Posts tagged ‘Needle crafts’

October 16, 2011

It has been a while!

Hi everyone! 

It has really been a while since I have been able to actually write a blog post on my favorite hobbie! I have been busy working at getting good grades at the university I am at, and it’s hard to focus on more than one thing at a time. But I have made progress! I took some time during fall break to crochet (a craft that I have been doing since I was in fifth grade, which makes that, what, 9 years now?) I taught one of my best friends how to crochet and we started out by making amigurumi owls as a first project. I wish I had pictures of the fabulous crochet party we had the other day, but instead I thought I’d share some pics of my finished owl. Hopefully this will insipire you to break out those needles and make one of your own!

My owl instructions comes from a wonderful beginner crochet book, Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli. She makes patterns easy to understand, with a helpful how-to section in the front. Although I improvised where I wanted to make some changes or use my own style (for example, the mouth of my owl was made separately, not embroidered on the stuffed animal), the pattern gives you an simple starting place for almost any amigurumi that you would like to make. They have a pretty epic cuteness factor that goes along with them, I must say.

The pictures are in order of how I put together the final product, but I’d be happy to help if you need some pointers on getting started.

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Check out the finished product on Ravelry, too.

Resources: 

If you are interested in starting to crochet, here are some pretty cool websites to check out:

A general playlist for beginning crochet(30 high quality videos):
Alternate Starting for arms and legs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJYrtC14sw&feature=related
Books/Magazines:
Ami Ami Dogs:
August 22, 2011

Finished!

I am finished with my Boneyard Shawl!!!!!!

It dried very nicely last night, and didn’t shrink. Very soft! I think that I will make another one, but the next time I will work on making the edges lie down flat. The shawl dried and reduced the roll of the edges, but they do not lay completely flat.

And you’d like to see the pictures, so here they are:

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I always start out my knitting projects with a trip to my closet. Plain t-shirts provide the most inspiration for me, because the shirt is only a colored empty canvas that I can do anything with. The shawl was made to dress up a dark grey t-shirt I had found in a sale at Ragstock here in Ann Arbor, and I paired it with some dark-stained jeans I found at Sears. I can wear the shawl with anything, of course, but I like to set up my first outfit to determine how I intend to wear the finished project. Colors are important: the colorway Playa works with almost any color, but I liked how it had little bits of golden color throughout the yarn, perfect for my present wardrobe.

Get the look: $35. Ragstock (2 shirts for $12 deal); Sears (Bongo for $20); Watch (mine). :D

Check out my ravelry page for the entire project’s details and more pics!

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