Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Compulsive Yarn Shopping

I had no intention of buying yarn when I walked into my LYS today. I ONLY wanted a couple of size 1 needles. I want to teach myself to knit a pair of socks at the same time on 2 needles and I needed this size to get gauge for my Shibui sock yarn. I did get the needles, then I got sucked in. All the pretty skeins were calling for me.

If you wandered into a yarn shop and saw this yarn, you'd buy it too. It's Dream in Color Baby lace weight yarn. Happy Forest is the colorway and happy it is. It's so bright and cheery I couldn't help not putting it back on the shelf. I thought, "I'll just buy one skein."

I headed to the register to pay and then the swirl shawl I had a pattern of at home caught my eye. This lace yarn would be soooo pretty in this pattern. I asked the shop employee if the yarn I'm purchasing would work for this pattern. YES. How much yardage do I need? You'll need 2 skeins. Oh crap. Back to the shelf I went. I bought 2 skeins. There's another color called "Blue Lagoon" that is gorgeous. I had to hold back from buying it until I can come up with a project I'll use it for.

I need a little happy today. All this yardage is worth every penny.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sweet Bunny

This is by far my most favorite amigurumi I've crocheted to date. Crocheting it was easy. Sewing the appendages was not. I moved and re-sewed his legs 3 times before I was satisfied with the way he looked!

He's made out of cotton/acrylic yarn. Cotton isn't my favorite to work with. It looks great but so rough on my hands. He has a cushy scarf made out of extra merino wool I had from my left over stash. I would've finished yesterday had it not been for the crappy neighborhood Michael's. They had a million googly eyes with adhesive backing. Not one pair of safety eyes was found. I went to Jo-ann's at lunch today and found safety eyes in many different sizes.

I need to take a break from amigurumi before my house is covered in them.

Bubba loved his Invincibility Star that I made for him. I'm renaming the little guy "Biscuit" though. The dog thought it was a Scooby snack. Biscuit is OK. Just a little drooled on.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Because Everyone Needs Invincibility

Super Mario Invincibility Star

I was browsing through one of flickr's amigurumi photo pools and came across this Super Mario Invincibility Star. I thought "this is perfect for Bubba!". He's very much a gamer and even dressed as Mario of Super Mario Bros. for Halloween a couple years go. I also had yellow yarn I've had in stash forever that I didn't know what to do with. I had a lot of down time at work and whipped this little guy up in a day. Easy peasy.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Amigurumi Mushroom

Amigurumi Mushroom
Originally uploaded by Filipina Sakura.

I'm churning out these toys like a factory! Well, not really but they're really quick to make in a few hours. It's the best kind of instant gratification.

Mannn it's really hard photographing red and white together. I tried my best to soften up the colors.


I finished the baby snail from the kit. Here's the whole family!
Amigurumi Snails and Mushroom

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Cutie Hootie

I finished up my second Amigurumi project...Hoot Hoot. What should've taken me less than 2 days took almost a week to finish. Sheesh. I thought I got my stitch count all wrong by the time I was almost done with the body. I had to put Hootie down for a couple days and breathe before I sent him flying across the room. I ripped it all out and started over.

I didn't have brown embroidery floss so I just took what brown yarn I had left from the kit and stripped it down to 2 strands. Stitching in the ears and wings in the correct place was a challenge but it turned out ok. I was trying my best to not make it look like a blue bald headed alien and more like an adorable owl.