Crazy (about) Cat Lady

I’ve finally put all of my dolls on display! I’m not going to share photos until they’re dressed and have shoes on (>_< I know. Shame on me). The cats have been pretty much running my life (moreso than before). 

I know kittens are adorable, but there’s something to be said about how chill older cats are. My older kitty is now the unwilling mom of the kitten, and she has no where she can escape to without the kitten managing to follow her (there is one place, in the cabinet where my kitten hasn’t figured out how to climb, but for some reason the older cat won’t go there.).

I’ve made a couple of things for my cats! First off, I’m growing grass for them ^^. 

This is wheat grass, grown in a ceramic tiny bowl in some wet paper towels (yay DIY! Yay no dirt!). My older cat loves chewing on grass (and then puking it up).

I’ve also crocheted a mouse and a ball for my friend who has a cat.

To be completely honest, having a kitten is nothing like I imagined. I didn’t realize how hyperactive the kitten would be and how annoyingly in the way she would be to both me and my older cat. I’m hoping the kitten will learn to leave my older cat alone soon, because she’s near 8 years old and an unwilling participant in kitten motherhood. I’ve become a huge fan of older cats lol, and an advocate of adopting kittens in pairs. 

For all I complain though, Nimby is so stinking cute. 

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.

That Weekend I spent 3 Days Crocheting

Just a whole ton of crocheting. Cue Crocheting Montage:

I made a cowl for myself, and I decided to stitch up some of the granny squares I made for a small mat my kitty can sit on. I also tried making helmet style hats for my girls! I’m really digging the floppy bunny ear look.IMG_6082 (1).jpgI added the above hats to my etsy store, and I also made an extra white beret to keep (currently being worn by Finley).

I was a very busy bee this weekend, and I kind of feel drained from all that crocheting. For the most part, I do crochet almost every day. But, it usually takes me longer to finish one project on a weekday because of the interruptions and limited amount of free time before I need to go to sleep. I kind of felt like I hit my stride this weekend, and got in this determined, productive mood to crochet.

And now I want to talk about something I’m super excited about – the February Blythe release, Cherie Babette!20160118_cheriebabette_02

She’s going to be released on February 12, which is my birthday month! She’s the first girl I have ever pre-ordered, and I was thrilled to see her photos come out this long weekend. She is an FBL mold, with translucent fair skin. She will be my first translucent girl, and I’m really excited to bring her into the fold. I’m a little bummed that she doesn’t come with shoes or stock that fits minus the bear kigurumi, and I do wish her hair was shorter (a la Bloomy Bloomsbury). Other than that, she is really cute! I’m really loving her coloring – in actual photos of this doll, her cheeks and lips are a vibrant light pink, and I don’t have a brunette in my collection at the moment (I have three fantasy haired girls and one platinum blonde).

Cherie Babette is kind of my birthday gift to myself (or consolation gift for growing yet another year older). Also, since I purchased her last year in December, I don’t count this as a 2016 purchase :D.

Anddd let the dolly no-buy commence.

 

New year, new other stuff.

It’s only been five days into 2016, and my brain already feels burnt out. I go through ups and downs a lot, and during my downs, all I want to do is turn on one of my favorite youtubers and listen to their vlog style videos as a playlist while I crochet, color, or dress my dolls. Now, I’m adding journaling to the activity list!

Jann from Project Dollhouse introduced me to the wonderfully colorful and cute world of journaling, planners, and stationary. I needed a new planner for 2016, and I wanted an upgrade from the MUJI planner I had been using for 2015.

With Jann’s help, I settled on the Hobonichi Techo (^^ Hobonichi 2016! The above are stock photos, because I am not a journaling wizard – LOOK HOW CUTE). The Hobonichi Techo has so much potential. Also, maybe if I doodle in it for the whole year, my drawing skillz will be much improved XD.IMG_5792.JPGI doodled on today’s daily page (if you look closely at the rainbow portion on top, there’s some ink transfer from the page across from it D:. I decided to draw over it, instead of write over it). It’s a portrait of Finley ^^. I was surprised by how relaxing it was to fill in today’s page. IMG_5791.jpgI also wanted to share some more shawls I made with the crochet thread I have! I’ve fine-tuned the pattern for the shawl, so now it’s a proper shawl (a triangle shape, instead of an odd trapezoid). I like how delicate things made with crochet thread are, but I’m not the biggest fan of working with tiny hooks and what is basically string :-/ . These two shawls are listed on my etsy store (and there’s also a coupon code “Blythenewyear” for 15% off at the moment). I’m still slowly working through my giant plastic tub of yarn, but I’m running out of ideas on what to make.

On a side note, looking at my dolly shelf now, I’m pretty happy with the girls I have. XD I’m not sure if this is denial, because I’m trying really hard not to expand my collection in the year of 2016 (minus the preordered girl in February). All I need is a wig for Marshall Lee, that I’ve been putting off making for months.

Some dolly down time

I haven’t been feeling all too motivated to do doll related activities during this holiday season, so I kept it simple. I took some photos of my new Wendy Weekender, who I named Reese. As of today, she’s my only stock Blythe doll, so she’s looking a little out of place next to my customized girls. 23444461004_73c64def60_zI do one of these for each of my girls (though, I didn’t start doing this intentionally… it just kind of happened ^^).

I also added a single charm to Finley’s pull string. It’s a cameo from an old pair of clip-on earrings I had as a child. The cameo kind of sits on top of Finley’s new pull ring. I think it looks clean and refined… kind of like Finley’s new image since she’s gotten back from being customized!24046390386_d029c30e83_k

It’s weird because I kind of had her in my head as a tomboy adventurer (like Finn/Fionna from Adventure Time), but now she’s kind of gentle and ladylike. 24092133966_e7b9884f8c_zI redressed Finley, as I’m taking her out tomorrow :D. She is wearing Stella Savannah’s stock blouse, a MiniJijo tutu, Cadence Majorette stock shoes, off-white tights, and a pink shawl crocheted by me. She looks so good in pale colors!

One last thing! I think it’s safe to say that my stash-busting has been a huge success, largely thanks to the ripple blanket I made.IMG_5676.JPGThe one white line between the dark orange and the muted blue is where I officially ran out of worsted weight yarn . I had to go to Michaels and purchase two big skeins in order to finish the blanket. I’m really happy with how the blanket turned out. The pattern itself is really easy, and I felt the whole blanket-making went by pretty quickly. The blanket is now in the living room for anyone to use when feeling cold.

I now only have two skeins of worsted weight yarn (in cream and muted blue) and a dozen or so skeins of crochet thread and other thin yarns. 😀

Tis the season (to gift myself stuff)

I view Christmas as a great reason to splurge on myself ^^. I had two dresses sitting on my closet, one from Plastic Fashion and one from Button Arcade. I purchased the Plastic Fashion dress specifically for Marina, and I meant to wait until Christmas Eve or Christmas to try the dress on her… But I caved.     Marina’s style is lady-like, and a bit off-beat. I love the attention to detail on the dress, and the way the fabric pattern is carefully aligned. 

I’m saving the Button Arcade dress for my new Christmas girl ^^. 

I’ve also been crocheting some tiny underwear for my girls! Finley and Rory didn’t have any so I found a pattern and whipped a couple up.      I have them on a spare Licca chan body over a pair of scrap-quality underwear the doll came with. They’re bloomers! I found the pattern for these on Ravelry, and I made the following adjustments:

  1. Used crochet thread 10
  2. Used a 2mm hook
  3. Crocheted 32 single crochet onto the elastic.
  4. Skipped 15 instead of 14 when beginning the first leg hole, and double crochet 8 instead of 7.

I think the undies are really cute!

^^ I will have more doll stuff to share later! I am expecting Finley back today (Yayyyy!), in addition to my new Christmas girl (:o). 

Stash busting

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Behold! My WIP – a ripple blanket! Here is the pattern I’m using.

I’m quite happy with my progress with this blanket. It’s wide enough to cover a full sized bed, and when I’ve finished it, it should be big enough to cover the top of my bed. I’ve already worked through 2 partially used skeins, and I’m now working with a third skein. I’m pretty sure that the dark blue and the bright aqua blue I’m currently working with are Red Heart Super Saver yarns. I like using Red Heart Super Saver yarns for amigurumi because the yarn doesn’t stretch too much, and also they don’t get too fuzzy from being overhandled or overworked. I generally don’t like this yarn line for scarves or blankets though because I find the material itchy. I have seen some tutorials on how to soften this type of yarn with the use of a vinegar soak.

I’m really trying to work through my bin of yarn. It’s not so much that I’m trying to finish what I have to make way for new yarn, but that I’ve really accumulated a ton of yarn since I started crocheting. I find it kind of wild that it’s been about 2 years since I started crocheting, and I still find it very fun and rewarding to do. I feel a sense of pride being able to make clothes, accessories, or household items. This is a skill/hobby in which I can produce tangible goods that a majority of people in my life find value in, and the items often have utility.

😀 I think in my next post, I’ll share some photos of my yarn stash.

 

What does the fox say?

WA-PA-PA-PA-PA-PA-POWil_570xn-889033672_wnd2il_570xn-889059524_btfxil_570xn-889039482_meeiIs it terrible that I want that song to come back?

XD All the hats above are available in my etsy store.

In other news, I’m really freaking excited about the new release information for the Blythe Cherie Babette.new_doll_image2
Number one. She’s an FBL. Number two. SHE’S TRANSLUCENT. WHAT? Number three. That kigurumi though. Number four. She has bobbed brown hair!

Oh man, if you guys only knew… XD I’m actually receiving a blythe doll for Christmas from my sister that is an FBL. I’ve been wanting to own an FBL, and a Translucent skin blythe… and now they’re coming out with a doll that is both! I’m also a big fan of the bobbed hairstyle ^^. It makes for very easy hat modeling. At the moment, Rory is my go-to girl for modeling hats, because of her no-fuss short hair cut.

I’m feeling a bit of a shift in my own doll collection. I don’t think I own that many dolls (right now, here’s the headcount: Marina (my Project Dollhouse custom girl), Finley (my Cadence Majorette who is currently with Chantilly Lace for customization), Rory (a factory girl that I customized), Rosaline (a TBL+ that I customized), Merry (my Licca chan), and Marshall Lee (a currently bald Azone/Obitsu hybrid that I’m customizing). But with plans for moving in the future, I don’t want to worry about transporting a ton of dolls with me. For this reason, I’m trying to keep my doll population controlled to a reasonable number. I’m feeling that as of late, I’m favoring stock dolls over custom ones, and certain customizers over girls I’ve customized.

I feel sad at the thought of letting any of my girls go, but as of now Rosaline is definitely looking to travel. In the future, I most likely will reshell her, as Rosaline is kind of an OC of mine XD (it feels weird to be using the term “reshell” since I’ve only heard it in the context of the BJD hobby).

Monday down. Only Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and half of Friday to go.

Ode to the puff stitch

I’m kind of obsessed with making puff stitches. Puff stitch, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

  • Puffs eat up a lot of yarn, which is awesome because I’m currently trying to work through my yarn stash. I’ve accumulated a ton of yarn since I picked up crocheting, and I’m on a low buy (was going to write “no-buy”… but who am I kidding?) for yarn skeins.
  • They’re so darn cute! – I tried to explain why I thought they were cute, but I can’t seem to convey my feelings without reading as a huge weirdo.
  • They add an interesting texture to the piece.
  • I find these types of stitches less monotonous than simpler stitches. Also, I fall back on the puff stitch so often, that I’ve developed a rhythm to crocheting it.
  • I also think they make anything look cozier or more luxe.

I think I’ll be adding some more puff stitch hats to my etsy shop.

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XD The green one looks like a Christmas tree! I got really excited when I thought of making the green hat at work. I’m not completely happy with how I’ve attached the star to the top of the pixie hat, so that one is joining my blythe hat collection. The yellow one is listed in my store.

My girls are becoming quite festive this holiday season with their winter themed hats.

Also, VERY EXCITING NEWS. Finley has been shipped, and she’s coming home after her makeover by Chantilly Lace. I can’t wait to share photos of her and re-bond with her (because to be completely honest, she looks like an entirely new blythe now).