Phoenix Wright Beanie

Today is my last day of finals. I’m taking a quick break to write up this post, and then I should really get back to studying. There’s a lot of stuff going on…

Anyways, here is the Phoenix Wright hobo hat, as it appears in the the fourth Ace Attorney game! Complete with the :O face button and everything! Compare it with the official Hobohodo art here at court-records.net

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I started knitting this at the beginning of the quarter in January, when I was watching a movie with two of my friends. I was pretty busy during the quarter, but I managed to work in 2 or 3 days where I watched Doctor Who and knit at home. I enjoy having those kinds of quiet, lazy days every so often, as a relaxing break from life.

This was my first time trying to do 2 color knitting that was not in rows, so I had to learn about intarsia and fair isle knitting. At the beginning, I tried to use the fair isle technique, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it work in the round. I ended up doing intarsia, which was still pretty complicated! There were so many butterflies of yarn to keep track of. I know that in some places I got the strands twisted, and knit it out of order, because on the inside there are a few strands of floating yarn. At least it’s on the inside and doesn’t show! Weaving in the ends after I finished with the color block was not fun either. SO MANY ENDS. I’m pretty happy with how it looks in the end though!

Besides knitting with intarsia, this pattern was pretty simple! I used the Classic WWII Watch Cap pattern, slightly modified. For charting the “PaPa” on the hat, I used the typed instructions from here. Since the hat was pretty basic, it was quick to knit up.

For the button, I bought some of those plastic pins from Michaels and inserted a printed out image. For the image, I just used Photoshop to make something similar. I was thinking about purchasing a real button, but decided that the shipping would take too long.

So yup, I finished this earlier in March, so that I was able to gift it to someone. :)
I think that it’s pretty cool! For me, the colors are a little bright, and I don’t usually wear hats, but I just love that it’s from Phoenix Wright. I actually have a lot of yarn left over, so if I have time, I might try to make a few more! I think that this would be perfect for a simple cosplay costume.

Anyways, hope that you all enjoyed this update! I recently bought 2 skeins of a green bamboo yarn, but I really should try to knock out some of my longstanding WIPs. I can’t remember which projects that I have lined up right now, so it’s a mystery what my next crafty post will be about! Wish me luck on my finals and misc. stuff, and I’ll hopefully get back to you soon.

Best wishes to anyone else still in the grasp of finals (and also to those who are already free. :P)

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mid-quarter updates

Hey all! School has started, and it’s the beginning of the fourth week now. I’ve kind of dropped off the map on posting here (yet again). :P

My classes this quarter aren’t too difficult, but I’m busy with working on a new club and starting the post-graduation job search. Still, I’m procrastinating a bit: I’m working on knitting the Phoenix Wright beanie, while watching the new Sherlock BBC!

I think I haven’t posted pictures of all the winter break projects yet, so check back in a week or so! So yup, that’s basically it. If you’re interested in more frequent posts (although of a differently geared focus), check out my tumblr or my dreams blog (contact me for link)!

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crochet lace scarf and heart

Queen Anne's Lace Scarf

When I started knitting and crochet, my grandma gave me a few skeins of a pink yarn. I couldn’t decide what to do with it for the longest time. Over my winter break trip to LA and Vegas, trying to stash-bust, I brought these with me.

I was browsing the Ravelry pattern database, and found this pattern for a crochet scarf. After having made the crochet cats, I was in the mood for crochet. I think crochet projects are faster than knitting ones actually.

For this project, I used the tutorial from Mr. Micawber’s, to make the matching scalloped edges.

It was actually a pretty easy project! This the second big project that I crocheted, so definitely it’s good for beginners. It’s also quick to make, so would be perfect for gifting.

I was able to get two scarves and an amigurumi heart out of the yarn.
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DNA scarf

DNA scarf

I cast on for this project when I first started knitting in 2008, and now I’ve finally finished with it! I learned how to read a chart by doing this. This was also the first time that I steam blocked something. I really like the pattern, and want to try putting it on some other projects! In fact, I’m making a pair of fingerless gloves! :)

Instead of using the full pattern with the mock twist cables, I did a k1p1 ribbing on the sides. The scarf curls a bit, even after blocking, so it probably would have been better to make the ribbing longer or to use a different stitch.

DNA scarf detail

Here’s a close up of the pattern. :)

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end of winter break

I actually drafted this post on my phone while waiting for my flight back to school.  I’m back now,

So over break, a few projects got done:

  • Crochet Cat
  • DNA Scarf
  • 2 Queen Anne’s Lace Scarves
  • Pop heart amigurumi
  • Autumn in Garrison hat
  • 1 of the DNA fingerless gloves

But some projects continued their long hibernation:

  • CPH
  • Pokemon Hoodie

And now I’m going back to school, where there won’t be as much free time. Still, I brought back my knitting and crochet supplies, hoping to get maybe one or two projects underway!

I’m bringing my remnants of my Caron’s simply soft for the Ravenclaw scarf, 2 skeins in a forest green, and 1 skein in a bright blue.

Actually, right before we left for the airport, I was browsing patterns in Ravelry, and stumbled across this one for the Phoenix Wright Hobo hat. So perfect! I had to stop off at Michaels to buy a pink for the “PaPa” part. I wanted to get something from the same line, so was considering Caron’s Simply Soft in Watermelon. It did seem a bit too bright though, so I ended up going with Debbie Bliss’ Snapdragon. I’m so excited! Now I have to look for a source for that pin. :)

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christmas thank you cards

Here’s a quick post with the cards. Tomorrow I’ll try to weave in ends, possibly block the knitting/crochet stuff, so I can do a photoshoot. :)

thank you christmas 2011

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Made 3 in this style.

I pulled 9 sheets from the Christmas scrapbooking pad that I bought last month, made 12 cards. All of these are pretty simple. I matched it to the size of the other cards we are sending out, so they can be in the same envelope.
I think my favorite is the first in the first row or the middle in the center row. :) The penguin is cute though.

While doing the lettering, I started listening to The Hunger Games audiobook. So excited for the movie!

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since i’ve been gone…

Hi all, hope that you enjoyed the holidays, and are off to a good start for the new year!  One of my resolutions is to update my blogs more frequently and to get more involved with the blogging community! It’s a lot of work to keep up, so we will see how it goes!

Anyways, during the downtime over the holidays, I managed to get a lot of knitting/crochet done!  A lot of the progress was made in the long drives to and from the Bay Area to Los Angeles and from there to Las Vegas. Real posts (with pictures) to come! Or you can check my Ravelry for other details in the meantime. :)

  • Finished up the DNA Scarf! Had some adventures with the iron, when I tried steam blocking for the first time at my hotel in Vegas.
  • Finished the Pop Heart Amigurumi. Started this in LA, but my hook broke right in the middle of this (cheap plastic!), so I had to finish it at home.
  • Fell in love with the Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf pattern, and crocheted two of them!
  • Made the Autumn in Garrison Hat. I’m not sure if I like how I look with hats, since I almost never wear them, but this was a fun pattern.
  • Wanted to use up the last skein of my Cascade 220, and decided to make DNA fingerless gloves. My first time improvising this much on a pattern, so hopefully it goes well. I’m basing the construction off of the simple Alice Wrist Warmers. :)

Today, I spent my time making the thank you cards for Christmas, so that post will be coming up soon too!

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