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Bye, Bye Baby Bunting

Hoo doesn’t love owls? Especially an owl as cute as this one:


After advertising my services in a few of my local Buy and Sell groups on Facebook, I receive a request to make this adorable Owl Bunting!

After doing some (rather painful) yarn math, we settle on a price and I eagerly place the order online for the materials needed. I wanted to match the image as closely as I could, so I scoured the internet for the proper tones.

The brand I will be using is Bernat Softee Baby Yarn in light worsted (3):

  • Mint x2
  • Lemon x1
  • Flannel x1
  • Pink x1
  • Lilac x1
  • White x1
  • Pale Blue x1
  • Black x1

The customer has requested that the pink scales on the breast plate be changed to the Lilac and that the eyes remain Pink so I had to pick up an extra colour to account for the modification.

The pattern calls for a 3.5mm E hook, I rarely get to use my E hook so this is a treat.


I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I start a new project the first thing that I do is wind all my yarn into center-pull balls so that they don’t roll around on me. I have cats so this helps minimize the yarn’s alluring nature and amount of cat hair I have to remove from my projects.

I wind all my center-pull yarn by hand so this process can be tedious and result in cramping, but I feel it is worth it to avoid wrestling my materials from furry clutches.

Ugh, yarn barf.

Once the winding is finished, it is time to check my gauge; this project calls for 9dc x4 rows to 2″ (5cm).

None of the stitches required for the Owl Bunting are new to me so right off the bat I feel confident that I can match the pattern without trouble. Although the baby will be a newborn, we decided on making the bunting for the 3-6 month range to ensure growing room. The baby is due sometime in April so I have to get cracking.

***At the time of writing this,  the baby shower was moved forward so I actually have until mid-March instead. Yikes!***

Right off the bat, I find an issue with the yarn; I rarely work with baby yarn so I was unaccustomed to the “stringiness” I encountered. I managed to quickly learn how to hold the yarn to stop it from fraying obnoxiously and things started moving along at a much quicker pace.

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Once I got into the groove of things, time seemed to fly by; the only way I realized how much time had passed, was my progress through a playlist of YouTube videos.

Poe was under the impression that this Bunting was clearly being made for him and I had to fight a constant battle to keep his furry butt out of the cocoon.

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Who else would you be making it for Mom? It is Poe-sized so it must be for Poe.

I ended up closing my door, he cried and it broke my heart a smidge but I wiped away my tears of sympathy and kept working until the main body of the bunting was finished. This took approximately 5 hours.

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The next step was to make the eyes, beak, wings and breastplate.

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Hooo are you looking at punk?

Instead of chaining and slip stitching to make the starting round as this pattern loves to suggest, I used the more efficient Magic Circle instead and decided that the owl looked less angry when I dropped the beak down to the edge of the border.

Next, I started on the wings; I absolutely LOVED the edging on this bit. It is achieved by doing one Single Crochet followed by one Slip Stitch in the same stitch to provide that bumpy ruffled look.

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The most interesting part of the bunting to construct was definitely the breastplate. The crocodile stitch is incredibly popular but I admit that I have never utilized it to the extent that most have.

In theory, I understood the pattern, in practice, I zoned out the first time and didn’t space the scales properly.

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I groaned, frogged it and started over, this time with much better results.

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All that was left to do was attach all the bits to the main body of the bunting and then start on the matching hat.

Getting the eyes to go on and not look crooked made the inside of my brain itch a bit but other than that, it was smooth sailing. Here is the end result:

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The hat was very quick to whip up, I did run out of the mint yarn 9/10ths of the way through it so I improvised a little. I think it kind of looks like the baby hats that your children in Harvest Moon wear. I also enjoyed mimicking the wing texture on the brim.

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And voila! 12 hours and 20 minutes later, it is finished! I sprinted to the finish line and managed to get it done with time to spare before the baby shower.

  • Cost of materials: $51.60
  • Time invested: 12 hours and 20 minutes
  • Cost of labour: $10/hour

 

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What to do, what to do?

Poe has the right idea. Little bugger stole my pillow, but he looks so peaceful. 

I’m still putting out feelers for more commissions but so far not even a nibble has come my way. 

Until I can find more work I am occupying myself with organizing what yarn I have left. I find winding my yarn by hand to be incredibly soothing at times.


Now I just need to figure out what to make with what little I have on my right now. 

I have been considering opening up a go fund me or patreon account to assist in gathering the money to buy more yarn but I’m not sure how comfortable I would actually be with doing so. 

Regardless, I am just enjoying the fact that I can make some money off of doing something that I enjoy; even if it all goes right back into buying more yarn at this point. 

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you get to make the most of your weekend! 

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What does the fox say? 

Having finally finished the Hufflepuff scarf, I was able to start on my next commission: a fox hat for one of my high-school buddies. 

We went out for coffee to catch up, I told her about my attempts at starting up a business and she was more than happy to commission something. 

I am always excited to start a new project up, especially something I haven’t made before.

The hat itself was simple enough, a beanie in 2 colors. The ears were a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, but I’m pleased with them. 

Ther may need refinement, but I am eager to keep at it. 

Anyways, here is the finished product. Feedback is appreciated 🙂

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This weekend I vow to finish this scarf! 

I’m so close to finishing the Hufflepuff scarf that I just need put my nose to the yarn-stone and get it done. 

Now, if only I could get permission from my supurrrvisor…..

Yesterday I picked up more yarn for my next commission, a fox hat for an old high-school buddy of mine. 

Picked these up at Michael’s for about 13 bucks. Usually this would have cost me around 20, I had a couple coupons though and I’m pleased with myself. 

3:00pm- Just finished the body of the scarf and now I have to weave in the ends, do the border and fringe. 

I may have gotten sidetracked again, this time by food. 

Curry and rice is always good on a rainy day. And now that I have finished that, it is time to continue working on weaving in those ends…maybe a cup of coffee first. 

5:00pm – Just finished weaving in the ends, finally. Now just need to tackle the border and fringe before washing, potentially felting and docking the scarf into shape. 

Monday,  3:30pm – It took longer than anticipated, however I finished the fringe on the scarf and am all set to hand wash this bad boy. 

While it is drying, I will take the chance to clean all the tiny bits of yarn that have infiltrated my bed. 

This is all showing me that what I really need is a decent camera. 

Hope your weekend was great and that your Monday isn’t horrible to you. 

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Sidetracked

I needed a bit of a break from scarf making so I made my ratties a hammock type thing for their cage. 

So far,  it is well received. 


Sai may need to lose some weight though, looking at how it is sagging already. 

The next update I post will be of the completed scarf. I hope that I get the money together soon to go out and purchase some more yarn as supplies are running low. 

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Let’s try this again. 

Finally I managed to regain the progress lost yesterday on the scarf, I am still irritated at my own inability to count to 40.

Today as I’m working, I have Netflix on in the background.Today as I’m working, I have the sound up louder than needed. That is because today I need to drown out the noise in my own head. 

Depression hits at random times, triggers through random means. It is at these moments that I find it most helpful to pick up my hook and create something. 

When I am able to channel my sadness, my anxiety into something tangible, then I begin to level out. 

If I can turn the emotional energy into something, then suddenly my depression and anxiety aren’t pointless. My feelings of uselessness fade away. 

I channel my soul into everything I make. My hook is my wand and I sacrifice my emotions to create a Hookcrux.

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I need more coffee 

So with today being the Labour Day long weekend, I figured that I would hunker down and get some real work done on the scarf. 

I had almost doubled it in length and was feeling pretty good about my productivity levels when I decided to stretch out the scarf and see just how much it had grown. 

Something seemed…off. I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I slowly and deliberately counted my stitches. 

37…38…39…39? 

Crap. How long ago had I misplace a single stitch?  Apparently quite some time ago. 

I came closer and closer to tears the more I unraveled. 

Looks like my day wasn’t as productive as I first thought. I think I need to make this coffee Irish….

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Goodnight Internet

After a long day of walking around playing Pokémon Go with my boyfriend and an impromptu nap, I finally made some more headway on the scarf. 


Poe seems to think this scarf is for him. Looks like I have to start a kitty line of scarfs. 

Now that the weekend is over and Anthony has to go back to work, I have nothing to do but work on commissions. 

After this scarf is completed, I am going to start fiddling with a new design idea but that can wait for now. 

Hope your last vestiges of summer were well spent and it is off to bed for me. 

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Restless but productive. 

It is 5am and I find myself unable to sleep. Luckily my boyfriend is a very heavy sleeper otherwise I would be forced to head to the living room.

I have decided that if I am to be awake I might as well be productive and work more on the Hufflepuff scarf. So far, I am pleased with how it is turning out; it is actually beginning to resemble something akin to what it aspires to be. 

I am enjoying this pattern so much that I am considering a larger project in the future, House blankets maybe? 

I really should just go back to sleep, tomorrow is going to be busy for me.