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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!

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!

I’m back!

I went MIA for the past week because school is handing me this massive amounts of homework, which I’m responding to with an “I don’t care!” That’s not the best way to respond, children. Go study.

I finished up a paper for one class and have to work on a presentation for another, in addition to massive amounts of reading from a few other classes. Seventeen credit hours… I’m crazy. I know this. Add my volunteer work (approx. 5 hours a day, twice a week) and social obligations, and I’ve been swamped. However, I’ve almost caught up with my work! …Maybe ‘caught up’ isn’t the best term, because I was never behind to begin with. The more appropriate term would be ‘almost finished.’ Especially since I’m  knocking out big projects that have been stressing me out.

To deal with the stress and make myself happy again, I’ve been crocheting. What else would I be doing? Cooking? Yeah, that’s not until next Tuesday. I get to make cookies for Nate and send him those, plus another little surprise, for Valentine’s Day! No buying chocolate for me! Not until all the chocolate is on sale and I can buy boxes of it to enjoy. But I digress! I’ve been crocheting away on projects, and I’ve finished two! Both of them are the blankets for my dogs (mentioned here). I finished the striped blanket an hour ago. I don’t have pictures of it as a result. I do have pictures of the star blanket, though.

Caution: staring at the yarn may hurt your eyes.
 
Now my problem is giving what blanket to which dog! They’re both large enough for Chester and likely durable enough to be used in Joey’s cage… I guess I’ll find out when I go home in March!
I’m very excited to go home in March. It’ll be a month away as of Friday. I’m so ready for school to be over. Every student is echoing my sentiments in one way or another.

 

Steadily crafting away

I’ve been way busy with homework recently, but in the midst of things, I’ve found time to start on some new projects. I think it’s more interesting to work on several projects at once than to do one project and finish, then do another and finish, and so on. It keeps me entertained. Admittedly, I haven’t been working on the projects much… It’s just a stitch here or there, in between screen pages loading and copying down notes. But I’ve got four very nice projects going on.

One is for myself, called the Penny Arcade jacket from Vickie Howell. I am in love with the stitches and I’m making it in a dark green color. It’ll look great when it’s finished!
The second is a Donald Duck blanket for my mother. I adapted a sweater chart and turned it into a blanket. My mom will love it, I have no doubt. Her love for Donald Duck knows no bounds.
I am making the Chromium Star Blanket and the Striped Blanket for my two dogs, Chester and Joey. Chester’s star blanket is being made from two yarns, a bulky brown and a bulky blue-brown-white striped. Joey’s is dark blue with dark blue camo additions. It’s for the dogs when they’re chilling on the couch at home (or in Joey’s case, in his cage). The last two are more stash busters than anything, but the colors work perfectly. My dogs get nothing but the best.
In addition to all of those, I’m making a nice scarf. It’s going to be a project I bring with me on the bus when I go do my volunteering. It’s small enough for me to bring without bothering anyone and interesting enough to keep my attention. I got about six inches done on the bus today. It looks pretty. I really love the yarn I used for it. I’ve made another scarf like it in a light blue, and that came out gorgeous.
That’s my crafting update! Have a good weekend, dear readers.

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!)

A completed present!

I finished my dad’s blanket on Sunday afternoon. Greatest accomplishment of the weekend. It is ultimately sized at 4’3″ x approx. 7′. It’s approximately 7 feet because I got just under seven feet, seven feet exactly, and just above seven feet the three times I measured it. I’m just going to average it and go with it’s 7 feet. It’s really warm and quite comfortable. It was such a blast to make.

In order to get the whole blanket, I had to put this on the living room floor and run up to the second floor. I couldn’t take a picture from the top of my bed to my bedroom floor. Nope. Second floor down to the living room floor.
The top and bottom edging of the blanket. It’s a reverse single crochet and chain 1, skipping every other dc. It has a nice, sophisticated look to it.
Edging on the left and right sides of the blanket. Done while crocheting, so there was no extra effort! It’s great. I love the little loops.
I sat next to the TV to take this picture. It looks huge, doesn’t it? I’m really proud of it. I think my dad will like it.

Christmas Presents

As usual, I’m making my family Christmas presents. I recently finish a pair of gloves for Ricky. I’ve only got my dad’s blanket and Nate’s scarf to go. Take a look at the things I’ve been making:

My dad’s striped afghan pattern comes from a book called 1-2-3 Crochet. I’ve adapted it to be about 4 ft wide and 7 feet long. I don’t know why my dad wants it that long… But it’s very warm. I’ve always liked making blankets because once it gets to a certain length, it keeps me warm.
Johnny’s beanie. The green is darker in reality. It does not look that… washed out. This comes from a pattern called the Doctor Who Slouchy Beanie, but I can’t find the website I got it off of. I found it through ravelry, but now it’s not showing up.
This comes from a book called Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan. The skirt does do a very obvious color change… But I think it looks nice in person because it gives this dress some character! I have yet to block it (as seen by the markers holding the ends together so it doesn’t go all wavy). I hope it fits.
Ricky’s water gloves from the Cigar pattern. He really only wants a pair of fingerless gloves, so I changed the last two fingers to make them fingerless. The water drop is off center. I’m fixing that when I write up how I did this. But Ricky isn’t a perfectionist. His only request was that if one was off center, the other had to be, too. I could do that.
Finally, Nate’s scarf from the Twilight Princess scarf pattern. I was going through ravelry and found this. His gasp of joy decided it. I would make him this scarf. And so now I am! I’ve just finished the third pattern repeat. Four more to go! This isn’t a Christmas present. It’s Nate’s birthday present. He already got his Christmas present.

Handmade Christmas gifts are always the best. I love making them!

Completed Sakutaro and WIPs?

I finished the Sakutaro from a few months ago. Here we are!

There are several things that could be fixed, but I can’t go back and fix it now. D: I haven’t given it to Jen… She hasn’t been on dA where I’ve posted it.
My current WIP is a Ravenclaw scarf for my boyfriend.  This is it from forever ago. It’s much longer now- almost finished!
He’s a proud Ravenclaw like I am. I can’t give it to him in time for the final movie- I’m an ocean away. Chilling in Hawaii, that’s where I am~
I’ve got such a huge list of projects I have to work on. Most of them are thankfully tiny, but I’ve been given another project where I have to guess the pattern- a heartless from Kingdom hearts! :D I’m excited to get to work on this one.