Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

Well, I have a small room. So my stash lives in a plastic crate (I think it was used to hold peas), separated in various plastic bags. Yeah, as easy at that xD.

If there is something that is in use, I'll use my handy dandy Tardis knitting bag to hold it in. If the WIP is too large for that bag, I'll use another recyclable bag. If it's something super small and portable, I'll shove it in my purse and go.

I need to probably start using the stash pages on Rav. I started, then just gave up. So that can be a new plan to keep me organized a bit more.

(Oh in case anyone is wondering why there are no photos accompanying my posts. I...well. I've misplaced my camera's battery charger. And I haven't really been bothered to look for it. Thank goodness for the upcoming weekend! )

Take Care, and Happy Crafting.

Skill + 1UP

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

Be warned, this is another wordy post xD;

Hmm This time last year, I was knitting things in the round inside out. Just beginning to learn to cable. Starting Intarsia. Crocheting amigurumi inside out.


Now I'm slowly getting better with things. I'm still figuring how to properly wrap my color changes with intarsia. I can crochet faster. I finally learned how to make Granny Squares, and many other things I've forgotten. But the one things I miss about the way I used to work, is I would finish things faster.
I took a peak at some of my old FO's on Ravelry, and I saw objects finished in about 3 days. While I was in school mind you! Some huge force and drive just pushed to to not stop until the object was finished. Now, not so much. I'll procrastinate on things for days/weeks/ or months at a time. Unless it's something small and compact(an amigurumi, or wrist warmers), it won't get much of my time. And that bothers me a bit.
But it could be I'm over-working myself with school, and a hobby, and I just need to slow down and take a breather.
I'm looking forward to learning new techniques this year.

Thanks for reading this quickly scribbled out mess. I might re-write it more eloquently later on.

Take Care, and Happy Crafting

A Tale of Two Yarns

Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

Oh this Knit/Crochet Blog week will be FUN, I can feel it.

Now I've only worked with a few yarn types as when I go yarn shopping, I have a specific idea in mind. Good to have so I don't end up with an un-imaginable stash, I think. Haha!

The one type I use the most often is actually Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand. Yes, get your gasps out of the way, I use acrylic yarn. The reason I enjoy Vanna's is, it is a very soft yarn for what I use it for. Which are mostly amigurumi and small toys and accessories. I can use it for long periods of time without it making my hands ache, and it's just produces a soft object.
Now one for the first hats I decided to knit up with that yarn was a Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret. This was when I was just taking knitting on a regular basis seriously. Now don't get me wrong, it came out nice. but it just didn't have the same flow. I made the mistake of washing it, and it shrunk it a tad, so it doesn't fit right. I have yet to unravel it, but I'll get around to it.

The other type of yarn I've used was Patons Wool. The very first time I got to use it was to knit up Borneo for Alyoop's test knit. I was in love. I thought wool would be scratchy and unpleasant to work with, Oh boy, was I ever wrong. It was nice and soft, and sure I had to stop for a while to rest, but I had no discomfort from it! It produced a lovely product, which is what I'm looking for.
My mother has now asked me to make her a hat using some beautiful Red Patons wool. Her hat of choice is Meret, and she wants it extra slouchy. I can't wait for my break to start so I can make it for her.

Hopefully I'll get the chance to use other lovely yarns I've heard about. Alpaca has been one I've been wanting to try for a good while.

Take Care, and Happy Crafting.

Quick post

Hello all you lovely people who are here after stopping by Scuttlebutt's table at Anime Conji!
I had a fabulous time being a table minion for the weekend, and running about in costume.
If any of you emailed me, I'll check it tomorrow after school, as I have work to finish.

For my regular readers, if you could be so kind as to check out my darling friends webcomic, Mahou Shounen Fight It's pretty kickass. Its a magical girl parody...with boys! (if you're an anime/manga fan, I think you'd appreciate this a lot xD)

Alright, take care, and happy crafting!

Hello Hello!

Hello all you lovely people! How are you today?

Today will be a text post, (I -might- do a normal post later in the evening/early tomorrow morning) I've got some questions for you!

I've been noticing a great number of new-comers to the blog, and me being the naturally curious being I am, I'd like to get to know some of you! And my regulars, feel free to fill this out as well!

Where are you from?-
Favorite ways to craft?-
How did you find my blog?-
What are you looking forward to seeing on this blog?-
Other interesting things about you-

Here's mine:

Name- Carla
Where are you from?- Sunny SD
Favorite ways to craft?- Knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, painting, and many other ways.
How did you find my blog?- Hahaha, tis my blog.
What are you looking forward to seeing on this blog?- Me to stop being lazy and putting up tutorials, layout re-vamp, and more posts.
Other interesting things about you- I am actully a very shy person. I love to read, but thanks to school, I don't have enough time to loose myself in a good book. Reptiles make me super happy. As do owls ;w;. I say I'm boring, but my friends like to tell me otherwise.

If there are any other questions you'd like to ask me, feel free. I'll compile them and make an FAQ page!

Next Thursday for my speech class, I'll be talking about the resurgence of hand-crafts, or the 'Handmade revolution'! I'll divulge more after I give the speech.
Then later next month, we have to give a demonstrative speech, I'm going to demonstrate how to crochet! So hopefully that will go over well.

Oh, in regards to last week's entry, my odd sleep 'schedule' is due to stress and a mild bout of depression. Thank you all for your concern. <3!

Well, take care, and happy crating!

Tired, and teaching.

I've been really tired lately. I'd wake up, shower and go about my day for an hour, then want to go to bed again shortly after. It sucks, and I hope it goes away soon.

But I've been a bit productive! On Wednesday, I spent a good bit of my after class time teaching a fellow student from my health class to knit and crochet! (Hi Sandra!) She quickly caught on crocheting, and as I had extra hooks, I gave her one, and a bit of yarn to practice. I can't wait until our next lesson. It's really great to show another person your craft. Such a happy feeling!

Yesterday afternoon, I decided to make my mom a little gift. She hasn't been feeling too well, so I wanted to brighten her day.

red velvet
So I made her a red velvet cupcake amigurumi! Her favorite type of cake is red velvet, so I figured, why not give her one that can last a lot longer than a real one? :3

Sometime in the future, I'll be re-designing the blog layout. Might even draw up some cute headers or something. I've scribbled out ideas on scrap paper. I may share then soon.
I'm also planning a giveaway for the blog's 1st anniversary! Still not sure what to make the prize, but stay tuned! :3

Take care, and happy crafting!

Little bits of happy

School is taking over everything, you guys!
But I'm doing good with small things to keep me happy, while I work on bigger projects.

For the longest time I wanted to cross-stitch, yet was intimidated by it. I mean, I can embroider fairly well, but cross-stitch seemed like a totally new territory. After hearing a bit of buzz from fellow crafters, I decided to dive in.

Yesterday I bought some 11 count Aida fabric, and scoured the internet for a simple pattern.

cross-stitch heart

I came up with a simple heart using a pattern from about.com My grandma looked at it, and asked 'How long have you been doing this?' I replied "A few hours ago?"
I was linked to some videogame cross-stitch patterns, so I might try a few of those out! :3

Next on my small crafty agenda, a pink headband. Now I bet you're wondering, what's so special about a pink headband? Mine will have pompoms on it!

pom headband

It'll be a shell stitch edged band, with pompoms on it. The idea came across thanks to my friends, and our obsessing over accessories on the internet.

Last bit of happy will be something that will expand my blogging again. The fun reason I started this blog in the first place. The Knitting and Crochet blog week!

(Photo by Eskimimi)

I wasn't successful in completing it last year, but I will try my darn-est for this year. So during that time, expect a full week of posts from me :3
If you have a knitting/crochet blog, and you'd like to participate, here's the link with the information. Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

Well I have some knitting to catch up on, as well as a Wolverine phone cozy to un-pick...again -sigh-

Take Care, and happy crafting.