Thursday, December 26, 2013

FO: Yoga Monkeys

My amazing cousin Kristin recently opened her own yoga studio (something which, incidentally, has always been an idle dream of mine...)  Anyway, since I have had so much time on my hands lately she suggested that I could make some yoga socks to sell in the boutique in the studio.  Well, it turns out that I didn't have quite that much time on my hands, but I did make a special pair for Kristin herself:


Super cute, huh?  I bought this yarn on clearance several years ago and have been waiting for a good project for it.  It's 55% nylon and 45% acrylic so I've always sort of avoided using it for regular socks since I prefer a warmer wool blend.  But, you don't really want wool in a pair of socks that you are going to be working out in, so, huzzah!, the acrylic yarn was perfect! (And it appears that Kristin owns an awesome pair of peacock pants that match the socks perfectly!)

yarn details
Cascade Cherub Collection 4 Ply in Jade
dye lot 2336
55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
Machine Wash/Tumble Dry Low
50 g / 240 yds purchased on sale @ $1.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Yoga Monkeys" by BacoKnitter Designs, available as a free Ravelry download.
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
gauge: nope
yarn used:  0.76 skeins, apprx 183 yards
finished size: forgot to measure before I gifted these... oops!
duration: October 23 - December 5, 2013

notes
  • On Ravelry the pattern says to use the no-purl Monkey stitch pattern, but I used the purl version because I like it. :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maybe Monday: Knitting the Nativity

I was browsing around on etsy this morning and I discovered this delightful knitting pattern for a nativity scene:


That's right!  A knitted nativity! (Knitivity?) I am so in love with this idea!  I rushed over to Ravelry to add it to my queue, only to discover a whole slew of knitted nativities!  (And some adorable crocheted nativities too).

I have to say, I think my favorite is Sarah Gasson's set below (see it on Ravelry here).  I mostly love this set because of the gorgeous wise men dolls!


So, I think next year I may have to knit myself a nativity set!  Here's hoping I will remember!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unlucky on Friday the 13th

I went to the doctor this morning to get a weird bump on my finger checked out and it turns out that it is a cyst, most likely caused by the repetitive motion of all the excessive knitting I have been doing lately.  It doesn't hurt, luckily, but if it doesn't go away on its own, I'm going to have to get it surgically removed, which is no fun.

In conclusion: I am banned from knitting for three to four weeks until this heals.

I'M SO BUMMED OUT!!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

My 500th Post!

Guess what?  This is the 500th post on my blog!  Pretty cool, huh?

To celebrate, I thought I would share my progress on one of my long-held knitting goals: learning to knit continental style.  After taking the Craftsy class and practicing on tons of swatches, I finally decided to try making a project entirely knit continental, so I am doing a wavy ribbed scarf that they recommend in the Craftsy class.

Here is a progress shot:


Pretty yarn, huh?  It's from my stash.  I sincerely hope there will be enough of it to finish the scarf!  If not, I'll have to hunt down someone on Ravelry who has it because it's been discontinued.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gettin' Knitty With It

Yay!  The new issue of Knitty is out!  I love browsing the patterns in Knitty, but I rarely read the articles.... shame on me because they are actually very good!  Anyhow, I just wanted to take a moment to share my favorite pattern from this issue: The Lempster Pullover.


PRETTY, HUH???  Of course, I can't imagine that I would ever knit it because I'm far too lazy for all those cables.  Also, I don't really knit sweaters anymore. (Mostly because I am depressed about the size I am now required to knit them in).

I also like these socks by Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario:


I'm in love with the sweet picot detail on the cuff!  The only problem for me is that these are pretty lacey, as in, they have largish holes, which I don't really like because I don't think they are as warm.  Still, they might be nice for a spring sock.  I'm thinking about casting on....

Finally, there are egg cosies that look like cats.  Nuff said.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FO: Vancouver Fog

I went on an awesome vacation to Vermont this summer where we visited Shelburne Farms for the Cheesemaker's Festival (mmm.... cheese....)  While we were there, we met some lovely sheep and I found this great yarn spun from their wool.  For some reason, I instantly imagined the yarn all knit up as a pretty pair of cabled arm warmers, and that's what they became!  Aren't they lovely?



yarn details
Wool from the Sheep of Shelburne Farms, VT (undyed)
100% wool
worsted weight, two-ply
hand wash, dry flat
280 yds / 113 g @ $14 per skein

project details
pattern: Vancouver Fog, by Jen Balfour, free pattern available here.
needles: size 7 nickle plated circs (knit using magic loop) and size 6 straight needles for cast on
gauge: 10.5 st x 14 rows over 2'' in stockinette
yarn used: 0.66 skeins, apprx 185 yards
finished size: 11.75'' long, about 6'' in circumference (measured laying flat)
duration: October 22-31, 2013

notes
  • Cast on using size six straight needles using this tubular cast on method.
  • Worked one extra cable repeat before starting on thumb gusset for a longer glove.
  • Only worked four rows of ribbing instead of eight before binding off for hand and thumb.
  • Cast off using Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Cast Off (in the future, I probably won't use this cast off because it ended up looking a bit messy).

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My fair lady

Look who is trying fair isle!  Have to say, I think I'm rocking it!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

FO: Leaf Beret

Does anyone else really miss Knit.1 magazine??  I do!  This beret is from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue, which was a totally awesome issue, by the way.  I've been meaning to knit it for several years, but I finally got around to it this fall.  I love the yarn I chose, it is so soft and shiny!



Here is a not-as-cute pic of me, but a nice look at the leaf panel on the hat:



yarn details
Knit Picks Galileo in Luster
dye lot 9979
sport weight
50% Merino, 50% Bamboo
hand wash, dry flat
131 yds / 50 g @ $4.99 per ball

project details
pattern: "Leaf Beret" by Melissa LaBarre in Knit.1 magazine, Spring/Summer 2009 (you can also download it from the Vogue Knitting store for $6)
needles: size 4 nickle-plated circs (magic loop style)
gauge: 23st and 36 rows over 4'' in stockinette (after blocking)
yarn used: 1.3 balls, about 170 yards
finished size: band size: about 22''; height: 7'' (after blocking)
duration: September 14 - September 22, 2013

notes

  • I followed the directions to block this over a dinner plate and I'm not very happy with the results - it is way too big now and the band lost all its elasticity.  The crazy thing is that it said to block over a 12'' plate and I only had an 11'' one, so it really would have been stretched out if I had truly followed the blocking directions.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

FO IOU

I know I owe you some FO posts, but I'm struggling with getting pictures of my recently finished items: the hexacomb cardigan, my vancouver fog mitts, and my leaf beret.  They are all kind of difficult selfie shots, and I don't really have anyone else to help me with my photography at the moment.... so, just know they are coming!  I promise!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Knitting School

One of my knitting goals for a long time has been to learn how to knit continental style, that is, holding the yarn in your left hand and "picking" at the yarn to create the stitches.  I have tried multiple times and it's always a big fail.  That's why I was so excited to see Craftsy's newest course, Improve Your Knitting: Alternative Methods and Styles [affiliate link]. I have learned so much from Craftsy in the past, I decided this is probably my best shot at learning how to pick.

I'm doin' it!!  Here is my practice swatch....


In the past, my biggest struggle has been mastering the purl stitch in continental style.  If nothing else, this class has made me feel better because the instructor admits that this is the hardest part of continental knitting and even seasoned continental knitters still have trouble with it.  So, at least I know it's not just me.  Anyway, her directions were very clear and helpful and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.  I still need lots of practice because my tension is all over the place, but at least I am to the point where I am able to form the stitch the correct way - which is a good thing!

The course teaches a lot more than continental knitting, but I haven't really explored the other lessons yet - though they sound interesting.  I'm sure I will go back to them at some point, but for now, I just want to focus on mastering this one skill.  Wish me luck!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bum Gloves: One Down, One to Go

Yesterday I finished one of my Vancouver Fog fingerless mitts (or, as my friend Jennifer calls them, "bum gloves").


This has been a really fun project so far.  I was worried the cable pattern was going to be too complicated, but it wasn't bad at all.  I just used a row counter and all was good.  The next glove will be slightly more challenging because I'm going to mirror the cables, but there aren't written instructions for doing that - just a general guidelines to switch a right cross with left cross, etc.  But, I'm sure I can handle it.  I think I might be knitting multiple pairs of these gloves for Christmas gifts, so maybe I will take the time to just write out the instructions for the right glove so I don't have to concentrate too much while I knit it.  (In fact, I wonder if anyone on Ravelry has already done this?  I should check).

I'm also pleasantly surprised with the yarn I chose.  I bought it because I loved the fact that I got to  "meet" the sheep where the wool came from, but I was worried that it would end up being kind of itchy yarn, which I usually avoid.  No so.  It is actually very soft and lovely.  I can already tell that I bought WAY too much, so I might make a matching hat or something to go with the mitts.  I wonder if anyone on Ravelry has written out that pattern as well?  lol.  It seems that you can find anything on Ravelry sometimes!  If not, I'm sure I can wing it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WIPS Galore!

I've gotten a little crazy with the WIPS lately.  I think I have knitter's ADD or something - no patience to wait to finish a project before I start on the next one... lol.  Anyway, here is a brief tour of my WIPS right now:

My Yet-To-Be-Named Socks


Turmeric Socks


Yoga Monkeys


Vancouver Fog


Hue Shift Afghan


Crazy Striped Socks


Hedgehog


Tropical Clutch


Monday, October 21, 2013

Maybe Monday: Cabled Arm Warmers

I think I totally neglected to mention that I got some really great undyed wool yarn from Shelburne Farms in Vermont when I went there for the wine and cheese festival this summer.  When I first saw it, I thought "hat", but then I thought, no - arm warmers!  So I picked up two skeins.

I decided to look up a pattern today and I have to take a minute to gush about how much I love Ravely.  I just did a search of all patterns and filtered by knitting, fingerless gloves, worsted weight yarn, and cables and it came up with nine pages of patterns for me to choose from.  Can you believe how easy that was??



I picked out four of my faves... can't decide which to knit!


I like the length of #2, but I think the cable pattern could get a bit boring; on the other hand, the cable pattern on #3 looks very exciting, but might be too difficult → frustrating → no fun to knit.  Same possibly with #1.  Number 4 might be a happy medium??

I put this to vote on my facebook page and so far #3 is winning.  Perhaps I will have to take on a challenge to appease my friends.  What do you think?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photography Do-Over

My pictures on this blog vary from sucky to ok to pretty nice...  I have yet to take anything super great, but, in my defense, I really don't try very hard.  Anyway, I recently signed up for (yet another) Craftsy class, Shoot It, to learn how to take great pictures of my finished knits (yes, they teach a class entirely focused on how to take pictures of your knitting!  Love Craftsy!).

I decided to go back through and pick out my worst FO picture ever and try to redo it.  A quick glance through my gallery revealed that is was easily this pic of my red Classy Slip Up Socks:


Not only did I not take a few extra seconds to stretch these over a sock-blocker for the picture, but I didn't even bother to center them on the table so I could get an even crop without the ledge of the table showing.  This was an incredibly lazy attempt to take a FO picture!  .... and, here is my do-over of that shoot:



I would say the one of the left falls under the pretty nice category and the one of the right is just okay. It could have been nicer, but I didn't have a model, so it modeled it myself using a tripod and the self-timer on my camera... so focus was an issue.  Then I tried to cover up the fact that part of it was out of focus in post-processing by making all the edges look blurry, to at least make it symmetrical.  So, that's what's going on there.

Next time, I'd love to try shooting something with a nice background, instead of all white.  It would also be super helpful to have a model, but, since I have no friends, that's kind of a tall order.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

FO: Purple People Eater

Yet another adorable Fresh Stitches design slid off my hook recently - it's the super cute one-eyed, one-horned, flying Purple People Eater!!


I bought this pattern on a whim back in December, but never got around to starting it until last month. This was actually a really good project - just a little bit challenging to keep things interesting!  I would say it's one of the more difficult amigurumis I have crocheted - there were just a lot of little pieces to crochet and assemble, plus a bunch of color changes.  Luckily, the color change for the yellow tummy was exactly the same as what I did for Nelson the Owl, so I already had that skill under my belt.

Anyway, here are some booty shots:

yarn details
Knit Picks Brava in Eggplant, Canary, and Black
100% Acrylic
machine wash/tumble dry low
100g / 218 yds @ $2.99 per ball

findings
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Purple People Eater" by Stacey Trock, $4, available in Stacey's shop.
finished size: 7'' tall (not including the horn...which would make him 8''), 7'' wide at widest part
hook: 5mm H hook
gauge: 10 st and 11 rows in single crochet over 2''
yarn used: this is very approximate, but.... 109 yds of Eggplant and less than 72 yds of Canary; negligible amounts of the white and black yarn.
duration: September 20, 2013 - October 3, 2013

notes
  • The technique for making the wings was a little awkward, but very cool once you get the hang of it.
  • After the disappointment with the stuffing situation of Nelson the Owl, who ended up being too skinny, I packed this one to the max full of stuffing and I really like the result, however, his bottom is a bit rolly-polly which makes him have a little trouble sitting straight!
  • If I had it to do over again, I probably would have placed his wings a bit higher on the back.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tweet, tweet!

Look who woke up to her 200th twitter follower this morning!  Yay!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tess - Now with two sleeves!

It felt so good to finish up my Hexacomb Cardigan yesterday, that today I decided to pull another UFO out of the closet and do some work on the Tess cardigan.  Poor Tess, I started her back in 2009, knit all the pieces, then abandoned her when it came time to finish.  A few months ago I got crazy and started the finishing - I did the button band and set in one sleeve, then I got sick of it and put it away again.  Today, I set in the other sleeve and was about to seam up the sleeves when I got sick of it again!  See, the problem is, this sweater would have fit me 4 years ago, but now it won't even come close to fitting.  So, while I have a desire to finish it, just for the sake of finishing it, I have no real motivation to do these tasks that I hate so much.


All that's left to do is seam up those sleeves, add the buttons/snaps, and weave in about a million ends.  I'd give it another three years??

Just for fun, here are the beautiful buttons I bought to match the yarn.  I love them!  Almost gives me the motivation to finish the sweater I can never wear... just to see the pretty buttons.



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hooray for me!

I started knitting the Hexacomb Cardigan back in July of 2008.  I finished knitting it about two years ago and it has just been sitting around ever since, waiting for me to sew the buttons on.  Seriously.  So today I said to myself, "Self, today is the day that you are going to sew the buttons on that sweater."  And I did it!  Yay!


(And yes, the task was just as horrible as I thought it would be, which is why I kept putting it off...)

Now I just need to decide if I'm going to block this baby.  It really doesn't need it, but I feel like I should do it, because that's what well-behaved knitters do.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Project: Turmeric Socks

I love, love, love the new socks I cast on this week!!  The pattern is called Turmeric and it was recommended to me by another knitter via twitter.  It is a slightly complicated 20-round-repeat lace pattern with a bit of cabling, so it's one of those projects that I have to pay attention to when I knit. I can manage to work on it while I'm watching Buffy reruns, but not anything I need to actually focus on to follow the plot.  Yesterday I actually just turned on Pandora and cruised through 10 rows much faster than I do when watching TV, so I might just do that from now on.


Recognize the yarn?  I accidentally ordered two skeins of this back when I bought it to make my Classy Slip Up Socks.  But, it turned out to be a happy accident because I love this color and I think it looks great with this stitch pattern.  So what if I have two pairs of socks in the same color!?

The only thing I don't love about this pattern is that the author put the lace charts on one page and the key to the charts on another page.  I like to have the key on the same page as the chart, so I did a little rearranging of the pattern pages in Photoshop and got it the way I like it.  No harm done.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Busy as a Bee!

You may or may not know that I have a side biz where I design blogs... well, I've been a little crazy with it lately and have taken on a ton of new clients, which leaves less time for knitting, which makes me a little sad.  But designing blogs is fun, so I can't complain too much!

Anyway, on the knitting front I actually have accomplished a fair bit.  I am making good progress on the Hue Shift Afghan and my as-yet unnamed socks.  I also started knitting a little hedgehog stuffie.... because hedgehogs are fun!  Oh, and I finished the purple people eater amigurumi that I was working on.... he is so cute!  I will post an FO post on him soon.

That's all, just a quick update for you!

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Beginning of a BIG Project!

I told you that I was going to make the Hue Shift Afghan from the latest Knit Picks catalog and I'm doin' it!  Here is what I have so far... I have a feeling this baby is going to take a looooong time to finish, but I'm up for it.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

FO: Business Casual Socks

My sweet Aunt Carol is always so nice to let me stay with her when I go home to Utah and she is an amazing host, so the last time I was there I casually inquired about her shoe size and I set out to make her a pair of socks!  I spent quite a while searching for the perfect pattern to knit for her - I didn't want anything too frilly and lacey, but I didn't want anything too boring either.... then I found Business Casual - it is a simple sock with a great cabled argyle-ish pattern.  I knew my aunt would love it!



The yarn is Knit Pick's Stroll Tonal, and, I have to say, this is quickly becoming my favorite go-to sock yarn.  I'm not a fan of variegated yarns, but solids can sometimes get boring.  This yarn is a perfect in-between for me.

yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Thunderbird Tonal
dye lot 35709
75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine Wash Gentle Cycle / Tumble Dry Low
100 g / 462 yds @ $10.99 per hank

project details
pattern: "Business Casual" by Tanis Lavallee, free pattern available here.
needles: size 2 bamboo dpns
gauge: 25.5 stitches and 33 rows over 3'' in stockinette
yarn used: 0.56 skeins (258.7 yards)
size knit: small
finished size: top of cuff to bottom of heel - 8''; back of heel to end of toe - 7.75''; foot circumference - 7''.
duration: June 22 2013 - September 20, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

100 Ravelry Projects!

Exciting news!  I just started an adorable new project this weekend and it bumped my Ravelry project count up to 100!  Yay!


Of course, this includes hibernating projects, froggies, and WIPS, so it's not like I have 100 completed projects, but still, it's pretty rad.

So what put me over the top?  This cutie:


He's going to be a Purple People Eater, another design courtesy of Stacey Trock.  (Am I totally obsessed with her lately?  It seems so....)

I've also got this on the needles, it was #99, so it still deserves some recognition.  The leaf beret.  I queued this baby back in 2009, and it is finally seeing its day in the sun.


This is a pic from a few days ago... it's actually almost finished now.  The air is starting to get just a little crisp, so I've been racing to finish this up soon so I have a nice fall hat.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

FO: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Amigurumi

I am proud of this little Buffy doll because I didn't have a pattern - I just used my mad amigurumi skills to freestyle this baby!  Yay!  My inspiration was this Buffy doll crocheted by Skeeboo on Etsy.  I fell in love with the doll and contacted Skeeboo to see if she would sell the pattern, but, alas, I never heard back from her, so I was on my own.

"You have a sacred birthright, Buffy. You were chosen to destroy vampires, not to... wave pompoms at people." - Giles

yarn details
Knit Picks Brava in Canary, Wine, Cream, and Black
Worsted Weight
100% Acrylic
$2.99 per 100 g / 218 yd ball
(body)

Green Oak Acrylic in White
Worsted Weight
100% Acrylic
85 g / 115 yards
(shoes)

Knit Picks Main Line in Butter Pecan
Aran Weight
75% Cotton 25% Merino Wool
$3.29 per 50 g / 82 yd ball
(hair)

findings
polyfill
9mm safety eyes

project details
pattern: freestyled it....
finished size:  aprx 7'' tall
hook:  4.25mm G hook
yarn used: no clue... didn't measure
duration: June - September, 2013

notes

  • If you want to design your own amigurumi, I highly recommend Stacey Trock's class on Craftsy, Design Your Own Monster.  I learned all the skills I used in this creation from that class.
  • I crocheted the skirt as if I was attaching a ruffle, increasing in each stitch I picked up as I went around.  If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't have increased so much because I think it gave Buffy some pretty monsterous hips, so that's something to consider.
  • For the hair, I used this tutorial on Stacey Trock's blog.  Adding in the bangs was a little tricky and it's difficult to explain how I managed to do it, but I basically added the bangs like normal, then the first row of hair behind it like normal, then I went in and sort of picked up some yarn between the two rows and added in another line of hair to prevent a bald spot between the bangs and the hair line.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A New Project? The Hue Shift Afghan

I was just browsing through the latest Knit Picks catalog and I spotted this beauty:


I'm seriously considering knitting it.  Knit Picks is selling the kit with the yarn and pattern for only $31.99, which is really a good price for an afghan project.  It is knit out of their Brava yarn, which I happen to love (even though it's acrylic).

I feel like all I knit lately are socks, but I don't really have a strong desire to knit a sweater because I refuse to accept what size I would have to knit it in.... so this might be a fun non-damaging-to-my-self-esteem change of pace.

The mitered squares in this blanket kind of remind me of the Modern Quilt Wrap that I used to be obsessed with back in '07, but I never knit it because the yarn was too expensive on my student budget (and, now, too expensive on my paying-back-student-loans budget).  Maybe this will finally fulfill my age-old dream to knit a colorful mitered square project?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

FO: The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever

When you set out to knit the prettiest hot pad ever, that's kind of a lot of pressure.  I mean - what if you finish and it's just not pretty enough??  Well, luckily, I don't have to answer that question because mine came out super pretty!!  Check it out:
This baby is double-knit so it's reversible with the pattern appearing in the inverse on each side. In addition to this being a gorgeous design feature, it's actually quite a clever way to design a hot pad because you have two layers of fabric, making it thick enough to withstand the heat!  Neato!

(obligatory action shot)

yarn details
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Peapod and Celestial
dye lots 44526 and 42013
100% Peruvian Highland Wool
hand wash, dry flat
50 g / 110 yds @ $2.49 per ball

project details
pattern: The Prettiest Hot Pad Ever (TPHPE) by Heather Zoppetti, available as a free Ravelry download.
needles: size 5 straights
gauge: 19 st x 21 rows over 4''
yarn used: apprx 36 yards of each color (about a third of each ball)
finished size: 8'' wide x 7'' tall
duration: August 17, 2013 - September 7, 2013

notes
  • I did not follow the pattern instructions for creating the selvage edge; instead I followed the directions given by Alsadair Post Quinn in his Craftsy course Adventures in Double Knitting - I knit the first pair regularly, then the last pair I slip both stitches.  (It's slightly more complicated than that, but, that's the gist of it...)
  • I'm giving this as a gift to my grandmother, so, in retrospect, I probably should have knit it out of superwash wool, which is a good rule of thumb for all gift-knits.  Alas, I didn't think of that when I ordered the yarn.  Let's just cross our fingers and hope she doesn't accidentally felt it!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Quick WIP Update

I finished up the prettiest hot pad ever (TPHPE) yesterday... here is a pic of it on the blocking board:


I think I'm going to give this to my grandma, she is a knitter too and I think she'll really appreciate its beauty.

I'm also making progress on my yet-to-be-named original sock pattern. Observe:


In related news, I'm going to be unemployed for a little while, so I will have lots of time to knit this week.  Yay!  (FYI:  In case you were wondering why I'm unemployed so often, it's not cause I'm a spaz and get fired all the time... lol.  I am a contract worker, which means I travel to different companies working on a project-by-project basis, so when projects wrap up, I'm unemployed until the next one comes along.)

Monday, September 2, 2013

FO: Ro, the Tiny-er Monster

.... he's back!!  It's Ro the Tiny Monster, and he's even more tiny this time around!  I crocheted him with fingering weight yarn and a 3.25mm crochet hook to get him down to his petite stature of about 1.5 inches tall.  Squeee!!! He's so cute!!




And here is a picture of Ro with his "big" brother (about 3'' tall):


yarn details
Knit Picks Palette in White and Cyan
Fingering Weight
100% wool
dye lots 1716 & 1309
$3.39 per 50 g / 231 yd ball

findings
8 mm safety eyes
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Ro the Tiny Monster" by Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitches, $4 available on Ravelry or here.
hook: size D (3.25mm)
gauge: tiny
yarn used: didn't measure, but hardly any...
finished size: about 1.5 inches tall (not including the amount the ears stick up)
duration: maybe 5 hours worth of work on August 30-31, 2013.

notes
  • It was pretty dang hard getting the fat stem of the safety eyes into the nearly invisible hole at the center of the white eye piece.  Next time I need to remember not to pull the center closed so tightly to leave room for the eye stem to poke though.  (You can see that one of his eyes is slightly wonky because I couldn't get the safety eye through the exact center of the piece, so it's a little to the right.... but it gives him character.)
  • Crocheting at the tiny gauge wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, until the last few rows on the top that you crochet after stuffing the body...  they were a real bitch to work because I could barely see what I was doing with all the stuffing in the way!  Arg!