The Knit Show

Hey, all!

You may have seen this around the interwebs, but Vickie Howell has a Kickstarter going on for a new knitting show:

Vickie & Co are currently at 80% of their goal with 6 days left! Let’s make this happen! ❤

For those who’d like more information on this Kickstarter, please click here or scan the QR code above.

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Make Over – Meat Boy Case

Howdy, y’all!

Today’s Make Over is about the Meat Boy DS case I made a while back. To refresh your memory (since it’s been almost 2 years!), here’s a picture of it:

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I originally made this to cover my 3DS but I never really liked it that much (let’s be real – it’s a little weird). So, it was placed inside my small box of finished items that I tend to forget about.

UNTIL NOW!

My husband was actually the one to remind me about it. About a month or so ago he picked up where he left off in Pokemon Blue (Or was it Red..?). Not important – but it’s from when he was 18! Anyway, since he was playing a  Gameboy game, he needed to use an older device. He didn’t want to carry around the massive OG Gameboy so he settled for the Gameboy SP. He realized that he doesn’t own a carrying case for it and asked if I had anything available or if I could make him one. Then he remembered I had made this wonky DS case and he wanted to see if it fit (width-wise, obviously). So, we journeyed to the Island of Misfit Toys – I mean, the box of crap – I mean, the box of finished items! and pulled this bad boy out.

Since the case was much too long for an SP, my husband suggested I tear out half of it to get to the appropriate size. He also requested that I have the button on the backside so the front just had Meat Boy’s cute little face.

He also suggested I make a Bandage Girl for our other SP! Haha!

Are you interested in seeing the play-by-play? No? Tough! Here it is anyway:

First off, I needed to see just how much needed to be removed. It was a good 2-3 inches!

Next came the unraveling!

Ewwww it looks like braaaaiiiiinnnsss!

Next, I made the loop on the front side instead of the back and attached the button.

Annnnnnnnnnnd all done!

Perfect fit! And Meat Boy looks much better! 🙂

What do you think? Better, right? His face could probably use a little update, but whatevs.

I like it!

Have a great weekend!

And Happy Anniversary to my husband and me! ❤

Smooches!

FO Friday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I finished my blanket! Woohoo!

This isn’t the best picture, but our house isn’t exactly clean right now. So… yeah. 😃

It’s just the right size for our couch but we may use it in the bedroom instead to throw on top of our comforter. It’s so soft and fuzzy!

It’s surprisingly heavy, too! I didn’t realize it when I’d move it from room to room (sounds silly, I know), but as soon as I wrapped it around myself, oh my goodness​!

Hopefully we get some cool weather again. We’ve had a crazy heatwave here recently. Soooo hot! 

Nothing else to report for now, but I should be working on some NEW stuff soon! Have a great weekend! 

It’s Moo and Mootwo!

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…see what I did there?

Heh. Heh. Heh.

I just finished up an Etsy order for BOTH of my Harvest Moon cows. I love making these guys – they are just too cute!

I took the chance to take a couple of new photos of them since the ones in the listings were a bit old and dark. Unfortunately, I took them at different times of day and you can totally tell. The  SNES cow was taken early in the morning which, I figured, would be the best time since the sun shines right into our kitchen window. However, it made it cast a bit of a shadow and is just a little too bright:

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SNES Harvest Moon Cow

 

For the other cow, I took the photos in the late afternoon which turned out to be a much better time. It was still pretty bright outside and I didn’t get as much of a shadow. I also used the blanket I’m working on as a background!

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Harvest Moon Cow

Huh. Actually, I guess this one’s brighter than the other! Hehe. But it shows off the colors nicely.

Those little cutie pies! 😀

Happy Sunday!

Rachel


Check out our other Harvest Moon items here!

WIP Wednesday – 3/1/17

I’m making some progress on my blanket. In fact, I’m almost done with it:

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I’d give you dimensions but my snazzy tape measure broke! 😦

 

I’ve definitely slowed down a lot compared to when I first began. When I first started, I blew through 2 skeins in one day and went to the store to buy more. In total I’ve used about 6 skeins for this blanket (which is really only supposed to be a throw blanket as I mentioned in my last WIP post). I’m about to attach the FINAL skein which should make it just big enough to spread on the couch. The last skein will add on a little less than a foot which should make it about the same size as me.

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The skein is roughly the same height that it will be adding to the blanket.

 

So, basically, I made a Rachel-size blanket! Sorry, honey – this is Mama’s blanket!

I still think this is turning out very pretty. The different shades work so well together and I’m glad I went with the grey/beige colorway and not the tan/beige one. Plus, it matches our couch better (which wasn’t the point)!

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So warm. So fuzzy!

 

This will most likely be the last blanket I crochet for a while aside from (maybe) a baby blanket. But who knows? This is already turning out to be a much more yarn-filled year than last year!

I’m also working on some Harvest Moon cows for an Etsy order at the moment. I’m taking my time on those, too, but I need to get crackin’!

What are you working on this week?

The Not-So-Grouchy Ladybug

My son absolutely LOVES Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug.

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I don’t recall ever seeing it growing up, but I read a lot of Carle’s other stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? It’s a nice feeling to read a kid’s book for the first time along with your child. I think one of the main reasons he likes it so much is how it’s read – such as voice inflection and enthusiasm. For a while, we had to read it multiple times in a row (and at one point we may have even hidden it) but now we’ve moved onto other stories. We still read it at bedtime on occasion and he even quotes it once in  a while.

Needless to say, when a customer messaged me on Etsy about making a ladybug, I definitely took it into consideration. I figured that if I made one and didn’t think it worthy of my customer, I’d just give it to my son and say it was the Grouchy Ladybug.

Luckily, I was very happy with how it turned out!

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I sent a few pictures to my customer and she absolutely loved it! I was so happy that she liked it as much as I did. So, a listing was created, the invoice paid, and this cute, little bug was shipped out right away.

See? It never hurts to ask a seller if they’d be willing to do a custom order despite the fact that they don’t normally do them. 🙂

I’m planning on making another one to make sure my pattern is all there (I’ve been known to leave off instructions for various pieces) and will be adding it to my shop. I figure it might be a good idea to include some items that aren’t video game characters. A little variety never hurt anyone! I should have a listing for this little guy up in a few weeks at the most. I just need to finish up some Etsy orders!

I’m actually considering making a few more characters/animals from some of my son’s other favorite books/shows. I need to make a list of things I’d like to make. I’ve made one before, but I only got around to making a few. A lot of what I wrote down either intimidated me or didn’t seem as good of an idea as when I wrote it down. At the moment, the next item on my list is “Whacka” from Super Paper Mario on the N64:

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My brother asked me about a month ago to make one for him and I’ve (sort of) looked into it. Sure, the body is easy enough, but what about the dirt/rocks?! Hmmm… I have some ideas that I may have to test run, but that’s all part of the fun! I just need to make sure I don’t tie off anything during the testing process so the yarn doesn’t go to waste if I need to frog it (I’m awful at that – I’ve thrown away numerous feet, etc). But this looks like a fun project – I love little Whacka! He’s so cute.

I’m always open to suggestions – video game characters or otherwise! Just leave a comment or send me an Etsy message! 🙂

As always, thanks for reading!

-Rachel

WIP Wednesday 2/15/17

Hello and Happy (late) Valentine’s Day! I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday whether it was with friends, family, or your significant other! ❤

My Valentine’s Day went well starting off with introducing my 2 1/2-year-old to preschool! I won’t lie to you – during that less than 5 minute drive I went through just about every emotion possible. As one of my friends said, “Starting any child in school, whether elementary or preschool, is bittersweet.” And it truly is! It means that your child is no longer a baby (regardless of the fact that you still call him “baby” out of habit) and is turning into a kid. But the sight of him playing with the other 2-year-olds and doing school-related activities just made me so happy. He’ll only be attending one day a week for the time being (because the other class is full at the moment) but I believe it will still be enough for him for now.

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Valentine’s Day projects

 

After that adventure, it was really just our usual day aside from the beautiful roses my hubby surprised me with. 🙂

And now for the main part of this post: my WIP.

A few weeks back, I had to make a run to Jo-Ann’s to find some yarn for an Etsy order (Michael’s NEVER has what I want. Ugh). After I picked up what I needed, we browsed around the yarn section to see what deals they had going on. In a bin right outside the fiber area was this:

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So soft and fluffy!

 

Isn’t this just the oddest yarn EVER? It’s called the Bernat Home Bundle, and I’ve never seen it before. My MIL and I were so intrigued by this and wondered how it would look all worked up, that we bought 3 skeins of it for a small afghan. When I got home, and finished up my order, this blanket was the next project I took up.

It’s such a weird yarn to use because it has 4 different textures/styles. But that’s also what makes it so neat because I get to experience these different textures that I (probably) would never use on their own. And what I like the most about it is how quickly it works up since the yarn is so thick! I’m using the biggest hook I own which, I think, is a size P (it’s not marked on my hook). Has anyone else used this yarn? What did you make?

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We’ve got fleecy, ropey, fuzzy, and twirly.

 

Thus far, the only thing that really bothers me is how the different pieces of yarn are connected:

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Bleh.

 

It looks sloppy and unappealing but, in reality, how else can it be connected without threads? It would look even worse if they were just tied together. It does leave you with a few weird spots as you go along, but that’s really only if you get this join right in the middle of a stitch:

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Not too noticeable… unless you’re looking closely.

 

All in all, it’s a very pretty skein of yarn and it works up nicely. I was just trying to make a simple throw to use on the couch so it’s not very big. However, I think I made it just a bit too wide at 90 stitches (~47″) because I’m, more or less, ending up with one row of each yarn whereas I wanted it to blend in a bit more. Kind of like when you’re using a long variegated yarn and you end up with a row of pink, then a row of purple, then a row of blue instead of a mix of the colors together. But I’ve come too far to frog it so I’m going to keep on going. As I’m adding in new skeins, it does change it up a smidge even though I’m trying my best to keep it the same.

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Pretty neat, right?

I’m on my 3rd (4th? I can’t remember…) skein now and am at about 30″ long. But this does work up quickly and if it’s a little shorter than I wanted, that’s okay. It’s not supposed to fit on a bed or anything. Just something to throw on while on the couch playing games or watching TV. I’ve been slightly preoccupied recently so it has been set aside, but I want to start working on it again and finish it up (I don’t want another unfinished blanket like this one).

Aside from this blanket, I’ve been working on some Etsy orders and even did a custom one! But I’m going to make a separate post for that, so keep an eye out! 🙂

Thanks for tuning in! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Rachel