vanillamagick: (Innocent)
No, it’s not a new crime show, it is my latest crochet project.

monk-with-lotus-1

The pattern is Little Monk and His Lotus Flower by Melbangle (available for £3.80 from both Ravelry and etsy.) The yarn is mostly Bernat Satin in several different colours, and also some Mary Maxim Starlette.

monk-with-lotus-2

The pattern is well written, and it was enjoyable to make. But I was so concerned about doing a good job that I let it just sit for so long. I actually started on May 9, 2015. I finally finished him up on May 10, 2016, which is far, far too long to have taken. But, I’m glad I took my time, because I am really pleased with the results.

I have a couple more Melbangle projects to do: a little Buddhist nun and a Venus of Willendorf.
vanillamagick: (Piano Kitty)
I’ve recently started a rewatch of the new series of Doctor Who, introducing Caden Bryce to the show. The new series. I loved the old series, it scared the hell out of me as a little girl but I'm not sure it would hold Caden Bryce the way the new series does. Maybe we'll try it if he's interested- any excuse to go back and rewatch! So far we're up to the specials at the end of season 4 and I'm dreading losing the 10th Doctor - even though I know I love the 11th! After watching Partners in Crime back at the beginning of Season 4, I knew I needed to make myself an Adipose baby.

adipose

The pattern is available for free on Ravelery. I had to search through notes from projects other people had finished to figure out how to do the hands since the pattern is a bit... um, light on the details. But, I still think he turned out really cute.

Not a Doctor Who fan, but still wondering what an Apidose is? Check out this video, narrated by John Barrowman.

I like pie

Feb. 5th, 2016 10:41 am
vanillamagick: (Innocent)
So, I might not be resting my arm as much as I should be. But this is so cute!


The pattern is All Your Pie Tape Measure Cover, designed by Tabitha Rose. It is available through Ravelry for only £1.70. And it is a perfect way to show off your multi-crafty skills since it uses both knitting and crochet. I used Bernat Satin in Sable (I think) and the filling is Red Heart Soft in Really Red.

Now I really am resting my hand. Honest... maybe. We will see what the doctor says this afternoon.
vanillamagick: (Phone Box)
I may not be able to knit thanks to a sore hand and a bad elbow, and I can still wind up yarn for future projects!

I have to wind all my hanked (or skeined, depending on the term you prefer to use) yarn myself. While I’m lucky enough to live in London, a city with several excellent and well-known yarn shops, I don’t do a lot of shopping at them because none have a particular good selection of non-wooly yarn. And, a few don’t even offer to wind your purchases for you. So, I’ve got the Amish-style swift that my dad built for me, and an adequate ball winder from Knit Picks, and every few months I grit my teeth and wind up some yarn.


My handmade swift (Thanks, Dad!)

So, why would you want a shop to wind yarn for you? Well:
  • You don’t have a swift and ball winder of your own.

  • It is over 1,000 metres and you do have a life. 😉

  • You want to get started on your project right away.

There are, however, many advantages to winding your own yarn. Such as:

  • You can’t always return yarn that has been wounding into a cake, even if it was done by the store. So, keep your yarn in a hank/skein if you think you might want to return it.

  • It is easier to trade or sell your yarn if it is still in a hank.

  • The shop could wind the yarn more tightly than you like, and it could bounce back after being washed, shrinking your project.

  • Yarn is easier to store in a hank, depending on your storage system.

  • Yarn cakes can trap moisture and smells much more readily than hanks. They also make cozier homes for bugs. Yuck!

  • You can check the ball for knots, weak spots, and strange colour changes as you wind it. This will allow you to be prepared for what might be coming, and also allow you to splice out bad spots.


One thing to watch for when winding your own cakes is tension. A yarn cake is wound too tight if it feels very firm when you give it squeeze. It should bounce back.


Balls of yarn ready to go… when I can knit again.

What about centre-pull vs. working from the outside? As a non-wooly, I always work from the outside of a cake or ball of yarn. Non-wooly yarn (especially 100% cotton, bamboo-heavy blends, and silk) tend to collapse if you work from the inside. The yarns are slicker than wool. They don’t have the little hairs that wooly yarns have, and those hairs are what helps those yarn cakes stay together well when working from the inside. If you don’t like the idea of your yarn rolling around on the floor when you work from the outside, consider setting the yarn in a small bag or on your lap. (To be honest, my yarn almost never escapes from me.) And when you work from the outside, you can use the centre of the cake for storing your label!

One last thing about yarn swifts. They come in a few different varieties, and can range from reasonably priced to very expensive (just like ball winders). Knit Picks even puts theirs on sale once in a while. But, you can make your own.
vanillamagick: (Phone Box)
My baby girl, Regan, has joined Dreamwidth. I can already feel her rolling her eyes at me calling her my baby girl, see that adolescent scowl as she reminds me that she's fourteen and NOT a baby. She'll always be my baby girl though, even when she's forty! My mam still calls me her baby.
That was rather tangential. Regan's on Dreamwidth. Her account is [personal profile] glitterangel and you should add her. LOL

I've been, as ever, cross-stitching a lot this week. Below is my progress on Sewing the Seeds. It is a much softer looking design than what the cover model shows. As you can see, I’ve backstitched most of the over-one lettering in the darker pink. I’m glad I didn’t do the larger “Love” that way, since I like my mistake better.
sewingtheseeds

I’ve also been working on one of Planet June’s creatures as a gift for Caden Bryce's second birthday. Here is all sea turtle pieces. You’d think I have the bulk of the work done, but putting it together will be very labour intensive. worth it.
seaturtle

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