New doll up for grabs over on my instagram feed, @hillarylang. Made from the wee elsa pattern variation in wools and cottons and thrifted sweater. This smaller size seems more fashion doll to me than the bigger Elsa size. Guess that's why she ended up in trendy boot cuffs!
I spent the day crocheting to try to shake off the weekend. I hate sending the kids back to school on Monday morning after a weekend that just wasn't quite right. So I drowned my sorrows in some gold wool and a pumpkin spice latte.
Kitten likes her new dress. She herself is made from the Katie Kitty pattern from my book and an incredibly soft fuzzy felted angora sweater so she wasn't really feeling the stiff tweed pants and bowtie I had planned. I still need to perfect my increases and decreases in crochet but I like how it turned out. She's now a very soft, very huggable kitten.
And now she can be moved over to the finished toy side of the sofa. On to those heads...
I made two new blankets last year, one knit and one crochet. This was the pattern for the knit one, the eleventh hour blanket. Of course I couldn't afford the yarn Purl Bee recommended so I used this Red Heart yarn from JoAnns. (and I'm glad I did bc the review on purl bee for using that yarn aren't so great, sheds like crazy) It was definitely fun to knit. I loved using the huge needles and watching this giant fat blanket emerge. I even enjoyed the attached i-cord after spending an entire day trying to figure it out. The blanket turned out nice although the woven in ends gave me trouble right from the start, wouldn't stay hidden.
This blanket is a family favorite but it makes me batty! Why is it so loved? Because it is the heaviest, coziest blanket imaginable. When you're under it you can't possibly be expected to move or get anything for yourself. It's a cozy blanket prison. But besides functionally being awesome, it is a ratty mess. This yarn is pilling and the woven in ends never stay in. Now that it's all ratty I don't love the gray/putty color, although maybe that'd be the same no matter what color. Even using yarn on the inexpensive side, I still spent a TON on this blanket. If I won the yarn lottery I'd make it over is something super luxe and hope it held up better.
Last Fall I also made my first crocheted afghan. I used this pattern.
This blanket is really holding up well. It seems to get a little stretched out when it's hung over the back of the sofa which makes me nervous so I'm constantly adjusting it so there's no strain. And one of the hex's has come undone. I almost came undone when I saw that until I realized how easy it will be to crochet it back in there. Love crochet! I still love the colors and I think it's holding up very well, but to be fair it's mostly decorative. When it's chilly and we grab for blankets I take this one for myself so I can insure its safety.
I'm almost done with the Christmas version I making of this blanket. It'll be ready for snuggling this winter and I'm super excited about it. I love adding blankets to our family's collection but I really want them to be keepers. That's why I'm so on the fence about that eleventh hour one. It's totally going to be the ratty, terrible, handmade blanket that one of the kids will try to take with them into adulthood and their future spouses/roommates/children will be disgusted by!
Those of you who have been reading my blog for years and years may have noticed my tendency to make one thing and then think how fun to have a series of that thing and then never do it. So in that grand Wee Wonderfuls tradition, here is my first installment of "sewing things from the thrift store on other things from the thrift store"
I just put a coffee in the freezer so I can chug it down and see if I can salvage any of this day! I have a long list, of things I'm actually looking forward to doing, but I can't seem to get out putter-around-craft-room with breaks of looking-stuff-up-on-the internet mode. I'm trying to remember if I've ever crocheted a toy. I don't think I have. I hate searching things on my blog because a. I can never find them and b. when I do find things all the links are broken! This is the downside to blogging for 10+ years. So far today I did sew and stuff and potentially bizarre bunny body and a perfectly acceptable kitty head. If I'm not too distracted looking up amigurumi patterns I will get back to them after the coffee treatment.
Does anyone else feel guilty picking wildflowers from parks? I'm a weirdo. I try to remind myself they'll mow or burn these all off in a month or so anyway. And literally every untended square foot of Illinois is covered in them. Still, I have to run to the car like a criminal after I've picked a handful.
I can remember how to make a circle. Hey! This is reminding me that I need to get my crocheted afghan out again now that it's Fall.
When I go over to get photo links for blogging it's fun to see what random photos come up on my flickr activity feed when people like them. Fall stitchettes! Little mice having tea with an acorn tea kettle. Shot outside against our red fence. I'll have to show this to Tim. Our fence is sooo not that red anymore, crazytown.