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eatsleepknit yarnathon

  • Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:25 pm

every year i say i’m not going to do it, and every year i do anyway….. join in the eatsleepknit yarnathon that is. erin and her team of knitting kitties keep coming up with such fun new challenges that i can’t resist. though true to my quest to keep as much as my crafting as possible bjd related, i try to adapt the challenges to doll sized whenever possible.

this years year long challenge (or kal if you prefer) is to knit a hue shift blanket. my girls really don’t need any more blankets, but i couldn’t resist this pattern – with all its possibilities. done in laceweight on 1.5mm

i played with the color picker and came up with two different blankets to try. one is a 3 color shift, and each block of 9 squares will rotate to give it a more abstract feel.
red shift 2 9x9
i’ve done about 2/3rds of the squares but because i am doing all of the same squares at once, only one block is completely finished
red shift block 1

the second is more like the original and reminds me of a tropical sunset with the bright pink/orange/yellow hues fading into the green/blue/purples of the water
carribean sunrise
carribean sunrise progress

the pink row isn’t attached since i am adding an orange row in between the yellow and pink to make it flow better. it was really hard to find the right orange as the laceweight yarns weren’t quite the right hue and the one that was perfect only came in heavier weight. unfortunately it turned out to be a yarn that was impossible to separate into single plies, without the yarn calling apart :sigh so i am doing it with an orange yarn that is just ok (especially since i’m not a fan of orange to begin with) but i think it works well enough, and the progression really needed an orange to smooth out the gradation between yellow and the peachy pink

it’s a very addicting knit, since the squares go fairly quickly and it’s it keeps changing so there is always something new to see.

silly sheep

  • Posted on February 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

simple sheep made of pompoms, crocheted heads and bead feet on a crochet chain. simple, but sweet i think.
simple sheep

sweet as candy

  • Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm

i really like this one.
sweet as candy
the colors are so bright and cheerful. they were inspired by the theme of this years yarnathon “candyland”. but i can also see this shawl done in jewel tones on black, or shades of blue on cream or… well you get the picture. i plan to make up some more after i get a couple of other projects done.

it came out the perfect size for a nice thick shawl for an msd or ellowyne, but i’m pretty sure it would also work as a somewhat smaller size for american girl sized dolls or even an sd.

i’m hoping to get the pattern typed, proofed and up on ravelry in the next few weeks.

here are some more pictures just ’cause i love it so much
sweet as candy
sweet as candy

winter quarter kal

  • Posted on January 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm

the eatsleepknit kals are wonderful this year. since they are vaguely freestyle and we can combine projects to get the required yardage, i’m able to do lots of doll knitting/crocheting and have it qualify. i’m hoping to join all the kals, will have to see whether the flash kals work out too. this is going to help me get lots of yarn knit up this year. yay!

the winter season has two kals, melanie berg patterns and persian dreams. i’m knitting some nice warm winter shawl-scarves for my minifee girls for the first one. so far the patterns are more “inspired by” than actually following 😉 but that is always the way i knit and they are coming out quite nicely i think.
here’s the first one finished. it just needs blocking to smooth out the edges.
miss dottie
it was inspired by moonraker. though so far this is the one that looks least like the original.

yarny goodness

  • Posted on January 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

yarny goodness
got a lovely parcel from eatsleepknit today. mostly laceweight yarn for doll knitting. the hedgehog fibres yarn and the juniper moon “findley” (lower left) are closer to cobweb weight…bonus! they are perfect for knitting for the smaller dolls, or light enough to crochet for the bigger ones. i plan to get more colors as soon as they restock them!

the bright pink is the only one that is for me, i plan to make a hat to brighten up the dreary winter days. just have to wind it all (ugh!) then i’ll have lots of fun knitting this winter

a long haul but i’m finally done….maybe

  • Posted on May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

i’ve been working on this afghan for a couple of years, including a stop when i ran out of yarn and had to order more! i really wanted to do at least one blanket in a really fine scale, so this is done in cobweb weight yarn using a 1mm hook.
Cobweb weight afghan
now i’m just trying to decide whether it is done and can be blocked as is, or do i need a border to really make it look finished.

what do you think?

do you crochet when you travel?

  • Posted on May 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

i am a somewhat obsessive crafter, so i always have a bag of stitching to take with me on a moments notice. we went on a day trip to jasper and banff and i took along my current cal to work on in the car. here we are stopped at abraham lake where i a took a “beach shot” on the shore line. i love the contrast of the bright clear colors against the misty background

At the beach

a new cal for may

  • Posted on May 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

just in case i didn’t have enough blankets for my girls, i decided to make another one for the may cal. i’m using three colors of malbrigo laceweight from eat sleep knit – azul bolito (dark blue),jewel blue (light blue), and sauterne (yellow) i just loved these three colors together so couldn’t resist. it took a lot of crocheting and frogging, but finally i decided on the design. here are all the centers done and a few of them put together.
New kal/cal this one is for my dolls
i love the way the colors go together. what do you think?

we interrupt your crafting….

  • Posted on May 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

there has been a horrible wildfire raging in the fort mcmurray area. almost 90,000 people havve been evacuated and are waiting to find out if they have homes to go back to. included in that number are my brother and sister in law who don’t have to wait to find out… they already know that their home is one of the over 2000 structures that has gone up in flames so far. we would have helped out anyway, but with that personal connection i wanted to do something just a bit more special. so along with other things i made up a few crocheted bunnies to send to children affected by the fire.
here’s the first
Bunny for fort Mac evacuee

and all three together
3 bunnies ready to go

if you want to help you can give to the red cross or samaritans purse and designate it for the wildfire relief
the alberta and canadian govts are matching all donations made to the red cross by canadians through the month of may, so your gift will multiply!

thanks

all part of the process

  • Posted on April 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

i decided to knit my realfees some striped sweaters, and crochet coordinating funky hats. i wanted something that would be more suitable for the boys, or at least unisex. i tried, as much as possible, to carry the ends along so i’d have less to sew in, but i still ended up with this!
What was I thinking?

after sewing in all the ends i ended up with a pile of yarn bits almost as big as the pile of sweaters/hats

The finished piles

i still have to add snaps and make some pants to go with them so my dolls aren’t indecently exposed 😉 but then i’ll take more pictures and eventually one of each color will end up in my etsy store.