Friday, November 25, 2011

The Eyes Do Not Have It

Maybe it's time to take a break from Craftster for awhile. :) I saw something on there a few weeks ago that stuck with me: upcycled white sweatshirts turned into eyeball cat toys stuffed with catnip. I thought this was wildly innovative and I wanted to give it a try. Plus, sewing on the iris and pupil onto each eyeball was just a reason to play with the various stitches on my new machine.

I used Silver Penny's ball pattern for the white part of the eyes, and freehanded cut the pupils and irises. The white part of the eyes came from a Kid's Gap long sleeved shirt from the thrift store. I should have used a sweatshirt instead but I was in a hurry and didn't feel like going through allllllllllllllllllllllllllll the shirts to find a white sweatshirt. The colored pieces came from my stash.

Hannapt used four sections for her eyeballs. Silver Penny used six sections for their eye pattern. I think that if I had used four sections instead of six, they would have turned out smoother. I should have also used interfacing or fusing or whatever it's called to stabilize those colored parts before sewing. They look a little ratty to me without it.

I was actually hoping to make about twice as many eyeballs, so each cat I was sewing them for would get two for Christmas (Dixie, Odin and my sister's two cats). But I didn't like how they were turning out, so each cat is getting just one.

Monday, November 21, 2011

What I Did On My Vacation

I had enough time on my vacation to whip out two pairs of crochet socks. These are from the Learn To Crochet Socks book I bought when I started getting back into crochet in 2000.

This is the basic toe sock made with an H sized hook (because that's all I took with me).

Here are the second pair of socks. I just finished them (the top part of the cuff on one sock) tonight. The foot part is just a basic Lion Brand worsted weight of some sort. The cuffs, toes and heels are Malabrigo Yarn silky merino, #869 Cumparsita (God only knows where I got it. I've had this in my stash for awhile)  and I love how the colors go together so well. That Cumparsita is so rich looking against the Lion Brand, and it was so great to work with! These socks were truly made to fit moi. I lengthened the foot part (this pattern is worked with the cuff first and then from the heel down) so that it fit me more comfortably.

Ignore my linty floor. :)
This is the "Footloose," a lacy tube sock. The pattern actually calls for three different sized hooks, worked from the toe up and with the smallest hook first. However, I cheated and just used that H sized hook again.

This yarn is from Wisdom Yarns. It's the Poems 100% wool yarn (109 yards per skein). This was the same yarn I mentioned in my 2011 Favorite Things post a week ago. Each sock was a little more than one full skein. The picture in the book seems a little misleading. The socks look much shorter on the model's legs, but in reality, I left out a handful of rows because I thought they were getting a little long on my own legs. It's a very pretty pattern and the description of them being lacy is very accurate.