Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simple Lacy Hat

I'm especially fond of the bitchface in the center.

Monday, July 27, 2015

FO: Lacy Hat

I made this.

I also made it up.

This is the first hat that I've made one my own — that didn't turn out completely terrible. Usually when I try to follow my own brain for a hat it turns into an ill-fitting disaster. But this time I actually took the time to plan and do the math it takes to make hats fit. I'm sure there are a ton of patterns out there with a similar look, but I really just wanted to make simple hat in an interesting, slightly lacy pattern. If anyone is interested, I will be making the pattern available on Wednesday.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Renegade Craft Fair

I had a really fantastic time on Sunday at the Renegade Craft Fair at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. I did not hear about it until the day of, when I was already out, so please excuse my shitty pictures and my shitty hair. It was wonderful to see all the local Makers around town. It was as inspiring as it was gorgeous.

One of the companies at the fair was the Yarnover Truck. It's an adorable repurposed Little Debbie truck repurposed into a portable yarn shop. I've been to it at various places around SoCal since it opened, and I'm always excited to see it again. This time I purchased a gorgeous fingering weight hank in a raspberry color (in fact, that's the name of the colorway!). The yarn in called CoBaSi (from the cotton, bamboo, and silk blend), and is from the brand HiKoo by skacel. It's not a yarn I've ever used before, but it was such a pretty color, and also pretty much all I could afford at the time. I've been on a fingering weight hat binge lately, so this very well may end up on my head. We'll see.

I also purchased some cute pins from Le Petit Elefant by Genevieve Santos. In the rush, I didn't get Genevieve's card and info, and so I had to go searching through the fair's website to find hers. Looking around her shop, I'm in love with her Boba Girl. She seems to be pretty popular on the site, and I must have every variation in my life.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hooked On: Body Parts

I love amigurumi. I consider myself a knitter first and foremost, but there's something so satisfying about starting off with a magic circle and ending up with the cutest toys. And it's especially relaxing when it's a pattern I've used half a dozen times before. You can find random limbs lying around in all the nooks and crannies of my bedroom; the result of unfinished or discarded projects. My favorite human doll pattern is Becky's Basic Doll Pattern. I love it because the legs aren't sewed to the body; the two legs are made separately and then crocheted together to make the lower half of the torso. I'm also into the habit of attaching the arms with safety eyes so for this pattern I don't have to sew limbs together at all! It also has the consequence of adjustable arms. Since this is only a pattern for the body, I can go crazy with the colors and details.

Above is the beginnings of Sailor Jupiter. Ever since Sailor Moon Crystal premiered a year ago, I've been thrust back into reliving one of my favorite childhood cartoons. 

As you can see, I've made for previous senshi, including Sailor V — who was not part of the team, but an independent agent until she joined the other girls as Sailor Venus (complete with a different outfit). I really enjoy making their outfits and each of the girls' unique details. What I find really difficult is the hair and eyes. I don't think simple safety eyes really suit anime characters, so I've been cutting out pieces of white felt and painted on the details with puffy paint. However, once one of Sailor Mars' eyes fell off, I decided to look for alternative eyes. I found this guide on Tumblr for drawing and figured it could be useful.

And even on dolls I can't get my eyeliner even.
I printed the guide out and traced with puffy paint over wax paper. It peels off and I can glue it on the doll.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What’s on the Needles: Regatta Tee

I'm about half-way there. This is the front and back view of of half of the Regatta Tee I'm working on. I've had the Interweave Knits magazine this comes from for years, just because I fell in love with this shirt on the cover. I'm so excited to finally make it for myself.

I love the lacy yoke on top of the stripes. It makes the whole thing look look delicate, yet unconventional.

However, it has taken a lot out of me just working on one side of this. It's huge, since I'm making a large (sigh). I think I'll take a short break before starting on the other side. I have other, smaller projects on the queue that I'm also excited to start. But I hope I can finish it before going on vacation at the end of the month, I'd love to wear it abroad!