Monday, December 31, 2012

FO: Happy Reindeer

Santa had no trouble finding my house this year, thanks to the shiny red nose of this very happy crocheted reindeer!  I started this little guy three years ago and I work on him every December, never seeming to finish... until this year.  I finally did it!  Yay!!  Check him out, the happiest little reindeer ever:

yarn details
various worsted weight acrylics from my stash

safety eyes... 12mm?
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Happy Reindeer" by Lion Brand Yarn, free pattern available here.
hook: size F
gauge: I don't think I even know how to count gauge in crochet, even if I felt like it....
yarn used: I have no clue....  not very much.
finished size: I'll have to get back to you on this one.....
duration: November 20, 2009 - December 22, 2012

  • I have no idea what possessed me to knit this thing with an F hook!  The hook was way too small for the worsted weight yarn and it was very hard to deal with, which is part of the reason it took me so long to finish it.  (The other part being that I'm lazy and I don't really like to crochet...)  The pattern calls for a G hook.  I'm guessing I couldn't find my G hook at the time I started the project, so I made do with an F.  If I had to do it again, I would probably use an H hook, which I think is the most comfortable size for crocheting worsted weight yarn.
  • Embroidering the smile was a bit of a challenge.  There was a trick to it, which I no longer remember because it was three years ago... sorry.

2012 Wrap Up

THE END IS NIGH.  The end of 2012, that is.  I've been going over some of my old blog posts and I thought I'd share some of my favorite knits from 2012 with y'all.  I don't really get a lot of visitors to this blog, I write it mostly just for me, but, for what it's worth.... my most popular post of the year is the knitter's gift guide that I made.  The highlight of my blogging year is that I participated in two linky parties and I was featured in the wrap-up posts for both of them!  Yay!  The low point of my blogging year has to have been in April, because I only wrote two posts that month... oops.

Hands down, the Hello Kitty Mitts were my favorite project.  (Pun intended)

And the runner up for favorite project is my adorable knit cactus.  He just makes me so happy.

And I think both the Happy Reindeer and Sheldino deserve special recognition because they were on the needles for three and four years, respectively, before finally seeing the light of day this year.

And now for my 2013 knitting goals:

1.  I'd like to learn how to knit continental-style.  Even if I don't switch to it permanently, I think it would be fun to try it out and see what all the fuss is about.

2.  I can already sense that finishing the Dancing Cranes Stole is going to be a challenge for me, so I'm going to just go ahead and set the goal that I need to finish it up before one year from today....

3.  I want to improve my crochet skills, which I plan to do by knitting up some cute little critters by Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches.

4.  And finally, I want to write up a pattern of my very own.  I have a few ideas already, I just need to get to  it!

Friday, December 28, 2012

FO: Fluffy Little Sheep

I just love knitting little critters and this fluffy little sheep is no exception!  I saw him on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I knew immediately that I had to make him mine!  I've never knit a loopy stitch before and it was super fun.  I recommend all knitters make one of these little guys for themselves, pronto.

The hardest part about this project was waiting for the yarn to arrive so I could get started!  I looked at a few projects on Ravelry - some that used roving yarn and some that didn't - and I knew I wanted to use the roving yarn because it made such a nice fluffier looking sheep.  I just bought the pattern-recommended yarn, Martha Stewart roving wool, and I was pretty happy with it.  The only thing that bugged me is if you pull too hard on it, it will break, but I think that's probably true of most roving yarns, so I won't blame Martha.

And now the details:

yarn details
Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool in Snowdrift
dye lot 59040
100% Wool
50 g / 58 yds @ $5.49 per ball

Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool in Umbrella
dye lot 59124
100% Wool
50 g / 58 yds @ $5.49 per ball

project details
pattern: "Fluffy Little Sheep" by Lion Brand Yarn, free pattern available here.
needles: size 7 straight needles
gauge: are you kidding me??
yarn used: apprx 26 yards of white and 16 yards of black
finished size: a little bigger than my fist...  about 3 inches tall and wide, 4 inches long.
duration: knit in a few hours on December 23, 2012

  • I have enough yarn left over to knit one more of these little guys.  Maybe I will try adding eyes to the next one?  It's kind of a crazy idea, but I think it might look cute if he had more of a face than he has now.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Very Happy Reindeer

Look! I finished the Happy Reindeer, just in time for Christmas!  Isn't he a cutie pie?  I'll write a formal FO post eventually, but I just wanted to share him with you now.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crochet Crap

I located the Happy Reindeer and I was trying to work on him this weekend, but I was having the hardest time with it and I got so frustrated that I put it away.  Well.... I was just sitting here and it occurred to me, "am I doin' it right?" So, I just watched a video online and it turns out that I was NOT doing a single crochet, but instead some sort of strange single/half-double crochet hybrid.  I don't even know what I was thinking.  It's been so long since I crocheted anything, I really should have looked up the instructions again before I attempted it.  Oops!  Will try again this weekend!!

p.s. this may be why my wine tote looks kind of strange too....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Quick Check In

Dear Blog, I haven't forgotten about you!  ... okay, maybe I forgot about you a little bit.

Since I last checked in, I have knit a couple of Christmas ornaments (like this one) for craft swaps - I forgot to take pics of the first one, but I will post a quick pic of the second one later.  I also traveled to San Diego to visit my mother for Thanksgiving and I started another pair of Jaywalker socks on the plane - I haven't done anything with them since I got home though.  Finally, I have worked a tiny bit on the baby blanket.  I need to really buckle down with that one - the baby is coming soon!!  I haven't done any more work on the wine bottle tote, nor have I attempted to locate the Happy Reindeer, as I promised I would in my last post... d'oh!  Oh, and Scott's scarf?  Yeah, that's going nowhere fast.

In other news, my etsy shop is on fire this holiday season!!  Yay!!

And there is my quick check in!  I'll be back soon!