Knitted Professor Hazard!

This is my knitted version of my good friend Professor Hazard. I made him for the Prof’s birthday– now he can squish himself!

By FAR the most tedious toy I’ve ever made. Lots of details, very time-consuming. I made individual fingers. But it was fun to make!

The Professor translates very well into yarn. I bet he does not know this about himself. (Well, he does now.)


Poppet Love

I could take it no longer, I had to finish up making my doll’s clothes last night.

This is Nellie. She’s a Poppet. (Poppets are taking Craftster by storm. See the Poppet Along for info on poppets and how to get the pattern.) Nellie is my first fully jointed doll, and although her leg joints are rather crazy, I still love her!

Her face is painted on and her hair is a very lush, soft, and slightly fuzzy yarn. Her skin is some sort of mystery fabric I was lucky enough to find (oh, how I pine for more of it to come into my life!). She’d been sitting around all nakie for a week or so– and I finally broke down and made her a little skirt and sweater.

I posted the pattern for the wee sweater here on Craftster. Also, I should note that it’s sort of based on Amanda’s Sunshine. I’m pretty sure it’s basic raglan construction, but I would never have been able to come up with this had it not been for that pattern!

And the back of the sweater:

Shaking out the dust

I haven’t posted in a few days, mostly because I’ve been cleaning/organizing/purging, and that’s not very blog-worthy. I’m not even willing to take pictures of my sad little apartment at this point. I hope a move is in our near future– I’m always my best after a move, for some reason.

I’ve been doing a bit of sewing on the machine though, as well as a new knitted creature who I am making up as I go along. I can’t wait to share my projects! When they are completed, that is. I have a few projects going at once and they are moving along slowly…

I wanted to spend some of the money I made off an Etsy sale the other day for some nice supplies for Rowan. I asked her if she’d rather learn how to do some embroidery or if she’d rather start a nature journal. There were some other ideas, but she totally lit up at the idea of a nature journal, so we got it yesterday.

Wait until you see the doll I made last week– when she gets some clothes. Oh! the suspense.

Sew! Ro Ro! Go!

Ro Ro made this little fishy pillow last night. Isn’t it darling? It’s only 2.5 x 3.5 inches. She drew on the design with permanent markers, and I showed her how to stitch up the sides. I’m so proud!

We went to our homeschool group meeting yesterday. It was Show your skill/show and tell day. There was some fiddle playing, ballet, and lots of nice art. (Ro didn’t want to take anything.) There were also these two sisters, about 8 and 10 I think, who did a knitting demonstration. The 8 year old taught me how to do a buttonhole! I was flabbergasted. And she didn’t find it in a book or anything, she just made the technique up. The 10 year old had a big garter stitch piece that she was basically turning into stockinette by looping the stitches up the rungs. She said she “just made it up.” (!!!!) They had this pile of knitted things, shawls and scarves and bags, little things for their dollies, it was neat o.

We’ve been sleeping better the last couple of days. All that’s changed is my attitude– I have been trusting that D is tired and that he will go to sleep, instead of dreading that he’ll stay up all night. And the sleep is the only area my attitude has changed, really. I’m all hormonal and crazy right now, and I feel really internal when I get this way. I just want to spend some time creating with no distractions. Hopefully tomorrow I can have a bit of “studio time” (although my studio is my lap, for now). I’m thinking that I need to take 1-3 days a week for studio time– maybe I could create more for my Etsy shop, and do projects for myself and the kids to rejuvenate myself creatively. I have this drive to create, and when it’s not being met, I get to the point where I’ll put off everything and everyone who stands in between me and my vision. Regular creative breaks could really help my life to flow. I’m lucky to have a lot of people who will help me out with the kids, so I should use those outlets.

Hand stitching is fun.

Meet Sari. She’s completely hand-stitched, so fun to embellish! It’s been awhile since I sat down to hand stitch anything. It’s something I really enjoy, so I may be doing loads of sewing here soon.

I’ve been wanting to make a cloth doll for a few weeks. I downloaded the The Black Apple Doll pattern, which is super easy and fast. I added the pigtails and pocket. Anyone could do this, even kids who are just starting out with sewing. It would be a great project to do with your little one! As for me, I can’t wait to draft my own cloth doll patterns.

Last night was another sleepless night. Another night spent staring at the ceiling until 6:00am. It had a lot to do with D waking up in the middle of the night ready to Par-tayyyy down– but also because I had so many creative ideas running around in my brain! I wanted so badly to get up and start making, but I knew I needed rest. I’m so inspired lately that I have projects lined up all the time. I will be sharing those. It’s so nice to be passionate about something– that’s what I tell myself when my artistic side threatens to turn into a mental illness!

I’ve been super inspired and excited by Amanda Soule’s blog. Wow. Her book is now on my top-five-things-to-buy-when-I-have-money list.

Birthday Bear

This is my first post since I’ve moved to WordPress! I’m still tweaking the layout and all, so no worries, it will all look nice soon.

I wanted to share the things I made for my Boo Bear’s 2nd birthday.

Here’s my version of Jess Hutch’s Henry Bear:

I used some sort of sportweight mohair blend held together double for the body and legs. I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn so I just knit the arms and ears single stranded, and it turned out quite nice. I used size 3 needles for this. I always have to go down about 5 needle sizes for Jess’s patterns, or use bulky in place of worsted! They do turn out delightful.

This is the Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover from Last Minute Knitted Gifts:

I used Caron Simply Soft since Boo is pretty rough on his clothes. This is after being washed, since the first time I put it on him he dug in the dirt all day while wearing it! I don’t have the book, but it’s apparently a good thing– there is a lot of errata there, and you can download a whole new pdf here.

Here’s the little guy helping me take some pictures. He’s got the morning hair and crunchy breakfast face, so sweet!