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!

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Clearly obsessed with yarn

This week has been a bit spendy for me, what with birthdays, bad days which called for retail therapy, and this crafty mood I’ve been in. ^^ I’m currently waiting on my Knitpicks order, which is set to deliver tomorrow, and I recently went to the Lion Brand Studio and picked up some items. 


I picked up two sets of Hiya Hiya Sharp double pointed needles in size 0 and 1. The needles I currently own were all purchased from Michaels, and are either Boye or Clover brand. The Boye, I think are made of aluminum, and the DPNs that I use the most (size 1) are all bent! I decided to invest in nicer needles, and I’m so glad I did. I noticed that the Hiya Hiyas are easier to get into stitches and smoother. I also picked up the needle measuring thingamabob, because I have some needles purchased way back when I was learning to knit in elementary school of unknown size. 


I also think I’m ready to try a new pattern XD. I’ve made a sleeveless version of the Blythe Raglan x-long sleeve sweater by Kimberly Kwon about six times with varying success (that’s the pattern in the background that I printed out and kind of worked off of). I’ve yet to really sit down and tackle sleeves, because I hate trying to pick up stitches onto a needle again.

I dunno why, but with the two Blythe tops I’ve made, I felt compelled to make one in each color of yarn I have! I actually finished the skein of the thin yarn in the blue shade, which I’m super proud of. Rory is currently wearing the mustard yellow one I made.

One more thing:


Here is how the yarn I dyed looks after being crocheted! Look all the colors! This rectangle is going to become one slipper, and once I dye the second half of the practice skein, that will become the other slipper. 

Now I’m off to bed! Eta 2 days til Saturday.

Feeling that need to make things

I had a particularly hard week last week, made worse by a particularly terrible first session with a new counselor, who instead of helping me with my anxiety increased it by tenfold. I was relieved when the weekend came (but you know, also anxious because of how quickly time is passing by). Instead of falling into a stress-induced rut, I decided to get crafty.

So I made a big KnitPicks order (because that’s what I do when I’m feeling down- I eat and spend money), which includes two skeins of bare yarn for hand-dyeing! I was really inspired to attempt dyeing yarn after watching an episode of the podcast Knitting with Dolls. I did some more research and found these tutorials quite useful (KnitPicks, Chalklegs, Instructables).

Naturally, I decided I couldn’t wait for my order to arrive, so I went to Michaels and bought a skein of Patons worsted wool yarn and 4 bottles of food coloring (blue, pink, yellow, and red). I literally had no plan when I decided to attempt dyeing the yarn. Here is the result:

I was just like, ALRIGHT LET’S DO THIS. (/insert World of Warcraft reference here).

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I dyed a skein that reminds me of when I tie-dyed shirts as a kid. XD This wasn’t quite what I was going for, but I at least divided the skein into two hanks, so I can practice dyeing again before attempting it on the nicer skeins I purchased from KnitPicks. I need to figure out how to mix the four colors I have to make more colors, that are less neon. I’m not sure what to make with this…

I also made some more shrinky dinks (my sister asked for Neko Atsume ones) and some dish clothes (for my mom).

I really enjoyed making the dish cloths, and followed this pattern in order to achieve that waffle look. They’re a bit sloppy, but I made them with scrap yarn, and they’re not meant to last forever.

One more thing I want to mention – :3 I received the swap package I mentioned from my dolly friend. I was anticipating its arrival because I like to stalk my packages on the USPS website. I was ecstatic when I saw the contents of the package.

My friend and I did a swap – crocheted and knitted things for sewn things. I’m blown away by how well-made the shirts and the dress are, with all the tiny details (tinnnyyy buttons), and the adorable fabrics. She also made the kanzashi style hair clip. I don’t have enough shirts in my doll wardrobe, nor long dresses, so these are welcome additions. The package really brightened up my day. ^^ I put the two shirts on my girls, and haven’t decided who to put in the red dress (I’m torn between Finley and Rory).

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Reese is wearing the pink shirt and hairclip from the swap, a tutu from MINIJIJO, white tights, and pink shoes from QMagicDoll.

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Elowyn is wearing a beret I knitted, the green shirt from the swap, jeans, and stock shoes.

I hope everyone has an awesome (rest of) Sunday, and Monday flies by painlessly.

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.

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.

 

Crochet – day and night

I’ve been crocheting a ton this weekend while rewatching episodes of How I Met Your Mother. I usually crochet while I have something familiar playing in the background, because I don’t necessarily have to pay close attention to the show to know exactly what’s going on, and I find background noise comforting.  I think after doll hats, my second favorite thing to crochet is baby gear. Baby things are also quite small, so the project can be completed fairly quickly (the hat was finished in one to two hours). This was my first time crocheting a diaper cover – the tricky thing about the diaper cover is that I have ZERO concept of a normal baby’s dimensions… I’m not entirely sure that the diaper cover will fit over a baby’s diapered butt. Baby things are so darn cute! 
I’ve also crocheted a number of Blythe hat/scarf sets. I’m attempting to plan my first Blythe meet, and since it’s so close to the gift giving season, I’ve decided to crochet a few things to give to my Blythe-loving friends who can make it to the gathering (as a sort of thank you for coming, and as prizes for a mini-game I’m planning, which I’m hoping won’t be entirely cheesy). I’m actually slightly terrified that I will be the only person to show up to the meet.whynoonecomes

I think the hardest part about planning something like this is finding a scheduled time that works for most people.

Feeling a little crocheted-out.

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).