Slug-a-long :)

I know I’ve said I will be really busy, but I just can’t help it – I need to make this slug! Isn’t it adorable? I have real soft spot for mollusks, and this one seems like a quick make, so I’m gonna try and squeeze it in somewhere 🙂

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The pattern is available for purchase HERE and you can join the Ravelry group along with many others. There’s even a prize at the end for one lucky winner! Read more about the cal HERE 🙂

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Instagram, anyone?

I started using Instagram a while ago, and while I was sceptical of yet another social site/network thing, I quickly realized that I really like it. It’s like Twitter, but with pictures 🙂 Text is optional, but tags help if you want your pictures seen by others. You just use hashtags like on Twitter. Took me a while to figure that out 😛

Anyway, if you want to follow me, my username is Hattalahutta, like almost everywhere else. Also, if you decide to follow me, you might even get sneak peeks at whatever craftiness I’m working on. Plus a lot of other random things of course 🙂

New layout

So I changed up my blog a little. Again 🙂 I wanted a neater look without all the distracting things in the sidebar, and also a layout where you don’t have to scroll for ages to get to the bottom of the sidebar. So I put some of the less important stuff at the bottom of the page to make room for a blogroll, if I decide to have one.

I’ve added a few more pages, that you’ll find in the header area, next to the blog title. These pages act as shortcuts to my patterns, with pictures of every pattern I’ve published, plus links to both my shops and my free pattern blog. Just to make it easier to navigate this place 🙂 You can still find everything I’ve written about the patterns in separate posts, just look through the categories in the sidebar to the right.

I’m going to see if I can find a nice picture to use as a header image, and maybe also one for the background, but for now you’ll have to tolerate the bright contrasting colors 😛

The new blog!

Hi! I moved my craft blog over here from Blogger because I had some issues with the platform. I’d been thinking about it for a long time, and last night I finally had enough and did it. I had written a pretty long blog post and was just doing some small changes before publishing. I made a mistake, so I clicked the Undo button, which deleted all content from my post. And of course there was no way of getting it back. To say I was angry would be a gross understatement. So here we are 🙂

I’m going to keep this blog a lot simpler and cleaner than the original. The amount of tags alone was driving me mad, not to mention the cluttered sidebars. Stuff like links and info about my patterns will be put on separate pages (just below the header), and I’m going to get rid of most of my post tags. Categories will hopefully be a bit easier to navigate, with the hierarchical menu.

All my old blogs will remain on Blogger, for several reasons:

One, all my followers are there and I don’t expect them to sign up for WordPress just to be able to comment more easily. Not that I get that many comments, but you know. I will probably be double-posting on my old craft blog for a while, so there’s no need to worry 🙂 I will just post here first, so I have a backup if Blogger decides to go blip on me again.

Two, there is bound to be some stuff on my old blogs that didn’t make the move over here, like my blogroll and some of the stuff in the sidebar, so I would suggest that any new WP readers hop over there and take a look 🙂

Three, my craft blog is linked to my Ravelry account, and as far as I can tell, there is no option for that with WordPress. Also, my pattern blog is linked on all my patterns in the Ravelry database, and I really don’t want to change them all (again).

So my main craft blog, my tatting blog and Bollan’s blog all have new urls here on WordPress. Permanent links will be posted shortly 🙂 The other blogs that I post to less frequently will stay where they are. My pattern blog could probably be moved, but one of my main motivations for moving is that posting from my phone is just so much easier with the WordPress app. And one thing I don’t want to be doing, is typing up long crochet patterns on my phone. So there 😛

Craftiness of 2011 :)

First of all, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I know I’m a little late, but we’ve had our family visiting for Christmas, and after they all left, I kind of collapsed and haven’t done anything productive for days. But I’m back now, rested and ready for the new year ahead. Will have lots of studying to do this spring (taking an extra class to make up for skipping one this fall), but hopefully I’ll be able to blog a little as well 🙂
To make up for neglecting my blog the past months, here is a summary of the craftiness I did last year 🙂 I didn’t think I’d accomplished much, but looking back, I realize that I’ve done quite a lot! Starting with my own designs in chronological order:

Nesting Love Birds, a free pattern for Valentine’s Day.

Three Cute Little Bear Dudes, all made after the original bear pattern (Forest Dwellers vol.1)
Cute Little Dudes – Forest Dwellers vol.4. All birds 🙂
Cute Little Dudes – Alien Invaders.
In April I got a smart phone, so I knitted a protective purse for it as soon as I could. Important not to scratch the touch screen! 🙂
Great Big Wasp.
Great Big Aphid.
Finally got round to finishing the Great Big (male) Firefly (to the left). Sorry about the pale picture, I’ll never take photos in bright sunlight again! No pattern yet…
Great Big Crane Fly. Longest bug legs ever! Pattern will be done soon, I promise 🙂
My aunt asked me to make two little bugs for her, so I made these. Mini versions of the Great Big ones. I’m working on the patterns, but I have to remake them to get proper pictures. Hopefully the patterns will be done before Easter 🙂
Cute Little Dudes – Trick or Treat! vol.1. I had another set planned, but ran out of time (too much school work!). Will save the second set for next Halloween 🙂
A friend of mine wanted me to make a great big dragon that he could give to a kid for his birthday, so I made this. It’s huge! Arms and legs are jointed. I was told the kid’s birthday was in October, so I rushed to finish it, but then it turned out the day was not until November. Oh well. At least the kid was happy. From what I heard, the dragon was being fed dinner as soon as it arrived. That’s a good sign, right?
Crocheted and felted witch’s cauldron, a free pattern for Halloween. I had originally planned to make up lots of creepy stuff to put in it (eyeballs, severed fingers, bat wings, etc.), but once again I ran out of time. Will save the ideas for next time 🙂
As a Christmas present, I made this heart (from my free heart pattern) that I filled with nice smelling things and put in a pretty bowl with some pretty white stones.
And the very last thing I finished last year was a remake of the Kitty Princess, the first pattern I ever made and published. Gave it to a cousin for Christmas. I am in the process of rewriting the pattern and adding new photos, and hopeully it’ll be done before school starts in about two weeks 🙂
So. That was all of my designs. I did some other things too, but a lot of the projects I started last year are still in progress, so I have no pictures to show you… I will post the few that I have, though 🙂 Again, in chronological order:
In the beginning of January I took out Rose Langlitz’s book Tasty Crochet and started crocheting some food. I was obsessed for a while, but I only managed to complete two things, a pear and a salami/lettuce sandwich:
I have more half-finished food items lying around, but no pictures… 
After that I knitted a new bag for my rpg dice, the Dice Bag of Doom! Pattern free for download on Ravelry.
My next obsession was bugs, as Lesley Stanfield’s new book came out, 75 birds, butterflies & beautiful beasties. I made a black slug, plus some butterflies and caterpillars that I pinned to a cork board:
Then I moved on to Hansi Singh’s bugs. I started with a praying mantis that never got finished, but I made earthworms, a sea slug, Kraken (giant squid) and a Blackdevil anglerfish:

 
 
Again, I have lots of WiPs that hopefully some day will be done. They are just too pretty to be stashed away in a bag…
During the summer I got started on June Gilbank’s dinosaurs. I think I’ve started about five of them, but none are done yet. It’s just silly, really. On one (the Parasaurolophus), all that remains is sewing on one last leg! Sigh. I think I have an aversion against finishing things :/
I found this really cool knitting pattern on Ravelry, of a dancing goddess figure:
The pattern itself is very simple (knit in the round, and it consists of only two parts, so very little sewing is required), but I wasn’t quite happy with my knitting (uneven stitches and a few holes – I’m no good at knitting in the round on double-pointed needles!), so I decided to felt it. Unfortunately I felted it after stuffing, so it almost didn’t felt at all. It just became sort of lumpy and disproportionate. I wanted to make more of these, but I’ll have to do it differently next time.
The last project I finished last year (not counting the Christmas presents) was this little dice bag:
The pattern is Deep Sea Flower Dice Bag, found HERE. Well, to be honest, it isn’t actually 100% finished, since I haven’t made the cord yet. I just got so tired of knitting with that stupid yarn that has absolutely NO stretch what so ever, I just tied it with a piece of yarn to be done with it. Love the pattern and the bag, though. Plan to make more some time, when I can get my hands on some lovely multi-colored Noro, which the pattern is designed for.
And that was all. Whew! Longest post ever… (It’s taken over four hours to write!) Well. My plan now is to finish the patterns for the things I made last year, preferably as soon as possible. I’ll have a lot less time once school starts, and I think that if I don’t finish them now, I probably never will. So one of my new year’s resolutions is to finish all my Bugs, Dudes and any other patterns before I start any new ones. Have lots of projects going right now, but no new Bugs or Dudes before the others are done. Period. Will try to post again soon 🙂