Monday, January 26, 2015

Gifts, Comissions, and Everything Else.

So, before Christmas, I had one last commission left to do: a pair of armwarmers that look like a grey-banded kingsnake. Considering I didn't use a pattern at all, and I just kind of winged the whole thing, I think they turned out awesome. They took pretty much no time at all. I cast on 56 on size 5 needles with Caron Simply Soft, and knit until the hand. Then I knit flat for a thumb, rejoined, and knit until they were done. They flew off the needles and then sat until I got up the courage to weave in the 46 ends per glove. It took longer to do that than it did to knit the gloves! But the recipient loved them :)

 Then there was the random snowman I made for a swap. He's pretty cute.
 Next, my most recent commission is a Dragon Ball Z hat. I cross stitched the dragonballs as badges to be sewn onto a black hat (which is currently about halfway done.) Then I have a hat and a cowl to do, for another commission.
 Randomly, I made my boyfriend a hat because he wanted one so badly.
 But his Christmas gifts were a crocheted scarf with matching gloves.

I also have a pair of gloves for him that are half-knitted. One done, half of the other to go. And I'm getting real damn sick of knitting gloves. So I took a break, and fashioned a pendant from polymer clay, and got that all ready to go. If anyone wants it, it is for sale!
Now, this next project was a me project. I want kids. I had a son way back in the day, but I lost him while I was pregnant. All of my friends are currently expecting their first (or second in some cases) child, and I hate to say it but I'm jealous. I know that now is not my time, and my time may come someday, but I have history of miscarriage as well as cervical cancer (currently in remission), so that's just another obstacle. In the mean time, I made baby booties. My boyfriend is going to help me make a hope chest, which will hopefully be a soothing project for the time being.

I have two skeins of this yarn, and I can always go back for more. What I've got now will get me the hat, booties, and sweater set that I usually make. Then I think I'll go back for more and start a blanket. On my needles currently is a blanket for myself and my boyfriend to go on our bed. A baby blanket in the same pattern will do just fine.

Anyway, that's all I've got for now. Next time, I should have the DBZ hat, my boyfriend's gloves, and hopefully blanket progress!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Christmas Decorations

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything that I've made, and I've made so many things. A lot of it was Christmas stuff that needed to be saved until the recipients (aka my boyfriend) had opened them. But in all of this waiting, I ended up with a ton of pictures. Because of that, I'm going to be breaking up the next post into a few posts.The first of these posts will be all of the Christmas decorations that I made for our tree this year, and over the next year I will be making more. Right now, our tree is only four feet tall, but someday we will have a bigger tree and a need for more ornaments.
Now, my boyfriend isn't really a good example of "holiday cheer", while I am quite the opposite. I love the holidays. Not because of the family gatherings or the getting presents, but because I love to decorate the tree, I love wrapping presents, and I love giving gifts. Yet here I was with my own personal Grinch. We talked and talked and talked, and I ended up saying "Well, I know you love Pokemon, and I like it too, so let's have a Pokemon Christmas tree!" From that point on, I started making our ornaments. We made a list of Pokemon we both liked and would want to see on the tree, and I got to work. I made some of his favorites, and some of mine. One of his choices was a Bellsprout:
 One of my choices was our initials (J and S) in the Unown alphabet Pokemon.

 
 Another one of my choices, was a Ditto. I just think he's too darn cute, and he ended up being the first we hung.
 Koffing: His choice.
Pichu was both my choice and his, since he nicknamed me Pichu before we even started dating. Pichu is the baby Pokemon, and evolves into Pikachu.
Another that was both my choice and his, is Togepi, since Togepi is his very favorite Pokemon. I made this one holding a wrapped gift in his favorite colors.
I took a shot at an Articuno, one of the legendary bird Pokemon, and I did ok (apart from goofing his eyes up. I'm not a talented painter lol)
  The second we ended up hanging, was Crobat, and he was my boyfriend's choice as well.
I also cross stitched some gym badges for our tree, since I thought it would be a little plain to do just Pokemon, when there's so much more to the Pokemon universe than just the creatures. I did the eight badges from the Johto region, from the Pokemon Gold and Silver games for Gameboy Color. The first one here is the Plain Badge.
 The Rising Badge.
 The Mineral Badge.
The Zephyr Badge.
The Hive Badge.
The Glacier Badge (my favorite)
The Fog Badge.
And the Storm Badge.
Last but not least, every tree needs a star, so I opted for a Staryu tree topper. I found a star for a few dollars at Walmart, painted it the correct color, and then fashioned the "chest" piece out of polymer clay and a flat marble.
All in all, I love our tree. I loved making the ornaments, I will love making more of them, and I am so, so happy with our new traditions.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014

2014 was a good year.
2013 was better for me, in some ways. I got a lot more done, I feel. I got a steady job, my drivers license, my own car, my own place.
But in 2014, I maintained all of that, the job, the car, the home, and added my boyfriend and a job change. I graduated from college with my associates degree in arts. I changed from working at the college library to working at a craft store.
I'm really sort of in shock that 2014 is over. It just feels like it all went so very fast, and the few months seemed just really bad to me now. January and February I was drinking a lot (probably too much) but that's about the worst it. March I went to Florida to see my best friend and I turned 23. April brought school stress, and May brought the death of a close friend. I wasn't doing well from then, up until the end of June when I got a part time summer job at a local comic shop. It gave me something to do while my library position was closed for the summer, and gave me a reason to be getting out of bed. It also enabled me to meet my amazing boyfriend, who now lives with me, and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Looking over my New Year's resolutions list from last year, I haven't quite gotten the list done.
1.) I did not get my eyesight fixed, as they didn't have any kind of payment plan options. I got contacts instead for a while, and I'm due for a new pair soon.
2.) I did finish all of the knitted and crocheted WIPs in my WIP bag in my closet, but there is still a sewing project (a pillow), a single spinning project (4 ounces of yak, maybe 1/3 done), and a butterfly cross stitch that I'd started while I was in Florida.
3.) I did get my degree, I finished all of my classes in the middle of December and graduated with a 3.1 gpa.
4.) I haven't moved somewhere warm, and I'm not so certain we'll be doing that any time soon. Colorado or Alaksa are currently options, but not quite yet.
5.) I have yet to get Kit's Knits any sales, so there's still a bag of FO's hanging out in my closet. I get commissions from people quite often though. That's ok, though. I may be trying, but I don't necessarily want to turn it into a job. I love crafting, but I don't use the stuff I craft for the most part.

2014 had it's accomplishments, and I'm very happy to have had it. I wish parts of it hadn't gone so fast, and I wish parts had gone faster or had not happened at all. But that's life. I don't think I'm going to have resolutions this year. Mostly, I just want to finish everything I've left unfinished, and be better about finishing my projects before starting a new one. I also want to make an effort to be healthier. But I feel like I don't need a new year to make a new me anymore.

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