Category: craft

November

warm in the wild: yarn

November. A little late to start winter holiday knitting, but I had been on an unofficial hiatus for a while. Lots of life changes lately, so I hadn’t been knitting or doing many other crafts while trying to sort it all out.

But, it’s November already. End of year is rapidly approaching, and I need to make some gifts for people. This is apparently the year of the armwarmer/mitt/mitten. I guess everyone has enough hats and scarves? Hahah…

The problem with mitts/etc. is the same concept as second sock syndrome; once you finish one of the pair, you have to make the second!

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9 days left in the Skillshare challenge

Eeeek! There are only 9 days left in the Skillshare challenge!

I need to finish making the pendants. Looks like I’m only going to have 2 completed pendants — I finished the violet one last night, and I’m almost done with the orange pendant. I had hoped to make pendants for the wooden frames as well, but time is running out. I’m at the point where I need to finish the pendants before I can film any more, and then get the footage edited and completed ASAP. Eeek.

Skillshare Likes

My Skillshare project (the project of making the class) has gotten 25 likes! Hopefully I can get as many students within the first month.

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Challenge accepted!

Skillshare: The French Knot

Skillshare is having a June Teach Challenge.

Since the beginning of June, I have been putting together a class I will be launching July 1. In my spare moments, I have been spent crafting, filming, and editing. I decided to teach how to make the French knot pendants as my first class. Of course, the only problem is that… they make such great gifts, I gave them all away! Time to make more — and document the process for the class.

This challenge is proving interesting. I’ve had to conquer my camera-shyness (totally fine for self-portraits, a whole ‘nother story when it’s moving and talking on camera). It’s also forced me to brush up on my video editing skills; I haven’t done any video editing in… ten years?! Luckily in the challenge, the month is broken down into milestones, so that each section of work seems much more achievable. I’m still in the process of making the pendants, and filming/editing where I can, but I’m thinking that it will be able to come together in time. Launching July first!

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kira makes a past-things post: Spaceteam

As my sister and her husband are now off in Tahiti for their honeymoon, I am reminded that I never posted pictures of the last-minute wedding cake toppers I made for them.

We spent the last day or two before the wedding setting up the table cards and various other last minute things. Their wedding had different themed tables based on their interests and games they liked to play. The wedding party table was themed Spaceteam.

Spaceteam Banner

If you’re not familiar with it, Spaceteam is a collaborative mobile game where the players attempt to keep their spaceship running by relaying commands on their screens to fellow players. It is quite fun. And shouty.

And, there was a secret mode created, used in their proposal. D’awww…

I believe Laura had intended to make the toppers herself, but as time was short and there were a million other things for the bride to do, I stepped in to make the toppers. The materials supplied were foam sheets, glue, x-acto knife, and skewers.

Spaceteam Wedding Cake Topper

It was a bit of a last minute rush, so they aren’t nearly as polished as I would have wanted them to turn out (perfectionist!), but the bride was tickled by them. That’s a win in my book! I don’t think I have any pictures of them on the cake. Hm… Probably some more pictures of them somewhere.

Spaceteam Wedding - Laura + Stephen
From the wedding party seating chart.

I hope that they are enjoying their honeymoon in Tahiti!

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kira makes disgruntled mumblings about “that damn cat…”

It is a good thing I love that cat.

That cat, being Árnyék.

Because, he is a jerk.

Cyntaf Eaten

Apparently, even though Cyntaf was tucked away in a bag, he managed to get into the bag and chomp a couple holes in the shawl. I mean, luckily, it is at the bottom edge, and I can probably undo the binding and salvage it… but still. Sigh.

Then the next day, I was looking for a specific ball of yarn. Finding another skein that I was also looking for, I pulled it out and set it aside.

I turned my back for a minute.

yarn ball tangle

Arrrrgh!

This is also the same cat that knocked my TV off the counter (twice!) and broke it.

Mehhhh…

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kira makes a double-knit swatch

Double Knitting Swatch

First attempt at double knitting!

I am designing a new item, and decided it would be best in the reversible nature of double knitting. So… I had to learn double knitting. Yay, learning new things!

This swatch pattern is from the Craftsy course Adventures in Double Knitting.

However, I did not use the cast-on taught in the course. Honestly, I was a bit confused by the cast-on as it was taught, so sought out further instruction online and stumbled upon this cast on I found to be both easier and more attractive! Tutorial by Knit Purl Hunter.

I did the bind-off taught in the course, but I am not in love with it. According to my research, the best way to get that invisible bind-off (to match my cast-on) is to separate the stitches and Kitchener stitch them together. I am intrigued by this tutorial for a knit (not sewn) Kitchener stitch, so I will have to test it out later. There is also the Kitchener Stitch tutorial from Knit Purl Hunter, as well.

I cast-on for the prototype of my new design last night. I tried to replicate the invisible cast-on that I achieved with the swatch, but for various reasons, it did not work out as attractively. I think a combination of factors: for the swatch, I used a larger needle for the CO, and there were less stitches, so they were able to all stay on the needle (as opposed to slipping onto the cable of the circular needle). Since I don’t have any longer needles (I rely pretty much solely on circular interchangeables), I cast on to one of my bamboo Tunisian crochet hooks, allowing the stitches to stay the correct diameter throughout the cast-on process. Results? Worked!

Now to decide if I want to work the prototype (which often turns into the final project) in the Caron Simply Soft that I have laying around, or if I want to order new yarn. Seeing as Simply Soft is still a “commercially available” yarn, it will lend itself to being able to be published, but… it’s not really the best yarn (totally great for learning and some projects, still). Other yarns I am pondering include Knit Picks Mighty Stitch (80% Acrylic/20% Superwash Wool), SW Wool of the Andes (100% Superwash Wool), and Swish (100% Superwash Merino Wool).

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p.s. I ordered more yarn.