February 10, 2011

I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

Umm, let me amend that, I’ve Got a Single Abnormal Buko, heh.  I suppose it was a much too ambitious plan for me to do for my own made up sewing project.  Way too many curves and way too many modifications :/  I hope when I get more proficient at sewing and can come back to this one and perfect it much more so I can at least not feel embarrassed to give one away :D lol.
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1. Buko 1, 2. Buko 2, 3. Buko 3, 4. CAT!!

For one thing it’s as crooked and well it CROOKED Dx.  Maybe if I didn’t mess with the segments so much, I think it would have been much better to have gone with felt all the way but I wanted to try fabric, again, ambitious.  You can’t really tell on the pictures, but the crooked contributed to the lopsidedness.
I’ll try again when I get around to buying some felt :D

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February 7, 2011

Mom’s booties: update

So since my mother hasn’t been wearing her house shoes I decided to try them out.  I opted not to line them before I gave them to her because, judging by the scrap fabric I had on hand, I thought everything would be too bulky to line them.  I had already deviated and used a hook size too small since I had yarn too big and thought that would compensate, plus my mom has small feet.  But alas, it came out perfect, too perfect to line.

So back to me trying the booties on, we have tile downstairs, except for two rooms with carpet and the odd rug or two scattered around.  Whenever I walk on the tile it hurts the bottom of my feet.  Maybe because its the wool, or homespun, or Lion Brand, or even most likely the crochet structure, but it hurt my feet to wear.  If you can imagine walking on marbles, well it wasn’t that bad, more like marbles covered in wool (o_o sounds bad lol).  So lining it is!

Next project:  Bootie Lining 8D  Something thin enough so there’s no bulk, but cushiony enough to cushion (heh).  I’m not sure I have enough scraps around the house since I barely sew, but I’ll try different fabrics out till I can give them back to my mommy :)

BTW I don't mean to turn you off of the idea of using wool, there are a lot of different wool yarns out there and some are super soft and feel like butter :3  The yarn I'm using for my shawl is wool superwash and its super soft and doesn't scratch or itch at all and I have sensitive skin.  Although I supposed, depending on where you live, nice quality wool might be hard to come by...

::eta:: I had to clear up some confusingness on my post and add stuff I left out.

January 16, 2011

Mom’s Crooked Pillow

So my mom had wanted a neck pillow for a while now and no one knew where to get it.  I think she really needed one because she ends up sleeping while sitting up a lot, both in the car and at home lol.

So, I decided to make one :D

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Notice, it’s crooked, lopsided, and lumpy x3 I don’t have a lot of experience sewing and sewing curves seems to be my breaking point right now.  The lumpyness comes from the uneven front and back and from the stuffing, I had no idea how to fix it, if you have any advice for the future please feel free to comment (if you’ve stumbled across my blog lol).

It was also the first time I sewed a zipper and it wasn’t as hard/freighting as I expected.  I have to say I think I did a good job on it for my first time, even if it does look like a monsters grimace. 

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At the end of the day, my mom liked it :3 and more then that, she uses it <3

January 14, 2011

Amigurumi Optimus Prime Tribute Doll

Found Craft on the Web: Optimus Prime

Awesome Transformers amigurumi by awesome crocheter voxmortuum. It's probably the best one I've seen, but then again I haven't seen a lot of them :p  Check out his/her(?) other works, Pennywise is a creeptastic favorite of mine.

It always amazes me how creative people get with their crochet :3 and people still think its a grandma craft. Aside from the indirect homage to geekery this one takes me straight to my childhood :D

January 1, 2011

Xmas Crafts Gifted, kinda…

So I didn’t exactly make a craft for Christmas (btw I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays o/), rather I had made some things for my mom that I gave her for Christmas.

First off here’s some house slippers, otherwise they look a lot like adult booties.

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1. Mom House Shoes 002, 2. Mom House Shoes 003,

3. Mom House Shoes 001, 4. House Slippers WIP

Yarn Used: Lion Brand Lion Wool Solids in Cocoa & Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids & Heathers in Rose Heather

Skeins: 1 of the Wool Solids and a little tiny bit of the the Wool-Ease Heather.

Pattern:  Mary Jane Slippers by Lisa Gutierrez over at goodknits.com

How Long Did it Take?:  A couple hours really, but I stretched it over about a month, cuz I’m lazy like that.

Thoughts:  This was a super easy pattern, nice and quick to make, I think I’ll probably make a pair for myself either in the rose with a cocoa accent or ones identical to my moms.  She ended up liking them a lot but has yet to wear them around the house :p  The only real problem I had was with the pattern when you do the top part of the heal, but after all its crochet and easy to improvise as you go.

I’ll post present numero dos tomorrow, maybe :D