More Knitting!

Those fingerless gloves I was talking about making? Yeah…

So that happened. I’m in love with this pattern. Stockinette is my favorite, and there’s a lovely (and SUPER easy) texture to them.

Cappio Fingerless Gloves found on Ravelry. I started them yesterday and finished today, so obviously they’re a fairly quick pattern.

I think if I was going to make them again, I’d drop out one of the pattern repeats from the middle. They fit my tiny hands exceptionally well, but the cable cast-on means they can only go up my arms so far, and since the object is to wear them while doing things (crochet, typing, etc), I don’t want them covering the base of my little finger because of how I hold my yarn for crochet. But that’s user preference, and not an issue with the pattern.

Dude. Knitting. Now I’m all, “SWEATERS! CABLES! SOCKS! MOAR SLIPPERS! KNIT ALL THE THINGS!” I need new knitting needles with a desperation- the coating is all coming off of mine, and they grind together pretty badly- so I’m thinking I might get, um… Several. *cough* And maybe some DPNs (OOOOOH ADVENTUROUS!!!)

In gaming news, I have finished the first playthrough of Borderlands the Pre-Sequel and I kept taking a bunch of screenshots all, “I WANT TO MAKE THIS CHARACTER!”

But not yet. My plans for right now are to put together a wire tutorial and crochet a horse.

Knit Slippers

We’re headed into the cold part of the year, and I have bad circulation, so I like to wear lots of layers. Slippers are fantastic, especially in the morning and at night before it has a chance to get warmer in the apartment. And I was all, “It’s been forever since I’ve knit anything- I could KNIT slippers.”

So I knit some slippers. I found this pattern on Ravelry.

I’ve been knitting since I was a little girl. Just knitting, though, which means row after boring row of garter stitch. So I wanted something a little more complicated without being difficult, and these looked like they would fit the bill.

They were AWESOME. Fast, once I got into my knitting groove. SUPER easy once I figured out how to purl. Purl is win.

So the slippers are done and on my feet RIGHT NOW. I will be knitting myself some fingerless gloves soon, too. I had a lovely pair knit for me by a friend, but one of them has vanished (looking at you, kids), so I need another pair.

Generally speaking, I prefer knit for wearing and crochet for amigurumi, and I actually really enjoyed knitting these, so I miiiiiiiiiiiight pick up some more knitting needles. I have one pair of size 6 knitting needles. ;)

Nisha the Lawbringer

So Borderlands the Pre-Sequel is coming out tomorrow. There are not enough caps for how excited I am. AND… I finished my latest piece of fan-art just in time!

Nisha the Lawbringer!

I’ve mentioned it before, but Gearbox puts out these fantastic cosplay reference guides, which makes making fan-art the EASIEST. I’m really pleased with how well she turned out, and how well she photographed.

I think she’s going to be my last piece of fan-art for a while. In addition to spending a ton of time gaming in the next little while *cough*, I’ve started a pair of slippers that I’m… DUN DUN DUN… KNITTING. I figured it had been a while since I pulled out my knitting sticks (what my daughter calls them), and it would be a nice challenge. And… I PURLED. I’ve never purled before! I FEEL SO ACCOMPLISHED. (Or something. ;) )

The next thing I will be crocheting… Well, I have a couple things that I want to crochet. So, okay. A lot of the time, the things I crochet come from a sudden compulsion of, “I WANT TO MAKE THAT.” And this latest time, “that” is to make a bodice-ripper cover in crochet. So… That will probably be a thing. I also want to make a horse and rider, like, English-style equestrian that I will do a pattern for. And then, once the pattern’s done, I’ll take the horse and rider and make an art piece out of them. That’s the plan!!

Color Cards!

The past few days have been a long series of yarn-winding and, “Huh. I didn’t know I had that.”

I  am… GETTING ORGANIZED! Maybe just a little overdue. *cough* We’re short on space, and there’s just not enough room for me to have a stash where I can see all of my yarn. So I’m constantly digging through my box o’ yarn, all, “Didn’t I have this color? I could have sworn I had this color. Maybe I need to buy some.”

So I made… THESE!

5-row, 5-stitch squares. Sometimes yarn looks a little different when it’s crocheted than when it’s on the skein. It’s mostly RHSS with a bit of Bernat Super Value. Did you know RHSS doesn’t come in peach? :/ But now I know exactly what I have, and it’ll just be a matter of digging through the yarn box to get to it. ;) I’ve also managed to contain my stash QUITE a bit so that it’s no longer taking over the entire bedroom.

The next few days will be spent… With more organizing. I’m going to put up my own tutorial for wiring projects (that will be used in all applicable patterns) and some for wigging amigurumi dolls.

As for what I’ll be making… More fanart first, and then an equestrian-style horse and rider for… A PATTERN! I found the notes I used for Sleipnir and the unicorn mare, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use it for this size of doll with only minor adaptations (if any).

Not… What I Planned

So I was going to do something for a pattern. I was all, “YES! MAKE ALL THE PATTERNS!”

And then… Well, it didn’t happen. My brain went all, “Nooo…. KRATOS!”

And then this happened.

With bonus look at his Chaos Blades.

Kratos from the God of War series on the Playstation. He is the Ghost of Sparta, and… Dat voice. Mmhmm.

What I like: HIS NOSE! I love his nose. I’ve been wondering how to do noses for a while, and I finally figured it out. Other highlights are his kilt, and his Chaos Blades.

However… I’m wishing I’d taken the time to figure out how to do the tattoo as a color-change on his body. :/ If I make another one, I will.

Next… Well, I got my new yarn, so Nisha is coming up. At some point. BUT… I’m also thinking about potions and dancers. Looking through my old goodies made me remember that I had plans to make all different kinds of dancers, because dance is my very favorite thing in the world after crocheting, so we’ll see.

Also, my sale is still going on. Everything that’s not sold will be salvaged for parts, so if you want something, let me know!

Thar Be Sales Ahead

I’m late for Talk Like a Pirate day. ;)

SO. As mentioned, I live in a tiny apartment with three other people, two cats, and not a lot of storage space. It’s time to go through some stuff and clear it out. This means… I will be having a huge sale! On Monday (September 22!), both on here and on the Facebook, I will be selling pattern samples (the stuff I made for the patterns), old art pieces, and stuff from Inner Body Love which I can’t get off the ground (I’ve been trying!) because there’s only one of me and not enough time.

Also. I will more-than-likely have a bit of a destash, too, AND I’ll do a buy-one-get-one-free on patterns on Ravelry as well, because why not.

Gaige the Mechromancer

Anybody have some mechros they need manced?

So I was going to make Nisha from the Pre-Sequel because that’s who I’m planning on playing (first), and hooray for handy-dandy reference guides.

But then… Matching skin tones with yarn is a pain in the ass. For reals. For really reals. And we don’t have any decent crafty-yarny type of stores here, so everything is kinda squint-at-pictures-on-the-screen-and-hope. So I ordered some new yarn. It might work, it might not, but I’m making Nisha as my next fanart anyway because reasons.

ANYWAY. So I decided to make Gaige. A lot of her bits and bobs are done with two strands of embroidery floss and a size-10 steel hook. Once I got over the initial cross-eyed bits, it wasn’t too bad, despite not having done it in a couple of years. And I like how she’s proportioned with Claptrap.

Knight update: I realized that I was doing him more as an art piece instead of a pattern piece. I may/may not finish him as an art piece in the future.

So what am I doing now? PATTERNS! I’m thinking ducks, but I’m not quite sold on it. Also floating around in my idea box is a Sherlock Holmes based on the now-out-of-copyright first few books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or some sort of insect. We shall see.