2018 Creative Plans

  • Release a collection of knit & crochet patterns inspired by the characters from Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure. I made a tumblr specifically for this project, which you can check out over here. These patterns would be released throughout the year, still iffy on if they’re going to be free or paid.
  • Release a Spring/Summer (but mostly summer) 2018 collection. Not sure if I’ll also do the patterns as well, but I will definitely have the FOs for sale either through my Etsy or by other means.
  • I want to use my spring break this semester to shoot a lookbook for this S/S 18 collection out before the items are put up for sale.
  • Maybe make a monthly media roundup post for this blog for things that caught my interest?
  • Bonus goal: if I could go to a convention and get Jojo cosplayers to model my stuff, that would be awesome!
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No Conventions 2018

I mentioned this in passing back in November, but I might as well elaborate on why I’m not participating in any artists’ alleys (with the exception of Macomb A Con) this year.

Knitting and crochet are on the time-consuming side of the crafting world, and trying to pull a profit at a convention with my type of products tend to be a hard sell compared to other fandom crafts. Not only do I price higher, but my products are also seasonal items. Due to the time I usually participate at artist alleys, my hats would most likely get one to two month’s worth of use before the weather becomes too warm to make their use practical.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the thrill of having a booth and still enjoy the “con crunch” adrenaline rush I got while making my items to sell, but this came at the cost of not having as much time as I would have liked to work on my own original designs. I want to get back to that creative grind I had back in the summer of 2016, where I was pushing my abilities and undertaking large projects without any hesitation or having to think “is this going to sell at a convention”?

During Inktober, posting redesigns of items I put in the reject pile (this dress being one of them) reinforced this thought in my mind. When I get ready for conventions, I usually crochet items from my “safe zone”, AKA things I know would have a high chance of selling, such as my Totoro and TARDIS beanies, and small amigurumi keychains. I didn’t really think of doing things outside of that safe zone. I’d like to take some time this year just to not worry about multiple looming convention deadlines, and just chill and make some garments. I also haven’t published any patterns last year, and I’d like to get back to writing those as well.

With that being said, I’m still trying to make time to attend those local cons (Con Ja Nai, LTU Anime Con, Washi Con) and say hi to all the fellow artists and crafters that I’ve become acquainted with over the past two years. I hope to see your lovely faces sometime soon!

…and we’re back.

Finally dusting off this old place! I’m bringing back the blog so I can have a place to write without needing to take an aesthetically pleasing picture prior to. I could’ve just continued with using Instagram Stories, but having a permanent place for these thoughts is nice as well. Besides project updates and free patterns, I’m planning to write a (hopefully helpful) guide to pattern design and maybe once in a while a piece on my viewing and listening recommendations. For my followers: Thanks for sticking through all this radio silence, I appreciate it ūüėĀ

Maker Faire Detroit!

This past weekend I attended Maker Faire Detroit, where I volunteered at the NeedleArts Zone sponsored by The National Needlearts Association. In this space I taught visitors to Maker Faire how to knit and crochet, and I enjoyed it so much last year that I had to do it again! This event is located inside and around the Henry Ford Museum, with the NeedleArts Zone located in between the vintage cars and airplanes. We received a lot of foot traffic due to our location being on the path to get to the outdoor activities, so there was never a shortage of onlookers and students!

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The NeedleArts Zone had areas for the visitors to learn and see demos on spinning, weaving, needlepoint, cross-stitch, knitting and crochet. Over the course of the day each zone fluctuated in amount of students, but overall the NeedleArts Zone was well attended-and a hit with families!

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The Big Weekend

This past weekend was pretty big, considering the magnitude of work I’ve had to do to prepare for it. This past Saturday, I was a vendor at Arts & Scraps’ Community Sidewalk Sale, and the day after I was a featured artist at Knit Sew Fabulous’ Model Appreciation Day! I’m going to do my best to summarize the weekend up in one post, so this is your heads-up for a lengthy (and picture filled) post!

Arts & Scraps Community Sidewalk Sale

Side note: I ended up driving out a bit too early, so I decided to swing by Roosevelt Park to see if my mandala I made at a Yarn Bomb Detroit meeting a month ago was still there.

Here’s a pic of when I attached it at the start of June:

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And here it is now!

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Not too bad, if I do say so myself! I still ended up arriving too early anyway ^^;;

When I arrived at Arts & Scraps to set up my booth, I was slightly annoyed at the slight drizzle that was happening that morning, but I made the most out of it by finding a spare rag in my car and cleaning up the tables I brought.

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The booth!

Most of what I was selling were items leftover from Con Ja Nai and Macomb A Con, along with some rave hoods that I recently made. I also offered comissions on custom clothing items, just in case anyone was interested.

My friend Lynette of Knit Sew Fabulous was also running a booth at the event, which was great because I was in the middle of finishing up her custom top and I could ask her for all the fit checks and detail specifications I needed, hehe…

She also made me aware of a free pile at the side of the Arts and Scraps warehouse and I ended up snagging this wooden heart frame that was drowning in fake flowers.

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When I have the time, I’ll be making this into my sign for future booths! I’m definitely thinking of adding yarn roses to the frame, but maybe not as much as the frame previously did!

Model Appreciation Day

Sunday was a busy day, especially when mildly sleep deprived. Right when I got home from the Arts and Scraps sale I ate dinner, slept for maybe three or four hours, and jumped right back into work to finish up items for the models to wear.

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My small, humble display table. Does the red, white, and blue bikini in the back look familiar?

My arm and wrist started to act up after a few hours of work, so I decided to call it quits on building anything new and decided to focus on making the finishing touches to the tops and dress I completed.

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Model Appreciation Day in full swing at Eastern Market!

On the left you can see Lynette and a model showing off a poncho that also doubles as a skirt, and on the right was the photoshoot corner.

The frist thing that got modelled was my granny square dress. I’ll go into the construction into more detail in a later post, but it took my friend Melanie and I roughly six to seven hours sewing the squares into a skirt, and then an additional two to three hours of me figuring out how to attach the skirt to the top I made prior. This was a crazy build from start to finish, and I was blown away at how amazing it looked on a model!

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Here’s Tammy modeling the dress!

Tammy also modeled one of the bikini tops as well:

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Here she is modeling my bra top, with jewelry by Salika’s Jewels.

Shannon modeled the top I made for Lynette!

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As part of the thank-you gift to the models, they could pick a pair of earrings from the display. Shannon ended up picking a pair that I made!

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Overall I’m very proud of what I managed to accomplish this weekend, and I’m over the moon to see all the compliments I’ve recieved for my work!

 

 

World Wide Knit in Public Day!

After a lack of internet and some family item to attend to, this post is finally published! Whoo!

June 18th was World Wide Knit in Public Day, where yarn enthusiasts of any of the needlearts can come together and socialize. I spent the afternoon with my friend Lynette of Knit Sew Fabulous, where she was hosting arm knitting classes outside of Savvy Chic. 

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(Photo credit to Lynette Halalay/Knit Sew Fabulous)

I brought my crochet work to the event, as I was working on a prototype top.

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After finishing Mark I, I found out that the acrylic yarn I was working with was way too stretchy to wear properly, and ended up making a second top with all cotton yarn. You can see the Mark II of this top on Instagram! I’ll probably end up remaking it again because I found some inconsistent measurements until it was too late. But hey, practice makes prefect, right?

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Lynette also brought her spinning wheel to the event. It just so happened that a lady that knew how to spin was walking by, and asked to try out Lynette’s wheel. The three of us ended up having a great conversation about the benefits of knitting and crocheting, which mindset is better inclined towards knitting or crochet, and how boys end up liking spinning because of the machinery involved.

As soon as that was mentioned, the spinning wheel caught the attention of a small brother and sister duo who ended up learning how to spin and knit for a bit! Our discussion mere minutes before was rather spot on; the boy immediately took to the spinning wheel and was just so interested by the mechanics behind the device and paid rapt attention to the explanation. To see children have a genuine interest in the needle and fiber arts was probably the highlight of the day for me!

Overall this was a fun and relaxed event to attend, and I hope that everyone that attended similar meetups for World Wide Knit in Public Day enjoyed themselves as well!

 

Free Pattern: Red, White, and Blue-kini Top

For me, summer starts with Memorial Day weekend. The local parks start to fill with people, Movement starts downtown, and there’s an absurd amount of fireworks going off in my neighborhood.

…Anyway, here’s a nice top to get you into the summer spirit!

I actually rushed this pattern to get it released before Memorial Day weekend, so if you start this pattern today it should be ready to go by tomorrow. This pattern would best fit A through C cups.

Keeping with my Cold Sheep Challenge and only using yarn I had in my stash, this was made with LeeWards’ Sport in the colorway Royal Blue (held double) and LeeWards’ Orlon Sayelle in Scarlet and White.

As this brand I have used has been discontinued, I¬†recommend using Bernat Super Value in the colorways Berry, White and Royal Blue or Deborah Norville Everyday Worsted in the colorways in Really Red, White, and Royal Blue. Using¬†Lion Brand’s 24/7 Yarn¬†in the colorways Red, White, and Navy¬†is another great option as it is a cotton yarn and would make your top more breathable in the summer heat!

Materials:

  • Worsted Weight yarn in Red, White, and Blue
  • G (4.25mm) hook (or one to meet gauge)
  • N (9.00 mm) hook or any larger hook size for attaching fringe

Gauge:

  • 8 dc = 2 inches (~5cm)
  • 4 rows of dc = 2 inches (~5 cm)

Stitches Used (with Moogly tutorials linked):

Special Stitches:

  • Triple Half Double Crochet Increase (3hdcinc): Hdc into the same stitch 3 times.

Additional Notes

  • Because of my tension I tend to use one less chain stitch when making my starting and turning chains, but for the sake of convenience for most crocheters, I’m using the “most standard” conventions (ch3 for a dc starting chain, etc) in the pattern.
  • Starting chains do not count as the first stitch.

Pattern:

Body

Row 1:88 FDC

Row 2: Chain 3, dc in the same st and across the row. Repeat until you have 4 rows of dc, including your foundation row. Break yarn, weave in ends, and set this part aside.

Cups (Make 2)

Row 1:Ch 14, hdc in the 3rd ch and across (10 hdc). At the final st (the first chain you made), hdc 3 times into the st, and hdc across the other side of the chain (23 hdc total). Turn your work.

Row 2: Ch 3, hdc until you reach the 3hdcinc, make a 3hdcinc in the first hdc of the increase. Hdc to the end of the row (26 hdc). Turn your work.

Repeat this increase row 8 more times and break your yarn, leaving around a foot and a half of yarn for attaching.

Not sure where to place your 3hdcinc? Here’s a diagram I drew:

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Why don’t I do the increase in the middle hdc? I find that the work seems to slant a bit to one side if I do so. This may be because of my tension. If you prefer, feel free to make the increase in the middle of the increase.

Assembly

Place markers 22 sts from the left and right of the body, attaching the left and right ends of the cups using the yarn tails. Here’s another diagram to help you out:

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(I added the cups’ yarn tails to help with positioning)

Straps (for each cup)

With your blue yarn, sc2tog with the top two hdc of the cup. Starting with the left side of the sc2tog, make 32 FSC, ch 15, Break yarn and weave in ends.

Border:

With the right side of the work facing you and starting from the bottom of the right side of the piece, attach the blue yarn, ch 1, *sc, ch 3, sc into the same space, repeat from * three more times to end up with four loops for the corset segment. Sl st across until you reach the left end of the piece, repeat from * to complete the corset back, break yarn, weave in ends.

Even more diagrams!

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Fringe Section

Row 1: With the right side of the work facing you, attach your white yarn to the first dc after the one used in making the bottom corset loop, ch 1, sc into the same st and across (86 sc).

Row 2: Ch 3, dc into the same st and the next, *ch 1, 2dc, repeat from * until you have 13 pairs of 2 dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, **ch 1, 2dc, repeat from ** until the end of the row (58 dc, 86 sts total).

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st and across (86 sc). Break yarn, weave in ends.

Fringe parts

Make 14 white and 12 red fringe parts, using 6 pieces of foot long yarn for each piece. For the red center section, use 10 pieces of 13-inch long yarn instead. Attach by folding the yarn in half, and pulling the loop through the ch 1 sections at the bottom, bringing the loop tot he front of the work, and pulling the free section of yarn through the loop. (Here’s a tutorial if you need help!)¬†Trim the ends of the fringe to an even length, or you can do this cool chevron thing I did:

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(This took a lot more measuring than I expected…)

The center fringe is 6.5 inches long starting at the knot, and for each fringe on either side I decreased the length by half an inch until the fringe length hit 3 inches. I trimmed a bit on the long side at first, then evened everything out. It’s kind of like giving your pieces a haircut!

Here’s the post-trim aftermath:

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If you’re a bit more conservative with your yarn, you may want to measure your fringe pieces before attaching. Starting from the center, the lengths to cut your yarn are 13 in, 12 in, 11.5 in, 11 in, 10.5 in, 10 in, 9.5 in, 9 in, 8.5 in, 8 in, 7.5 in, 7 in, and two 6 in pieces.

Corset Cord

Ch 150, Break yarn. Lace up the back.

Feel free to sell anything you make with this pattern, but please give credit to Cuddlelump Crafts in the listing or on the item tag.¬†I put a ton of work into writing this up (and in such short time) and I’d appreciate it if you give credit where it’s due!