This one was quite the adventure to make! Having had quite the time making Apollo, I just had to make Projectarian’s other patterns! Of course a pattern sale just solidified that plan. Then being the yarn hoarder that I am, I also had yarn to burn through.
This particular one took me almost 3 weeks to make! The most time consuming part for me was the hair! After a few strands, I find I have to put it down and come back after a day or two. I don’t think the photos do the hair justice though. Using a “striping” yarn was definitely the right choice, and is now a must for any next Comets. This effect would definitely have been more difficult to achieve if I were to use solid colored yarn.
Let’s start off this post with the one photo I have of this thing…
This is called the Trifle Tumbler. The sewing pattern is by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. It’s part of her Minikins Season 1 collection of pouches and small bags. The Trifle Tumbler is available in 3 sizes, but my patience at the time only managed to make the two larger sizes. This particular one tested my skills in sewing along curves and using binding.
I may have gained experience working with circles, zippers, and binding, but the most important lesson I learned here is that your project is limited to the size of your sewing machine’s bed.
The fabric is another (shorter) story. I was in line for the fabric table at Walmart, when I saw the person before me was buying this fabric. It caught my eye coz it was a cute “Hawaii” themed design. At the time, I was in a souvenir making frenzy. So I thought this would make a great addition. So a few yards were purchased.
Anyways….I may not make this one again (unless specifically requested). I still have the last size unfinished. We’ll see.
This one was a fun one to make! Magikarp hat! As seen on the Pokemon Go game! It helps that the pattern was very well written (link below). I set aside nearly a week to work on this hat, but it only took a couple days! I think if I sat down longer for it, I could have finished it in 24 hours.
The pattern tells you exactly where to place each piece, which I think helps if you are not very familiar with this creature.
It was a perfect day for a photo shoot, the lighting made the hat pop!
This week’s finished project is one that has been in progress since maybe September of last year! It is Oleg the Octopus! The pattern is from Lalylala and can be found here.
Crocheting the body can take some getting used to because you’d be working with the tentacles already attached. The other parts are pretty typical for a Lalylala pattern; the arms, the hood, and the face.
One thing I changed is how I made the head. The pattern calls for the head to be worked in the round continuously from the body. I personally found that this method made it difficult to stuff the neck firmly enough to not be floppy. Instead, I used a head pattern from a different Lalylala doll. One that makes the head a separate piece you sew on later. A problem I found with this change is the hood seems to be too big.
For my next Lalylala, I’m planning on trying another modification.
The little one wanted to go the big mall, so off we went into town. Luckily, the weather was really nice, so we went across the street to Ala Moana Beach Park for a photo shoot.
I may be a bit late posting about this, but I finally have this ready! Color pooling infinity scarf using moss stitch.
Making this is way simpler than it looks! You’d think you need the perfect tension, hook size, yarn type, and so on and so on……but my favorite technique is just making sure the color you are currently stitching is the same color as the stitch diagonal from it. Another technique that works for me is for beginning your project. Make your slip knot right where the color changes, and try to end your chain at a color change.
I used this tutorial by Moogly to learn how to do the Moss stitch.
What are your favorite projects for color pooling?
This year, I pledged to make 50 lemons for the Craft Yarn Council Lemon Drive. You can read more about it and find out how you can contribute here. I ended up having so much fun making them that I made over 150 lemons! So many, they can’t even fit in the photo!
I was lucky enough to receive free supplies from Yarnspirations and Fairfield. I also lucked out on a local resale page and scored free bags of filling! The most I spent was on shipping!
This drive is being held in preparation for a Mega Lemon Drop in January. I initially came across this event because of National Stress Awareness month every April. The lemon pattern is written by Twinkie Chan for this event.