More birds from amigurumi class. The pink and blue on the left are mine, the rest are the class's.
I went to a workshop in which everyone had ten minutes to design some random card(s) for an oracle deck. I don't know what happened to the photographs of my other two cards (less impressive), but these are three of the ones I drew for it. I'm told they can go to print in a few weeks, which is pretty impressive for DIY sites.
Sinnesfrid from Knitty. I ended up sewing the front together because it didn't look as good with the saggy open buttonholes. But as is now, it looks cute to all.
I also started doing more legwarmers--which I think I may turn into leggings after this.
And now....there is this.
While I'm at it, this is the project for the color knitting class:
This is one of those "using the scraps around the house" kinds of aprons. I normally wouldn't combine two patterned fabrics, but...what the hell. I kinda like it. I also like that it pretty much came out like a tie-on skirt with huge pockets.
The middle is supposed to be gathered, but....gathering is freaking horrible to do and the strings weren't pulling and I was all, "fuck it, still fits if I skip that, who's gonna notice?"
I've made a couple of umbrella skirts in the past. I like them, but they are a little short to wear in actual rain. And I couldn't help but wonder if there was some way to make a longer skirt. Perhaps to wear over your regular clothes for rain protection.
Well, a few months ago I found some kind of rain/waterproof fabric and thought, "Heeeeey, I can do this!" So I dug up a plain long skirt pattern and started to work on it. Then I got the bright idea to add some actual umbrella panels on the side to dress it up a bit.
This turned out to not be a good idea. Here's why:
(a) This fabric is some of the worst I've ever dealt with. It does not like being pinned, much less sewn.
(b) I had a BITCH OF A TIME putting in the second umbrella triangle panel. I screwed it up so many damn times. And like I said, this fabric does NOT like being sewn and resewn. You can flat out see how badly that part has been mangled if you look up close, which I am so not gonna show you :P I really should not have gotten kr8tiv about it.
I spent a lot of time fucking this skirt up. A lot. But it finally cooperated and is done. It won't be going to the county fair for judging, mind you, but it will at least work for its intended purpose, which I am trying out this rainy weekend.
Sorry the photos suck, though: I did not have the lighting/table space to get a better shot of it, and my standing shots kinda ended up sucking too.
Previous month here.
I'm kind of amused at how thick they are in a log roll.
I ended up writing the location and year on each end of the scarf (and in the case of the Davis scarf, writing each month on each section) and adding a white crocheted border around the edges to smooth out all of the roughness of the yarn transitions.
I kinda want to do more of these....I'm thinking for Hawaii since I just went there, but I'd definitely have to adjust my color gradations for that. Or maybe redo the Davis one again in a smaller size.
So when I was in a store in Hawaii I saw this.
Of course, I wanted one, but the guy said he only had one. And he only ever wore it for ten minutes because it was "too hot." (It has some kind of weird fuzz for the fur.) I wanted my own, dammit. So I went looking for Hawaiian Christmas fabric, and bought some fringe to layer in lieu of the "too hot" fuzz, and found a pattern off the Inernet. Here is my friend modeling it.
Then I added a crocheted bleeding heart flower lei and hand sewed it around the edge as well. And crocheted a hibiscus ball for the end and sewed it on too.
I'm spinning some yarn, I'm finishing up the temperature scarves (slowly), the first Christmas sweater has one sleeve to go, and my Hawaiian Santa hat has been sewn for the most part, I'm just thinking of what else to add to it.
Today I took a knitting class that was a general "here's how to fix your knitting problems" sort of deal. I think 3/4 of the people who showed up were just there for beginning knitting lessons, but I had a great time actually being told how the hell to do color knitting. My restarted guitar sweater is going a lot better, and I'm signed up for a three week color knitting class in a few weeks!
So this is my stuffed Gavle goat. I found a good stuffed goat pattern on the Internet here and used it to make the body (though in a bigger needle size--size 6), so follow the body instructions for knitting and sewing to do that part. (Except I didn't do the body in 2 colors, obviously.)
Here's the parts of the pattern that I made up myself: It's all done all in tan or red worsted weight yarn with size 6 needles. Everything else after that is my own adaptation to look more Gavle-ish. Beard, horns, and red trim are all crocheted with a G hook, or whatever you have around the house, really.
CO 5 sts. Knit one row.
Purl next row. At the start and end of the row, purl back and front (pb&f), (7 sts.)
On next row, kf&b, knit to last st, kf&b (9 sts).
Pb&f, purl to last st, pb&f (11 sts).
kf&b, k to last st, kf&b (13 sts).
Knit in stockinette for 5 rows. AT the end of the last row, cast on 5 more stitches.
On the next row, purl the row and at the end, cast on 5 more stitches.
Knit in stockinette stitch for 6 rows. Bind off.
Sew seam together at smallest end of piece (where the CO stitches go). Should be 22 stitches around. Sew neck on to body of goat.
CO 20 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch for 18 rows, bind off, sew together at the long end.
Head ends (make 2):
CO 6 sts. Knit one row. Continue in stockinette stitch.
On next row, pb&f, p to 1 stitch before end, pb&f (8 sts).
Knit in stockinette stitch for 3 rows.
On next row, p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog (6 sts).
Bind off. Sew end to open hole. Stuff head and then sew other end on.
Tail: CO 4 stitches, knit in stockinette for 13 rows, bind off. Sew seam at short end of tail to make a circle, sew to butt end of goat. Use 3 sts to close the top of the tail, kind of sew them in a triangular fashion to pinch at the top.
Crochet with a G hook. Ch 5, single crochet in 4 of them. Tie end of beard onto chin of head.
Stuff the body and neck. Sew head to top of neck. Seams are all sewn on outside with the stockinette side facing out, so yes, the seams show.
Horns (make 2): These require 22 gauge craft wire (or whatever you have around the house that's similar, really).
Crochet with a G hook. Chain 30 sts. Cut a length of 22 gauge craft wire the same length as the chain, and hold it next to the chain. Single crochet along the chain and over the wire. Cut thread. Make a second horn to match the first.
Note for all trims: if your trim doesn't come out the same lengths as mine, feel free to shorten or lengthen as you must.
Red Horn Trim (make 10 in red yarn):
Chain 6 stitches, slip stitch to make circle, tie off, leaving a tail to sew the trim on.
Position 5 red circles, spaced apart, over the horns. Use the long tail to tie the trim on and anchor it in place. When all trims are put on, sew horns to the back of the head.
Nose Trim (in red yarn): chain 20 sts, slip stitch at end to make a circle and leave a long tail if you wish to sew it in place. Position it around the end of the nose and sew on to anchor it if you wish. (Note: thanks to how the nose is sewn on, this can pretty much stay in place on its own if you wish.)
Tail Trim (in red yarn): chain 13 sts, slip stitch at end, leave a long tail if you wish to sew it in place. Position it around the end of the tail and sew on to anchor it if you wish. (Note: thanks to how the tail is sewn on, this can pretty much stay in place on its own if you wish.)
Leg Trim (make 4 in red yarn): chain 20 sts, slip stich at end to make a circle, leave a long tail to sew it in place. Position trim around edges of feet. These pretty much need to be sewn on to stay on. Sew trim to feet.
Middle Trim: chain 22. DC along the entire chain, starting with the second chain. Fit the trim around the goat's middle and crochet together along the end to finish it off. (Probably don't need to anchor this in place so well either.)