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.
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.
Ever since Rae found Pocket Thor and Pocket Loki, she’s been turning every character she can think of into mini amigurumi. High up on the list was Thorin and Company from the Hobbit. I, of course fell in love with the idea so had to follow her example. I’ve already made Thor and will eventually finish my Avengers set (I also need to buy the right green for the Hulk). Currently, the dwarves from the Hobbit are higher on my list of amis to do.
We’ve been using the pattern for Pocket Loki, just altering colors. The yarn used is KP’s Palette, which has endless color options so its the best fit. :)
After the dwarves (and Bilbo, Gandalf and Gollum), I think I’m going to do the Fellowship, followed by finishing up the Avengers and then at least make myself a Sherlock if not also a John Watson. The possibilities are endless~
I’ve never made many baby items before, I wanted to be able to know the baby that would receive them. When one of my cousins told me that she was pregnant, I got super excited because now I could make all the baby clothes I wanted! I’d already given her a baby blanket for her birthday last year while she was still trying. To be fair I could always just make the clothes and keep them in a box until someone needed them.
Pattern: Baby Sophisticate
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry
Needle: US 7 (4.5mm)
Now, I don’t actually know that my cousin is having a girl yet or not. Pink just happened to be the color that caught my eye and I decided to go for it.
Recently, I was commissioned to make a Miltank for a friend to give to a friend of his that was graduating. There wasn’t a pattern for Miltank but that didn’t mean I couldn’t make one. I’ve always been able to design a pokemon pretty easily if I make it with crochet. Once I made the first one, making pokemon just comes pretty easily to me. Sometimes, like this time, it takes a bit of figuring out but in the end it always turns out really well.
Pattern: Miltank Plushie
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose (mostly)
As there wasn’t a pattern for Miltank and I haven’t put mine on Raverly yet, the pattern link takes you to the project page. I’ll get around to posting the actual pattern eventually.