Friday, August 30, 2013

I'm Joining the Tiny Along!

Stacey at Fresh Stitches has challenged us to crochet tiny amigurumi cuties and today I accepted the challenge!  I am knitting a tiny Ro!  Here are the tiny eyes and ear pieces:


Super tiny, huh?!  You can join the tiny-a-long too....

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Super WIP Update

I just realized that I haven't been talking a lot about my WIPs lately.  I've got a lot going on!  So here's a quick update on a few projects.

First, just started this yesterday: it's the Prettiest Hot Pad Ever (TPHPE).  It's a small double knitting project that I featured on a Maybe Monday a few months ago and I decided to give it a go since I have now "mastered" the double knitting technique.  Check it out:


Next up, I'm super excited to report that I am finally designing an original pattern!  Yay!  The pattern for these toe-up socks is still unnamed, but here is a pic of my progress so far:


Also, I'm making up my own pattern for another pair of toe-up socks, these crazy striped socks.  It's not really a "pattern" just stockinette stitch, but I did the math to figure out the stitch counts and such.  I think these are really ugly and scratchy.  Don't know why I am still working on them and haven't frogged yet....


I've got a few other WIPs going on too, but no recent pics so I'll save reporting on them for later.  Peace Out.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

FO: Nelson the Owl

Have I mentioned lately how much I adore Stacey Trock's super cute amigurumi designs??  Well, I do!  So far I have only made her tiny animals, but this is my first shot at one of her bigger, cuddlier creatures: Nelson the Owl!!  Seriously, how adorable is he??


I purchased a Craftsy workshop to make this owl and I think it was a pretty useful tool.  I probably could have figured it all out just using one of Stacey's patterns, but I got the workshop on sale for $7.99, so it was only a few extra bucks.  If you are a beginner to amigurumi, I'd recommend the workshop (or, even better, one of Stacey's full Craftsy courses).  If you have already made a few amigurumis, I'd say you can skip the workshop, unless you get it on sale like I did, then, go for it!

yarn details
worsted weight acrylics in grey, white, green, and gold

findings
12mm safety eyes
polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern:  "Nelson the Owl" by Stacey Trock; available as a Craftsy Workshop, or as a pattern in Stacey's shop.
finished size: apprx 7'' tall and 5'' wide
hook: 4.25mm G hook
gauge: 11 st and 11 rows in single crochet (can you believe I actually measured that for you??)
yarn used:  I have no idea.... not much.
duration:  June-August, 2013

notes

  • I accidentally grabbed a g hook instead of an h hook and didn't realize it until I was halfway through the body of the owl, so I just went with it.  It was a little more difficult to crochet at this tighter gauge, and it produced a smaller, stiffer stuffed animal, but at least I'm positive that no stuffing is going to work its way out!!
  • I think I could have used a bit more stuffing in the body than I did.  He is a little saggy in the belly.  Don't be afraid to stuff him full!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

FO: Nine to Five Socks

I bought this yarn on a whim because I can't resist shiny things, but when it arrived, I realized I had no idea what to knit with it.  Then, as soon as I saw these socks on Ravelry I fell in love with them and I thought they would be perfect for my sparkly yarn.  I love the results!


This pattern is great. The stitch pattern takes a little time to get the hang of, but after a few inches into the sock, it becomes more comfortable and is pretty easy to memorize.  One of my favorite things about this sock is that the designer made one of the decorative ribs extend down along the sides of the heel flap and I think it looks gorgeous!  This isn't a difficult concept, but for some reason, I had a lot of trouble with this part, but I followed along with the pattern closely and used a row counter and all turned out well.


yarn details
Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Foxglove
dye lot 29347
70% merino, 25% nylon (polyamide), 5% metallic
machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
50 g / 231 yds @ $5.79 per ball

project details
pattern: Nine to Five Socks by Nicole Hindes, pattern available as a free Ravelry download.
needles: size 1 bamboo dpns
gauge: 19 stitches over 2'' in stockinette stitch
yarn used: 1.52 skeins (351 yards)
size knit: ladies medium (the only size)
finished size: heel to toe is 8''; top of cuff to bottom of heel flap is 8.5''
duration:  January 12 - July 31, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sock Problems

I bought some beautiful Noro Kureyon sock yarn a while back in hopes of making socks similar to these:


But, instead of using this pattern, I figured I'd practice the skills I am learning in my designing toe-up socks course on Craftsy and design my own pattern.  Anyway, I got started on the socks yesterday and so far I'm NOT loving them.  Not only is the striping not going the way I hoped it would, but the yarn is not my cup of tea either.  It's kind of scratchy and the thick-and-thin texture is annoying me as well.  It's also kind of weak and breaks easily.  (I don't know why everyone is so in love with this yarn?)

So, I'm trying to decide if I should keep going or quit now.  I think I'll try to keep going for at least a few more stripes to make sure I don't like it....  but I have a feeling that I'm just going to be wasting my time.