Sunday, November 30, 2014

Down to the Wire

 I finished a few more things, but a few of them are Christmas presents so I can't show them off just yet. What I can show is a cross stitch that I finished, and the commission that I had just started when I posted last. Christmas is just a few weeks away, though, and I am working on a commission too, so I'll have at least five things to show off :) and I'll definitely have to share my tree, because I'm making all of the ornaments for that too. Otherwise, there may be a bit of silence for a short time, because this week is my last week of classes, and next week is finals week. Hopefully I can stay on top of everything well enough though. Anyway, here's what I've got to share!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A little more color

I am feeling very accomplished these days. I've been finishing a ton of knits, I've been keeping on top of homework really well, and I'm just six weeks away from graduating with my associates degree. Not that I know what I'm doing next or anything but that's a step in the right direction at least. My boyfriend moved in with me at the beginning of August, and it's possible that we're going to be moving to Chicago (which is only about two hours away from us now) at the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. So I'm just really up in the air as far as plans go. But for now, let's talk about crafting!
For starters, I finished the commission for the Tom Baker scarf. I sat down one weekend and said I was sick of looking at it and just finished it. The yarn group that I have over to my house biweekly was extremely helpful with that motivation, though, too. Also, I decided that I HATE fringe. It looks pretty neat but I hate doing it.

 Anyway, so that's 15 feet long and needs a bath because cats barf on everything you love.
Speaking of loving things, I know I recently talked about a friend trying to get pregnant, and I realized I haven't posted the finished set of the things I made for her hope chest. A sweater, hat, and matching booties in a cotton/acrylic blend in a sort of pastel ish minty green. This picture really doesn't do it any justice, since the lighting in my bedroom is so bad.
 And while I was on a roll with finishing things, especially baby things, I finally finished up that crocheted blanket that my ex's mother demanded that I take. I learned to crochet, and just finished up her granny square, and then picked up the edges and knitted a border onto the whole thing. I didn't really care for the edge of the granny square just plain like it was, so I added plain knitting lol

Now that I've got babies on the mind, though, I was thinking about making a matching sweater, hat, and booties? But I'm not really sure. I would do them in the same off-white that I knitted the border with, and then maybe crochet the edging with the rainbow stuff. (I have like 5 skeins of it still. Ugh.)
Anyway, to get into the spirit of Halloween and autumn (because I was very salty about having autumn weather for my last three weeks of summer), I crocheted a pumpkin and had a giveaway on my Facebook!
The winner was very happy to get her earrings and pumpkin, and I'm happy that she appreciated them so much. And in keeping with the orange and Halloween theme, I was asked for a commission of orange cat gloves, so this is what I came up with. I used this pattern for simple crochet gloves, but I made the cuff a little longer by chaining 21 instead of 11, and then I did a single crochet around all of the edges in black to make it look more finished. The paw prints are a surface crochet that I'm not even sure I did right, and weaving black ends into orange yarn is HARD because it still sort of shows through, but the customer LOVED them and said they were really warm.

I actually liked the pattern so much that I made another pair using Red Heart in colorway Dress Blues, and they turned out really awesome. I actually sold them to a classmate because she had asked me if I'd finished the cat paw gloves (I worked on them in class) so I showed her both those and the blue gloves and she offered me $20 for them.

Anyway, I liked the pattern A LOT, because the gloves take like half an hour roughly per glove, and I really love how it looks with variegated yarn. I might just make a million more pairs lol.
For now, though, I have one more commission to finish. It's a scarf, and I've only got about an inch done in the pattern in the picture but about six inches done since I took that picture. So it may just fly off the needles. We'll see when my next post is! lol

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adventures in Grey

Now that I'm done with all of the purple knitting I was doing, my more recent FOs are black, white, and grey. I can finally start a new thing, now that these are done, though!
The Avengers dice bag was knitted mostly flat. I knit a square, picked up the stitches, and worked in the round for about two inches. I then did the intarsia panel flat, and the back panel was also knitted flat, until they were the same length. I then rejoined them in the round and finished off with eyelets.

Also, a random bias knit scarf, with Vanna's Choice in colorway Charcoal. Because I told the boyfriend "Pick a yarn" and that's what he picked lol

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More Finished stuff!

 So I've been on a serious roll the past week or so, as I have not cast on almost anything new, with the exception of this baby hat and booties set. One of my best friends is trying for a child with her husband, and there will soon be a tiny sweater to match. (I JUST cast off the sleeve, with two inches of yarn left. Now, I just have to find buttons.)

 I also made a random hairclip, a blue-silver rose. Polymer clay, and it still needs glaze.
 A simple garter stitch scarf in gradient purples for my wonderful boyfriend :)

 And I finally finished the fish blanket, which I hadn't touched at all in at least a year before I finished it a few weeks ago.

Left in the WIP bag is the Cope shawl, the crocheted blanket from my ex's mother, a random ruffle scarf, some spinning, and a cross stitch. I may have some project monogamy in me yet!
As I've just started my final semester before graduating with my associate's degree, I might still not post often enough, but I can definitely attest to getting things done! I do still have a twitter (@KitsuneHotaru) and a Facebook to follow, as well as my store, where I am still posting things (like the hairclip or the fish blanket!), so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lavender Garden

The shawl is finally done. It's beautiful, and giant, and finally, finally done.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Picture dump

I have made so many things since my last real update. I'm sorry for the radio silence. I miss you guys. Everything you see here will be up for sale in my storenvy, so check it out. Thanks guys.