Sunday, September 26, 2010

New WIP: Dice Bag and Yarnblob in Motion

This one I'm going to double-knit using a combination of green/grey and black/grey yarns. Here's the test swatch:

The double knitting with two bulky pseudo-ribbon yarns gives a nice spongy feel. We'll see how it goes.

On the back, of course, is the built-in yarnblob, which looks like it's in motion:

Maybe it could be the yarnblob flag...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Progress on Stash Control

Don't get happy - that doesn't mean I decided to buy less yarn ;-) I did, however, finally photograph and itemize the newest bag I purchased a couple of weeks ago. Some of my stash is visible over on Ravelry but most of it is visible via the "Yarn Booty" tag here on my blog. My hope is that once I get it all cataloged I can organize it by color in the actual bins and still have a visual record I can browse through without worrying that once out of sight they'll be out of mind.

For instance, this, I think, is a pretty colorway:
I currently have no idea what I'm going to do with it. Until I decide, I'd like to put it where it won't collect dust or cat hair, but I don't want to forget about it so long that it decomposes. Now it's in both yarn stash sites, so maybe there's hope after all.

Friday, September 24, 2010

RPG Painted Mini - Female Gnome (Ruby)

I think I've done about as much on this one as I can other than applying a sealant, though I'm awaiting possible suggestions from more experienced painters:

Here is the unpainted original, image and mini from Reaper Minis, sculpted by Derek Schubert:

And of course, the pencil shot for the 1x1" grid-challenged:
The pencil shot gives a pretty good perspective on why I seem to be unable to get the right shading between the shoulder straps.

PS Ruby is not the name of the mini as sculpted; it's the name of the character for whom I'm painting her.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fashion Doll Socks

This was my big knitting project for the weekend:

And here is the proud fashion doll owner of the new socks (if fashion dolls can be said to have pride (or cold feet, for that matter):

Yes, I realize that satin shorts with wool socks are a fashion faux-pas, but so is that hairdo. What do you want from a fashion doll named Blayne? In any case, here is the pencil shot, for the 1-inch-square-grid-impaired:

And of course, the requisite Mad Knittist Notes:

The pattern wasn't particularly difficult, but I do feel better having actually finished something. You can tell I didn't bother trying to match up the stripes on this variegated yarn. Seemed like a lot of effort for Mr. Satin Shorts. However, this project does bring to light just how important gauge is: these socks were intended for my female doll, whose name is Summer. A mere 2 stitches smaller and they would fit her, but at that scale, I didn't want to undo the stitches, so Blayne got the first pair.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

RPG Painted Mini - Rogue (Duira)

This is one I painted for our Valley of Obelisks Campaign to use as my character Duira Siannodel, sister of Saille Siannodel. Duira is a rogue-wizard, though mostly a rogue. The magic she only added to further her ability to be roguish.

Here is the unpainted original, mini and image from Reaper Minis, sculpted by Jeff Grace:

This is one of my favorite minis, as it so aptly depicts the personality of the character for which she was painted.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gloves (FO)

At long last, I finished my best friend's gloves. Here they are with the flaps folded back under the bands:

Here they are with the flaps folded over the fingers and thumbs:

Here they are on my best friend, who now has a complete hat/scarf/glove set:

One more project completed. Boo-yah.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dice Bag - Fighter/Paladin (FO)

After much struggling with the design of this one, I decided to simplify it:

Like most of my dice bags, it has a liner, and the top can be folded down to make the bag stand on its own, which is great for keeping dice handy and visible while playing (note that the grid in the background is comprised of 1-inch squares):

It will also hold a lot of dice. The pic below shows it holding about a third of its maximum capacity:

Here it is tied up for transport:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cabled Yarnblob

Not all yarnblobs are created by spooling yarn. Sometimes they happen right on your needles:

This was a test swatch for a dice bag. I decided not to use the cable pattern. No sense storing dice in a yarnblob.

Friday, September 10, 2010

RPG Mini WIP - Female Gnome

This WIP is cross-posted; I also posted her to Reaper's WIP forum. She's actually my first post there ever; normally I don't join forums but they have some pretty cool ones.

These first few photos show the shield, outer armor and drinking horn; the last two were taken after I worked on her hair: