Chubby Sheep CAL January Giveaway winners!

We had a lot of fun during the Chubby Sheep CAL, and now that it is over, I’m happy to announce the winner of the January giveaway.  But first, let me share the awesome sheep that were finished this month!

Blacky67‘s Black Sheep

jaye-yarns‘s Sheep Shape

MommieLamb‘s Chubby Rainbow Sheep

Stormbat‘s Minikin

Relodie made two Chubby Sheep: an Evil Chubby Zombie Sheep for the boyfriend and a kinder, gentler Chubby Sheep for her dad.

Can you tell which Chubby Sheep is which? 🙂

All of these sheep are so cute (well, except maybe the Evil Chubby Zombie Sheep – which is scary with a side of cuteness) so I’m glad that I’m choosing the winner randomly.  I numbered each project by the order it was posted to the giveaway thread on Ravelry, and according to Random.org, the winner is #5…

 Relodie’s Chubby Sheep for Dad!

Congratulations to Relodie, the winner of a $15 Etsy gift card which can be used to purchase more amigurumi supplies or other fun stuff from Etsy.  And thanks to everyone who entered and participated in the CAL!  If you’d like to make your own Chubby Sheep, you can find the free pattern here.

And, if you’re looking for another CAL to join, I’ll be hosting one starting on February 15 for my latest free pattern, the Pineapples for Everyone Shawl.  More details will be posted soon and I hope you’ll join in!

Chubby Sheep CAL December giveaway winner!

The first month of the Chubby Sheep CAL has come and gone, and some very cute sheep were entered into the December giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Long-Legged Friends: Crochet Creatures to Create and Cuddle by Hisako and Shizue Okawa, courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing (reviewed here), and 5 pairs of assorted safety eyes from my collection (originally from 6060 on Etsy).

The entries are all so cute that I could only pick a winner randomly!

And according to Random.org, the winner is number 10…

harnish408‘s Baa Baa Black Sheep

Congratulations, harnish408, and thank you to everyone else who entered!  The crochet-a-long is still going strong on Ravelry, and we’ve already had an entry for the January giveaway.  Stay tuned for the announcement of our January prize!

Year of Projects, Year 2: New Year, New List

After reviewing my progress in last week’s post, I decided to revise my list for the last half of the Year of Projects.  This may not seem as ambitious as my original list, but for right now it works for me.

I’ve been purposely vague about the exact numbers of projects, etc. because I would like to keep my Year of Projects participation fun and not obligatory!

So without further ado, here’s my new list.

1) Continue to reduce my yarn stash and track my yarn consumption.  I’m an active member of the Surmount the Stash group on Ravelry, but I’m always looking for new ways of tracking my yardage.  I started using KnitMeter yesterday, and I think this will be quite helpful.  I’ve already learned a lot from entering the projects I completed (and didn’t unravel) in 2012!

My goal is to have one less plastic bin of yarn by the end of 2013, so I guess I should be about halfway there by the end of the Year of Projects.  I have no idea what that represents in yardage!

2) Make more projects for myself.  I never seem to focus enough on projects for myself.  I’d like to make myself a pair of crocheted socks and a full winter accessories set (hat, scarf/cowl, and mittens or convertible gloves).  If I could do this by the end of June, I’d be pretty pleased with myself.

3) Learn at least one (hopefully more) new (to me) knitting technique or skill.  Some options I’ve been thinking about are entrelac, efficient use of DPNs (the horror!), circular knitting that starts with a small amount of stitches and increases rather than a large amount of stitches and decreases (like some of the great motifs from Knitting in Circles), and more advanced cast on, bind off, or colorwork methods.

4) Host at least 2 CALs or KALs in my Ravelry group.  I had a lot of fun with the Ripple Mania CAL last year and the Chubby Sheep CAL going on now in the Underground Crafter group.  I’d like to be more organized about how I approach these, though.  Maybe I might even write up a mystery project for a fall CAL…?

5) Donate crocheted (or knitted) projects to charity.  Crochetlist is a Yahoo group that I’ve been involved with on and off for years.  I’ll be hosting the September challenge this year (pet blankets for Bideawee again), and I’d like to donate my own projects to at least one of the other challenges.

Some possible projects are

  • Cotton washcloths and hand towels (a great way to use up some cotton stash) due at the end of April for Mothers and Infants Striving for Success (MISS Inc.), a shelter for women and children.
  • 6″ squares (and I think we all know that I love to make grannies) for Casting Off the Cold  by the beginning of June.  But I’m not sure about the cost of shipping to Canada…

I could also participate in a charity drive through the New York City Crochet Guild or to send some 8″ squares to Sandy for Bridge and Beyond.  And I’m actually hoping to find a charity that accepts crocheted toys.  I know that I can look charities up on Bev’s Charity Links or Lion Brand’s Charity Connection, but if anyone has a suggestion of a US based charity that accepts crocheted toys that don’t need to be made in any particular colors, please let me know!

 

Right now, this list seems incredibly ambitious since I have two samples due next Friday, another one due at the end of the month, and I’ve just volunteered to help out Crochet Happy with her January CAL.  But I’m sure once February arrives, I’ll be amazed at the small size of my list.  I can always add more things to it if need be!

For more Year of Projects posts, visit Come Blog-a-long on Ravelry.

Announcing Chubby Sheep CAL!

We had so much fun with the Ripple Mania CAL that some people in my Ravelry group wanted to start another one right away!  With the holiday crafting season upon us, the Chubby Sheep pattern seemed like the best fit.

This cute little critter is crocheted with about 100-120 yards of the main color and 35-45 yards of the other color.  You will also need a small amount of embroidery floss for the eyes and a yarn needle for assembly.  I used Galler Yarns Flore II, which is a mohair blend yarn, and that added a fun, fuzzy texture.

The Chubby Sheep took me and most pattern testers about 5 hours to make, including all the (dreaded) amigurumi assembly.

If you’d like to make the Chubby Sheep as a Christmas gift, the pattern includes optional instructions to convert it to an ornament.

If you’ve never made crocheted popcorns before, I have a photo tutorial on the Galler Yarns blog here.  Some nice folks from Ravelry who have already made the pattern allowed me to share their project pictures with you.

Top row (left to right): adotlane, AEriko, aimeefae, and ayoung.  Bottom row: linda0504, Macstitcher, RobinBrz, and Timic.

The CAL will run from now through January 31, 2013.   You can download the pattern for free on my blog here.

I will have two giveaways for participants to share a photo of their completed project.  One will be for projects completed between now and December 31, and the other one will be for projects completed in January.  More details will be available as we get towards the end of December.  Ravelry members can chat and share progress in through the Underground Crafter group.  I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!