Saturday, 15 June 2019

Squat Girl - A New Pattern

 Squat Girl Pattern - Available Here

It has been way too long since I've had the opportunity to write this! With everything going on I have been struggling to find the creative drive and also in knowing what direction I want to take my patterns. I was feeling a little stale as it seemed that all I was doing were the same tiny characters in varying forms. But I was drawing a pile of different characters and really getting into a cartoon style of drawing. So I started thinking more and more. Well why can't I turn my drawings into patterns? When I asked myself that question things started to make a LOT more sense and I started the process. Of course it was slowed by uni getting in the way but last week I with the help of my new toy (a windows surface laptop thingy) I got in and did it! So much quicker to work with a pen not a mouse.

So what does that whole diatribe mean? it means that you get the lucky privilege of a new pattern! I started with my squat girl. This started as a little character I drew while on the phone at work, then I uploaded it onto my phone and digitally altered it. It was so fun and I loved the character so much I actually am using it as my avatar for instagram now. But I knew I couldn't stop there and I pulled it into my cross stitch program and now have an awesome pattern to offer you.


It went through a lot of changes particularly when going from paper to digital. Also unlike most of my other patterns this one is very big on the back stitching. Actually it's the backstitching that really brings it together. I tried to do my usual style with a thick outline and it just looked wrong. So back to the drawing board I went and got rid of the outline and it looked so much better. Unfortunately this does mean it is no longer what I would term a 'beginner' pattern but it's only 9 colours so definitely not hard.

If you feel confident I would recommend using evenweave as the backstitching does sit in the middle of a lot of squares in order to get the detail needed. As I said it's very different from my typical design but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!


Find the new pattern here

I hope you enjoy this awesome pattern.

Happy Stitching,

Caitlin

Friday, 7 June 2019

Friday Finds: upcycled thrift store find


I'm not usually an advocate of touching someone else's work but this is fantastic! It was obviously well loved once and then got passed on and now it is getting actually used. I also love the glow in the dark element :D

Who doesn't want to see their work actually being enjoyed?

What do you think of this? Would you do this yourself? Do you like the original or the changed version?

I like both but I really like what he has done with the jacket, it's now wearable art. Also this was sitting in a thrift store so to me it's fair game.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A cute little finish :D

This is such a cute little character. This is a little design by Joan Elliott.

It's from an oriental design magazine I bought YEARS ago.


I love how this turned out and I'm trying to work out how exactly I'm going to finish this design. Maybe a Flat finish.... I haven't done one of them for a while?? 

What do you think would suit this little character? 

Happy Stitching, 
Caitlin

Monday, 13 May 2019

Book Review: War of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

If you have spent any time around me you would know that one of my big book weaknesses is fantasy. Especially epic fantasy. I enjoy a great romance, I love a great cozy mystery/crime novel but my heart just LOVES a great epic fantasy. I think it is because of the worlds. I love to disappear into these worlds and imagine the people and the way they live. My partner finds it fascinating that when I read a book that truly grips me I just disappear into it and you won't see me for days. On so many things I will flit from one item to the next without spending ages on it, but for books I will remain enthralled until I turn that last page. So why is that so important? Well I embarked on an epic novel last week. I started by listening to the audiobook which I had got with my audible credit. That was about Wednesday I think at work. I then proceeded to listen to it for about 6 hrs each day at work until my headphones ran out of battery and then I would charge them ready for the next go. I could barely put my phone down when I was in a situation that I could just listen to it by myself. This meant hiding in the bedroom with the book going.

Then on Sunday I managed to pick up the second half of the book from the Library. Oh gosh! Then it was on for young and old! To understand the size of this task, this book is 1000 pages long. 70 something chapters! It is often sold in 2 separate volumes because it is such a big book. Now I'm going through book withdrawal... I want to get onto the next book in the series but at the same time I really can't as I don't currently have a copy of it. I am scouring the Libraries at the moment and I think I can get ahold of one soon :D

Anyway I have included my spoiler free review from goodreads below. But if you haven't work it out yet I LOVED this book. If you like epic fantasy then you will like this one.

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started off by reading it on audio book and then managed to get to the Library and binge read the rest of it last night. I loved the audio book it was easy to listen to and got me over the start which apparently is hard to read for some people. This is the 7th book of his I have read and every time I read one I am drawn in by the detail he puts in his stories. There is so much that happens at the beginning of the book that you realise is really important to the end. I liked that fact that all the stories are slowly drawing themselves closer and closer and you have an inkling of where it might end up. Though if it follows the way the first mistborn trilogy went there will be so many twists and turns you won't be able to predict it!

I am really excited to see where this series goes though I'm nervous too because I really dislike waiting between books in big series.

My favourite character was Kalladin and I really look forward to seeing what else happens with him in future books.




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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

New Knitting Project

This has been in the wings since July last year when my sister came home from visiting Tasmania with 4 skeins of yarn for me. I still don't know exactly what I'm going to do with the other ones though I think the red one is slated to be a beanie/hat of some kind for my sister since she bought me this wool.

Found this screenshot of when I posted this on instagram.... oops it has been a while.  But I'm working with the second yarn at the moment.



 Here I am using the chair to wrap the skein into a ball... I didn't keep using it like this, ended up just having it over one side and then going from there. One of the reasons it has taken me so long to deal with this yarn is that I have never balled yarn from a skein before by myself so it was a bit intimidating. So hopefully the ball works..... You can't really go wrong can you?


Now I'm sure you're nodding your head going ohk so you have a ball of yarn now what?

I'm planning to make the close to you shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. It's such a simple pattern but I think it will sing in this yarn.

Here is a photo from the designer of the shawl. Photo taken from the ravelry link just above :D


I have over 400m of yarn here so it should be a decent size and the colour will just pop!

Have you got a new project you're working on?

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin
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