Friday, March 16, 2018

Some creativity.....

 So at some point between  mid December and January my crochet hook case with all my hooks (except those stuck with projects) disappeared.  So I finaly broke down and got a new set, that came with a case.  I have nothing against bright pink, but I really wanted to dress up the case so I used the soot spirit vinyl I made a while back on it.  I think once I find the Totoro I cut at the same time I will add it to the other side.

I am liking this case, I was able to slide a stitch holder pin into the tag on the case, and slide my 2 stitch counters that came with the set on the pin.  I wont loose my counter, and it will be easier to keep track of where I left off in a project, or when I am making a new one how many rows I am in.

Out side of that I have been trying to crochet a new fingerless mitt design with some lace weight yarn, and have been struggling with it.  As in I have frogged and reworked it a dozen times.  I am currently working up a ribbed band hoping this time I will like it and it will turn out.

Outside of crochet, I have made a few shirts!
I am a huge Firefly fan, so this first one is inspired by a Wash quote "I am a leaf on the wind; watch how I soar".  Its the Serenity silhouette on a leaf (suppost to look like its drifting in the wind).  This is the first project I made with foil, I love the shiny'ness of it.

This second one is a gift for my niece, I let her pick out a dragon to go onto a shirt for her.  I kind of wish I had cut the dragon a bit bigger but when I was working the design in the cricut software I didnt have the shirt yet to size it and was guesstimating.  I liked how all the small details in it worked out, she wanted shiny so I used the same gold foil.

The last shirt I did, is an other Firefly inspired design.  This one comes from one of Kaylee's favorite works 'Shiny'.   To make it more then just a shirt with wording on it, I made the
tittle a tiny Serenity, and used a font as close to the font used in the show.  I also gave it a bit of a distressed look to help match the font.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Just a quicky....

 A small project, that I could knock out quick to make me feel like I accomplished something.

These where made from the same ball of yarn, Lion Brand Mandala in Gnome, the right was started from a center pull end and the left was from the outside end.  I did it that way so I could get both mitts started with the same color.

If there is an interest I will put out the pattern for these, at the moment its just a chart I scribbled and some short hand notes.  I have been seeing mitts like these show up all over in my social media threads and thought I would give making some a try, but didnt fancy any of the patterns available that I could find.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Long time...

So I know you have not seen much from me over these winter months and I am sorry about that.  Some time in November I developed pain in my middle, ring, and pinky fingers on my dominate hand from 'excess' use aka crocheting a butt load of ami's for the ResoBox event and Christmas gifts.

I have been trying not to do much crochet, and when I do pick up a hook I make sure there is at least a day's break between picking it up again.  Right now my hand no longer hurts, but those last three fingers do feel stiff and a little clumsy when holding a hook.

Now all the said, I have been working off and on, on two projects, and fiddling with an idea for a 3rd that I did wind up scrapping.  I will start off talking about the scrapped idea.  My mom is getting married (!!!!) and I wanted to do something to help with the wedding, I am only good at a few things and my first thought was to make her a beaded shawl, I had already started on it and was about 16 inches unblocked into it (if I blocked it it would open up alot its a Solomon Knot lace) when it was pointed out that the wedding will be in June during one of my states most famous heat waves item so I nixed the project and instead helped her design her wedding invitations because I am also good with photoshop/design.

I made myself a cardigan just free handing it, worked it all in one piece (so I did not have to sew any part of it!!!).  No pattern was used but if interest in it is show I can surly write up what I did as it was a simple shell stitch almost like the granny stitch worked into a ribbed band.  To avoid sewing I croched the seams of the shoulders shut in such a way that it lead right into working the sleeves.

Besides that I am also working on a 'lantern' or 'ornament' motif blanket.  I was inspired by the shawl pattern kit written by Janie Crow (Jane Crowfoot).  My version is not nearly as intricate, as I am not using one of her kits, I am only using 6 colors instead of the 13 color pallet used in her patterns.  With my color options I can fit 5 motifs in a row with out doubling up on the last round colors (unless I am  not paying attention) so I have a excell sheet all set up with my color combos so I can try and get every combo possible before I start getting repeats.  I work 5 motifs then do a join round so I wont have motifs stacked everywhere or getting lost.  I am a little dispointed by the purple I choose its not as vibrant as the other colors.

One thing I am really excited about is not crochet related but still crafty ~~ I got a Cricut for Christmas!!  I have already made up 3 tumblers (like the yeti cups) with vinyl images.  I cut 4 more vinyls for gifts for Christmas (yes I know I opened my gift early to use it).  I just got in some HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and have already started work on making a V-day gift shirt for my husband featuring Darkwing Duck, and a Fairy Tail shirt for me!!  I am so excited to make my own designs on shirts, being a plus size gal we don't get many options and this opens up a lot of ideas.  I made a special purchase from The Rhinestone World for their Magic Foil just because of a video showing how to make an EASY distressed look (at the 20 min mark) for a design that you can do with multiple colors if you so choose.

Here you can see the 4 designs I made for my sis and brother in law.  I started with a moogle, then a very simple mage, then a Jack Skellington (a bit of a pain to weed his mouth out), and lastly a more detailed black mage.

Below that are 2 pieces I made for myself.  I did a Fairy Tail emblem for my laptop, and I made a ball of yarn with crochet hooks for my phones Otter Bot case.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Flying in just in time for Christmas

Pterodacty, done free handed.  As requested by my demanding niece.  She picked out the yarn and told me exactly how to make it, blue wings green body.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Some Christmas items finished

I am thinking of keeping the tan one for myself its a soft alpaca wool blend, and the stitch work I did doesnt 'show' as much as it does on the other bands.   These are all versions on my Winter head band pattern used as a base.  Not sure who is getting which (if any of my giftee's are reading this feel free to 'claim' one) but I hope they like them as I put a lot of work into making them all unique.

 Undecided if I will block this one or not, I tried a new stitch combo of chains and trebles to get this look.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mateless mitt

Been working on a slip stitch fingerless glove set, just finished one glove, and my hook rolls off the table and it broke. This hook was so nice on my hands and wrists, I will miss it.  If I am very lucky I might get a replacement for christmas.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

3D-2D Cat

Yet an other addition that will be heading to ResoBox soon.

I got the idea from a post I saw over on reddit where a guy's 2 kids asked him to crochet dolls they drew for their soon to be sister.  I wanted to keep the 2D feel, while making this kitty 3D, I wanted to do 4 legs but it looked to crowded so I settled for front and back.  I drew a quick 30 second sketch (below) to give me an idea of what I wanted to make.  I am happy with how it turned out.