4th Doctor Scarf

This weekend is San Diego Comicon weekend. So, in honor of it, I wanted this week’s post to be about something geeky, my 4th Doctor scarf!

Actually I really should say my friend’s 4th Doctor scarf. When I started making it, my friend asked if he could have it once I finished it. So, it’s now his. ๐Ÿ™‚

I planned on making the scarf last year, but I was too busy to work on it. A few months ago, while doing spring cleaning, I found the yarn I bought for the scarf and decided to make it.

I finished making it last month and worked on it everyday for three weeks.

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Easy Knitted Baby Blanket

In last week’s post, I talked about knitting a blanket for my dog using a knitting pattern I used to make two baby blankets with. At first I didn’t think I should talk about them in a post, but I ended up changing my mind. I also rewrote most of the post because I originally wrote it last year and, well, nine months is a long time to let a post go unfinished. ๐Ÿ˜›

When I made these blankets, I didn’t know anyone who was pregnant, but I still wanted to improve my knitting skills so I can make a baby blanket quickly in case I was invited to a baby shower. I made two blankets, one using pink and white ombre yarn and one with blue and white ombre yarn.

When I took photos of the blankets for this post, I couldn’t find the pink blanket, so the only photo I can post is of the blue one.

The pattern I used to make the blankets is from this video on Youtube from About.com, the same one I used for my dog’s blanket. I Since I knit differently than the way the video says to, I modified the pattern some so I could knit my way. It took me about three weeks to finish knitting both blankets, which is the fastest I ever knitted something. Or in this case, two somethings.

I’m very pleased with the way the blankets turned out and I hope that I will have the ability (And time) to knit someone a blanket for their baby shower!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

Brownie’s Knitted Blanket

This post is a long time coming, but for whatever reason I never got around to making it. Ugh.

Near the end of last year, my dog Brownie became very upset with me. She was angry that I was spending all my time knitting instead of petting her. Back then, my family member just passed away and she was feeling very down a lonely, as was I. In order to cheer her up and let her know that I didn’t forget about her, I decided to knit her a blanket.

I made it using this pattern for a baby blanket on youtube. I finished it last year and it is made out of purple, machine washable yarn. I forgot the name of the yarn I used, but I know I bought it at Walmart. It isn’t very large, but that’s ok. I don’t need to it be very big for Brownie. And it was a fairly easy pattern to knit so it was perfect for a knitter to build up their confidence.

I finished it last year, but I didn’t give it to her until a few weeks ago. (I was lazy and didn’t finish it enough so it won’t fall apart after dog use) It’s now summertime in Arizona so Brownie isn’t very happy to have a warm blanket, but I think she’ll like it when the weather starts to cool off.

Although I made this blanket for my dog, I made two other blankets using the same pattern from the same video. I don’t know if I’ll end up writing a post about it, but since they came before Brownie’s blanket, I think the wording in that post will be weird. Still, I’m considering it.

That’s all for now and thank you for reading!

2016 Sewing, Photography, and Art Roundup

Excuse the reflective beginning of this post, but to put it bluntly, 2016 was not a fun year for me. Also, please excuse the amount of photos in this post. I wanted I worked on this year that I’m pleased with to get mentioned in my post.

2016 is almost over and I’m happy to see it over. This year, like many people I talked to, I didn’t really have a great year. My year wasn’t good mostly because I took care of an ill family member and that family member eventually passed away. When it sunk in that my family member wasn’t going to live as long as I believed they could, I had a very hard time talking care of my family member knowing that there was nothing I could do to help them. But, with the assistance of my immediate family, friends, and faith, I got through it. I feel a lot better than I did a few months ago, but when I decided to go through 2016’s post to see what I can talk about in this end of year post, I felt sad because I didn’t get to do nearly as much as I planned to this year.

If I learned anything from 2017, it is that life is unpredictable in both good and bad ways and no amount of planning can save you from the unpredictable. Although I am sad my family member is no longer with me, I know they are in a better place and that I did my best taking care of them. I also learned how important family and friends are in a person’s life, how much grit and strength I truly have, and what loyalty really looks and feels like. I am a different person now and, although what I went through was very painful, I am glad I went through it. I may be a different person than I was in the beginning of the year, but I am a better person now. And I’m thankful for it.

Since I had a hard time with my personal life, I didn’t have the time or energy to work on anything “artistic”. I would draw, sew, and take photos, but everything would fall to the waist side because I was more worried about other, more important things. Still, I tried to work the last half of the year so I could start blogging again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Continue reading “2016 Sewing, Photography, and Art Roundup”

Cable Knit Fingerless Gloves

It’s been a while since I talked about my knitting. I set my knitting aside for a while because I was more focused on sewing than knitting, but a few weeks ago I stepped outside during the night time and I realized I needed a jacket! It was weird because this happened in September and I normally do not feel cold enough to wear a jacket in Arizona during September. This made me realize that, after my weight loss this year, I didn’t have cold weather clothes that fit me anymore.

I was able to get a new coat but my fingerless gloves have finally gave up and fell apart. I had them for four years so I was very surprised they lasted that long. I looked around for new fingerless gloves I could buy, but I didn’t like the acrylic gloves I saw and I couldn’t wear the wool ones because of my wool sensitivity. So, I decided to knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves that I would like! Continue reading “Cable Knit Fingerless Gloves”

Amy Pond’s Scarf- The Light Blue Version

After a blogging vacation, I’m back! Although I have sewing, drawing, and photographs to share, I thought it would be a nice change if I talked about a new hobby I took up late last year… knitting!

I always wanted to learn how to knit, but it was never a top priority until I discovered I have a wool sensitivity. Although I can tolerate the yarn and fabric with wool fibers, I cannot tolerate 100% wool yarn or fabric. All fibers I touch with wool need to have another fiber mixed with the wool. Because of this, buying scarfs, sweaters, and coats became a hassle. After years of trying to buy a scarf I liked in a non wool fiber, I gave up and decided to make my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I like to push my skills in everything to it’s limit (Even if it means I fail), I decided to make Amy Pond’s scarf from the Doctor Who episode Night Terrors…

amy pond night terrors ref 1

I always likes the scarf but I never bought it because I was worried it would have wool in it. After scanning the internet, I discovered the scarf is 30% wool and 70% acrylic. Although my fear the scarf has wool in it was right, I own one scarf made out of yarn that is 30% wool and 70% acrylic and I can wear it without getting itchy. I’m not sure if I’ll end up looking for one in the future, but when I decided to make my own scarf, I told myself that if the scarf didn’t turn out right, I’d look for the real one because I can wear it. ๐Ÿ˜€

amy pond scarf

The pattern I used to knit my scarf was created my Sew Kurafty and can be found here. Since this was my first knitting project, I wanted to practice knitting parts of the scarf before I began working on the whole entire scarf. I’m very glad I did because it made knitting the scarf much easier than it would’ve been if I started working on the scarf without practicing. It ended up taking me three months of work before I finished my scarf. It was slow at first, but I became faster at knitting the more I worked on it. I’m still not a very fast knitter, but I am much faster that I used to be!

The yarn I used is I Love This Yarn! and is 100% acrylic. The colors I used are Black, Ocean, and Sea Blue. I used two skeins of black and ocean, but one of sea blue. I didn’t use all the yarn in the scarf, but I’m sure the leftover yarn will become practice yarn for future projects. :3

Although my scarf looks like it is the same colors as the scarf in the official Doctor Who picture, it’s not. The real scarf is actually teal/turquoise and black, not light blue and black. I decided to make mine light blue because I liked the way the light blue yarn looked against the black. I plan on making a turquoise version of the scarf, but after I finish other knitting projects first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Although there are some mistakes in the scarf (And you can see them if you closely examined the scarf), it hasn’t fallen apart and looks ok. In all, I’m very pleased with my first knitting project and am very excited to have a scarf that I like that is not made out of wool! I’m not sure if having this scarf will result in an Amy Pond costume, but it would be a great opportunity to wear the scarf more. Or a great excuse to make a turquoise version of the scarf. XD

Thank you for reading!