Posts Tagged ‘Crochet’

The Portable WIP

Last post was devoted to Wonton, the sit and think project. As per usual, I also have a less brain intensive project going…

First Repeat Almost Done

Stockinette and dropped stitches

This is my Les Miserables shawl (the Ravelry project is named “Miserable Maiden Aunt” because of the yarn I’m using for it).  Most of the finished projects I’ve seen for this pattern have used solid yarns, but I really think it calls out for the variation.  I might randomize the dropped stitches a little bit too for a more tattered look.  12 repeats of 54 stitches, then felted.  Whee!

The KIPping experience

This has been my car-and-waiting room project recently.  I’ve been getting a lot of comments and queries on it.  So far, none of them have been ‘is that crochet’? which tends to be the most common KIP response in general.  Crocheting in public gets (you guessed it) ‘are you knitting?’  Honestly, it’s to the point where I’m pleasantly surprised when someone gets it right.

Have I been tempted to snark when it happens?  No, not really.  I guess the yarn in hand lowers the blood pressure to the point where I’m pre-mellowed.  It’s just a friendly experience, and I generally respond with a smile (as opposed to laughing in someone’s face), well, sometimes I may chuckle.

It’s not very common that I come across someone else KIPping, though.  Recently ran into a woman at a coffee shop struggling with a new cast on.  I might have been able to walk on by, but she was using such yummy chunky yarn – it turned out to be pure roving, and we’re not talking pencil lead width roving, I just had to say ‘Hi’ and see if I knew the CO she was trying (I didn’t).  Her children showed up and had that ‘oh no, not again’ look on their faces because here was Mommy, talking about knitting again.

Search Term Observation

I was thrilled to see that someone found this blog by searching for “crochet beholder”, and disappointed on the searcher’s behalf that there is not, in fact, a pattern for such here. I assume that the searcher was looking for an amigurumi version of the the D&D monster first published in the original Greyhawk by Gygax and Kuntz. I may put one up sometime, but there are already several of them out there.  A quick Ravelry search revealed these three, reproduced here in case the searcher is not a Ravelry member:

They are all pretty awesome.

Success in Searching

If the above searcher was in fact looking for my Pokeball Tea Cozy she could now find it listed at Crochet Pattern Central!  Thanks for the link, guys. I can see my hits going up already (on that one page in any case)  🙂

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I did not win the skein of handspun from Wool and Cotton,  I did put in for a Phat Fiber drawing for undyed local wool (results probably on Friday).  I’ve also joined the March Madknits NCAA tournament pool – for yarn! I passed on the Addison’s Yarn Giveaway (closes March 14) because I don’t love the color, but other people do. You might, in fact, so check it out!


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Since I’m on a posting jag, and I have some yarn giveaways to follow up on (and new ones to link to) I think it’s time to get all my readers caught up on my current project list.

What I’m Doing Now

Yarn Work


Yes, it was used in the wedding.  Yes, it was beautiful.  No it’s not ‘properly finished’.  Yes, this is another example of me being lame…

As you can see, it was light enough to be caught by the wind, which was a good thing.  Now I just need to finish putting the little flower motifs between all the bigger ones.  Not difficult, but it’s large enough to be unwieldy and unportable.

Hopefully I can give it to them on their first anniversary!

Hermit Crab Amigurumi

My friend Colleen has hermit crabs.  Last fall, when she went on vacation, she asked DD#2 to crab sit.  She gave us all the instructions, and an isolation tank to use if one of the three was unwell or being bullied.

We ended up using it when “Wonton” began to bury himself.  Poor DD kept digging him up, and was eventually convinced that he was dead, but kept misting him daily because she didn’t want to admit defeat.  When Colleen came back she was impressed that DD had nursed him (successfully) through a molt!  I am making her this little guy,

It’s the Hermit Crab from Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi Knits (it’s a Goodreads link, you can use the Amazon link from within Ravelry and give them the referrer’s cut…)

Unfortunately, the tight gauge makes my hands hurt, and it’s definitely not driving knitting anyway, so I’ve got a third project.

Les Miserables Shawl

I’m using the  Old Maiden Aunt “Moody” laceweight yarn I won in a giveaway from Knitting Pipeline back in 2010, and I’m knitting Les Miserables (by Cynthia Parker, published in Handheld Knitting).

Useful Resource

I’ve found that the amigurumi knitting is both physically and mentally intensive, so that I can’t do it for too long at a go without my hands complaining.  So far I’ve just switched to the less intense shawl project, but thanks to a post I found at Knitfreedom, now I have 5 Stretches to Relieve Knitting Pain.  Of course, I first read this as “5 Stitches to Relieve Knitting Pain”, which was even more exciting, but I’m still happy to have found it.

Other Projects

March is National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo).  Since I finished NaNoWriMo last year I’ve signed up for it.  Here’s hoping that in April I’ll have a draft I feel confident in showing to others…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Retrobaby giveaway, or the Twist & Twine giveaway, but Earthmama 101 has a giveaway which will be of interest to parents of young children.  Natalie Servant Designs is giving away a wonderful skein of yarn hand dyed by Indigodragonfly, but I’m not sure I can write a limerick for yarn, so I’m holding off on this one (I’ve tweeted about it though, that’s worth something, right?).  Also followed up on the Knitfreedom handspun giveaway and free pattern. I entered the Red Heart Yarn of the Month giveaway as well (after checking out projects made with it on Ravelry)  If I actually had any Malabrigo I’d join Mr. Yarn’s Malabrigo March giveaways – but you have to have some to win some.  😦

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I know, I know. Another long period of ‘lame’ and not posting. To make up for it, here’s a crochet pattern for a pokemon tea cozy I made for my husband. It’s a real quick work up, and a lot of fun.

Pokeball Teapot Cozy

This cozy fits my husbands little three cup (750 mL)  teapot.  I recommend measuring your pot closely or ‘trying it on’ as you go.  If I were to do it again I would try it a round longer, but it is quite serviceable.


Small amounts of worsted or aran weight in red, white and black, with at least some wool in it for better insulation. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease solids. This would be a great project for using up oddballs and bits.


One hook size smaller than recommended on the ball band. I used I hook.


Yarn needle for finishing. (optional) split ring stitch marker for beginning of round.


Gauge is not critical for this project, as you will modify to fit your own teapot, but I got 14SC and 14 rows/4 inches.


I use American crochet terminology throughout, so my SC would be a DC in the UK.



Using white, begin with a Magic Ring (or your favorite closed circle beginning).

Round 1 – 8 SC, join with slip stitch. Ch-1, turn

Round 2 – 2SC in each stitch (16 SC) join with slip stitch, Ch-1, turn

Round 3 – (SCin next stitch, 2 SC in next stitch) repeat around (24 SC) join with slip stitch, switch to black, Ch-1, turn

Round 4 – (SC in next two stitches, 2 SC in following stitch) repeat round (32 SC) join with slip stitch, Ch 1 turn

Round 5 – (SC in next three stitches, 2 SC in following stitch) repeat round (40 SC) ch 1, turn

White Side

Row 1 – SC, switch to white (don’t break or carry the black), SC in next 4 stitches, 2 SC, (SC in next 5 SC, 2 SC in next SC) X 2, SC in next 4 SC, 2 SC in next SC, switch to black (use other end of skein), (24 SC)  SC Ch-1, turn

Row 2 – SC, switch to white, SC in next 5 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, (SC in next 6 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch) X 2, SC in next 5 stitches, 2 SC, switch to black, SC, (28 SC)  Ch-1 turn

Rows 3 – 4 SC in each SC across, keeping colors the same as the stitch below. Ch – 1, turn

Row 5 SC, switch to white.  SC in next 6 SC, 2 SC in next SC, (SC in next 7 SC, 2 SC in next SC) X 2, SC in next 6 stitches, 2 SC in next stitch, switch to black, SC.  Ch-1, turn

Rows 6-12 Repeat row 3 Ch-1, turn

Row 13  SC in each stitch across, cut ‘second’ black column, Ch-1, turn

Row 14 SC in each stitch across, fasten off

Red Side

Join black to the button next to the end of the ‘white side’.  Repeat White Side, using red for white.

Seam top and bottom of the two sides to each other, leaving holes for handle and spout.  Weave in the ends.

Bask in the geeky goodness!

Yarn Giveaways

This time I entered the Phat Fiber giveaway for a skein of Lady’s Boudoir from Huggy Bear Knits, and the EarthMama 101 giveaway for Twist and Twine sock yarn (deadline March 1). I’ll be heading back to the KnitFreedom blog to download a free pattern and to enter a giveaway for some yummy handspun.

Final Note:

Welcome to everyone that has found this pattern through the  Simply Crochet post (24 July, 2016).  Please feel free to look around the blog (such as it is) and if you make this cozy I’d love to hear about it, or (better yet) to see it.  Please comment with pointers to your projects.


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I’ve got 80 of the 81 motifs for the Chuppah done (waiting on one my daughter is going to finish) and I need to start piecing them now. Right now. As in, I should probably be doing that instead of posting (nah, I can do it, the wedding’s not till Saturday, right?) \

Here’s yesterday’s pile o motifs, which are now almost all in strips.  I need to get going…

Worthy Project

The Wool Dispensary is a start-up yarn company, and they have a kickstarter project to fund their trip to Yarncon. If you’re not familiar with kickstarter, they’re a microfinance art patronage site, worth checking out.

The Wool Dispensary will be offering giveaways in the future (helps to get their product out).  If you’re interested in seeing giveaways on this blog in the future, please comment saying that on the previous post.

Blog Contests

I’ve entered a giveaway for  yarn from Estonia from mooncalfmakes (deadline July 15) and  Phat Fiber’s Dorable Shawl kit giveaway.

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S-l-o-w-i-n-g Down

I have been chugging along on the Chuppah, but I’m really starting to run out of steam, which is scary, because the wedding is this coming Saturday! Less scary, because I only have three white motifs and the mixed center one to go. Then there’s the piecing to do…

Doable, definitely doable.

Whining About Wedding Stuff

The whole matron-of-honor thing is rough. I’m a terrible organizer, and so is the bride, so I don’t feel as though I’m doing a particularly good job. Both my daughters are bridesmaids, so the wedding costs are really high (even doing dresses from one of those bridal warehouse places, and hemming them myself, it adds up!)

Don’t even get me started about being witness to the mother-daughter madness going on. Just suffice it to say they’ve each been pushing my buttons… But enough with the grumbling, because I’ve found some…

Blog Contests

I did not win the Spin Fusion giveaway, but I’ve entered a giveaway for anastaciknits ephemeral hat crochet pattern (July 30 deadline) and a pattern giveaway from Tanis Fiber Arts sponsored by YarnOnTheHouse (July 17 deadline).

Also, I’ve been corresponding with a designer who *might* be interested in having me host a pattern giveaway at some point in the future. I’m not sure this blog gets enough traffic to be worth her while, but if you read this, and are interested in knitting and/or crochet pattern giveaways, it would be good to know. Please comment here, just so we have an idea of how many people might be intrigued… 🙂

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Sorry for dropping off the Blogosphere for so long. Things have been crazy busy here, and rather than trying to catch up I’m just going to apologize for being lame, and jump right back into what I’m up to now.

Current Project

I’m crocheting a Chuppah for my sister in law’s wedding, which is coming up very soon.  The pattern is Alison Reilly’s Wedding Canopy from For the Love of Yarn, and it’s really quite lovely:

The Motifs

I need 81 motifs in all, I have 67 done.

There was a lot of educated guessing and a little bit of luck involved in planning this (as well as a good application of yarn mathematics), but I now know how much of white and blue I have, and I have a plan for how to fit them together:

Here's my plan

Here's my plan (such as it is) for piecing the canopy.

Except, of course, that the individual motifs are round rather than rectangular, but it’s good enough to get a picture of how it will all work. So, that’s what I’m up to, and I’ll try to do a better job of keeping in touch.

In Other Blogs

Some hightlights from the blogroll which I’ve missed. Thea has had an amazing 30 Days of Creativity<, KarlMyl Stitches has been doing socks, KnitSteve has been experimenting with Cross Stitch, and everyone has been a lot more active than I have!

Blog Contests

Phat Fiber is hosting a Spin Fusion Batt Giveaway, which I entered although I already have more fiber than I’m likely to spin in a year. No end date posted, but I gather the timeline is short…

Never Not Knitting has a drawing for a signed copy of Little Red in the City, deadline July 15.

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