Us crafters are a funny bunch. I’m yet to meet a crafty person who doesn’t have a half-finished project or six collecting dust. Why do we lose interest in projects we began so enthusiastically? Buying fabric and yarn is so fun! Starting a new project is exciting! The planning of a new design makes us happy! I guess sometimes the buying and planning is more fun than working through the middle stages of a project. Which is probably why this blanket has been sitting in a box, unfinished, for er, about two years. It’s almost done now though, just a few loose ends to tidy up and maybe a few more rows around the edge. When it’s finished it will be the eleventh blanket I’ve made. (With probably three half-finished blankets collecting aforementioned dust).
Diary of a Crochet Blanket – A story of excitement and neglect.
August 2010 – Enthusiastically bought skeins of wool and started making granny squares. Chose Shepherd Colour 4 Me wool because of the large colour range. Blanket originally inspired by Carina.
November 2010 – Finished the 70th granny square and started joining the squares.
December 2010 – Finished joining the squares then decided the method I’d used was totally unacceptable and had to be re-done. The squares didn’t line up well enough for my liking. Took all 70 squares apart.
January 2011 – Started joining the squares again, using the join-as-you-go method.
Sometime in 2011 – Got sick of the joining with about two dozen squares left.
2012 – Left the blanket in a box, untouched.
June 2013 – Figured I should probably finish a few old projects before starting too many more. Joined the remaining squares over two nights in front of the TV. (Paper Giants – Magazine Wars, The September Issue and House Rules)
June 2013 – The blanket will be finished!
I just love equilateral triangle quilts at the moment. Only problem is triangles are not easy to sew together accurately (well, for me anyway!) and that does not sit well with my perfectionist tendencies. I did my best, and this little quilt didn’t turn out too badly. The solids are fun and modern and a nice change from using a set fabric range.
Ah, what to say about 2012? Perhaps I’ll just say it didn’t go to plan. At all. But with the new year comes new beginnings. May your new year be full of good times, sweet treats and dreams that come true.
Happy birthday to my little cousin Amy, she recently turned 21. She’s smart, confident and ambitious. She’s loyal, affectionate and popular. And she loves a gluten-free cupcake with cream cheese frosting.
I am lucky enough to hang out with some pretty talented and crafty people; here are just two I think you should know about:
One of my besties Jess (with another friend, Phoebe) just launched her own range of canvas bags. The bags are designed in Australia and finished with genuine leather. They all have nifty interior pockets, including one just for your drink bottle. I’d stash a small pair of scissors and a crochet hook inside of course.
I made Smarty B. Panda a few years ago, when I was just starting out with crochet. It took me a few attempts to get the hang of making amigurumi (Japanese for small knitted toy), but once I figured out how to read the pattern properly Smarty B. was born. He is probably my favourite toy project to date, partly because he is so darn cute but also because he was a challenge to make at the time.
The funny thing about memories is sometimes you just don’t know if they are accurate. I think I saw one of the Star Wars movies (episodes?) when I was young. At school. While watching I was given a jelly bean for good behaviour. (It was the 8o’s). For some reason, at age six or seven I wasn’t sure if jelly beans were for chewing or sucking. So I popped in my mouth and left it there until it had pretty much dissolved. Now, I’m sure the jelly bean memory is true. It was a white one. But were we watching Star Wars on VHS at school? I’m not sure, but that’s what my memory tells me.
Certainly since that day I didn’t have much to do with Star Wars. All that science-fictiony, fantasy-type stuff has never interested me much. Until I married a Star Wars fan. And around the same time, my young cousin developed an early appreciation for the series. When he was little I’d tell him Star Wars was “yuuuuucky!” and he’d giggle his head off. I’m not sure why he thought it was so hilarious. As he got older he’d antagonise me with Star Wars talk to see if I’d react. When I did answer with the obligitory “yucky” of course he would laugh. We still occasionally play the game. He knows when I say “yucky” in that particular tone I’m talking about Star Wars; just as I know what he is referring to when he exclaims “Uh-oh, Katie isn’t going to like this!”
I made this Yoda up as I went so there is no pattern to share. The robe is a separate piece to the body, which I sewed closed at the neck. The arms are attached to the robe only. The main body piece is a dome shape. There is flat circle on the bottom to which I sewed main part of the body. If you would like to make your own Yoda try this cute pattern by Geek Central Station.
So little cousin, here is my little birthday gift to you. An amigurumi Yoda. Yucky Yoda!