Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hexagon Madness

 I have been so stressed lately that I am trying much unable to focus on much of anything.  So many pretty projects lie waiting to be finished.
 So coming back to making these again, albeit in two different colorways was like seeing an old friend. And after a mad start at 2 in the morning, I was already well under way.

All the way back in May of 2011, I started making them the first time, and then finished a scarf. Easy to make, and so quick I feel so relieved which helps. Plus they make me so happy!!

Yarn: Noro Kirameki, 164 A and 156 B
Pattern: Hexagon How To by Lucy of Attic24

Friday, October 18, 2013

Slugs Ahoy

So due to my ardent love for my first cheezombie Santa Slug, I knew there would be more.
This one was inspired by the Cartoon network show, Chowder and the remarkable snail cars they drive in it. Also, after seeing Daron Parton’s snail with mobile camper attached to it:I KNEW WHAT HAD TO BE DONE!!
So of course, I set off to make a little slug with a vintage camper on its back. As I one day hope to have, in order to travel around the states- ‘glamping’ looks quite fun.
I originally was crocheting a camper, but it just didn’t look like I wanted. Not quite bubbly and weird enough. I made the eye stocks taller again. And used felt to make the black for the eyes, and all the sewing on the trailer.
All in all great project! Super fun.  Of course, Sheila had to come by and check that everything was ok. :)

Friday, October 4, 2013



I was very anxious to get this book,Juju's Loops by Juju Vail and Susan Cooper. I have two other books from Loop in London, and once this came out it had to be mine! I managed to get a friend’s daughter to bring me a copy from there to Texas. It was well worth it. Although the other shawl Brown Eyed Susan, was my initial favorite, I was swayed into knitting this one first somehow.
And wow! What a wonderful pattern. This one is called Prairie. Very well written, and luckily found all the errata before beginning. This was just the ticket to get me back into knitting lace. First of all I always appreciate it when the purl row doesn’t have any patterning, so that was nice.
It was my second time doing nupps, and I finally seemed to master making them. Of course, it helped that there were several hundred in the pattern. First time using Pashmina, and it was a lovely yarn. This colorway is Spectrum. Soft and the dye job was superb, full of rich colors. Although the color bled severely when I washed it, but I just used a little vinegar to help the color hold.
I have a feeling this will be a shawl I wear again and again.
Many thanks to my beautiful sister Jessica for modeling.
Many things have changed since I stopped, and I am hoping to get back to a regular blogging schedule.I haven't blogged in so long. I have almost forgotten what to do. ;) But this seemed like a good start.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lion Amigurumi

Crocheting this little guy was for my sister's birthday.  It was so fun!  
Plus he makes me giggle just to look at him.
Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hello Again

Hello again!

This year has been one of the most creative and best I can remember.  Somehow in all the rush I lost sight of this blog, for many reasons, and that makes me very sad.  I miss blogging very much and hope to get back in the swing of it. Here's to what's to come!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Attacken of the Kraken

One day I got the idea to make a little kraken.

Of course, it had to be pink :).

This little guy makes me so happy! Now I can whip him out and say quite loudly “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!”…

What more can a girl ask for?

He is my first knitted amigurumi. It was much easier than I had thought, but somewhat fiddly at first. I only used DPNs simply because I felt like it. I decided to make him out of sock yarn, put pipe cleaners in his tentacles, did felt for his eyes instead of yarn, and loved every minute of making him.

He is quite the little chef.

This was made with the Kraken pattern from the book Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits by Hansi Singh.

This song, With the Dark by They Might Be Giants, has a little squid as one of the characters. Thus making it one of my favorites :)

Have a great Sunday!


P.S. It's good to be back!
1. A Happy New Year from Mr. Squid, 2. VIDEO: Mr. Squid's Handmade Moment, 3. Red Devil LEGO Mosaic, 4. Stitched Science: Plarchie and the Plug, 5. squid4concep-flik, 6. Confused, 7. Squid , 8. Giant Stitched Squid – Darwin and the giant stitched squid, 9. What a Catch ACEO Collage, 10. Red Devilment, 11. A really giant giant squid, 12. Squid, 13. CephaloPod., 14. dream about the sea, 15. Laughing Squid Photo by Brian McCarty, 16. Squid #0524

Monday, May 30, 2011

Works in Progress

Sometimes when I think I have too many projects it helps if I take a step back and look at how far I have come in them.

Like my Noro Kirameki scarf,(first blogged about here),which I am about halfway done with now!

I decided to start putting them together as I went rather than wait until the end in a patchwork kind of way. I love how it is turning out :)

I am trying to get a head start on birthday gifts this year, especially given that almost all of mine last year were given out late. No more procrastination for me! So first up is a gift for my mom. I am making her a Vancouver Wrap, using Abstract Fiber Alto yarn.

I love linen stitch! It is pretty mindless and looks beautiful worked up. I learned how to do the tubular cast on because of this and I have to admit that it was super tedious, but looks so great!

The colors I chose were Snapdragon, Sangria, and Burnside Bridge.

Finally I am making myself a Catkin. I am using Tosh Merino Light in the colors Gilded and Lepidoptera. I really tried to not start it but I couldn't resist. I was counting down the days until this pattern was released; I was that excited.
I finished the first section and am onto the second.

Yay for happy projects!

Have a great Memorial Day!


the magical bean


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