Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Miniature Thread Crochet!

I've started getting back into crocheting and knitting. I start and stop hobbies a lot, cycling through them because I never can pick just one or two. It's a pity that I can't pick a couple, because then I'd be really really good at those things, rather than just kinda good at a whole bunch of things. I suppose that has merit, too, though.
Here's a little dog I crocheted. (Yes, the absence of back legs is an artistic choice...)

There's also an apple, complete with stem and leaf!

And a tiny basket.

I like miniature crochet. It's adorable, as most tiny things are, it's quick, and they're fun to make. I have a problem making two of anything, like gloves or socks. I like making up my own patterns, most that I make up as I make the item, and writing it down seems tedious. Oh, well, at least socks and mittens make good Christmas presents!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nathan's Birthday Beetle

As usual, I sent off a birthday present really late, but he liked it anyway! I saw one somebody did on Ravelry, and made one myself. Nathan likes bugs, so I thought it was appropriate! I used scrap yarn, two different greens.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My First Pine Needle Basket

This is the first pine needle basket I've ever attempted. I used pine needles collected on a dog walk - I used one of the (clean) poop bags to collect a bunch! I soaked the pine needles in hot water for half an hour, then threaded my big needle with purple cotton floss. I know the tradition is to use raffia, but I figured I could let it slide while I'm learning.

I used about 8 needles at a time, adding more as they ended or broke off. :) Even though they were dry to begin with, a little sap still got on my hands and the thread.

In the basket is my adorable little Murphy! She posed so beautifully. This basket is actually for my mom's birthday. I made it in time for her birthday, but not in time to send it to her! Oops...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Birthday Present

I finally got this to my brother, so now I'm free to post pictures of it! It took me longer than I assumed it would, but I think it turned out well. The thread is some vintage crochet thread I found at a thrift store; the pattern is a slightly modified one I found on the net.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Three New Haruos

These are Haruos. A Haruo is a type of sweater monster, each one unique, each one with a special item. Sweater monsters are softies made out of recycled clothing, with button eyes. They are all about 10 inches high.

This guy's name is Brett. He used to be a tax auditor, but decided that wasn't exciting enough. Besides, tax auditors use too much paper. He's taken a job as a tree activist, and can be seen sitting in trees next to construction sites. The patch on his side reads "Hug A Tree". His tree friend goes with him everywhere, and contributes much to the activist meetings, held every Wednesday at 7pm.

Likes: trees (his favorite the Joshua Tree), fruit smoothies, and watercolor landscapes.
Dislikes: people who don't recycle, bulldozers, and chamomile tea.

This red guy is Jonny. He loves sleeping so much, he works at a mattress store! His little fleece teddy bear goes everywhere with him. When Jonny needs his hand for something, his bear goes in his pocket!

Likes: down pillows, banana waffles, and hot apple cider.
Dislikes: cheap mattresses, anything with caffeine, and the color green.

This guy is Harry. He used to live up in the Himalayas, but he got tired of being called the Abominable Snowman. So the Snowman (they're friends) gave him a ride to the airport, and now Harry is hoping for a sunny place to stay! He's interested in getting a tan, and comes with his beach ball.

Likes: blueberry snow cones, suntan lotion, and the color magenta.
Dislikes: identity theft, sand in his suit, and green cars.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Sweater Monster Book

This is a new book/sweater monster. I wish that I could sew the head, feet and legs on, but I have to glue them. This is because you put the base layer on and put it in a press, which I couldn't do if the pieces were attached at that point. I am getting better at hand-sewing the headbands.

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Earrings

I made these out of a delicious crochet thread I found at DI (a local thrift store). I decided I liked them so much that I wanted to write up the pattern.

This is my first attempt at a picture pattern. Sorry it's so weird looking. :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hearts for Haiti

You should definitely check out http://heartsforhaiti.etsy.com. It's an online shop that features handmade wonders, with all proceeds to go to Doctors Without Borders. I recently put up these wrist warmers, which sold the day they were posted.