Archive | April 2014

How I Became a Whovian/Bigger on the Inside Scarf

This is THE reason why I became a Whovian.

I had a friend ask me if I could make a scarf for a family member. She requested a TARDIS design. I had no idea what the heck a TARDIS was. Well, I had to find out.

When I make something based on a show, character, movie etc., I like to know what I’m working with. For example, I really don’t know if my Minion hats would have been as popular as they were if I hadn’t have watched (and LOVED) Despicable Me. I did my best to capture their essence and I think I was successful. I wanted to do the same with this scarf.

I did have a look around for patterns before I watched the show. It was all so foreign to me. We did find a pattern for a shawl that she liked. She asked me if I could make it into a scarf. I said I would do my best. I have it on the needles now and I think it’s going to be a success. I’m almost finished the TARDIS portion. Once it is done, I will send photos to my friend and I will then post my progress here. I have to say I’m pretty excited about this!

For those who are curious about the shawl pattern I’m basing it on, you can find Bigger on the Outside here.

And that, my friends, is how I became a Whovian.

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Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl by Crochet by Jennifer

I had the honour of testing another pattern for Crochet by Jennifer. Lately, she’s been working on a series of designs, the “Diagonal Weave.”

I just finished up the test for her Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl.

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I have to say this texture is right up there with the crocodile stitch for being a favourite with me. Jen explains it clearly in her pattern and there are also photo illustrations as well. It’s not a difficult pattern, but it’s also not one you’d want to start at 11 at night after a long day. It is rated “Experienced.” Once you find your groove though, it’s easily memorized. And if you add some vibrant-coloured yarn, you’ll have a hard time putting it down!
(Even after you’ve finished it… I’ve sat in my chair and just petted it because it was so nice! hehehe)

On The Hook Last Week

Last week I was house/dog sitting, so while I was able to update a little bit, I didn’t share many photos because, well… I didn’t have internet access with my computer and frankly, I’m spoiled. There. Said it.

Anyway, these are a couple of items that were on the hook:

TPK Bunny

I know I’m a week late with this one, but this little guy is a freebie courtesy of The Perfect Knot. The pattern was well written and he works up quickly.

DW Cowl
This is a new pattern, the Diagonal Weave Cowl, that I’m testing for Crochet by Jennifer. If you’re interested in purchasing this pattern, you can follow the link to her Ravelry store. It’s not released yet. I will provide a link when it is to a photo of my finished test. I’m in LOVE with this texture. My initial plan was to sell this cowl, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen now. As for the pattern itself, once again, Jennifer has done an amazing job. She thoroughly explains the steps and there are photos illustrations as well.

I also have her Diagonal Weave Leg Warmers on the hook as well. I’ll post photos when I’m finished those too.

I have some wool that I need to get on my wheel too. I have dyed some wool, but haven’t had opportunity to post photos or get it on the wheel. That will be happening shortly. I also have an order for a TARDIS scarf. That’s going to be a lot of fun. Never a dull moment around here!

I’ve been quite busy these days between tests and requests. I haven’t officially opened my order book up, but I will accept orders with the understanding that I’m unable to give a concrete completion time. I’ve been doing my best to keep my crojo flowing, but it’s been hard some days with missing Mom so much. I just keep chugging along. My customers have been very supportive and very understanding. I’m grateful for that.

So stay tuned… Fun colours, project and gorgeous textures are coming off my hook, needles and wheel daily.

Chart Maker Sites

An online friend had asked a question about where she could find free software to make a chart for filet crochet. One thing I pride myself on is searching for things on the world wide web. I’m pretty good at it… It’s not too often that I can’t find a link to help somebody out. I’m pretty stubborn though. Some things take longer to find than others, but I don’t generally give up.

As I was searching on my friend’s behalf, I discovered that all I needed to send her was a link to a chart maker. Easy peasy! I had used a wonderful one to create a custom hat for a customer last summer. So I figured I would share my discovery just in case anyone else is curious.

The first one I found was from Tricksy Knitter. I’d have to say that this one is a personal favourite. I was able to create an account, make my chart and then save it to a PDF or print it off if I chose to.

The second on is an online generator. This one works just as well, but you’ll need to have an image ready to upload. It’s called Knitpro 2.0

Happy charting!

Sometimes You Just Have to Give In…

Early yesterday evening I had this incredibly strong urge to spin. That does happen a lot. But I just couldn’t suppress it last night. I knew I “should” be working on a birthday gift or an order, but it was getting to the point where I wasn’t enjoying myself. I made myself a promise that if I wasn’t having fun, I needed to put the hook/needles down. So I did.

I made the mistake of picking up some fibre on the weekend. There was some pencil roving, but what was calling to me was the Merino/alpaca blend. I couldn’t ignore it.

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This is 2oz of 70% Merino/30% alpaca. It will probably be up for sale after I set the twist on it.

I’m not going to beat myself up too badly. I still did something productive and it turned out beautiful. I’ve tried to suppress the spinning due to having orders on the books, but I just can’t do it anymore. Oh, the orders will get filled. But I can’t ignore my heart anymore.

Wonder Woman Minion

I’m going to post something, but you have to PROMISE to not fall in love with her…

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Yes, this is my take on Wonder Woman in Minion form. I made her for my son’s friend for her birthday. Her response was just precious! And I got a hug from her mom too. They are the kind of people who know how much work goes into handmade stuff. So when my son told me that’s what he wanted to give his friend for her birthday, I didn’t bat an eye. I also think highly of this little girl, so that just settled the request right there.

Right now I don’t have any intention of making these up to sell. With the amount that I would have to charge for them to make it worth my while (in other words to continue to put food on our table, clothes on our backs and a roof over our heads!), I don’t think they would sell very well. This was a labour of love.

I have been asked to write up a pattern for it. I haven’t ruled it out, but that won’t be any time soon. I have a LOT on my plate right now. If I did write it up, I would offer it for free. Also with the understanding that it’s in very rough form, you must already know how to crochet as it won’t be a beginner pattern, it won’t be tested (unless people want to share their results) and I won’t be able to promise that I can offer support or immediately answer questions regarding it. I have a lot of designer friends and I have a good idea what’s involved with putting your designs out there. If I was going to charge for it, then yes, I would be obligated to offer support. Anyway, I just wanted to get that out of the way now. I would help as best as I could, but I wouldn’t be able to be counted on to get respond right away.

Getting back to the pattern… I used the Minion pattern I usually use as a base. I started following a pattern (which I will list below), but as I got working, I didn’t think the detachable parts would work for my Sweet Pea. I could just see there being a middle-of-the-night freakout… “Mama!!! I can’t find Stuart’s arm!!!” So while I think it’s a cool concept, it just wouldn’t work here. So I tweaked it so that the arms are crocheted right in. The feet and bottom are also worked in one piece, so there’s no sewing! Yay!

Now as for the Wonder Woman inspiration, I did look at the photo for the pattern I’m going to link below. I had considered purchasing the pattern but this one wasn’t very tall and she was sitting. I wanted to keep consistent with my son’s Minions just in case the Minions wanted to “play” with each other LOL I also used images from the web too.

So anyway, that’s my take on Wonder Woman in Minion form. I have opened a gate though… My Sweet Pea now informs me that he will be requiring an Iron Man Minion. And I just know that that’s going to evolve into a series of Avengers Minions. And then there’s the DC crew… I want a Minion of my own in Dr. Who form!

Interchangeable Minion Figures
Wonder Woman Minion