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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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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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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!

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.

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Tiny Crochet Coffee Mug

I made a thing! Isn’t it cute?

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Little Vampires mug included for scale

So seeing as my blood has been almost completely replaced by coffee at this point, I thought it was about time I made a coffee themed pattern. So I made a coffee mug. Of course, the reason my blood has been replaced by coffee is the sheer amount of coursework I’ve been doing. So I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on this. So I made the coffee mug tiny.

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Depending on the size of your screen, this picture might be to scale.

I wanted to make it into a little keychain, because I think that would make it even cuter. But then I found out that my keychains are in New Mexico, and I am definitely not, so that’ll have to wait for winter break. Until then, I’ll just have to be content with this tiny crochet mug full of tiny crochet coffee.

If you would like to make your own tiny crochet mug, the pattern is here. Expect more crochet coffee stuff in the future, when I have a little more brainspace to work on it. Or not. I’m not really sure. But either way, this will still exist. So…yeah.

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Bat Wing Hair Clip

Here’s something a little bit more spooky to finish out Halloween month. BATS!

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Well, actually, a singular bat. I had intended to make more bats, maybe in a few different colors, but then I remembered that I’m a college student and it’s midterm season, so one bat would have to do. But it hides in your hair, so it’s super spooky.

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See? That’s, like, the definition of spooky.

When I got the idea for a bat-wing hair clip, I originally wanted to design my own. But then I remembered that I’m a college student and it’s midterm season (funny how these things work sometimes), gave up on that dream in favor of keeping my sanity (well, as much as is left), and found a cute pattern on Etsy. Yes, this pattern is copyright E.D’Angel’s Designs and you can buy it from them for a very reasonable $4.00 at this link. Normally I don’t go for paid patterns but this one was almost exactly what I had in mind, and $4 is a low price to pay for the convenience this offered.

I did make a few minor adjustments to the pattern. Most notably, I wanted bat wings and working the pattern as written results in an entire bat, so I completely removed the bat’s head. I wanted it to kind of mimic a crochet hair bow, and I think I mostly succeeded. However, I might go back and make a few more adjustments to help exaggerate the effect.

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Oh, and I hot glued a barrette to the back of it. That seems pretty straightforward.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. It’s a great pattern, and I think it looks super cute in my hair. Unfortunately, I managed to glue the barrette on such that the bat is upside down if I wear it on the right (as in not left), which is where I usually put clips like this. I’ll have to be more careful about that in the future. But I kinda like wearing it on the left, so it all works out. Anyway, I need to get back to studying. I’ll see you guys after Halloween is over.

 

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The Spookiest Halloween Month Post Ever

Happy Halloween month everyone! I’ve mentioned before that I adore Halloween. So, in light of the holiday, I’ve decided to start the month off right with something truly terrifying. Muffins!

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WITNESS THE HORROR!!!!!

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……..What?

Okay, so I haven’t had a lot of time to crochet these past few weeks. This made up really quickly.

Crochet food kind of fascinates me, and I’ve honestly been meaning to do something like this for a while. My original plan was to design my own crochet muffin, but after a few failed attempts, I decided it wasn’t going to happen right away, so I had planned to table it until I had a little more free time.

But then Hurricane Nate happened, and while it fortunately didn’t end up hitting New Orleans at all, I found myself making these delicious gluten free apple muffins on Saturday in case something happened that left me with out a ready source of food. And then I found this cute and simple pattern for crochet muffins at NyanPon.com, which I was able to make almost start to finish while the edible muffins were in the oven. And then I gave it a face. Because why not give it a face.

So…yeah. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that. I’ll probably have something a little spookier for next week. Next next week? Two weeks from now. The next post will happen in two weeks. See you then!

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Dragon Wing Scarf

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Okay, so this is another one I started over the summer. So it was my last day at the Farmers Market before heading back to college for the semester, and I had brought along some yarn so I could work on tiny octopi while I was there. You know, like you do. I got there, however, and realized that I had forgotten to bring safety eyes. Or stuffing. Both of these things are integral to making a tiny octopus.

But I did have yarn and a crochet hook so, not wanting to sit around doing nothing for the next four hours, I took to Ravelry to find something else to work on. And that’s when I happened across this pattern by Jessie at Home and was like, this looks like fun. I’m gonna make this.

And then I did. Kind of.

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Ta-da!

See, the original was made using DK weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook. And while I did have a whole bunch of DK weight yarn, the only hook at my disposal was 3.5mm. And I didn’t think to make up for the size difference that would cause until after I finished the scarf, so it wound up pretty short.

No big deal, though. See, this scarf is actually a crochet version of another Jessie at Home pattern, called the Dragon Wing Cowl, which is a knit pattern, and quite a bit shorter. The cowl features three buttons seen to the skinny end that serve to hold the cowl in place. So, I borrowed that idea and affixed two little pink buttons to my scarf. And it worked beautifully.20170925_104404

I’m not much of a fashion person, but I think this scarf makes for a nice accent piece for a simple outfit. It features these raised braid things that look kinda goofy when you’re making it, but really give the piece character when it’s done. It’s a little different than most of the things I make, and I found making it to be a nice break from the usual grind.

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Welcome to Night Vale Scarf

“Regret nothing, until it is too late. Then, regret everything. Welcome to Night Vale.”

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I regret everything.

Okay, so I started this project over the summer because I wanted a change of pace from the tiny octopi I was making to keep my physical stock up. I found a chart for a knit scarf (on Tumblr of all places. Here’s the link) based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and I was like, “That looks cool. I’ll just make it in crochet. It’ll be fun.”

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What a fool I was.

So I actually really like intarsia pieces like this, and crocheting it was really fun. However, I decided to use this piece to experiment with bobbins (I’d never technically used them before). And I made the horrible, horrible mistake of just leaving all the individual strands I was working with completely loose, rather than wrapping them into balls or, you know, actually using bobbin holders. I also made the horrible, horrible mistake of not planning ahead and measuring out how much yarn I needed for each bobbin. So at the end, I was left with a tangled mess of really long ends that needed to be weaved in.

I hate weaving in ends. It’s the bane of my existence.

20170911_103421In the end, though, the scarf turned out pretty cool. I mean, I need to block it if I ever want it to lie flat, but seeing as I don’t have an easy way to do that at school, that’s not going to happen for a while. Besides, it looks fine when I’m just wearing it as a scarf, so mission success in my opinion.

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Super awesome selfie powers activate!

Incidentally, the quote I started off with is from Welcome to Night Vale (Episode 10, entitled “Feral Dogs”). The podcast itself is hard to describe, but if you like the Cthulhu mythos and/or unabashedly surreal fiction, I think it would be worth checking out. I rather enjoy it, for what it’s worth. Here’s a link to their website, and another to the first episode, just for good measure.

So, yeah. Until next time, Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight.