Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Tree Beanie: the pattern!

Remember this?

I promised to write the pattern for it ages ago, but then life happened (as it does, which is also the reason this blog has been inactive for so long). But I finally, finally wrote the pattern and put it up on Ravelry. So if you need to make a last-minute gift, or something festive to keep you warm in the following weeks, check it out! It's a super simple, super quick project.

Here's the link again.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Spring scarf

I found this gorgeous lightweight linen-viscose yarn on sale at the yarn store the other day, so I grabbed some to make a nice lacy spring scarf.

I really love this yarn. It's light and soft and drapey, and it's that wonderful cream color that makes every outfit look amazing.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Simple Crocheted Cowl

I've had this wonderfully soft thick-and-thin yarn in my stash for ages now, and I hadn't thought of anything cool to do with it, but since it's really, really cold right now, I thought it was time I made myself a cowl.

I didn't use a pattern for this. I just used a large hook and the woven crochet stitch, and made a large rectangle. I didn't make an actual buttonhole either, the gaps in this are large enough for the button to comfortably slip through.

I really like how warm and soft this is, and how it can look different depending on where I button it. For example, sometimes I like folding down the top edge of the cowl so it's a bit collar-like:

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

(Very belated) Christmas tree beanie

Hey, all! I finished this project during the holidays, as the title implies, but I've been once again procrastinating and just now got around to posting about it. Christmas might be over, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy a nice holiday project ;)

(Apologies for the mediocre photo quality, it was way too bright in my room when I took these.)

I spent all of December watching the Yogscast charity livestreams, and everyone kept wearing these adorable Christmas tree hats. I loved them so much that I couldn't resist trying to knit one for my very own. The livestreams were perfect to knit to as well!

I completely improvised the pattern, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out (even though I wish I had used a less soft acrylic yarn so the beanie wasn't so droopy. On the plus side, though, it's super comfy). It's knitted on straight needles and sewed up at the back, and the star is crocheted and stuffed so it's all puffy and squishy :D

I'm thinking about maybe writing up a pattern for this, but it's still a while until next Christmas, so we'll see.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Owl Hat!

I had my birthday last week, and since the weather's thankfully getting cold enough for hats, I thought I'd make this as a birthday present to myself :D I've been seeing a few owl hats around lately, and I think they're adorable, so I was inspired.

The pattern I used is this one. I did the teen/adult size, which ended up being a little big for me (or maybe I just like my hats a little snug, I don't know).

I also made a few modifications to the pattern - made the earflaps longer and a bit rounder, changed the nose a bit, and I also added a pom pom at the top and a single crochet edge using all the colors. I used two buttons for the eyes.

I'm really pleased with it. I always wanted a hat with earflaps!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Superhero Undies

I don't know what it is about comics and cartoons, but they make me want superhero-themed undies. Last year, after reading Batman comics, and having just done laundry, I transformed a pair of plain black undies into these kick-ass ones:

They ended up being my favourite pair that I wore on bad days to make me feel better. (Yes, that is my secret - Batman underwear.) So a little while back, I was inspired to make more while marathoning Batman Beyond, since I had just bought some plain underwear. (Sidenote: how amazing is that show?)

And so, here are Batman Beyond-style and Nightwing undies!

The Nightwing ones again (he is my favouritest).

All of these were made using stencils that I made out of cardboard and acrylic paints. Out of all of them, the best one is the Nightwing one, because the fabric is a lighter color, so I didn't have to use too many layers of paint. The stencil came off easier (whereas with the other two, bits of cardboard stuck to the edges and had to be peeled off with tweezers) and it looks more matte and less 'plastic-y'. The acrylic holds up pretty well in the wash too - like I said, I made the first ones over a year ago, and the stencil is still holding up without peeling off or washing off. The acrylic cracks and 'breaks' a bit, which gives it a distressed, grungy look that I absolutely love.

Are you inspired to make your own superhero panties?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Cat Hat

I recently found this amazing post with a pattern for a cat beanie, and I naturally thought it was the most amazing thing in the entire world. I immediately had to make one for my cat, Kida.

"I hate you."

I modified the pattern a fair amount, and added ribbing and a pom pom, but the basic principle is pretty much the same :D I kept giggling to myself while making this. Kida was NOT impressed.

I think I'm going to make a bunch of these. They're just too amusing.