in forever

Seriously.

I have been knitting/crocheting though and even posting on Ravelry! Just not doing the blog-y part.

Things I’m working on:

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Doctor Who Scarf. If you are a geeky knitter, like me, then you have made one of these Tom Baker scarves or you’ve at least thought about it. I am making a kid-sized version to give to my nephew. (pattern)

I’m also working on some geek swap items. One for an 8-bit and one for an anime. Can’t post pictures now, but definitely once the swap is over!

Finished items

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The owl and bunny hat were a gift for a very good friend of mine having a baby. The bunny hat is for now, the owl is for a few months from now. She just had him a week ago and apparently everyone at the hospital was oohing and ahing over it. ๐Ÿ˜€ย  *beaming. (owl, bunny)

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And to continue on with the Sandman Comic, Endless #2 out of 7- Death! Again, for my sister. (my own pattern)

Well that’s about it. I couldn’t do much last year, as I was battling with my right wrist to cooperate. But I now use safety measures when it comes to knitting/crocheting. Wearing a brace, using ergonomic handles and taking breaks frequently.

Well that’s it. Better get back to my swap project.

Previous projects

Okay so I’ve been back and forth on the Market Bag…The one mentioned in the previous post didn’t work out. I have no idea what I did wrong…so I went in search of other patterns. I have found something I like but I’m using it as inspiration and doing my own thing! For The First Time Ever! Love those “first” moments.

But I thought I’d share most of my previous works. Yes! I’ve actually finished things! (Crazy, I know, but it is true and I have photographic evidence!) ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my yarn life!

My firsts on a loom

My first project ever. A scarf and hat made on a knifty knitter round and long loom. Looms are awesome for simple projects, you can whip up a scarf or hat in no time at all. Unfortunately, they are a bit limited, but if you visit the purling sprite, she has a ton of great ideas for patterns and various stitches.

Sassy scarf

My first knitting needles project: a drop stitch scarf in Noro yarn. I. Love. Noro. The color changes is so fun. (I’ll let you in on a secret…my new bag will be made with Noro yarn…shhhhh) Drop stitch is super quick, and what better way to show off those colors than with a scarf!

Knitted sackboy and Olivia

So I guess I’m going to keep with the theme of Firsts! So…this is my first…complicated project? My first softie? My first time using “saftey eyes”? LOL. I had to make numerous copies of his hands, it looked like some sort of weird chop shop. Pattern

Another sackboy but this one is crocheted

This is my first crocheted project. (I know I just dove right in…it wasn’t easy.) I am definitely a fan of crocheted softies. Pattern

My first yarn bomb

This was done last week for International Yarn Bombing Day. I’m fine with yarn bombs as long as they aren’t destructive or left up too long (yarn breaks down and starts to look gross).

Okay I think I’m done with “firsts”.

Crochet sandman doll

My sister is really into Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. So I made her this for her birthday. Now I have to make the others, apparently ๐Ÿ™‚

Crochet chococat

One of my close friends and I love Hello Kitty. So I made her a little crocheted Chococat.

Another drop stitch scarf

This time with much thicker yarn.

Flower headband

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Crochet coaster more to come

So that’s it. That’s almost everything I’ve done. There are a couple of other things, which I’m saving for when I open my Etsy shop.

So hope you enjoy and if you need any tips/pointers/patterns, let me know.

Adventures in the world of yarn

It all started with a knifty knitter my mom got me for my birthday…

No, wait…it all started with a woman knitting in class…

No, that’s not right…it all started with my grandmother…

Yeah, my grandmother. She lived in Michigan. My parents and I on the other hand were on the lam. Just kidding. My father was in the army and he was stationed in Huntsville, Al. So I only got to see her once every few years. She was a crocheter and a cross stitcher. She would whip up a doll’s dress in a matter of minutes, not even looking at her hands! (Not to mention she made the best mulberry pies ever). She tried to get me into cross stitch, but I really had no patience for it. I would have much rather had some crayolas and a sheet of paper. She passed away when I was 11, with her mulberry pie recipe and secrets to crocheting.

So fast forward to my college years. I’m in class and there is a woman knitting. And wow! She could just go. She’d have a whole scarf or hat done by the end of a lecture. And again, barely paid attention to what she was doing with her hands. I was in awe, not to mention the nostalgia for my grandmother came creeping in. So I marched down to Micheal’s and bought a “I learned how to crochet” book. And failed. I could not understand what this book was asking me to do. I just couldn’t get it. So I went back to Micheal’s and bought the knitter’s version. Again fail. I set both things aside and moved on to simpler things…like calculus.

So fast forward to 2 years ago. It’s my birthday and mom has decided to get me a Knifty Knitter (aka loom knitter), something to do with someone from her church’s daughter loving it. (Also note that I had seen this contraption in my apartment, my roommate’s girlfriend did this.) So I thought, sure I’ll give it a try. And hey! I got it. It made sense. All was good with the world. And with the invention of YouTube and well, internet overall, I learned a bunch of other stitches one could do with a loom. I made a hat and scarf and a panel of an afghan. It was wonderful.

But then I noticed a trend. Every knifty knitter blog I followed…they had given up on the kk and moved on to knitting. Evil. Evil. Knitting. And the things they were making! I was jealous and bored (retail leaves one to have more free time in the months after Christmas). So I got a pair of needles, some yarn and watched some YouTube videos. I did a swatch of various stitches and was so proud of myself! Here I was, overcoming something that I thought I would never be able to do, unlike Chemistry…Evil. Evil. Chemistry.

Hooray…

Until, wait, what are this cute amigurumi things? Crochet? Ok…off to the local yarn store (gotta support the local gals, well some of ’em…that’s another story) And bam! (Thank you internet) I can crochet too.

So that’s my journey into the world of fiber crafts. I mean until I get enough money for a spinning machine…and some sheep ๐Ÿ˜‰