bag, grade C, tiny

Tiny handbag– perfect for a can of Spaghettios.

This is supposed to be a cell phone cozy, I think. It’s perfect for holding Spaghettios! I put the can in there to demonstrate the bag’s size, but now I just find it funny. Don’t mind me; I tend to laugh at my own jokes a lot more than everyone else does.

This pattern is about a C. Try it here: Scroll down to the bottom for directions in English, unless you are fluent in reading Italian.

As for the pattern’s instructions, somewhere the stitches didn’t line up, or I misinterpreted, but I got confused and it’s not the same on both sides of the bag. It’s not bad, but I probably wouldn’t sell this to anyone. Somewhere in the turning of the bag clockwise, and sew straps on here — I almost sewed the straps on the wrong sides, because that’s how turned around I got. I’m unimpressed by that, because this bag looks SO simple in the pictures, and I’m fairly certain I could find a youtube video explaining it without any problems (and I probably should have). If any of you reading try this and want to give me some additional tips in the comments, I’d love to see them.

Actually, it’s about the right size for a cell phone and not much else. If you carry a small wallet, this may work. The pattern doesn’t include the flower – that’s something I looked up on youtube at some point in the past and sewed on because I wasn’t 100% happy with this. Since it matched far too well, I also added an outline and put a different colored center on it. I hope I didn’t add too much, actually.

The nice part is that this little bag takes a really small amount of yarn, and I’m sure with a thicker yarn or a larger hook I could have made this much larger and actually had a handbag that I (mother and teacher and crocheter, ergo generally large handbag carrier) would like to carry.

Wee cell cozy/hand bag. Perfect for hanging on your wall.

Wee cell cozy/hand bag. Perfect for hanging on your wall, or carrying around Sphaghettios. Or, if you want to be practical, your cell phone and a tiny wallet. 

grade C, slipper, toddler

Pirate Booty(es)

Here be pirate booties. (Forgive the bad image editing – I was trying to blur some of the tiny strings of white – they’re not nearly so obvious in person as the camera picked up. Cameras are weird).

The pattern says these are going to be from size six months to 1 year, roughly. The author of the pattern didn’t expect me, I suppose. I used a small hook for this, but as usual the looseness of my crocheting ended up making much larger booties than I planned. Which, as it turns out, is good, because I have a three year old who loved these.

However: loose crocheting for booties, along with a soft yarn (which seemed necessary when making something for one’s feet, after all) made the soles soft enough that the booties just fall off of my son’s feet. The soles simply fold over and the booties fall off. I think the best option here would be to somehow attach these to something firmer for the soles, so that they’ll stay on my son’s feet. I think what I’m going to do is buy some shoe inserts and cut them to the appropriate size and sew them to the bottom.

This is a free Red Heart Pattern:

I give the pattern a C+ – it’s a little confusing here and there when working the sole, and the heels don’t meet with the front well at all – if you notice from the picture i learned from the first bootie and did it corrected the problem on the second one, and enlarged the toe to fit the bootie as a whole better. If you do this, make the toe BEFORE you do ankle part, so that when you complete the ankle, you can verify the the toe portion will reach the ankle, and that will improve the whole bootie a great deal.

However, dang these things are cute! As soon as I have something firmer to complete the sole, I’m certain my son would wear these often (if he didn’t have a pair of Spider Man slippers. Spider Man, unfortunately, takes precedence over everything else in my house, except race cars).

booties 12.2014

Amigirumi, fantasy, lopsided, PITA

The Lopsided dragon

Here we have my little lopsided dragon. I’m tempted to call this little guy Quasimodo, because I can’t sew straight to save my life. Well, considering you’re looking at my second ever Amirugumi, I suppose it’s not the worst. I may break down and remove the forehead horn and place it a little closer to the top, like the one on the right, but that depends mostly on whether I intend to sell it (shop here: ) or just give it away, or let my son claim it, as he tries to do with almost everything I make.

Anyway. here’s the pattern:

I LOVE this site. She’s got tons of adorable creations, she has no qualms about letting the makers of her patterns sell them, there is lots of free ones, and her directions are beautifully specific. Nothing in her directions is vague. My sole complaint came from the wings, and this may be that I’m misreading her directions, but they came out looking like a pair of rhombuses. (That is the plural of rhombus; I checked!) Either way, I had to do some fiddling to fix that. Also, I would have liked to do the wings in the same color as the rest of the dragon, which is actually in a greener green than the picture appears (natural lighting isn’t as great as everyone says) but I ran pretty low on yarn towards the end.

The funniest part of this? There are SO.MANY.FRIGGIN.PIECES! I’m not joking. There are absolutely 20 pieces to this little bugger, and with sewing the body in two colors, and sewing every single piece on by hand, this took me well over two days, and that’s with me not working (I teach. I have Christmas break. I’m not jobless.) Anyway, I made the pupils of the eyes, too (I just made a magic circle of 6, and then two single crochets in each, and then fastened off. Super simple). I did that because I don’t want to buy safety eyes. They’re not that safe, anyway –my dog could’ve chewed those out in 11 seconds flat, and did several times.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

One million pieces for my dragon. And my coffee.

What makes this awesome? I should’ve said it right off. She pays very close attention to detail, even listing carefully when each piece ought to be sewn on, and adding a decrease to indicate feet on the legs, when most people would’ve just made plain old posts for legs. It’s so adorable, and carefully crafted. However, I must warn makers of this dragon: if you are not a very, super, uber tight crocheter, learn to crochet tighter, because even a smaller needle may not save you with this one.

So, anyway, A+ for awesome, if quite challenging. I can do complicated lace, but I don’t know if I want to take this guy on again for awhile. The fact that he’s lopsided is entirely my own fault.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

Side view. Loving the little ridge line on his back.

Amigirumi, christmas, PITA

Unicorn amigurumi

Pattern grade: A-

This unicorn looked deceptively simple to me. I started to do the picture posted at the bottom of my 1500 odd pins, but it does not lead to a pattern, alas. So, I used this one:

That comes from Ravelry, and if you haven’t signed up for Ravelry and you like to knit or crochet, that’s simply a travesty. You MUST! There are bazillions of free patterns. Most of the cutest ones are not free, but this one is, and it’s pretty dang cute.

Small amigirumi stuff is a pain, and that Crayola brand yarn that I mentioned in the last post still frays like crazy. I’ve nearly used up the entire skein, though, so I’ll stop complaining about it soon, since Crayola doesn’t make it any more. I’ve used up antique yarn! Maybe I shouldn’t have done that. Oh well.

My primary complaints about this, aside from the cuteness that makes it nearly irresistible, are that 1 – I was under the delusion that somehow I wouldn’t have sew on every.single.piece. and that there are parts where the patterns says, “decrease” and gives no indication as to how to decrease. I know how, mercifully, but if one were reading this and didn’t, I could see that as frustrating. There is more than one way to decrease! It’s uncivilized to spike my anxiety by making me wonder if I’m doing the wrong one.

I sewed my own eyes rather than do what the directions said (sew on safety eyes) and once again, I used one size smaller hook than instructed, mostly because I cannot find my F hook, but using an E was a good idea for me, because I tend to work more loosely than average. My son wants one of these now, and I’d rather sew my own eyes with yarn onto my eyelids. It’s awfully cute, but it’s an abominable pain in the ass to stitch together (henceforward PITA for short and for the rare sensitive soul who might read. Or the rare soul in general!

The bottom of the hooves and the horn are in Martha Stewart Lemon Chiffon and the hair, while the original was each strand in a different color, I chose a multi colored baby yarn (the brand of which I no longer recall.)

I think I may post this one on my Etsy page!