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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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going on a trip!

Hello all, I’ll be away until December 27th, visiting my grandparents in LA, going to Vegas with the family, and enjoying the holidays.

Crafts-wise, I’m going to bring the DNA scarf project. I think I just need 2 more pattern repeats until I finally finish! So most likely you can check back in a week or so and see the finished scarf! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe I’ll also bring the scrap black yarn to make another crochet cat/dog? Really not sure if there is enough yarn though… I think I should probably save it to use in other projects. Black is such a common color. I was thinking of finding some patterns for amigurumi Zelda figures?
I should really bring the CPH, but there’s way too much stuff to bring for that project. Eventually I will finish it!
Or I could bring the random pink yarn I have and try making hearts? Should start that early. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, well, as you can see, even though it’s the morning before I leave, I’m still not exactly sure what to pack. OH, I have to find my DS and the charger to bring those for sure!

Anyways, that’s it for my rambling. Warm wishes for the holidays, and I hope everyone is able to spend it with their families/friends/loved ones. ๐Ÿ˜€ See you all in a week or so

Happy Holidays!

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crochet cats

Hello again! Here’s the first post with actual content for winter break! So, even though last time I said I was going to try to work on my WIPs, I decided to work on something different entirely.

Last year or so, I made my first crochet project, a black cat, supposed to look like the one from Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. (I love that movie!!) I ended up changing the eyes/nose a bit, so my project looks like just a generic black cat. ๐Ÿ˜›

Today, my family had an early Christmas party with my aunt and uncle, since we are going to be in Vegas/Los Angeles over Christmas. Since we were exchanging gifts, I decided to make another one of the crochet cats to give to my aunt and uncle.

crochet cats
(The original one to the left, and the newer one to the right.)

Random thoughts under the cut!

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knitting stuff (fall quarter/winter break)

Wow. Did you know that I started drafting thus post in October of last year? This first paragraph I wrote back then is amazingly still applicable.

Time always seems to pass by so quickly whenever school is in session. I can’t believe that it’s already fifth week and that we’re almost halfway through with this quarter. Classes and MASA have been keeping me busy, so not quite so much crafting time.

(Well it is only fourth week now, but still…)

Anyways, I have a few things to blog about from over winter break! Needed a break from my life right now…

First up, the Garterlac dishcloth and the tribble from a ball of Lily Sugar and Cream in Strawberry.
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I like the dishcloth pattern and feel like it works well with the yarn’s striping, but I think I really need to focus on picking up stitches evenly. The corners are not so nice here. In the future, I’d want to try this as the entrelac scarf or hat pattern.tribble
The tribble was a fun quick knit. I want to try making more with my other scrap yarn. I think closing it would be good practice for doing a beanie!

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Next, the My Kind of Town Cowl. A super easy knit done in a chunky yarn – quick to knit up. I like it! Not sure if it’s too small though. I only used one ball. Also yarn is a bit sheddy, with these navy blue fibers sticking to my shirts. Mm if I did this again, I’d use a different yarn and allow more yardage.

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Finally, a progress shot of my CPH, which is FINALLY started after like… three years? Hahaha. I am the master of procrastination. It’s actually back in hibernation again, while I’m at school this (and probably next) quarter.

Also, I bought some pretty gray yarn, intending to make this:
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Haha. I wonder if this is going to turn into another CPH, shelved for a few years?

Well, that’s it for knitting for a while. So hmmm, next post is gonna be an announcement. After that, we’ll see. Wish me luck this quarter!

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stuffed animals

Stuffed crocheted animals can be called amigurumi, but I wonder what term you use when they’re made by knitting instead.ย  According to Wikipedia, amigurumi is a designation for both knitted and crocheted animals. but when I hear amigurmi, my only associaton is with crochet.ย  Oh well..

Anyways, whatever you want to call it, here are two stuffed creatures. One knitted squid and one crocheted cat.

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Yay for Squiddy! I totally finished most of this two years ago, during my first obsession with knitting. I used Cascade Wool 220, purchased somehwere while I was in Alaska.ย  Earlier, I had knitted up a pair of Dashing fingerless gloves with the skein, so while this was still in progress, I ran out of yarn.ย  I decided to hibernate the project, discouraged, and finally decided to just finish Squiddy this week.ย  So, that’s why this poor squid only has six appendages: two tentacles and four arms.

I tried to do a french knot for the eyes, as instructed, but I didn’t really get how it was supposed to be done, especially since I didn’t have a tapestry needle.ย  Instead, I made up this weird loopy knot using the crochet hook, and now the right eye is a bit loose. :/ย  I should learn how to do french knots for real though.ย  There’re some amazing projects done with them, like this moon. OH, actually THIS MOON is the one that I was thinking about.

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And here’s Jiji the Cat! It’s supposed to look like the one in the Ghibli movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service. It’s not quite done, but I forgot my pink yarn at home, so I’ll have to embroider a nose on later, then stitch the eyes on as well.ย  I think it still looks cute, despite my crocheting errors.

At one point in the pattern, it mentions to crochet through only the back loop. I didn’t know what that meant, so found this website to explain.ย  Apparently, the way I’d been crocheting wasn’t normal, and so I had done the whole head and body already entirely through the back loops.ย  I still wanted to have some distinction at that row, so I instead crocheted through only the front loop. ๐Ÿ˜›ย  I wonder if this is the reason why there are all these unattractive holes by the increases or decreases, or if they’reย  just my mistakes.

And so, that brings a real close to my summer projects. If I’ve time, I think I’ll actually try to finish and attach the sleeves of ma Cherie Amour, or finish up the DNA scarf…. Or maybe it’ll be another year or so before things get done again. ๐Ÿ˜›

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