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FOs: crocheted and knit berets

As I have already stated, I love berets. But I also love procrastinating and being just a lazy bum. That’s why it took me ages to post about these two I made. The one you see below, in the left, is crocheted with two different yarns. I had this pattern that required thicker yarn, which I hadn’t. I wanted to make a neutral, oatmeal colored beret, but for some reason I paired this colour with pink. It doesn’t look too bad when you see it, but I’m not a fan of the colour, so I’ll be giving it to a friend that LOVES pink. Oh, and the pattern was from some blog but I lost it after getting strated, so I had to improvise the most part of it.

The one in the right was made with a pattern creadted by Natalie Larson from Strands of Me. Please, disregard my pouting face. I do look like that when I don’t smile, ugh. Anyway, I loved the beret and the pattern, but mine did not ended up as slouchy as hers. So I ‘m making another one, this time in brown, to see if changing the yarn will make it better.

Click here to check out my Ravelry notebook and see pictures of these and other projects of mine. You can also check my queue, which is huge!

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edit: I forgot to post a close up that shows the pattern a little bit better. the colouring is completely off, i know. look how beautiful this beret is:

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Sidebar updated + Oasis in SP

So I finally updated that side bar with everything I’m currently doing. Had to start reading Eça de Queirós for college and now I hate it that I never took the time to read it before. I have a huge pile of papers and books to read and this book is kinda boring and kinda long, a fatal combo.

I also stopped knitting that cowl because I had to go back to the pattern all the time and it is a bit impossible doing that in a bus. The Lady Parker Beret is way easier, so it’s fitted for this situation.

And I’ve been watching True Blood for quite some time now. It got me hooked right from the beginning and it has a great music theme. With all that teen hype surrounding Twilight, I was a bit doubtful about this show. I mean, I like vampires since I was little but this whole Edward-Bella drama… Well, let’s just say that if I had to pick a vampires’ book to kids and teens, it would be Vampirates.

Finally, as you can see, I’m still in love with Kings of Leon. I had this phase where I totally hated their last album, Only By the Night, but eventually that feeling fade out and now I adore it very much. I still think Aha Shake Heartbreak is the best ever, though.

And since we’re talking about music, I have to say I’m over the moon with joy. Oasis will be playing in São Paulo on the 9th May, just seven days after my birthday. For a few reasons, I’ve been saving every single penny that comes into my hands, but this is a super special occasion, most certainly, and I’ll be sure to get extremely good seats. Hopefully, we’ll be already having cold time to make everything even more perfect.

Below, check out the video for I’m Outta Time. Not my favourite Oasis’ song, but still quite cute. (This is a strategy ’cause I just don’t have the time to make a post with pictures and all that.)

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I *heart* rainbows

Colourful things are something I love to death, and I really believe that the brighter, the better. Using more than one colour in me at a time is one more thing that I’m very fond of doing. For all these reasons, there’s no way I couldn’t love rainbows!

Concurso Superziper - Kit Aslan

This one was made specifically for a swap and took quite some time to get ready. As I couldn’t find any free pattern on the internet and was not really inclined to buying one, coming up with my own little “recipe” was the solution. The thing is: I suck at reading and understanding patterns. So, how on earth was I supposed to create something nice? I started with a circle and went from there. After some trials and errors, I finally came up with the amount of stitches I should increase in each row, as well as the places those increases should happen.

Being able to make the effing pattern really made me proud, even though it is really a basic and free of mistery one. I’m excited with the new opportunities this may bring, so I’m sure to try and come up with many more patterns. And, as I said some time ago, I’ll be posting real soon a pdf for anyone who wiches to make a cute rainbow just like mine! I’ve already started, but we had Carnival last week and then I had to work this past weekend (gotta love being a journalist!), so there was little time left to make any real progress on it.

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Rainbow Swap contentsOn the right, the goodies I sent to my swap partner: the rainbow stuffie (of course), a cute fortune cookie (in the picture, with no fortune whatsoever) and a small cupcake (blueberry, I guess). They all turned out just great and I’m very pleased with myself for being able to sew all necessary parts. I really hate the sewing part, really do.

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Rainbow swap: received!

I love coming home to mail surprises and that’s what happened a couple days ago. The said surprise was a very cute rainbow plushie from a Swap-bot swap. Also included was a pair of star earrings with a littlebrilliant thing in the middle. Too adorable!

And that made me work harder on the one rainbow I’m making. I wrote a pattern by myself alone for the first time ever, yey! Ok, experienced crocheters may think this is nothing, but it took me quite some time to work out how many increases there should be in each row. Yeah, I know you do 6 for a full circle, so theoretically it should be half this number, but making it was a bit of a problem, for some reason I have yet to discover. Anyway, the pattern is ready and the rainbow is 20% complete, I guess. Strangely enough, I have no orange and yellow yarn, so I have to go buy them today. But as soon as I get them, it’ll be a matter of 2, 3 hours to finish the whole thing.

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Easy fortune cookie

It was a rainy afternoon, so I made a fortune cookie with the pattern I posted about a few days ago. Couldn’t have been easier! I used a bit of hot glue to make the two sides come together in a nice way, bu apparently I used too much glue, as you can tell by the picture. Well, I still love my cookie! =) Check out the project’s page HERE, where you’ll find the link to the pattern. Or just roll down to this post I made about amigurumi.

Crocheted fortune cookie

Edit: I changed the pattern a tiny little bit and forgot to mention that. In the last round, I abandoned the single crochets and worked only double crochets. I guess I made my stitches too tight, so the circle was bit too stiff and the borders were turning out weird. After the dc round, it was easier to shape the cookie.

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Amigurumi: make a bunch!

Lately, I haven’t had much time for crafting, so I’m much more into crochet. As much as I love knitting, it usually takes me so long to get an item ready, that I feel that, for the time being, crochet is the way to go. It is much more quicker and its patterns are, most of the times, not so complicated. So I signed up for this amigurumi pattern swap and had to sort a lot of links and patterns out. The results are below; these are the links I sent to my partners. I sure hope whoever comes by this blog enjoys it!

Fortune cookies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Wmm6DX8qA
Easy to make, they would be great as party favors. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen this idea somewhere, but with cookies made of paper.

Octopus:
http://flickr.com/groups/octopusrevolution
The flickr group has this pattern up on their main page and hundreds of versions of the tiny animal on its archive. The image I chose to illustrate – a pirate octopus – was made by GlamCookie.)

Pocket animals and forest friends:
http://www.sarahanns.com/crochetworks/animals.html
Learn how to make not one or two, but EIGHT different amigurumi: mouse, rabbit, racoon, robin, owl, skunk, chipmunk and porcupine.

Cherry pickers:
http://www.roxycraft.com/crochet_cherry_pickers.htm
Lovely cherries may look beautiful on a fruit basket, but these can double as a cute pair of earrings!

Cute little bunny:
http://www.geocities.com/thelibrarian18/bunny.html
This is just the cutest bunny I’ve ever seen. I guess there is one kinda like this on that Softies’ book.

Poo:
http://puchitomato.livejournal.com/16545.html
I still don’t really know if having a little poo on your desk somewhere is lovely or plain disgusting. But this is quite an adorable amigurumi, really.

Peas in a pod:
http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2006/05/19/two-peas-in-a-pod/
This is, actually, a knitting project. I love small items of food, so I fell in love with this, even though I’m not one for peas (or any vegetables, in fact).

Interested in more patterns? Go have a look at this two links: AmiList e Coats and Clark.

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Have a cupcake, will ya?

Cupcakes (almost) readyI’m totally in love with making cupcakes. I got this recipe from a Ravelry user and it really rocks. I mean, making this batch was pretty much a piece of cake (no pun intended!). As I am a slow crafter, it took me about one hour and fifteen minutes to make each one of these, including filling and sewing. I was supposed to make a bird last night, but I’m sick and got very much tired halfway through it. I finished the crochet this morning, but I have to leave to meet my cousin, so I will only be able to finish it tonight. It is adorable, though and will be comfortably sitting in a little white metal cage I bought on Monday.

See the project page here. There, you can find the link for the pattern. Its author, Hannah, is listed in my link page. Click here and you’ll be directed to her blog, BitterSweet.

(in the picture, three of a set of five cupcakes. i used different yarns, so the pink topping was smaller and I had to make it bigger. that’s why it looks kinda crooked – it ended up flatter and bigger than the others, because I enlarged it too much. =p )