I told y’all for someone whose first professional job after college was as a reporter, I am a terrible blogger. And, it’s not because I don’t have a lot to share with you all (because I do), it’s because I don’t have enough hours in my day (lol).
Probably the biggest announcement since the last time we chatted is that I have been approved as a vendor at Rhode Island Comic Con in November 2018. This will be only the second convention that I have attended, and it will definitely be the largest. I am so excited to be able to share my Luvvies with a wider audience, but terrified at the implication of interacting with that many people at once (and having enough supplies on hand).
Other than that, I have been having a blast exploring new patterns on Etsy – the ones I’m finding from One and Two Company, Yarn Society, and Storyland Amis are quickly becoming my favorites. They are so cute, and while most of them are using the same techniques that I’ve become familiar with, there are others that are testing my skills, and I’m having a blast.
One of the things I’ve been proudest of is my “mock” Mickey Mouse that I was able to get looking pretty darn close to the original. There still is room for improvement, but he is one of the most complicated pieces I’ve ever worked on, so I’m glad he is as cute as he is.
Thanks to the lovely ladies at 3amgracedesigns, I was able to make this awesome Awareness Ribbon Cuddler. The one above was my first attempt at the project, and I think it turned out pretty well (except I didn’t realize quite how large this was going to be and I ran out of yarn in the main color and had to stitch together in an accent color.
For my first one, I had to do green as it is for Organ Donor Awareness. When I was 9 (my daughter’s age now), my mother was diagnosed with chronic active hepatitis. By the time I was in high school, she was on the liver transplant list with a chance of six months survival. Thankfully the odds were in her favor and on February 1, 1995, she received a liver transplant, which kept her with us for an additional 21 years.
I have always been so grateful to the family who donated their loved one’s organs so that other people – including my mother – were able to live. I have been a very strong advocate of organ donation ever since, so it was only fitting that the Organ Donor awareness cuddler was my first.
I also worked to update my Hello Kitty pattern to make sure she is ship shape for Steel City Con. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to smuggle her away from my baby bear, but she is safely tucked away and ready for the convention. I still need to work on getting the whiskers a little more prominent and even, so I am 98% happy with her.
My track record with dolls has not been the best. My experiment with Belle from Beauty and the Beast is one that I would care not to relive, and somewhere in my living room is an abandoned human Ariel from the Little Mermaid who still needs a second arm. But this pattern from One and Two Company was so sweet that I had to try to make it. Overall, I think she turned out rather good. Her little skirt turned out absolutely adorable – it is so fluffy.
Which leads me to my most recently completed project. I absolutely fell in love with this little gingerbread boy from Storyland Amis. From his overstuffed little head, to the cute little gumdrop buttons, I loved making this sweetheart.
I worried for a bit when I started making it that I wasn’t going to have enough of the color that I started with. I used Vanna’s Choice in Honey: It was a new skein when I started, but after the head was done, I started to get a tad worried. However, it all worked out, and I had some yarn to spare. I’ve made a gingerbread person before (with a different pattern), but there was something about this one that I just fell in love with. I think I need to make his sister soon.
Now, the $64,000 question is what am I going to start on next. With T-minus 24 days until Steel City Con, I do need to make some more items for stock, but what type? Do I make more generic Luvvies (like my little gingerbread boy and my hula girl)? Do I work to focus more on the superhero genre? Somewhere in the middle?
Hopefully by the time I get home from work tonight, I’ll be able to settle on one project or another. The time is drawing close and I want to make a good premiere showing.
Hugs and cuddles,