I didn’t think I was going to have a FO to show off this week but then last night I got inspired to work on one of my hibernating projects. There are far less pokemon patterns on Raverly then I would expect there to be, especially of popular pokemon. I’m not asking for someone to sit down and design each and every pokemon – there are over 700 now! I’m mostly thinking of the popular ones, like the Eevevolutions and all the starter pokemon. There isn’t even a design for Bulbasaur. Okay, that’s wrong. There are some but none of them are as good as one plushie designer I’ve found.
That’s why I’ve started making my own designs. I have made Miltank on commission but the ones I truly want to make are all the Eevevolutions. Right now there are two listed that meet my standards. Maybe I’m a pokemon snob but I have high standards for plushies. The only ones out are Umbreon and Eevee. So I’ve started working on designing the rest, starting with the most current, Sylveon. I’m going to make the ones I have yarn for first and then buy yarn for the ones I can’t.
The only thing Sylveon needs now is the ribbons. My brother is going to help me figure out the best way to make them. We’ve pretty much agreed that making them out of yarn would make the head too heavy. So as far as yarn goes, Sylveon is done. Once I get the ribbons made I’ll write up the pages of pattern I have written down and publish it on Rav.
Ask anyone who knows me well: I love foxes. Sometime in December I noticed that I hadn’t knit or crocheted a single fox thing. There aren’t as many fox patterns as there are, say, owl patterns but there are some. There is a fox shawl pattern, FoxxyLady that I plan on making sometime in the future when I decide on what yarn to use. Until then, I decided to go with what was the easiest thing to make: a fox amigurumi! I have fox statues, paintings and stuffed animals, but no handmade plushies. There’s just something about having one that I’ve made myself.
I don’t really have a fox type I prefer as it is hard enough to find fox things that I can’t be picky but I do really love the arctic fox. My next fox project will probably be the shawl or one of the two sock patterns. There’s also a hat but it is made in a weight of yarn I don’t have a lot of.
The yarn has been taking over my desk for some time now. I decided awhile ago that I would make a basket to keep on my desk for the yarn and WIPs that I’m currently working on. It took me awhile to make but when it was done, I was very happy to see it was bigger than I thought it would be.
All the basket is really just five granny squares, one for each side and one on the bottom. And yes, you can see my favorite elf amigurumi in the corner. :3
As it is now friday and I’m actually remembering my knitting blog, I’m going to go ahead and post this at 3am. The last post I made was a WIP Wednesday about my shawl, Seraphim. Well, it’s done. It’s been done. It took some time to get the pretty outside pictures I wanted but I have them!
There is a park near where my brother and I live that we sometimes go take walks. It’s really pretty and has a bunch of neat paths through green areas, perfect for writing inspiration.
I’m so glad this shawl is done. It took me exactly a year and a month. Most of that though, was Seraphim sitting on the back burner while I worked on other projects. It is also my first big shawl done in lace weight.
Pattern: Seraphim Shawl
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Raspberry
While one of my best friends was on vacation and thus, not online much, I wanted to knit socks and couldn’t think of a pattern that was perfect for the only sock yarn I’d packed. One of my other best friends came up with the perfect combination and we decided to surprise Rae (the best friend who was on vacation) because we knew she’d squee.
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Thunderhead
Mods: I did 10 rows of ribbing instead of 8 and two full repeats instead of the 1.5 the pattern called for. I’m glad I did because it came out to the perfect length I wanted it.
The main inspiration behind the combo was Mistborn and the swirling mists that come out at night. If you haven’t read the trilogy, go do so now. It is amazing.
They’re finally done! Actually they’ve been done for awhile. I’ve been meaning to make this pattern for a long time, I just never actually did it. It also took me two tries to make a pair of fair isle socks that could go over my heel. They’re still pretty tight too. Maybe the next time I do a pair of full fair isle socks, I’ll go up another size.
Pattern: Norwegian Rose Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Natural and Blue Topaz
Needles: 2mm and 2.75mm
All in all, I’m really happy with the way they turned out.
Its taken me a year, but they’re finally done. I’ve wanted to cosplay Kairi from Kingdom Hearts 2 for awhile. It took me forever to find the right fabric for her skirt but I finally did. It was shortly after that when I started her socks. instead of following a pattern, I made this one up as I went, as her socks were supposed to be all stockinette. That would be too much for me so I added a small cable on the outside of each sock.
The only guidance I needed and used was the leg increases. One of my favorite sock designers, Wendy Johnson, explained how she did it in her book Toe Up Socks For Everybody. Once I knew how, it was just a matter of working on them. Most of the time they sat on a backburner while I worked on other things. In April, I decided that I really wanted to get them done and pulled them out.
I panicked pretty badly when I thought I was going to run out of yarn, because the yarn I was using (KP Essential Kettle Dyed in Jay) was discontinued. Somehow, I managed to find enough, just enough, and finished them.