toys


Ahem.

It’s been a crazy couple of months, obviously – not bad crazy but just trying to get used to a new lifestyle.  CoffeeBoy is back home for good, which is wonderful, and we’re still trying to find a happy medium of living together again after living apart for a year & half.  Work in progress, 2 steps forward, 1 step back most weeks.

I don’t mean to ignore this blog – I love blogging but mainly I only have the energy to blog my crafty projects on my work blog and more personal stuff/photos goes on facebook. So sadly this gets neglected.

I have been knitting/crocheting a lot, of course – not as much as when I lived in MA though, which is funny considering my job.  That long train commute really gave me the knitting time! But here’s some photos of what I’ve done recently:

Stacey'sSasquatch

Rolf, the Sasquatch

Beer Mitts!
Beer Pint Mitts

my model
Berruti for CoffeeBoy

Mittens
Inuvik mittens – yep that’s crochet

Not shown – a heck of a lot of stuff, including my Greenfield Cardigan which I wear all the time but never seem to be able to get pictures of.

Other stuff going on the past couple of months:

Spent a lovely weekend in Seattle:
IMG_5704

Got all dressed up for our wonderful friends’ wedding:
wedding photo

And had a Twin Peaks Halloween:
twin peaks halloween
Yes, I was the Log Lady. Funny thing about that, we came up with the idea one week before Halloween – and CB hadn’t really seen it, while several of us are fanatical.  It was a great time and plans are in place for Twin Peaks version 2.0.

Not shown is the cooking I’ve been doing (not great pictures), which has been really nice to actually cook for someone other than me!  Also not shown (with good reason) is the fact that I’ve started an intense (for me) Boot Camp for the next 6 weeks.  I’ve been doing pretty good with my weight loss – since I first got weighed at the beginning of August, I’ve lost about 20lbs – and probably more since I actually started working out in June.  It’s a great feeling.  I have about 15 more pounds to my New Years Eve goal, then another 20 to be back to my weight 4 & half years ago when I was at my slimmest.  I have a lot of support from my friends, and I’m having a great time.

Now I’m off to work on Christmas gifts – probably not as many handmade ones as usual – my grandmother asked for a sweater so of course I’m going to do that.  But I honestly hate working on it, so I’ve been working on smaller projects that I can’t post here.  But I’m determined to finish the sweater at least.

So that’s my life in a nutshell.  I do read everyone’s blog, even though I don’t comment very often so I’m still around that way 🙂  Hope you all have been having a great fall!

So I’ve been moody this week – just a lot of stress & negativity seems to be surrounding me and getting me down.  It’s nothing really horrible, don’t worry. I am usually a pretty cheerful person & I do my best to keep my annoyance & frustration to myself instead of taking it out on poor unsuspecting people…although it seems like I am the poor unsuspecting person on the receiving end of a lot other people’s negativity.  So when that happens I like to  make silly things to cheer me up, even when I have a ton of other projects I’d like to finish in this lifetime.

First there was the pickle…

Fredrick the Giant Pickle

Started: September 11

Completed: a few hours later

Yarn: a random partial ball – I’m pretty sure it’s Swish Worsted

Pattern: Christmas Pickle Ornament

Needles: size 4US Zephyrs

Notes:  So we have this pickle ornament pattern & I had to make it. Why? I have no idea, I don’t even like pickles.  Still, I added some eyes & Fredrick was created.  Actually, there is an accessory that several us in the office are making in different yarn weights, so I of course I had to have something to fit it. (Not trying to be mysterious, just some fun silly things we are doing. I love my job) Anyway, he’s sized up – worsted instead of fingering & on size 4s instead of 2s but everything else is the same.  He now sits on my desk & cheers me when I’m having one of those days.

A week or so ago, I got interviewed for the KP podcast again, talking about unusual knits (the podcast won’t be up for at least a couple of weeks). I got to talking about Mochimochiland & especially my Grass Guy.  Yesterday I was particularly down & decided another Grass Guy was needed.

Mo

Started:  September 17

Completed: September 18

Yarn: Another random ball, I think this is Cascade 128

Pattern: Grass

Needles: Size 8US

Notes: This pattern just cheers me right up.  I means it’s just so silly & quick – Mo is my third grass guy.  He is a lot bigger than his brother, the Original Grass Guy Who Never Got A Name But I Just Decided To Call Him Jo.

Plus, Mo has better eyes, now that I discovered a place to get plain black safety eyes.  I hate doing embroidery.   He’s squishy & soft so I think he’ll join Fredrick & Little Boo at my desk so I can something to hug on those bad days.

Then this isn’t finished yet because he needs legs.

he is scared of legs & wants to stay in the grapevines

he is scared of legs & wants to stay in the grapevines

Right now it’s just the Giant Grape but it’s going to be one of the Monster Chunks by Dangercraft.  I love those patterns as much as the Mochimochi ones so I think my nieces & nephews will get some of those for Christmas.

I have no plans this weekend so I am hoping to actually finish a big sewing project during that time 🙂   Not to mention some knitting projects to work on…but I have some movies and a new audio book to keep me going, not to mention a lovely rainy day tomorrow (before we go back up to the 90s – BOO!  I want fall!  I can’t even wear my new knitwear yet!).  Have a lovely negative free weekend everyone!

 

Yes, these are all FOs I’ve finished since Sunday. Dreary weather + boredom + short attention span – money = many simple (comfort) knits out of stash.

To count it up:

1 Grrr.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with this but it was fun to make.  I used most of a ball of Peaches & Cream I got last year sometime.  I didn’t put the face on it – it would have gotten lost.  Probably better in different colors but this was my only full ball of dishcloth yarn.

2 mitered washcloths. The pink & white is out of a ball of (I think) Sugar & Cream I received in the Dishrag Tag.  CO 70 stitches, knit every row, decreased 2 stitches in the middle every other row until 2 stitches remain BO.  The brown & blue one is out of 2 strands of KnitPicks Crayon held together.  CO on 60 stitches, knit every row, decrease 2 stitches in the middle every other tow until 2 stitches remain, icord for about 6 inches, BO, sew on end.  I’ve gotten some use out these already – pink one in the kitchen, brown & blue in the bath.

 2 Tribbles.  I love these, I’ve made them before (though not sewn up  correctly) and they are perfect for washing dishes (no dishwasher here). The black & white is made from the remainder of the Peaches & Cream I used for Grrr – I just knit until I ran out of yarn.  The other is from more Peaches & Cream I bought a cone of recently. (So yeah, I did buy some yarn this week – $6 for a cone at Wallyworld.)

1 Ninja.

So I’m a little embarrassed.  I feel like I’m a pretty decent knitter – I can pick up on techniques pretty quickly that give other people trouble.  Short Rows? No problem!  Kitchner Stitch? Piece of cake! Magic Loop? Love it!  Cables? My fave! Lace & Colorwork? Eh, could be better, but I understand how to do it.  But give me a crochet hook and I cannot for the life of me figure out what I’m suppose to do.  I picked up Creepy Cute Crochet at the library, determine to teach myself how to do cute amigurumi – I love all the little guys in this book.  I know I have crocheted in the past – I can do a chain & edging and I must have known enough to do a hat.  But after fighting with it for an embarrassingly long time, I gave up and decided to knit this little guy.  It wasn’t that difficult – I just followed the pattern but switched the crochet increases & decreases for knit ones.  It turned out cute, except for the eyes – not happy about them.   I used a very small amount of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf and size 4 needles and magic looped it.  It took a little more than an hour or so – more time was spent cutting & gluing on the white felt face.

I do want to learn to do crochet properly so it’s something I might actually take a class on.  As luck would have it, my favourite yarn store does have a class on begininng crochet – but of course it’s tonight & I have plans.  Actually, there’s a ton of things tonight I want to do – it’s my first Last Thursday back in Portland, there is an interesting looking movie playing in town, it’s one night of two nights a week I actually watch TV.  But it’s also game 6 of the Blazers playoffs, which is what I am planning on doing while hanging out my friends.  So the crochet class will be put on hold for a bit…but I may try my hand at knitting a couple of the other creatures first.

Or maybe actually work on the projects I’ve already started.

Monkey wearing Monkey Socks

Monkey wearing Monkey Socks

Taking a break from packing/cleaning/trying not the stress out too much to show a couple of FOs with a bit of theme.

 

Lets Go Crazy, Monkey
Let’s Go Crazy, Monkey

Let’s Go Crazy, Monkey Socks

Started:February 28

Completed: March 23

Yarn: PandaToes by CrazyMonkey in Let’s Go Crazy

Patten:  Monkey by Cookie A

Needles: Size 2US Harmony DPNs

Notes:  Seems fitting that my final pair of Commuter Socks is the Monkey pattern again, as my other monkey socks were the first pair I worked on while riding the commuter train to work.

I like how these turned out better though.  I like the Monkey pattern okay – it’s not my favourite, but I like how I can complete a repeat on a train ride.  And I love the yarn – I really enjoy having bamboo/wool blend yarn socks, they are so comfortable without being too warm.  And the colours from CrazyMonkey are fantastic.

These also may very well be my last pair of dpn-knitted socks.  I’ve gone to the dark side – I’m in love with Magic Loop.  Of course at this moment, I only have one circ to use for socks, but when I get back to OR my mom & I are planning a big knitpicks order together – I am trying not to buy yarn but I do want more circs & some Bare for socks for CoffeeBoy.

And for another Monkey…

 

I will hug him & pet him & call him George

I will hug him & pet him & call him George

George

Started: March 13th

Completed: March 21st

Yarn:  Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Beige (left over from my Grandma’s blanket), KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Iron Ore, random white yarn in stash.

Pattern: Sock Monkey by Yvonne Boucher

Needles: Size 5US and 10.5US (for scarf)

Notes:  Not the cutest creature I’ve made,but I still love him – he’s very soft & hugable.  CB felt bad because he put the eyes on & put them on crooked so George has a bit of lopsided look to him.  Ah well, part of his charm I guess. Anyway, I just randomly decided to make him – as I mentioned he’ll probably go to my niece but maybe he’ll just be my buddy in the house in OR.  Only intentional mod was making the pieces in the round (Magic Loop!  Told you I’m hooked) and one unintentional mod – I messed up the striping on the legs – they don’t exactly match.  I’m just glad I finished him so I can get him packed up.

Tomorrow, the movers come to take all our stuff away.  Hopefully I won’t get too bored with the yarn I have with me…but at least I got something new this week to ogle…

 

Astarte from the Mythos Yarn Club

Astarte from the Mythos Yarn Club

Ooo, my first shipment from Lotus Knits Mythos Yarn club and it is purty!  This I think might be a scarf – this beautiful silver &  purples will be perfect for one.  So at least that’s something other than socks I can amuse myself with!  I’m also excited because Melanie might be coming to Portland for the Sock Summit! (which of course I will be attending – what great timing!)  I plan on stealing more of her yarn!  Check out her raffle here – there are some great prizes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things, as you can imagine, are bit crazy right now.  My last day of work (sob!) is on Thursday, the movers come next Wednesday & I fly (with my cat, which should be interesting) out the following Wednesday.  Part of me is really looking forward to it – being back in my true home, seeing my family & friends, etc.  But I am feeling a lot of apprehension – is this the smartest thing to do?  Leaving a fantastic job in this economy?  Leaving the most important person in my life for who knows how long?  I’m really torn and feel like I’m going out of my mind.

So, how about some cute bats?

 

The Boo Family

The Boo Family

I’ve been regressing & making toys this week.  Of course, I’ve already posted about Little Boo & Blue Boo but thought I would include them.

Here’s the newest member, Purple Boo (yeah, I’m original)

Made from some scraps of Cascade 220 I had laying around.  I’m not happy about the fangs, but I’m way too lazy to redo them.  Purple Boo is going to a friend of mine here who loved the Boo I made for my best friend (Brown Boo, who sadly, never got a photo shoot.)  Apparently, I have an addiction to this this pattern.  I never add the button though, I think it’s just as cute sitting open.

I’ve started another toy – don’t ask me why I keep making them, kids are not in my future at this time.  But I really like making them.

 

Not as creepy in person.  Honest.

Not as creepy in person. Honest.

May I present George the Sock Monkey!  He’ll probably go to my niece, but it’s been pretty fun working on this. (Magic Loop rules!)  I’m using this pattern as my first choice (KnitPicks Mr. Foster) is now sold out.

Speaking of my neice & toys, I have to share this.

100_2918That’s the unblogged Hester the Long Legged Bunny I made for her for Christmas.  My sister says she loves it and carries it around everywhere now, which made me very happy to hear.  I never blogged about it because I wasn’t that thrilled with it (I made up the pattern) and never got a decent picture of it but I’m really glad it’s getting put to good use.

By the way, that’s a WALL-E blanket on her – her favourite movie.  My niece has good taste. 🙂

Well, that was a crappy weekend.

I wasn’t feeling so hot when I posted Saturday morning – headache, stomach issues, clammy skin – and it only got worse.  I spent the rest of the day in bed or wrapped in a blanket in my craft room chair wanting to die.  So no Halloween party for me – my “costume” was devil horns and a tshirt that said “Maverick Hockey Mom”.  (CB was going as The Dude from The Big Lebowski for those wondering). But alas, it was not to be, maybe my intended mocking target sensed it.  Anyway, I felt a little better yesterday, but today I’m feeling icky, don’t know if it’s leftover or just…a case of the Mondays.  CB & I also had a small fight – nothing big, we’re fine now, mostly me just being a bitch (not that he said as much, but looking back, yeah, I was a bit of selfish bitch to him).  

But hey!  How about some cuteness to drive the blahs away.

Little Boo

Little Boo

Little Boo

Started: October 19th

Completed: October 21st

Yarn:  Scraps of what I’m pretty sure is Cashmerino (orange) and Mission Falls 1824 Wool (black).

Pattern: Boo the Bat

Needles: Size 6 Harmony dpns

Notes: I made this for a friend whom I was going to see Saturday, but…well, hopefully I’ll see her again before too long.  Little Boo is so named because I was I was running low on the orange and subtracked two rows from the body as well as the wings.  His ears are made differently as well – I just cast on 6 stitches & didn’t join in the round, just worked back & forth.  He’s cute though!  His brother, Blue Boo, guards my cubicle with Wally. They have another brother, Brown Boo, but I never got a picture of before he went to his new home at my best friend’s.  Ah well.

This was the week to make siblings:

Jim

Slim Jim the Snowman

Jim

Started: October 22nd

Completed: October 25th

Yarn:  Pretty sure it’s all Mission Falls 1824 Wool scraps

Pattern: Knit Picks Snowmen

Needles: Size 4US Harmony Dpns

Notes:  Like his sister Posey, I didn’t felt Jim either (superwash wool) but I wish I had – the increases look wonky, which would have been hidden if I had.  Ah well.  This one is the Slim pattern (aren’t I just sooooo clever with their names?  Slim Jim, Rosy Posey.  Sigh) and and the only other change I made was (terrible) embroidery on the face & button.  Oh I think I went a little crazy on the icord scarf.  But they at least look related.

We Are Family!

We Are Family!

I have another FO that I need to rephotograph – the pictures look pretty awful.  Until then, here’s the start to my new scarf with my Big Ass Yarn Club Yarn

I even gave up my usual commuter socks to work on it – I know I’ll never finish it if I don’t push myself. 

Now back to work to see what else I can screw up today.

 

 

I did not go to Rhinebeck. I had thought I would until a couple of weeks ago.  I just didn’t have the money, nor, to be completly honest, the desire to buy more yarn.  Am I sick?  Perhaps.  Honestly, it’s begining to stress me out, having all these projects still.  I mean, I’ll still get my sock yarns from my clubs and maybe some holiday project items but really, I need to cut back in a serious way. But my weekend was not spent moping around.   

Saturday was filled with chocolate.

a table full of chocolate!

a table full of chocolate!

I went with some lovely ladies to a Chocolate Buffett, I’ve written about it before.  It was a smaller group than usual but still a great time.

One of my (many) plates.

One of my (many) plates.

We then did our post-chocolate routine of shoe shopping at Downtown Crossing.

We did not buy this shoe.

We did not buy this shoe.

And the it was off to Lush, where I spent some of my Rhinebeck savings on Lushy stuff – a nice trade off, I supose.  I will admit I did stop at Windsor Button before the meetup to pick up the Holiday Interweave Knits and I finally found Franklin‘s book!

The next day I continued my One Day Project Sunday with a snowman.

Hello there.

Hello there.

Posey

Started & Finished: October 19th

Yarn:  Mission Falls 1824, white and leftover sock yarn (held double) for the hat & scarf.

Pattern: Snowmen from KnitPIcks

Needles: Size 4US for the body, Size 3US for the scarf & hat

Notes:  I actually saw the prototypes of the cute little Snowmen way back in July when I visited Melissa at Knit Picks – she either created them or test knit them – I can’t remember!   Anyway, they were super cute so I had to make one when I saw they were avaiable.  This is the Rosey one, although I just gave her a scarf and hat instead of her little capelet.  I also didn’t realize it was felted until after I picked up some Mission Falls 1824…oops.  Superwash.  So I knit her at a pretty tight guage and I think that worked okay.  I used some left over sock yarn (finally!  Something to do with it!) for the hat & scarf.  Posey will be a gift, but I’llprobably be making more of them.  Super quick project.

So it was no Rhinebeck, but still a nice weekend.  Friends, chocolate, Lush, & knitting…it worked out just fine for me. 🙂

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