Now That It’s Not So Cold…

… I’ve finished my son’s mittens. He’s wearing them right now, of course, because they are Iron Man mittens, and he LOVES superheroes. I don’t like┬ámaking mittens. They take a while because I’m all crochet a few stitches, distract myself with the internet… It’s the same basic pattern I used for my husband’s mittens, and I’ll try and get it posted in the next few days, with instructions on how to make them bigger or smaller. Then you can make mittens for EVERYONE!

Dude, it’s supposed to get up into the 70s tomorrow. :/ I WANT WINTER BACK.

I also made… These.

When I first really took up knitting, I was all, “I WILL KNIT SLIPPERS.” And these called to me. They beckoned. I had neither the right size or needles nor any bulky wool, so I put them in my Ravelry queue and kinda held onto them. Then I saw some bulky yarn on sale and I got it and I was all, “MIGHT AS WELL!” (Again, inner monologue is all in caps)

The pattern was… Well, it wasn’t originally written in English. And while they’re a fairly easy, quick knit, the pattern wasn’t originally written in English. But they are a quick knit. I think if I was going to make them again, I would make the ‘medium’ instead of the ‘large’ size that I made, because they’re not snug-fitting like I’d ideally want them to be. I added a basic black crocheted hdc oval for a double sole, because while they are a quick knit, I spent some time on them and I’d like them to last a little while. The “buttons” are just crocheted circles, of course.

All of my obligation-knitting-slash-crochet is now done (until the Yule gifts need to be started), and I’ll be moving onto something that I’ve kinda wanted to do for a while. I WAS going to make a mandrill, I may still at some point in the future, but right now I am going to make a selection of dancers. I’m not quite sure how many there will be, and if there’ll be boys and girls or just girls, but I┬áhave ideas!!

Baby It’s Cold

Well, actually, today wasn’t too bad. It’s supposed to get into the freezing again tomorrow, though. And do you know what I dislike making more than anything else in the crochet universe?
Mittens

and scarves.

They both just seem to go on forever without getting anywhere. BUT. I love my husband, and Mr. Craft Frog has been getting painfully cold fingers in the morning… He also, like… Okay. My hands are tiny. His hands are HUGE. He’s 6’4. Normal mitten patterns just don’t cut it. But these were hdc instead of sc, so they weren’t so bad.

AND. I made a scarf. I’ve had this chenille sitting in my stash forever. I was going to make fingerless gloves out of them, but I suspect the texture would have made me insane, so I was all, “SCARF!” My favorite scarf once upon a long time ago was chenille. It is warm and cozy, and the texture doesn’t drive me nuts there. The pattern is DEAD easy. Ready?

Take out your J-hook. ch 18. sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch. Repeat (sc, dc) pattern to end of ch.
ch 1, turn. sc in first st, dc in next st, repeat (sc, dc) pattern across row. Repeat until your scarf is as long as you want.

I like my scarf to be able to wrap completely around my neck once with both ends hanging down in front, and that used maybe… 300-350 grams of chenille? It used up all I had, anyway! And it’s a fast pattern, so it didn’t take too long.

Hooded Things

Polar vortex or whatever, so I made hooded things. Because it is freezing.

It started out as a quest for me. I couldn’t find any hooded-cowl-things that I actually liked, so I was all, “GUESS I HAVE TO MAKE ONE!” So I made one.


Strictly speaking, it’s more of just a hood than a hooded cowl, but it is nice and snuggly warm, and worked up SUPER fast. Things I learned while making it: I have a tiny head. For reals. Ravelry and Craftsy

And then my daughter was all, “I want one!” and someone on the Facebook mentioned having problems finding one for children, so I was all, “WELL, GUESS I KNOW WHAT I’M MAKING NEXT!” (Most of my inner monologue is in caps lock.)

So I made this:

Not a hooded cowl at all. Like, not at all. Hood, though. And cape-thing. Ravelry and Craftsy.

It was a bit trickier to do. I wanted a more fitted hood for it, which meant that if I wanted it to actually fit right, I had to take shoulders into account. And I didn’t want corners over the shoulders sticking up like a pillowcase, so I had to actually fit it. It took some doing. But… I like how it turned out. And she likes it, too! There is a bare minimum of sewing- it’s worked top down, so everything is just joined onto the previous pieces.

Those 20 snowmen I made used up most of my white and black yarn (and red!) so I had to order some more. I use black in almost everything I make, so it’s fairly important to have. It showed up as delivered, not to me, and didn’t show up on the next couple of business days, so I ordered more. Have to have black. (And white. And red is good, too.)

It showed up yesterday, after my second order shipped. So now I have black FOR DAYS. Or I will, when this new order gets delivered. ;) And lots of red to make a certain little boy some bigger mittens.

Next up: Well, right now I’m making a scarf out of some stash chenille yarn I had laying around. I really hate making scarves. BUT. It’s cold. It’s really cold. And I’m using the griddle stitch for it, so it’s going fairly quickly. I have to make SOMEONE some mittens, also Mr. Craft Frog has requested mittens. I want a better-fitting pair of slippers, AND I ordered some sock yarn before I realized that I don’t actually have sock needles (and the 2.50 size just isn’t cutting it), so I will likely be crocheting some socks soon, too. And animals. And and and…

It’s a Horse!

It is, in fact, a horse. I love it. For really reals. It’s a little different than my original horse, I have flanks on it inside of the hind legs just starting at the bottom of the body. I also changed the shape of the head a tiny bit. And sorted out my numbers, omg! I kept my notes from when I made the horses before, but my numbers were WAY off. I was all, “Do you even math?”

I math now.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

So it’s done. And posted on Ravelry and Craftsy. The individual horse and rider patterns are available on Ravelry, too.

Okay. So. For a while now, I’ve been trying to come up with a doll standard that I could change into ANYTHING, so you could have, like, a ballet dancer on a horse. Or whatever. I HAVE ACHIEVED THAT. This is the first of what I’m going to call Frogland Dolls, which will all be the exact same size. When I edit the other doll patterns I’ve done, I’ll turn those into Frogland Dolls as well, so- hey. Kali can ride a horse, too! Or whatever. I’ll be posting alterations on here as well- simpler hands, elf ears, fairy wings, all kinds of stuff. This will be a thing!!

Also this week, over the course of two and a half days, I did this.

My daughter is the “friend of the week” this week in her class, which means she gets special privileges, and the other kids get to learn things about her. She had to bring a “treat” for all of the kids in her class. I was going to bake cookies, but then I was all, “FOOD ALLERGIES SUCK!” and I know how craptastical it is to watch everyone around you eat something you can’t have. So I was all, “I’LL CROCHET SOMETHING.” She chose the snowman. So I made… 20. I gave myself a blister from all the sewing. And I pretty much never want to see a snowman again. But the kids in her class seemed to like them! Yay?

So Many New Posts!

ALL OF THEM! ALL OF THE NEW POSTS!

So I put up a few tutorials. More will come later. I can only do so many before I start to explode just a little bit. If you think there’s a step I left out that I should put more pictures up of, let me know, and I will endeavor to do just that.

The horse is done. The rider is done. The horse is all tacked up and everything. I anticipate having the pattern ready to go in the next day or two. It will be three separate patterns- the horse, the rider, and then both together with the addition of the saddle and bridle.

Also done, and this post’s picture: FINGERLESS GLOVES. Of course. (I can stop any time I want to. *twitch*)

These are Braided Mitts. I used 3.5mm DPNs and they’re still a little looser than I like. The pitfalls of having tiny hands. I also dropped one repeat of the cable pattern off because, again, tiny hands. It’s like I’m a real knitter now! Cables, DPNs, thumb gussets… The DPNs weren’t so bad, once I got over the feeling that I was knitting with a steel trap. I also need to remember to wear my reading glasses when I knit, or the DPNs start getting a little too close to my eyes because I have to hold them closer to my face.

KNITTING. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I have a scarf I want to make, and a hooded cowl, and more fingerless gloves (okay, it might be a problem).

Sewing Hair on Amigurumi

More hair! Sewing hair is faster than tying on hair. It’s not as sturdy (it’ll come out if tugged too hard, so is not really suitable for dolls meant to be played with), but it forms a nice part, and will completely cover the head.

I first ran across sewn on hair on K and J Dolls and I liked it a lot better, because tying hair takes FOREVER.

The first thing to do is mark your part. You can have it down the middle, or on one side or the other. I used three pins to mark it, one at the front where the hair will start, one at the crown of the head and one at the middle of the back of the head where the hair will stop.

Cut lengths of hair twice as long as you want hair to be. Thread a needle with two strands of embroidery floss in a coordinating color. Secure free end of embroidery floss to head. Insert needle into head, draw up just behind front pin on head.

Put three strands of yarn between thread and pin, insert needle into head where pin is and bring out just behind first stitch.

Continue backstitch with three strands of yarn in each stitch until you get to last pin, making sure to keep hair seam lined up with pins. Tie off embroidery floss at side of head, under hair. Trim and style as desired.

Tying Hair on Amigurumi

Everyone loves hair! Tying on hair (as opposed to sewing) is sturdier, but is more time consuming. For just small amounts of hair (like a horse’s tail), tying is the way to go.

Cut lengths of yarn for hair. Insert crochet hook though stitch where you want hair.

Fold length of yarn in half and loop over hook.

Draw yarn through stitch.

Put both ends of yarn through loop.

Pull ends of yarn tight to form knot.

To do a full head of hair, first tie on yarn in outline of the area you wish to fill in with hair- shown here with the Cowardly Lion.

To fill in the area, start at the bottom and tie hair along the bottom row. Continue on the next row up, and the next row, until you’ve come to the top of the outline. For thicker hair, tie on yarn at closer intervals. For example, for the Cowardly Lion I wanted a very thick mane, so I tied hair on every stitch.