Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sprouts

I have carrots!
And one teeeeeny tiiiiny forget me not sprout.
My cilantro and spearmint are also sprouting but they aren't quite big enough for pictures just yet. Soon, though!

Monday, March 23, 2015

L'elephant

 My radishes exploded and are basically ready to put outside, and some of them even have teeny tiny bulbs on them already. Too bad it snowed today.
 To keep myself busy while I wait for more gardening weather, I've been making two elephants for a commission. One pink and one blue. This pattern is very clever in its construction and I'm very fond of how cute it turned out. I have all the legs and ears done in both blue and pink, and the blue one is just about done altogether.


Soon, as in within the next day or two, I'll have them both done and ready to show off.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Planting

Monday I was off of work, and it was beautiful out (a high of 75 in Northern IL). So while my boyfriend cleaned, I opened all the windows and started planting my seeds indoors. I planted flowers, veggies, and some herbs.




Then I saw that our flowers from last year had bloomed already!


I have all of this (two pots of flowers, one is sage and one is cilantro, then there is radishes and carrots, and the egg on the top right is catnip) that I'm hoping will sprout soon, and the lower right one is my spider plant's first baby.





I was so productive Monday, I did all this planting and I baked a banana bread, and I made an arm for the Pikachu plush. One arm, two legs to go. Then the head and body.


With good weather comes good productivity :) I hope everyone else is having a good Spring so far!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bring on the Spring

I bought a few things yesterday, and now I have a catnip plant terrarium! And some seeds and pots and soil to get my spring started :) I'm excited.




Friday, March 13, 2015

Blanket

Today, I sat down and spun my last half ounce of white Cotswold wool from that sampler pack I got forever ago. Now I just need to ply it and I have finished the full gradient set!


In my fit of productiveness, i crocheted an octopus! I went up two hook sizes from what the pattern said because an E hook was just not going to work with Red Heart yarn.


And!!! Here is the promised blanket progress! I have two inches so far, and I'm not really using a pattern. I cast on multiples of 8 plus 4 extra for the edge, until it was wide enough to fit our full sized bed. Knit six rows, and then knit 4, purl 4 across, knitting the last four. Knit the next row (every odd row). For six rows, so you get little stockinette squares. Then six more plain knit rows.


I'm gonna keep going on this until I'm out of yarn, and I have eleven skeins. I've hardly made a dent in the first yet. It's a good mindless knit when I need a break from the Pikachu pattern, but it's very not portable so it might take me a long time. I hope it's not like a year long pattern like the shawl was. The nice thing is that it's simple enough to make small copies for baby blankets for my hope chest too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

24

Today is my 24th birthday. I didn't do much of anything today, just hung out at home with my love and we had dinner with my dad. Last Sunday, one of my best friends threw me a How to Train Your Dragon birthday party, complete with favor bags, and it was a lot of fun. This coming Saturday, I get to spend the day with my older sister and her husband (manicure, movie, and lunch). Meanwhile, I have pictures of the party decorations and a picture of my Pikachu commission in progress. (It needs one more ear, then arms and legs and the body [all of which are solid yellow ugh]) and also a random picture of my cat. Other than this, I don't have much to post about until I get the blanket a little further along, but I swear I've been working on it!
(another minor complaint about the Blogger mobile app: uploading pictures one at a time rather than all at once is obnoxious, and it put them in a really random order when I uploaded them.)
 Pikachu parts (tail, butt stripes, cheek pads, and an ear) or Pika-pieces as my boyfriend calls them. I have since completed the eyes and started the second ear.





 I had just finished laundry, and dumped the clean clothes on the bed, and she decided that she wanted to sleep in it while I tried to put it away.


Party decorations!


And favor bags, with glow-stick axes!

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cooking and knitting

I'm making my first attempt at mobile blogging by showing you guys my ginger chicken and potatoes and asparagus that I made for dinner. I just tossed it all in with some butter and ground ginger and salt.
On the knitting front, I have 12 more rows and then I can start the hand of this glove. I am so sick of knitting gloves.

Side note: Mobile blogging is nice and all but I wish I could also read the blogs I'm following on this app too.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Everything but a Blanket

So, on the last post, I promised a finished hat, a pair of gloves, and blanket progress. Instead, I have two commissions, some more clay Christmas ornaments (even though Christmas is done for the year), and a gift for a friend. The blanket is hiding at the bottom of my WIP basket, and the gloves live in my bag, where they get pulled out pretty often. Otherwise, I am working on a commission that requires buying a pattern (so it's on hold while I try to find a better alternative to a $7 pattern.) I don't really have any promising in-progress shots right now, but I did download the Blogger App for my phone, so maybe there will be more regular posts? Hopefully.

Anyway! I edited the Pichu, because he fell out of the tree and his ears and scarf fell off, so fixed the ears and gave him a heart to hold instead of a scarf.

I then made Azurill, using a wire for the tail. (I painted it black after baking)
I also made a Poliwag, who I am in LOVE with! It's not even my favorite Pokemon but he just turned out so damn cute.
In this same batch of clay, I made my friend Trish a panda bear, since pandas are her favorite, and I made a little yellow heart for it to hold because yellow is her favorite color. Trish has named him Ping, after Ping/Mulan in the Disney movie. I thought it was fitting, since I accidentally gave it a hint of eyelash. (If you want a panda or Pokemon or any other animal of your own, please don't hesitate to message me on Facebook or email me at KitsKnits at hotmail dot com!)
In fiber news, I learned to crochet a granny square hat! It was super interesting and I made it WAY WAY too big the first time. It was meant to sit on a 27 inch head (the commissioner has dreads), and I ended up at 32 inches by accident.
For the same person, I also knitted a cowl that he wears as a dread tube. The first go around was also much too large, because my math was 6 stitches to the inch x 27 inches = 162 stitches. I originally cast on 160 (because the extra two wouldn't matter!) and ended up with what could have been a shirt for myself. I ripped it all out and started over at 110, for a perfect fit. I'm not sure why I didn't just try that in the first place, when 80(ish) stitches is the cast on for a snug hat?
Speaking of hats, and previous commissions, I did finish the DBZ hat, even if I didn't finish the gloves or get any blanket progress done.
That's all I've got for now, unfortunately. But, check back for more updates, now that I'm blogging via mobile as well!

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!