M is for Macarons.

In this case (as for llama too) I had no difficulties picking out what to make. In no time I choose macarons as one of my favourite sweets. It was a really fun and fast making that takes very little yarn so you can use almost all the yarn ends.

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I used really different yarns for this one. Some of them really were the last bits of the yarn. I used pima cotton, organic cotton and mercerized cotton, also a cotton-acrylic blend. I really love how soft pima cotton is and that organic cotton is almost as soft. The mercerized cotton is really different with a smoother look and a shinier finish and is a tad stiffer to touch. The acrylic blend yarn was one of the last bits of it as I’m looking for more natural fibres lately. Again I used my 2.25 mm hook and stuffed them with wool. The pattern is from Yarnspirations. I like making my own but I also love use others if they fit my vision – no need to invent another bicycle as they say!

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Although you can’t see them from the pictures, I also attached ribbons to the macarons so one could use them as accessories on a bag or as a key chain or why not as a Christmas decoration. The ribbon can also be replaced with a chain.

As they really came up so fast I just couldn’t stop with one, they needed to be in different colours (flavours). Also pictures-wise one macaron wouldn’t have looked half as nice as this pastel rainbow here. This is also the project, that some may or may not have figured, that used the yarn selection and was on a sneak-peek picture on Instagram.

Would you like a macaron? Or a few? Which flavour would you choose? Would you use it as a key chain or some other decoration/accessory?

 

Pair of Wool & Dog Hair Socks.

Today I would like to share my knit socks that I did for school. Only rule was they had to have some sort of multi-coloured pattern in them. I had bought this gray yarn a little before and thought it’d be great gauge and feel for a pair of socks. By that time I had forgotten it had dog hair in it. Halfway through with the knitting I begun to think it was something odd as it had some dark and straight strands in it.

I didn’t want to make my socks too high as I am a slow knitter and I wanted to have time for other schoolwork as well. Partly as for the same reason but also because I like minimalistic and simple things I didn’t want to use many colours or patterns in general too.

In addition to grey, the blue yarn is a regular wool that I also had bought before and now found useful. I also had a yellow wool but it turned out to be too fine. It was much harder than I thought to find a suitable yellow for my project but I ended up with one merino that was similar enough.

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Although at first I wanted to use a bit darker yellow I really like how it turned out and am quite happy with the shade. After washing the socks turned out extra fuzzy and soft as for the dog hair. Dog hair is also supposed to keep warm well so some extra bonus for that.

I tried out a new technique for the heel that turned out to be much easier than the one I was used to use but it also doesn’t create as much of an angle. Overall I don’t feel it influences the comfort of them. The increasing was also kind of new fro me and I can’t say I love the visible twirls but at least I got to try it and know better next time. That’s what school is for, right.

The yarn was 8/3 gauge (or similar) and I used 2 mm double pointed needles.

PS! The pictures only have one on them because I only had one finished by the time I was putting together the folder/album for the end of first school year. I finished the second one in school so I still managed to do it on time.

School Summary

As I have mentioned multiple times, I went to school for the last two years to study textile works. During most of the time there I was not sure at all that I would finish but now that I did, in some sense I feel more accomplished than I did graduating university six years ago.

First year was overall much easier than the second. One thing being that sessions were  about once every 1.5 months but last year they were every month. It was intense, we had lots of practical homework and I fell behind. As the youth centre I worked in was going through some major structural changes and many of my collegues had left due to that, I had started thinking of finding something else too. Part of because the lack of motivation, part of to find some more time for school.

In October I found what I thought to be a nice easy job in a cafe in Tallinn Airport. I went there to try it out the first time for about 3-4 hours and it felt good. For the first month I was scheduled to work sometimes in the mornings (starting at 4 am), sometimes at evenings (finishing around midnight). From there on I was put only for the mornings and I realised it didn’t work for me. Waking up at 3 am for such long periods of time is not sensible because there will be no routine as on my days off I’d always sleep longer. Plus it felt sad to go to bed at 7pm the night before. The schedule of my first month made so much more sense and felt more humane. My boss even mentioned that they used to have it like to weeks of mornings and two evenings but some didn’t like that. My guess is that was the evening shift.

Another reason was that for the first time ever I had to take a sick leave. Which iin itself is nothing but it was because something I never had before. Horrible dizziness, felt like I was going to pass out. The best was just to lie down and not to move. Plus a strange rash around my eyes and some stomach problems. Last I’ve had before but it hadn’t felt as bad for ages. Perhaps it was the stress or some allergy (one of my collegues caught a bad one) or both or neither. It’s long gone now so I guess we’ll never know. During the sick leave they kept calling and checking if I felt better and could come to work. I can’t say it helped with the stress! Not sure if it’s the norm for when on sick leave but I would have called if I was going to end it, which I eventually did!

At the beginning of February I filed my application to leave the job. It was just too much with all the night shifts of 10-12 hours (which may stretch!) and the school and the health problems. First couple of days after quitting I felt the dizziness and then it was it. Nothing like it before or after working there.

I dedicated all my time for school and graduating. I focused on finishing all the stuff I had fallen behind with and working on my thesis. For the session in April I managed to do everything but the ones that for meant to be done by May (some finished them in advance as well). Plus the thesis of course! I also did  some job searching but as nothing caught my eye, I decided to at least finish my thesis first.

My thesis consisted of 16 amigurumi charachets, 14 animals and 2 birds and the instruction manual for them. At first I was thinking of making only one bird but then the official name had it plural in it so I made two. At one point I was even thinking animals only but my teacher and classmates loved it and after some alterations I did too. All of the characters were worked on the same body that I had made a bunny of a few years ago. This old one looks and feels so much softer and looser but I still adore her! Oh yeah, the flower is also gone now.

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Crocheting them all took a lot of time, writing the patterns down took a lot of time, plus writing the thesis and designing the pattern book. It was a very stressful period and I’m sure that attempting it while having a job also would have been a failure. Including the fact that of my first years classmates (I was the only one who choose sewing and not loom weaving) only one other than me graduated, everyone else took an academic leave. I was also quite close to that.

In my head I had thought everything out and even started to imagine the characters all in one shape. I even managed to put some sketches on paper. In reality it was much harder and for some more than others it demanded quite an amount of unraveling and starting all over again. The sketches helped with visualizing and I even wrote some notes to the side of them specifying the colours etc.

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I used mostly organic cotton yarns but also some recycled cotton ones in the weight of 50g/~100m. My crochet hook was a 2.25 mm one and I stuffed them with wool. In addition I used 6 and 10 mm safety eyes and 6 and 7 mm safety noses. For the sewing and details I used large eyed blunt needle. This is what I got: mountain hare, ringed seal (baby), European hedgehog, Eurasian lynx, Ural owl, roe deer, red fox, red squirrel, great tit, gray wolf, European badger, European mole, beaver, moose, brown bear and wild boar. I’m thinking of making more birds in the future and perhaps some domestic or more exotic animals too. There is tons in the wilderness to make!

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As I was really in a hurry I designed my pattern book in  MS Publisher. I tried to find a template to make it even more easier but as nothing worked I started from blank. Overall I am pleased how it worked out. Every pattern has a photo of the character as well as one of an actual animal and a short description of it. Of course if I really want to publish it, I need to tweak it a bit more. Also I want to translate it into English. Would of you buy a book like that? Or perhaps a single pattern? What would be a reasonable price range for you? The title reads “Crochet Estonian Birds and Animals”.

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To defend my thesis I also had to put together a portfolio of my two years works for assessment at the time that I was giving my speech. You will see the works included here in the future if you haven’t already, plus some that didn’t make it there. My portfolio had a short description of me and my impression of my work and studies and this kind of a ‘table of contents’ of sort. I was nervous about not writing anything next to the photos as everyone else did but how big was my surprise when our teacher and main tutor for the thesis brought it out as an excellent example! I was so chuffed and relaxed at the same about it! My little brother helped me with the pictures that I’m on. (:

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The defending speech was supposed to be 5-7 minutes and as I practiced I got 5 exact, when reading very calmly and slowly so I was nervous about that too. I scratched some text off and wrote some new on the last minutes, listening to others and was not sure at all what it would do to the overall length of it. I was extremely nervous on my turn but everyone said it didn’t show and the committee gave me a really positive feedback! The nervousness was not at all reasonable!

In the end of it all they gave us an hour to decide and grade everyone fairly. We were graded in numbers 1-5 with 5 being the best. In reality it took about 1.5 hours. Although my overall feeling was good I kept thinking about the rumour that others said about everyone not getting the best grades as someone needs to be lower. It felt a little jittery during the whole waiting time. In the end I found out I (amongst most others) got 5 as the highest possible grade I was so happy! I did it, I graduated and I got a good grade and a level 4 vocation as a textile work  apprentice. Plus many wanted to buy my book that doesn’t even exist yet! How cool is that?!

Chuffed to bits!

Looking for a job.

PS! One thing that I do regret regarding school was that picking sewing instead of loom weaving (because I don’t own a loom nor have a room for it, it didn’t make as much sense) I fell into a group that had chosen optional courses that I had the least interest in and due to that I missed leather work and ancient craft techniques which were kind of why I choose the school in the first place. It’s a pity but well, that’s something for the future, I guess.

B is for Boletus.

Last week I was basically working alone so I had my hands full and didn’t have much time to get a break. This week we are all together again after a long time and it has been crazy. Not that it’s anyone’s fault, it’s just that there is so much that had to be done and so much that really got done.

We had a team meeting on Monday and found out soon that we could get rid of some junk in the house that had been lying there for quite a long time (mostly old and broken furniture). We got a truck that took it all away today. There was much more of that than anyone had imagined and it took a lot more time to get it all out.

I have also worked a bit longer this week so regarding all that I feel rather exhausted. I should probably go to sleep already but I decided to have a quick write here. I’m not sure if I’ll have more time in the weekend (if I do then you’ll see the next post rather sooner than later) so here it is.

Next letter is B and it stands for boletus.

IMG_8296This is made of a pattern I accidentally stumbled on. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to give it a try. I love mushrooms and this one looks so much like the real one. Maybe not quite but you really can tell it’s a boletus, can’t you!

I used organic cotton G-B Wiolle Bio-Baumwolle for the stem and bamboo (60%) – cotton (40%) blend Katia Bamboo yarn for the cap. I used embroidery floss for the details and filled it with pillow-stuffing. The hook was I think a 2.75 mm. I’m happy with the results. (:

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Eelmine nädal olin sisuliselt üksi tööl, mis tähendab, et käed-jalad olid pidevalt tööd täis. See nädal saime esimest korda üle pika aja meeskonnaga kokku, ning aeg on möödunud ulmeliselt. Mitte, et asi oleks inimestes, lihtsalt teha on nii palju nüüd ja ka tehtud on juba päris palju selle lühikese aja jooksul.

Meil oli ka väike koosolek kohe nädala alguses. Saime teada, et lõpuks tuleb konteinerauto ja saame suurest sodist oma majas lahti (põhiliselt vana ja katkine mööbel). Auto tuli täna ja kõik ebavajaliku minema. Kõike seda oli palju rohkem, kui ettegi võis kujutada ja aega selle majast välja tassimiseks läks samuti rohkem, kui oleks võinud arvata.

Lisaks kõigele olen ka tööd teinud see nädal vähe pikemalt, mis tõttu tunnen ennast juba üsna väsinult. Tõenäoliselt peaksin juba magama, aga mõtlesin, et kirjutan siia ikka kiiresti ära. Ma ei ole eriti kindel, et mul nädalavahetusel selleks rohkem aega on (kui siiski, siis tuleb järgmine postitus juba üsna pea), seega siin ta on.

Järgmine täht on B nagu puravik!

See on tehtud mustri järgi, mille ükskord kogemata leidsin. Kohe siis sain juba aru, et pean selle järele proovima. Mulle nii meeldivad seened ja see on ju kogu oma lihtsuses nii realistlik. Võib-olla mitte päris, aga on ju aru saada, et see on puravik!

Jala jaoks kasutasin orgaanilist puuvilla G-B Wolle Bio-Baumwolle ja mütsi jaoks 60% pambuse ja 40% puuvilla segust Katia Bamboo lõnga. Detailid tikkisin peale mulineega ja sisuks on padjatäide. Mulle mu seen meeldib. (:

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?