More Critters

September 13, 2014 at 12:04 am | Posted in gifts, projects | Leave a comment
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After I made the rat and the bear, I made a hippo, a different bear, a turtle, a beetle, and two hedgehogs. Knitting animals is super fun! All of the animals are now living with my nephew, except one of the hedgehogs, which I gave to my aunt. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the second hedgehog, but maybe my sister can get a picture of my nephew playing with it.

Next I am going to make this cat: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-nursery-cat, probably to send to my grandmother.

But right now I am taking a break from animals to work on a few shawls, plus a special project for a wedding present.

Here is a shawl that I finished while I was on vacation a few weeks ago, and I just wore it for the first time today because it was perfect weather for a fashionable cotton neck-wrap! I totally love how this turned out, and I look forward to wearing it frequently.

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It was made from this pattern, with a few minor modifications. The yarn is reclaimed from a thrift store sweater that I dyed purple before unraveling.

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July 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Posted in projects | Leave a comment
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I have found a new obsession for the summer of 2014. Knitted animals!

I made a bear:

And I made a rat:

And now I am working on a hippo, with plans to make another bear from a different pattern, and maybe another rat from this same pattern, and I also found some interesting-looking patterns for sea creatures–a leafy sea dragon and a prawn. And also a dragonfly. And a toad. And….

There is so much knitting to be done and so little time!

restarting UFOs

November 14, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Posted in projects, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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UFOs (unfinished objects in craft lingo) are a problem for almost every craftperson.  They’re the projects that end up sitting  in a box somewhere with a ball of yarn still attached.  The ones where inspiration dried up, or the ones that got interrupted by a more exciting project.  That last reason is usually my biggest problem.  Whenever I get new yarn, I want to start making something out of it right away.  But anyway, for whatever reason, those unfinished projects can really start to take up space.  And it’s kind of depressing to see them sitting in a drawer all the time.

So, anyway, I have been considering my UFOs lately.  And I decided that there was no reason that they had to become the finished project that they were originally intended to be.  Maybe I’ve had this same revelation before, and I ‘d just forgotten about it.  Or maybe it really is the new idea that it feels like.  It led me to some inspiration, anyway!

Here are two creatures that I made this past week.  The first one was created from something that was meant to be a purse, and the second from an unfinished baby blanket.  And I’m really happy with both of them!  So, yay for renewed inspiration and creativity!

sea cucumber:

sea cucumber

slug:

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I have been making a lot of creatures lately!

February 27, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Usually when I pick up a ball of yarn and a knitting needle or crochet hook, I don’t have a specific project or plan in mind. I just sort of start fiddling and see what takes shape. And most of the time lately it’s been cute little creatures. I love the last step especially, when I add their eyes. The moment of coming to life! Since I don’t know what else to do with them, and every surface in my house is already covered, I’ve been putting them all up for sale on etsy. Hopefully then someone else will invite them home and give them love. 🙂

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I feel special.

March 21, 2008 at 12:21 am | Posted in gifts | 2 Comments
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Why do I feel special, you ask?  Because I got to participate in one of the coolest crochet swap events ever, over on Ravelry.  In the “uncommon crochet” group, a genius crocheting peer came up with the idea of making drawings of fantasy creatures, then exchanging these drawings and crocheting a creature based on the picture, then sending the finished object back to the person who’d made the original sketch.  I had fun with this for ever so many reasons–it was creative, it was quirky, it was international (I sent my monster to Australia, and got mine from the UK).  Every step of the process was enjoyable, too.  I like to doodle, I like to look at other people’s drawings, of course I like to crochet, and I like to give and receive gifts.

So, wouldn’t you like to see some pictures?

1. my drawing:

doodles for the crochet exchange

2.  the adorable friend that RunnyCustard made for me:

looking out the window

3.  LaughingPurple’s drawings that I got to play with:

drawings

4.  and finally, my crocheted creation for LaughingPurple:

dragonfly creature

Knitting on a train

January 26, 2008 at 12:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I recently took an Amtrak train to New York City and back to visit a knitting friend of mine.  We spent a large percentage of our time together in yarn-related pursuits (knitting and chatting, knitting and watching TV, shopping for yarn, shopping for sweaters to unravel, dyeing yarn with kool-aid, shopping for knitting books, crocheting, etc).  It was lovely! 

It seems that I never get tired of crafting things.  I hope that I never will.  Ever.  I certainly wasn’t tired of knitting yet as I settled into my train seat on the way back home.  At first I had my bags jumbled all over the place, taking up the seat next to me as well as my own, but then I realized that the train was full, so I moved some of my stuff up to the luggage rack to clear space for someone to sit.  I made sure to keep my knitting needles and yarn close at hand, though. 

Then I noticed that the girl I’d offered my seat to was pulling out a little pouch of yarn and a pair of needles.  I asked her what she was making.  She said it was “just” a scarf, but it looked quite pretty to me.  She had a pattern written down in very neat, very small handwriting, and was making zigzag stripes with olive green and navy blue yarn.  She asked me if I was a knitter, too, and I opened my purse to show her my knitting needles waiting inside.  I wasn’t knitting then because I was quite absorbed in my book, but later on we both had our needles going at the same time, and our headphones on, quite companionable even though we’d exchanged so few words.  And there was a woman sewing in the row behind us, too.  Quite a crafty train ride!

 Here’s the little fellow I was working on knitting on the train.  I finished him this evening:

knit monster

Now I want to learn how to knit zigzags sometime, because that girl’s scarf looked so nice.  I bet I could figure it out if I tried.  I assume that it’s pretty similar to how you make zigzags in crochet.

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