Warm and green

Back in November work was sucking big time. To cope with my crappy days, I seem to have gone on a bit of a retail therapy bender on Eat. Sleep. Knit. At some point, I bought a single skein of Squoosh Fiber Arts Ultra Worsted in Bud – which is a really pretty shade of green…kind of fresh grass, but not. I’ll be honest, I had no recollection of buying it. When it showed up in my box, I seriously had no clue when I added it to the cart. I remember liking it, but not actually buying it. Ah well…eventually I’d find something to make with it.

Fast forward a couple months and I’m working on my Stash Down for the year (need to make room for more yarn). I’d completed one project and was ready to move on to another. This pretty green yarn seemed like just the thing to use, but what to make? I didn’t want anything too complicated, after all, I had a serious binge watch of Friends to attend to. I decided on a cowl with an eyelet pattern I found in my stitch dictionary. It only took a couple of days (and 1.5 seasons of Friends) to complete.

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That’s 2 stash down projects done! I’m not even sure how many to go (eek!).

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The Valentine’s Day Surprise

I have been working on a Sooper Seekrit! project. I cannot hope to convey how excited I was to make this.

One of my Ravelry friends posted this pic & link to a pattern a little while back.

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From the moment I saw it I knew exactly what the Hubs was getting for Valentine’s Day. I can’t really explain it, but he enjoys the Gangnam Style song far more than is reasonable for a grown man.

So, I made this:

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And, oh yeah, it plays the Gangnam Style song. That’s right! I put a chip in it to make it play music.

Who is super awesome? (And quite possibly, a bit weirder than necessary?) Yep…I AM!

A quick look back

Before we get too far into 2013, I thought it could be fun to take a look back at 2012 and some of the projects I made last year.

First, some interesting figures:

  • In 2012, I made 74!! knitted or crocheted items (likely more than that since I probably didn’t enter them all into Ravelry)…that’s compared to only about 20 items in 2011.
  • Out of those 74 items, 42 were crocheted and 32 were knitted. A whopping, but unsurprising, 58% of the things I made last year were hats. But I actually got brave and knitted 3 shawls as well – which is a big deal because until the very end 2011 I had never made any shawls at all.

And about those hats…

  • Hello Kitty & Minnie Mouse were/are the overwhelming favorites with nearly 40% of all of the hats I made last year being one or the other – Hello Kitty just edging Minnie out by 2 hats.

So yeah – that’s a lot of stuff! Here are some of my personal favorites from the past year:

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How about you? What’s your favorite thing you made (or did, for my non-crafters) last year?

More than meets the eye!

When a friend of mine requested a Transformers hat for her son, I figured that it would be no problem. I mean, it’s Transformers. Someone has to have made a pattern right?

Yeah, not so much.

I searched as many of the corners of the internet as I could think of. All to no avail. I did find one crocheted Transformer hat on Etsy, but she was only selling the finished product not the pattern. My only recourse was to write a pattern myself. It was a really fun challenge since, although I’ve improvised before, I’ve never actually written a pattern down.

Here’s what I came up with:

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What do you think?