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Long Time, No Blog

I am a very bad blogger. I just realized that I haven’t updated this blog since February! Well, despite the fact that I haven’t been blogging I have, at least, been continuing to work on projects.

I admit my 2-socks-on-one-circular-needle experiment never reached fruition. I was optimistic that by attempting to complete 2 socks simultaneously that it might somehow stave off my boredom. But, no. I have just accepted that socks are not for me. I still have several skeins of lovely DK yarn that, at one time, I had dreamed of turning into luscious socks. But now I am eying those same skeins with new possibilities – namely, clothes for Blythe.

My Blythe collection has grown quite a bit since I last posted about them. I now have 12, count them, twelve dolls! And I still anticipate each new release with a whetted appetite. But I am currently on a strict “Dolly Diet” after acquiring my two dream girls: a Darling Diva, and a vintage Kenner. For the time being, at least, I am content with my big-headed family and of late I have been venturing into the scary realm of pattern-designing. I figure I may as well start small, since there’s less time invested and it’s easier to whip up multiple attempts while I work on perfecting the pattern. I admit my confidence at first was a little shaken. I wasn’t sure I was “qualified” to create my own designs as I’m self-taught and relatively new to knitting and crochet. But once I dove into it and began keeping notes as I went along, I realized that it’s not so intimidating after all. In fact, by paying closer attention to what I’m actually doing, while I’m doing it, it’s actually helped me become a better crafter.

My goal is to start an Etsy shop where I’ll sell my creations. And then, once I grow bored of making a particular design over and over again (which will happen, trust me, especially given my attention span), I’ll start selling the pattern instead so people can make their own. Or maybe I’ll just be charitable and give the patterns away for free. I mean, it’s not like I’m really in this to make money. It’s all for the love of Blythe!

At first, I was a little iffy on my Blythe-clothes-making skills and I didn’t dream of selling any of them. Instead I participated in various swaps in which actually made me feel a little worse. Because I would often receive amazing items from my swap partners that my own crafted items just didn’t live up to. But over the past year, I’ve kept at it and I realize that my biggest problem was that I was using yarn that was too thick for Blythe’s little body.

Chunky yarn works great for some items, of course, like Blythe hats and scarves etc. But for dresses and tops, I was getting frustrated with my results until I switched over to ultra-thin Crochet thread and sock yarn. It really makes a difference, let me tell you!

Anyway, here’s one of my favorite Blythe creations of late:

Blythe Beaded Pouf Dress

I think I’ve definitely come a long way since I made this abomination!:

Lemony's cable knit dress

Besides Blythe stuff, I’ve been keeping busy with lots of other projects as well. I finally finished my mom’s infernal scarf in time for her birthday (never mind that it was April in Atlanta and she couldn’t even use it at the time), and my best friend gave birth to a baby so I took that opportunity to make some baby items, which was fun. All those projects can be seen on my Ravelry Projects Page!

My proudest accomplishment was a Latvian fair-isle bag that I made during the Olympics for an event my LYS was holding called “Amanolympics”. I think it’s safe to post a photo here because I don’t believe my mom knows about this blog – I intend to give it to her for Christmas this year.

Latvian Bag

Speaking of my LYS, I’ve finally found one that I love. It’s A Mano Yarn Center! This is the fist yarn shop that I’ve ever felt truly welcomed and comfortable going to. I’m pretty shy, so at first I felt a little awkward when I showed up for their bi-weekly “Breakfast Club” event, or their Stitch N’ Bitch nights, but the ladies there quickly made me feel welcome and now I look forward to going there every couple of weeks to knit and crochet for a few hours. I kind of want to go in more often, but I’m worried I’d never get any work done! (It’s hard enough working from home as it is!) But I’m glad to have a place that I can call my “LYS” with pride. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve also been working on a few other things, but this post has been long enough! I’ll try to post again before too long!

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September 23, 2008 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Long Time No Write!

So I haven’t updated this blog in a long, long time – but a TON of things have been going on! First of all – and the biggest thing- is that my husband and I moved to California! We’re living in Venice, only a mile from the beach! It’s such a different lifestyle than NY, I was really worried I would hate it…. but to be honest, I’m enjoying it quite a bit! I do miss being near my family, and I miss autumn and changing leaves and the way the air smells right before it snows… but I can’t complain about the weather here! At first I was bummed because I didn’t think I’d be able to make any more warm scarves or hats, but there have certainly been some chilly nights that have called for some extra layers!

Secondly, my workload has increased considerably. I’ve taken on another comics-related job in addition to my main gig, so my schedule has become MUCH more hectic! Unfortunately, that means less time for crafting… which sucks because I have so many things I want to make: sweaters, socks, hats, gifts, Blythe clothes, amigurumi… the list goes on and on!

However, I have managed to complete a couple projects since I ‘ve moved: I finished my Cobweb scarf, my Jolly Roger Sweater, and I completed a project from Twinkle’s Book of Big City Knits! I also completed the seabird bag from Andean Folk Knits and several Blythe outfits for my own dolls as well as swaps I’ve participated in!

Here are some pics of my FOs!

Oh, and back to life in California, I’ve made some friends including the talented and inspiring Cecily Keim, co-author of Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting! She’s always introducing me to new, fabulous yarn and has the most lovely crocheted swatches that look good enough to eat! I can’t stop geeking out over the fact that her patterns appear in magazines, including the coveted Interweave Crochet! I feel like I can learn a LOT from Cecily about crochet!

Anyway, along with her and my husband, and a couple other pals, we’ve created a sort of weekly crafting club or get-together called “Craftonite” where we meet up, eat, drink, and make stuff! And we’ve had such a good time doing it, we’ve were inspired to apply for a table at Felt Club this past November, and we got in! Woo! We also made a Craftonite website! There’s not much on it yet, but we’re planning on opening an etsy store at some point. Anyway, Felt club was quite a success! We sold crocheted amigurumi budgie buddies, Cecily sold lovely snowflake ornaments, and my husband and I sold our Dollar Dreadfulswhich are short stories inspired by the original dime novels. Oh, we also had prints and buttons and I sold my knitting comic ashcan! We were all worried about getting enough stuff done to fill up a table, but we actually had almost TOO much stuff to fit on a table. It was a fun day!

In other news, I recently got into Ravelry. I haven’t had much time to play around with it yet, but I’m really looking forward to using it to organize all my projects and yarn! There’s nothing I love more than organizing chaos, so that will be fun!

As far as Blythe goes, ever since getting my first doll, Lemony, back at the beginning of the year, I’ve become hopelessly addicted! I’ve now got 7 dolls!!! I used to say that 3 was my limit. But now I’m thinking maybe 9 or 10  is a good cut-off point. I don’t want to get TOO many because then I won’t have enough time to  play with them all, but they’re all so unique and they all have their own personalities that I can’t resist! I’m really excited about knitting and crocheting more things for them because I want to update their wardrobes with something other than Barbie clothes, and because making little hats and sweaters is so quick and satisfying! I want to get back to sewing as well, but I haven’t yet unpacked my sewing machine. I do have a little crafting room in our new place (um, more like a converted closet!), but it’s a bit of a train wreck at the moment! One day it’ll be very cool!

Anyway, that’s the general update. I’ll try to post more often about the various projects I’m actually working on. (Right now, I’m tackling my first pair of knitted gloves! Yikes!) And now that I have a shiny new bike I keep wanting to adorn it with a cool bike cozy! Stay tuned!

January 5, 2008 at 2:15 am Leave a comment

It’s Been a While…

April 10, 2007 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

More Works in Progress

So here’s another update with some more projects I’m working on (is it any wonder why I never get anything done??).

But first! My knitty Secret Pal sent me another surprise:

(sorry about the crummy photo)

SP gifts

A “fairy” cool card (sorry, that was a corny pun!) with a nice note, an adorable teeny-tiny crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, and a neato tape measure!! I am so spoiled – thank you SP!! ^_^ It was especially nice to get something in my mailbox after a long and hectic weekend!

Now, here are some things I’m working on…

First, I finished my most complex thing yet – an arm sock with light cables! (Only one so far, haha). I followed the pattern “Hurry Up Spring Arm Warmers” from Stitch and Bitch Nation. I used this lovely yarn: Noro Kureyon color #88

Noro Kureyon

It’s actually kind of rough scratchy wool, but it’s not as uncomfortable as it looks. I think it softened a bit while I knit it.

It actually wasn’t that hard to do but the whole time I was knitting it, I was convinced I was doing something horribly wrong. I did sort of mess up the thumb gusset… it’s not really positioned right, but it’s only off by an inch or so.

Here’s a pic of me wearing it:

arm-warmer

and a close up of my shaky attempt at simple cables:

arm-warmer

Now that I’ve done one I’ve kind of lost steam and I’m procrastinating on finishing the second one… but it only took me about 3 days to do the first one, so I have no excuse! And I want to be able to wear them before it gets warmer outside!

Next up is my Cobweb scarf! It’s based off a character my husband created named Cobweb (duh), which is part of a larger idea called Puri Kura.

Puri Kura

There’s some exciting news about Puri Kura which I won’t reveal yet (I don’t want to jinx it!!), but the scarf is sort of a tribute to this good news. It’s coming along nicely, but it is kind of boring to knit. I want to make it pretty long and I’m just chugging along, dreading weaving in all those loose ends when I’m done.

Cobweb scarf

Next up is my Jolly Roger Sweater from a patten in Knit 1 magazine (from a few months ago). It was my first attempt at intarsia and I am happy with how it turned out. I only have one sleeve left to knit which shouldn’t take long because it’s really chunky yarn and big needles. But I’m sort of dreading sewing all the pieces together so… yup, I’m procrastinating again!

Jolly Roger

Next is a crochet project that was inspired by this site: Counterfeit Crochet

Basically, people take a fancy expensive handbag and crochet a “counterfeit” version of it. I decided to try one based on this bag from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B line:

LAMB bag

I’ve just started but I can already tell it’s going to be a challenge. I’ve just completed one piece so far:

Counterfeit crochet

I’ll let you know how it goes…

What else is going on? Oh yes! My husband thinks I’m an absolute geek, but I’ve joined a guild on World of Warcraft comprised of several of us on the knitty boards. We’re called “Purls of the Alliance”. I almost couldn’t believe there were other knitters out there who love to play WoW – but I think it’s great! One of our members even has a popular WoW podcast, World of Warcast!  Check out our forums:  Purls of the Alliance
And here’s my new character, Arachne, a Warlock!

Arachne

Last but not least, I’m excited to say that I splurged and bought a Blythe doll! Here she is: Blythe – Feel the Sky, a cute flight attendant. (Ironic because I hate flying).

Blythe, Feel the Sky

I’ve named her Birdie. I can’t wait to knit little hats and things for her. ^_^

Birdie

February 27, 2007 at 2:10 am Leave a comment


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