These past three weeks have been extremely unproductive. Especially last week, for personal reasons.
I’ve started another crochet shawl, and have started and frogged twice. Erratic crafting leads to questioning your decision making.
It looks okay now so will continue with this.
I picked up the oddly cabled colourful cardigan again, and knitting the shoulders before binding them off. I still have sleeves to knit, then the bit for the buttons and not buttons. Used a small needle, because those needles are being used for something else. I’ve decided the rest of the year will be spent finishing up as many projects as possible. There’s too many, and really need to stop starting too many to handle.
Finally applied the last layer of gesso, using a brush. I applied three layers of gesso with a roller and it didn’t full cover it, as patches of the canvas peeked through.
It took longer to open the container, than apply the fourth layer. The hairdryer trick worked except it happened after watching the episode of SNL with Chance the Rapper and alternating between the hairdryer and an X-acto knife. The episode was over for two minutes before I was able to open it successfully. And after using it, I closed the container without wiping off the excess on the lid, so will have to do it again, when I next need to apply gesso.
Finally put the small weavings in a frame. The white background was glaring, so washed a layer of pale grey on the white.
Was hoping to have finished this last Thursday, when Tuesday morning I suddenly found myself with almost no energy because of something that happened Monday night.
I have no control over the whole situation and rather not go into that here. Plus, I’m pretty sure everyone who follows me on Twitter, who follow this, want me to stfu about it.
The friend I’m doing this for said to take my times, so there is much less pressure on me. I want to be done with this soon, so I can give it to him and be finally done.
I’m having issues attaching the sides to the back. Once I’m past that, the rest will be a breeze.
I finished the pillow for my cousin. It’s really simple and I’m chuffed it looks pretty decent.
My sewing skills need more practice, at this point in time.
Progress on the shawl.
I’ve not finished up all the triangles, but started attaching each row.
To take a picture, I folded it in half. The second row down’s bits aren’t weaved in.
It looks a bit odd, but will look much better when it’s finished and blocked.
I had so much fun knitting The Knob House, that I’m knitting a second house.
I’m not doing it the same way as last time.
In case, anyone was wondering, I decided to go with Big Cartel for an online shop. Looks like I need to change the seller’s permit but I’m good with the other stuff. For the time being, it will be under my name. Need to call BOE tomorrow. It would be annoying if I have to completely fill out a new permit with everything the same except the name. I do like the other name but I’m tired of waiting. It’s hard but I need to have more faith in myself. I’ve been putting it off and it’s time. When it’s finally open, I’ll link to it in my About page.
I finally started taking apart my friend’s backpack so I can use those pieces to make a new one. I didn’t realise there were so many parts.
I’m sneaking in fabric, on the inside, from his mum’s stash that he gave me after she passed away.
It will be done.
The pullover turned out to be bigger than I planned but still okay.
I like really loose tops but haven’t tried it on, so unsure just how loose.
Only one shoulder has been seamed.
Not sure how the sleeves will end up but will add to it if it is cap sleeved.
I’ve almost finished with the roof by knitting a wee chimney for it.
It’s just a matter of embroidery for windows, the main door and putting small eaves on a side, then stuffing the whole thing.
I’ve nicknamed the house The Knob House because of the chimney.
This is an experiment in what I will end up with. I assume it’ll be a small poncho but it’s not finished.
Frogged the smaller sides and decided to make the front and back first, so I know exactly how big to knit the smaller sides. Rather than doing the reverse.
The tissue box is just to hold the walls and floors for now and a visual reminder to how big the whole house will become.
The end product will be stuffed.
This is the slow progress of the cardigan I’m knitting.
I only spent an afternoon or two on it.
This is what bothers me about knitting. I’m impatient and my progress is extremely slow.
The end result is always worth it, though.
I was watching YouTube on Saturday and viewing random crochet videos and got an idea to make a triangular shawl made entirely out of triangles.
It’s not a new idea but want to see if I like the end result.
The color scheme isn’t finalized but I’ve decided on the second basic sketch. Either cream or off-white yarn will fill in the empty spaces, and to connect all the triangles.
This is the crochet top/pullover I started last week.
This is the back with a piece starting the front.
They’ll mirror each other and the sides will be seamed.
I haven’t decided if I want to add to it to make longer sleeves, because there will be short sleeves.
Also, haven’t decided if I wanted to add on an edging.
I attached ears to the crochet elephant and it’s slightly weighing it down even though the ears aren’t stuffed like the rest of it.
Still undecided over the face and the tail.
I’ve made more “coasters” and intentionally took them from the side so you can’t see the letter on top.
I have to make at least one more, but all of these, except the bottom one, are all going out to different people in the club I’m involved in.
By the way, I had a hard time making the letter M. Hopefully, the one it goes out to isn’t terribly bothered by the fact it’s horrible looking. I tried crocheting the letter at least five times and each time, it looked less horrible. The one I’m sending is the first one after I made a decent looking one that didn’t fit the circle.
I crocheted a little bowl using leftovers bits of yarn so it’s striped purple and blue.
The “plum” on top was also made using leftover yarn. I added the two leaves because it looked weird by itself.
After going through quite a few knitting books and magazines, I got it in my mind that I wanted to knit a little house.
The pieces on the right, which still need to be blocked, are the walls.
The one on the left was just leftover but I could try incorporating it into the rest of the house.
I haven’t decided if I want to make the roof a dark red or a greyish blue, although every person I’ve asked (Okay, the only person I’ve asked) suggested the dark red.
Also, have not officially decided if the roof should be crocheted or garter stitch.
Once I have the yarn in my hands, I’ll know.
Over the weekend, I cast on 129/130 (lost count after 120) stitches but got to row 10 and have no idea how I added stitches but made it worse. After getting to row 13, frogged the whole thing.
After I took it off the needles, I found it was too wide so it was a mixed blessing.
This yarn has been sitting there for a while and I wound it all onto balls. In total, nine, because of tangled yarn at the end.
I am still in the planning stages but I’m making myself another cardigan.
I’ve just cast on ten but the first row cast on will be 100.
Haven’t woven any ends in for the last seven circles, but almost have ten circles completed. Just need two more than I can connect these to the first row of the circles rug.
This is for a project I have in the planning stages and don’t want to reveal too much, but it involves snail mail and….
The number I decided on was seven.
Each of these will hold something and are numbered. Two of them are numbered five, which, for some odd reason, I can’t seem to write out without it looking like a deformed J. I will probably try to write it out one more time and use that version. The numbers are covered up for that reason.
In my need to hurry up and knit the sleeves for my sweater, I forced myself to finish one sleeve today. It doesn’t exactly follow the sketch, because I was worried about running out of yarn. Still need to weave in the ends and then add this to one side.
Hopefully I can duplicate the other sleeve just by looking at this one. I have basic measurements of where I ended rows. Also, that I started off with 80 stitches. Also, everything knitted was done on a 36 inch US size 9 needle. The crocheted bits, I forget.
I want to add cuffs, but I’ll make those after both sleeves are done.
After the sleeves, just need to add edging, block the whole thing then can wear it.
I’m actually kinda proud that this is my first real knitting project that I will actually finish. It’s a shame I didn’t write down what I did as I went along and have a free pattern or whatever that people can have.
The other knitting project.
This definitely needs to be lined if it will be worn as a tank.
There are a couple of holes but it doesn’t bother me that much. I can close the holes by sewing them shut and adding a pearl or another jewel, or just leave it open.
I didn’t get very far with the sleeves but I did calculate the shape and everything. It’s just a matter of knitting them.
The cuff will ruffle the sleeve which I’m okay with. I could just frog the smaller one, though.
There is also this other project.
When I originally planned them, along with taking tons of picture on my Instagram account, I didn’t take into account that I would have to attach the circles together so they’re apart.
It does bother me the orange circle looks farther away on the left side.
I could just crochet bits that can go between the spaces or attach the circles together. I’m thinking to make more circles and make this “rug” bigger.
Okay. One more thing. Since nobody reads this, my Instagram screen name is victoriatsantos.