Crafty Pants!

"Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself." ~ Katherine Sharp.
Documenting my journey as I knit, crochet, sew and craft!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Crochet Hook Case

I don't get much time to crochet, so I use any time available; I'll crochet a few rows in the car, before class, after dinner, etc. I have a small drawstring bag that I've been carrying around with my yarn, hooks and pattern. However, I just kept my hooks in a plastic bag, and they kept poking holes in it and falling out.

So over this thanksgiving weekend I made myself a hook case. I actually made two but the first one didn't fold over so my hooks had a chance of falling out (which defeats the purpose). I made it out of a placemat, elastic and blue binding (all things I already owned). While it isn't perfect (machine problems) I really like it, and it is very practical. I love making things I actually use!

Here's what it looks like opened up:
I got all those hooks at goodwill!! I'm expecting a few more sizes for Christmas, so I made lots of extra slots.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Free Pattern Fri... Monday.

The weekend was crazy, and not exactly enjoyable, but one thing I did get to do was crochet. Only for an hour, but I've never been able to sit and crochet for more than 15 minutes at a time. I'm nearly done with another birdie, and I plan to make a million for christams pesents, but I'm not sure if I'll have the time. I'm thinking I'll actually make five.

I found another pattern that I'll definitely make after christmas season is over. It's a cute Baby Triceratops. But I think I'll make it in pink.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Addicted to craftlogs

I'm addicted to reading blogs about crafts. There, I said it. I read more about crafts than I actually craft. It's a nasty habit that I'm trying to break, but it's so hard to not look at such beautiful creations. One tool that has really helped me read a billion blogs at once is bloglines. I wish I found this earlier! I have about thirty differed blogs that I subscribe to, and I never miss an entry. Which might not be a good thing, because now I'm addicted to checking my blogline feeds...

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

English Amigurumi Patterns

There are a million gorgeous amigurumi books, but nearly all of them are in Japanese (and cost a fortune!). Eventually I want to buy a Japanese book and learn to read the charts, but in the mean time I found this book with English patterns! It's very inexpensive too. From what I see in the picture, I only really like the giraffe. But for $7.99 it's hard to beat. Plus, I'd love to learn how to make all those different shapes. I could combine them and make my own creature. Mmmm, franken-creatures....

Wing Pattern

Here is basically what I did for the wings:

ch 10
treble in 3rd ch from hook, treble, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, in last stich before turning(sc, sl st, sc)
sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, treble, 5 treble in end st. Join with sl st in top of 1st treble.
finish off.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I love fat birdies!

I finished my fat little birdie using this pattern. I improvised on the wings because I didn't like the original ones. She (my boyfriend insisted it was a girl) was actually pretty quick to crochet, and I only messed up a few times. I'm loving crochet; I never really got into knitting. Knitting hurt my elbows for some reason, and it felt sloooow.

I'm planning on making a bunch of these little guys and donating them to a fundraiser! I have a bunch of yarn I got from goodwill, so there are gonna be some funky color combinations. I'm thinking I want to buy hot pink too- for some reason I can see these birds in hot pink and brown. Call me crazy, but I think it'll be cute.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Yet more future projects

I always have a million projects planned, and I have an entire room of 'to be made' projects to prove it. I also have a whole dresser dedicated to unfinished projects, but that's an entirely different story. Right now, I'm really hooked on crochet (no pun intended, I promise!) and I have about 75 different free patterns bookmarked.

What really determines what project to crochet right now is solely based on what yarn I have available. I have about a paper grocery-sized bag full of thrift store yarn, so color and texture varies greatly. I couldn't make the amigurumi bunny because I didn't have anything similar to 'brushed acrylic.'

So right now, I'm making these cute wee birdies. I'm about halfway done, and it will be pale blue and white. My next project will be this pudgy penguin, because I do indeed have black, white and yellow/orange worsted weight yarn.

Christmas will be exciting because I have been looking at getting yarn FOR a project, rather than having to find a project for my yarn.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Free Pattern Friday!

There are so many different memes going around the internet today, ones like 'self-portrait Monday' or something of that nature. But if I were to make one, it'd be Free Pattern Friday. Everyone could all post links to their favorite knitting, crocheting, sewing, origami or whatever pattern. There are thousands of free patterns out there, but only dozens of them worth looking at. If people post their favorites, it would be easier to find the projects that are begging to be done.

Well, here's a link to my free pattern for this Friday. It's the darling Ugly Duckling crochet pattern (PDF). I think it'll be my next project after the amigurumi bunny!

Needle felting!

I've been dreaming of needle felting for the past month or so. I have seen so many cute critters, but I hadn't the slightest idea how they were made. Today I saw this needle felting kit and I know what I want for christmas! It lookds like two other people have used this kit and had adorable results.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Plans for the future

Next project: This Amigurumi bunny from the roxycraft website. It calls for 'brushed acrylic' but I'm not sure what that is. I have this fuzzy white yarn, but it doesn't have the label on it. I guess I'll just have to try it and see! Posted by Picasa


I can't read the text, but this site has some wonderful illustrations.

Hoot! Hoot!

Another one from!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Testing Something!