Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Bender



Pattern: Bender Rodriguez from Stitch
Yarn: Various vintage sock and sweater yarn from thrift stores
Hook: 3.00mm
Notes/Modifications: I opted not to crochet in the stripes on his arms and legs because they are worked in spirals and the stripes couldn't line up. I embroidered the details on later.
He's stuffed with standard poly-fill and I created a wire armature inside to make him pose-able. Again, I should have used a smaller hook to make the fabric tighter so the stuffing wouldn't show through so much.



Soph did a great job creating the pattern. The details! Six little fingers!





Tiny eyeballs!





It took some patience, but I'm very pleased with the result. Especially when the few people who have seen it say; "Omigod! It's Bender from Futurama!". It's being gifted to my co-worker today - hope they like it!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Rein(deer) on!




Pattern: Rory the Reindeer ornament from Roxycraft
Yarn: Mayflower Cotton 8
Hook: 2.75mm
Mods/notes: Would use a smaller hook to tighten up the fabric if I were to crochet another one

My bright idea to crochet snowflake ornaments for last minute gifts fizzled out rather quickly. It seems the crochet skills needed to make lacy snowflakes are a little beyond me. With no time to be teaching myself new tricks, I moved on to plan B: amigurumi! This little pattern is quite easy and totally adorable. If I were a more experienced "hooker", I could have probably whipped this off in a couple of hours. Being as green as I am, it took two whole evenings! In the end, it was well worth the effort. I put little Rory here in my office gift exchange and won a prize for most "stolen" gift. (It ended up going home with some guy from the sales department I don't know at all.)

People in my office were absolutely flabbergasted that I had made the reindeer. "You made that? How?" They reacted like I was Chris Angel or something! Is it really so strange to make something with your own two hands rather than pick up a gift card at Starbucks? Mind you, these are the same people who never cook, and don't believe it's possible to live without a car. (If they were blown away by a little crochet, I probably shouldn't tell them I make my own breakfast cereal and I walk forty minutes to work everyday.)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Son of a...

...Stitch n' Bitch!

Just when I think I've had an original idea.

A pattern from the new Son of a Stitch 'n' bitch book, circa October 22, 2007:



My original(?) "El Yarno" circa June 10, 2007:






I know the book,(and it's subsequent designs) was probably in production well before El Yarno, but...

Interesting huh?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Keep on Truckin'

On the second week of knitting my progress came to be..



... a partial sock for Daddy



... a quarter shawl for Mummy



... a disembodied Bender...

..and a par-TRI-idge in a pear tree!

Yup, x-mas crafting is getting dramatically scaled back!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Instant Hat - Instant Grat...ification

Much like the universe, Gretel is ever-expanding. When I finished knitting the hat, I thought it was a little on the large size, but I decided "enh? It's supposed to be slouchy, right?". Either the hat is growing, or my perceived size of it has. Either way, I feel as though I've been wearing a rasta hat, and something had to be done.

With no time to re-knit the thing (the Christmas knitting! The Christmas knitting!), I opted for plan "B": knit a replacement at the speed of light.



Pattern: Aspen Hat from Twinkle's Big City Knits
Yarn: Twinkle Soft Chunky
Needles: 15mm addi turbos
Mods/Notes: Magic Loop-ed her



I am not a fast knitter. On top of that, unwieldy 15mm monster needles hamper my knitting style, making the process even slower. Despite all that, I don't think this hat took much more than an hour to finish. Whee!

***HOLIDAY KNITTING UPDATE***

- Bender has two arms to go with his legs
- The swallowtail has been knit, mangled, ripped back and re-knit (essentially rendering the time I last spent with it useless outside of "learning")
- I cast on some socks for my Dad and knit the toe

Unless Christmas gets postponed this year I'm totally editing my gift list!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

TCB

Hello? Fall? What happened to you? It seems like yesterday I was kicking brightly coloured leaves down the sidewalk and now I'm worrying about what to wear to my office non-denominational-winter-holiday party. What gives? I feel like we skipped a season! Unfortunately, the missing season is the very same one when a knitter begins to make a list, and check it twice.

The Christmas knitting!!!

Ah, Christmas knitting. I told myself this year, I was not going to knit anything for anyone unless they expressly asked for a knitted gift. Then I decided I would just crochet some little presents for my co-workers. Then I thought, well, I'll start some gifts for my family, and if I don't finish them by Christmas it's not a big deal because they all have birthdays early in the new year. Then I thought I'd do a little stash busting and knit hats and slippers for my friends. Then I thought I'd should crochet snowflake tree ornaments to have on hand for last minute gifts... You can see where this is going. My Christmas knitting quickly went from zero projects, to this:

- 4 amigurumi toys
- 1 (small) lace shawl
- 1 pair of socks
- 2 hats
- 2 pairs of slippers
- 2 baby sweaters
- several crocheted snowflakes

And that doesn't include non fibre-related holiday crafting or personal knitting. Heh-heh. Prioritization is in order. (Not to mention unlimited free time, but I'm hoping that will somehow just appear out of thin air.)

Here's my progress for week one:



Bender
has two legs.



A swallowtail shawl has been started and is now only big enough to qualify for, um, intimate apparel.



And a new cardigan for me. Wait, what? That's not on the list! After starting a crochet project and a lace shawl, two things that are very new to me, I craved some somewhat mindless knitting. Let's not forget my last two sweater projects have ended in disaster. I deserve to be a little selfish with my knitting time now and again, right? Besides, what if I want to watch a movie with subtitles? The sweater is this:



From the pattern in this. I'm attempting to convert the pattern to a mostly seamless construction. I realize this might detract from the idea of this project being "mindless" and "sure to be successful", but I've never been one to make things easy on myself.

What have I got myself into?