I have been MIA for a while now, but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. If you want to know the nitty gritty details behind my absence, you can read this here blog post.
Since the holidays are swiftly coming upon us, I figured I needed to design some ornament patterns. Since I’m not really happy that it’s already mid-November, I decided to express my distaste in the cutest way possible: Unsweetened Sweets! Basically this gives me an excuse to make food with a face and be grumpy SIMULTANEOUSLY. WOO!
The first unhappy sweetie is a candy cane.
heheheh!! This little guy measures in at about 1.75 inches if you use 14-count Aida, about 1.5 on 16-count (at least I think that’s what I’m using.. it might be 18) and works up in an hour or so.
When it came to illustrating a cliche – which was #17 on our list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored – I picked an oldie but a goodie: the apple of my eye. Of course, the girl I drew may have gone a bit literal with it all, but that’s just how some people are.
Some people also like to look good on the job, even if their job is, I don’t know, a little out of the mainstream. Here’s a woman wearing #73: a fashionable robbery mask:
Actually, she might be wearing two masks and a beret. I think she’s going to hit a bank after she works the runway.
This week, I asked a Friend of Wonderstrange – namely, our pal Phil – to pick my drawing prompts for me. His first choice? Barbie Hits Menopause, which is #85 on our 2014 list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored. The caption for this, I believe, is “SO HOT!”
Next up, Phil chose Fever Dreams, also known as those deeply bizarre dreams you have when you’re sick and your brain is simmering over medium heat.
So I was at this bachelor party, and there was a stripper, except then the stripper was a bear for some reason, and then suddenly we were all on a golf course. Can you feel my forehead? Do you think I’m sick?
First up from the list is #66: I Only Have Eyes for You.
And next up – well, the next up has a little back story. Our friend Lindsay was driving to work when she spotted a doll head by the side of the road. She planned to pull over and pick it up for me on the way home, but by the time she came back, someone else had nabbed it. Oh, my baby head in the wild, cruelly claimed by someone else! Sniff! This is how I like to imagine it. This is #63: Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing. I do love the heads. Double sniff.
For a recent swap on Ravelry, a popular knitting and crocheting site here in interwebsland, I got partnered up with a very cool woman who loves Nintendo. I thought a lot about what I could make her – and what patterns already exist in the world for Nintendo lovers – and I decided to design Kirby . . . with hats!
He’s so cute with hats, right?! I want hats for days – and that got me thinking. Between us, I bet we could do ALL THE HATS! In fact, I’m sure of it! Hence, I’m launching The Kirby Hat Project.
Here’s my pattern for the Kirby, as well as these two hats you see here: Kirby with Hat_wonderstrange They are worked in the round without joining rows, and I a variety of used worsted weight yarns.
If you design a hat for Kirby, leave a comment below with your designer name (for design credit) and a link to your blog / pattern page. Assuming you follow some VERY basic rules, I will add you to the list below!
Rules? Yup, rules.
Your hat pattern has to be free.
Your hat pattern has to produce a hat that fits this Kirby (I realize that seems obvious, but you know, sometimes the obvious needs stating).
Your hat pattern has to be a proper pattern. I don’t mean that it has to be a PDF with your logo or have 88 pictures; I just mean that for the benefit of everyone, please don’t give us, “Do a few rows of sc, then decrease, then do some cluster stitches – I forget how many.” That’s vague and confusing and makes people sad! We want to be happy! With hats! And clear instructions!
Anyone with a creative hobby knows that supplies have a strange way of multiplying. One week, one owns 10 colored pencils that one scarcely uses; the next week, one falls madly in love with colored pencils and must have 30 more. Clay tools, tubes of glitter, ergonomically-designed crochet hooks – supplies of almost any kind can get out of control, which then creates the dual problem of storage and access. I, for example, have been storing my colored pencils in a big jar, but that has created two problems: 1) I now own roughly two more pencils than the jar can hold, which is kind of obnoxious; and 2) I hate having to dig around in the jar for 45 seconds every time I switch colors, because I have the patience of a starving tiger. Solution: I crocheted several smaller containers that I can use to sort by colors. Hooray! Sanity and adorable kitten-like behavior reign anew!
What follows is not a pattern per se, only because I don’t know what you need to store, in which sizes, and in what quantities. You can easily make your own storage containers, however, by following these basic steps.
1) Crochet the base of your container in the round without joining rows, amigurumi style.
2) Work in increments of 5, stopping when the base is as large as you need:
MR5 or ch 2, sc 5 times in 2nd st from hook
1. 2sc each (10)
2. (Sc next, 2sc next) x5 (15)
3. (Sc next 2, 2sc next) x5 (20)
4. (Sc next 3, 2sc next) x5 (25)
5. (Sc next 4, 2sc next) x5 (30)
6. (Sc next 5, 2sc next) x5 (35)
7. (Sc next 6, 2sc next) x5 (40)
8. (Sc next 7, 2sc next) x5 (45)
9. (Sc next 8, 2sc next) x5 (50)
Remember to stop when you achieve the size you need! My largest container had a base of 35 stitches, and my smallest had a base of 20.
3) When you achieve the size you want – whether you have a circle of 25 stitches or 55 – you should “snip and flip.” Why do I say that?
As soon as your circle gets any larger than 20 stitches, it will begin to curve downward, like this:
A container with a curved bottom is not going to be terribly stable. A toddler / dog / welterweight hamster / voyeuristic neighbor will practically be able to knock it over just by looking at it. We don’t want that. By flipping the circle over, you will position the curve on the inside of your container, leaving the container free to sit stably on your desk, table, or shelf.
4. After you “snip and flip,” join your yarn. (You can either F/O and join a new strand or undo the last st and join as if changing colors.) Working in TOP LOOPS ONLY (i.e. the loops closest to the ceiling), crochet the first stitch, place your stitch marker, and then finish the row. Keep working in the round without joining rows until the container is as tall as you need it to be.
5. For maximum style, finish the container with a row of contrast edging. I used a crab stitch. You can do a scalloped edge, an HDC edge, or whatever else your heart desires.
After I finished my first container, I proudly filled it with pencils – and then my shoulders fell. I had made the accursed thing too big. It was just going to replicate the problems of my big jar.
If that happens to you, don’t panic! Flip your container inside out and SC a straight line across the center of your base. At the end, Ch 1, and sc back across. Keep going until you achieve somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3rds of the total height of your container, then F/O and leave a long tail.
After you pull the piece right side out again, use the tail to stitch each side to your container. Voila! A container with compartments!
These containers make great stash busters, and they can be joined together or left separate and independent, as best suits the way you use your supplies.
For variation, you can – in addition to changing colors – also change your stitches, alternating rows of sc with rows of DC, as I did with the pale blue container you see here.
Hey, have fun solving your storage problems, and if you make some containers of your own, link up so we can see!