Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Pattern in progress

Spring is here which means tank tops are coming back out.  I wanted to make a cover up themed by one of my favorite manga's FairyTail by Hiro Mashima.

This is the back pannel of the piece, the FairyTail Guild emblem worked in filet crochet.
I have not tested it yet just finished working up the chart, I still need to work up a sample and figure out how I want to finish the front of it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MLP Nightmare Moon Finished

 I have finally finished this one.  I am not happy with the eyes at all.  I made a templet to use to sponge the paint on and that worked well, its just painting on black is not easy or forgiving.  Unlike the last pony I did, this one had different eyes more almond shaped with a slit pupil. 
I had done a crochet version of the helmet but it was just way to bulky so I decided the helmet, cutie mark, and necklace would all have to be done in felt. 
Doing it that way makes it so the helmet and necklace are both removable.
Since I could not find a pattern for this pony I mashed up bits from the Apple Jack I did and free handed the rest.  I really like how the wings came out but you cant see that from the photos it is so hard to get a good photo of black yarn.  
I am hoping my niece loves it, as her birthday party is next weekend.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

WIP -- What a Nightmare

So as requested by my niece for her birthday I am making yet an other MLP.  This one is called Princess Nighatmare Moon  and I was not able to find a pattern for her 'nightmare' version so I am just making it up as I go.

I know I still need to make the wings, main, tail, neckless, and  a horn.  After that I need to figure out how I want to make her 'cutie' mark wich is on both sides of her hind end as a purple cloud and crescent moon.   I want to do it in felt as that will be far easier then trying to crochet and sew as I would have to sew threw a lot of layers (pony/leg/cloud/moon) and I think it would also look more bulky then if I felt it.  So now I just have to see if I have the felt in the colors I need (or buy them if I dont).

This is currently what I am procrastinating doing, what might you be procrastinating?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mini Flower Hat Octo

 So I have not created anything new in a long time as I have not been feeling very creative.

Animeggroll was running low on amigurumis so I decided to see if I could make some octos. While doing that I decided to try and make a mini flower hat octo - here is my results.

I was only able to get a four peddle flower and still have the octo work with out rippling up.  If there is any demand I can chart and write out a pattern for it, but as of right now it only excists in my head as I just winged it as I was going.

Do you have an idea you thinkn I can bring to life?  Leave a comment and maybe it will inspire me.

Now I am back off to working on a Nightmare Moon MLP for someones birthday.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The good, the bad, and the knitted

So a few noticeable issues I have with the loom first.  The hook it comes with is not very effective, I found myself trying to use it with a pencil hold and with in a minute my hand started to hurt.  I switched up to a knife hold and that works better but I am going to need to add some padding wrap to the handle and extend that about 1/2 onto the hooks shaft for it to be 'comfortable' to work with. 
In the instructional video it comes with the person working the loom had made adoptions to their hook but did not mention anything about it in the video's so I am guessing it's a known issue so just be prepared.  Also the hook could use some work it is not a complete 90 degree bend at the tip which makes working the slider section a bit difficult. I think when I bind off this test sock I am going to see if I can't bend it into a 90 degree angle and see if that helps when working in the smaller space for the slider section.
Now onto the loom itself, I got the wood and metal version because I didn't want to snap off the plastic pegs which I have done before with the cheaper plastic knit in the round hoops.  It is very sturdy so no issues there, but the instructions tell you for a standard sock to cast on 52, and I am finding that to be way to large in width for a sock.  Also I am finding that working around the corners, that corner stitch is always a bit looser no matter how tight I wrap the pegs. 
The test sock I have on the loom right now is worked cuff down, and I have finished the heel section and am just working on the foot section.  I worked a 1x rib cuff through the first color change of the yarn, then switched to working what they call the flat stitch which is basically a knit stitch just a bit tighter then if you work the knit stitch itself.  I think the next sock I work up on it I will adjust where I work the heal at, as their directions have you working it over one long side and one short side in short rows.  I will set it to where my short row ends completely on the short section so I don't have to try and work the heal over the corner.
Now on to the crochet hook I got -- I love it!  My hand did stiffen up a bit when I started using it but once I got into hook up a hat with it I completely forgot that I was using a new hook.  It worked just as great as my ergo handle.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Tools!!

so I got some new crafting tools with my christmas gift cards.  I am very excited about this crochet hook I found at Hobby Lobby.
 It look like the hooks I covet from Furls Candy Shop, at just a faction of the price instead of paying $49 bucks I only spent $6 on this Yarnology Lux Hook.  I was a bit disapointed they only had sizes J(6mm)-Q (15mm) I would love a smaller size to work my amigurumi with but for now I will make due with this J hook.

My  other big purchase that I am giving a try is a sock loom, I caved in and got it because I found some gorgeous sock yarn that I want to get on my feet.  I know I don't show much knitting here, yes I know how to but it hurts my hands more then crochet does and using this loom is a good cheat heres to hoping it works out and I make a ton of socks!

Whats your most coveted tool?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Baaa Baa conversion finished!

so I have finished my knit to crochet conversion of Bobble Sheep Pillow by Purl Soho.
I have not heard back from them about sharing my crochet conversion so I will  not be posting it, BUT I can tell you I worked the 'body'  in the round same stitch count as pattern. I did a repeating pattern of  Single Crochet, Double Crochet 4 stitch bobble leaving a stitch marker in the middle of the round.  To increase I alternated working a increase at the start/end every other row, and one at stitch marker in the middle  -- increase worked in SC ---  SC, Bobble, SC --- all into the same stitch.  

If any of you want to make a crochet version and get hung up trying to convert it yourself just give me a jingle and I will try to help you out.