I live in a part of the world where winters are frigid and frosty and frozen and for the most part downright miserable. But also where the summers are sunny and steamy and sweltering and for the most part downright miserable. It’s called the Midwest, and it sucks sometimes. Not all the time mind you, this winter has been exceptionally mild, especially after the blizzard we had last February.
Most of my knitting and crocheting is focused around the winter months. My Ravelry projects page (which is TOTALLY an accurate depiction of my yarning, I swear. Only not.) has no less than 4 hats and 6 scarves. Another hat (that isn’t shown on my Ravelry projects page, HA!) can be seen here, after doing a very good job of protecting my head from the aforementioned blizzard.
My summer months are spent in a constant search for air conditioning. When I do find a nice icy breeze to sit next to, I can usually get myself to hunker down for something small, like dish towels or scrubbies or market bags, the likes of things I simply don’t have photos of.
And then the temperate months are spent frantically trying to whip up (and justify) more scarves and hats or things that I will “totally wear when it’s not quite warm enough to go without a sweater” like the Amiga cardigan. One of these days I’ll get the right yarn and obsess over getting every stitch exactly right for a year until it is finally complete.
Okay… Maybe it’s time you met the real genius behind all of my fiber arts endeavors. Too long have I boasted these skills and hogged the spotlight from the one who truly deserves this honor.
I would like to introduce you to the true yarnie here at Frog Soup:
Bunny has been with me for years, and through thick and thin, he has whipped out the hooks and needles and produced some masterful works of art. See how he shows off his work, completely without shame! He’s such a ham!
Here he is with his most recent work in progress: the Catkin. Yes, he is the creator of that as well. I am but a shadow to his mastery of the needles.
He certainly is making a lot of progress since last time we talked about the Catkin! Go Bunny Go!
Bunny, you are my hero.
April 24, 2012 in Crochet
Today I would like to share with you a little something I like to call “Crochet Topography.”
That is all.
This has been a post celebrating the 3rd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.
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Despite having learned crochet about 5 years ago and revelling in the beauty of yarns, years of sketching in black and white have left me useless at coordinating more than 2 colors on my own.
However, I do have very evident colors that I gravitate towards. For example, when I make a quick trip down the block to my local yarn shop, I am immediately drawn to anything in the light-vibrant-lime green range. A good recent example is my recently(ish) finished Owlings mitts:
The rest of my winter wardrobe also sports a similar color scheme, though as I stated earlier, I can’t match or coordinate to save my life, so I’ve got some bright green mitts, a darker, dustier green hat, and a green and blue scarf. Not quite a match made in heaven, but definitely cozy!
Whenever I can pull myself away from the greens, I usually find myself quickly pulled back into anything that’s a rich, vibrant, and/or deep color, even if I would never expect to like the color! For example, when I picked out the yellow Madeline Tosh that I’m using in my Catkin, I was surprising myself, because who would have guessed that I, who dabble in purple and green and blue and red, would fall for something so bright and cheery as yellow!
Though I do have my anxiety about trying to put too many colors together, I hope to one day pick out a beautiful rainbow palette like Lucy at Attic 24 and make some amazingly bright and cheery blanket. But for now I will stick to my two-color projects and stand back and admire those who have a better eye for color.
Day 87 – 4/15/12 – Woodburned Angel
I used my weeping angel stamp on my woodblock and then traced the lines with the wood burner pen. Granted, the ink and the burnt wood were about the same color so it’s hard to tell, but it was fun!
Day 88 – 4/16/12 – Evil Flan
Chu’s request: an evil flan.
Day 89 – 4/17/12 – Thom Monster
This monster is inspired by the works of the elusive Thom May. I miss Pihakwa.
Day 90 – 4/18/12 – Pinata Plan Monster
Day 90 said to make a pinata, and I very much want to take part in this task… But current housing situation is not ideal for papier mache and baseball bats. So I took a cue from Viva Pinata and made a confused… bird… thing.
Day 91 – 4/19/12 – Croissant Dough Monster
As I was fretting about what monster to make next, Chu called me into the kitchen where he was kneading a massive batch of croissant dough. A few strategically placed punches, and a mushed up face appears!
Day 92 – 4/20/12 – Time Monster
The prompt for day 92 suggested writing a letter to yourself, past or future, but I decided to make a monster out of time. Stepping away from Dr. Who though, I aimed for a monster emerging from a clock.
Day 93 – 4/21/12 – Nuts and Bolts
I raided the toolbox for loose hardware for this guy. How prickly!Not sure what’s going on? Check out my 365 Monsters Intro as well as the Make Something 365 Blog for more information and inspiration of your own!
April 20, 2012 in Drawing/Painting
Starting to get my mojo back! Next week I think I’ll be back to doing these daily instead of scrambling for doing 7 in one day!
Day 73 – 04/01/12 – Post-it Skull Monster
Pen & Post-it
In honor of Noah Scalin featuring me on his blog!
Days 74 & 75 – 04/02/12 – 04/03/12 – Cutout Final Fantasy Monsters
I got a brand new exacto knife (one that actually has a cap!) and promptly took it to construction paper to carve out these guys. They’re both from the Final Fantasy games: a Tonberry and Courrier Carrie.
Day 76 – 04-04-12 – Potato-Ness
Yay for potato stamps!
Days 77 – 79 – 04/05/12 – 04/07/12 – Rubber Stamp Monsters
A quick trip to the craft store and I came back with some stamp-making supplies! My first real stamps include Angry Monster Face, another Exo-Urchin, and a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who.Not sure what’s going on? Check out my 365 Monsters Intro as well as the Make Something 365 Blog for more information and inspiration of your own!
Oof, this week was another mushy brain week, so here are some plain old 2D monsters totally not done every day like they were supposed to be. Next week I promise I swear I’ll be a good little monster maker and make something super exciting! Oh, and earlier this week I was featured on the Make Something 365 Blog, so go over there and see who else has been featured, because there are lots of cool people doing this sort of thing. Yay!
Days 66 – 72 – 3/25/12 – 3/31/12
Not sure what’s going on? Check out my 365 Monsters Intro as well as the Make Something 365 Blog for more information and inspiration of your own!