Thursday, 22 January 2015

procrastination is my second name

What do normal people do at 1 a.m., if they need to get up and get ready for work at 6 a.m.? Hm... Sleep, maybe? Guess what I do at 1 a.m. on a weekday. Bingo!!!

My Let's-make-something-silly inner hamster won over Go-and-write-your-paper, Finish-your-pullover and Go-to-bed-at-once inner hamsters. Besides, you know, roses are red, violets are blue, piglets are pink and so are you... As I have an enormous amount of work to procrastinate on, the pattern will be ready soon! Oink-oink..

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

sneak peek

A tiny sneak peek into my recently finished work.. I have plenty of patterns scribbled on pieces of paper, copybooks and other suitable stuff, none of them printed or translated. But lately I have decided to keep them in some proper form and share them with people around the world. The Elf Sheep was the pilot sample. And now, let me introduce my most loved and most often crocheted Stripey. Ta-dam!

I first made him 4 or 5 years ago. Once looking through a sock dolls site I saw a strange sock creature with stripes and a nonchalant air and lost my mind. The test pattern was created in two-evenings time (actually, I stayed up till 3 a.m. adjusting the details). He didn't have any food-provision facilities then, but he had pockets and the nonchalant air that made me stay awake all weekend. Today he has a backpack (or a lunch bag, or a messenger bag) and something delicious in it. The basic pattern includes a pear, but I will post patterns for a carrot and an apple in this blog a little later. After the pattern is tested and checked, it will bу released via ravelry.

One of my New Year resolutions is crossed out from the list.

Monday, 19 January 2015

WIP and Batman

There's a proverb in Russia about a shoemaker without shoes, and it's me. Although having crocheted for 20 something years, I have only made 2 more or less big clothing pieces for myself: a mesh summer top at highschool and a pullover at university. There are, of course, several hats, cowls and plans for a wedding dress, but nothing ambitious to date. One day I bought a bunch of yarn (5 100 g skeins for a beret - don't ask me why, I was hypnotized or somewhat), and after finishing the beret still got 4,5 skeins left. I looked through my favourite Vogue Crochet 2012 (I made so many Bobble Hats for myself and my friends and still in love with them!)
 and stumbled upon the amazing Lace Pullover by Dora Ohrenstein (how could I miss it?!)
I made several alterations to match my yarn and size, and the lacy-ness. So, it's about 1/3 complete and I hope to finish it by spring..
And the second project is the awesome Batman designed by Serah Basnet from Tales of Twisted Fibers.
I'd been walking around this pattern for months and then just sat down, and 2 episodes of Mentalist, 2 of Supernatural and the last half of the 4th season of the Big Bang Theory later he's ready. Besides, he perfectly matches my sweatshirt from LookHuman because I definitely like my men tall, dark and Batman. And I'm thinking about making a superhero cape for him...
He's protecting my working space from co-workers, stealing my nuts and apples...

P.S.: There's only one sweet lady willing to test my pattern so far. No more volunteers?

UPD: Made Batman a little superhero cape.. But he strongly reminds me of Dracula..

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

to ravelry users

Oh gosh!!! Guys, your attention to my elf sheep today is very inspirational! Thank you very much!

And now a little request... As I am a non-native speaker of English, I would very much appreciate any help with patterns. So, I need 5 testers to check and test the pattern announced in the previous post. Anyone willing to make Lettuce? In my turn, I can offer the volunteers the Lettuce pattern free of charge with the permission to sell finished items.