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Together in Electric Dreams April 22, 2012

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This week I had a commission from Monkey.  (I say commission, what I mean is a barefaced, non-negotiable demand but I like to be diplomatic.)  We have been watching more daytime TV than is good for our sanity recently and one of the adverts that keeps appearing again and again is for EDF Energy.  They have a new mascot which looks like it was the misbegotten chimera of a poo and a breast.  Yet, despite this, it is also rather sweet and appealing, especially when it’s dancing in a birdbath to the Hawaii Five-0 theme tune. Monkey was a little smitten and could see no reason why I shouldn’t crochet him up his own version at once.

I googled him to have a good look and a ponder only to find that Princess Delirium had beaten me to it with a completed pattern.  Huzzah for the internet!  Turns out his name is Zingy and he is supposed to be a flame.  I had trouble finding wool that was anywhere near the right shade but my LYS had a discontinued, slightly bobbly baby yarn which was close enough.

So behold:

Mr Zingy as Monkey is rather formally calling him.

His eyes are a bit wonky as I didn’t have any safety eyes to hand but Monkey doesn’t seem to mind.

Love is blind

All in all a successful project.  Even better from my point of view was the additional yarn which I accidentally paid for while I was shopping.  6 balls of Sirdar’s Raffaella

Pretty!

will hopefully become this jumper very shortly.

 

4 months of work in one small post March 29, 2012

I cannot believe I’ve let this blog sit silent for over 4 months.  I somehow got out of the habit of blogging and the weeks just ticked on by alarmingly quickly.  I thought the best thing to kick-start me posting again is to do one big round up of work and start again from there.

While my blog has been idle, I have completed a number of projects over the last 16 weeks.  As I mentioned last time, I got a little obsessed with knitting for a while and, generally, the results have been quite good.  To pick up where I left off, with true beginner’s bravado my third project was a cardigan.  The King Cole pattern was great and, at the time, I thought the King Cole Riot wool was brilliant. By the time I finished, I had sort of changed my mind about the yarn and I haven’t actually worn this outside the house nor do I think I will.

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I just don't think this is ever going to be a good look

Colour aside, the knitting practise itself was good and I managed to complete the whole project without any glaring errors. After that I went a bit scarf and cowl crazy. (It was winter after all).

Blue Cowl

Black and White Cowl

Short scarf from 101 One Skein Wonders

For Christmas I was given Vintage Knitwear For Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte Lystrup.  I made another cardigan from this collection but I am still trying to track down the proper fasteners so will hold off posting a photo of that one now. I also made some simple stocking stitch socks on dpns but I forgot to take a photo before giving them as a gift.

After all that, I beginning to miss my crochet hooks so I went back to amigurumi for a quick satisfaction.  First came Mr Slug.

Sluggish but sweet

And then 5 hippos.  (I was only supposed to be making 2 for my niece and nephew but it turned into 5 after I tweeted a photo and started getting requests.)

I love how happy these hippos look. Pattern from Super Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read

In and amongst all this, I have started on a Wooleater blanket to try and reduce my stash to more reasonable levels.  I worked on it for a couple of weeks but, with the unseasonably warm weather, sitting with a blanket on my knee isn’t too appealing.

Quite garish again. I think I might be part magpie...

And finally, I am half way through a waistcoat which is in danger of bring frogged.  I like the pattern but am just not sure about the yarn.

Less tweedy and more stripy than I imagined.

So that is it.  4 months of work in one photo-heavy post.  I am still trying to get used to the idea of being a knitter as well a crocheter.  I can see that for clothes two sticks is really the best choice as the yarn drapes so much better.  For all other things I think I still prefer the hook.

 

Monkey Time December 14, 2010

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I have started a tradition of giving every new baby I know a monkey.  This is on the grounds that every child needs a monkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I like monkeys and enjoy making them. (Anyone who suggests otherwise is a bounder.)  A friend is due to give birth in the next month so this weekend was monkey making time.  I try not to give the same monkey twice and this time I used the excellent pattern from Knotty’s Amigurumi.

He only took a few hours to make up and any resemblance to a mouse is entirely due to my dodgy embroidery skills rather than deficiencies in the pattern.  I think with a safety nose and eyes he would have been a bit more simian but then he wouldn’t have been suitable for a newborn.  His new owner won’t be critical at any rate so he is now wrapped, ready to go out to his new home next month.

 

Mr Flibble is very cross. December 9, 2010

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We had the charity sale yesterday for which I had been producing Christmas decorations.  Rather stupidly I forgot to take a photo of the pile before sending them off to their fate.  There were about 30 when I finished and I am pleased to say that everything apart from the Granny Stars sold out.  I am guessing that the problem with the stars lay in the fact that yellow just isn’t a Christmassy colour.  I might have done better using gold or silver yarn rather than bright yellow.

The most popular item took me totally by suprise.  I had a stab at making a penguin but when I finished I wasn’t sure it was a total success.  I asked Mr Crochethook for his opinion and he pointed out that, although it looked liked a penguin, there was something about it that reminded him of Mr Flibble.  He had a point.   The people at the sale, however, seemed to be attracted to pissed off looking penguins.  I could have sold half a dozen of them – instead I took orders.

They've been very bad, Mr Flibble. What are we going to do with them?

If you would like your own flightless, narky bird for your tree, the pattern is as follows:

Beak

Row 1: With yellow yarn chain 6.  1 dc into each chain across.  2 stitches into the end of the chain. 1 dc back across the bottom of the chain. 2 dc into end of the chain.

Row 2: 1 dc into each stitch around.  Fasten off.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.  Fasten off.

White feathers (make 1)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.

Round 3: 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.

Round 4: 1 dc in first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.  Fasten off.

Wings (make 2)

Row 1: With black yarn chain 8.  Dc into second chain from the hook, 1 dc in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2-4: 1 dc into each stitch across. chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: 2 dc tog, 1 dc into next 3 stitched, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: 2 dc tog, 1 dc in centre stitch, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: 1 dc in each stitch across.  Fasten off.

Body

Round 1: Make magic loop.  6 dc into the loop.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round.

Round 3: 1 dc into first dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 4: 1 dc into first two dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 5: 1 dc into first three dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 6: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 7-16: 1 dc into each stitch round. * At the end of round 16 sew on beak and wings.

Round 17: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc tog over the next two stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 18: 1 dc into first three stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 19: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.  *Stuff at the end of round 19.

Round 20: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 21: 2 dc tog over the first two stitches. Repeat to the end of the round and fasten off.

Finishing

Glue eyes and feathers into place.  Add two sequins to the centre of the eyes for pupils.  If you really want to recreate Mr Flibble and his hex vision, you could use red instead of green.  Add a hanging loop if required.

Side view. Sorry, the wings don't show up too well.

 

The Happy Cornish Pasty October 9, 2010

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I am rather proud of myself at the moment as I have finally made the effort to organise my stash.  Hurrumble for me!  The armchair in my living-room had become covered in balls of wool tied into plastic bags and I had frankly begun to lose track of what I owned.  Having sorted it out (and been appalled by the sheer weight of yarn in the house), I resolved to find a better storage solution than a legion of carrier bags. Today in Cargo I found a large zip-up bag to store the wool and a small plastic box to keep current projects on hand.  It now all looks a lot neater than before.

The shopping experience itself was a bit odd though.  At the till, the cashier asked if I wanted a carrier bag.  Trying to be virtuous, I said “No, just put one inside the other.”  She took me at my word.

 

Monkey thought this was hilarious.

 

As well as being more organised, my stash had been greatly reduced by the giant granny square blanket I started at the same time I began this blog.  I joined the squares while watching my way through the complete Steptoe and Son so I think it will forever be bound up in my mind with Oildrum Lane. It is a truly garish piece but very warm to snuggle under on the sofa.

 

Proudly made with a total disregard of colour theory

 

I am also still churning out toys for The Toy Society but the weather has been a bit too wet to actually make any drops recently.  The Roly Polar Bear from my last post is still waiting to go out.  My next toy was meant to be a smiling sun to hang in a window or over a baby’s cot.  How hard could that be?  A semi-circle with a smiling face and a nice wavey edge for the rays – piece of cake.  Somewhere between my brain and my hook, however, something went awry and what I actually ended up with is an insanely cheerful looking Cornish Pasty.

 

Monkey is a big fan of the Happy Cornish Pasty.

 

I am rather fond of him as he looks so mad but I keep craving pastry when I look at him so I think I will have to send him on his way and see how he gets on.

All in all, I felt justified today in visiting the new wool shop that has opened near me and buying this rather lovely sock wool as a treat.

 

How lovely!

 

I know lots of people who are trying their hand at knitting socks at the minute so I thought I would give crocheting a pair a go.  I’m not totally convinced they will be a success but at least I know they will be a lovely colour.

 

Roly Polar Bear September 25, 2010

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I spent a spare couple of hours this morning finishing off another toy for a Toy Society toy-drop.  I thought it was going to be a rabbit but, once I had embroidered the face, it became obvious that he was, in fact, a polar bear.  Luckily I hadn’t started the ears so I made a quick change to my plans.  Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine tomorrow so I can send him out into the world.


 

Toy Drop 1 August 31, 2010

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Having had a bit of a mission to find a sealable bag to fit the snake into, I finally got to do my first toy drop for The Toy Society in Victoria Park.  I picked a bench on the main drag, tied the snake to the railing in a casual manner and grabbed a quick picture before running away giggling.  I don’t know why but it all felt a bit cheeky.

The crochet snake snapped in the wild.

I set off to the supermarket but couldn’t resist passing the spot on the way home to see if he had been found.  As I got nearer the bench, my heart sank as I could still see the bag tied to the railing even though the park was quite busy and it been there for an hour or so.  I sat down on a bench opposite to try and decide whether to rescue Mr Snake or not and generally wondering if people were too suspicious to take ‘something for nothing’ at face value.  I was considering my options when a little boy and his mum came by, spotted Mr Snake and rescued him.  I was delighted as by pure chance I got to see the discovery as well as having had the pleasure of doing the drop.  I am off to plan for the next one now when I will do better at leaving the discovery in the lap of the gods.