Friday, April 8, 2011

It's crochet and knitting time!

It's been a while since I ranted about dragon scarves and manuscripts and I figured it was time for a crafty-times update. Or rather, the Salt Lakians (aka: the people who taught me to knit) are visiting this weekend and it's time to own up.

For all of you that don't know, I am in the process of making this awesome-sauce dragon scarf. It is also my first knitting project and I have pretty much banned the idea of working on another project until I finish the stupid thing. Here's my progress:
Well, it does have two more spikes since last time.
I kind of fail. However, like I said before, at least I haven't started any other knitting projects. Yes. This scarf is my one and only foray into knitting hell. I feel like I am doing much better on the crochet circuit. Let's share, shall we?

First of all, my current crochet project, which is a delightful mouse doorstop. Yeah. That's right. A mouse doorstop. Check it:
Okay, so that's worse than the dragon scarf.
Right, so maybe that's only five rounds of goodness, but I've only been working on him for a day! And my attention span was kind of low on that day. Really. I don't suck this much. I'll show you.

Second concurrent crochet project: Totoro. I've made him before, but that was a gift for a friend and he was awesome enough that I've been slowly working on one for myself. Because Totoro is awesome. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, then it's time to get on Netflix and rent the movie. But yes, here is my Totoro progress thus far:
Mysterious blobs of grey yarn!
Mmm, arms, ears, and a tail. It doesn't look that impressive, I know, but eventually they'll all add up, right? Right? Okay, so that's nowhere near done. Well, how about this: I made a cute birdie!
Look at him! So cute, so tiny, so finished!
That's right, a finished project. Because I'm very much capable of actually finishing things. Okay, I'll admit it: this is slightly more fail than it looks. So maybe I was inspired by the pattern and I decided to make more than one bird. Maybe I wanted a flock and then my ambition puttered out. Maybe.
Yellow bird totally does not approve.
Okay, so maybe I'm not doing so fantastic in any ring of craft land. This is obviously why I'm not a professional fiber arts person, because my attention span for these things is relatively short. In fact, there are actually two more projects that I haven't even started yet: the stripey blanket that I've been "working on" since December and the red panda hat that I blabbed to Twitter about. Hopefully next time I decide to do a crafty-times post I'll have more to show for it. If not, feel free to make me pay, readers.

Anyway, what kind of crafty things do you guys do other than writing? Do you knit or crochet? Are you an artist? Or would you rather play sports and leave writing to be your only creative outlet? Tell me in the comments.


Kate Robertson said...

Great Post, I am sure you'll finish something this weekend. All the pictures were great. Maybe its time to pull out the dragon and begin again.

Sarah Robertson said...

Haha, glad you liked my ridiculous pictures. :) But yes, the mouse is coming along nicely thus far! We'll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

Jessie said...

I like to draw, but lately I've been thinking of getting into some more crafty things. I saw a cool book in a comic shop on how to make monsters out of old items of clothing. But OMG, now I want to make a Totoro! Is it hard to make a Totoro? I've been wanting one for ages but they are sooo expensive to buy :-/

Jessie said...

PS--I love the yellow birdie. Super cute :)

Sarah Robertson said...

Totoro was actually the first thing I ever crocheted, so he can't be all that bad. :3 Probably the worst bit is that the entire thing is done in rounds, but 99% of the pattern is single crochet, so it uses easy stitches.

If you ever decide to tackle it, I'm always free to offer any help! :)

Sarah Robertson said...

Eee! Glad you like him! :D

Brenna Braaten said...

You should have posted your pictures of Totoro, or at least linked to your dA so people could see what he looks like all finished and awesome. Or, you know, I could take a snazzy picture with him. . .

Sarah Robertson said...

I thought it would be anti-climatic to actually show a picture of something I've finished other than the bird, since I was trying to highlight on my failure. :P Everyone will get to see eventually when Totoro 2.0 is complete. But feel free to take snazzy pictures. They're cool too. :D

Brenna Braaten said...

I didn't get the whole fail theme.

Sarah Robertson said...

Ahhh, oops? Fail theme as in I haven't finished much of anything. :)

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