Mar 29, 2008

Fantasy artwork

This is going to be a completely unrelated post. Since I still can't knit, I figured I'd write about other things for a while instead.

First out is my husband. (Yes, the guy you saw freezing his butt off a few days ago).
You see, he happens to be very good at drawing kickass warriors, fantastical creatures and cute little faeries.
While I could go on and on about how much I love his drawings (they were part of why we met in the first place), it would be pointless without pictures. So without further ado, here are the links!

Note: Before you click the links, you should know that they're probably not safe for work. There's nudity and some violence, because after all, warriors fight big dragons, and faeries can't always be bothered with clothes.

DeviantArt gallery
Elfwood gallery

Mar 27, 2008

Linkdump - a collection of patterns for tawashi

Last updated June 5th 2009

Because I can't knit myself for a while, I figured I'd take the time to look for neat patterns to have something to look forward to.
This benefits you as well, because this will be one huge cute-filled post.

Now, just so you know, I have not actually tried all these patterns, I just like them and think you should see them as well.
A lot of these are not written as tawashi patterns, but they're small, quick, and will serve the purpose just as well even though they don't have the right name in the title. You might want to change any stockinette sections to garter stitch though, since the garter ridges have superior scrubbing power!
Speaking of scrubbing power; most tawashi are knitted using acrylic yarn. This works for me, and is a good way of getting rid of all that old acrylic you didn't know what to do with.
If, however, you want to use your tawashi as a washcloth instead, I suggest you ditch the acrylic and use cotton. Your skin will thank you.

Let the tawashi love begin!

First of all, my favorites (these I HAVE tried):
The Tribble! (knit)
This is the one I could not stop making. I make a slightly different version of it, though - 14 stitches cast on and 24-28 rows knit. I also used a different increase because I didn't like the way the kf&b looked.
You can even make this one without the increases/decreases if you feel like it, but then I recommend you do it like I did, with fewer stitches and rows. It's one of the quickest, easiest things you can possibly knit.
Wishy Washy Fishy Tawashi! (knit)I know I will make piles of these. Some for the kitchen, but more importantly I will make some in cotton for the shower.
Citrus slices tawashi
! (knit and a little crochet) This is not a free pattern, but at only $2.50 it's definitely worth the cost.

My own patterns:
Tawashi knot (Knit, $2.50)
Tawashi leaf
(Knit, $2.50)
Acorn tawashi (knit, $2.50)
Bellflower tawashi - this one has two versions in the pattern (knit, $3.50)
Sunflower tawashi (knit, $2.50)
Super simple tawashi flower (crochet, free)
Frilly tawashi (Knit, and completely free!)
Strawberry tawashi (knit, free)
Peppermint tawashi (knit, free)


Patterns I like, just not as much as my favorites (or I haven't tried them yet):
Pineapple tawashi (knit) Not free, but still very cheap, just like the citrus slices. $2.50.
Scrubbie dots (crochet) Free, but only available on Ravelry.
Hand, foot and flower (crochet) A cute set of 3 different tawashi for $2.95.
Stripey tawashi (crochet) Free, and very well explained.
BB-style tawashi (knit) Free. In the style of the ballband dishcloth.


Japanese patterns
Egg, sunny side up! (crochet) The image links to a pdf
Koi (crochet) The image links to a pdf
Japanese doll (crochet) The image links to a pdf
Round flowery tawashi (crochet)
Octopus and carrot tawashi (crochet) The chart is at the bottom of the page as a linked image.
Christmas ornaments tawashi style (crochet) Direct link to pdf
Orange tawashi (crochet) The chart is at the bottom of the page as a linked image.
Panda tawashi (crochet) The chart is at the bottom of the page as a linked image.


More Japanese patterns. The links lead directly to the pdf-files, but there's a small loading screen first. Don't panic, the pattern will show soon.
Spirally circle thing, kind of like the tribble (crochet)
Fruit tawashi (crochet)
Square linked ring tawashi (crochet)
Cute bow tawashi (knit)
Frilly small tawashi (crochet)
Semi-circular (horseshoe) tawashi (crochet)
Amikomo fish tawashi (crochet)


The "not-really-a-tawashi-pattern-but-we-like-to-improvise" section:
Some of the following patterns will need stuffing. I suggest you use something that will dry quickly - the Japanese patterns I've seen seem to use some kind of sponge, but be creative :) Or you can just ditch the stuffing all together and use them as-is!
Delicious strawberries (crochet)
Country heart coaster (crochet)
Country star coaster (crochet)
Bath puff (crochet)
Neat heart coaster (crochet)
Modular pentagon coaster(knit)
Crochet fruit pattern collection (crochet) $4. Some of these are very small, but could still work if you use a thicker yarn/hook.
Flower coaster (crochet)
Fruits and vegetables basket (crochet) Not sure if they would all work, but at least the carrot, banana and grape can be used. The cylinder shaped tawashi are usually used to clean glasses, in case you were wondering.
Star coaster (crochet)
Hippo applique (crochet) Link goes directly to pdf. Another very small one, but thicker yarn should do the trick.
Heart (knit) This is really a pattern for a scarf, but you can just use the heart part of it for a cute little tawashi.
Teeny weeny garter stitch coaster (knit)
Baby fruit and veggie rattles (knit) Don't forget to throw some garter ridges in if you make these :) I'm not sure how functional they would be, but they're adorably cute.

As you can see, most of the tawashi are crocheted. They're not very complicated though, so if you prefer knitting them instead, you can figure it out from the pictures most of the time. Just make sure you use lots of textured stitches, like I said in the beginning.

I'll end this post with a link to Tawashi Town on Ravelry. It's a very helpful, friendly group of people, so if you need help with something (say, Japanese charts), that's the place to ask :)

Now that was a lot of work!

Finally, all settled in my new home on the great big interweb.

Please tell me if something doesn't work the way it should, I'm getting too tired to trust that I've checked everything.

Now maybe I've deserved some chocolate?

Mar 25, 2008

A finished shawl and a very long hat!

Today was a nice, sunny day and I actually got around to taking pictures of my Revontuli shawl! I know it's been forever since I finished it, and I HAVE tried taking pictures of it before. They just never came out right.

Today I grabbed my husband the moment he came back from work, and convinced him that we should take pictures right away.

This is the shawl. It's large, even though I wanted to make it even bigger, but ran out of yarn. I guess that was a good thing. Behold, very purple shawl!

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I have wings, and then I don't. The second picture shows the colors best.

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Then there's the hat. My super crazy long pixie hat with black and purple stripes. And 6 stars dangling from the very end - beat that! The longest star reaches the back of my knees when I wear the hat. I'm 5'10", so nope, not kidding when I say the hat is long.

Say hi to my husband modelling the hat - I just wanted to make sure the pictures came out right this time, which is why I didn't model it myself - it's hard to make the hat lay right on your own back, trust me.
He was very cold, as you can see - it was -20C outside. Oh well, at least his head was warm!

Yes, it's as cold as it looks.

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Butt! No, wait, there's a hat in this picture too. See how long the hat is?

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My most favoritest dangly pompom thing ever. 6 stars with braided cords.

Mar 24, 2008

It's an addiction!

I've spent the last week searching the web high and low for patterns and ideas for tawashi (which is just the japanese word for scrubby, but it does make it sound more interesting).

When I felt just the right amount of inspiration settle in, I started knitting. Then I didn't stop knitting until my wrist hurt. I waited one day, made some more, waited another day, made some more... now I'll probably have to take a week or so to rest my arm, but I just COULD NOT STOP before. This post is my attempt at saying ENOUGH for now. Give your poor arm a rest, woman!

So I took a bunch of pictures, and here they are for the world to see - the cutest, most adorable scrubbies you can imagine.





Look up the Tawashi Town group on Ravelry for many, many patterns. They have the best collection I've found so far.

Mar 14, 2008

Slime amigurumi

Again with the slime obsession, I wanted to add some color to my surroundings.

Isn't he cute?



The pattern is available here as a pdf, and below, just in case you can't access the pdf.
Teskedsmamman has been nice enough to translate the pattern to Swedish, available here.

Slime amigurumi

Gauge is not important. Different size hook/yarn will simply give you a larger slime. I used worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm (E) hook. Just make sure you produce a dense fabric, to keep the stuffing from showing.


I use american crochet terms:

Sc = single crochet
Increase: Simply work two stitches into one.
Sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together:
insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. Then insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Finally, yarn over (yo) and draw through all 3 loops on your hook. 1 stitch decreased.

This pattern is worked in a spiral, i.e. you do not join the rounds.
Start with a «magic ring» (a tutorial can be found
here)

  1. Work 6 sc in ring
  2. Sc 2 in each st around (12 sts)
  3. Sc 2 in each st around (24 sts)
  4. (Sc 2, increase in next st) around (32sts)
  5. (Sc 3, increase in next st) around (40 sts)
  6. (Sc 9, increase in next st) around (44 sts)
  7. (Sc 10, increase in next st) around (48 sts)
  8. (Sc 5, increase in next st) around (56 sts)
  9. (Sc 6, increase in next st) around (64 sts)
  10. (Sc 15, increase in next st) around (68 sts)
  11. (Sc 16, increase in next st) around (72 sts)
  12. Work even (72 sts)
  13. Work even (72 sts)
  14. Work even (72 sts)
  15. Work even (72 sts)
  16. Work even (72 sts)
  17. Work even (72 sts)
  18. (Sc 16, sc2tog) around (68 sts)
  19. Work even (68 sts)
  20. (Sc 15, sc2tog) around (64 sts)
  21. (Sc 6, sc2tog) around (56 sts)
  22. (Sc 5, sc2tog) around (48 sts)
  23. (Sc 10, sc2tog) around (44 sts)
  24. (Sc 9, sc2tog) around (40 sts)
  25. (Sc 3, sc2tog) around (32 sts)
  26. (Sc 2, sc2tog) around (24 sts)
  27. (Sc 2, sc2tog) around (18 sts)
  28. Work even (18 sts)
  29. Work even (18 sts)
  30. (Sc 4, sc2tog) around (15 sts)
Now it’s about time to stuff your slime before you continue decreasing. While working the following rounds, continue to stuff the tip as you go, a little bit at a time.

31. (Sc 3, sc2tog) around (12 sts)
32. (Sc 2, sc2tog) around (9 sts)
33. (Sc 1, sc2tog) around (6 sts)
34. (Sc2tog) around (3 sts)

Break yarn, fasten off. Use felt for eyes and mouth. I happened to be lucky enough to find buttons that look like eyes, but felt will do just fine. Another thing you can do, is to cut the white of the eye from felt, and use safety eyes for the black. This is probably the best option, as sewing tiny bits of felt can get tricky.


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

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A new friend to help with the dishes.

I haven't been terribly good at updating lately (ok, I've been horrible). My excuse is that I've been too busy knitting (and *cough*browsing ravelry*cough*, so I didn't have time for the blog.

I have a couple of patterns coming up. They're both slime related, so if any of you remember Dragon Warrior, you might get a kick out of them. If you don't know what a slime is, visit http://www.slimeshrine.com/ to get an idea.

Here's the first one: Slime dishcloth!


Pattern is also available below, in case you can't access the pdf.