The 5-petal flower is my last craft in 2006. Hubby said it could be a nice pin, so I gave it to the little monster. This year may be the happiest year in my life so far. I have got to know so many new friends in the new country. I wish my 2007 is even better.
I also got some nice gifts before 2007. Now I have some nice new voilet-white yarn. In addition, I got a nice BOX of chocolates. I’m definitely going to keep the box as the Chinese idiom “buying the wood-box returning the pearls inside (买牍还珠)”.
Happy New Year, everyone!
BTW: We went to a Chinese restaurant yesterday and it is much worse than I expect. How I miss Canada……..
I love talking about the “old” time with Hubby. The manga “What’s Michael” was one of the things I mentioned but he had no idea about. When I was reading a interesting book “Mangajin’s Basic Japanese Through Comics” on the other day, I noticed the book used a lot of pages from What’s Michael. It is probably because this Manga has been translated into English. According to this, it even won the NY library award!
Thus, I found it neccessary to refresh my memory with internet before I can tell him the story. Unfortunately, there are not many founds, especially the websites from mainland China are so lag recently due to the earthquake in Taiwan.:-( There are several Chinese translations. One of them is “我为猫狂(I am crazy for cats.)”.
Anyway, I still found two pages of Michael’s dancing. Maybe I am going to change my MSN nick to ニャジラ again. =.=
Hubby’s laptop has been out of order since last weekend. He tried to fix it, but gave up after disassembling it many times. Now, we are waiting for an subsititute motherboard and have to share one computer. Since his work got much higher priority than my random internet-surfing, I’d rather spend my holidays playing video-games in bed AGAIN: *someone* installed the SNES version of “Wario’s woods” for me.
There comes a problem when I dont have any gaming mood, for example last night and this morning. Then, it is hobby time. Although I feel a little guilty that my term paper as an outline after 1 week, nothing can stop me from crafts. However, all my craft inspirations are stored in my laptop, it’s not so comfortable to doing crafts without it. Thus, it is much easier to do something that has sticked in my head for a long time: a slim crocheted bracelet with butterflies on it.
The butterfly seems to be made separately, while the fact is the entire bracelet is from one single cotton thread and I didn’t cut the thread until I finished. This is exactly what this interested me so much, as I hate using scissors during crocheting.
The pattern of the band part can still be improved. I am only satisfied with the butterflies. Here is the pattern for the small butterflies.
BTW: another thing I did when the laptop is N/A is sketching.
Yesterday was my video-gaming day. Actually, I only played one game. At the end, before we went for party, I finished Wario’s woods(NES) round games in both modes. It’s kind of released for both of us as I dont occupy the game console any more.
After I finished the games, I couldn’t help thinking about making one of the creatures in Wario’s woods. It easily got the first position in the my craft project list.
In order to spare my *precious* felt, I made it very small. My original sketch was set to 2cm high, while it turns out to be only 1.5cm. I must be very careful to sew the pieces together. It also took me a while to place the ears until hubby approve it.
I can’t find any sources about what it is. It’s only mentioned as “creatures”. But I believe it is some variant of rabbits. That’s why I gave it a little short tail, which is no more than 2mm long.
I thought I couldn use up this yarn by crocheting a hat. It turns out that I still got half left. This color seems too bright on my head. I am probably going to unravel it…….
What can I do with this yarn?
It’s said we are going to have a little snow after Xmas. In other words, it’s hardly possible for us to have a white Xmas this year. Actually, I dont really care as I have already had all Xmas’s in white in last few years. Believe it or not, I even had a white Xmas in Shanghai once.
Having experirenced quite a few snowstorms, I am no longer a big fan of snow as I was a kid. Even though, snowflake patterns are still among my favorites. Speaking of patterns, I am quite conservative about the shape of snowflakes. It must consist 6 points from my point of view. I cannot bear seeing so-called “5-point snowflake”, which is absolutely unnatural!
My Xmas break finally starts after the colloquim. Crocheting some snowflakes is the first thing that came to my mind. There are so many snowflake crochet patterns all around. I simply picked 3 that I like best.
From left to right:
I still have some white cotton threads left, but I chose blue ones so as to be consistent with the previous paper snowflake. To make my Xmas even “bluer“, I also made myself a small doily with the same thread although I have no idea what to do with it.
The last week before Xmas probably means homework free week. We’ve got less and less people in the classes. Some people may have left the country for home. And I have more time for crafting now.
An exercise book (schulheft) is one of my must-have’s in some classes so that I can find something interesting to do in case the class is not interesting. I prefer A5 exercise book with grids to A4/letter-size sketchbooks. The grids make me more comfortable. That may be a sign that I can’t never be an artist.
When the teacher of QA lectures started talking about no conceptional ideas but piles of statistical data, I pulled out my little exercise book again. Since I had very good rests during last weekend, my brain is working amazingly to get me some nice ideas. One of them is carried out immediately after I came home last night. It’s my first carved bookplate, which is inspired by Lisa Sue’s nice bookplate stamp last year.
I used the large half of eraser left from my stamp project back in August. The eraser came with a lovely paper cover, which is just the right size to protect my new bookplate stamp.
Since this bookplate implies “from the library of TC”, I tried to stamp on Hubby’s thigh with this stamp last night. He complained about the color, which looks like some other stamps……
As for the Xmas party many people concerned, it was very fun. It was amazing that Noam’s Cabin can hold so many people. Well, it would be even more fun if I can go home with the lovely lovely paw slippers from Pierre.:-( I got a DVD of a German film in the gift exchange. Unfortunately, we don’t have a DVD player. Michael is so kind to exchange his nice beatles calendar with me. It’s hanged in our living room right now. Thanks, Michale.
Jenni says she is not supposed to see the gift beforehand, but I cannot wait to show the final version after the party. So, here is a warning:
dont read this entry if you are going to the party.
I had been thinking that the bear was not special enough last night. As a result, he got a sweater with “CoLi” on it.
As I dont have knitting needles with me, I sticked to crocheting. To save some time, I choose my largest hook (5mm) and hdc for that. It turns out just OK. Knitting might still be more suitable for this task.
The letters are felt. They are stitched onto the sweater. Hubby said the sweater made the bear look bigger/fatter.
Next thing in my head is ….. a card of caring direction!
Hubby finally agrees to come with me to the Xmas party at “Noam’s cabin”, thus this new little bear is officially the present I will bring for the gift exchange now. I just finished assembling him this morning.
Instead of an amigurumi, I would rather call him a thready teddy since it’s not in a typical Japanese style of crocheted creature. In fact, I adapt parts of a pattern, mainly the head and legs, in Teddy Bears and Friends (Feb 2004) by Berta Hesen-Minten from ThReAdTeDs. Her patterns work in such a different way compared to Japanese ones. The most obvious difference is the bear head in this pattern is made in one piece. Usually, bear noses are crocheted seperatedly or cut from felt, and then stitched onto the face. Besides, Japanese amigurumis’ heads are usually worked from top to bottom or vice versa. The one I just made was from the front (nose) to the back.
Another difference is that my bear have not only legs but also big feet! I felt like making a pair of little boots when crocheting the legs. It’s such a funny way to achieve the shapes. Berta Hesen-Minten uses increasing stitches, decreasing stitches as well as slip stitches, for example the round between the nose and the face. Slip stiches are relatively rare in Japanese patterns. Although I was not able to follow the whole pattern, I tried out nevertheless all the special approaches I never knew before.
The parts turned out to be very traditional in terms of teddy bears. It’s even possible to install plastic joints, which I don’t have and I am also too lazy to make. In other words, everything after crocheting the parts is exactly the same as making a sewn bear, e.g. stuffing, joining, stitching nose and mouth and putting on ears and eyes. As many other bears, he can stand by himself in certain positions.
My favorite part of this bear is his little brushy tail. My roommate in undergrad used to say a teddy bear without a nice tail is not a real teddy. I quite agree with her of this point. I always forgot the tails to avoid more work when making bears, but not any more! I used the yarn cut from the parts to make a mini pompom for the tail. The pompom is smaller than 1cm^3 thanks to Tatalina’s nice tutorial, which uses fork to make pompoms.
hmm….I hope someone in the party would like him and take him home happily.
The lecturer of the class on this morning was not the one I expected according to the class schedule. Although he lecturer is nice, he is just not good at teaching. *Fortunately*, the topic of this lecture was not so complicated that I could manage to follow almost half of the class. As soon as the lecture came into FSA, I started to feel tired/bored. The sad thing is I got nothing to play with and I got no extra paper to read at the moment. What I had was some sketchpaper, which allowed me to do some origami.
Well, traditional crane is the easiest origami for me. Making a single crane is sort of boring as I can make one blindly in less than 5 min. So I decided to make two cranes with one piece of paper (cutting needed though). I put two heads in opposite directions at the beginning. It looked so sad. They are heading to different directions and not supposed to see each other when they are so close. So I changed it back to “normal”. “They” should be happy about it.
I was also making 4 attached-together cranes after these two. The class was over before I could finish. I’ll keep it for the next time.
Sorry for the bad quality of the picture. I took the shot with my cellphone when it is overcasting outside.