Monday, June 23, 2014

FO: Sam the Koala II

I love showing my coworkers all the cute stuff that I make and my amigurumi are especially popular.  I showed a picture of my purple Sam the Koala to one of my coworkers and she asked me to make one for her....  not for her to keep, but for her to give to a friend's baby....  because her friend hates koala bears.  Well, I couldn't pass up on being part of such a spiteful gift opportunity, so I got to work right away!

I asked my coworker what her friend's least favorite color was, but unfortunately, she didn't know, so I decided to just make it a classic grey koala.  I think he turned out super cute...  even someone who hates koalas has to smile at this guy!

yarn details
Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather (body)
Worsted Weight
100% Acrylic
170 g / 315 yds @ $3-ish?

Knit Picks Brava in Asphalt Heather (nose)
Worsted Weight
100% Acrylic
Dye Lot 8829
100 g / 218 yds @ $2.99 each

polyfill stuffing
white felt

project details
pattern: "Sam the Koala" by Stacey Trock, $4, available here or on Ravelry
finished size: forgot to measure...  probably about 6'' tall
hook: J (6.0 mm)
gauge: ??
yarn used: ?? (pattern calls for 90 yards of main color and 5 yards of nose color... that sounds about right)
duration: March 8-24, 2014

  • This is my first time crocheting a freshstitches pattern to gauge, which means I went up two hook sizes to a J hook.  It is much softer than my usual little crocheted friends.
  • Because this is for a baby, I did not use plastic "safety" eyes (which aren't truly safe because baby can still chew them off their posts).  Instead I used black fingering weight yarn and a D hook, I made a magic loop and did 6 sc in the loop, then fastened off.
  • For some reason in these pictures it looks like the eyes aren't lined up, but I swear they really are....
And look!  I earned a stamp in my freshstitches passport for crocheting baby-safe eyes!

Maybe Monday: Brooklyn Mitts

There is a kit for sale on Craftsy right now to make these darling fingerless gloves.  The pattern is Brooklyn Mitts by Pam Powers and the yarn in the kit is Cascade 220 Sport.  I'm loving the blue and grey colors in this kit!

Why I Might Knit Them:  I love the color and the pattern - looks complicated enough to keep me entertained while knitting it, but not so large or complicated that I'm going to feel frustrated.

Why I Might Not Knit Them:  I made two pairs of fingerless gloves last year and never wore them...  this may be the same kind of deal.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Maybe Monday: Caribbean Breeze Swimsuit Wrap

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in Boston and I've got swimming pools on the brain. (Specifically, this one).  If I'm going to be hopping around from pool to pool, I'm going to need something to cover my, uh, voluptuous rear end.  That's why today I'm thinking about making this Swimsuit Wrap!

{Caribbean Breeze Swimsuit Wrap by Deborah Devlin}

Why I Might Not Make It:  It's crochet, and as a rule, I don't crochet anything without a face... Seriously though, crocheting in the round like for amigurumis makes sense to me, but I struggle crocheting flat stuff and I'm really more of a single crochet girl - there are some fancy stitches going on in this piece.

Why I Might Make It:  I really want the finished product.  It is pretty and useful, so I might have to try my best to tackle the crochet beast!