MillaMia Yarn From LoveKnitting

The nice people at LoveKnitting sent me some yarn to try out.  Yay!  Yarn!  What I received in the mail yesterday was three balls yarn from their Scandinavian line, MillaMiaThe yarn is Naturally Soft Cotton, it comes in 50 gram balls, a it is a sport weight yarn.

The weather just got as hot as blazes around here in Pennsylvania, and I like to use cotton yarn during warm weather, so I was glad to see this yarn.  Secondly, I dig the colors I was sent, too.  I’m not normally a yellow person, but this is a nice yellow.  It’s called Lemon Yellow, the orange is Tomato, and the red is Bright Red.

First impressions?  Nice yarn!  It’s soft, the colors are bright, and it seems to be well made.  But, how does it knit?  That’s the important question.

So far, it knits quite beautifully!  I am only a few rows into a simple lacy shawl, The Tuscon Lattice Shawl from One Skein Designer Wonders.  I have knit this shawl quite a few times.  It’s easy to memorize.

With the colors I was sent, I had an idea as to how to incorporate them into the shawl.  When it’s done, I’ll share what I did, of course, but for now, here’s a sampling of what I’ve done so far.

Cast on Shawl

To start with, the yarn seems to have decent stitch definition, and isn’t too slippery to use or splits, like some cotton yarns tend to do.

I probably will some yarn left over from the shawl, so I’ll be able to put the yarn through paces with other projects, maybe something with crochet. I could see this yarn making lovely dishcloths and only getting softer with use.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton is a Swedish wonder!  I like it!

Check out LoveKnitting and see what other great yarns and patterns they have.  You can also share your projects, and learn new techniques.  It’s a great one-stop experience for any knitter.

 

Crocheting Like a Mad Woman

Sometimes I like to mix things up and do a little crochet for a while.  This past weekend I was crocheting like a mad woman!  I finished the above elephant, yes, that’s what it’s supposed to be, and did another project, too.

What really inspired me to do this was to up my crochet game a little bit.  I wanted to learn mostly how to decrease and increase stitches.  I did accomplish decreasing with said elephant above.

I learned that from an impulse buy magazine that I got at the grocery store check out line.  It’s simply called “Crochet” and is put out by PIL.

Crochet by PIL

It’s actually a pretty decent book!  It takes you through the basic techniques of crochet, and gives you eleven projects you can do with your newly learned skills.  The elephant is one.

Beady eyed elephant

Elephant from the side.

Yeah, he’s over stuffed, but he’s cute.  I like this stuffie!  Now, I’m suddenly interested in amigurumi.

Second, I did a case for my Nintendo 2DS, using the tablet case pattern from the above book.  I just didn’t do the cool chevron pattern repeat as much, since my 2DS is a bit smaller than a tablet.

Crochet 2DS case

So, that’s what I accomplished over the weekend!  Crocheting is always a nice change of pace for me, since I’m still pretty much learning the basics of it.  It’s fun!

Stuffies WITH Faces

My stuffies are done!  Rather than got through the frustration of embroidering on their features, as the pattern called for, I decided to go a different route.  Either way, say hello to my stuffies WITH faces above!

Looking at the photo, you can tell what I did.  I got some pom poms, and grabbed my fabric glue.  Boom!  My stuffies came alive with their facial features.

As a side note, I’m was holding my dog back as I was taking the photo for this post.  He loves stuffed toys, and enjoys eviscerating them with glee.  Sorry, boy, these aren’t for you!

So, that’s the end of my stuffie saga.  If you’d like, catch up on the rest of the story here and here.

And, to conclude, the pattern for these critters comes from Annie’s Knit Animal Friends, and you can get it for Kindle over on Amazon.

Stuffies Without Faces

Yup! My stuffies from Annie’ Knit Animal Friends are coming along, though they are currently stuffies without faces.  I’m still deciding on how to go about that.  I’ll tell you why I don’t want to do what the patterns recommend in a sec.

First of all, the doggie looks much better than the anemic-ly stuff rabbit.  As I said in my previous post, I didn’t have enough stuffing for him.  He doesn’t look bad, just, well, sad.

I did get more poly fiber fill, as the very full doggie shows.

Now, as to why there are no eyes on both and a nose of the dog.  The pattern calls for simple embroidery, like the satin stitch and the straight stitch.  As you can sort of tell on the rabbit, I attempted to do the satin stitch for his eye.  It looked horrible, so I sort of tore it out.

I tried buttons.  With what button I had, it didn’t look right.  What should I do?  I open to suggestions.  I’m learning towards gluing googly eyes on them, too, but I don’t have them right now.  I think little pom poms might work, as well.  Ideas?

So, that’s where my stuffies are are the moment.  If you are interested in checking out the Kindle edition, click on the affiliate link photo below.

WIP Wednesday: Knit Bunny

So, lately I have been knitting stuffed toys from Knit Animals Friends by Annie’s, and I’m doing finishing work on a bunny and am working on a dog as a follow up.  The photo at the top is where I left off with the bunny.  He’s taking shape!

I decided to knit toys because I came across the pamphlet of patterns that I had purchased a while ago.  And, I had poly fill, but apparently not enough for Mr. Incomplete Bunny up there.

It’s been fun to knit these toys.  Each animal starts off with a basic shape and basic sweater.  All of them have similar finishing, but embellishments, ears, noses, and muzzles make them different animals.  It’s a neat ideas and very smart.

I’ve had to keep an especially hard eye on Sputnik when working on the stuffed toy because he thinks all stuffed animals are his to destroy.  Silly doggo.

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, you can get it for Kindle.  Click on the affiliate link below if you are interested.

Guilty

Has it really been over a month since I last posted?  That’s bad, and I’m guilty of being a bad blogger.  To be honest, I needed a break.  I was burned out on writing and even a little bit with knitting.

I’m a little more re-energized now.  I concentrated on a different things, like crocheting my aunt a trio of dishcloths and drawing a lot, and am ready to dive back into knitting a little more.

My Snowflake Sweater is short a sleeve, but I will finish it.  The weather has turned warm here, and my chances of wearing it soon are slim.  I’ll probably finish it is the summer, but to be honest, that sweater was a part of my burn out.

So, as a change of pace, I’m actually working on stuffed toys.  I elaborate on them in another post soon.

I hope get back to posting regularly now.  Would you please forgive my lack of writing?  I’m back in the saddle.  Actually, writing this short post is a weight off my shoulders.  I’m relieved.

Let’s Connect on Spoonflower!

I have been having fun designing fabric around some of my original colored pencil drawings over on Spoonflower.  Have an account over there?  Let’s connect!My designs aren’t for sale right now, but as soon as the samples I am getting are proofed, they should be.  Still, I’d love to see what you are doing on Spoonflower, too.

Ah, the proofs.  That’s the one catch I’m not a big fan about on Spoonflower.  You have to buy at least a fat quarter size piece of fabric with your print on it to review before you can sell it.  I can see what they do that;  they want good, quality work that works well as a fabric on their site.  Still, that about $10.00 per square…..hmmm.

On the other hand, their editing and social media tools seem great!  I’ve enjoyed playing with their tools to see how I can get my designs to look their best.  They’ve even integrated with PicMonkey which I use anyway, to make your stuff even look more spiffy.

I’m using drawing that I’ve done, like the funky tulip up there.  If you want to see more of my drawings, head on over to my Facebook page where I feature them.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would!

Otherwise, let me know if you’re over on Spoonflower.  Leave your shop link in the comments so others can take a look, too.