Yay! Yet another Twinkie Chan pattern in the books! I swear I'm not obsessed, they are all just so cute! I'm really proud of this one because I found it really daunting. I definitely had to unravel and redo several things. I think the peas still turned out a big oversized, but it looks cute! The pattern was written for an iPad Mini, but I found it fits my Kindle Fire just fine as well!
Honestly, I'm not sure how practical this is in a world full of velcro (its gotten caught on some in my bag a few times already) but who cares! Its adorable! In the interest of full disclosure I'll admit that I took the lazy way out and hot glued all the pieces in instead of sewing them on, but as I had ripped out and redone it several times, I was ready for some finished project satisfaction!
After finishing this one I immediately started 2 other projects that had been on my list for a bit, and then a huge box of yarn arrived to start a 3rd! Fingers crossed I'll make headway and have something to show you next week!
Yum!! Did you know that foods on sticks are my favorite kinds of foods? If you can get it at a carnival, I'm into it! I actually can't eat too much cotton candy without feeling terrible, but I could probably eat my weight in corn dogs with little ill effect (outside of elevated blood pressure I'm sure!). Sadly fair and carnival time is only a small portion of the year! To get through the tragic months devoid of deep friend stick foods I crocheted these delightful pen cozies! These are another installment from the Twinkie Chan book I've been working through, and I really like how they turned out!
The corn dogs turned out a little bigger than I might have liked, but they still ook delicious and I'd still take a bite! Speaking of bite, the bitten one looks like it might be more batter than dog, but that's my fault! The pink I had on hand that was the right color was a lighter weight yarn. It didn't seem worth it to buy a whole skein for that little dab of hot dog! These actually remind me of my very favorite kind of corn dog...only available to me at the Kansas State Fair: The Pronto Pup, World Famous Banquet on a Stick! If you've had one, you know!
Next up, cotton candy! The pattern for these called for a wool yarn to be used for the cotton candy portion to get that fluffiness. Again, I didn't have any wool on hand so I just used the acrylic that I have. I still think they turned out pretty good! You achieve the fluffy effect by furiously brushing the crochet with a pet slicker brush (the kind with the fine metal tines) and I definitely nursed some scratches where my thumb got caught up in the action! Also you might notice that the blue is slight smaller than the pink, I realized near the end that I'd missed a step or two in the pattern (the perils of watching TV while you work) but I thought it still looked ok so I just went with it rather than ripping it out and starting over!
I just love how these turned out! I have them sitting on my desk at work, and though most people haven't really noticed them, they bring me a smile every day! I'm not too excited about letting people actually use the pens though, I don't like the idea of people pawing at my hard work! haha! I suppose I need to get over that!
Wow, last week I totally, 100% just flat forgot to write a blog! I realized it Thursday afternoon! To anyone who depends on my crafty ramblings to get them through the week...I apologize! All kidding aside, I do like to try to keep a dependable schedule, and sometimes I even have a few blogs ready to go in advance like a real professional, but I just dropped the ball this time!
I've actually been up to a few things! For one thing, Twinkie Chan's new book has arrived and I've begun working my way through it! The first thing I made is the bread loaf mail sorter! It definitely has some flaws compared to the original pattern, but I like it! Once I get the sorter wires glued in more securely I plan to bring it to work and begin slowly covering my desk in crochet work! Stay tuned for more projects from the book, they are all so fun that they have become my main focus for right now...despite my other production goals and projects half finished!
Crocheting is not all I've been doing. Spring has sprung and the "lets get outside" bug has bitten! I have spent the late winter actively looking for some patio loungers that look nice and are quality but don't cost, literally, hundreds of dollars. You'd be amazed how hard that is to find! It occurred to me that with my husband's new found hand for woodwork, perhaps this was something we could make cheaper! In fact it was! A very quick perusal on Pinterest led me to the pattern for these great loungers!
So there you have it! Two weeks worth of this's and that's squeezed into one post! Here's to not forgetting again!
Currently Listening to: Sometimes The Blues Is Just a Passing Bird by The Tallest Man On Earth (via: All of my albums in alphabetical order!)
I make a lot of stuff...I pretty much never stop making! Every Thursday I will post here about things I've made. It will be mostly crochet, but not entirely, and where I can I will include tutorials or links to how I figured out how to do things!