Category Archives: Knit/Crochet

I Have No Voice and I Must Stream

I half woke up this morning and laid in bed thinking, I totally want to do some kind of video today! Maybe I’ll make an episode of YarnCast, or I’ll stream on twitch. Maybe Ducktales Remastered. Yeah! I really want to stream! I don’t care that I have a cold, I’m gonna get up early and get ready!

Then I got up… it was not early. Turned out I had muted my Kindle Fire (which I use as an alarm) last night, and had nearly overslept past the time DarkstarMatryx has to get up for work (alarms don’t wake him, he just keeps hitting snooze forever, so I have to wake him up).

And that I have laryngitis.

So no streaming and no YarnCast today. Siiigh. I’m super behind on when I wanted to get the next episode of YarnCast out. But the holidays were hectic; having to visit my family, 3 different get-togethers with Darkstar’s family (his parents, his grandparents, and his extended family), Chance’s Birthday on December 28th, and then my great-niece’s birthday on January 2ed. Throughout all that there were small snowstorms, but then on the 4th the big one started, and since then we’ve been having double-digit subzero temperatures (like, -40). And somewhere in there we got colds.

Yeah, it’s been “fun.”

But there have been good parts too. I got an additional cube shelf, and was able to organize my stash

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So now there’s lots more room for wool.

I put the bamboo sock yarn on a time-out. It’s way at the top left there, unreachable without a chair (on the top right is cotton, which I hardly ever use). I decided that I don’t have to use it just because I have it. That there is no reason to knit something I’m not going to love knitting and where the FO is going to be subpar. There’s no reason to deal with this yarn when I can and want to buy something better. So in 2014, no more doing things half-assed or powering through… if I don’t like making it or won’t love the FO then I won’t do it. The bamboo yarn just doesn’t work for socks for me, and that’s fine; there will be other projects to use it on. I took apart my bags, because so much of it had the bamboo yarn.

I’m still going to knit 14 pairs of socks this year. But it’s going to be socks I want to knit. I frogged the socks in the bamboo yarn I was knitting for Yuji, and told her to pick out a color from my other sock yarn. She picked Ella Rae Lace Merino for the main color. Pricey socks for a 6 year old. But I’m enjoying knitting them, and they’re going to yield an enjoyable FO. And of course they can be passed down to Chance when Yuji outgrows them.

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I’m doing these on the Hiya Hiya Sharps, which I’m loving but they are definitely sharp. I had to get out of the habit of pushing the tip of the needle with my finger.

Other socks on the needles include some sport weight socks for Chance, in that Kashmira (what was left over when I admitted to myself I was never going to continue knitting the projects half-done in it a few months ago).

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I’m going to attempt an afterthought heel on these, to not interrupt the stripes.

And then there’s Lady Igraine which I’m doing with The Bleeping Sockgames. I started these on January 1st, but haven’t gotten much done on them. I’m doing it in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine which a lot of people say doesn’t have very good stitch definition.

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I’m thinking they are definitely right and I will probably frog these, but I don’t know what I’ll do it in instead. The only other solid colors I have are that super-dark blue in Yuji’s socks (which won’t show the stitches either), and a lime green (which doesn’t really fit the mood of the pattern). Maybe a trip to the LYS is called for.

In non-sock news, I have my first FO of 2014! I started this on the 1st and finished on the 2ed.

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It was a birthday present for my aforementioned great-niece.

In stash-up news, I finally got the final yarn I ordered myself for Christmas –

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FishknitsYarn’s Fuji Fight Like a Girl colorway. I got it on Strong Heart. I’m thinking about knitting my dog a sweater with this – it just seems appropriate, right? But I can’t find a pattern that won’t interrupt the stripes. So I’m not sure yet…

I desperately needed multiple project bags, fast and cheap, and since I didn’t find any suitable cheap fabric to make my own, I decided to give these produce bags from Amazon a try. I figured, if they weren’t good for project bags, I could always use them for produce.

But they are great as project bags. I love that they’re see-through. And they fit a Chancey-sweater worth of yarn.

Then I got this for the Marigoldjen one-skein KAL

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Yeah, I know it’s not stashbusting if you buy yarn for it lol

On that same day, I ordered something from somewhere closer, and that shipped immediately. This was suppose to be here Monday. It’s only just now out for delivery.

Now it is quite interesting actually. This is the most efficient route from Clinton, where Leading Men Fiber arts is, to Griffith, where I am. It only takes 2 and a half hours.

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This is the route the USPS uses. Supposedly it’s easier/cheaper for them to take packages to the big hubs or something. Anyway, it’s a longer route but still only takes 5 hours.

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Somehow, they managed to have it take 6 days.

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GG USPS.

Anyway, this is what it is


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100% BFL Fiber in Tequila Sunrise. Because after deciding not to half-ass things, I thought, well sure, I could do thrummed mittens with superwash fiber, but it won’t felt, and that’s part of the point… I’ll never be satisfied with the FO. So, why not just buy some fiber that isn’t superwash, and spin up that superwash stuff on my drop spindle? So that’s what I’m doing. I hoped to be wearing those thrummed mittens by now. Thanks USPS.

Oh, and thanks for “losing” (I think it was more, it was cold as fuck and snowing a lot and they just didn’t feel like taking packages anywhere) 5 packages I mailed out December 19th, and only now finding them. Some of those were suppose to be there by Christmas, and you SAID that I could send them out on the 20th at the latest to get them there by then.

Also, thanks for sending one of my packages from Ohio – the next state over from me – over me and across the country, all the way to California, before bringing it to me. I guess that skein of yarn wanted to see the country first – That was so generous of you to take him on that trip. Love ya USPS!

Halloween 2013

Halloween went great. Though it rained most of the day, nature was nice enough to let up during trick-or-treating time. And it was a pleasant 60 degrees!

I made Chance & Yuji some Mario & Luigi costumes. The hats are crocheted, with felt for the white circles and fabric paint for the letters. The overalls are a cloth Walmart bag cut in half, pinned to their shirts, with fabric paint for the pocket. I ended up having to put Chance in cooler red shirt, since it was so nice out! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics of that, but it pretty much looked the same.

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I didn’t want to give them facepaint mustaches, because of the fear it would start raining again, but they were fine with that. Yuji had to tell everyone “I’m Luigi, but I shaved my mustache! This is my brother Mario. We’re the Mario Brothers!”

With that done, my goal this month is to get at least 1 thing finished for the craft fair every day, in between finishing commissions. So you can either expect more updates on what I’m finishing, or less updates as I’m too busy to post about it 🙂

Unfinished scarf, finished cowl

I started this as a tube scarf. The idea was to use two skeins of Kashmira. But this was long before I learned to use proper lengths of circular needles, so knitting this was very annoying. I trudged through 1 skein, and then it sat unfinished for over a year.

Yesterday I thought about the Kashmira. I love the self-striping Kashmira. Why oh WHY did they discontinue it? I have yet to find another self-striping yarn thicker than fingering weight, cheap enough that making items for sale are worth it. Anyway, I don’t remember what sparked it, but yesterday I decided that I was going to either frog or finish every UFO in Kashmira. I have an electric winder now that will make reballing frogged yarn easy, and I want to make some stuff with that wonderful yarn for the craft fair.

The scarf was definitely in the frog category – there was no way I was finishing that. Even with correctly sized needles it would take more time than I have right now; and I feel that leaving it there with the goal of finishing it “eventually” would only result in it sitting there for another year. So I pulled it out, and looked at all the work I had done… and decided that I could not bear to undo all that work I had trudged through.

Instead I sewed the ends together; and an unfinished scarf became a finished cowl! A beautiful, 100% wool cowl.

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Craft Fair is a go

It is official, I did what I needed to do, and I will be selling at the Portage Christmas Craft Fair on November 30th & December 1st.

Yeah, I already said I was going to do it, but as I had to use a check to pay the booth fee, I was kind of fearing it would be full by the time my check traveled the whole 17 miles over to the park via Pony Express. That pony is pretty elderly nowadays, and I wouldn’t exactly call what he does “express.” And last year they said it filled up about this time.

So there were a few stressful days where I was thinking “Omg why aren’t they emailing me it must be full and they are mailing the check back, or maybe it still hasn’t gotten there and it is sure to be full when it does… I have wasted so much time and tags putting price & care tags on this stuff and now I’ll have to sell it online” and then my husband said “Oh, they cashed it already.” >.< Well now it feels real, which of course brings on whole other kinds of stress, but I'm mostly feeling good and confident about it. I spaced out my etsy orders well, and I have plenty of time to make items for the fair and not get behind on those orders. Though after the fair it might be a mad scramble to get xmas presents finished for the kids...... Anyway, in addition to making stuff for the fair, I've got to figure out how to display stuff at the fair. I've already managed to find a folding table on sale, but I need things like a business card holder and hat display heads. So I thought, what sense does it make to pay for those? Doesn't buying a bunch of made-in-china crap for that kind of go against the whole idea of a craft fair? There has to be some way to make these myself... So I searched, and found all kinds of crazy, messy ways that often involved buying so much in materials that it would be the same price to just buy the things. But then I was hit with a stroke of genius: I can crochet them!

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There’s my business card holder, and I also plan on crocheting a head or two 🙂

Also finished since the last time I posted:

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A “Dandy Sir Cephalopod”, a jumbo Pikachu Stalking, and a cute bear.

The bear taught me something. If something is meant for the craft fair, I’ve got to put it away quickly after completion, and not let Chance see it. Because he quickly gives them a personality. He decided this bear was the baby of a stuffed bear I have that sits on the back of the couch displaying some knitwear (I found this bear some time ago at a thrift store wearing what looks like a hand-knit Fair Isle sweater, so of course I had to rescue him). The cowl the bear is wearing became a sling. And they get sad if they’re apart for long, Chance says. So now I can’t bear to sell the baby bear >.<

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It’s okay, I can part with the one bear without being set back, but from now on I’m immediately moving craft fair items to a box in my bedroom 🙂

Ramencon was amazing!

And I actually remembered to take pictures 🙂

Oh, I was suppose to blog about the stuff I made to wear there, right? Well you already saw the Apple Jack hat. Here’s the Apple Bloom & Big Mac

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And I used fabric paint to put apples on shirts for my brother and me


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And I also put balloons on a pink shirt so Yuji could be Pinkie Pie on a different day.

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And for the third day Yuji wore this Gloomy Bear outfit, which everyone loved

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It’s got a crocheted hat, fabric paint on the hat and shirt for blood, and felt claws sewn on some old pink mittens. I ended up not having time to use fabric paint to make blood on the mittens/claws, so I used permanent marker. Yuji kept smelling them… oops. But I guess it was just the boost she needed to help me with selling at the Swapmeet. I was nervous about taking her to that, but there was no time to take her home first. I didn’t have to be nervous though, as she is a natural salesman 🙂 She sang about the toys being awesome and made by her mom, danced, bought lots of attention to my stuff, talked to everyone, and whenever someone said they couldn’t or didn’t want to buy something right now, she gave them a business card and told them to buy something later 🙂

I was unsure if I was going to sign up for that fair on November 30th & December 1st, so I told myself that if I made the fee for that ($50) at Ramencon, I would sign up. And I was thinking that was a big if. But I made $105! So that pays for not only the craft fair, it also covers my Ramencon ticket and the gas I used going to Ramencon ^____^ So basically I had my fun weekend completely paid for.

Here’s all the pics!



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Next weekend is the annual craft fair in my neighborhood, and while – as I said – there’s a lot of craft fairs in the area around this time, this is the one that is actually in my neighborhood, and where I know some of the crafters. So that should be fun 🙂

Anyway, between that craft fair in 9 weeks and my etsy shop still doing pretty darn good, I’ve got a lot of stuff to make! So off I go…

FO Friday September 6th 2013

Finished Object Friday! The first week of September has been going good. I got several Controversial Hats out, and when updating the queue list I thought for a minute that I had missed some, because there was no possible way I had gotten so many done recently… So I double checked, and even looked at the tracking numbers – nope, I didn’t miss any 🙂

Also this week I’ve finished a Snorlax and a poison mushroom:

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Then I finished the first of the hats my brother, Yuji, and I will be wearing to Ramencon. One of the days I’ll be Applejack while my brother is Big Mac and my daughter is Apple Bloom, so here’s the Applejack hat –

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Applejack’s hat is made using the Applejack pattern from Nerdy Knitter Designs. As for the rest of this hat, I improvised it and I am a bit annoyed at myself… I actually purchased a pony hat pattern, but ended up not liking every single aspect of it, and doing it a different way. By the end, I hadn’t followed the pattern at all. I could have just done that without purchasing the pattern >.< This one was actually finished last week, but it's so cute I had to share it. It's a 3 eyed pony with a radioactive cutie mark.

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As for WIPs, I started a Sockhead Hat. I had to buy some 16″ circular needles to do so, as all I had were 29″ (and crappy 29″ ones at that, I got a cheap set of size 1 – size 15 on ebay, and pretty much nothing below size 6 is actually usable, because they used the same size tube for the cable of the needles). Now, I was a die-hard fan of DPNs for hats, socks, etc. But I was NOT about to try to fit and keep 144 fingering weight stitches on dpns. I’d heard many times about how circular needles were better and faster than dpns. I could not figure out how, since with dpns you just move a needle to the other hand while with circulars you have to pull the stitches around to the needle (I did not realize that when you use the correct legnth, you don’t have to). I hate magic looping, and avoid doing it whenever possible. But for example when I am doing the ribbing on a controversial hat, it is too lose to stay on my dpns, so I was having to magic loop.

The circular needles were on sale, so I figured, what the heck. I got 16″ 2s and 3s for the sock head hat and a size 10 to give controversial hats on there a try.

Well, that is why I got so many hats done that I couldn’t believe it. It’s much faster, much easier, and makes it easy to carry projects around without worrying about them falling off DPNs while in my bag. I’m now a circular needle convert.

So here’s my Sockhead Hat so far

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It’s will probably take me a longass time, especially with everything else I need to do, but it’s the perfect thing for those no-think, get it out and back in quick moments… waiting in line at the store, red lights, etc. I started it the day before yesterday and already have 1″, so maybe it won’t take as long as I expect…

Oh, I didn’t take any pictures of the festival last weekend, did I? 😡 It was kind of dead, because it was raining. But we did discover that Yuji is great at shooting! They had some of those shoot the cup and win a prize games, and Yuji was a natural. Chance (youngest kid) and I combined could not shoot anything, though >.< After that she said she likes shooting, and wants to play Duck Hunt (lol!). I suddenly came to the realization, and had to break it to her that it isn't possible anymore T.T We don't know anyone that has a tv it would work with. Anyway, I'm also working on a this for Yuji for Christmas, but I can’t take pics of that yet. That’ll be the first of the Christmas gift crafting…

WIP Wednesday on Thursday

Someone wants a cyndaquil, and I figured I’d make a shiny one at the same time so that I could take a pic of both of them together before I send the one out.

This is them yesterday…

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And this is them today…

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Not sure what I’ll do with the shiny, I’m leaning toward keeping it for myself ^^

Unrelated but: the Bon Festival is Saturday, and Mitsuwa is having a huge book sale, hopefully there’s still some craft books left!

Anyway, I’m hoping to get the cyndaquils done while the light is still nice, so I’m off!

FO Friday – Pokemon!

So here is what I’ve finished this week. Obviously, not the idea I was talking about; I had gifts to do first. It’s in progress now, but slow going because I’m doing it in brief moments between controversial hats.

I didn’t end up going to see the new alpaca babies, because last Friday a neighbor invited me & the kids to a birthday party on Saturday… where we ended up swimming much of the day. An evening was just enough time to knit up a washcloth (which I won’t post here because it was finished last week and imo isn’t all that interesting), and pair it with some handmade soap.

So that was one of the gifts I had to do, and the other is this Pikachu… which I made some… special modifications to after these pics (which I won’t post online until after the recipient gets it).

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You can get a made-to-order Pikachu at either of my stores. If you want modifications, you’ll have to do a custom order ^^

Before making Pikachu, I finished Snorlax

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and he’s up for sale on my etsy.

Here’s a pic of them together, along with an official Pikachu plush, which just looks so derpy, especially comparatively…

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You can’t really see it in the picture, but the mouth on the official plush is just like 🙂 rather than :-3, and since it is embroidered in really thin fabric, it’s like pressed in, making the Pikachu look like a granny that doesn’t have her dentures in.

Also, pretty much every seam on this thing has been resewn, because it has fallen out. And this fabric stains like crazy, but I dare not wash it, because it’s sure to fall apart >.< Sigh. I know that they can't make mass produced plushies with handmade quality, because then they'd have to sell them at handmade prices, but sometimes it's like, do they even try?

Anyway, those are my FOs for this Friday! And I ordered the embroidery machine today!!!! Yayay!

Derpy

I started this on the 6th and finished it yesterday. Man I’m procrastinating. I used the Rainbow Dash body pattern and improvised the mane and tail.

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I went with NerdyKnitter’s method of making eyes with felt. I love how they turned out! I’m definitely going to stick with that until I get an embroidery machine. Derpy is on etsy here.

Despite the procrastination on that, I’m getting other stuff done and doing great with saving up for that embroidery machine! I should have it sometime next month.

Rainbow Dash done!

Crocheted Rainbow Dash

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Rainbow Dash is done and up for auction here.
If ebay isn’t your thing, you can also get one made to order at my Etsy. If Rainbow Dash isn’t your thing, there’s also Smarty Pants and/or you can request a different pony (ANY pony, including OCs!) over there too by clicking on “Request Custom Order” on the side.

Help make my dream of getting an embroidery machine in a month or two a reality!