It’s been a bit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 6, 2013 by whimsyknitter

What can I say? I’ve been busy. Learning new stuff, teaching people other stuff.

So, to quickly recap- I’m a knitter. I knit whatever comes into my head. I also crochet- actually, a LOT of crochet lately.. but it goes back and forth.

Which means I have a rather sizable stash of small, not-quite-a-project’s-worth of yarn, not to mention a lot of partial oddball pieces where I was trying to figure out how to shape something or a certain stitch or what not. In short, a box full of yarn that just sits and accumulates at the bottom of my wall of stash.

Bask in the glory!

Bask in the glory!

Until now.

I’ve challenged myself on two levels- 1) Post here.. like at all.

2) Destroy the stash, but without throwing it away.

It’s not really a challenge without a few rules though. So here they are-

1)At least one piece every three days. These are short and quick projects.
2) At least 55% of the piece must be from reclaimed or oddball yarn. Preferred 75% or more from reclaimed. (I’m giving myself a little wiggle room because this isn’t meant to be completely restrictive- If I really need a certain color, I already know I”m going to use it no matter what the rule is, so I might as well set up one that’s going to work.)

Other than that.. this is meant to be more of a creative exercise with the added bonus of reducing something I’m “always meaning to get to” but somehow never do.

Fall Foliage

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2012 by whimsyknitter

 

Okay, here’s what I’ve been up to-

a) organized my knitting supplies, or rather my critter supplies because not all of it’s knitting stuff or even yarn or needles- and as I’m generally disheveled, I have to do this on a regular basis or I won’t find a thing. So.. success!

b) A friend of mine contracted me to make some legwarmers for her. Orange legwarmers. *Burnt* orange legwarmers. While the hunt for the right yarn was entertaining, and a bit aggravating, I finally landed on it- a color called Fall Foliage. So yay there- it’s here, it’s gorgeous and I’ll embark on this project shortly after I’m done with this post.

and finally, c) Finished the crochet fruit baskets that I’d like to throw up on Etsy as soon as I find boxes to ship them in.  They’re a fun short term project- I’ll probably be making more of these.

Things I’d like to do:

Get pictures of my monsters and girls up here.

I’ve found an amazing crochet stitch in the last few days that I think- if properly manipulated could produce some amazing possibilities for some fresh monsters. Will keep you updated on when I have some more to say about that. 😉

Aaaand done…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2012 by whimsyknitter

ImageThere.. finally done with both the teddy bear and making those rough pencil notes look like something pretty. Will post the pattern later, running to do.. and woo hoo, my first pic! This could get addicting….

Edit: The pattern is now available below: 😀

Teddy Bear Pattern

Teddy Bear and the LYS

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2012 by whimsyknitter

Over the last couple of weeks, some interesting things have happened. Here’s a convenient bulleted list- in no particular order:

1) Finished up my spring semester classes- yay summer!

2) Orange legwarmers- my dearest friend wants a pair of orange legwarmers to match her orange sundress. I’m sure it will be adorable. She asked me to make them for her. Whee!

3) My doll pattern is finalized, now I just need to get it tested before throwing it out there to the etherspace.

4) And speaking of patterns and legwarmers… while I was out searching for the perfect shade of orange for aforementioned legwarmers- not too alarming, and heaven forbid we stumble into something peach- I started scouring my local yarn shop, trying to find both the perfect shade and the appropriate weight.. oh and something not to scratchy, and something that will have some memory, and and and.. yeah, it’s been an adventure 😀 In any case, I was in a new yarn shop and while I was there a youngish woman came in with a box full of toys that all the yarn shops in my area collect to donate to the police. I’m not sure exactly how it came up, but I mentioned that not only did I both crochet and knit, but I made toys for my amusement. The ladies there mentioned that while they didn’t have a lot of crocheters, it would be nice if they had some new patterns for them, like maybe a teddy bear pattern for the donation box. I cracked my knuckles and said.. I’ll be back. 

So, I’ve been working on a new pattern. I’m just about done with it and when I am I will post it up for folks to enjoy. It’ll be a good dry run for me and all for a good cause, amirite?  

Crochet adventures

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 by whimsyknitter

In an effort to get things started with this blog, I will share with you my latest adventure.

 

I picked up crocheting about four months ago. In that time I’ve learned how to single crochet, double crochet, increase and decrease- really basic knowledge here, but I find that at this point it’s all of the knowledge I need.

 

I picked up a book shortly before this whole crazy crochet business got started called “Tasty Crochets”.. cute little food items that looked like good projects to begin to learn this deceptively simple pastime. My first project? Poptarts. Turned out splendid, so I moved on to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and then the apple, and so on and so forth until I discovered that I had all of the things to put inside of a lunch box, but no crochet lunch box. But, alas, other projects called (Delirium of the Endless, a repeatedly requested “super cute” doll for my mother in law, a christmas elf, Tardis socks, all of which will end up being shown off here at some point, promise. ;)) Finding nothing on my needles this week, I decided to tackle the lunchbox problem. Oh, and the milk carton problem, because what’s a lunch box without a drink?

 

My first attempt at a lunch box was pretty um… well, the point is that it wasn’t very pretty.. well, it looked aesthetically pleasing if one politely ignored the sagging sides in favor of a Salvador Dali interpretation of a crocheted lunch box. I just couldn’t figure out how to get the sides quite stiff enough to at least sort of behave like a lunch box.  But AHA, .. okay first, this is the thing I love about doing this. I poke around a lot on the Internet, and looking at patterns and techniques just sort of happens naturally. The cool thing is later on finding something that can be applied to a situation you’re going through now. Or finding something that might work. Such is the case here. I found a post about fusible web and decided to try it after a quick visit to my local craft store.

And I think it’s working. I won’t know for sure until I have it all said and done. I’ll try to get some pics up of the work in progress tonight. Lord knows that this blog will be ever so much more entertaining if I can provide visual representation of what’s coming off of my needle(s). 😀

Salutations and oh just let me tidy up in here a bit…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by whimsyknitter

Okay, so this is where I’m supposed to introduce myself to the Internet at large.

This seems rather intimidating. Let me begin smaller, much much smaller. I began this blog (finally!) for the purpose of documenting my journey into the art of making a really long piece of thick string into something much more usable than a pile of… well, string. While the process feels like it would be entirely more organic if I started at the beginning, I confess that in the beginning the only thing more intimidating than learning to knit was keeping an accurate account of myself doing so. So, unless someone out there has a secret to retroactively applying posts outside of lying, I’m already well beyond the point of beginning.

I’ve been knitting now for a number of years, mostly as a response to my grandmother’s death. I never thought she and I were terribly close until she passed. I miss her terribly, and one of my strongest memories of her is her trying to teach me to crochet. “Go slower!” was the phrase of that particular day and it ended with .. ta da, absolutely zero success. She never tried to teach me again, although I often asked. Honestly, knowing the kid I was, I can’t say I blame her.

Fast forward a number of years and an infinite amount of hard won lessons. I find that now that my brain’s slowed down a little- or maybe just my ego’s a bit more tolerable- I am finally teachable. So, I decided to teach myself to knit- the crocheting came much much later. My first project- a scarf, lime green in its acrylic magnificence and entirely too wobbly looking by anyone’s standards. But still…  off to the races I was. Perhaps if I can dig it up under the pile of my children’s winter gear I’ll throw a picture of it on here, and cringe.

After getting the basic stitches down, I opened my eyes and was so excited to see that pretty much anything (soft!) that I could think of could be knitted, and quite likely already had been. I felt instantly connected to a rich history. I thought originally that I’d love color work. And you know, I think I might, but frankly I just don’t have the time to learn more than basic two color stranding, or that beautiful intricate lacework, or planned pooling, etc. etc. Like my growing stash I see the possibilities of knitting to be more than one person can learn in a lifetime. Such a shame. :/

My little niche is currently occupied with toys- dolls, animals, nearly anything whimsical in nature. Like my growing stash of yarn my ideas of what to make and how to make them grow with each passing day. And so, to that end, I hope to share them with you. Welcome and hello!