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 🙂

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 😛

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Punk bear 😀

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 😀 Only have the rest of the skirt and the legs left, so hopefully she’ll be done soon 🙂

Well, I’ll update again once I’ve actually finished something 😛

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Some Christmas presents

I wanted to show you some presents I made this year, and I realized that this is basically my year review post as well, because I’ve barely finished anything that I didn’t end up giving away 🙂
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A knitted scarf for my mother. The pattern is called Trillian, bought from Ravelry 🙂

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A crocheted and felted purple gnome girl for a cousin’s kid who’s wild about purple and sparkles.
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Beaded stars 🙂 These were really fun to do. I bought the wire stars and just added beads! I bought one little box of beads, the rest is from my stash.
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And I’ve been tatting again! I think it’s been like three or for years since last time… I found this angel on Pinterest, and of course the blog it was pinned from is dead, so there’s no pattern and I’ve no idea who to credit. I basically counted the stitches from the pictures. Kind of impressed with myself 😛
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A crocheted Jawa for a friend who gave us tickets to the Star Wars premiere in December 🙂

WiP Wednesday

Two weeks in a row! I guess you can call it progress 😛

So, I figured it’s time to make a proper post about that huge thing I’ve been working on for months now. And here it is:
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A gigantic knitted Dunsparce! (Another Pokemon, of course.)

The body is now finally stuffed and closed up, so it’s easier to move around and I could get a decent photo of the whole thing. I honestly have no idea how many balls of yellow yarn this has taken, but I know that it’s taken more than six regular-sized pillows to stuff it. Using old pillows was actually the boyfriend’s suggestion, as he forbade me to use regular polyester stuffing. A wise decicion, I think, as it would’ve cost as much as a month’s rent or something.

I started knitting this last August, first with a thinner yarn (held double) and 5 mm needles, but I quickly realized that I’d end up with so many stitches that I would never be able to finish it. So after a few days I started over with thicker yarn and 6 mm needles, and now, almost six months later, the body is finally done 🙂 I didn’t work on it continously, though, I’m not that slow 😛 I’ve done other things in between, mainly because I’ve waited for more old pillows to scavenge for stuffing. My mother actually had to bring a couple more when she visited in December because I’d used all our spares, and now the two she brought are gone as well. Heh.

Anyway, for those who don’t know, here is what the pokemon actually looks like:

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(Pic borrowed from Bulbapedia)

My version is going to be shiny, though, meaning that the blue parts will be pink. Can’t wait to knit with something other than yellow! 😀

WiP Wednesday

Only a week late 🙂 Heh. I did actually draft this post for last week, but never got around to posting it. (I haven’t worked much on any of the projects, though, so the pictures are from last week.)

Anyway. Progress on the scarves, and even more scarves! Got a couple more rounds done on the nalbinding cowl, and I think I solved the problem with the join.
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You can hardly see that I jumped from the middle to the top row 🙂 The only thing is that working in the middle row for the first round left a fairly visible ridge around the middle of the cowl, but since it’s twisted you can at least only see it on one half at the time 😛

Got a good deal further on the Trillian too:

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I figured if I knit a centimeter or two every day, which is about three rows (back and forth three times, that is) I might just finish this sometime soon 🙂 Behind a few days now, though… Probably because of these two:

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Yeah, I just went ahead and started two new projects on the same day, on Thursday I think it was. Got a sudden urge to do Tunisian crochet again and I wanted to do something fancy 🙂
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This is called Dragon Tail. I found the pattern on Ravelry, but there’s also a YouTube tutorial that might be as easy to follow 🙂

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And this is just a regular scarf. Found some fancy yarn and wanted to try a different stitch, and so I ended up with something called net stitch, or full stitch, or waffle stitch. Who knows. It’s very cool, and I love the thick fabric it creates, but it takes a while.

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Also the scarf curls up a LOT, so I probably should’ve used a bigger hook, but 6 mm is the biggest I have. I have to get more hooks, but now I’m not allowed until next year :/

Crafty highlights of 2014

Instead of doing a Finished Object Friday today, I though I’d post my annual review of the year that passed 🙂

In January I knitted myself a hat, for the first time ever.

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I think I liked it better like this, before felting, because it felted a little bit too much and became very thick and less floppy than I’d hoped :/ But I couldn’t wear it like it was because it was too wide, so… Next time I think I’ll measure my head better first 😛

In February I was very excited to get my copies of the book that has two of my Bug patterns in it:

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I finally finished the pattern for a new set of Cute Little Dudes, this time from Australia:

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And then the Sochi Olympics came along, during which I finished a whole pile of things:

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Crocheted unicorn (pattern by Stacey Trock), knitted Nessie (pattern by Hansi Singh), crocheted stegosaurus (by June Gilbank), Great Big Fly (my pattern), nalbinding hat and wristwarmers.

In March I made a tiny pink bunny, a really simple little project that’s made in one piece 🙂 During Easter I made three more of these colorful little guys:

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In April I finished another crochet pattern, also a thing that had been in the works for ages. An Axolotl! I love these guys, and I really want to make more some day 🙂

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During my Easter holiday, in addition to the horde of bunnies, I also completed two more knitted Hanisgurumi, the cuttlefish and starfish, which had both been in progress for years:

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Then summer and work happened, and I didn’t knit or crochet much for a couple of months. I got some sewing done, though. First I made an oven mitt as a birthday present for my aunt:

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And then I made a case for my newly restored Nintento DS Lite, with room for one GBA game:

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When school started again in August I didn’t get anything finished for months. I started knitting on a giant pokemon that I still haven’t posted about other than a few photos on Instagram (that don’t really show much). Still working on that thing, and I’ll share it as a wip later, when it’s all stuffed and closed up. As it is now, it’s just too difficult to move around to get any good pictures of… You’ll just have to wait and see 😛

In October I finished this pretty Gracidea flower (also a Pokemon thing) that I gave to Bollan for Christmas:
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She’s so pretty! I don’t have a pattern for it yet, but it’s on my list of things to do this year 🙂

I got my sewing machine out again and made a bag for the bokken (wooden sword) that I borrowed from the boyfriend for Aikido and Iaido practice:

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And finally, some Christmas presents that I made:
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An owl and a candle holder for my cousins, and a scarf for my aunt:

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And that’s it. I felt like I didn’t do anything last year, probably because I only published three patterns, but I see now that I actually did quite a lot. Hopefully there will be more Bugs and Dudes and other patterns coming out this year 🙂