Little boots for the girls

I chanced upon a DIY pack for miniature leather boots at Daiso some time ago, i just wanted to learn the pattern so I just have to grab it.😄

It is pretty easy to make, saddle stitching is interesting, it took awhile. I used my own artificial leather instead in case I mess it up, will try again with the artificial leather the pack provided. The pattern from this pack is slightly big at the feet area and the base is too soft to keep the shape, so there are some tweaking needed if I am to use this pattern for the girls.

The boot on the right leg was done quite awhile ago, I love those tiny eyelets! That pattern is harder to make though since it involves hemming.

Update on my painful elbow.
I have been resting for a week from knitting now. The pain has reduced by about 70%, my elbow isn’t as tight now. Hopefully my elbow will recover soon and I can resume to some knitting with stretching exercises in between to avoid this happening again. Luckily crochet doesn’t give me such pain.

Sewing doll’s clothes

Fly me to the moon~

Sadly, I think I’ve developed knitter’s or tennis elbow. :-\  Sharp pain has developed on my right forearm near the elbow… It is painful to even use chopsticks or spoon during meal time so I am taking a break from knitting.

It is coming close to 2 weeks now, I’m resting up but still doing some stuff here and that like light sewing.

In my previous post I mentioned that I sucked at sewing doll’s clothes, I just wanted to try it again. I used some t-shirts that my friends donated to me for crafting purposes and also some fabrics I bought from my Japan trip, so glad that the materials are really easy to sew with. Umeko has been busy being my model heh…

Her painted feet are getting sticky even after I clean them and the paint is starting to worn off. I hope I can remove the paint or something…

Clockwise:
Pic 1 : I dug up some mini felt animals from my old old stash of crafts. They are Pocket Friends! I used to make little pocket bunnies for Blythes, they were delightful❤ I am glad I still have some of them left.

Pic 2 : More of an artistic shot featuring the fabric play on the dress. These are all very new to me but I’ve always envy doll tailors who sew them very well.🙂 I really like working with t-shirt material~❤

Pic 3 : Sail with Umeko~ Cute nautical theme going on there. ^^

Pic 4 : Not doll photo haha I went to queue for McCafe’s Nanoblock toy when it launched on Monday. I’m not a person who loves queueing but I’d do it for my husband’s collection😛 The queue wasn’t super long but still better to get there earlier, when the special edition McDonald’s Nanoblock set came out last week, it was sold out within an hour. That’s a little crazy. :-\ Everyone was rushing and the queue system was a mess.

Petite Blythe Knitted Headband Pattern

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Umeko has come out to play~ Sewing doll’s clothes is something really difficult to me, my fingers don’t agree with it but I will keep trying. Meanwhile I knitted a dress for her and a headband which I will be sharing the pattern.😀 The pattern for the dress derived from Stitch Journal’s free pattern. I made appropriate adjustments to suit the lace yarn and needle size and opted out on the long sleeves +o+ they are kind of hard to knit. I will try again next time. Hehe..

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Umeko’s hair is quite out of hand haha making a headband kind of help tame it a little. Came up with this knitting pattern and thought I’d like to share it.

Needle: 2.5mm
Yarn: 4 ply acrylic yarn

Headband
CO 10 sts
Row 1~6: Knit for 6 rows (for Garter stitch)
Row 7: Purl (Row 7 & 8 is Stockinette stitch)
Row 8: Knit
Repeat from Row 1 to Row 8 for 7 times or until the headband is about 10cm long.
Bind off and leave enough yarn to sew 2 ends together.

Headband bow area decorative piece
CO 6 sts
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat Row 1 – 2 until Row 14 and bind off leave enough yarn to sew the ends together.
Place the bow piece at where the headband joins to cover the stitches and sew the 2 ends of bow piece together.

Colorful Pyramid Toys

9th Feb 2012 pattern, moved from my Blogger.🙂

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The large and small pyramids crochet with only single crochet stitches using scrap yarn.
Materials:
  • 2/0 crochet hook
  • Mainly 4 ply yarn
  • Polyfil
  • Bell
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Small pyramid: 25 chains & 22 rows.

Large pyramid: 40 chains & 41 rows.

I don’t know how to write the pattern so I came up with this simple pattern. Both of them were made with the same method just different number of stitches and rows.
howto1As long as when the whole thing looks like a square, it is time to stop adding row. When the rows are complete, fold the opening the other way to form a pyramid, then continue to single crochet to shut the opening halfway, stuff polyfil and add a bell into the stuffing and continue filling the pyramid up with polyfil. Then proceed to single crochet the opening till the end, cut yarn and hide it. Tada! I probably didn’t describe the process good enough, I hope that the photos on the left will help you visualize how to fold the opening.
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Yumie playing with the small pyramid😀 She gets really excited when there are bells in the toys. These pyramids are really soft and bouncy too. Kind of fun to play fetch with. Hehe
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Cookie with the large pyramid, it seems like the large pyramid isn’t as nice to play with as compared to the small one, it might be the size of it and the weight of the polyfil. I’ll observe the large pyramid more. ^^ Though even if it’s not a toy, it looks pretty cute as a decoration item.

Knitted Mandarin Oranges

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Happy Lunar New Year! This is a good start for a new year, to create knitted amigurumi instead of crochet ones. It had been something I want to overcome with knitting. Last year I crochet a pair of tiny mandarin oranges as decoration in my living room, this year, I want to make a pair by knitting. Blessed with countless useful knitting tutorials online, I found Yarn Birdy’s tutorial on how to knit a ball, the tutorial is very clear and easy to follow especially when I am very new to knitting in the round with double ends needles.

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After binding off the knitted balls, thread the yarn through the middle of the ball from the top to the bottom and pull tight until the height of the ball is shorter both side and then tie a knot and weave in the loose yarn.

Since I am stacking my oranges one on top of the other I did not weave my yarn or hide the end knot. (refer to photo above, the knot is visible on top of the orange on the right)

I only have 25cm needles, not knowing that there are even shorter double end needles so I struggled a little. Haha I can’t wait to purchase a set of shorter needles I found online at 13cm but since I bought a set of steel needles and another set of wooden ones previously why not cut the wooden ones into half instead of getting new ones.

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2.5mm needles. Probably not the nicest carving and sanding result… X’D But they work fine~