Giveaway… Done!

I random.org’ed it, and the results:

That would be… Jenn T! I’ve emailed you!

Thank you to everyone who entered, and big thanks to everyone who follows The Craft Frog on Facebook!

Giveaway!

I have reached 1000 “likes” on Facebook, so it’s time for a giveaway! YAY!

The prize? Up to $15.00 of patterns from Ravelry. Why Ravelry? ‘Cause they’re slightly cheaper there. Yup.

To enter, simply leave a note on this post, and I will random.org it on Wednesday, April 22. Make sure that you’re leaving a comment with a real email address (it’ll prompt you for one) so that I can get in touch with you if you win!

I Made a Thing

I’ve been working on the same gloves forever. It has officially warmed up and I’ve kinda lost motivation.

So I made something else.

IT’S A HAT!!!
Pattern from Ravelry.
It worked up REALLY quickly. I ended up using a J hook and adding a couple of rows to the back, but it was, like… Normally I find doing row after row of sc is so tedious, but this shaped up really well that it wasn’t boring. I am a fan, I definitely recommend the pattern.

Dorothy, 18 Inch Doll Style

So… Dorothy. And Toto. And a basket, of course, because how else is Dorothy supposed to carry Toto?


Available on Ravelry
There she is! Of course, working on this made me get Africa by Toto stuck in my head again, for like… weeks.
(Doo doo doo doo doo doo!)
It was bad. But then Shakira’s hips defeated Toto, so that made it okay.

Part of the reason this took so long to come out was… Well, I made it to fit snugly. Like, super snugly. My daughter (age 6) can dress and undress the doll, but it’s a super close fit. So if you do make this and you can’t get your gauge to match up super exactly, err on the side of being a little bigger. For reals. Not huge, obviously, but bigger better than smaller.

In other news… Sigh. I’m staying with Etsy for now, and I can tell you exactly how happy I am about that. However, I can’t restrict who I sell to on Craftsy, so I took all of my paid patterns off of there. :/ It stinks, because I super love Craftsy as a platform. Maybe, as the year goes on and everyone figures out a little better how this whole VAT thing will affect foreign small businesses, I’ll be able to get them back up, but we’ll see.

I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be making next. My mind is having trouble focusing on things, so I’m all, “MAKE ALL THE THINGS!”

Stanley

We did Secret Santa this year, with the idea that whatever we give should be handmade, if possible. I got my husband’s bestie, who just happened to have his gallbladder out a couple of weeks ago, and I was all, “THAT’S PERFECT! I’LL DO THAT.”

So I did that. This is Stanley the gallbladder!

“A gallbladder looks like a pear?”

Well, yes. Basically. I went a-googlin’ for images, and I got a ton of different shapes. It looked like a penis, it looked like an eggplant, but the most common shape was the pear-esque shape, so… Stanley.

PATTERN! Gauge- no. I used an E-hook with worsted weight yarn, but for reals, just as long as it’s tight enough to keep your stitches in.

Gallbladder – stuff as you go
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st (6)
2) ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st (12)
3) ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (18)
4) ch 1, *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (24)
5) ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (30)
6) ch 1, *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (36)
7) ch 1, *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, join with sl st (42)
8-14) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (42)
15) ch 1, *sc in next 5 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (36)
16) ch 1, *sc in next 4 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (30)
17) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (30)
18) ch 1, *sc in next 8 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (27)
19) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (27)
20) ch 1, *sc in next 7 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (24)
21) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (24)
22) ch 1, *sc in next 6 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (21)
23) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (21)
24) ch 1, *sc in next 5 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (18)
25-27) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (18)
28) ch 1, *sc in next 4 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (15)
29) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st (15)
30) ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, dec over 2 sc* around, join with sl st (12)
31) ch 1, dec over 2 sc around, join with sl st (6)
32-37) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st, finish off rnd 37, do not sew closed (6)

Common Bile Duct
1) ch 6, join with sl st to form a ring. ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st (6)
2-9) ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st, finish off rnd 9, do not sew closed (6)

Eyes – make 2
1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st, finish off (6)

Assembly
Sew rnd 37 of gallbladder to middle of common bile duct as shown. Sew eyes to gallbladder, embroider mouth. Weave in all ends.

This Whole VAT Thing

The deal: Beginning today, the EU has decided that all digital sales (pattern PDFs, printables, whatever) are going to be subject to VAT, based on the consumer’s country. The VAT rates are insane, yo, the average tax is 21%.

As I actively avoid the garbage Etsy’s admins post, I found out in an emailĀ yesterday. (Ravelry likewise sent me an email.) There is this post in the Etsy forums, and once again it’s the comments that really have the most information. Etsy’s stance basically seems to be, “YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN, GO ASK YOUR ACCOUNTANT.” I don’t have an accountant. A lot of indie sellers probably ALSO don’t have accountants, because we are SMALL businesses. The comments, however, (and the helpful post from Ravelry- more on that in a bit) indicate that it is actually Etsy’s responsibility to deal with this. They’re dropping the ball, and promising “a tool” “soon.”

So. I am not worrying about it- on Etsy. They’re responsible, they’re shirking their responsibility, and they get to deal with the fallout, not me. Screw you, Etsy. What I will probably end up doing is letting all of my listings expire because I’ve already paid for them, and then bailing on Etsy. I can’t even with their crap anymore.

Ravelry, however, had this to say. Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ravelry? They already have a solution. I will be doing as they recommend and moving all of my listings to Love Knitting for EU sales, which will be free for the next 6 months. As it stands, chances are fairly good that I’ll be replacing Etsy with Love Knitting as my other venue.

Happy New Year, y’all!

No, Not That Kind

Okay. So I’ve been COMPLETELY sucked in by Dragon Age: Inquisition. Like, just absorbed. LOVE it. I was a little worried about it because of some of the early reviews, but it is not disappointing (unlike some other games by companies that rhyme with schmoo-schmay that I won’t mention).

Anyway, they have these little critters called Nugs. By the way, don’t google ‘nug’ without any other sort of reference. Just don’t. I was all, I MUST MAKE SOME WITH YARN. So I googled “dragon age nug” and found EXACTLY what I was looking for.

So I made one with yarn.

Described in-game by one of the characters as a “subterranean bunny-pig.” It’s sitting on my chair in that picture and not anywhere subterranean, but I think I got the bunny-pig part down.

Other than that, though, I’ve kinda been taking it easy with the furious crocheting thing. I will be starting my 18″ doll Dorothy costume probably tomorrow, the last few days have been lost to a whole lot of catching the kids up on sleep because they’ve been little monsters. And friend getting the gallbladder will be getting him either at New Year’s or the following weekend, so STANLEY IS COMING!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!!