An olympic snail!

I made another thing today! Found a completed snail shell in a project box, so all I had to do was make and attach the body. Very quick and simple πŸ™‚

Sewed a pretty flower button on its head, and done πŸ˜€

Unfortunately I think this will be my last finished project for these Ravellenic Games, as I have too much left on the knotted bag to finish it before midday tomorrow. Boo. But I have made progress, so maybe next time πŸ˜›

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Finally, a bear!

I finally finished something for the games! I’ve knitted away on the dice bag, but haven’t made as much progress as I’d hoped. I did finish the bear, though, after much frustration and sore fingers…

I thought it would be finished a day sooner, but I realized too late I’d made a mistake and had to unravel one of the shoes past the part where I’d already sewn in an end. It was a mess. So I took a break and finished it the next day.

In all her anarchic glory πŸ˜€

And last night I finished this itty bitty pink Cthulhu! Another really old wip, also from 2008, but before the bear. You can see it’s made “inside-out” which I stopped doing some time that year. It’s not wrong, exactly, but I like the “right” side better πŸ™‚

I had to make soles on the feet, finish the wings, and the arms. Very strange to have to crochet the “wrong” way now after so many years of doing it the other way πŸ˜› But I gave it away to a friend who was very happy with it, so it’s all good πŸ˜€

Now I’m going to continue knitting on the dice bag and see how far I get before Sunday…

The Games have begun!

So I didn’t manage to finish the set of Lovecraft critters before the Olympics like I hoped… But I’m going to finish it, I promise! It’s just on hold right now while the Ravellenics are happening, I’ll pick it up as soon as the games are over in a couple of weeks πŸ™‚

Anyway, I had planned to make a prep post before the games began yesterday, presenting the projects I’ll be working on, but ran out of time. Plus, some of the projects I want to finish are in storage, so I need to go down to the basement and get them, which is … bleh. Don’t like going down there πŸ˜›

Yesterday I continued knitting on a bag I started in 2011, from a free pattern called Deep Sea Flower Dice Bag. The bottom was done and two or three rounds of the sides, so the hard work of the seed stitch bottom and then picking up stitches around it was done πŸ™‚

Beginning of a dice bag

But I’m using a thinner yarn than the pattern recommends, and many more stitches, so it’s still going to take a while to finish… I only managed to knit about a centimeter yesterday, so I think I have to work on this thing throughout the games, and hopefully, after knitting maybe five or ten rounds every day, it will be finished before the closing ceremony πŸ™‚

In the meantime, I’ve started working on this thing again:

Punk bear πŸ˜€

This is a pattern from Elizabeth Doherty’s book Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute and the pattern is called Strawbeary. It’s a really sweet little bear, but I decided to punk her up a bit πŸ˜€ Only have the rest of the skirt and the legs left, so hopefully she’ll be done soon πŸ™‚

Well, I’ll update again once I’ve actually finished something πŸ˜›

Happy New Year :D

We’re more than halfway through January, but better late than never, right? πŸ˜€ (I feel like I say that every year, I’m so bad at keeping up… And as usual, it’s one of my resolutions to work blogging into my schedule so I don’t forget to post about things. Heh.)

I’m quite excited about my latest crochet project, which is something I’ve wanted to do for many years: Lovecraftian critters! πŸ™‚ (Other than Cthulhu. I’ve made him many times and he never gets old – literally, he sleeps forever and can not die πŸ˜› )

And like I normally do, I got all these ideas that I wanted to try all at once, so I started several creatures at the same time. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this weird picture of a bunch of heads laying on the table:

Roly-poly heads πŸ˜€ In front, from left to right: A cute cultist, Cthulhu and Ithaqua. In the back: Hastur (possibly the King in Yellow) and another cute cultist.

I worked on this project during the holidays, and I now have a few more body parts, a one or two more heads, and a couple of days ago I just finished the first whole creature! A person more than a creature, but still, she’s part of the set πŸ™‚

A very adorable cult priestess. Don’t be fooled by her appearance, she may try to sacrifice you to Nyarlathotep or something πŸ˜›

So anyway, my plan is to release the patterns for these guys in sets of three: two creatures and one human, who is a cultist or worshiper of the gods in the set. Because I started out thinking I’d make all these as separate patterns, but there would be many of them, some simpler than others, so maybe I’d put them in pairs? But then there were the cultists. I wanted to release a pattern for one, but couldn’t decide on their appearance, so in the end I decided to make many of them. It was my boyfriend’s suggestion that I just added one cultist to each pair of monsters. Apart from this first lady here, the other cultists will mostly be made after the same basic pattern, but with different colors and faces and hair.

I still have one small problem, though… I don’t yet have a name for these guys 😦 Mostly they will be cute, they are small, but the Lovecraft universe is also pretty horrible, and I just haven’t found a name that captures that horrible cuteness. Suggestions are welcome! πŸ™‚

In other news… I still haven’t finished my temperature blanket. I haven’t even made much progress since my last update :/ I made the inner part of about half of July’s hexes, and that’s it. I hope I can at least finish all of July soon, and my goal is to complete the whole blanket before the year is over.

And also, it’s almost time for another round of Ravellenic Games! As usual I have a whole pile of UFOs to finish during the games, I don’t think I want to start anything new. But I want to try to get the first set of Lovecraft critters finished really soon so that I can start planning for the games. I’m already excited πŸ˜€

Well, I’ve ranted enough. Consider yourselves updated πŸ˜› Will post again soon!

September update

August and September were more hectic than I expected, and all the things I planned to make and post about since I got after the summer home just haven’t happened. Been busy with work, a trip to my boyfriend’s parents, socializing, etc… I thought I’d at least catch up on my temperature blanket, but I’m still very much behind, unfortunately. I just managed to finish June for this update! Doesn’t look too promising for keeping up for the rest of the year… πŸ˜›

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January to June, which means this is now half-finished. It won’t be a huge blanket, but big enough πŸ™‚

Since it’s the 1st of Halloween today, it’s only reasonable that my Halloween patterns are discounted until the end of October. Right? So I’ve lowered the price of all three sets of Halloween Dudes, and I’ve also put all three sets together in a pattern bundle, which you will only find on Etsy. πŸ˜€

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All three Halloween Dudes together in one neat package πŸ™‚

Etsy links: Set 1Set 2Set 3Bundle

Ravelry links: Set 1Set 2Set 3