Third Day of Christmas – March 2010

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.

Happy Mother’s Day

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. 😛

Happy Crocheting

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!

Happy Things And Status Update

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… 😛

New Year Resolution

It’s a brand new year 2010 now. Where are my new year resolutions?

Getting very lazy lately on not updating this blog as often as I wanted to be. I was busily doing crocheting.. Yeah all the excuses…

Last few weeks of  year 2009 I was doing some last minutes projects: a modified ‘Hobbes’ from my tiger pattern, some mini christmas wreath to give to my family and friends, roses for a friend. Currently I am working on a Strawberry shortcake blouse.  I have placed my ‘Hobbes’ at etsy on sales now. Many viewers but no takers. Hmm..

Today I have finally take up the initiative to make out some resolutions for my future crochet projects:

1) Make a lightweight jacket from a design stated in Inside Crochet magazine (looking for soysilk yarn online, they are so expensive…)

2) Design something for the valentine  gift season, hello kitty? Heart shape cushion? Roses? Any ideas?

3) Seriously updating this blog for more crochet techniques: from basic to advance. At least two times per week  ( readers, please kick me if you don’t see any new blogs updates for a while :P)

4) venture to other kind of small accessories design like: hair bend, pin cushion, potpourri, etc.

5) Learn fulling (felting) – the process of shrinking knitted or crocheted pieces. You many wonder why would I want to shrink my precious handmade pieces so as to get a different kind of texture from its original pattern. I’ve been doing some researching on this and find it quite interesting. I think I would start something small first  like, a small pouch or something.

6) Last but not least, finish all my half done projects which include: handbag, cushion cover or pot holder, tissue box cover or cushion cover? That is for myself to interpret and determin. haha!

So hope that I could fullfil what I have written above. Time will only tell..

A year later I will make a point to come back to this blog to update what I have actually done.

So have you done your new year resolution yet?

My New Shop and Latest Products

Yesterday I was busy setting up my new shop at Etsy (see links at the right of the blog). It took me a whole day to upload my 8 items and write-up on each of them. But it seems the effort taken has somehow rewarded. Some one has placed order for my cute snowman and I receive another email showing interest with my tiger doll and requested for custom-made to Hobbes instead. I  am very happy viewing at the responses after one day of show case. It really gives me a boast on what I am doing. Thank you for all the support.

I have completed my skirt crochet. It turns out to be pretty wearable and cozy. I really like it very much. Just need a bit more touch up to reduce the button holes size as I used  much smaller size buttons.

My next project would be a cushion cover using a motif design provided by Inside Crochet Issue 3. As I was half way doing, I figure that it could be changed to a tissue cover box instead. Will post the outcome of the project in the future.

While you are in the process of crocheting a product, you never know what could happen down the road. The same things happen about life. That is why I enjoy crocheting so much. So enjoy the process of making and let us hope for the best outcome!

Bye bye Mr Snowman
Edge pattern at bottom of skirt

Colorful Motif

New Calendar for Year 2010

I have been wanting to make my own calendar for a long time. Now I finally have my dream come true.

I recalled in the olden days where digital cameras and digital photos are still not that popular, I use to take scenic pictures when I went overseas using my film camera. After the pictures were developed ( not like digital photos, whereby you can see the result the instance you took the picture) I would then choose the best photos I like and redevelop in a larger size as I wanted to use them to make a calendar. Until now, that 12 chosen pictures are still left in my drawer untouched.

With the advance of technology, I can easily make my own calendar and insert with my favorite digital photos easily with the use of the software available in the market.

I recently came across the software, SmartDraw and use a trial version of the software to make 2010 calendar. Within two days, I have already completed making a yearly calendar and a monthly calendar with my favourites crochet dolls photos. See the below picture for the yearly calendar I’ve made:

One thing about using a trial version of the SmartDraw. There will be printed wordings appear below the picture. I have to do some work to remove that. If you are interested in getting a pdf copy of my yearly calendar, send me a request to my email address: tinggreat@gmail.com.

By the way the year 2010 calendar was highlighted with Singapore holidays. I have to manually add in the holidays as the Smartdraw software have public holidays options for only limited  countries, Singapore is not included. 😛

My New Skirt

Sometimes you will need plenty of passion to keep things going.

Especially when you have a challenging crochet project on hand.

I just started making a skirt since last week. I was wondering when would it take me to finish and then suddenly I found myself now crocheting the belt of the skirt using Tunisian knit stitch. As mentioned in my previous post, this is the first time I am stitching Tunisian knit stitch. This would be a challenge for me to get my tension right so as the skirt would not appear either too tight or too loose. I can’t wait to wear my finished product!

As I was doing my skirt, I sort of wanting a sewing kit on hand so that I could keep my accessories. I found a coin purse that I did last month back, a cute cat face. I have left it unfinished for a while due to I could not find a suitable zipper for the purse. Recently I managed  to find a 10cm long black color zipper to match the purse and managed to finish sewing it. Although I like to crochet, I somehow hated to do hand sewing and always left my finished crochet bags with zippers and lining waiting there to be sewed. Guess I lack that kind of passion to keep things going then. ;P

As seen at the left picture, beside the purse is a pin cushion that I just modify from a snowman head. Isn’t it cute?

So are there any crocheters out there having some of your unfinished crochet projects hidden some where?  Time to stop giving yourself any excuses. It is coming to year end and what are you waiting for? Take them out and give a boast to your passion and make it a point to finish them.

Happy crocheting!

Thank You For Your Interest

I receive emails recently from people who were interested with my tiger crochet pattern. That really give me a boast of confidence. Once again thank you for your interest. Hope to see some feedback if you enjoy doing it.

I really wish I could go further to design more things in the future. Other than amigurumi dolls, I wanted to widen my design to other areas like handbags, blouse, skirt, accessories, etc.

Recently I’ve come across this crochet magazine from UK: Inside Crochet that gives me further inspiration for doing more crochet product. I am currently making my first skirt crochet by following a pattern given in Issue 3. The design make use of alternating between two single crochet(double crochet in UK) and two double crochet (treble for UK) as the base. Some lace pattern at the end of the skirt that make its look sexy and elegant. The belt of the skirt is of Tunisian knit stitch and this would be my first time crochet with this pattern. I’ve made a sample of the pattern to check my tension and it turns out that I quite like the Tunisian stitch. Can’t wait to see the end product.

You can find the digital back Issue copies at: http://www.yudu.com/albums/items/82881

I really wish that one day I would have the chance to meet some of the crochet experts and learn from them the technique of design and dye yarn color. I also wish that I could stay in a country with four seasons and so I could have more product idea to design a winter jacket or an autumn scarf. Now I could only wear my crocheted jacket in an air conditional room. 😦

Making of Crocheted Craft Holder

Recently made a crocheted craft holder that uses a few crochet patterns. Basically just wanted to try out my design.

Started by makingCraft Holder a rounded base using a grey color yarn, I used the pattern for the making of a coaster.I make the side using forward and backward relief stitches with light purple yarn. Assemble the base with the rectangular side piece to form the shape of a holder, I slot in the circular cardboard yarn holder into the holder to strengthen the holder side. Fold the remaining length of the side piece into the holderdscn17211

I was thinking of create a cushion a the side of the holder to hold the pins and another pocket to hold scissors and crochet hooks. For the pocket I used grey yarn to make a single crocket rectangle block. For the pin cushion, I used a red color yarn to make a heart shape using single crochet.  Then attached the pocket to one side of the holder and the heart shape piece to the other side of the holder using sewing technique. Stuff in some cotton wool in betwen the heart shape pieces and the holder for the pin cushion.

 dscn1723Then I attached a lacey border surrounding the heart pin cushion. The lacy border was made with single crochet pattern, 2 ch, 2 sc on the 2nd ch, *2 ch 2 sc on the 2nd ch, repeat from * until the length of the chain is enough to cover the side of the heart shape pin cushion. Sew the finished chain onto the side of the pin cushion.

 

Wah lah! That’s it . It took me half a day to design and make it.

 

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