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No WIP Wednesday today- Sorry!

I’ve been having a long and particularly busy day today, so unfortunately WIP Wednesday will not be happening today. Bummer, right? :(

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Photography Fridays

So on Wednesday I saw that the mountains looked really nice, and so did the sky during sunset. Why is that? The gross inversion that envelops the city every year. Let’s admit it. It looks pretty but it’s a killer. Since I couldn’t leave campus after 5PM due to work, I snagged my camera and took pictures of the mountain ranges to the west and to the south. I’m glad I did. I found out that I wasn’t the only one wanting to take pictures- a few other people were doing it, too!

Please do not repost this image. Copyright belongs to me.

WIP Wednesday #1- Blankets and Hats, oh my!

Welcome to the first WIP Wednesday! I feel like a lot of them are going to feature the same things over and over, just in various stages of completion. But without further ado, here are my WIPs of the week!
1. Florida Gator blanket
So my dad graduated from University of Florida. He loves them even though their football team sucked this year. Last year, I got the idea to make him a blanket with Alfred on it. I made my mom a Donald Duck blanket, so he deserved a blanket with something he loved. Good idea, right?
WRONG.
I started this last… May? June? Ravelry tells me May 1st. It’s not even half-way finished. I don’t have the TIME. Luckily, I’ll have time this summer. I’m excited for that.
2. Hexagon Flower Blanket
This was inspired by a blanket I had as a kid. The construction is way different, though. However, it’s a fun and mindless project. It’s going to need some serious blocking when it’s done, though, as seen in the flower above.
3. N7 Beanie
Aaahhhh… my favorite project. Because it’s Mass Effect inspired. I love Mass Effect. The third game screwed me up badly but it was so much fun. I made two beanies inspired by the series already, so this is the third in that trilogy of hats! I’m currently working on the stripe. I’m thinking the red’s going to end after this row because it’s becoming a lot bigger than I intended it to be. Let’s see how it turns out! I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes.

The Family’s Christmas Presents

A couple of months before Christmas, I sent a text to my family asking them, “What do you want for Christmas? Make it easy on my college kid wallet.”

The youngest, Johnny, didn’t want anything handmade. He asked for NHL 09 or NFL 12. He got NHL 09. Oh, my brother. I swear he’s become an All-American teen.

But the rest of my family wanted handmade things, and that was definitely my realm.

The middle brother, Ricky, is a total game nerd. He loves video games, but his current passion is card games. He asked me initially to make a bag to hold an entire deck, but after trying to explain to me how big it was, he eventually gave me dimension and said, “Go crazy.” I asked for any specifics, and he said it had to be blue and black, and a water drop should be on there somewhere. Here’s the result:

I crocheted it back and forth and then surface stitched over the blue stitches so the water drop motif would look cleaner. The cord is a foundation chain with one row of slip stitching.

My dad wanted a lap blanket to go with the huge blanket I made him last Christmas. The color scheme was totally different, though. While the huge blanket was brown, gray, and white (neutral colors), the lap blanket was green and brown. I decided a granny blanket would be nice and easy to make. I asked for dimensions, and he gave me 5’x3′- which ended up not being the finishing dimensions. It is still an acceptable size, though!

I didn’t block it, so it doesn’t lay flat. However, my dad doesn’t care. Woo! I did a reverse single crochet edging. I really love the ropy look reverse single crochet gives!
My mother was simple. She’s really easy to make things for because we’re both craft-oriented, and whenever she sees something she likes, she asks me to make it, and whenever I see something I like, she makes it for me. I picked up a wristwarmer knitting book from a Japanese bookstore a while back, and my mom wanted me to make her sleeveless gloves in order to keep her hands warm. She pointed out the pattern, gave me colors, and off I went! She loved them and wore them all break. I wish I had gotten a picture of her wearing them. They fit her.
My hands are rather large…
 
There you have it! My crafty 2013 Christmas. I may not do it this year and get one large present my family can share instead. This year, I’m doing selfish knitting. I have a ton of WIPs to work on that are very interesting for me. Keep an eye out for those!

Thrift Shopping

I went to the local thrift store today for a few little things for a photography assignment. I did find several cute little teacups and a nice mug with my favorite tea on it. What is that, you ask? Chamomile! I also found several little knick-knacks which I could drop in club soda. That was fun.

I walked past the clothing section on my way to the back and saw a jacket that looks very similar to the one that’s worn by Hatter in Syfy’s Alice. The material was wrong, but everything else looked just about perfect. After I got my cups and knick-knacks, I saw for at least twenty minutes debating whether or not to get it. I also tried on several shirts that were similar to Hatter’s. As time ran out (I had class in an hour and a half), I caved and got it. Why? Because when am I ever going to find something like that again?! It was an amazing find!

The dude on the right. Obviously.
 
Eventually I plan to dress up as Alice (the girl on the left) as well. Nate and I are going to do this because he happens to look a lot like the Hatter and if I grow my hair out and straighten it I look a little like Alice. A little. I look too Asian to be exact.

Moral of the story: go thrift store shopping if you want to dress up as characters. You never know what you’ll find.

To Write or Not to Write

That’s fairly stupid question, because the answer will always be “to write,” unless you worked, then swam for an hour, then ran around chasing a frisbee for two and a half hours. Quite frankly, I’m tired. I really want to write, but I’m not feeling it. I’m inspired, but it’s too much effort to move pen across paper. It’s too much effort to even word vomit. It’s kind of sad, because I really want to finish this story. I am almost done with it. But I’ve got no inspiration. I just want to sit at my computer and watch funny shows all night.

I am a genius!

Let me preface this journal entry with this: check out pewdiepie on youtube. He does some funny let’s plays. Also, check out Achievement Hunter. Those dudes are hysterical.

The reason I mention pewdiepie is because I recently found out how to do what he does on his videos. I can record myself playing a game, then stick it in the corner of my gameplay screen. All on adobe premiere! My mind was blown! Blown, I tell you! Shortly afterwards, I found out I can do what the Achievement Hunter guys do and switch between viewpoints. This is huge for me because I can now show what Nate is doing while we do our group let’s plays. It’s way important for me, because it’s allowing me to explore how to do more with video editing.

Update on Donald Duck Blanket

So my mom’s birthday was yesterday, but I didn’t finish her blanket in time. I’m still working on it, using surface crochet. It goes by kinda quickly but it ends up hurting my wrists after a while. However, it makes the blanket look really good.

Here’s the other parents I made for my mom!

It comes from a Japanese amigurumi book with completely food. It’s called Amiami Restaurant. It’s definitely worth checking out.

 

Progress!

I promise that Wednesday I will talk about my vegetarian diet. Promise. I may have a new (vegetarian!) recipe to share! Your waiting will not be in vain. I think Wednesday I’ll talk about a cupcake pattern I tried out today, share the frosting I used for that (I had to adapt the one given to me), and possibly share a recipe using tofurky. I went to Trader Joe’s and bought myself some to make spaghetti, you see. While I was at Trader Joe’s, I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t miss meat. Not as much as I thought I would. I do, however, miss seafood. I wanted to pick up some salmon while at TJ, but I didn’t because that fish would just sit in my freezer for a few weeks. Oh, well.

“But what’s this progress you mention in your title?” you ask. I’m getting there! Just went on a bit of a tangent, that’s all. My progress is actually related to my crochet/knit projects! Did you expect differently? I’ve got a few finished projects. One has been finished since the beginning of January, the others finished only recently. Here we are:
The Triumph Cable Scarf from Smariek Knits
I churned this one out in about nine days. I started on January 9th, finished January 14th. I honestly thought it would take longer because of the cables… But it didn’t! This is a beautiful pattern for the scarf. It’s a part of Smariek’s series of cable scarves. I recommend checking out the rest of the series. The scarves are absolutely gorgeous.
Dog Blanket
One of the two blankets I made for my dogs. The blankets were stashbusting projects, in truth. It works, though! Acrylic yarn is best for my dogs, because Joey occasionally throws up while in his cage. It needs to be something that is easy to wash, yet look attractive at the same time. I have to figure out which blanket to give to which dog… The star blanket didn’t turn out quite as large as I’d hoped and this blanket can work for either dog. We’ll see!
This took a little while to make because it was initially only worked on while I was riding the bus to volunteer work and during periods where it would be impossible for me to bring a larger project. Towards the end, I powered through this. I used Caron Simply Soft, and I’m extremely fond of the colors. It was very simple and enjoyable to make.

 

I need to get more yarn for this project, but I got all of this from three balls of Red Heart Simply Soft. My gauge isn’t quite right, so I found, much to my shock, I’m making a size large using the size medium instructions. Note to self: If using the same hooks, work the pattern smaller to get the correct size.

 

Another cute triangle scarf pattern by Caitlin ffrench! According to her, ‘Same as Seven’ is the same as ‘Seven and Zero’, minus the holes. I wanted to make this one because it looks a little more feminine, and I needed another stashbusting project. I’m a huge fan of the blue/white of this scarf.
Donald Duck Blanket

 

This is my mom’s birthday blanket! I alluded to this before, remember? Well, I’m almost done with the second ‘oh boy’. I’m hoping this will be finished by my mom’s birthday. You can see the slight differences in color at the top… this is because I thought all the light blue I had would be similar. Dye lots are extremely important. I don’t particular;y care because it gives this blanket a little quirk. I ended up using the baggies to hold tiny balls of yarn because that got tangled, fast. I had a huge pile of yarn while trying to do the color work at first. I became frustrated and started using the baggies instead. It works like a charm.
There is my progress for the week!

Crochet food

I’m going to talk a bit about crochet food. I found an adorable little book called “Amiami Restaurant’ by Mitsuki Hoshi about two years ago during a trip to California. My family makes a point to stop by the Marukai, and there’s a bookstore right next to it. I always go in and look for Japanese crochet or knit books, because I like looking at the things they make. Well, I picked this one up and brought it back. I had the opportunity to use it for a school thing where I made crochet sushi. They are adorable!

Sushi isn’t the only thing in this book, though. There’s ramen, oden, hamburgers, and all sorts of yummy creations. I was once asked to make a hamburger steak for my mom’s friend restaurant. It looks delicious! Makes me want to eat the actual thing.
If you haven’t already, explore crochet food. Maybe a little one in your life (or gourmet friends!) would love to have one. There are plenty of free patterns out there for all sorts of food. Go make some (non-edible) food!
(You can find Amiami Restaurant here. I did a quick search, but there may be a cheaper option somewhere else. I do encourage you to do some searching!)