I seriously doubt anyone checks my blog anymore, but I'm sorry to say that in a couple of weeks, my blog will be officially deleted. School has just gotten in the way too much, and I don't hav etime for knitting at the moment :( Someday I'll be back!
Another long-delayed FO Friday is here, and I have my first (non-secret) FO in a while! Introducing October Owlet, my entry to the Ravellenic Games and the August Designer's Challenge. This month's challenge, in a nutshell, was to create a stuffed bird using less than one skein of yarn.
I thought this was one of the easier challenges- for once, I didn't have to ponder how to fit in one of the requirements for the challenge. Instead, this one was a quick, easy design.
If you read my WIP Wednesday post, you know that I mentioned a "surprise" that topped off the design. That surprise is the embroidery. I think the bright colors and unique design adds a lot of depth and interest to the overall FO.
I think that the little things, like the embroidery are the charmingly rustic felt eyes, are what really make this design adorable. They add personality to it and a sense of whimsy.
Other than the finishing touches, the entire design is painfully simple, with easy stockinette stitch and a few slipped stitches to give some clean, boxy edges. Since the design is so easy, I probably won't be posting it, but a tutorial for the embroidery is definitely an option. (Let me know what you think in the comments!)
I'll let you know when the Designer's Challenge poll is up so you can vote for your favorite, but for now, go check out the other adorable entries!
WIP Wednesday is back, this time with a nifty banner! As you may have noticed, my blog has been going through a few changes. Along with a new banner and change of main font and color, I've also made a new memes page, and I've been going through the archives and resizing most of the photos to a larger size that fits nicely into the columns of text.
But seriously. Resizing all of those photos by hand. This is going to take a while.
On a different note, here's a sneak peek of my latest WIP! I haven't gotten too far on this, so I'll keep it a surprise for now. As you might have guessed, it's an owl- but it's not your typical owl. All I have to say is that a crucial piece of this project is still missing, and it will (hopefully) make the entire thing look much more unique.
Owlet, my own design, is going to be competing for the Designers Challenge team in the Ravellic Games- go designers! I'm a huge fan of everything about this design so far. The shaping is working out surprisingly well. The yarn, super bulky, is light and fluffy. If everything goes as planned, I should be able to pull the entire design together with a few crucial final touches to give it personality.
I'm really excited to see how my Owlet comes out... Also, keep an eye out for a possible FO Friday or Spotlight Saturday in the next few days- it seems like a frequent posting week for me!
As some of you might have noticed, I haven't blogged in a few weeks. Don't worry- I have a good explanation for this. I've been at writing camp for the last three weeks. It was a ton of fun, but I didn't have any opportunities at all to use the Internet. To make up for it, here are some long-overdue pictures of my handspun yarn!
I finished this yarn within the first few days of the Tour de Fleece, and it ended up being my main Tour de Fleece effort, considering the fact that camp also took up more than half of the Tour.
Still, that doens't mean I'm ashamed with my Tour efforts- this may be my one and only FO of the Tour, but I absoutely love it. It's a gorgeous color and has a tweedy texture that I haven't experimented with much before.
Hopefully I can do some more drumcarding and spinning like this in the future, because I love it!
Look for posts about the Ravellenic Games in the future too, and hopefully a giveaway or Spotlight Saturday to make up for the long blog hiatus!
I'm realliy proud of this design. It took me a few attempts until the layout and photos were just how I wanted them, but my perfection paid off! I think the layout of the pattern is really neat and clean, and the photos are just how I hoped they would look. Overall, I'm really happy with the design.
Apparently people on Ravelry agree with me, because for the first time in my designing career, my design is number seven on the "hot right now" page! In other words, lots of Ravelers have recently looked at my design. It's a big accomplishment for me, and really exciting!
The pattern has a new, simple but decorative layout and includes instructions for both a solid version and a striped version of the shawlette. (Plus, it has lots of pretty pictures.)
You can buy Lykia from Ravelry for just $3.00! I would really appreciate it if you looked at the pattern page or bought the pattern. Thanks for your support!