Sort of a nifty idea, now I need to examine some of my sweaters for holes. Or maybe I can add sleeve length for those sweaters that don't quite fit my unnaturally long arms...
from the archives: free knitting patterns � whip up
- #8 (was already in my que)
- #14 (awesome colorwork!)
I think I may have just realized that I have a serious issue with fingerless gloves, especially for someone who has yet to get around to actually making a pair...
So, I subscribe to feed for a few Flickr pools that have craft stuff, especially amigurumi, because I enjoy seeing other people's creations and it gives me inspiration for my own still entirely hypothetical designs.
Now, far be it for me to criticize the work of other people in this case, but WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THE FREAKIN' CROCHETED CUPCAKES already!?!?!?! Seriously. They're beautiful as far as techniques goes. Many are remarkably elaborate. But...cupcakes? I don't get it. You can't eat them. They aren't really anthropomorphized in any way.* You are not going to manage a totally rad April Fool's joke by leaving them on people's desks.
If you don't believe me, go search Flickr for 'cupcake' and 'crochet' or 'amigurumi' - I dare you. Here, I'll even do it for you click if you dare. 987 results! Sweet zombie Jesus, people!
*Okay, on edit, I take it back - some are anthropomorphized and pretty adorable. But still!
So, the latest thing I've worked on was a leprechaun, based on the fabulous human amigurumi pattern from Geek Central Station. I named him Lorcan, which is Gaelic for "little fierce one." I used Caron Simply Soft Eco for his "pants" and hat, a random Red Heart skein of variegated green that I've had for years, and Lion Brand Wool Ease for the flesh tones, and Lion Brand wool borrowed from my hubby for his hair, along with some 6mm snap-on eyes. The hair was quite time consuming - I threaded each strand individually - and then trimmed it - I love the crazy quality it gives him.
I had thought of doing a beard but couldn't find a way to make it work (well, I got too impatient to figure out a way) with yarn and didn't feel up to cutting felt with sufficient precision - shaking hands make things like that a bit too exciting. So, his face is pretty spare of features, but I think he's cute anyway.
The pictures my husband took of him in his new home at work are fabulous.
I'm not entirely sure yet what I'm going to do here, but I wanted a fresh start. I'm hoping this will force me to write at least a little bit everyday. And I'm hoping to record some of my crafty stuff, share some of my random finds of other people's awesomeness, share my dealing with being "disabled," and generally goof off.