Crafting

Birthday Presents

A friend of mine’s birthday was in July, meaning I had a legitimate reason to craft and such. There were so many things I wanted to make, but I decided on one big thing and two little things for her that I think she’ll enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed making this particular thing, and I think it’s beyond adorable. Now it just needs a name, and I’m going to let my friend have the honors. 

I’m super sad that I didn’t have any brown yarn to make chocolate cupcakes, but my going out to get some would mean that I would buy a lot more than I planned because once I see a place that sells yarn, I can’t just buy one skein or one color. But I’m going to have to go into P & S Fabrics eventually, and given its extremely close proximity to my dorm, I might as well get it over with.

EDIT: I presented my friend with her presents, and she promptly named the tiger "El Tigre" and commented on the "comb-over effect" of the stripes on his head. I totally didn’t even notice that when I was sewing on the stripes, but it really does look like that, although I have to say it suits him. He and his comb-over are now perched on her windowsill watching over her room when she’s gone. I’m sad to see him go, since he’s the first thing amigurumi that I’ve made and given away, but I know I’ll be seeing him all the time when I’m visiting my friend. 

Crafting

Not A Lot of Finishing Going On

Thanks to my current lack of fiberfill, I haven’t had the urge to actually finish much of what I’ve started in the past couple of days. My big surprise is still sitting in unfinished pieces, as are a crochet bunny, a knitted bunny, and a crochet bear. The closest I’ve come to completing anything is putting the hot air balloon together, but minus stuffing the balloon part and stitching it all closed. I think I need to take one of the yarn strands off too, because it’s shorter than the other two, which bugs my perfectionist self.

I keep saying I’m going to go down to P & S Fabrics and search for fiberfill (in addition to more yarn!), but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to walk that far down Broadway and to spend the money. Now I can’t go until Sunday morning at the earliest because it closes super early on Fridays and is closed on Saturdays. I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on stuffing, but I might just do that and order some online, even though shipping is insane and it won’t be delivered for a few days. I don’t know. I just know that if I go into P & S, no matter how inexpensive it is, I’m going to spend so much money and have so much new stuff for my already large stash. Since I don’t have any suitable finished object photos, here’s my yarn stash to prove that, in reality, I really don’t need anymore yarn, even though I still don’t quite have all the colors I desire.

This is my all-purpose yarn. I use it for all my knitting and crocheting.

And this is my crochet thread and all of my fuzzy winter yarns. They’re pretty much just an assortment of Lion Brand Homespun, which I absolutely love for scarves and wintery things. I think I might have 12 or 13 skeins in there at the moment.  I also have two skeins of a Lion Brand thick navy blue wool yarn, but they just don’t fit in the container with the rest of my stash, so they remain in a bag with knitting needles, unfinished cross-stitches, and other things. I’ll definitely spring them once summer is over and I can comfortably commence with knitting up bunches and bunches of warm scarves/hats/etc.

Crafting

Amigurumi, Part 2

Yesterday’s foray into spherical amigurumi led me to try out something new very quickly. After finishing Winston, I found a pattern online that explained how to make a Mario Power-Up Mushroom, and of course I jumped at the chance to make one. At the moment I only have the one, but I’ll be making a 1UP one after I complete my current project and get my hands on a ton more fiberfill.

May I present, Peter the Power-Up:

And here is a sneak peek at the project I started this morning, because I know some people are just too impatient to wait for the final product, especially one so time-consuming and tedious.

When I began this morning, I was blissfully unaware of the size the finished product would be, and for that I am now paying. This part alone has used up most of my blue yarn and ALL of my fiberfill *sadface*. As a result, my plans for tomorrow include a trip to my old neighborhood to try to find some Red Heart Super Saver yarn and stuffing. I just hope that if I find what I need, I can get out of the store without spending too much more money and without too many additional bags of yarn and notions and anything else that happens to be in stock.