Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wips, Fo's and Some Chatter... Malon Makes! 1:2



Yes...another update with more than a couple of finished items! A couple of hats, completed my handspun cowl and finally finished the final project inspired by the last game i completed last year(Yoshi's Wooly World). I worked up a tunisian crochet Invaders inspired pillow(almost done), a pair of bootees and an oversized/giant version of a baby rattle...i found this specially hilarious. I also managed to chat quite a bit about life stuff and shared my baby registry with you(https://babyli.st/malonb) so if interested in that check out the video below.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Tiny Knits & Crochet Projects... Malon Makes! 1:2



I have many mini/small completed projects this time around. I have a few hats, some bootees, a sweater and a pair of mitts. I'm also currently making a cowl with some handspun, my Feb yarn pick for the month. I chose my pick for March as well(with help from my Instagram friends) and this time it's a Bernat Mosaic skein in the colorway 'Mineral'.., i believe i do have two additional skeins in my stash may i need it. Check out my video for more blurb and detailed views of my projects(you can also find them in my Ravelry).



Monday, February 15, 2016

Malon Makes! Baby FO's and Current WIP's - 1:1


I got a few finished projects this time around. The bulk of it has been baby items; i completed a sweater, a cocoon and hat set, bootees and have dyed yarn for a specific project i've yet to choose. It was my first time using RIT dye on wool and i'm pretty satisfied with the depth of color. Unfortunately my skeins(super-wash merino) had a few breaks in the yearn; i'm not sure why however it was definitely done before they were passed on to me. It looks like they got caught on something which snapped a few of the singles so i ended up with two multiple cakes for each(and a tiny extra bit for the blue as you can see). I also have a few baby items in the works and am looking for other projects i may want to cast or hook on.


Last but not least, i completed a cute amigurumi unicorn and am thinking of making another blanket perhaps or a large amigurumi/plushy he(soon to be here bundle of joy) can drag around eventually. Coming up with a character to make is pretty hard as there's so many and who knows what he'll be into! On the other side i might just make as many as my heart desires and let him choose which to keep... :) Check my video for more blurbs; find my links in the video description box!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

3 FO's and a Couple of WIP's

This update consists of 2 adorable crochet baby hats and a cowl using some of my handspun(this was my monthly yarn pick for January). Both hat patterns are free(check out my ravelry project pages) and i didn't use a pattern for the cowl but i have details/notes in my project page if interested.  I also chose the monthly yarn pick for February and it's some more of my handspun! It's a gray/yellow colorway which i love, i already know this will be something for me, i just can't decide if i want a hat, finger-less mitts or another cowl. We shall see!

There's also a few future projects i hope to get to these next few weeks, including some baby booties, a knit hat for the kid(at least one) and maybe something for myself :) I also have a couple of rainbow skeins i wanted to use in order to join a few knit/crochet alongs this month... rainbow-along if you please(love that title lol) but again i have no idea what to make. I'm browsing ravelry as we speak! Check out my vid for more details.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nintendo Baby Blanket, Llama and Misc.

I finally finished the ? Block Nintendo inspired baby blanket and i'm so excited! It took a while but it's done and it looks great to boot. I'll be waiting closer to April to give it a final wash so it's ready for use :). Since my last update i also whipped up a cute amigurumi llama(find links in the video description, this was a free pattern) as well as a knit hat, ear warmer and have a couple of things in the works. Overall i've fell into a lazy state recently and don't want to do much, however at the least i can sit back and do a row or two here and there on whatever project i happen to be working on. Hoping to have something to show next time! View the video for more blurbs and some channel and life updates.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Monthly Yarn Club ~ 2016 (& 2015 wrap up)

Last year was the first that i did the personal monthly yarn club. The concept is picking 12 skeins(i picked some from my existing yarn stash) and picking one at random every month to use for a project. I'm doing the same this year.

2015 was pretty exciting in all sorts of ways. I got the biggest news ever; i'm expecting and waiting patiently for my bundle of joy to arrive this April. I also almost reached my goal of beating/completing 1 game a month(i did 10) which is a huge improvement from previous years. As far as the monthly yarn club goes, i was 3 shy of reaching my goal and i didn't technically finish all the projects for the used skeins either(a couple are still in the works making them WIPs. Completed projects weren't a requirement however). You can check out more details in my 2015 yarn club blog post here. I listed the yarn details as well as what month i picked the yarn and linked to my ravelry project page and pattern where applicable... i will be doing the same here as well. To view more blurbs, see my fave projects and view this yarn live check out my video below.




Baby Jacquards by Bernat
Macaroon
Discontinued
346 yards / 100 grams
90% Acrylic, 10% Nylon






Mosaic by Bernat
Mineral
Discontinued
209 yards / 100 grams
100% Acrylic







Harris Banana Glama Gradient
Yellow/Orangy-Red
Handspun, OoaK
202 yards / 3.6oz
Merino blend with various fibers







Wool-Ease by Lion Brand
Weath
197 yards / 85 grams
100% Acrylic






LoZ: Link
Link (green)
Unknown yardage, weight or type of wool
Will calculate yardage when picked
2 skeins







Merino Single Ply by Scandinavian Weave and Knit
Fire Opal
215 yards
100% Merino






Northern Worsted by SMC
Discontinued
Santa Fe
230 yards / 100 grams
100% Acrylic


Seamist
Multi-color
Handspun, OoaK
240 yards total / 4oz
Wool/Silk blend
2 skeins
January Pick!





Old Mill Yarn Ewe in Browns
Shades of brown
195 yards
100% Wool









Spellbook
Gray/cream/yellow
Handspun, OoaK
270 yards / 4oz
100 % Superfine Merino






Stargazer Lilly
Pink/Yellow
Handspun, OoaK
198 yards / 4oz
100% Merino




Alpcaca/Merino Blend
Natural/brown
Handspun, OoaK
48 yards / 3.95oz
70% Alpaca, 30% Merino








Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wips, Future Projects and Camera Issues

This update i share my one lonely FO(finished object)... which turned out to be a disappointment at that unfortunately. I made a cute baby vest that will be going into the donation bin. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn for this project and it didn't do it for me; i've disliked the yarn for quite some time but gave it a try as many other yarn crafters i know love it. It didn't turn out so great and i probably dislike it even more. I find it splitty, it untwists on itself, i don't care much for the sheen or the weight of the material once completed. It's soft(er) than most Red Heart yarns however; i'll give it that. The rest of what i have in my stash will be reserved for crochet amigurumis as it always has been.


I also share some patterns from my book library which i want to work on next. There are also WIP's(works in progress) including the Nintendo inspired baby blanket, knitted sweater and Amiibo covers. I think i'll be working on a hat next for sure. After(or during that) i'll pick up a crochet projects. To aid my craftiness, i recently purchased some very cute and yummy stitch markers. Two strawberry cheesecakes, a donut and Calficer from Howel's Moving Castle(an awesome movie). They are too cute; i plan to give them good use for sure.


Spinning also has been done! I've been working on this fiber since last year sometime and it's been a while that i left it on my wheel. Recently i decided to pick it back up and finish the 1.5oz i had left. What kept me away from it for so long i do not know. I then chain plied it making this into a 3ply, i guesstimate it's around worsted weight but will not know for sure until made into a hank and washed. I'm also uncertain as to how much there is, aka yardage at this point. This is undyed natural colored fiber which varied from white/creams to deep browns, all though no black from what i recall. The outcome is an awesome heathered/tweety yarn which i already plan to make a cowl, hat and/or perhaps fingerless mitts from... all for me of course :).

While making the video i was interrupted by my tablet(ipad, which is what i use to record at this time) various times due to lack of storage space. I finally got it figured out i believe so shouldn't have this issue again. However this time around i had to make a few short video and paste them together; in the end it would cut me off every 1-2 mins and then not record at all so ended up finishing this via webcam, which i haven't used since i began my channel. I'm actually surprised i knew where it was and how to record, lol. It worked anyhow, and it's a good backup if anything may go wrong again. Check out my video below for more blurbs and the video description for additional links.



Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 in Video Games

This year has been pretty productive when it came down to reaching my goal of completing 1 game a month(12 overall). I think i did pretty well with total of 10. The last few years my ability to actually beat a game(or stick with it until i did) has been going downhill; this year i really made an effort to follow through. I plan to do the same this coming 2016! Yoshi's Wolly World is a recent completion and i've yet to have the chance to make something related; but i'll update accordingly.

The other part of this goal was to make something related to each game(that i completed). Chances are you already know that i'm a yarn crafter(crochet/knit). For some i created a pattern, for others i used existing ones and adapted them to my needs. I'm linking my project page(on ravelry) and adding any other related links applicable. For a more interesting and thorough look at all the projects, check out the video below.


Paper Mario: Super Star (3DS)

Wrote up the pattern for some mini-mushrooms.
'Mini Mushroom Amigurumi' - Free pattern published in my blog.

Yoshi's New Island (3DS)


Created and wrote up pattern for some amigurumi eggs.
'Amigurumi Egg'  - Free pattern published in my blog.

Bravely Default (3DS)
Projects inspired by character costumes

'Bravely Default - Pirate Fingerless Gloves' (no pattern) - Project Page


'Bravely Default - Kimono Inspired Cowl' (no pattern) - Project Page

DuckTales Remastered (Wii U)

Used a 16 bit character from the old verision of the game 
'Ducktales' Pillow - Tunisian Crochet(no pattern) - Project Page

LoZ: Majora's Mask (3DS)

3 tail fox amigurumi, character in game
'LOZ: Majora's Mark' - Keaton Fox Amigurumi (free pattern) - Project Page

Cate West: The Vanishing Files (DS)


Long red scarf as the main character wears
'Cate West' Inspired - One Row Lace Scarf (free pattern) - Project Page


Never Alone (Wii U)

Two adorable fox hats
'Never Alone' Inspired - Sly Fox Hats (free pattern) - Project Page

Heavy Rain (PS3)
A couple of hats in a colorway reminiscent of the game
'Heavy Rain' Inspired - Man Hat (free pattern) - Project Page

Year Walk(Wii U)
Tunisian crochet pillow inspired by the dark side of Year Walk.
'Year Walk' Inspired Tunisian Crochet Pillow (no pattern) - Project Page


Yoshi's Wooly World
Project still to come! Maybe a tunisian crochet pillow or perhaps a knitted item?




Sunday, August 30, 2015

End of August Update & 1k YT Giveaway!

Hats were the theme this time around, knitted hats to be more exact. I completed 3 hats(free patterns, links in the description of the video) and am working on a 4th, a stripped Barley hat(also free).  Some life stuff has taken up my time recently which has left me with a rather small stash of worked on and finished projects. I also wasn't really into video games recently, surprisingly enough. However, i'm hoping to start on a few other projects and plan to get back to the old schedule as soon as possible.

Some very exciting news; we made it to over 1k subscribers on YouTube! That is AMAZING...thank you guys so much!! In order to celebrate we're doing a giveway of course. We will have 3 winners this time around. It's open internationally and will run for 1 week(8/31 - 9/7). To enter you need to leave a comment in the video stating you want to be entered and share what is/was your favorite craft project ever(any craft) and why.  I should have the results by the next update; good luck!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Hats, Bell Bags and Foxes!

I have quite a few fox items this time around. I had to make an artic fox after beating 'Forever Alone'; this free crochet pattern is very cute(view pattern links in the video description). It also made adult size hats which was a surprise; they would be great as some kind of costume and/or theme hat. The fox basket has also finally been finished. This project took a while(for being crochet), however it was worth it. I filled it up with all my odds and partials skeins; it's a little over 3/4 full at this time. It's huge, it's floppy(until it's filled), and it's cute... i love it!

The Uncle Scrooge pillow has also been completed(to pay homage to 'DuckTales: Remastered'). I finished the crochet panel quite some time ago but more recently sewed it up and put the backing on(i chose brown felt). I'm very  happy with it in general; the colors in this one aided a very awesome and very clear picture. I also recently posted a tutorial for bell bags, inspired by the bags currency is carried in the 'Animal Crossing' games. They are my favorite! It's very easy too; feel free to check out the pattern(and vid tutorial) here




Last but not least, i knitted up a couple of hats. One is inspired by the game 'Heavy Rain'...it was quite a different sort of game(for me), however i ended up replaying it a number of times. None of the characters wear hats in this game, however since it's raining most of the time i would think that they'd appreciate one. The color is also pretty reminiscent of rain/cloudy sky. I also made a cute little gray hat which i stripped with my final scraps of Red Heart's Peruvian Print(it's really one of my favorite colorways when knitted). For more blurbs; check out my video!