Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Socks To Make A House-Elf Proud

Um . . . Guys?

I seem to have a problem.

I think I've been bitten by the "Sock Bug" D:

As part of an ongoing losing battle um, attempt at stash-busting I got out my leftover bits and bobs of Opal sock yarns and made myself some "Dobby Socks"

They are so named because of the wonderful little scene in Harry Potter where Harry gives Dobby some socks and Dobby says they've made a mistake at the shop for giving him two the same. (Then Ron came to the rescue with another pair for Dobby so he could mix them up properly)

So, simple little just-over-the-ankle stockinette socks with Opal's "Fisherman", "Florist" and "Electrician". All I did was make sure the bands were the same (To make it easier on me when I have more than one pair) and changed yarns in the same order.

I'm so proud of these heel flaps. NO HOLE AT THE TOP! BOOYEAH!

Um, we may have a problem here. They kinda match a bit. . .

Do you think it matters?


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Lattes in the Berrylands

There is a lovely person in England who has adopted me as her sister, even though we live on opposite sides of the planet.

Her General Awesomeness level is so high she was on my Sock List within 4 months of meeting her.

So, as her birthday approached this year I started dropping little hints as to what her Gift Package from Sheepland would include.

"Hey, do you like vanillia?"

"Mmmmm, lattes are AWESOME"

"The berrylands a a nice place to visit at this time of year."

Well, I guess that berry orchards would be nice to visit at this tome of year if you lived in the Northern Hemisphere. Down here they're all brown and bare and contemplating the effort it will take to grow the next lot of leaves -.-;

So, what did my super-sneaky cryptic hints mean?



This year's Birthday Socks were the Vanilla Latte Socks created by Virginia of Ravelry.

I thought this pattern is a lot of fun to knit. They worked up a lot faster than others I have done because the two-row ribbing pattern provides just enough "Oooooh fun time!" to keep you going while not being too complicated for Newbie Sock Knitters or too boring for those with more experience.

Of course, the yarn also provided enough curiosity-arousement to keep me from putting them down in boredom and going to find something else to do.

I used Touch Yarn's Magic Merino for Socks in the "Berrylands" colourway.

The patterning that comes offyour needles changed depending on the number of stitches you have, the tension you're using, the stitch pattern you're using. .  . Yeah. Magic. I really want to get my grubby mitts on the other colourways in the series to see how they turn out!

That yarn really must have been designed by a Mad Genius Dyer after a midnight encounter with a unicorn. I did NOT intend for the two socks to come out looking so nearly identical!

I have no idea what went on with that. They were a bit late, but were much appreciated and I've been told they'll be put into use when England starts cooling down for winter.

Time to go knit something random now, I think!

Have a wonderful crafternoon, all.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Hats Off!

Apologies for the accidental hiatus. I've been too busy working and crafting to come blog >.<

Now I have to make an embarrassing admission; that I as a grown-ass woman play a game that revolved around pixel ponies and appears on first blush to be aimed at children.

When you take a closer look at it, you aren't surprised to find that the youngest players who stick around tend to be at least high-school age.

Now the game seems to attract the creative and artistic section of the online population, and the kind of talent most often represented is traditional or digital artwork. In order to bring crafty people out of the woodwork a group of players run seasonal themed extravaganza events -complete with competitions.

It also helps to add a bit of variety to the game. There are only so many pretty pixel ponies you can collect before you run out of space for them.

To my great excitement, the most recent Extravaganza event was Steampunk themed.

I LOVE Steampunk!

And I had a bowler hat lying around that I couldn't wear because it makes me and one of my best-guy-friend  look far too much alike.

It was the perfect confluence of events ^.^;

Here is the hat that got attacked:

And the original swathe of supplies:

I've never tried to Steampunk anything before, and I'm not a fan of warm colours (And Steampunk stuff is generally in browns, creams and bronzes) so I went for black, silver and blue.

Because High-Class Steampunk Ladies could theoretically exist, and if they did they could afford to wear high-maintenance colours.

That and because I could, that's why!

I made a hatband by folding wide black lace in half over the blue ribbon and sewing it down to mute the blue a little. I used glass seed beads to hide my stitches, since I didn't have any sewing thread that matched the ribbon OR the lace >.<

For the fascinator I wrapped the two feather tassels together with silver ribbon and glued a pair of chain earrings into the back of a button to cover my horrible glue-gun work on the feathers.

I really really wanted to put a Hex Key behind the feathers, but my spare was so darn small you couldn't see it back there. It was a no-go. Instead I stuck some cog-like beads onto a useless little spanner and put that on. It really needed proper clock guts, but I didn't have any on hand.

Here we go, the finished hat:

From the left. . . 

The front. . .

The back. . . 

And on my head.

I hate cameras -.-

It's not exactly your traditional Steampunk, but it was my first and I'm very proud of it.

Happy crafting!