Baby Yoda

My kids’ schools decided to start spring break a week early, meaning their last day for March was today. We decided to keep them home today. It snowed, so we spent a lot of the day indoors.

I finished and sewed up the Baby Yoda I’ve been working on for a nephew’s 21st birthday. I think this was my first amigurumi in crochet, so there are a few bits that could have been better, but I think it’s pretty cute.

His hands aren’t quite the same….

Then my daughter went to a sleepover, so my son and I binge-watched whatever he chose, and I was able to make The Child’s pod as well.

Pardon the messy background. My son piles his things on this buffet instead of actually putting them away.

I think the nephew will love his gift, and I know I’ll make at least one for us as well. It’s a cute, fun, quick, and relatively easy pattern by Ami Amour. She’s on Instagram and Ravelry at the very least, and she has some really great patterns! Totoro, Pokémon, etc! Check her out!

Faded

Mixed news! A vinegar soak did not stop my beautiful yarn from bleeding, but heating it on the stove with water and vinegar did. Unfortunately, it faded quite a bit from its original state.

At least I learned a lesson, eh?

Bleeding yarn!

Last year I picked up this pretty skein of yarn at Stitches West.

Last week I started knitting a cute little headband out of it.

I chose it for the blue specks which match my blue puffy coat.

It wasn’t long before I wondered why my fingernails looked so dirty! And my hands were turning purple!

I wash my hands OFTEN, and yet…!!!!

So the purple dye is rubbing off onto my hands. I would appreciate any advice on how to treat the FO so I don’t have a purple forehead!

Totoro mitts

Ever since I saw the pattern for these Totoro mittens (I mean, yeeeeears ago!), I wanted them. I printed the pattern out right away, but somehow actually making them was never urgent.

Enter winter in Portland. There are some days that are icy cold enough to warrant a good pair of mittens, and not just fingerless mitts! I want full mittens!

So it was as good timing when a friend asked if I wanted to make a visit to Twisted, a lovely LYS that is closing its brick-and-mortar soon. I picked out a gray and purple for the mitts, and had them wound so I’d be more likely to CO soon!

Corrugated ribbing instead of k2p2 in MC.

I casted on a few days ago, but have been reading Purple Hibiscus and felt more inclined to read than knit. But tonight I finished the ribbing and started the color work.

It’ll look better after blocking, but those purple stitches spell out Totoro. I might change the palm to a more traditional Norwegian style mitt, partly to make it easier, and…. well, it’ll be easier. 😂 also maybe warmer.

What have you been working on?

Bring in the Clowns

Yesterday I completed the last few rows of ribbing for my Bring in the Clowns socks, aka Clown Barf-off KAL. They’re pretty!

But…. they’re a bit too long in the feet!

I’m pointing to where my toes are. Ugh.

These were knit toe-up, so I’m wondering what to do. Have you ever fixed a problem like this? I could use some advice!

Jurassic Squirrel

I always get these silly ideas in my head- parodies, rhymes, almost-rhymes…. one I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while has been Jurassic Squirrel.

It almost rhymes with Jurassic World, so I imagined the super scary scene in Jurassic Park where the t-Rex is in the rear view mirror of the Jeep, but with a giant squirrel instead. It felt like it would be hard to draw, so I didn’t do it.

Until! It hit me that I could draw it as the logo instead of the rear view mirror, and it has come to fruition!

I drew the squirrel skeleton by looking at an image online, and it wasn’t hard at all. I happen to love squirrels, so I suppose that helps.

It took a little bit of time to get everything how I wanted it. I couldn’t successfully download the Jurassic Park logo font, so I made do with one that I deemed close enough.

Overall, this was a fun challenge! It has also occurred to me to create “Jurassic Bark” with a canine skeleton…. would that be cool?

Spirit animals!

Oh my goodness, I am having so much fun drawing Pokemon spirit animals!  Over the past few days I’ve drawn Gengar and Bulbasaur.

I’m experimenting more with the tools in Krita, and have been getting bolder with highlights and shadows.  I think my technique has improved!  It’s also been a lot of fun researching these Pokemon to find positive traits that would make them good spirit animals.  Check out their descriptions on threadless, if you’d like!  https://www.threadless.com/discover/s/henryx4

In other news, when I’m not working on my drawing tablet, I’m either reading gardening books or working on my Bring in the Clowns socks.  They’re coming along great- I’ve finished the first and am increasing for the toe-up gusset on the second. Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 6.42.37 PM

The toe-up gusset is pretty interesting.  I’ll share better photos of it when both socks are done.

I just love how the rainbow yarn contrasts with the black to mimic stained glass.  It reminds me of Saint Chapelle chapel in Paris, or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  I also like how they are extra tall!  I asked for Doc Martens for Christmas, and I like to wear long socks with them so the boots don’t chafe my legs.  These will be perfect.

Happy creating!!!