Hats.

A few weeks (maybe a month) ago my cousin asked me to make her daughter a hat. I had made one previously when she was practically a newborn (the one in the bottom middle here) but now there was need for another. She asked it to be an owl-shaped hat that would be half black, half pink (I took this photo practically in the dark under a lamp so it doesn’t really show correctly here and I don’t have the hat any more to try better it).

IMG_8194Another request of hers was that it had a lining so it would suit more for winter. I had this stretchy cotton fabric with floral print that I think suited just nicely. I used the yarn that I had for the first hat I made her – Katia Pima Cotton, an extremely soft 100% cotton yarn that I really like too. The hook I used was a 3.5 mm Clover Soft Touch. The beak is made of some other cotton yarn that I had just about enough left for it so of course I don’t have the label any more. Whites are made of acrylic, used this one first time here (although I bought it for another project). It’s called Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. It really is a rather soft fiber!

Next hat was also made as a request. Apparently it’s from a movie or TV series of some sorts. Colours were the  most important issue about this one. I even said to the guy who asked me to make this that I’m not really good at knitting and he replied that I can crochet it too, that would not be important.

IMG_8184After some research I decided to try and knit it anyway. I bought some Schachenmayr Cotton Time yarn and double pointed knitting needles suitable for the yarn (3.5mm) and started it off. It was kind of a challenge to myself. I tried to put as much time to it as I knew I would be slow but I managed to finish it much earlier than I thought.

IMG_8192I used to make pom-poms like this in kindergarten but hat to check online to remind myself exactly how. It was a little wonky at first but I got to even it up nicely.

I got to like the feel of this hat and wanted one for myself and wanted to make something light like this for myself as well. Apart from the ear flaps and the pom-pom. At first did try to crochet it but it still felt a bit bulky. I tried using a lacier patter but I didn’t really like the result either. So it happened – I voluntarily knit myself a hat.

IMG_8206I like the slouch and light feel of this hat. I had a long thought on the colours as well this is what I settled with. The yellow-green one is the same I used for my Great Firebreathing Dragon – Katia Degradé “Sun” 100% Egyptian cotton. This time the ombre effect finally really showed. I was thinking on using red for the currently gray line or red instead of the green on top but this is what I changed to in the last minute. I think this is how it’s supposed to come out this time. The gray one is Drops Muskat 100% cotton and the top green (a bit grayish) is a new 100% organic cotton yarn that I discovered for myself – Fibra Natura Cottonwood. The red I had a thought on was from the same line. I used the same needles as for the last hat here.

I added a pin I made at work one day, I think it suits just nicely.

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Mõned mütsid, mis viimasel ajal valmidund. Esimene oli sugulase tellimus tema tütrele. Varem olin talle juba ühe teinud ka, kui ta oli veel pisem kui praegu (siin all reas keskmisel pildil). Nüüd siis neiu kasvanud ja vaja uut. Soov oli musta ja roosaga öökullimüts, millel oleks sees puuvillane vooder. Pilt natuke petab, kuna tegin selle sisuliselt pimedas, lambi all ja enam mul teda käepärast pole ka, et uuesti katsetada.

Lõngaks sobis sama, mida kasutasin ka eelmise mütsi juures, Katia Pima Cotton imepehme puuvill, millega on väga hea töötada. Oranž on ka puuvillane, ühe lõngakera viimane jääk, mille silti mul loomulikult enam alles ei ole. Seda valget kasutasin esimest korda (ostsin küll ühe teise projekti jaoks, mis ka pooleli juba), nimi tal Red Heart Soft Baby Steps. Akrüül, aga nagu nimigi ütleb, siis tõepoolest pehme. Konks oli 3.5 mm Clover Soft Touch selle töö juures.

Teine müts oli samuti tellimus. Kuuldavasti mingisugusest filmist või telesarjast. Kuigi hoiatasin ette, et ma pole väga osav kuduja, ja sain teada, et kuju ja värvid on kõige olulisemad, et võib ka heegeldada, otsustasin siiski end proovile panna ja vardad kätte võtta seekord.

Kasutasin Schachenmayr Cotton Time puuvillast lõnga ja 3.5 mm sukavardaid. Üritasin sellega võimalikult palju tegeleda, et ikka õigeks ajaks valmis sain, aga valmis sai ta oodatust palju varem. Nii ruttu, et otsustasin teise veel kududa – endale. Enne panin veel mütsile tuti ka külge. Alguses ei tulnud see karvapall hästi välja, kuna viimati sai  neid vist lasteaias tehtud, aga lõpuks tuli päris kena ja ümar.

Kuna mulle see müts kuidagi “istus”, tahtsin midagi sarnast endale ka. Aga no – teiste värvidega, ilma tuti ja kõrvaklappideta. (: Ta on selline mõnus pehme ja kerge. Proovisin esiti endale ka mütsi ikkagi heegeldada, aga otsustasin siiski kudumi kasuks, kuna heegelpind tundus ikkagi liiga paks ja raske hetkel. Proovisin ka õhulisemaid-pitsilisemaid mustreid, aga need ei sobinud ka hetkel. niisiis kudusingi endale mütsi. Tulemus on mõnus pehme ja kergelt lohvakas.

Värvide üle mõtlesin pikalt. Esimeseks valisin sama kollase-rohelise lõnga, millega tegin ka tuldsülgava draakoni Katia Degradé “Sun” 100% egiptuse puuvill. Seekord tuli ka värvide üleminek kenasti välja. Mõtlesin kasutada halli joone asemel punast või ülemise roheka tooni asemel punast, aga lõpptulemus on hoopis selline, nagu pildil näha – just selline, nagu ta seekord tulema pidi.

Hall lõng on 100% puuvillane Drops Muskat ning roheline Fibra Natura Cottonwood – uus orgaaniline puuvillalõng, mille enda jaoks avastanud. Kõnealune punane oleks olnud samast sarjast. Kokku kudusin nad samade 3.5 mm sukavarrastega, nagu eelmise mütsigi. Pärast esimest kandmiskorda sai müts ka endale viimase lihvi, väikse ümmarguse märgi.

Monkey Boo.

I don’t even know how many times I have started and continued writing this post. Somehow I never got finish but this is the point I’m going to change it and finally get it done. I have this crazy schedule with working outdoors whole this month that just messes stuff up a bit.  Also it’s too hot to do anything here lately. But to the topic then.

A totally new pattern that I made up. I am so pleased how it turned up as I was a bit nervous when I worked it up. I wasn’t quite sure if it would look like I had imagined. The result is pretty close to what I had in mind so I’m happy!

IMG_8164I also have a pattern put down for it but that will take a little time for me to clean it up. Also I could use a volunteer or two to test it out before I publish. I mean it would ensure that my pattern is understandable. I can publish it none the less but I haven’t done it enough earlier to be sure.

I just love how happy he looks! Don’t you!? I have been thinking on making more in different colours (like my bunnies I guess). I don’t write my own patterns often so I’m just incredibly glad about it here. (:

IMG_8174He’s made of organic cotton yarn Schachenmayr nomotta Cotton Eco and I also used my 1.75 mm Clover Amour crochet hook again. I decorated it with 6 mm safety eyes and embroidered a couple of nostrils and a happy face. (:IMG_8168I have more stuff that I have managed to finish during the time but as always I have no pictures yet. Few of them are garments that I don’t really know how to picture yet as I don’t have a model. Also I haven’t had a lot of time to put much thought on that. But after I’m finished writing here I already have my camera ready to have an attempt or two.

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Seda postitust olen juba ma-ei-tea-kui-mitu-korda kirjutanud. Lõpuni pole siiani nähtavasti jõudnud. Töögraafik on see kuu piisavalt ulme, et ajab lihtsalt kõik veit sassi mu jaoks ja jube palav on ka koguaeg. Aga asjast rääkides..

Selle ahvi mustri mõtlesin täitsa ise välja. Idee oli peas ja umbes selline ta tuli ka. Poole tegemise peal oli küll kahtlusi, aga lõpptulemusega olen ma igatahes rahul. (:

Muster on ka olemas, aga pean ta lihtsalt sisse trükkima. Testja oleks ka hea, kes prooviks järgi kui arusaadavalt ma selle üldse kirja olen saanud – pole seda siiani väga ju teinud.

Mulle meeldib tema mõnus muie, mis talle ette tuli. Selline paras pärdikulik. Plaanin ka seda looma erinevates värvides veel teha, nagu ka minu esimest enda välja mõeldut – jänest, keda ilmselt kõik juba näinud on. (:

Lõng on Schachenmayr nomotta Cotton Eco 100% orgaaniline puuvill. Konks oli jällegi sama Clover Amour 1.75 mm. Peale panin 6 mm turvasilmad ja tikkisin paari ninaauke ja naerusuu.

Vahepealsel ajal olen veel mõnedki asjad valmis saanud, aga nagu ikka siis pildile veel mitte. Mõned neist asjadest on riided, mida modellita kuidagi veider pildistada. Pole väga olnud mahti mõelda ka täpsemini selle peale. Aga kui siin kirjutamisega valmis saan, siis kaamera on juba valmis ja teen paar katsetust kohe ära.

Bob.

This is Bob (imagine it said in the voice of Mr. Bean). He’s the amigurumi version of his beloved teddy bear. Although originally he’s knit I tried to make him into amigurumi so crochet as I’m really not good in knitting. Although I actually thought about that I decided to go to the safe path.IMG_8023The pattern I made up. I don’t think I can say it’s my original as it’s clearly kind of a knock-off but I really used my imagination on how to create this amigurumi. He’s not an exact copy as it’s crochet and all. I did try to follow these pictures as guidelines. I did discover that there’s probably more than one teddy used in the Mr Bean series through the years. As the matter of fact now I’ve begun to think that this first one is not from any movies or TV series at all as it looks so different from the others. But of course I can be wrong here.mrbeanteddyI tried to make it about the same size as Bean is holding him on the top pictures and tried to assemble him as close to as it is on the bottom pictures. I also tried to follow the body proportions following all of them. My Bob’s body seems a bit large here but it’s a bit due to the angle I took these photos.IMG_8031I used Katia Bamboo yarn again which is 60% bamboo viscose, 40% cotton. I used a 2.75 mm hook as I in this case I didn’t want my amigurumi to be too firm, to make it more like Mr. Bean’s teddy that seems a bit used and shapeless. I didn’t stuff it too much either to give more of a soft touch to it. Normally my amigurumies are rather firm. But I guess it depends on an item.

I might even type this pattern in someday so everyone interested can have one. If there’s interest?

As of other stuff, I’m currently working on a brand new pattern, which you might already know if you’re following my Facebook page. It seems like it’s working up nice but I think I’m going to be tight on my main colour of yarn. We’ll see.

At work things are crazier than ever and no-one really knows what’s going to be. Looking for options here at the moment.

I have also been thinking on going to Etsy. What do you think, should I?

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See on Bob (kujuta ette, nagu seda ütleks Mr Bean). Tegemist on amigurumi versiooniga tema kallist kaisukarust. Ma isegi uurisin kudumustreid tema kohta, mida isegi mõni oli leida, aga ma ei ole endiselt oma varrastekäsitlemisoskustes piisavalt kindel. Kuigi teoorias võiks millalgi proovida ikka. Kui raske see ikka olla saab, eksole!?

Mustri mõtlesin siinkohal ise välja. Originaaliks vast nimetada ei saa, kuna idee on selgelt mujalt võetud, aga kellegi teise mustrit ma siin otseselt ei kasutanud, ainult oma halle ajurakukesi. Eeskujuks kasutasin enamjaolt neid kolme ülal olevat pilti. Nende järgi nüüd avastasin, et tegelikult on piltidel olevad karud ka erinevad – eriti ülemine, pakun, et see pole üldse televiisorikarugi, pigem mõni müügiartikkel. Aga eks neid karukesi võib aastate jooksul seal olla kulunud ka, mõni sai kahandatud jne.

Proportsioone vaatasin põhiliselt ülemise pildi pealt, kokku panin rohkem alumiste järgi. Bobi kõht paistab siin natuke suur, aga mu piltistamisnurk on selles veits süüdi.

Lõng oli taaskord Katia Bamboo (60% puuvill, 40% bambusviskoos), konks aga 2.75 mm. Ei tahtnud, et ta liiga tugev ja struktrueeritud tuleks. Pigem oligi eesmärk selline veidike lötsakas mömm. Täidist panin ka sellepärast ehk tsuti vähem, et ta natuke pehmem ja vormitum oleks. Enamasti on mu amigurumid kõik üsna tugevalt täis topitud, aga tundub et see oleneb konkreetselt oodatavast tulemusest.

Võin selle mustri isegi sisse trükkida ja avalikustada. Kui huvi oleks?

Teistel teemadel, tegelen hetkel ühe täiesti uue mustriga, nagu need, kes mu Facebooki lehte jälgivad, juba teavad. Ei ole kuskilt otsest inspiratsiooni võtnud ega midagi. Tundub, et hakkab juba looma. Põhiline kasutatav lõng hakkab küll juba otsa saama, aga vast ikka veab lõpuni välja, enam pole palju jäänud.

Töö juures on asjad ulmelisemad kui kunagi varem. Keegi ei saa täpselt aru, mis toimub või, mis saama hakkab. Kuulame kõik maad ja vaatame erinevaid pakutavaid variante.

Olen mõelnud ka avada oma Etsy poekese. Mis arvate, kas võiks?