Nov 9, 2007

Yay!

Today Jeff got me something really, really, really neat:

A set of Staedtler pens in all the colors of the rainbow!

Just look:

I'm so in love with those it's ridiculous, especially since I don't really need more pens.

But they're RAINBOW PENS! In pretty, pretty colors!

I love them, love them, love them :D (yes, this calls for repetition of some words)

Now I must find something to write.

Nov 6, 2007

3 new hats

Some hats I've finished lately. They're all made from gift-yarn, which explains all the funky colors and textures.

I still don't have a mannequin head, but I think this is a pretty neat solution ;)

The flower on this one is attached to a button, so it can be placed wherever you want it to be.



Just a basic kittyhat, but the thick-and-thin yarn gives it an interesting texture. The hat is crocheted, the ears are knitted. I could not for the life of me make the ears look nice with crochet, not with that yarn.



Mr. Oscar Grenouille here is more than just a hat. He's a companion, someone you can talk to during those long, lonely walks in the snow. He also enjoys helping out with the dishes and vacuuming. A true friend. He lights up even the darkest winter night with his bright green fuzzyness.

Oct 27, 2007

Black cotton shawl




A shawl I made in June or so. It's basically the same pattern as this one from lionbrand, but in sport weight cotton yarn. Changes the look quite a bit, doesn't it?

I insisted on wearing my freshly finished shawl even though the weather was way too hot for anything more than a tank top. After all, what's the point in making pretty things if you can't use them?

Oct 26, 2007

Super Mario Invincibility Star crochet pattern



I used worsted weight yarn with a 3.5mm hook. Just make sure you're using a smaller hook than the yarn label recommends, and you should be ok. Trust me, the star looks better without bits of fiberfill poking through ;)

You don't have to join rounds, working in a spiral works just as well. I wrote this pattern when I was still very much new to crochet, and chose to join rounds because I thought it would make it easier to get the eyes to line up after. I've made a couple of stars recently without joining the rounds, and actually prefer it that way. I'm leaving the pattern unchanged though, so you can pick whichever method you want. If you still want to join the rounds, futuregirl made a very good tutorial on how to do it seamlessly - the end result looks so much better.

Swedish translation by Teskedsmamman :)

French translation by matibice

Italian translation by matibice

ch2
Round 1: 5 sc in second ch from hook. Join with sl st, turn (5sc)
Round 2: ch1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st, turn (10sc)
Round 3: ch1, *sc in next sc, then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around, join with sl st, turn (15sc)
Round 4: ch1, *sc in next two sc, then 2 sc in next sc* repeat around, join with sl st, turn (20sc)
Round 5: Repeat round 3 (30sc)

First point:
Row 1: ch1, sc in next 6 sc,
Row 2: ch1, sc in each sc across, (6sc)
Row 3: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog (4sc)
Row 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: ch1, sc2tog twice (2sc)
Row 6: ch1, sc2tog, fasten off

Second point:
Row 1: Attach yarn next to base of previous point. (Pull up a loop, ch1, sc in same st). Sc in next 5 sc.
Row 2-6: Same as first point.

Repeat second point 3 more times, do not fasten off after last point. Ch1, then sc around entire star. Join to first sc with sl st.

When you have made two star shapes, sew eyes on one of them, then whipstitch together, stuffing with fiberfill as you go.

Please don't copy this pattern to other websites - provide a link to it instead. Thank you.

Oct 25, 2007

Knitted boob

This all started with my husband wanting an Oppai (which means breast, iirc) ball from Japan, for the pure silliness of it. Since those are kind of expensive, I decided to make him one instead. The first one I made was red and pink, with a huge, pierced nipple.

This is my second try. More natural colours (although the more cartoony looking one was fun too!), and a better looking nipple than the first boob.

I don't know what more to say... it's a boob, and it's cuddle-friendly XD

knitted boob

Pattern
Yarn: Whatever you have at hand. I used worsted weight.
Needle size: If I remember right, I used 3.5 mm needles. Just use needles smaller than what's recommended for your yarn, and make sure the fabric is dense enough to hide the fiberfill.

The boob in the picture is about 5" in diameter, to give you an idea of the size.

Using provisional cast-on, CO 32 stitches.

01. Knit 32
02. Turn and purl 24
03. Turn and knit 22
04. Turn and purl 24
05. Turn and knit 22
06. Turn and purl 24
07. Turn and knit 22
08. Turn and purl 24
09. Turn and knit 22
10. Turn and purl 24

(I used the JG: Yarnball Pattern as reference for the short-rows.)

Repeat rows 1-10 12 more times, 13 sections all in all. Knit one row even.
Put cast-on row on another needle, removing the waste yarn. Use kitchener stitch to join first row to the last.

Pick up stitches around the bottom hole. Knit one round then decrease evenly until closed. You can try using one round of k1, k2tog and then k2tog all around on the last round. Break off yarn, pull through the remaining stitches. Weave in end.

Stuff the boob with fiberfill. I know it's kind of hard to do it through that tiny hole, but it is possible.
For the top hole, you can either treat it as the bottom hole, or leave it open. It doesn't matter too much, since it will be covered by the nipple anyway.

Nipple:
CO 8 sts (I prefer to use the magic loop for this)
Knit 3-4 rounds (depending on how ... erect.. you like your nipples XD).
Next round: Knit in front and back of every stitch. (16 sts)
Knit 1 round even.
Next round: K1, knit in front and back of next stitch. Repeat around (24 sts)
Knit 1 round even.
Next round: K2, knit in front and back of next stitch. Repeat around (32 sts)
Knit 1 round even.
Bind off.

Stuff the nipple with a tiny bit of fiberfill so it's nice and perky, then sew the opening closed.

Attach the nipple to the boob, using a bit of yarn the same colour as the nipple/areola.

Do a little dance to celebrate and honor your new friend!

Please don't copy this pattern to other websites - provide a link to it instead. Thank you.
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Oct 24, 2007

Purple garter stitch shawl




This shawl I made a year or so ago. It's about 6 feet wide, and very warm and cozy. I just made a simple garter stitch shawl (like this one, except I replaced the yarn overs with M1F and M1B to avoid the holes) with crocheted borders taken from this shawl

Now I'll go back to working on my cursed sweater. Hopefully it will be done soon, in all its delicious purpleness.

Feb 8, 2007

Yours Truly - random facts

Marte:

- 29 years old young
- is owned by 3 cats
- is happily married
- is a dirty multi-crafter. She will try most things once, especially if they involve fiber
- dreams of owning a DSLR cam
- loves cutesy things and is not afraid to show it
- is very sensitive to colors. The wrong shade of brown can and will make her nauseous. On the other hand, fresh, bright, happy colors will make her feel good
- is a collector of pretty pens and stationery
- loves cooking, hates doing dishes
- loves eating as much as cooking
- is addicted to chocolate
- does not have a driver's license
- is a night person
- spends far too much time online
- enjoys looking for neat patterns, tutorials and inspirational pictures (related to spending too much time online, hah)
- likes video games, but is not a "gamer grrl" and is definitely not hardcore anything
- is a big fan of cyberpunk
- daydreams a lot
- is quite shy around strangers
- likes cheesy old crime shows from the 70s and 80s, and even some from the 90s.
- thinks music is important, but what kind depends on her mood. Mostly metal and various electronic stuff
- cuts and dyes her own hair because 1: she's a control freak with her hair and 2: she's too cheap to pay a hairdresser to mess it up for her
- used to read 4-5 books a week, but stopped a few years ago for reasons that shall remain unknown - will still read if she finds something exceptionally good
- loves fairy tales
- wants to travel around the world
- would like to teach English in Japan or South Korea, but doesn't have the right passport
- can't stand dubbed movies - original language with subtitles is the only way to go!
- enjoys feel-good movies like Amélie and Chocolat
- thinks 80s music is cheesy, cheerful and awesome
- recently started drinking coffee, and almost feels like an adult because of it - although she only goes for the sweet varieties, like Turkish coffee (yum)
- decided to write this whole thing in third person
- would prefer to wear striped tall socks every day. With pretty skirts/dresses.
- dreams of having her own business some day
- can't go long without spicy food