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˜€

Pattern of the week: Great Big Bumblebee

We’re almost at the end of April, and it should be spring, but it’s still very cold and wet and sometimes snowy outside… And yet, I’ve been seeing the first bumblebee queens buzzing around these last few days, and I figure that’s reason enough to celebrate, right? So this week’s pattern on sale is of course the Great Big Bumblebee πŸ˜€

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Get it at a reduced price until next Sunday, the 30th of April πŸ™‚ Available on Etsy and Ravelry. Yay, spring! Well, almost πŸ˜›

March update and Easter patterns

Hi! It’s been a while… This monthly update is almost three weeks late, and I haven’t posted about the last couple of weekly patterns either, so there’s a lot to catch up!

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First, here’s how far I’ve gotten on my temperature blanket πŸ™‚ I managed to take this picture of the completed month of March, but then I never got round to blogging about it. It may look like all the ends are nicely woven in, but really they’re just cleverly hidden under the blanket πŸ˜› I fell behind for a while and was suddenly in a hurry to catch up before March ended so I could take the picture. I’ve since added some of the hexes for April, but I’m falling behind again because of work and holidays and other craft projects, so we’ll see if I can manage to catch up towards the end of this month…

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Last day of March was a warm one! πŸ™‚

Second, I’ve been slacking with my Pattern of the Week posts as well, and I do apologise. I had two Eastery pattern for sale, but I think I forgot to post anything about them, except for maybe on Twitter. I was suddenly called in to work for several days, and then we were going away for the Easter (which is really long here in Norway), so we were busy packing and stuff. And while we were away (until yesterday), internet was limited, so I tried to keep my posting and photo uploads to a minimum. Not the best advertisement strategy, though…

But even if you missed out on these pattern deals during the holiday, you can still get the patterns now and then make them for next year or something πŸ™‚ I will keep them discounted for another week, or week and a half, since it’s now Thursday. So you have until Sunday the 30th πŸ˜€

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Easter pattern number one, my Jellybean Bunnies! Pattern available on Etsy and Ravelry πŸ™‚

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Pattern number two, volume 1 of the Forest Dwellers. Because there’s a bunny! Pattern available on Etsy and Ravelry πŸ™‚

Hope you’ve been well! Will post again in not too long πŸ™‚