Category: crochet

week 265

I haven’t had much time to do anything because my son’s been shuffling from being sick and not sick, between mid-October and this week. Two weeks ago, he had a fever, then last week a doctor diagnosed him with Hand, Foot and Mouth, then earlier this week he had bad constipation then, yesterday, he had a fever of 103F. An hour ago, I took his temperature within ten minutes of each other, of each armpit, and it’s much lower than yesterday. It got to the point I don’t even bother doing a walk-in to the usual doctor, but just take him to the local urgent care.

In the meantime, I was only able to do one thing.

Whatever this thing turned out to be.

crochet jumble

I made rows of crochet circles then attached one end to the longest green row, then the other loose ends were chained, then the loose ends attached to the brown bit on top. They look a bit like veins.Should have made them the same length but it’s okay as is.

googly eyes and wig on a pumpkin

I haven’t cut into the pumpkin yet to toast seeds and make pie and other goodies.

The googly eyes were a joke and it was bald, until the wig. After trying on the wig and deciding it was too unruly to wear. Just wanted to see what I looked like with short hair for one evening, but it wasn’t staying put. It’s a bit comical that a $6 wig looks amazing on a pumpkin, but is a hot mess on me. I don’t look good with short hair but the temptation to chop my hair is there. Last time I chopped my hair shorter than collarbone length I looked like Tina from Bob’s Burgers.

My friend saw the pumpkin on Instagram and texted me, “Why you making stylish pumpkins” Because I want to use it for food and didn’t want to waste a perfectly good pumpkin. Duh.

week 263-264

Not sure if I had the worst output for the past, it’s been…two weeks. (hehe) On the plus side, I spent a disproportionate amount of time shredding a stack of paper and every bit of it was bagged, while watching playlists from the Victoria and Albert Museum channel. That, and I had wanted to spend free time cooking rather than doing any bit of crafting.

I literally only finished the other earring and didn’t do much else. Need to attach wire mesh, usually used for door frames, to a plain wood picture frame, so there’s a place to hang jewelry, but just lazy and it’s convenient to hang everything on the wall with thumbtacks.

bracelet and matching earrings

Scaling a pattern out of a book seems to not be my forte as I’m out of practice with scaling things, up to a certain percentage. I swear the hat on top was scaled up 20%, but it’s too small and fits Dylan’s head. The lining underneathe is a hood. The perfect size is somewhere in-between.

one hat finished and the other just the inside lining

 

Having a bit of fabric leftover and decided to make a doll body. This is the lower half and it’s not stuffed yet.

bottom half of a doll figure, unstuffed

And the top half is not sewn together. There is no head yet, which probably should have been done first, but oh well. unsewn top half of a doll body

 

This crochet block is done, and it’s obvious where I connected more yarn, as I didn’t make it smooth. Now have no idea what to do with it. Probably will make more blocks and connect them all together.

semi-rectangular block of crochet

Finished this bit and was going to connect it to the other striped one, with almost the same colours, but the first one is too wide, or not tall enough. So, two separate blankets. Now, I’m running out of space and need to…start clearing space.

small green and white striped blanket

week 260

It’s easy to lose track of time, yet completely aware it’s Wednesday.

Shuffling things around and Munchkin is on vacation and still fitting projects here and there.

Mostly crochet.

Added a bit more to this former cardigan. I’m not use them together in any rows but going back and forth, making wide rows between the light minty green and the dark green. Weaving in the ends will be a slight pain in the ass, but it’s a super easy project. And want to connect the other green rowed project, after finishing up this bit of yarn.

part of green striped blanket

Have been wanting to use up this yellow yarn. I have three cakes of it, and just want to see the stitches I did on the pullover, what they will look like in a solid colour.

Stitches are not as noticeable at the moment, as when I finish this bit of yarn.

yellow scarf

 

The painting still looks like I need to add another layer to it, but this is how it’s been since Sunday, when I added the sides. I know in galleries they don’t stick artwork this close to each other so probably should have made a bigger space above her head, but like the line between them.

I originally wanted to do it where she’s looking at building store fronts, across the street, and a small area to the right, someone’s foot is making an appearance, as most of their body is off the canvas. I just couldn’t figure out the scale, so will leave that to another painting.

This painting looks flat to me, and it’s not supposed to, as it’s someone paying attention to what’s in front of themselves.

painting

Oh. The bouquet is almost done, except I need to adjust them before applying the green sticky tape.

This is taken from my Instagram because forgot to snap it with the camera.

It’s not as noticeable but I had to use a different wire for the single flower. I don’t like this as much as the first one, but it’s still nice.

ribbon floral bouquet 2

 

 

week 258

After undoing most of this green open cardigan, I frogged it until it was at the bottom green block and will use the yarn to make another blanket.

Seem to have completely bypassed making scarves, which was a really short period of learning, and blankets are the easiest things to default to, in making items.

It will alternate between the dark and this melon colour.

green blanket

I’m starting another painting and realised having a completely white background is more distracting than anything, so painted it a pale peach acrylic, adding water to thin it out. It has slight streaks but not that important when the next layer is added.

painting, first layer

 

Finally sewn the doll parts together. I wasn’t able to sew over the seams of the arms and legs but it seems to add to it, plus it will be covered. I was going to add a separate bit for a head but it didn’t look right so just sewn it up at the top, and it seems to look fine as is. Need to add clothes and a face, then it’ll be done.

stuffed doll without clothes and a face

For the striped pullover, I didn’t take a picture but the first sleeve is on the third colour.

week 256

This will be a quicker than usual post as I completely lost track of time today.

Most of the past week, I’ve spent a good chunk of time semi-reorganising and frogging yarn.

This is the corner as it is now. I was aiming to buy a desk but realised buying a coffee table would suit me better. I prefer sitting on the floor, but have a place to set projects down now. The cart was somewhere else in the room and moved it to this corner.

I took apart the green jacket and decided just to make another small blanket with the yarn.

coffee table and that corner of the room

Speaking of small blankets, I finally sewn the numbers onto the bottom and a couple pom-poms on each side.

numbers and attached to bottom of blnket

I keep seeing as these rad dolls people make and decided to make a one off, using scraps after I shortened something of my mum’s that was too long.

Without the body, this is the head, arms and legs.

non-stuffed doll head, arms and legs

After they’ve been stuffed.

partially stuffed doll head, and stuffed arms and legs

And, about the sew the main body together. I originally sewn the front and back main body with stitches from the appendages on view and realised that was wrong, so undid the whole thing.

Hence. It looks like this until it’s attached and I stuff the body and attach the head. Then the fun part will happen and giving the doll a personality.

arms and legs included before attaching the front of the body

 

week 255

So much closer to the finish line for this project.

I’m going to do the middle part with circular needles.

All this yarn for finishing the pullover. I have a bit less yarn to work with, although there was exchanging of the Yarn Collective bit with a bigger ball that was for another project, that’s temporarily stalled.

yarn for sleeves and middle sections

The four knit panels are finished and have been attached to each other but need a bit of steaming to make it pretty.

I tried on one side and the shoulder seam hits my shoulder in the right places, but that’s before adding the narrow middle and everything is altogether, so it’ll probably be closer to cap sleeve. Not sure what I want to do about the neckline, but we’ll see how much yarn is leftover at that point.

four finished knit striped panels

 

Friday, I finally frogged the Mandala yarn I was knitting with, as it just sat there for the longest time. I had two balls, so crocheted them together and let the colour changes happen naturally. The end isn’t as flat as the beginning, but it’s not that big a deal. As long as they mirrored slightly, which they do. I wish the colour changes were more staggered, though.

crocheted wrap using two Mandala balls

I used the next size up, on the recommended hook size on the label. By the way, this colourway is Pegasus.

side of Mandala yarn wrap

week 253

I’ve been knitting for about three years or so, after so many stops and starts.

When I first learned to crochet, I did the scarf route and gradually learned more complex things. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a scarf, and started with shawls or wraps although my first project was a pullover that I did both knit and crochet in, but it’s sitting in my closet for reasons. I’ve only made three pullovers or cardigans that I have worn, two of them on a regular basis. I’ve made way more, obviously.

The funny thing is I realise it’s easier to go top down when I crochet, but it has to be from the bottom when knitting.

That said I am starting another top down pullover, not sure about the sleeve length at the moment. The crochet thread mixed with one of the bits of yarn not successfully dyed that one time and so far, so good. Just going to use these until I run out then use the one bought at the thrift store, to finish the top.

I originally knit the beginning, but it didn’t feel right, so frogged the yarn and started off with a 3.75mm hook.

crochet thread and fingering thread used to start yet another top down pullover

The pullover I’m most focused on at the moment, is on piece four.

I messed up on binding off the third piece by binding off at the end of a row, and not at the beginning. So, this totally happened.

when you bind off on the wrong side

This is the current progress on the fourth panel.

In the meantime, I did bind off the shoulder seam, then sew up the sides of the first two, leaving a space for an armhole. For armholes, I always leave eight inches, or about 20 cm, of space, because it leaves ample room.

After finishing up this panel, I will bind off the shoulder then sew up the side, then it will be time for the two middle panels.

Didn’t get so far.

beginning piece four of the striped pullover

week 251

For the longest time I had this project in a pile of WIPs. I finally just wanted to finish it.

It’s almost finished as I want to add random pom-poms all over.

This is the frogged yarn from the cardigan I knit and somehow made one side way too wide to be comfortable to wear. The yarn is doubled up, and when I was at the last yarn cake, I crocheted with both ends.

For some reason I didn’t feel like continuing the actual pattern planned out so made it on one side. especially since I wasn’t exactly paying attention to the holes made.

The more I look at it, I want to sew armholes and turn it back into a cardigan.

crochet shawl or something

It’s a bit blurry, but the quilt top is coming along.

After sewing the side pieces, noticed the middle part was too long, so needed to make it wider, rather than longer. Removed several rows from the bottom, and will attach them to the sides.

When everything is finally sewn together, going to sew over the rows, on the outside, firmly attaching the batting under the top, before making something for the back and attaching that.

And I roughly measured length and it’s 4 feet, or about 122cm. I figure it’s just as wide as it is long. If not, I can sew two pieces of batting together.

quilt squares

Started the third section of the pullover.

My straights are no15, Japanese needles, bought a long time ago. For the inside pieces, when I will pick up the stitches and attach them to each other, I wanted to use a circular needle.

Unfortunately I guesstimated and bought 6.0mm needles. I need 6.5mm. It’s a tiny little difference, but half mm does matter because the stitches could be a wee smaller.

start of the third knitted piece

Yarnbox is selling off skeins of yarn before they completely close up shop. I bought two and they are both so much prettier in person than in this photo. They’ll probably be forever in the stash but that’s normal.

two yarn skeins

week 248

When I know I’ll be sitting in a car, or just waiting in general, I bring a bit of yarn and either needles or a hook. Oftentimes, it’s just to keep my hands busy and a bunch of the things started end up getting frogged.

I tend to gravitate towards stripes and want to make a simple top using various yarns in my stash. It will be various purple yarns, one reddish purple one and a blue yarn on top. Part of me wants to put rows of grey between overlap and solo bits. Right now, it will be broken up into four parts then in the middle, which attaches pieces, will be crochet. I haven’t made anything than a basic layout, but it’s going to be whenever.

another striped knitting project with purple yarn

 

Progress on the weaving project.

I prefer it upside down, as it looks better this direction. I think it should end on green and white as it begins that way, instead of just blue, as planned.

progress on weaving project

 

These squares have been sitting there for a while, because I’ve been constantly putting it off. When I cut them out, I had them set up a certain way but didn’t even bother paying attention to that arrangement, while sewing them together. They’re all random and it’s slightly wonky. I need to sew the rectangles onto the sides then smooth it all out with an iron and sewing over the cover.

folded up middle of simple quilt top

 

This green yarn was originally used so I can practice making cables, but after messing up my count then trying to redo it and having yarn slide off the cable needle, I gave up and will attempt cables on a different yarn.

In case you’re curious, this and the purple yarn are Tahki Yarn’s Stacey Charles Lena. WEBS took over the line and the yarn is almost gone.

another crochet project

week 247

I started this a couple days ago and just randomly experimenting. The orange bit is crocheted then woven in, couple rows where I chained the yarn then wove that in, then the rest are just woven in. It looks odd but like the texture. I’m going to add a bit more orange then end on more blue. This looks good the way it is but unsure if it will be turned upside down. Depends after I attach fringe at bits.

(In case, you are wondering if I ever will get around to that blocked canvas on the left. I have not finished crushing up the crystals, so whenever I get around to doing that, then I can finally make paint and work on my painting.)

medium sized weaving project

 

The hat isn’t finished but this is nearly it done. I want to add a bit of netting, which should have been applied underneath the bits of flowers.

In case you want to know what I was aiming for, if you look at the corner underneath, is the original pattern envelope, with a picture of what is it supposed to look like.  Instead of leaving the middle space free, I covered as much of it as possible because I like it that way. I’m that bad at following directions especially when it’s just words and limited illustrations. I am not a milliner but have been watching a bunch of YouTube examples. It’s amazing, how once you know what you’re doing, it looks easy, but otherwise it’s just material and questioning at every step what you’re doing with all the material.

hat in progress

 

I had leftover ribbon from making some of the flowers and decided to make a floral bouquet with it. I plan on gifting it to someone I talk to on Twitter. I’m a bit excited it will belong to someone who lives in New Zealand, as I’ve never sent anything to anyone that lives there.

This is just step one, where they’ve taken on the shape of flowers. Basically, you take a bit of thread and thread across the bottom of a bit of ribbon, scrunch it up, sew the free ends of the ribbon together, then gather the bottom with the rest of the thread and tie off the thread. All the sewing is done on one side and you flip it over and have your “petals”.  I need to buy green floral tape before attaching the wire. Am going to attach some green crochet leaves, then that should be done and ready to send to her.

blue ribbon flowers

 

The not so secret block blanket is coming along, but has taken the odd shape. Need to add semi-triangular shapes to the sides, attach a few things and will be done.

This is the back.

crochet blocks blanket

It’s not obvious with this but I layered netting over the velvet. I tried to colour one piece with paint and got more paint on my hands than on the netting. After putting that down, I put two more pieces over that and didn’t bother gluing it down, as the next layer will keep it attached. Do I know what my next layer is? No.

layers on board: velvet ribbon, netting