Okay, these post titles just keep getting worse, but I’m tired. I made this bookmark for my friend, Brent, who just had open-heart surgery. He was joking around about how he would sing this song when he woke up, since, because he’ll have an artificial heart valve, he’ll be part robot. He’s so awesome. I can’t wait till school starts so I can give it to him!
And this is quite goofy, but I absolutely love it! It was started a couple years ago, when Eth & I lived together, but then I put it away after the big move. Since we’re moving back in together, I thought I should finish it up so it can go on our living room wall somewhere. Some of the parts are from Jo Verso’s books (She was fuckin’ amazing! Rest in peace.) and others were things I made up.
Ruben really does have a heart on his side like that! I’m holding a cake & Eth is holding a stack of books. Up until recently, he’s been a book-buying fool, but has weeded his collection down to a sane level.
Okay, that’s all!
I sold a bunch of my amigurumi critters to my co-workers before Winter Break, so I was happy to make some more for presents. They’re generally easy, as long as the pattern makes sense, & usually turn out pretty darn cute!
Like I said in the knitting post below, if you’re not a member of Ravelry, the pattern links might not work. Some are directly from the creator’s own website though.
Here is a giant bone I made for Ruben. He’s on vacation at Eth’s parents’ house, so I can’t wait to see what he does when I give it to him! It’s from this pattern. I used many strands of white yarn, held together, along with a large hook. He is a Saint Bernard, after all!
Here are various crocheted flowers from Ravelry. I can’t remember which patterns they were, but if you search under flowers, choose free crochet patterns w/pictures & a bunch will come up. I swear I am addicted to that place! I made more than this, but didn’t take pictures of all of them. I sewed one of them onto my sister’s green hat (that I gave her a year or so ago) & it’s so cute!
Ethan gave me some pretty obvious “hints” that he would love a Donatello Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, so I made this one from Craftster (another amazing site!). I made the shell different though, because I didn’t like how the small, circular one looked. I just fiddled around, but didn’t keep track of how I did it. :oP The same lady that made the pattern also has a Splinter one on there, but I am not ready to tackle another one just yet!
This is a ginormous Chubby Fish, for our kitty, Yoda, filled with catnip! He’s going to tear the shit out of it, I’m sure, so I had to take a picture of it in it’s pre-fucked up state.
Here’s a Little Ninja that I made for my friend, Chris, whose birthday was on Christmas Eve. Hopefully he’s not checking my blog because I haven’t seen him yet! Oh well. Hi Chris, if you read this! And I didn’t realize how ninja-full my crocheting has been. Weird.
I’ve had a bunch of rainbow felt in my craft cupboard for years, so I browsed through Flickr for inspiration & came up with these ornaments. I hooked them onto the presents I gave out (& have yet to give out) & they turned out a lot better than I thought they would. Some are copied from Flickr people & some I just made up.
And here are a couple of examples of the packaging. Just simple tissue paper I’d had in a box, tied with scrap yarn & a recycled manila folder tag, along with the matching felt ornament.
I’ve been knitting & crocheting my ass off for presents this season for a few reasons: I love it, I’m broke, & I have a ton of horded crafty supplies up in here.
**WARNING** These items are made from wool yarn. I have a lot of it in my stash & also buy it at Goodwill & whatnot. I have major issues with acrylic because I think it is shitty for the environment & creepy. Please don’t hate me!
If you knit and/or crochet, I highly recommend signing up with Ravelry, if you haven’t already. It has an IMMENSE wealth of patterns (tons for free!), knowledge, & inspiration. The following link might not work if you are logged in to Ravelry.
I made a shitload of these fingerless mitts for people. I can do them without the pattern now too, which is a first for me! I kind of want some for myself, but feel my hands need some TLC & a vacation. They’re really easy if you know how to use double pointed needles. Everything is really basic & even though they can be made in 3 different sizes, they’re stretchy enough to allow a lot of wiggle room.
I also made another pair of blue ones & a teal pair that I didn’t take a picture of, as well as a scarf for my friend, Sage, in Sweden. It’s the first time I’ve sent something overseas, so I was really anal about packaging it up & getting it ready, then I realized I hadn’t taken any photos of it. Oh well. Maybe she’ll send me some of her wearing it!
I hope everyone has had a nice holiday season & got through school, work, & “fun time” with your extended families, heh heh. Sorry I was gone so long. I have a HUGE backlog of pictures, but they’re mostly crafty ones, as I was flat-ass broke for the past month. Ethan & I were watching a movie on my computer & he somehow gestured with his hand (which happened to be holding a glass of wine!) & splattered that red liquid all over my white bedspread & MacBook—the look on his face was so sad that I couldn’t have possibly gotten angry. After the shock wore off, we took it to the Mac store & the dude said that it would cost $800 to send it away for fixing, or $1,000 for a new one. Sad, but I just bought a new one & he’s paying me for part of it once our financial aid comes through, thank Christ.
Since my work is closed over any school holidays (it’s at the university), I’ve been out of work for this month, so things have been sparse! That’s why I didn’t post my “gourmet” meals of beans & rice, pasta w/tomato paste, & other weird concoctions that I’ve survived on by raiding my pantry & freezer w/more desperation than I’ve had before. The whole experience has made me aware that I am very privileged & need to remember that. I also realized that I have a lot more food stored up than I knew & don’t always need to run to the store when I have a specific craving. It’s just silly. (Okay, PMS cravings don’t count!!!) Creativity is key!
I also got the Thanksgiving “gift” of a notice that my already high rent is going up(for having an apartment w/out heat for a year–besides a space heater)—not something I’m thankful for!—so in one week I’m moving back in w/Ethan. We’re so happy! I think we’ve both learned a lot since we’ve lived apart, and he said that his place hasn’t felt like a home since I’ve been gone. Sweet, huh?! I wish the move could have taken place long before school was scheduled to start up again, but his current roommate couldn’t move out earlier. Oh well. That’s life! I’ll try to post regularly & make more exciting foods than the tasty, but ugly, stuff I’ve been munching on.
I probably won’t be able to deal with comments a whole lot, but I’ll try to respond if you have questions for me. :o)