Category Archives: yarn

project updates

  • 365 project – still chugging away.  Occasionally I’ll miss a day (or three) and backfill with pictures from another date.  I’m aiming for completion, not perfection.  A friend and I were discussing how it makes you see your surroundings differently.  Maintaining that is more important than maintaining a perfect project.

  • one sentence journal – I totally don’t do this daily.  If I’m lucky, I remember to fill it in once every week or two.  (Speaking of which, I’m pretty behind right now.  Oops.)  That’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.  I’m still motivated to keep doing it, so hopefully I’ll get better as the habit sets in.
  • crafty things in progress – Some friends and I made plarn the other night.  I didn’t do anything with it after, I just helped make it.  It was fun!  I’ll definitely make my own sometime.
  • home improvement projects – I got rid of my dead computer, but left any working peripherals that the new laptop could plug into.  Then I overhauled my whole home office area, and got a modular drawer thingy from Target (for storage and a work surface).  Still in progress, but both of us already think it’s a much more appealing place to sit down and work.

new office

modular drawer

  • What I’m readingGeneration Earn by Kimberly Palmer.  I’ve only just started, so I’m still in introductory territory.  It looks pretty interesting though, so stay tuned.

sick day

I’ve been fighting a cold all week, so of course it hits me on my day off.  (At least I only lost quality free time, not money.)

I worked with yarn most of the day.  I made a few scarves to match existing hats, sorted finished projects into a bin, dealt with some scraps.

I also experimented with a funky stash yarn – it looked like inexpert handspun, blobby and thin and blobby again.

(my camera’s on the fritz, so this is just similar yarn as an example, yo)

I started out with the intention of making a scarf, but quickly realized I didn’t have quite enough.  It was also a historically ugly scarf, which didn’t do the yarn justice.   I suspect I’ll run into the perfect project someday, but in the meantime, back into the stash it goes.

Now I think I’m gonna take a hot shower with one of those effervescent tablets, down a gallon of OJ, and pass out.  See yins another day…

-dontfeedthetiki (“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Oh, what a relief it is.”)

tan and black baby outfit

I made this set out of just the tan yarn first, and was inspired months later to trim it in black. Plus, check out the little poofball on the hat! For some reason, it just really gets me.

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Can’t wait to see if and/or when it fits the little guy it was made for…

lion / elephant

Here is the first stuffed lion I ever made.

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This project was a screaming success.  Because all the single-crochet makes my hands hurt, I wouldn’t say he was easy, exactly. But he made a huge impact compared to the amount of work invested in him. 

I have also acquired cat-shaped eyes, which I used in a second lion (not pictured). They make him look even better.  

And since the lion was so awesome, I’ve decided to branch out into other animals.  My elephant was actually easier, as he’s basically a ball that tapers to a trunk, with some circular ears sewn on –

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Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of him. As you can see, his ear is still safety-pinned on in this photo, and his ends aren’t yet woven in. But I gave him away before I could take any better pictures. I’ll just have to make another one, or possibly convince the mom in question to take some “action shots” someday.

I also made a monkey, but the pictures of him are stuck on my broken PC.  As soon as I get around to screwing with that mess, I’ll be sure to post them.

pigeon – COMPLETED!

Oh man, doesn’t he look better than the crappy green monstrosity that was my prototype?

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And I already have plans to make a better one — his body needs to be bigger, and better-weighted, and his legs in these pictures aren’t actually permanently attached.  And that’s without even beginning to consider accessories…

baby’s first cosby sweater

I made this with crap yarn, as practice.  Then I realized I had a friend who would totally appreciate it for what it was…

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and check out that glorious button action, close up:

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(She loved it, by the way.)

“Turkey” Twirly Scarf

Here is a twirly scarf I made, with two strands of acrylic – carrot and cafe.    I called the combination “Harvest” at first, but it’s evolved into “Turkey.”

curly scarf

Not sure I like it… no sir, I’m not sure I like it at all.  But the pattern’s so easy I’m going to try a few more color combinations before I quit.