Crafty Pants


Gary’s Cousin Stopped by…
July 2, 2009, 3:46 pm
Filed under: Amigurumi, Crochet, My Projects | Tags: , , ,

So I’m not usually one to pay for things, such as crochet patterns, or easy DIY projects. My take, is that it will encourage me to actually try and make something on my own, improving my creativity. However, there are some thing just TOO cute, and too difficult to make on my own. Such as the Signature Escargot from GourmetAmigurumi. I’ve been admiring her snails for a long time, and she finally put the pattern up in her shop!!

So, I fought my ‘anti-spending inner voice’ and bought the pattern. I am SO happy I did. It is extremely well written and easy to follow, and the end result was cute as a button. Or a snail, really.



New York Noro Plaid
January 26, 2009, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Crochet, Free Patterns, Hats and Scarves, My Projects | Tags: , , , ,

Noro Plaid Scarf MMMmmm, Noro. I love the colors of this yarn, but I’m a bit disappointed with the feel of it. I guess since I’m very allergic to wool, no wool yarn will ever feel yummy to me.

I originally bought this skein of yarn for the wavelength, but it was just taking me too long. The thing kept twisting severely, and every row I’d have to spend 5 minutes straightening it. Luckily, I found I way to both show off the lovely colors, and also use nearly 100% of the skein! Basically, I capitalized on the natural gradients of the noro, and made a sort of ‘plaid’. The results are easy and beautiful!

Here is the super simple pattern, sized so it uses as much of the skein as safely possible:

Noro Plaid Scarf

1 skein Noro Kureyon Sock

Size f crochet hook

Finished measurements: approx 7 in. x 51 in.

Row 1: ch 43

Row 2: dc 2nd ch from hook. *ch 1, skip next st, dc 1* repeat across

Row 3: ch 4 (this counts as first dc and ch). *dc 1, skip next st, ch 1* repeat across
(Basically, you are making a dc mesh, like in filet crochet)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 just row 3 (thanks emy!) until the scarf reaches about 51 inches long.

Now, there are many ways you can do the vertical weaving. I chose to make long chains, to keep the integrity of the gradient, but you could replace the chains with 2 or 3 stands of yarn. It is your choice whether you want fringe, but remember, this scarf uses most of the skein, so keep that decision until the end.

If you are weaving in chains here are some options:

  • Chain one super long chain, and wind into a ball to use, cutting the length as you go
  • Chain single lengths and make them as you need them
  • Chain double lengths and weave both ends, so you have two less ends to weave in

Basically, take the chains or strands of yarn, and weave them in and out of the mesh boxes, lengthwise. Make sure to alternate the starting direction for each column. Secure the ends of the chains by making a knot, and weave in the loose ends of the chain back into itself.

This all sounds much more complicated than it actually is! Here are some more pictures. NOTE: These pictures are of the unblocked scarf! I will try to replace them with better quality ones when I get a chance.

Noro Plaid Scarf

Noro Plaid Scarf



Brrraaaains?
January 13, 2009, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Amigurumi, Crochet, My Projects | Tags: , , , , ,

I’ve never been a good blogger, and as free time becoming more sparse, my ‘internet time’ shrinks more and more. Sadly, my crafting time also shrinks:(

But, I have managed to whip up a few things, and even managed to make a few Christmas gifts in time!

Brain Slugs!

I made a Brain Slug from Futurama! I sewed some hair clips to the bottom, so my brothers can wear them when they want to escape the drudgery of thinking. They each came with a mini bottle of ‘garlic’ shampoo, with a custom label.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the brain slugs sucking the brains out of my brothers, since it lasted only a few seconds before they ran dry 😉

I used this brain slug pattern.