Monster!

Long long time ago (winter 2012) I joined Stacey Trock’s (who designed under the name FreshStitches) kit club. Ever other month for 3 months she mailed out a kit for a cute stuffed crochet toy. I had good intentions, but almost two years later two of the three kits are still tucked away unopened.

The last kit mailed out was for Amigurumi Roosevelt the Monster and it came with a ball of yarn that changed colors slowly. This cute little guy was enough to make me pick up a hook and get to work.


The color changing yarn was very pretty, but it actually changed a little too slowly for this little guy. I knit the ears, eyes, and just started the first leg before the first color change, and the second color took me all the way through the rest of the project. I didn’t even get to the third or fourth colors.
I grew up in the 90s so this guy always makes me think of the cartoon Aaahh! Real Monsters, doesn’t he remind you a little bit of Krumm?
I sprayed him with catnip spray so he’s a favorite around her. That photo was taken when he was brand new, but he’s got a lovely halo of cat hair always, no matter how many times I take him out on the balcony and shake him out.

Archer

I know I never managed to blog about it, while it was in progress, but I participated in the Fresh Stitches Mystery Crochet A Long.

As it turns out, the finished amigurumi was this adorable puppy dog: Archer.

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Stacey Trock, who designs under the name Fresh Stitches, has many absolutely adorable crochet toy patterns, and I knew I would probably love any pattern she came up with, so I signed up for the CAL.
I never actually got around to taking pictures of the pieces before I assembled Archer, but I can tell you I wasn’t sure what I was making right up to the last minute.
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I used one of the yarns recommended by Stacey in the pattern: Ella Rae Classic. It’s a workhorse 100% wool and we happened to be clearing it out at the shop. The colors I used are the aptly named 107 and 135.
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I used Suncatcher Eyes (also recommended by Stacey) in the color shimmer blue. They’re fairly inexpensive and very pretty. I bought 5 pairs in various colors, so I see more little toys in my future.
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In other hobby news, I’m almost done reading A Christmas Carol. I started before Christmas when I was in a holiday mood, but still have about 30 pages left. I’m slow, what can I say. It’d been a while since I’d read anything of “substance.” Lots of light and fluffy, even some racy, but nothing hearty. If I go too long without reading something substantial, the English major in me gets antsy and overly critical of my “fun” reading. Hopefully a little Dickens will apease it and keep it from making too much of a fuss when I pick up The Woodcutter when I’m finished.

Yikes, look at the time!

Holy crap, it’s June 5th! Graduation is a week from Sunday and I have to be totally packed and ready to move by then. Just to let you see what that will entail…






So I’ve been a bit busy with school and working on my honors project and different dinners and activities and send-offs and I’ve kind of neglected to, um, clean… Not all the crap in those photos belongs to me, but a fair bit of it sure does.

I’ve recently finished two super quick, less than one skein projects. The first is from the book Creepy Cute Crochet and Andrew really did practically beg for it.

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It’s a tiny wool Cthulhu. It will eat your soul, but in such an adorable way that you won’t even mind. The yarn is Nature Spun by Brown Sheep in the color Limestone. It took one evening but I don’t really crochet so I had to stop at every new direction and find a youtube video showing me how to do each step. If I knew how to crochet it would probably have gone super fast. I’m not generally a fan of crochet (that’s why I don’t know how to do it) but I love amigurumi so I think I’ll adapt my skills just enough to make more.

The other quick project I finished at 2:00 am today because I couldn’t put it down once I cast on. It’s from the Victorian yarn sampler that Knit Picks released about a year ago. The kit contained one skein each of all of their yarns that contained cotton along with a few one-skein type patterns so you could try out all the yarns without too much time or money invested and see if you liked them. This is a cozy for paper coffee cups like you would get a Starbucks so you don’t have to use the cardboard ones. Yeah for cheap easy ways to be green.

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These are the two different rose motifs that are stranded on the cozy, and here’s what it looks like on an actual cup:

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The pattern is called Modern Tea Cozy and it’s now a free download from Knit Picks. The yarn used is Knit Picks Main Line in Harbor which I haven’t used even though I’ve had the kit for over a year. Of course, since Knit Picks has decided to discontinue the yarn line, I loved working with it and want to make a bunch more things with it. The wool totally balances out the cotton in a perfect way and it’s soft and has stretch and the Harbor color is gorgeous. The color in the first picture is much truer to real life. The red/pink/orange yarn is KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. I’ve used this yarn before and it is super soft and (go figure) shiny. I know from when I made my spring sweater┬áthat the yarn does lose some of its shine and softness after some wear and several washings, but it’s still nice.

The last think that I’ve really been working on this week is the Montavilla Market Tote from (guess what) Knit Picks… can you see where a great deal of my money goes? This also came as a kit and is a way to try out the four shades of Simply Cotton – KnitPicks new organic cotton line. The bottom of the bag is the perfect pattern for a market bag because it’s super sturdy. It’s a slip stitch pattern so it’s basically double the thickness.

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I love the way the colors flow from white to taupe and then drastically go back to white. The body of the bag is a simple 8-stitch lace pattern but I think the color change still obscures the pattern.

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I think when I make the second one I’ll do the bottom the same, then do blocks of color instead of alternating every row. Carrying four strands along the side has been very tedious.

I know it seems like I’ve gotten a lot done this week from all the photos but really two of the projects took me less than five hours total. Here’s hoping I can magically knit down a bunch more of my stash before it’s time to move.