a new book and… yarn

*shame face* I broke my resolution to not buy yarn already.  Well, sort of; I said I wouldn’t buy any unless I was commissioned, which I was, but I still feel bad.  Gonna do a 5th Chunky Circle Scarf for a coworker, and she wants a giant one!  It’s gonna be fun.  Got some Berroco Vintage in Smoke for it.

And I never said anything about not getting books, so I don’t feel so bad about this:

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There are lots of cute things in here and it really sparks the imagination.  Can’t wait to do some pixel crochet!  Chris will love video game themed items.

Yoshi’s Woolly World amiibo

If the title sounds like a foreign language, let me explain.  Yoshi’s Woolly World is a video game recently released by Nintendo for the Wii U console.  Like the Kirby’s Epic Yarn game, everything is made out of knitted, crocheted, or sewed items in the game.  Bridges and jump pads are made out of granny squares, and the grass is made out of garter stitch fabric.  It’s super colorful, adorable, and it looks really fun (and needless to say I am THRILLED to see knitting and crochet in a popular form like this, and they seemed to have done some research for it)!

The game is about $50, so I haven’t got that yet (although I’d like it, and it’ll be the first game I’ve bought for myself in years), but the amiibos are around $14.

Amiibos are little figurines of game characters made by Nintendo (ranging from old to new characters, and originating from various companies) that have a chip in the base that your current generation Nintendo consoles can read when you put the amiibo on top of the controller.  They allow you to get extra characters or abilities, etc. in a variety of Nintendo games, and some of them have become highly collectible, going for $100 or more on Ebay (or even so collectible that you can’t find them at all).

Most of the amiibos are made from plastic, but the ones that go with Yoshi’s Woolly World are actually made of yarn, and Chris managed to find one for me before they all sold out!  Check him out:

Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo

Isn’t he cute?!?!  The only color available was pink but I love it.  Some of them I believe look like little crocheted amigurumi dolls but this is the only one I’ve seen in real life so far.  He doesn’t come with a plastic base like most other amiibos but he connects with the controllers like all the others!

Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo

So I know this might seem silly if you aren’t a video game fan, but ya gotta admit that’s the cutest yarn-y baby dinosaur you’ve ever seen, right?  😀

Well that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!  When I eventually get the game, I’ll post some screen shots so you can see. 🙂

a hat for Chris

Chris’ birthday is today!  He’s turning 28 and he says he feels old.  As you know, I don’t have a job, so funds for a present are pretty much nonexistent, but luckily I have a nice yarn stash and could make him something:

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It’s a Space Invaders hat!  For those who don’t know, Space Invaders was/is an old arcade video game (probably one of the first ones).  Since Chris loves video games, I figured he’s probably played Space Invaders, and since I found a handy chart by Arne & Carlos here, I figured I could make him that.

To make the hat:  using worsted yarn (Berroco Vintage) and a US6 circular needle, I cast on 96 sts and did some rows of k2 p2 ribbing.  Switching to a US8 circular needle, I used the chart from the free PDF, and did the decreases at the top like this (switching to DPNs when it became necessary):

k10, k2tog.  Knit 1 round.  k9, k2tog.  Knit 1 round.  k8, k2tog.  Knit 1 round…. etc. until I got to the last three decrease rows, where I didn’t do a regular knit row in between them.  When 8 sts were left I cast off and secured the ends!

I hope it fits him — it fits me but might be a little tight for him around the colorwork area — I did the floats without really factoring in stretch.

Also, my sprained foot is feeling much better — I’ve been taking it really easy and I think it’s going to be just fine.  The swelling is almost completely gone, the big bruise has stopped spreading, and I’m walking almost normally again.  Thanks again for all the well-wishes — ya’ll made me smile!

I guess that’s all for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

a new app and some projects

the app

For those knitters with iPhones (and maybe other smartphones too), there is an app that takes your specific measurements, yarn, preferred design elements, and gauge and comes up with a customized raglan sweater pattern.  Here are some screenshots from my phone:

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Pretty neat, huh?  It’s a lot of information to put in, sure, but I bet it would be worth it for a perfect fitting sweater!  The app, “Raglanify,” is $0.99 in the app store, which is great for what it does, I think.

the new project

After thinking about my last post, wondering whether or not to attempt the Wonder Woman sweater (which I would alter), I decided against it.  Can’t afford the yarn right now in anything but acrylic (and I don’t want an acrylic sweater), and our CAL is coming up so I’ll be plenty busy without a sweater!  However, I do happen to have some rather patriotic themed yarn in my stash:

spaceinvadersyarnMan, it’s hard to get good  coloring in my pictures lately!  I swear that’s navy in the back, and a true red as well.  This is Berroco Vintage, a worsted wool blend that has been gracing my stash for years.  THIS is what I’d make a sweater with, but that would be expensive.  Anyway, instead of a sweater, I’m going to use this yarn to make a few hats with the space invaders pattern by Arne & Carlos that I also mentioned in my last post.  Wish me luck — they’re for some boys with large heads (literally) and since my head is small, the size will be a guesstimate.

the finished project

And speaking of Arne & Carlos, I made the first Christmas ball in the book:

ornament1*sigh*  It’s a real red, not magenta.  Cute though, right?  I plan on going through the whole book, making almost all of them (some are a little weird, like the outhouse one, but I’ll definitely be making the pig one, hehe).  These will be Christmas presents and I can’t wait to give them away!  I’m thinking of getting some cigar boxes and wrapping them in pretty contact paper, then putting 4 (maybe 6) ornaments inside.  The ornaments are a bit large, though, so I might have to think of another solution… I can’t remember exactly how large cigar boxes are.  Anyway, the ball is a bit lumpy, and I’m not sure why.  I tried to leave plenty of give in the stranding on the back to keep it from puckering, so it’s probably uneven stuffing.  Next time I’ll try smaller bits of stuffing instead of using a few big pieces.  That should help, right?

other stuff…

On another topic, I’m going to Pineville/Charlotte tomorrow to apply for jobs at a couple of malls.  I’m getting no bites for counseling positions, and I’m still refusing to apply to anything that involves doing intensive in-home work (that’s where you go to a kid’s house by yourself and try to counsel them there with their family and pets and TVs and bugs and nasty smells all around you the whole time).  Doesn’t sound fun or safe or very effective.  Tomorrow I’ll be certain to hit up Aerie, Barnes & Noble, and Sephora, amongst other stores, and maybe even a few at the fancy-pants mall where all the rich people shop.  Hmmm…  If I apply at the frozen yogurt place do you think I’ll get free yummies?  Hehe.

I’ve started reading “A Game of Thrones” again.  Last time I only got a few chapters in and all the characters got so confusing that I put down the book in frustration.  After marathoning the whole 2 1/2 seasons of the TV show in 4 days, I understand and am going back to read the book.  It’s weird knowing the ending already.  After watching the first episode on TV, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue, to be honest — it’s an HBO show and therefore full of very explicit things — but following through I found that the story is very good.  I can thank Yoona for inspiring me to give it another go… it might have been due to all those good looking guys she mentioned.  Now I’m obsessed too.

Well that’s all for today — this post is long!  Thanks for stopping by!

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