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.
vanillamagick: (Beads)
Finally, about two years after I started it, Lizzie*Kate’s Peace, Love and a Cure is finally done!

peace-love-cure

I stitched it on white 28 count linen of some sort. (I’m really bad about labelling things, or taking good notes.) I decided to use the DMC conversion for it since, let’s be honest, I can be cheap. And, I am really pleased with the outcome.

pink-fabric

It will most likely be sewn into a shopping bag using the fabrics above. If you have the pattern, you may have noticed that the fabric on the left is the same one shown on the cover. I looked everywhere for it, and ended up finding it somewhere nearby.

Somehow, finishing this gives me a bit more peace. While I worked on it a friend’s sister died of breast cancer and, as I mentioned before, a family member dealt with and overcame another type of cancer. It is silly, I know, but I feel like there is a bit more closure now.
vanillamagick: (Phone Box)
As I was putting away the Easter decorations, I realized I forgot to take a picture of this little cutie



The pattern is Dwarf Bunny by PlanetJune, and the yarn is Bernat Satin in Antique Rose. I’m not sure I like the colour choice, but I still think he is kinda cute. 😉

I also wanted to share one more thing with you. I've just finished reading a book called Passionate Mom, and I have to tell you that I really, really enjoyed it. It talks about how to be a good mum using ten points that are taken from the biblical store of Nehemiah.

Now, I’m sure a lot of you know that I’m not exactly Christian (I was brought up Christian but am definitely firmly living in the Pagan camp and have done so for many many years. My wife, however, is a Christian) but I still found that this book really spoke to me. The framework might be a biblical story, but the advice is firmly based in the real world. The ten points (Perception, Pondering, Passion, Prayer, Patience, Preparation, Purpose, Planning, Problem Solving, and Perseverance) speak to any mom, regardless of her religious beliefs (or lack there of, really).
vanillamagick: (Chucks)
I love to stitch, and I love Mill Hill kits. So, of course I had to stitch this:



I like the design, and it was interesting stitching with Sullivan’s floss. But, I’m pretty sure now that I wouldn’t go out of my way to stitch with Sullivan’s again. Will I avoid Mill Hill kits because of it? No, I don’t think so.

I think my main issue with Sullivan’s is that is very sewing thread-like. By that I mean it is tightly twisted and doesn’t feel as soft as DMC. It also seems to tangle and twist more easily, but because it is so tightly twisted to begin with, it is a bit easier to unknot it. Ultimately, my experience just confirms that DMC is my cotton floss of choice.
vanillamagick: (Chucks)
Whew! I knit a pair of sort-of-complicated socks in just over three days!

Flying-Dutchman
The pattern is Flying Dutchman. The sailboat motif is achieved through a technique called intarsa in the round, which is fairly complicated and requires a lot of turning and purling back and then turning and knitting forward, etc. I’m so pleased that the socks turned out so well, which is mostly thanks to a very well written pattern. (I had taken a class on intarsa in the round back in September 2011 and it just didn’t click. But now I get it!)

sailboat

The yarn is Berroco Comfort sock in colourways Pearl (white) and Hari Hari. (The blue was supposed to be patterned, but my skein really wasn’t. Check the link to see what it should have looked like.)

I think I need to rest my hands a little bit. I just wish we had a bit more sun here so I could do something like sit outside or go for walks to otherwise entertain myself.

I have brought just a little bit of spring inside though, since Mother Nature seems to be taking a bit of a rest outdoors.

mini-daffodils

tulips-and-violets

I hope spring is making an appearance in your part of the world. (Or autumn, if you happen to on the opposite side of the globe.) Part of the reason I love living where I do is because we have four very different seasons, but I just wish they would change a bit quicker this year. 😉
vanillamagick: (Starry)
As I’m sure most of you are aware, I tend to get a little bit behind. I mean well, really. But, once in a while I do actually get things done ahead of time.



This is Lucky Day, a Mill Hill kit from the 2010 Spring Bouquet collection. It is stitched as per the pattern, except I attached all the beads with half cross stitches instead of using full stitches for the petite beads. (Yes, I am that lazy.)

The original plan was to finish it as a pin for Caden Bryce to wear to school on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a bit too big for his little chest. It does come with a magnet, but my new stainless steel fridge isn’t magnet! lol! I think I might just put it away to use as an ornament when I finally get around to creating a year long ornament tree.
vanillamagick: (Phone Box)
No, there isn’t another baby coming here. (The thought makes me want to faint!) I’ve knit another Baby Surprise Jacket, the classic pattern by knitting genius Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Here it is off the needles:
offtheneedlesA big blob of a thing

And after a fold and seaming the shoulders, here is the finished jacket:
Baby-Surprise-JacketA sweet little baby sweater

Amazing, isn’t it? The style might not be to everyone’s taste, but the pattern is such genius. I honestly think that every knitter should make at least one, just to experience the crazy things you can do with knitting.

The yarn is Araucania Ulmo Multi in the enchantingly named colourway 709. It took about 320 yards, and I figure it is about a 6-9 month size, possibly bigger. I did the increases as yo,k1,yo just to be different. And the buttons are “Counting Sheep” from Dress It Up.

bsj-closeup Buttons, garter stitch, and yarn over holes.

The pattern itself is available in several places. You can order the ABC Surprise Jacket (adult, baby, child) pattern directly from Schoolhouse Press for US$12+shipping (in my opinion this is the best version of the pattern since it has line by line directions rather than the “pithy” directions in the other sources). The pattern for just the baby version can be found in the books Opinionated Knitter and The Knitter’s Almanac, among other places.

Now that I’ve knit the Baby Surprise Jacket twice, I’m not sure I would knit it again. It is really cool to turn a knitted blob into a little sweater, but the miles of garter stitch are just plain boring! 😉

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: (Default)
I mentioned the other day that my sewing machine seems to be working again. And that means I’m trying to finish up some kits I’ve had lying around for a while.


This is Cosmetic Bag from The Village Haberdashery. I’ve made a few of their kits in the past and I still have a couple more to make. The next one I want to tackle is their Doctor Bag, which is just a purse sized version of this bag. The fabric in the kit is really cute, too.


I did make a few minor mistakes, partly because I didn’t understand the directions. But, overall I’m very pleased with it. And now I know what not to do when I make the larger bag.
vanillamagick: (Random Shoes)
Finally, another pair of socks for me!


These are the Salto Socks I started back on my holiday in November. I finally finished them and Wow, that took a long time! They are a little longer than I normally knit. The yarn is Blue Mountain Fiber Arts Sock Candy in colourway Dusty Blue.

To be honest with you, I made a few mistakes with these socks. The increases on the back of the first sock were done wrong and left tiny holes. (I was in the middle of the Caribbean Sea! I didn’t want to waste my precious Internet minutes looking up how to do an increase I thought I knew how to do.) And the second sock is actually a bit taller than the first since I did one extra cable twist on the leg. Oops! Thankfully the foot (which is what you see when wearing socks with pants, as I am wont to do) is perfect for both socks. I even followed the advice of the pattern and reversed the cables for the second sock.


And can you believe that I haven’t cast on another pair of socks yet? I’ve started another project, which I will share tomorrow.

Santa-ish

Jan. 26th, 2016 05:34 pm
vanillamagick: (Shiny & New)
Not every project can be a success.



This is why I’ve decided not to do any more towel painting. Even with the help of an iron on transfer, my artistic skills aren’t sufficient to pull off something like this. I also hate having to fight with the damn tubes of paint every time.

Oh, and the blue star is to cover up a big spot of flesh-coloured paint. I added more blue dots to make it look “better”.

Overall, it is cute but kitschy. Meh.
vanillamagick: (Default)
Happy Yule! Happy Winter Solstice! Welcome back Sun!

I was able to finish up Baby Man’s Yule gift in time. It is Planet June's Stegosaurus. I used Bernat Satin, and made a few changes because my gauge is a wee bit tighter than June's, even when using one size large hook.

stegosaurus-tree
Stegosaurus by Planet June

It was better received by Caden Bryce than I expected. He doesn’t really care for soft toys, but he has given this one a couple of hugs and driven it around in the bulldozer he got as a gift on Saturday from my cousin and his wife. I’m hoping to crochet Planet June’s Tortoise for him for his birthday.

I also finished up my first Pyroclastic Sock. It turned out quite well, even though I had to take a few guesses as to how the pattern on the top of the foot was supposed to change. It is a bit different than the standard sock architecture, being based on Elizabeth Zimmerman/Meg Swanson’s Arch-Shaped Stockings. I love how the bottom of the sock hugs my foot, and I am so looking forward to wearing these. I’ve already cast on the second sock.

pyroclasticsock-1 pyroclasticsock-side

Christmas knitting is done, as is all the holiday crocheting. The gifts have been washed and the last one is is almost done drying. One thing needs to have the sweater lint remover thing run over it, but it still looks pretty good. I’m hoping to tackle my wrapping tomorrow, and then relax until it is time to put the turkey in on Christmas Day. After that, well, stitching again! And who knows what else.

Miss Jade

jade rachel. 37. october 29 1978. scorpio. snake. welsh. lives in london. black hair. green eyes. tattooed. pierced. mother. daughter. sister. aunt. widow. wife. lesbian. wiccan. hippy. geek. goth. ravenclaw

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