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!

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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

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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