Beating that slump

So, it’s nearing a month since the big move. I’m feeling… melancholy… Maybe even ambivalent. Sometimes I think I’m afraid to let myself be happy, and so I focus on the negative. Like, I know I should be happy that I’m in California, but it doesn’t feel permanent. I think it’s because my job and living situation are both short term. I don’t feel established. I feel like at any moment, I can get swept away. 

It’s weird.

I’ve been trying to knit again, and I managed to knit up a dress out of this lace weight mohair yarn I’ve been holding onto for a while. I like how floaty the material is.

I purchased a couple of patterns on Ravelry, and I’m excited to start making clothes for my two girls again. 

I’ve also started watching Orange is the New Black (I’m late to the boat). I’m kind of hooked, and I’m currently on season 2.

I need to practice being positive. 

Me time

I finally got a bit of “Me” time in the past two days. I’ve been in California for 13 days (/mind blown), and I spent the first week and a half stressing out about basic life stuff like:

  • Finding a job
  • Finding a place to live – half check
  • Getting a car – check

I can safely say that I’ve done 1.5 of the above. So, I spent today and yesterday in a zoned-out stupor, trying to relax. Trying, and only semi-succeeding.

I did manage to do two hobby related things! I FINALLY finished my WiP – the Simple Things shawl. Check it:

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I have to block it, but I’m so pleased with how it came out!! I love how speckled the hand-dyed yarn is. I really can’t wait until it gets cooler for me to start wearing this. I wouldn’t say that this project flew off my needles, as I think it took me about a month (I’m so slow at knitting).

I think my next project will be a pair of socks… Or maybe a dolly thing. Doll things knit up way faster, and I’m kind of over time-consuming projects for now.

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I also finally redressed Prisma. She is my one girl that looks really good in black and white. For good measure, I also put these large black frames on her (to match all those bespectacled cats).

When I’m settled into my new digs, I’ll be sure to post an update :D.

Making wearables

I’ve been busily crocheting this past week, trying to work through some of the yarn I’ve accumulated in the past couple of years. One yarn in particular, a Bernat satin sport yarn in a midtone blue, has been sitting in my stash for the longest, and I had about 12 skeins of it. Now, I’m down to 2 skeins!

I made a Movie Night Cacoon Cardi, which my sister quickly claimed. Here it is modeled on my mom: 

I also made 2 crocheted beanies using the same yarn, following the Shanti hat pattern.These two hats are going to my sister as well, and I think I’ll make another hat for myself, as they’re quite comfy! This may be my favorite crocheted beanie to date.

I also wanted to share some additions to my yarn stash:

I purchased this yarn from Dyedinthewoolyarnco from etsy. The color is called “wiggle” and it is SO beautifully dyed! It’s a sock yarn, and I’m planning on knitting a shawlette for myself. I purchased a pattern from ravelry and I’m excited to get started on it ^^. I can’t wait to see how this yarn knits up.

I also received a surprise package from a dolly friend! She sent me some beautiful cotton yarn all the way from Turkey. I’m thinking of making a sun hat for myself (awesome to have cotton yarn with this onset of extremely hot weather).

There’s something super satisfying with making wearables. 

WiPs

I currently have 2 works in progress – one crocheting project and one knitting project. I started my knitting project first – I wanted to try different colors for the heel and toe for my next pair of socks and so I learned how to change yarn by watching YouTube videos.


I’m not as happy with how this sock came out compared to my last pair, but the neon heel and toe are fun! I did a ribbed cuff, and a stockinette the heel. It’s been a week since I finished this sock… And I kind of don’t want to start the second sock. Ughh do not want. (is this Second Sock Syndrome??)

My second project is the Movie Night Cacoon Cardi


So far I’ve used up 3 skeins of Bernat sport yarn (pattern calls for 6), and I need to crochet about 10 more inches on each side before I get to the next step. It’s basically a giant granny square shrug. It’s pretty satisfying with how quickly it’s crocheting up. Also, I’ve had this navy blue sport yarn for a really long time and I’m glad to find a good use for it.

I wish it was fall! Then I can wear all my wooly creations.

Sock progress

The Knitpicks bare sock yarn I recently dyed is slowly but surely becoming a sock!

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I’m really enjoying knitting with this ball of yarn! I like when there’s a row of very saturated color – it’s so happy :3.


I’m using the Rose City Rollers sock pattern. I feel like I’m learning a ton of new knitting techniques as I’m working through the pattern. It’s definitely slow going, and I’m not used to projects taking me so long. I’m excited to try making dolly sized things with this yarn.


I also decided to put Rory in the red dress I received in a recent swap. I love how it looks on her, and it brings out the reddish tones in her hair. I also don’t have anything quite like it in my doll wardrobe, so I kind of want to put Finley in it next to see how she looks. … Speaking of doll clothes, >_< I’m expecting three packages of doll clothes in the mail (woops). 

I’m feeling a major need to declutter!

Yarn, yarn, and some more yarn

My Knitpicks order came! I ordered quite a bit more than I expected too in order to reach the $50 free shipping. 

By far, way nicer yarn than I have used in a while. Everything in my stash before this haul was purchased from Michaels, and either cotton or acrylic. For my Knitpicks order, I ordered two Bare skeins for dyeing, 6 skeins of sock yarn (stroll I think), 1 skein of lace weight mohair, and 1 skein of alpaca yarn if I remember correctly (I might be wrong XD). I already dyed one of the bare yarns yesterday, along with the other half of the practice yarn I purchased from Michaels. Behold!


By the way, winding the pink/yellow skein was a nightmare. I literally stood over a table for three hours trying to wind the yarn into a ball without ending up with a tangled mess. I’m quite pleased with my results for this round of dyeing! This time I used food coloring and kool aid powder. I found that the kool aid powder is especially good for getting a speckle effect. 

The blue/green practice yarn has become a part of a pair of slippers and a merit badge. ^^ The slippers are kind of ugly but soooo comfortable and easy to make. The merit badge is quite cute! I have it hanging as a charm on one of my purses.

(don’t mind my feet plz D:)

I’m really happy with how the blue/green skein came out! For my other bare yarn skein, I might try to recreate the effect. I was a bit reserved with my pink/yellow skein because I was worried I’d end up with a rainbow tiedye skein again. 

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Balls of yarn

I did a not so good thing – I bought a skein of yarn from Michaels last weekend, even though I’m on a yarn no-buy and I’m trying to decrease my yarn stash. I’ve been in a bit of a knitting frenzy (knitting is so hard!), and the skeins I had weren’t inspiring me! I’ve been using the same balls of yarn for crocheting or knitting little doll items, and particularly for knitting, using the same colors just made me sad. 

The new yarn I purchased is the white skein on the far right (not sure the name of this brand). Look at how much I’ve used my other skeins! That blue one is close to being used up even! I noticed that with knitting, if I make a mistake, I completely rage quit the project. I immediately frog the entire thing, because I find fixing mistakes strangely difficult (maybe it’s because the yarn is so fine?). I’m definitely better at knitting this time around, compared to when I knitted as a child and again in college, so there’s that.

I also really dig this yarn. This one is Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour yarn.

I also have a few rolls of crochet thread, some skeins of Cotton Fair yarn, and Patons Kroy sock yarn. I’ve made a huge dent in my stash in the past year, and I think I’ll continue at it before I purchase anything new.

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I tried a new pattern by Kimberly Kwon, sans the sleeves (sleeves are discouraging… I don’t even like crocheting in a round that small, so I doubt I’ll enjoy knitting it). I think the shape is quite cute! And I don’t have to sew snaps in the back. I’m taking Reese out with me this weekend, and I’m thinking I’ll put her in the blue top, with a dark grey tutu.

I’m definitely really slow at knitting, and when something is less than perfect, I’m apt to frogging the whole thing. But when I successfully complete a piece, I feel kind of proud that I made it to the end of the pattern and have added to my girls’ wardrobe.

The nameless little rabbit

The newest addition to my family has been laying patiently in his plastic wrap, waiting for a faceup, eyes, clothes, and a name. I’m going to wait until he’s all put together before naming him, but I’m leaning toward Tsukki right now, after Tsukushima from Haikyuu!! And a sort of play on words because Tsuki is the Japanese word for Moon, and in Japanese folklore a rabbit is said to live on the moon.

I got his eyes in the mail ^^, and I’m really happy with them (the dark blue ones were hard to photograph well). I’m not sure which pair I will end up giving him but I’m hoping he will look good with the taupe colored eyes because of the beautiful pattern. I haven’t tried the eyes on him yet because I have yet to pick up some silicone ear plugs from the drugstore for eye putty, and I want to do his face up first. I had planned on giving him a faceup this weekend, but weather.com is telling me that it’s going to rain on Saturday and snow on Sunday (unless this is an elaborate April fool’s joke… seriously, snow in April?).FullSizeRender (1).jpgI’m also working on this little guy’s wardrobe! After consulting hujoo owners on Facebook, extensive googling, and help from Iphis, I got a better idea of what size clothing will fit the Nano Rabi. Here are the places I found the most to pick from:

Mimiwoo – has a selection of Hujoo baby clothes
Etsy – Search Hujoo Baby,  Jun Planning Ai, Obitsu 11, and Kelly doll clothes
Ebay – Smaller selection than Etsy, but I’d still search the above key words.

I kind of wanted this little rabbit to look a bit dapper, like an Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit-in-training, but I guess this kind of style is hard to come by in a scale this small. I don’t really want to put him in a t-shirt, and I also don’t want to stick him in a dress, so I ended up combing the internet for knitting or crochet patterns. I’m quite happy with my handmade result!

I worked off of this specific pattern, but I modded it a bit. I’m thinking I might sell these sweaters in my store ^^.

Hopefully, the next time this guy makes an appearance on my blog, he’ll be more put together.

Crocheting and Knitting

I did a little bit of both this weekend. I haven’t been crafting with yarn every other day (like I normally do) for about 1.5 weeks, and part of me was afraid I’d forget how to knit. I decided to try a knitted Blythe hat instead of a sweater, like I originally planned, because I figured it might be easier. I’m also in the mood to do nothing but nap and marathon season 3 and 4 of ‘House of Cards,’ so I didn’t want to be overly ambitious.   I am not the biggest fan of this yarn, and I recall purchasing it because it was on clearance at Michaels. It’s a dark brown with shiny copper running through it, and it reminds me of Halloween. I’ve been using this yarn as my sacrificial test yarn for when I try a new pattern out. This pattern can be found on Here.

I haven’t knitted with more than two needles in a really long time (probably 11 years), and using five needles frustrated me from time to time. This project took me two days to finish – I had to put the knitting down and take breaks because it frustrates me that my progress was so slow (lol, counterintuitive!). 

I like the overall effect of knitting though, which is unfortunate… 😦 it feels like a trial getting through a project, unlike crochet projects. Knitted hats are more stretchy than crocheted hats, which have a bit of give but not anywhere near that of knitted hats. The stitches for knits are also smaller/daintier than crochet stitches.  I also tried out a new pattern for a slouchy beanie. The original pattern has instructions for many sizes, which made resizing it for Neo Blythes pretty easy. I used a different size hook and yarn weight than the pattern called for, and tweaked several of the rows in order to take the blythe’s head shape into consideration.

I really like how this hat looks on my Blythes, and I think I’ll make one for myself soon ^^.  I like the slouchy beanie look because I think it makes my girls look cool, as opposed to girly. … It doesn’t go with Reese’s dress though, but she’s just modeling it so NBD. The hat is listed on my etsy store ^^.  

Happy Monday folks!

Mad Sewing Skillz

I’m kind of terrible at sewing. I realize that it’s the most cost and time efficient way to clothe my dolls, instead of scouring Etsy and Ebay or commissioning someone to make me a specific outfit, but it’s simply not a life skill that I’m good at. It’s all those tiny stitches, and that stupidly small eye of the needle, and all those pieces of tiny fabric! /sewing rage.

I found this pattern for a felt cape, and I thought it looked simple enough. At least the felt wouldn’t start coming to pieces and fraying from my handling it. Also, I figured since felt is thicker, it would be easier for me to sew too. The cape itself is really cute, and so seasonally appropriate ^^.

So I pulled out my craft felt and then this happened for a few minutes:

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She’s lucky she’s so darn cute. She can do no wrong.

And this is the finished cape:

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XD It’s like one of those pinterest memes that end in “Nailed it!” The felt looks a little tortured, and my stitches are so uneven and crooked. … I’m not going to lie though, I’m kind of proud of this cape. It’s actually the first thing I’ve successfully sewed for my dolls. I think I’ll practice making it a few more times to see if I can’t get it to look nicer. I definitely don’t have that many coats in my doll wardrobe, and I like the wool coat look of this cape ^^.

Pattern: From Bees Knees Industries blog.