Friday, April 6, 2012

Finished Objects, Mainly Non-Anthropomorphic.


Here's the finished green-blob-in-the-center-of-the-photo from my WIP Wednesday post---an Easter avocado!  I made it from this fun pattern, and it worked up super, super fast.  Even the Sewing Bits weren't bad, as sewing together a crocheted project like this where you've made two pieces with the same shape and number of stitches is as fun and non-daunting as doing one of those sewing cards with the holes punched around the edge.

 I think it will look bizarre and charming nestled into an Easter basket (amidst some candy and a wind-up chick).  And it's for someone who loooves avocados, so I swear it makes sense, gift-wise!  It's not just gratuitous randomness!

Sadly, Easter-avocado was the only thing from my photo on Wednesday that I managed to finish in the interim, but do you all mind some more cheaty-bits from March?


Because I'm kind of in love with this pencil (designed by the same person who did the avocado, and she has more patterns I'm dying to try, too...)  I made it during a single episode of Smash on Hulu, and can't wait to do more of them.  (Anyone else watching Smash?  I gave it a go just because I love Anjelica Huston, and I'm not sure about it just yet---definitely has its moments, though, when it's not trying to be Broadway-Glee-for-(semi) grown ups.

Also, I finished and gave away my Giant Seekrit project so I can now reveal...

...my Very First Blanket!  Made from the excellent, popular, and strangely addictive  (I never thought I'd make---or want to make---anything this big, but it was fun, except when I worked on it too late at night and started fudging stitch counts) Beth's Little Star pattern, this beast is over a yard from point to point, which, while not huge in the grand scheme of crocheted blankets (at all), is huge for me.  I already want to make another one.

And fine, okay, one more food project to share, too.


Because I want everyone (well, all of y'all who crochet, anyway) to try the pattern.  It's done all in one piece, which is genius.  I almost giggled to myself with glee as I worked up the peel pieces (while watching season two of Southland on DVD...) because they came together so perfectly.  And no sewing.

Other people over at FO Friday and Fibers on Friday probably have projects that are less...uh, bananas, and you should go admire them and share some love. <3

41 comments:

  1. Hi Kathleen,

    Your finished projects are creative, I think my favorites are the avocado (love those) and your banana, love those also, but especially like putting frozen bananas in smoothies.

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    1. Mmm, frozen bananas. I like to freeze them in slices and then just pop them into some plain yogurt.

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  2. Oh, I don't crochet but that banana!!!too cool

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    1. I was so impressed with the pattern, I'm glad you like my finished product! Thanks! :)

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  3. Oh, an amigurumi that involves no sewing?! I'm in! Will be bookmarking the pattern! So glad to see your first blanket done :) I'm totally addicted to those star blankets, they are way too fun, but ya, you can totally mess them up if you work on them without paying attention!! LOL Good stuff!!

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    1. Yay, I hope you love the banana pattern as much as I did. :D And thanks for your "how to fold a starghan" post, which I totally pored over before sending the one I made off to its new home. Such a smart way to do it!

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  4. I'm having a hard time picking out a favorite... it might be the avocado. :-)

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    1. I'm kind of fond of the avocado. I was so happy to have just the right yarn colours lying around.

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  5. You make me want to learn to crochet!! I love all the projects. The avocado makes me think of growing up in California. The blanket--just plain awesome. You have tons of fun projects I just love seeing!

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    1. You know you want to come over here to the Dark Hooking Side! We have...uh...hooks! And many, many patterns for cute food! ;)

      I'm jealous of your California-avocado upbringing, LOL. I've always lived in New York, and would love to be somewhere where avocado trees grow, instead.

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    1. Thank you! You make such amazing things, it's really cool to hear that from you.

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  7. Ah, which project do I like the best? The pencil? The Banana? The Avocado? ...the blanket? Ah yes, such beautiful projects. You really make such fun projects.

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    1. I'm glad I can share the fun. :) I love making this stuff.

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  8. So creative! I love the star and the avocados.

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    1. Thanks. :) Both were great patterns to work with.

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  9. I love the banana and pencil. Super funny. Have just had a look at the pencil pattern and I think it might be with in my crochet capabilities so will have to give them a go! Yay. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. The pencil is super, super simple, all you have to do is single crochet! Plus it's small so it works up really fast, I'd definitely recommend it. I hope you enjoy making it if you do. :)

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  10. Loving the pencil - too cute! and the banana. I can't believe it is all in one piece! Very clever :)

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    1. I couldn't believe the banana was all one piece, either---when I looked at the pattern, I was expecting to have to make the peel bits separately and sew them on...and I didn't! :D

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  11. I absolutely LOVE the pencil!!! Like seriously LOVE it!!! So flippin' cute!! And the avocado and banana are awesome too!

    I just finished a star blanket and am halfway through a second one (both gifts so I haven't blogged them yet), but I used a slightly different pattern than you did. This one (http://thekidneybean.wordpress.com/crochet-patterns/chromium-star-blanket/) I really loved making them, but that is the project I lost my H hook for (which I still have not replaced), so haven't finished yet. Ugh!! I think you inspired me as I love the colors in yours!!!!

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    1. You should make a pencil or two---it was a really satisfying project, so quick and well-designed! They might make cute teacher gifts for your kids' teachers, come June?

      I can't wait to see your blankets---I looked at that pattern when I was choosing the one I made, how did it work out for you? And ugh, missing hooks. I just bought a new E hook recently...only to find the original one a few days later where it had rolled into a box of buttons. :|

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  12. Thank you for visiting my blog! Love your avocado, it would look very cute in an Easter basket. I watch Smash too, and Glee. Smash is better produced than most other shows on TV these days, and I hear they already signed for next season. Yay, more knitting time :-)

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    1. I'm so glad someone else is watching Smash! I agree that it's well-produced, something I really love is the way they sometimes do the musical numbers with like...some of the scene being the current reality in the rehearsal space, and then it shifts into the finished show, onstage with all the costumes, etc. I'm always impressed with those scenes!

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  13. You totally surprised me with the avocado. I would have never guessed it from Wednesday's post. Love it! The pencil and the banana are also very cute. I want to try making that banana. Your star blanket totally rocks! The colors that you used are mesmerizing.

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    1. I'm glad to provide an avocado surprise, hee. You should definitely give the banana a try, it was fun. I'd never worked an amigurumi quite like it before.

      And thanks for the comment about the colours of the starghan---it took me a million years to select them, but I was pleased with the effect!

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  14. Your crochet projects are so cute! I've been itching to crochet something, just have a few other things to do first then I'm going to drag out my Amigurumi books out.

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    1. Hooray for crochet! I can't wait to see your amigurumi (and definitely have to drag my own books out, too. I end up using internet patterns a lot, which is cool, but there's so much good stuff in the books I have, too! So much to make, so little time...)

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  15. The blanket is awesome! If only I knew how to crochet.

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    1. Thanks! (And I am yearning to know how to knit---I wish we could have some kind of magical skill exchange!)

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  16. That banana is so cute!! It almost looks like you could put eyes and a face on it and snuggle with it on the couch.

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    1. Thanks! The banana pattern actually is meant to have a little face, and if I make another one, I think I'll have to put one on. (And now I'm envisioning and desiring a giant banana pillow...)

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  17. wow! what a great collection of fo's! love love love the avocado!

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    1. Thanks! The avocado pattern was so much fun, I want to make more of them.

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  18. Those are fabulous! I LOVE that avocado - it actually made me crave one :) I can't wait to be able to crochet well enough to make my little guy "food toys"

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    1. I'm glad that the avocado is that realistic! ;) I was pleased with the colours I had on hand to make it. And yay for food toys! Your little guy is lucky to have an awesome crafty mom. (And if you want easy amigurumi-food-pattern recs, I'll be happy to help.)

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  19. That avocado is great! Never turns brown.

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  20. the avacado and pencil are great! And don't you just love Smash! Great show!

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  21. That pencil is so cute. I feel like such a slow crocheter when I hear people get projects done in one TV show! Great job though.

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