Sunday, April 18, 2010

An apple a day...

The pretty much only reason I wanted to learn crochet was to make amigurumi toys. Cute little things that you have no idea what to do with, but they're cute, so you make them anyway.
I'd like to say I practiced and practiced, mastered the art of crochet and THEN tried amigurumi, but I'd be lying. I'm far too impatient for that. So I chose a simple pattern, and grabbed a hook. And this is what an inexperienced crocheter's amigurumi looks like.
Not too bad, no?
The pattern is Amigurumi Apple by Lion Brand. Simple and quick. I did mess up in a few places, of course. I dropped my paper clip marker couple of times and after that I couldn't tell where the beginning of the round was.
So it's not really symmetrical as far as decreases and increases go. But that's okay, real apples aren't symmetrical either.

And here's a work in progress. Redwork cross stitch. This will probably go on my wall when I finish it. Red to match the color of my couch.

Edited to add : It has been brought to my attention that my apple looks more like a pear. I wondered why that is, and I'm ashamed to say it took me a while to realize that I SEWED THE LEAF AND THE STEM ON THE WRONG END OF THE APPLE!!

Obviously, this is how an apple looks like. The sad thing is, I didn't even notice, until romantales pointed it out. Sometimes you just don't see things that are staring you right in the face. Thanks romantales!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sexy (Vesty) Time

Finally finished the Sexy Vesty. It feels like I've been knitting it for ages. Turns out it took me a month. Way too much time for a sleeveless vest. I blame the black. And the rainy weather we've been having. All that squinting in poor light, trying to see what I was doing with small black stitches can't be good for my eyes.

I don't think I'll be knitting any black stuff anytime soon. The pattern doesn't even show, it's hard to take a decent picture and you almost go blind while knitting.

But the vest is done,it looks okay and sadly it's not for me. All that's left now is blocking and a trip to the post office, so that I can send it to my friend. I just hope it will fit her. A warm 100% merino vest, just in time for sunny 18 C temperatures. Well, better late than never, right?

Pattern: Sexy Vesty
Yarn: GGH Merino Soft, 4 skeins
Needles: 3 and 3,5 mm
Time it took: about 30 days