FO: Wark!

Several years ago, I made some cactuar plushes as Christmas gifts for my brother-in-laws. They were a huge success so I wanted to add on to their growing plush collection this year with another set of iconic Final Fantasy creatures: chocobo!

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Aren’t they so adorable!? They were a little harder to make than I thought they would be, but I’m very satisfied with the finished product. I’m already planning on making a couple for me and T after my fingers recover. (The head feathers were so tiny, I could barely hold them when I was crocheting them. It was actually kind of painful!)

One of the reasons I’m so glad (and relieved) that they came out so well is because I had an accident while making them. I had thought that the pattern called for worsted weight yarn, but it was fingering weight! (Oops!) Since I only had worsted weight to work with, I just went ahead with the pattern. It was too late at that point to buy different yarn or find another project. (I seriously finished these little guys the day before I gifted them. It was a close call!)IMG_3262-1

When I did gift them, they were a huge hit! The recipients seemed super pleased and even took all the family Christmas photos with their chocobo. I was really excited to see how much they liked them.

If you’re interested in crocheting one these cuties, the pattern is Small Chocobo by Joey Kuan on Ravelry. I just used a bunch of yarn that I had sitting in my stash; a combination of Caron Simply Soft in Pumpkin, Sunshine, and White and Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte. Even though the pattern calls for safety eyes, I couldn’t find any in time to attach them so I used bits of black yarn instead.

 

FO: Cutest jellyfish in the world

My project page on Ravelry just hit 50 unique projects! It’s so cool to be able to look back at everything I’ve made, from practical wool scarves and hats to cute plushes and cozies. Many of these items were made as gifts, but as I browsed through some of my past projects I realized that I hadn’t made anything for my sister yet!

January is her birthday month so I finally took the opportunity to make her a little something. She loves jellyfish and the color purple so I knew this would be the perfect gift.

Behold! The cutest jellyfish in the world!

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It only took me two evenings of crocheting to complete this project. I binge watched the first season of Sherlock as I worked, and the time flew right by. I really enjoyed working up this little guy. He is so adorable, I think I need one for myself. Just look at that little face!

If you are interested in crocheting one of these cuties for yourself, the pattern is Friendly Jellyfish by ChiWei Ranck. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Amethyst and Rosey II. One skein of each was enough to finish with some left over. Thinking about making some washcloths with the remains. I could always use more washcloths…

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For the features, I used a pair of 9mm safety eyes, as the pattern called for them, and a bit of left over black fingering weight yarn for the mouth.

It took quite a bit of hunting before I found the 9mm eyes, so I’ll save you some time; Michael’s doesn’t carry them at all, but you can find them at Joann or Hobby Lobby in the aisle with the dolls and doll clothing. Or you can order them online, if neither of these stores are available to you.

Cute fitness idea from Pinterest!

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this in my blog or not so I’m going to start from the beginning!

In October of last year I decided to start dieting; in fact, I started the day before my birthday. (Bad idea, in retrospect, because I ended up not getting any birthday cake. 😦 )
But I’ve been going strong for more than 4 months, and I’ve managed to drop almost 40 lbs! I still have a quite a ways to go yet before I reach my goal, however I seem to have plateaued for one reason or another.

Determined to break free of this weight-loss rut, T and I agreed that it’d be a good idea to get a home gym. Initially, we had thought about getting a gym membership, but we’ve never stepped foot in a gym before. Not only were we worried that we wouldn’t have time to go often enough to make the expense worth it, but neither of us liked the idea of getting stinky and sweaty in public anyway. Besides, once we worked out the math, we found that the nice home gym we were looking at cost as much as 10 months worth of gym membership. (Not including gas to get to the gym in the first place.) In the end, the idea of working out at home won out over the idea of being smelly in front of people so we bought the home gym! Yay!

As we were waiting for it to come in, I poured through numerous blogs and articles on weightlifting, fitness, and the best ways to tone your body. There was no end to the amount of fitness regimes that others were pushing as “the best way to lose belly fat”, “the best workout for toning your booty”, etc.

None of them looked very exciting to me, honestly. They were often made up of the same few exercises done repeatedly for days and days. Boring! I’m the kind of person who likes having new things to do all the time. (Besides, I’ve read that repetitive workout plans become less effective the longer you do them. Who needs that mess!?)

I turned to Pinterest because it’s the capital of awesome ideas on the internet, in my opinion. And it didn’t disappoint! When I searched something like “workout routine for women”, this little gem popped up. This was exactly the kind of creative alternative I was looking for!

Now, I’m usually the one pinning everything, but never really having time to do any of the cute DIY stuff that I save. This time was different. I immediately scoured Google and made a list of all the exercises that I would be able to do, separating everything based on what part of the body it would work, then I ran to the dollar store for a pack of colored sticks. It took me most of the afternoon to arrange all of the exercises and write them down, but by the end of the day, I had completed my cute full-body workout generator!

I started my weekly workout regime last week, and I have to say that I’m very excited with how it’s turning out. There’s something about random selection that makes things so fun. I like not knowing what my workout looks like until I draw my sticks, then I get excited about trying the new exercises. I also intend to add more sticks or swap some out on a monthly basis just to keep things fresh.

At any rate, I really loved this idea, and I thought it would be a shame not to share! It’s done wonders for me so far, and even T is excited about working out now. If any of y’all have seen this before or decide to try it, let me know in the comments how it goes for you! 😀