Sunday, March 30, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I added some yarn to my stash this weekend.  I know, I know, I'm not supposed to be adding to the stash.... but, I have decided it's okay to buy yarn if I know exactly what I'm going to do with it, and I do.  So it's okay.  Trust me.

First, this Cascade 220 Superwash is just gorgeous.  It was on clearance at WEBS and I love the color!  It's called Montmartre.  I'm going to use it to make the Artemisia sweater on Craftsy.  However, I don't think I'm going to get started on it right away because I don't want to knit a sweater that fits me now, and not have it fit me if I gain/lose weight by the time sweater season rolls around again.

Next, I bought some yarn from Knit Picks slated for amigurumis...  Ro, specifically.  I got some Brava Bulky in Peapod and their new crochet cotton Curio in Bluebell and White.

I also ordered some Cascade 220 sport from Craftsy during their flash yarn sale.  That hasn't arrived yet, but it is also intended for amigurumi.  Some for Ro monsters and some for tiny Nel the Owls.  Should be super cute!  I love tiny things!!

p.s.  don't you love my pictures?  I'm working on beefing up my photography for you!  lol.  :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Fun New Obsession

I can't say why, but I have recently become obsessed with the idea of crocheting Ro the Tiny Monster in all yarn weights.  I have already done him in worsted and fingering, so all I have left is lace, sport/dk, bulky, and (possibly) super bulky.  As a consequence, I have gone on a little yarn shopping spree this week buying up all the yarn I need to make this dream a reality.  (Of course, I stupidly forgot to buy the correct size crochet hooks for each of these yarn weights, but I'm praying that I will be able to make do with the hooks that I have on hand).

Here is the start of my little Ro family....  Soon to be added: red, green, and pink!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When I Wasn't Knitting....

When the doctor told me I couldn't knit, I started trying out some other hobbies, one of which was learning embroidery.  This has been so much fun and I'm glad I had the chance to learn it!  As usual, I took a Craftsy course, Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery* by Jessica Marquez.

Here are four of the samplers I completed in the course.  In clockwise order, starting at the top left, my cross stitches, my flat stitches, my knotted stitches, and my looped stitches.

The looped stitches were my favorites - those are lots of fun!  There is a fifth sampler of filled stitches that I started but didn't finish.  I tried out all the stitches and did enough of them that I felt comfortable with the technique, but they are so time (and floss) consuming that it felt like a waste to complete the whole sampler when I know I'm not going to be doing anything with them.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Secret Springtime Spectacular Swap!

In case you haven't noticed.... I'm a huge fan of amigurumi designer Stacey Trock.  It turns out that she has loads of other fans, including a super active Ravelry group that I love to lurk in and occasionally join in on the fun.  Right now the group is doing a swap and I'm so excited to be part of it!  It is a classified swap, which means that everyone is secretly assigned a person to give to and then someone else is assigned to give to you (it's not the same person to whom you are giving).  It's been super fun to secretly stalk my giftee!  She seems really cool and I know exactly what I'm going to make her.  It's a ____ that is going to be wearing a ______ because she is a _______ and the _____ will have a pet ______!  (Isn't the suspense killing you???)  I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to pull off the second blank.  It is going to involve something that is a little outside of my skill set, but I'm going to figure out a way to make it work!  In fact, I have an idea swimming around in my head that I could use _____ instead of _____ , which might make it easier.  Worst case scenario - I will turn it into a ______ instead of a ______.  I wish I lived closer to _____ or _____ who are masters at ______ and could totally help me out.  (Tee hee!  More secrets!)

I wonder if the person who is giving to me is reading this right now???  If so, I hope you are having fun stalking me!!  I'm ALL OVER the internet, so you have your work cut out for you.

Monday, March 10, 2014

FO: Nel the Tiny Owl

The last few amigurumis I have made have been larger huggable friends, but I also love making little squeezable friends too!  Enter: Nel the Tiny Owl.

yarn details
Green Oak Acrylic in White
worsted weight
100% acrylic
100 g / 200 yds

Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Warm Brown
worsted weight
100% acrylic
198 g / 364 yds

... and bits of gold and green worsted weight yarn from my stash

12mm black safety eyes
polyfill stuffing

pattern details
pattern: "Nel the Tiny Owl" by Stacey Trock, available at:
finished size: 4'' tall
hook: H (5.0mm)
yarn used: I didn't measure, but the designer says it is 60 yds of yarn total.
duration: February 17-22, 2014

Here is Nel posing with his Fresh Stitches passport stamps:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Off the Injured List for Good!

As you know, I developed a cyst on my hand this fall and in December my doctor concluded that it was caused by knitting and ordered me to stop knitting until it went away:
Several weeks passed until I finally decided to go against doctor's orders and knit again anyway... then, miraculously, I looked down at my hand that weekend and the cyst was gone!!  Whoo hoo!

Then it came back.... :(
My doctor referred me to a hand surgeon who told me this morning that the cyst is no big deal and I can start knitting again!  YAY!
Technically, the cyst needs to be surgically removed, but the doctor said as long as it doesn't bother me, it doesn't bother him and there is no reason to remove it.  He also said that it is "inconclusive" whether knitting caused it, but stopping knitting definitely isn't going to help it go away, so I'm fine to do whatever I want!  Yay!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Maybe Monday: Swat Team Kitties

The Swat Team Kitties knitting patterns by Crafty Alien have been on my Ravelry queue forever.  They are simply the cutest little things!  I particularly love the calico kitty:

Sadly, the cyst on my finger is back and I can't knit for a while, so I was so happy to discover that Crafty Alien also makes the Swat Team Kitties in felt embroidery patterns as well!  YAY!  I love creating felt cuties!

Since I can't knit, I will definitely have to sew up these cuties.  No "maybe" about it! 

p.s. They also come in a crochet pattern as well, in case you were wondering....