Summer update and aliens

It’s August already?! Wow… summer’s almost over and I’m nearly ready to go home! Had my last day of work yesterday, so now I get a couple of days off before I head home (and work some more).

So. What have I done these past months? Honestly, not as much as I’d hoped. I brought lots and lots of UFOs to finish and possibly sell at the fair in June, but not much has been done. That’s what happens when I work every day, unfortunately :/ I had enough stuff left from last year to have a stand this year as well, and I did manage to make a few more really quick critters, and the sale went pretty well πŸ™‚

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My section of the table was small this year, with only a selection of critters. All the quilted stuff is made by a super talented cousin of my mother.

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The little creatures I made were these weird little squid things, and I planned to make them into a pattern. I almost finished it before the fair, but ran out of time, and afterwards I just sort of forgot to do anything more about it. So the pattern for three of these little guys is pretty much ready, but needs some editing. Hopefully I will have time to finish it and upload it before I leave for home in a few days πŸ™‚

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The only other thing I’ve finished this summer is this pink alien. Kind of looks like a cat. A space cat πŸ˜€ Maybe it needs a tail? If I decide to give it a tail, though, it will be some other time. For now, it’s done πŸ™‚ I started it years ago (no idea when), and all that remained was the felt applique, some stuffing and the second ear. Seriously, I think I have an aversion against finishing things πŸ˜›

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I started two more of these aliens, one yellow and one blue, because I found some pretty green buttons in my grandmother’s stash years ago, and I immediately wanted to use them for eyes. I only have five of the big ones, though, so at least one of the aliens will get one big and one smaller eye. Hope it doesn’t take me as long to finish the other two! πŸ™‚

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Buttons for eyes πŸ™‚

And finally, as for my temperature blanket… well, it’s hibernating :/ Barely touched it since the beginning of June, so I have some serious catching up to do. But hopefully a couple of weeks of movie nights will help πŸ˜€

May update and Axolotl pattern

Hi everybody! I guess it’s been a while. May was crazy with work and many things that needed to be done before I left for the summer, so there have been no updates. I’ve neglected the weekly patterns as well, but I’ll start those again soon πŸ™‚

I arrived at my mother’s house yesterday, and for once I was able to crochet some on the bus here (ten hours is a long time if you can’t do anything), and so I managed to make and attach all the temperature hexes for May! I still have a lot of ends to weave in, so I’m far from caught up, but getting there πŸ˜€

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The first red days! Meaning the temperature has been over 20 degrees (21-25 C). Whew! And the two days in a row when the lowest temperature never went below 11….. I nearly had a heat stroke! πŸ˜›

And this week’s pattern is the Axolotl! It’s already been reduced for a week now, but I’ll keep it up for at least another week since I’ve failed to even mention it. Heh.

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Links to Etsy and Ravelry πŸ™‚

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Such an irresistible face πŸ˜€

April update and secret project

I guess you’re tired of hearing me talking about the thing I can’t talk about? πŸ˜› Well, now I’m done and the recipient has received the thing and everybody’s happy πŸ™‚

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Ta dah! This is the thing I made. Pretty big!

It started when a friend of ours mentioned that he should have a tardigrade on a banner for his family (because of word play reasons), and he suggested a slogan and everything. It was said kind of in passing years ago, so I don’t think he expected it to happen. But then another friend suggested we all chipped in and had one made since his 40th birthday was coming up this year. I said I could make it because it sounded like a fun project, and here we are πŸ™‚

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I drew the tardigrade by hand, cut it out from yellow fabric and machine sewed it to the black bit. Same with the yellow letters on top. They were a pain to cut because of the size and angles (the fabric Β is coarser than it looks, and frayed a bit even with the iron-on sticky stuff on the back). Then I stitched the details on the animal by hand, and finally the words on the bottom.

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Look at that face! πŸ˜€

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Claws

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Tried some stem stitch for the words on the bottom

I’d never done free hand embroidery in my life, so this was a bit of a learning experience! I think I managed fine πŸ™‚ It was fun experimenting with different stitches πŸ˜€

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After the front was all sewed, I made four loops for the top, and sewed the whole thing together with a gray fabric for the back. I would’ve used black, but I didn’t have enough, and the banner was going on a wall anyway.

The banner is about 50 cm wide and 125 cm long. Biggest thing I’ve ever made πŸ™‚

And as for my temperature blanket, that got neglected while I worked on the banner, so I never got round to fixing the ends that were left from last month… Which meant that I had a month and a half of ends to weave in once I managed to catch up on the hexes. That only took me three days or something, but I’ll be weaving in ends for weeks :/

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Anyway, here’s April πŸ™‚ Had a few warm days during Easter, which was nice. Don’t really need it to get any warmer, though πŸ˜›

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All the ends… So many ends…

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Pattern of the week: Great Big Wasp

I’ve started seeing wasps outside, so I figured it was a good time for my wasp pattern to get promoted πŸ™‚ I really like wasps, even though they make me nervous because I was stung a couple of times as a kid. Both times was my own fault, though, so no hard feelings πŸ™‚

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Get the pattern cheaper from now and until next Sunday, on Etsy and Ravelry.

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And, continuing the trend from the past few weeks, I’m going to leave the Aphid pattern from last week discounted for another week, since it didn’t get quite the exposure it could’ve gotten. Again, I’ve been busy and not very good at social media…

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Links to Etsy and Ravelry.

Will be back some time next week with a more general update πŸ™‚

Pattern of the week: Great Big Aphid

It’s May already! Can you believe it? I’m still somewhere in February…

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But let’s celebrate that spring is coming by making some great big aphids that won’t destroy your roses πŸ˜€ The pattern is now discounted on both Etsy and Ravelry, and will be until the end of the week πŸ™‚

I’ve been really busy with my big secret project lately, and again I’ve failed to advertise as much as I should about my weekly pattern from last week, the Great Big Bumblebee, so I’m going to leave the discount for another week to give people more time to pick it up cheaper πŸ™‚

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On Etsy and Ravelry.

My next post will be a reveal of my big project… stay tuned! πŸ˜€