Wanted: Pumpkins

Coming back to autumn’s atmosphere… :)

pumpkin

This cute pumpkin is made thanks to Amiguria Amigurumi, and you can find the pattern here, on Ravelry. It is free, also very easy to crochet, so be sure to check it out ;)

And below is a pumpkin monster created on a flow few years ago. It has scaary smile and vicious tentacles ready to wrap around you and throttle you in the name of unknown Halloween evil. It hasn’t, yet, but it doesn’t mean it’s not trying. Beware of pumpkins, these days!

halloween

Post not named for a reason

Today is the day I’ve been so waiting for – the beginning of my holidays! Two weeks of sleeping however long I want and going to bed late at night :) I was planning to relax this evening, maybe watch some movie and cuddle with a cat. But then I saw blue yarn (the one I recently got) amongst other skeins laying in an envelope in the corner of my room. It’s been annoying me for some time now, and I finally decided to make something about it. In other words: to find a place and hide it from sight.

Riiight… I told you before I am addicted to craft shopping, didn’t I? I have quite a lot Ikea boxes in which I store different things, so you don’t think of what’s inside, most of the time. Many of them are of size 35 x 28 x 18 centimeters, quite capacious. You can place in them like 20 skeins of yarn (50 g weight) or so.

I have six boxes filled with yarn to the brim and then some freely stored skeins. Keep in mind I am not a clothing maker, I mostly crochet amigurumi and sometimes a scarf or whatever. I admit that half of it is the Big Merino from Drops, bought for a project never even started. But the rest is just a random skeins I collected over past years. Some were used for a specific project and leftovers are still there, some are too pretty to waste on anything, and then there are also ones that I thought cool – like yellow neon yarn – but I have no use for. If I add to that stuffing, safety eyes, beads, buttons and all my knitting and crochetting tools…

I have more crocheting related stuff than all other things combined. I’ve never had so many books at the same time in my life, and I used to have many. I remember shelf snaping and falling to my head with all the books, once.

And do you know what’s worst? I am about to buy even more yarn.

Before you start judging me… I started this project of cuddly Cthulhu – the Great Old One crocheted with a plushie yarn. I already have a head and torso, but I run out of yarn to follow with arms, legs and wings. I didn’t order yarn for this project for a year and a half. Anyway, just imagine: fearsome Cthulhu looking like milk drop below! ;)

I also bought a pattern for Hanna the Squirrel, something I concidered getting since the beginning of this year, actually. I don’t have a proper yarn though. I could use a grey one I have plenty of (just see below picture to get the idea), but I’d rather make it red or brown, the colours of squirrels romping in the trees where I live.

I don’t even know what title of this post should I use to not to look completely foolish. I need to come up with something clever ;)

Please tell me you have so much yarn, too…

Octopus Adorabilis

Hey there!

Remember me saying a few days ago I was going home from a delegation? Well, my coworkers figured out I love crocheting and – as a parting gift – gave me a needles, a hook and a skein of yarn in wonderful, deep blue colour :) I was astonished and touched, it was so adorable!

I promised to crochet them something, obviously. Since they live in a seaside city and the yarn is blue, I thought that some sea creature will be a great idea. I was keeping an eye on Octopus Adorabilis pattern for some time now, as it is cute and quite large (42 stitches in the biggest round). Its ears are super lovely, too!

octopus

My coworkers will get it on Tuesday, I believe. So they don’t know yet, you are the first, ha!

And there are some shells I picked up on the beach. It’s lagoon cockle’s. In Baltic sea they don’t grow spectacularly large, 30 mm most, yet they are my favourite. They go in beautiful colours too, though mostly white and yellowish.

Octopus was fun and easy to crochet, give it a try! I’d love to see your versions of this pattern. Then we can throw an octopi party ;)

I’m addicted to craft shopping

There’s no point to deny the truth. I already knew every visit to a yarn store (in real life and online as well) has this high probability of me ending up with at least few not planned skeins being bought. Even more so when yarn has this lovely colour. I was also aware that when I see in a small-wares cute buttons, beads and what-have-you I feel instant urge to purchaise it. Until today I thought it was due to desire of having on hand pretty materials which I can use at any given time in my projects.

Well, it wasn’t. I was browsing the net in search of some safety eyes, as I am running out of 8 mm ones. It’s been a while since I’ve done it last time and I discovered many new options avaliable on the market. Safety eyes with diameter of 3 mm! Such small eyes didn’t exist few years ago. I found almost every extent between 3 and 10 milimeters. Of course, I just had to buy at least pair from each size. No ‘cuteness’ excuses this time.

Did you know they now offer plain black safety eyes of oval shape? Wicked.

If I could spare a separate room just for crafting supplies and arrange there my crocheting nook, I’d have literally dozens of small jars filled with different types of everything sitting on shelves. I suppose I would never use many of it, but still.

Does this make me addicted? Perhaps. I don’t intend to do anything about it, though. Not until I am spending all my money on craft supplies, that is ;)

Autumn

I have a folder on my desktop with pictures of every work I want to show you. Unfortunately I don’t have much time to crochet on my daily basis and therefore every project takes me ages to complete… :( And so I thought it would be a good idea to host also my old amigurumi here.

Today I was browsing files, and this one picture catched my eye. I really like this doll, its gentle hair, head leaned to the side and pine cone beside her. The pattern I used was created by Daniela Duma, you will find it on Ravelry.

autumn

When I saw original Autumn doll for the first time, I fell in love with it. How cute she looks, from the way colourful layers on the dress unfold, to long, delicate braid falling down on the side. Autumn is also my favourite season :)

In few weeks it will arrive again. Where I live it offers variety of beautiful scenes. When it’s warm and sunny, leaves change colours to gold, red and brown. Chestnuts, acorns and red mountain ash adorn trees, various mushrooms sprout from moss in the forest and the sun is more gentle than in the summer. But autumn can be also chilly, with mists arising and rooks and crows flying across the cloudy sky. It can be rainy, with dusk falling early and leavless trees swaying on the wind. This time of year you can see the night sky and stars clearly. You can also wrap yourself in a blanket and spend endless hours in bed, in front of fireplace or in the garden reading, crocheting, drinking tea and hot chocolate… Sounds like perfect day to me :)

Forgive me if I am a bit too sentimental. I am right now far away from home, like 600 kilometers from where I live, on a two month delegation from work. I love it here, and I am by the seaside, which is amazing! I miss my family and friends, though, and long horribly for my cats. But tomorrow’s my last day at work here, and when I get back I will pack myself up and get ready. On Saturday morning I’m going to board onto a train home. I am already counting down the hours. So the very next time I will write you from Krak√≥w, yayy!

It appeares I am sleepy, too. Time to go to bed, I guess. Sleep tight :)

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog, where we are going old school :)

Yup, that’s the point. It is my fourth blog, after all, and I’m tired of all the blogs out there that imitate small web portals with thematic posts every Wednesday and new pattern published every week. I don’t really mind it, and some of them are awesome :) Though it seems to me that number of readers and commenters determines its form and shape, like it is the very most important thing about blogging. Unfortunately many of these blogs lost their purpose along the way.

I shall stay out of all this and follow my own pace. Writing anything I feel to write about and sharing whatever pops into my head at the time. Mostly amigurumi and crocheting stuff ;) And if I have just one reader, one that comes back to visit, I will still feel happy and I will continue writing for that one person.

Thus I hope you’ll like it here :)

~december