Its been a while.. I will always be in and out this blog post all the time.
To stay constantly blogging has been all the time my wishes. Yes wishes but not hope. Wishes may not come true, whereas hope has a higher chance to be true.
Whether blogging or not, my passion on crocheting has never stop.
I have been continuously working on crochet products concurrently with my busy work life. I have been living my life fullest: eating healthily (cook myself most of the weekends), cycling to keep healthy life style, building my relationship with people, working hard to prepare for my retirement, feeling lucky all the time and keeping my stress level low (at least I tried!). Every week I work 5 days to earn for my two days of pleasure over the weekends, doing all the things I like to do. Crocheting is one of my best hobbies. It helps to reduce my stress from everyday life.
As you keep repeating the same thing week after week till you get pretty bored, there comes the hiccup that tries to kick you out of the habit. You retarded and stop following your good habits and you may even went astray and pickup some bad habits like eat unhealthily, lazy on workout, spending time playing mobile hp games… etc. Then it comes to a point that you awake suddenly and want to go back to your good habit again. But the restart button usually takes some time to trigger.
There I am now trying to go back to my old time good habit to constantly writing blog to update my crochet journey. I am trying to concentrating on working on niche of my crochet product. Some unique features that I can find out from my products to discover a new product line. I hope to create my own crochet products and live my life working on them! Wish me good luck!
Below is a crocheted handbag newly completed over the week end. Only collected yarn from SGshop on Saturday and finishing less than a day!
After writing three blogs in a row, I really have nothing to write further. Except updating what I have done for March 2010.
I’ve made a pair of Amigurumi cats, signified wealth and prosperity.
I have revised my Hobbes pattern to make the stripes of black on the back of the head by interchanging the yellow and black yarn instead of pasting another stripes of black on to the yellow crocheted head. Another of my Hobbes sale was made then.
I almost completed a white color shrug for my niece. The pattern was taken from a crochet book. I chose a 100% cotton yarn due to the weather in Singapore was too hot for wool material. However due to the weight of the yarn, the completed project was kind of heavy. I’ve used 4 rolls of 100g yarn. You can see how heavy it could be. 😛
In the next post I will be doing more projects other than dolls. Stay tune.
With a successful sale on Hobbes, I started to venture into making Calvin. This was the first time I’m making a human figurine. It took me some time to think of how to start with it. I have never attended any design class before. Being engineering trained during my territory school days; I have always thought that my left brain, logical mind is more well developed as compares to my right brain. I recalled I failed my arts most of the time during my school days and I believed I do not have any imagination cell in my brain. I have never design a single thing out in my life although I was a good copier. I was able to stitch out exactly any cross stitch picture, crocheting other people’s product but never create a good artwork before. It was the first time in my life that I wanted to do more on creating something out using my crocheting skill. I hope that my interest will sustain for a long time then.
Success will only follow after many rounds of failures. This is the lesson learnt after I completed my Calvin doll. I’m still not satisfied with the outcome and am thinking of remaking Calvin again for the coming month of 2011. In order to make a Hobbes with size matching the Calvin doll, I used two strand yarn to increase the height to 14 inches tall. That was the biggest doll that I have ever made so far and I recalled the amount of polyester fill that I have to insert to fill up such a big doll. J
It was Chinese New Year for the month of February 2010, I decided to make a new dress for my monkey doll. Together with my Chinese tiger doll, they made a great pair!
I began to miss my first snowman crocheting doll, I wonder how it was treated by its new master. Did it get squeezed all the time? I miss it so much that I decided to make my second snowman with purple scarf and hat. Now it still stayed with me in my office table, accompany with my Angel doll of knowledge (will be reveal in my coming post).
I have also made two small flowers for my friend that she asked for to be made as hair clips for her daughter. I think till now I still have not met her yet. When are you going to claim this, Crystal? But let me go find out where I have placed them first. 😛
So much for my work in February 2010. Lots of work indeed and I like being busily crocheting!
I hardly recalled what I did on the January 2010. That was the time that I just started the etsy site selling my crochet doll. I was amazed that I sold my snowman two days after I setup the site. I decided a lot on what to do with my ‘business’. Since it is a tiger year for 2010, I decided to make a tiger doll. I searched the webstite to look for a tiger doll that resemble something I wanted to make and got myself creating one by looking at some other crochet dolls picture. I finally I made one and my friends and family loved it so much. Though I may not sell any online (except the pattern) I managed to sold three of them to my friends a few months later.
Due to popular demand, I decided to modify my tiger doll to the more popular hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes) in US. Since I am selling over at US site, I should not be making dolls that are popular over at Asia like Doraemon, Hello Kitty, amigurami Cats, etc. That was the time that I figured that I should focus more on market demand than what I think I like. I was also thinking of the Valentine’s season and trying out making a Heart angel Hello Kitty. Too bad it did not catch any buyer.
I went back to make a pouch to try out if any buyers interested in crocheted bag. But it did not turn out well too. Well guess I have to concentrate working hard on the hobbes then. My reward at the end of the month was I manageed to sell my first hobbes away. 🙂
Stay tune for my next blog on how well was my ‘business’. See you!
It’s the last week of the year and I’m back to the setting new year resolution mode again.
Looking back I have not fulfilled my year resolution that I set last year end, that is, to constantly update this blog.
Well, this only proved that human is destined to be lazy and procrastinate with things that they dislike to work on. Funny I can constantly doing my crochet work and play with my facebook game everyday but not updating the blog. Ha! Ha!
Last Friday on Christmas Eve, I decided to come out of a blog consecutively each day for 12 days to summarize all the crochet craft that I’ve worked on for year 2010. And till now, then I decided to work with it. Well, it’s better to be late than never. Guess I have to work extra hard today to finish up the back log. 😛
So get started now. Today is the 3rd day and I have three more blogs to write.
Oh, almost forgot. Merry Christmas 2010!
I have a plush piggy toy that I purchased very long ago. Cannot remember when and where was it. The only thing that I recall was I bought it because the piglet looked so cute with its chubby chins at two sides of its nose. One thing about soft toy is you never get too tired looking at them, the cute faces just melt all your troubles alway.
I have recently made a crocheted pig followed the design of the plush piggy. It took me quite a long time to figure out how to crochet the two fat chin beside the nose. Although it turn out not as chubby as the origin one, I’m quite satisfy with the outcome. I’ve also made a pinky hat to match my piglet. Both piggy and piglet are now standing side by side looking at me.
So which one you like more? Any buyers for my pink piglet?
To all mothers in the world, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
To celebrate these days, I have made 3 crochet figurine doll to all mothers in my family: my mother, my sister and my sister-in-law.
This is the first time I’ve made such a small doll using a 4 ply yarn for the head and hands and 8 ply yarn for the hair and the body. The size of the dolls are from 4-5 inches tall. The hair was made to fit varies head sizes and to portray different style of mother in my family. My mother, the grandmother has a tied bun. My sister has dark straight shoulder length hair that has a hair clip put on it. My sis-in-law has long piggy tail hair with a flower pin on top.
The style of hands are quite different too to show more of their lively characters. I tired to make them to stand on their own by making two feets for some of them. The results are quite satisfy and I really love my own creation.
I’m going to make another two more for my brother and bro-in-law for father’s day celebration. See if it fits the mothers as a pair. Really looking forward to it. 😛
Time flies.. It has been months ago since I update blog post. What have I been doing lately?
Busy working and crocheting of course.
The past months were like daze to me.. I did many projects. In February till March, I finished 3 hobbes, 2 amigurumi cats and 2 tiger dolls crochet, some for the orders on etsy and others from friends and relatives. I was happy my Calvin and Hobbes pair that I design in February found an owner. I also made another extra hobbes as one of my order almost did not deliver to the recipient. Luckily she got it just before I finished. Right nowI decided to rest for a while in making doll crochet. I think I’m a bit burn out now.
I also did a white shrug for my niece. It was made from cotton yarn and the final products looks hard but it stand out pretty nice. I quite like it and can’t wait to show it to my niece. Wonder how would it turn out as a skirt?
I did another shrug for myself. a purple colar yarn made from Moda Vera – mousse 70% Australian wook and 30% Soya. I have been wanting to try on yarn made from Soya lately. I got this beautiful yarn from Spotlight at a discounted price. The yarn gave a different shades of purple tone when look at different angle and it pretty much matches the pattern that I’ve chosen for the shrug. I hope the weather in Singapore would turn cooler so that I have the chance to wear it. Ha! Ha! Still left 5 more rolls of purple yarn, wonder what project should I make out of them?
I have also mended my previously made pink blouse to make it longer. I wore it to work to show off my product to my colleagues 😛
Now I started make a using a earthlygreen yarn made from100% Highland wool byelann.com Peruvian Highland Sport. I read the pattern from Inside Crochet magazine and can’t wait to start on this. The pattern has a fashionable and durable look that you would have thought that it is made from knitting rather crocheting. Can’t wait to finish to scarf to see the final product.
I still have a few more pending projects and lots of yarn purchased and awaiting for me to crochet. Happy crocheting!
Chinese New Year has just started 4 days ago and now I am back to work. four I really do not have the mood to start work today since the last four days I’ve been indulged on good food and relaxation.
Looking at my last post, I was kind of shame of myself on how lazy I became since I started the day job. No blog entry for the past 1 month! But luckily I was not stopping for my crochet work. The past four days I was trying hard to work on my new project ‘ Calvin and Hobbes’ in between the celebration of CNY. I would say I am proud of myself to come out with the Calvin doll design and almost completed another Hobbes doll of 16 inches tall to match with ‘Calvin’.
For the past month, I have also sold a Hobbes doll and made another of my ‘tiger’ doll. It seems that Hobbes is well received in the western world whereas my tiger doll is well received in the eastern world. Anyway, so long that people appreciate my effort I’ll be fine. I am also thinking of doing something else other than doll for my next project. May be a sweater , mitten or a scarf design my me. Maybe another handbag. It all depends when my inspiration will come.
Lately I have more enthusiasm in doing my crochet work than doing my day job. Really hope one day I could work full-time on crocheting to earn my living. That will be my greatest wish!
I did the Monkey’s dress on last Friday night.
It looks like my monkey and the tiger make great companion for each other!
See my latest design, Calvin. He and Hobbes are going to be the greatest companion too! I am in the process of finishing a larger Hobbes.. Only left the ears, mouth, and nose….
Today is a happy day as it is the last day to say farewell to my jobless status to become ‘with job’. I found a day job and going to start work tomorrow. But that does not mean its the end to my ‘crochet career’. Instead I will go full force towards achieving my goal to be a crochet designer. With the stable income from my day job I would be able to invest on more yarn and material to explore further.
As now I could only do crochet part time, more commitment and effort would require from me to carryon. I believe when there is a will there is a way.
Some updates to my recent crochet activities:
1. Start doing a Hello Kitty angel, finishing crocheting all the parts and awaiting to assemble.
2. Working on a 16 stitch sampler afghan, I selected some of the beautiful stitches out of the 36 that I found on the book: Crochet Techniques by Renate Kirkpatrick. This serve as a practise for me to explore other crochet stitches and at the same time use it as a sampler for my future projects.
3. I pick up one of the half done motif project and convert it a tissue cover.
4. Made a small purse of kitty’s face. Still awaiting to assemble the eyes, nose and a zipper.
And last but not least, my hobbes crochet doll has finally found an owner! This make my happy day.
Here’s to everyone a great year ahead! Busy busy busy… 😛