Crocheters need new toys too!

I have been crocheting for just over a year now.  I have worked with all sorts of yarn and made a number of different patterns…from scarves to amigurumi! But it was only recently that I was introduced to the beauty that is a yarn winder and swift! I got it in my head that after Christmas, I would go on a swift hunt…and I did! 😉

Up until recently, I wound balls of yarn onto my fingers…which didn’t necessarily lend itself to blood fl0w….

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Or I simply worked from the unwound skein…

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We were snowed in over Boxing Day and my mother-in-law suggested a different approach that worked!

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But I still had the idea of a swift and winder in my head….

So today, we drove to Kanata, ON and I bought some new toys!!!

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Now I can wind balls of yarn in minutes…PLUS they pull from the middle which makes this crocheter even MORE happy! 😉

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My first wound ball of yarn!

I can’t wait to get home and organize my enormous bin of yarn!

I’m such a Capricorn!

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Two-in-one-amigurumi…fish AND sushi?! Had to share!

NOTE: All the pics below are linked to their original sites so feel free to follow the links for more info!

 A friend sent me this via Google+ this evening…Thanks Peter!…and I have to say it’s impressive and HAD to be shared! No question!

Halfway between … is it a fish or is it sushi??

Fish!

All the pics to this pattern can be seen at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-to-sushi-amigurumi

There’s no way you, assuming you’re a crochet nut like me, will look at this pattern and not simply *have* to try it out! lol

Other Notable Amigurumi fun:

Star Wars amigurumi! Love that they even got Princess Leia’s hair correct! lol

Followed by…wait for it…. Hannibal Lecter!! Freakin awesome!

 

Hmmmm….I really have to start working on some more crocheted little ones!  Lil’ Death recently took a trip through NY state…pics to come!

Crocheted Cthulu goes International!

During my recent obsession with crocheting, I have found myself making little amigurumi dolls for fun. I’ve purchased a number of books for inspiration…no one told me how addictive this would be!!

I’ve made friend with a lil Death

I also created a little scythe out of Sculpey and painted it…but have yet to figure out how to attach to my lil no-armed Deathly friend.

I have also become acquainted with a little Devil…who, like Death, is missing something…but in this case it is his goatee that I forgot to add before taking the pic!  Poor naked faced Devil!

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ADDITION: April 20, 2012

I finally got around to goatee-ing my Devil and scythe-ing Death!! 🙂

Devil and Death...great friends. Who would've thought??? 😉

 

You put Death and Devilish Evil together and what do you get next?

Cthulu!!!!

Evil Cthulu is EVIL!!!-.....Nah, actually he's kinda cute!

Of all my crocheted friends, Cthulu I is the only to have left me and gone international! *sniff*

Ah well!  I’ll just make ANOTHER Cthulu friend (Cthulu II) and *HIS* tentacles will be even bigger…because, you know, in the measuring of Cthulu evilness, size matters. 😉

Cthulu I travelled overseas with B during his most recent two week tour to England. He, that’s Cthulu, was headed to a new British home, via B’s suitcase and he was lucky enough to make some stops along the way, take some shots, and send them back to me as a reminder that he was in England and I was not. *shakes fist in the general direction of England*

I can only imagine the fun he must be having, hanging out with his new bud Kevin and sucking the souls from the British population!  

In memory of my little friend Cthulu I, I present to you his travelling pictures.  All  I can assume is that those who took these pictures for him were threatened with torturous soul suckage and a impossible-to-win staring contest if they refused.

The terror begins before he even gets on the plane.  As you can see by the following picture, he has obviously forced B and H to pose with him for a picture. You can see the fear in their eyes as they try to mask it behind shaky smiles. Cthulu looks as stone faced and authoritarian as he always does.

It doesn’t stop there.  H is then forced to smuggle him overseas!  That’s Cthulu for you…always doing things the hard way.  Bring on the chaos!  (And then take a picture of it so he can gloat after the fact!)

Upon arriving in England, Cthulu I makes his way to the coast, which is likely what I too would do.  You can see the sky clouding over and I can’t help but wonder if he didn’t have something to do with that…dragging lovely storms and hurricanes behind him is one of his favourite hobbies.  There were other pictures of his coastal visit but the hand holding him was shaking so much that they were completely blurry.  That poor terrified photographer…I can only hope they survived their encounter with “Cthulu at the Beach”!!

Salty air makes a tentacle-y beast hungry so next up….grocery store! I don’t think they sold souls…else they were much too expensive.  A hungry Cthulu is a cranky Cthulu so it scares me to imagine what took place when Cthulu trudged to the front of the store, empty-handed.

When no souls are to be purchased, then they shall be taken!

Cthulu I was always so charismatic.  He could get anyone to drop their guard in minutes with simple conversation.  His favourite topic? Music. Opinions, especially ones revolving around favourite bands and music, want to be shared.  It would take him only minutes to identify someone passionate about their favourite bands.  A couple questions later, some spirited debate, followed by agreement that their favourite bands were, yes, absolutely awesome…and then-…

BAM!!!

Soul suckage!

Even simian fans of Heather Dale cannot escape the charisma of Cthulu!

Cthulu I was (and I assume, still is) always hungry. Sometimes, there are souls aplenty.  Other times, they are rare…or those in the vicinity have all been eaten.  It is in these rare cases that Cthulu I pulls out his secret weapon.

He will stare up at the closest human with an innocent, wide-eyed expression and say something endearing and ingenious such as “Feed me.” (Most times this will be followed by a threat of severe bodily harm if they do not acquiesce.)  Such events are *never* caught on camera, but one brave soul managed to capture this moment on film.  How, I will never know!

As a sidenote, and just to irk my tentacle-y now-British friend (Who is too far away to suck my soul!!! Nyah nyah!!) I would like to submit that Cthulu I and Puss in Boots are somehow related.  Compare the wide-eyed innocent faces….of the above….and the below….

There is a similarity there that just cannot be ignored!  Same fathers perhaps?  I leave that for your consideration.

The final two pictures are the most distressing as we get to see our lil Cthulu choosing the person he plans to enslave-….I mean live with!

His name is (or was?) Kevin and the manner in which Cthulu seemingly appears out of thin air onto Kevin’s shoulder, which is a Cthulic behaviour showing ownership, is utterly disturbing.

Although B claims that Kevin is also disturbing so hey, what do I know?

Friends Forever! (Yeah, as if Kevin ever really had a choice!)

Fineprint: Although I was Cthulu I’s creator, I accept no responsibility for any chaos and destruction he may leave in his wake.  The moment he left the confines of my crochet bag and crossed international borders, he was his own perso-…creature and is subject to any and all laws of his chosen country…assuming anyone can get close enough to him to enforce such laws.  Good luck with that!

Making up Crochet – A dog sweater!

One of my co-workers asked me before Christmas if I could crochet a sweater for her dog, Ruby.  I said I would give it a try and she brought in one of Ruby’s older sweaters for me to use as a reference.

I worked on it over Christmas break and after sending it to Ruby to be tried on and then tweaking it slightly…I am proud to say that I successfully crocheted a dog sweater! 😀

 

Crocheted Yule gifts…and a viking hat!!

Happy New Year!

My long absence has been brought to you by both my laziness and a wordpress error that kept me locked out of my account throughout the holidays.

I admit, that was somewhat frustrating, but the good news is that I spent the holidays keeping myself busy with crochet!  Yep, I’m loving my new hobby … and it felt good to give gifts this year that I had made myself.

Here are a couple of my Yuletide creations…
First is the scarf I gave to B’s aunt….

Long Scarf - 100% Acrylic, made completely with half double crochet stitches

Followed by the scarf for his dad…

100% acrylic

….which Nosey, the family dog, apparently liked as well….

Nosey showing off one of my creations 🙂

Another scarf went to B’s mom…this is a scarf of which I am quite proud…it took a number of hours and was somewhat difficult because I kept the stitches quite tight…but it turned out incredibly well. I just wish I had a shot of her wearing it! 🙂

100% acrylic scarf made by me!

To my friend Heather and her husband Peter, I gave sort of matching scarves…well…matching patterns, different colours.  I secretly asked each of them what colours they thought would suit the other.  (On that note, I have to say that in many ways I enjoy the covert fact-finding missions more than the giving of the resulting gift!)

In addition to scarves, I also gifted armwarmers, which I have been making non-stop over the past month or so.  Recently, I attempted a pair of laced armwarmers…more for look than warmth I suppose (well, unless you wore them over something else!)

First pair of laced armwarmers....25% wool 75% acrylic

Okay…and la pièce de résistance?

A Viking Hat!!!

I already have a few people interested in having one made!  In some cases for their children and others want one for themselves 🙂  I have some great ideas that started with this particular pattern and I am anxious to see where my creativity leads me…but I also need to take a moment and acknowledge the source of the pattern: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Mamachee  It was the first pattern I have ever purchased and it was so easy to follow!  Can’t wait to start making more!

So, on that note…I think I shall get some sleep…I have an order for a dog sweater and a scarf to start working on tomorrow 😉

Crochet: Keeping the palms warm! (Fingers come later!)

I had no idea I would like crocheting so much.

I’ve only being doing it for a month or so but I love being able to do something productive when I would otherwise be simply sitting, such as when I’m watching a movie or sitting on the subway.  Now if I could just figure out how to read and crochet! Hmmmmm…..

I plan to crochet most of my Yule gifts this year…likely scarves, which are pretty straightforward, or arm warmers.  How I love arm warmers!! I’ve said it many times, I really like crocheting because I see results so quickly.  I haven’t attempted gloves…have no idea how I’d go about crocheting digits so I’m waiting until I have the palm section down. 😉  I figure I’ll give arm warmers as gifts this year and then mail out the fingers as I figure them out…Next year’s Yule gift!

I tried to make my first pair a couple of weeks ago, basely loosely on a pattern I saw online.   It was easier than I had expected.  I of course made some mistakes but my first prototypes served their purpose.  Here are a few pairs I have made so far….

My first experimental pair

I have continued to work mainly with acrylic yarn but I have a few wool pairs in the works as well. Most wool makes me itchy (alpaca being the exception so far) but so far I find I can still crochet with it.

B&W Striped...as ordered 😉

 

A new lacy crochet stitch I discovered in one of my million crochet books! I love the library!

I’m now experimenting with more lacy crochet stitches and using ribbon to accessorize…..More pics to come!

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Crochet: Learning to work the needle!

Last spring, I attempted to learn how to knit.  A friend showed me the ins and outs of purling and knitting, which I could do….sort of.  But knitting didn’t make sense to me.  Purl, knit, purl, knit…I didn’t get it and it didn’t stick.  My knitting needles became sticks to hold up my hair and that was that.

In September, I decided to try crocheting.  I didn’t have huge expectations.  I had heard that although crochet was somewhat !similar to knitting, many people usually preferred one or the other.  So I figured, what the heck, I’ll try it.

Two months later, I’m still crocheting and I’m really enjoying it!  It makes sense where knitting completely lost me.  I have attempted scarves, granny squares and, most recently, amigurumi!

I have been taking books out of the library to study various pattern ideas, using youtube to clarify stitches that require more than just a picture to explain themselves, and joining a number of awesome crochet websites!  As I experiment with patterns and various creations, I’ll definitely be sharing them on this blog 🙂

My first attempt at a scarf...It's taking me a little longer as it is quite wide...straightforward double crochets.

My first completed scarf - Find the pattern online for free HERE

My first completed granny squares, made with a mix of camouflage yarn and green yarn, both acrylic.