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Emergency Hat Making Because Cold

So the school year got off to an exciting start last week when school was canceled for two days due to subfreezing temperatures. It got cold enough to snow. That is entirely too cold. Now, for those of you from the frozen north, keep in mind that I hail from the barren wastelands of the desert southwest, meaning I am perfectly adapted to withstand 100+ degree heat (that’s about 38 degrees Celsius) but simply cannot survive any temperature below the freezing point. As such, I spent my snow days inside, making a hat.20180122_093759.jpg

Long time readers may remember the hat I made last year for this explicit purpose. I’m pretty sure gremlins stole that hat, along with the accompanying gloves, because I cannot find it for the life of me. So I took to Ravelry, searched for quick and easy hat patterns and found the Divine Hat, designed by Sarah Arnold. I really like this pattern. It’s very visually interesting, especially for how simple it is to make. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot if you are also in need of a hat.

After finishing the hat, I still had a few hours left in my second snow day, so I decided to see if I could find a good glove pattern to go with it. So, back to Ravelry I went and, um…

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…I may have taken the pattern’s name as a challenge. And failed. It took a little longer than one evening to finish the gloves, which may have been a result of me choosing to watch a subtitled Korean reality show instead of something I could, you know, look away from for any period of time.

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But regardless, the gloves turned out nice. They’re simpler than the pair I made last year, but sometimes simple is good, and paired with the yarn I was using, I think they turned out really pretty. If you want to try making them, you can find the pattern here. Let me know if you actually finish them in one evening.

Of course, now that I’ve made these, the weather has taken a turn toward the not-cold, so who knows when I’ll get a chance to actually use them. But it’s nice to have them on hand in case I need them. At least, until gremlins steal this set too…

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Amigurumi · Crochet · Free Patterns · Patterns · Tiny animals

Tiny Crochet Rabbits

50th post WOO!

Um…anyway, bunnies!

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Okay, one bunny. Apparently I’m too lazy to make multiple bunnies. Don’t worry, I’m sure it will multiply soon.

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I have pictures of this rabbit from three sides, and by gosh, I am going to use all of them.

This pattern was blissfully easy to make, partly because it’s kind of a Frankenstein’s monster of other patterns I’ve done. I took the head pretty much word for word from the cat pattern, and the ears are a sized down version of what I did with the matoki, sans pipe cleaners. The body is new because I wanted the bunny to be chubbier than the fox and the cat, but it didn’t really give me any trouble for some reason. Maybe I’m just getting better at creating specific shapes. Yay!

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But seriously, look at that cute little nub!

The only part that gave me any trouble was the tail. Mainly because I originally thought it should be a lot bigger than it had any right to be, and it took a few attempts to get one that wasn’t enormous. Rabbits have nubs for tails. I’m not sure why that wasn’t obvious.

So…yeah. Quick little January pattern. If you want to make one of these rabbits, by all means, do so. The pattern is here. Go nuts. Go rabbits? I don’t think that works.

If you don’t want to make one, but still want a tiny rabbit (because really who doesn’t), you can buy one here.

See you next week!

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Status Report #6: New Year’s Resolutions

All right, I put it off for a week, but now let’s do the super cliché thing and talk about goals for the year.

My primary goal this year, as far as crafting is concerned, is to overhaul the Etsy shop. Entropy has been a thing for about a year and a half now, and in that time I’ve basically taken a “something is better than nothing” approach to my Etsy listings, prioritizing getting things up at all, and not really worrying about making sure the descriptions/pictures/anything really was very good. This is not a good business strategy (shocking, I know) and while it did grow out of a need to prioritize college over all else, college is almost over, so that excuse is going to go away real soon. Additionally, I’ve got a better idea of what kind of identity I want for Entropy than I did a year and a half ago, and while the odds and ends that made up the original listings made for a decent start, they don’t…um…sell.

Have I made any progress on this yet? No. No I have not.

My other major New Year’s worthy goal is to finish my Work-In-Progress list. I have this annoying tendency to start a long project, get distracted, move on to a new project, and then leave the original to languish until I eventually either get back to it or realize I’m never going to finish it and just frog it for the yarn. Which has led to nine—wait, no, eight! I finished one yesterday. Hah! Progress!—larger knit and crochet works just laying around in an unfinished state. Possibly more if I missed some. I’ll probably dedicate a post to listing them later this month, but such a list deserves pictures and most of these things are laying around in my dorm two states away.

So…yeah. That’s just about all I wanted to say for this week so…bye!

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Hoodie Scarf

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2018. It feels like I should write a post reflecting on last year, or laying out some new years resolutions for this year, but I don’t really want to. So instead I’m going to take it back to 2017 and talk about a thing I made. Namely, this scarf.

 

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Modeled by my sister, Verity
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I think she likes it

I made this for two reasons. The first is because my sister wanted it, so I gave it to her for Christmas. I’ve been working on it off and on since July. She even picked the colors. The pattern is here. It was clearly supposed to be used with a different kind of yarn, but I used Bernat Blanket Yarn to make it super fluffy, and I think it worked out pretty well.

The other reason I made it was as a means to a separate, quasi-related end. There’s another project I want to complete, for which I need to know how to construct a hood. Since I had no idea how to go about doing that, I figured I’d make something else that was hooded to get the feel for it. And now that I have, I’m going to go start that. See you next week!

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Status Report #5: The Written Equivalent of an Unboxing Video

Happy day after Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had a good day and those of you who celebrate Christmas got some good presents. What did I get, you ask? Well, socks.

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Okay, I didn’t just get socks. But I did get an absurd amount of socks. It was kind of ridiculous.

Anyway, I also finally got to open my Stitching Santa gift, which arrived weeks ago and I think the only reason I managed to keep from opening it this long is that I didn’t get back in town until like four days ago. I love college. Anyway, it turns out my Stitching Santa was Pat aka Lilly’s Mom from lillymycat.blogspot.com and she definitely spoiled me.

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So I’m going to go through and do an unboxing post of sorts to wrap up this Christmas adventure. So let’s get into it. Here’s what I got:

1. Yarn!

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This yarn is 75% wool.

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I’m allergic to wool……

Okay, so, yeah, I was honestly kind of expecting this, given that wool is pretty prolific in the knit/crochet community. And nowhere on my blog does it actually say I’m allergic to wool. I should probably add that to my about page or something…..

Honestly, I think it’s really pretty and I really like the color and I really wish I could use it. I have a friend up in Albuquerque who will be very happy with this.

….That was less happy than I thought it would be. Let’s try this again.

2. Chocolate!

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……………….This is awkward.

So, um, I usually try to discourage people from gifting me food, because it’s very rare that I can actually, well, eat it. See, the thing is I have a deadly allergy to peanuts and tree nuts and I know this particular chocolate bar doesn’t technically contain either of those things, but Ghirardelli is one of the worst brands for cross contamination so I have to treat it like it does so I can’t eat it I’m sorry. Allergies are the worst.

I know it seems like I’m just hating on this gift, and I swear, that’s not my intention. There was a lot of stuff in there, and I have nothing but positive thoughts for the rest of it. I just put these two first because I wanted to condense the awkward as much as possible and get it out of the way as soon as possible. I also want to stress that both the yarn and the chocolate were good ideas, I really appreciate the thought, and I’m really sorry I can’t use them.

Okay, now onto the good stuff.

3. This pen!

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This pen is really cute. I like this pen. I will get much use out of this pen.

4. This bag!

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This bag is also really cute. And it has a drawstring! I probably won’t get as much use out of this as I do out of the pen, but I will get use out of it.

5. Socks!

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Welp, into the pile with you.

Okay, okay, dumb jokes aside, these socks are really cute and cozy. I rather like them. They will be worn. Here’s a picture of them being worn because I’m not sure what else to say.

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When you put them next to each other like that, it’s almost like there’s only one snowman…

6. This book of patterns!

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This book made my life. That might be an exaggeration, but I think I might love it.

I don’t normally get much use out of pattern books, by virtue of them generally containing maybe one or two things I want to make. But, looking through this book, I found quite a few patterns that I was genuinely excited to make. Which is exciting! Looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of knitting in 2018.

So…yeah. That’s about it. Overall, Stitching Santa was a great experience, and I’m glad I participated in it. I hope everyone else had fun with it too. Thank you, Pat, for your excellent and well-thought-out gift. I’m sorry I complained about it.

December brought a lot of status reports to Entropy Creations, which wasn’t my intention, but probably worked out for the best. Pretty much all of what I was working on this month was pretty solidly Christmas related in one way or another. I want to try to keep these kinds of posts to a minimum, because I genuinely prefer writing feature pieces about things I make, and next week is definitely going to be one of those.

Next week is also going to be in the new year. So, happy New Year, everyone! I’ll see you in 2018.

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Status Report #4: Stitching Santa 2k17

I finished my Stitching Santa gift! Yay! It’s in the mail. It’s supposed to arrive by the end of the week. Here’s hoping it actually, you know, does.

So I’m going to show off what I did. Because that’s all I did this week. Well, that and finals, which are finally over! Yay! Three glorious weeks off!!

*Ahem* Anyway…

I’ve already shown off the yarn I got (for more on that adventure, click here). I may have blown my entire budget on that outing, so rather than purchase a card, I borrowed some of my roommate’s pretty paper (thank you, roommate) and made one myself.

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…The tree looks more green in person I promise. Also, turns out I don’t own any glue that isn’t hot glue…. I fail as a crafter.

Anyway, there’s actual words written on the inside of the card, but they’re super spoilery when it comes to who my recipient is, so I will not be repeating any of them here. That said, I don’t work with paper very often, so I’m really proud of how this turned out, even if it is kinda basic.

Additionally, I made them two tiny cats, one black and one white.

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I chose to make cats for an interesting and kinda roundabout reason. See, my recipient has two children, so the original plan was to make two octopi—one for each child. But then it occurred to me that maybe I should make something that she could, you know, choose to keep for herself, and the cats make for very good display pieces. Although now that I think about it, she could have easily chosen to keep the octopi for herself and put them on display. They also look good on shelves…. Oh well, too late now.

They’re black and white because it kind of reminds me of a yin-yang with the whole idea of two things being both equal and opposite. It’s balanced while also being sleeker than could be achieved with more colorful colors, and I like that.

One final note about the cats:  I’ve changed a few things in the pattern since I first designed them in June. The original design had a very thin neck, which lead to the head being wobbly and unstable. Which really isn’t conducive to getting them to stand up on their own. Or making sure they’re childproof. I made this change behind the scenes back in July, but I finally got around to updating the written pattern yesterday. I’ve updated it in the original post about the cats, but I’m putting a link to the updated pdf here as well.

So…yeah. That’s my giant Stitching Santa post. Stay tuned for next week when I show off the present I got.

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Status Report #3: I have Created an Army!!

20171211_205711.jpg…of octopi. Tiny, tiny octopi. Wearing tiny, fashionable hats. And they are off to conquer South Korea!

Or, rather, they were ordered by a friend of mine who currently resides in South Korea and decided they would make good Christmas presents for her coworkers. This is, incidentally, the same friend who accidentally inspired the matoki project. Thank you, Dani, for always giving me things to do.

IMG_20171211_210311_099.jpgThis is the first bulk order I’ve ever received, and it was something of an adventure. An adventure that ate literally all of my free time in the two weeks leading up to finals and that I will not be repeating without significantly more time to prepare.

But also an adventure that challenged me creatively, as my instructions were: “Make 19 tiny octopi, you choose the colors.” So with full creative liberty, a limited supply of yarn, and a stubborn determination to not make any two octopi the same color combination, I wound up trying some color combos I wouldn’t have otherwise. My personal favorite is the orange and white one.

So yeah. Achievement unlocked. Bulk order filled. Now I can move on and finally finish my Stitching Santa!

…I’m going to go sleep now. Bye!

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Rawr!

Okay, now I know what you’re thinking. What could I possibly have been doing all week that I had to delay my weekly post until Wednesday? Well, three things:

  1. Studying.
  2. Making a veritable army of tiny octopi. One of my friends ordered a lot of them to be shipped internationally in time for Christmas. I currently have about 10, and I need 20 by the end of the week. Wish me luck.
  3. Making a freaking DINOSAUR!
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RAWR!

What? I like dinosaurs. They’re cool. And this one’s adorable. He’s like a foot tall and super chubby and I just want to squeeze him.

So, I did not design this dinosaur. I found the pattern on Ravelry (obligatory link), and it was designed by Bluephone Studios, which is apparently an Etsy shop. The pattern does cost money, but it’s just so freaking cute that it’s super worth it in my opinion.

20171205_105036.jpgAnyway, I actually made this dinosaur for the yearly white elephant that’s put on by HYPED (the k-pop dance cover group that I am a part of), which happened yesterday. (And is the real reason I pushed this post back a day. Some of the members read my blog, and I didn’t want to spoil the surprise.)

So that’s the first Christmas item crossed off my list! Now I just need to finish up my Stitching Santa gift and all of the things for family and friends back home.

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Oh yeah, and pass my classes.

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……………………….I should get back to studying. Bye!

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Status Report #2: Christmas?

20171122_122215.jpgSo Thanksgiving was last week, and with it came lots of food, three days off of school, and a trip to the fancy yarn shop in the French Quarter.

The Quarter Stitch is a yarn and needlepoint shop that has been on my radar pretty much since I moved to New Orleans, but I go there approximately never because the yarn they sell is suuuuuuuuper expensive. And worth the price. It’s like boutique yarn. I can’t afford it, but I want all of it. Here are a few pictures of the inside of the shop to show you what I mean:

But, despite not really being able to shop for myself here, I figured this would be a good place to get a really nice skein of yarn for my #stitchingsanta recipient. And I was right!

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See?

They even wrapped it up super nice for me! And it shall remain in that wrapping when I ship it to its new home, because really it’s perfect. Granted, had I known they were going to wrap it, I would have taken a picture of the yarn I picked out before I paid for it. But hey, I figure it adds to the surprise.

So that’s steps one and two checked off my action plan for Stitching Santa 2k17. Only three more steps to go and I’m golden.

On a related note, Christmas is coming. In like a month. Yay?

So I don’t tend to make very many of the Christmas presents I give out, on account of I’m really bad at planning these things and making gifts takes time. That said, I am making a few, and since I blog about basically everything I make with few exceptions, I will be blogging about these too. But after Christmas (mostly) because some of my friends read my blog, and I don’t want to spoil anything.

Incidentally, next week’s post will be on Wednesday, not Tuesday, for reasons that I’m sure are completely unrelated to the above topic. See you next week!

Amigurumi · Crochet · Not So Free Patterns · Patterns · Tiny animals

Tiny Crochet Fox

Okay, it’s official. I have started a series of tiny animals. This one’s a fox. Because foxes are cool. I mean, look at this thing.

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Behold its majesty!

The pattern for this is loosely based on the one for the Tiny Cats (Note the similar, chess-piece-shaped body), but with the addition of a muzzle and a fluffy tail to make it distinctly fox shaped. And a lot of color work to make it distinctly a fox. The color work did go through a few iterations, resulting in one proto-fox that had very little white on its belly, and was stuck looking forever to the right, but I really like the way it turned out.

20171120_191656 (2)Overall, I’m really proud of this pattern. That said, it is a little more intricate than most of my designs (matoki notwithstanding), so it’s available for $1 on my Etsy shop. Here’s a direct link to the listing. This was a hard decision to make since, as a crafter who does not have infinite money, I understand how frustrating it can be when a pattern you like costs money. However, as an artist and as a business owner, I kind of want to be paid for my work, and I think this pattern is worth a dollar.