I have been a furious crocheter this week!! I feel like I am finally back on track with all my 'stalled' projects which have been arranged according to deadlines starting with upcoming birthdays, xmas, and then special requests from friends/clients. I have been able to finish a few outstanding projects and start on a few more. I am sure that you other crafters out there are also in 'crunch-time' to whip up all those xmas gifts, right? I have made a pact with myself to work on a project every night, even if it is for just for a short while. I have also been toting my things around with me, so I can crochet before/after my shifts at work. I feel that as long as I have a hook and some yarn with me, I am more motivated/inclined to work a coupla stitiches in my down time. This has enabled me to move ahead on the many WIPs I have going.
1st things 1st:
FO from last weeks WIPW blog week 14:
XMAS GIFT #1: (FO)
"I am also working on a few beanies for christmas. I usually make Amigurumi, so this is a new venture. I am using Caron's Simply Soft in Watermelon for this girls beanie. The pattern was found as a free download on Ravelry by Rebecca Averill."
And here is the FO:
|'Bonita Hat: Modeled by Joshua S. Fields'|
XMAS GIFT #2: (WIP)
I started this week on a scarf for a white elephant swap for xmas. As I have mentioned before, I mostly crochet Amigurumi, so the venture into hats and scarfs is new territory for me. It is an exciting venture, and so far is going really well. For this WIP I have adapted a pattern made available on Ravelry by Julie Schramm of Noolie Knits called Tulips Hat & Scarf pattern available for free as a link on Ravelry. I have started on the scarf 1st, and providing I have time I will make the companion hat.
I am using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Glitter yarn in White/Multi for the scarf project, and a standard size 'I' crochet hook. This yarn was gifted to me recently in a stash swap, and I decided it would be a nice winter/xmas yarn for a scarf. The yarn is a lamb's wool blend, and is working beautifully for the project.
Here are a couple of pictures of the WIP as it stands today:
|'Tulips Scarf (detail)'|
XMAS GIFT #3: (WIP)
HELLO KITTY PURSE:
I am super excited about this project that I came across on Ravelry. I am making the purse for my 5 year old cousin for Xmas. I have a feeling that when it is done and opened on Xmas that I will be making a few more for birthdays, ect. It is just too adorable! Thanks to Melinda Miller of Melinda Miller Designs for the free pattern download on Ravelry. You can find a link to the pattern here.
I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn in the following colors:
White #9701 (face)
Black #9727 (edging and facial details)
Watermelon 9501 (bow)
Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! in the following color:
#12 Buttercup (flower and nose detail)Here is a pic of the competed front panel of the WIP as it stands today.
|'Hello Kitty purse'|
XMAS GIFTS #4 AND #5: (FO)
Both of these FO's I started and finished this week. They are for my 10 year old cousin. He is super into Pokemon right now, and has begged me to make him an Amigurumi Pokemon for Xmas. There was no possible way I was going to design and finish a design of my own, so I was lucky enough to find these two patterns as free downloads from Linda Potts of WolfDreamer off the Hook. Linda has some AMAZING videogame and cartoon related designs on Ravelry and her site. If you have a chance I highly recommend you stop by and browse her work.
XMAS GIFT #4:
For the Pokemon I decided on the 'Squirtle Plushie. He is cute and is one of the original Pokemon, so I thought it would be neat to go old-school.
Here is a picture of the animated 'Squirtle':
|'Squirtle' Plushie (Front View)|
|'Squirtle' Plushie Back view|
|'Squirtle' Plushie Side view|
In addition to all these projects I am finally making a little something for myself. I picked up a beautiful skein of Cascade 220 Quatro 5013 Chili Pepper at the Ravelry Week event at The Knitting Nest in Austin, TX. I am working on a winter hat for myself. I have not taken pictures of the WIP yet, but here is a picture of the yarn, which is just stunning!
|Cascade Sierra Quatro in Chili Pepper|