2013 craftiness

Finally. I promised I’d make this post, and I better get to it while it’s still the beginning of the year, right? 😛

For some reason it feels like I didn’t really get much done last year. There was a lot of fiddling about with new things and few projects and patterns were actually finished. School kept me pretty busy, and otherwise I guess I was just distracted and somewhat uninspired. Let’s hope 2014 brings more time and motivation to get things done 😀

On New Year’s Eve last year a friend showed me the basics of nalbinding, which I’d wanted to try for ages, and after watching some videos on YouTube I got the hang of it pretty quickly. My boyfriend gave me a needle for my birthday and I immediately started a pair of slippers. They aren’t done yet, because I sort of stranded at the heel. They are both missing heel and toe at the moment, but I hope I can finish them soon because our apartment is so cold… After I gave up on the slippers I moved on to some wrist warmers, but I had the brilliant idea to knit some fur edges on them with a mohair yarn or something, so naturally, they aren’t finished yet either. Sigh.

After that I dug out my sewing machine and made this cute little sleeve for my new tablet:

wpid-IMAG1033.jpgAnd I finished the bag for my boyfriend, the one I’d been working on since summer:

wpid-IMAG1130-1.jpgNext I finished and posted the pattern for a crocheted Man-o-War:

wpid-IMAG1082.jpgAnd I made a brown slug for Fresh Stitches’ slug-along:

wpid-IMAG1140.jpgPlus I had to make a case for my nalbinding needles:

wpid-IMAG1132.jpgIn February I made two of PlanetJune’s awesome cephalopods, a nautilus and an octopus:

IMAG1215When the school semester started for real I didn’t do much of anything. A couple of stitches here and there on various stuff that was never finished. Oh, except for two bugs I made for a book! But more about that later 🙂

After my exams I was really exhausted and just wanted to do something silly and simple for myself, so I crocheted this fat little grub:

wpid-IMAG1938.jpgDuring the summer holiday I finished two new patterns, first a Great Big Honey Bee and then a Tardigrade:

IMAG2285In August I finished another Great Big Bug I’d been working on for a while, but sadly the pattern for it is still not ready. I have another one I want to make before I publish the two patterns together. But here, have a teaser:

IMAG2632I also did a new set of Dudes, the first in a series of Australian animals. No pattern yet, sorry. I really need to sit my butt down and finish it…

IMAG2555Before Halloween I made this set of alien critters, basically as a test to see how the safety eyes I’d just bought would look. Free pattern available on Ravelry:

20131003_151148And finally I made the third and last set of Halloween Dudes:

20131018_151108After that I started making Christmas presents, which is why I couldn’t blog much about what I was doing… First I made a Minion (from the movie Despicable Me) for a friend to give to her son. As far as I know he was really happy with his present 🙂

20131121_162040-1I finished a soccer fan doll for my aunt, one that I actually started a few years ago for her birthday but never finished. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, even though blue and orange is probably my least favorite color combo:

20131203_130253Also since October 12th the new Pokemon games were out, and they kept me busy for quite a while. So yeah, I found myself a new obsession 🙂 And of course I had to try and crochet one! This is my slightly odd version of Espurr, one of the new ones from these games (it’s kind of a cat):

2013-11-22 16.51.13I made a bunch of flowers and leaves to put on a bag for my grandmother (here’s the post):

wpid-20131209_100254.jpg wpid-20131209_100611.jpgI’d wanted to try plastic canvas for years, but none of the local stores here had even heard of it. Then finally it dawned on me to check eBay (duh!) and I made a lightning bolt bookmark for my boyfriend (the David Bowie/Aladdin Sane thing again):

20131211_200812And a small box for my mother to keep her new row counter in to keep it from counting while in her bag etc (also found on eBay lol):

20131216_210215And that’s about it, I think. Well. I thought I hadn’t done much, but it seem I’ve been busy enough 🙂 I just haven’t published a lot of new patterns… I’ll try to work on that this year 🙂

Moss piglet!

The first of my two new amigurumi patterns is finished, and it’s a tardigrade! Ta dah!

IMAG2170Tardigrades, or water bears, have fascinated me for years. They are so tough they can survive virtually anything you throw at them. I’ve wanted to crochet one for a long time, but I just never got around to it. Then I found out that they are also called moss piglets, which is just the cutest thing I’ve ever heard, and so I instantly needed to make one. And of course it just had to be pink 🙂

Tardigrades are amazing creatures. They aren’t insects, or even closely related to them, but something else entirely. They are really small, just a millimeter or so long, and almost transparent (so not pink at all!). They can survive radiation many times the lethal dose for humans, immense pressure (like at the bottom of the sea), they can tolerate temperatures just above absolute zero and hotter than boiling water, they can dry up and remain in suspended animation for years and come back to life when rehydrated. Some have even survived the vacuum of empty space! I am quite impressed.

FB_IMG_13742569160062167And now you can crochet your very own moss piglet! It’s quite large, measuring over 30 cm in length, so you don’t need a magnifying glass to spot this guy 🙂 I’ve used bulky wool yarn and a 3.75mm hook, and I needed almost four 50g balls of pink yarn for the whole animal. For the claws I just used a few yards of brown. The eyes are 10mm safety eyes, but they are optional. The real animal barely has eyes at all, so I added them mostly for cuteness.

This is a fairly complicated pattern. It took me several attempts to make the legs and head, and I almost gave up because it took so long to get it right, but I believe I’ve found a fair compromise between a complex critter and an understandable pattern. I hope you like it too 🙂 The pattern is available for purchase and instant download both on Etsy and Ravelry.

IMAG2191Who doesn’t want a pet tardigrade?