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Friday, July 1, 2016

Free Crochet pattern: Totoro & Toothless


Hi again! :D

Even I practically living in a yarn shop, it is still rare to find a man who like to knit or crochet and openly come and hang out in a yarn shop. I can count them with my fingers in my hands.

So there is a man named Wili. Introduced to me as a friend of my other knitter friend, that not have a problem to hang out and crocheting or knitting in a yarn shop full of girls.
And already making amigurumi of my favorite character for me using free crochet pattern that I found in Ravelry, twice!

Here are his works and the free crochet patterns that he used to make these cute amigurumis:

Totoro
Free Crochet Pattern used= 
Grey Totoro Amigurumi by Lucy Collin

Toothless
Free Crochet Pattern used=
Toothless by Nichole's Nerdy Knots



Happy Knitting Crocheting!!


 @Ajeng_Poyeng
knittingwithajeng.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

How To: Making Mini Photo Studio using Cardboard Box


I'm the type that prefer to take photograph in natural light condition. But lately, it's so hard to find the sun because of the monsoon (I live in south east Asia). (;﹏;)

So, I thought this was the right time, to try that DIY tutorials I ever watched about making your own mini photo studio using cardboard box. Cheap and easy. (^v^)

Materials needed:
  1. Cardboard box in size you wanted.
  2. Thin white paper. (you can used plain paper, printer paper, tissue paper, etc)
  3. Inkjet paper (some say this can absorb light very well)
  4. double-sided tape
  5. Ruler
  6. Cutter
  7. Pencil
  8. Two regular desk lamp with Daylight type LED.

How to:
  • With ruler, pencil, and cutter, make square hole in three sides of the box. I leave 1.5 inches (4 cm) corner.
  • Cut little square on the center side in one of the close lid of the box (see illustration). This will help you peeking into the box when taking pictures.
  • Cut the thin white paper in size of the three sides that now have big square holes.
  • Tape them into the box from the inside.
  • Permanently close the lid side of the box that don't have peeking hole.
  • Now, the side of box that don't have hole in it will be the base of your photo studio, and the lid side that now closed shut will be back-wall side of your photo studio.
  • Make the inkjet paper to be the size of your box, and stick the upper side into the back-wall of your mini photo studio.
  • And it is now done! Put your desk lamp in either side of the box when you use it, and put your camera in the peeking hole (you can open or close the lid).


The camera you used don't have to be DSLR. You also can using your smartphone or pocket camera with help of mini tripod to keep it steady.

With this, I now can take picture anytime I want as long as I have electricity on. (〜^∇^)〜

Warning: keep it away from your children or your pet. :p


Sample taken using this mini photo studio:



This is one of many Youtube tutorial I used as reference:





@Ajeng_Poyeng
rajutfreeknittingpattern.blogspot.com
Indonesian version of this post can be read [here]

Friday, June 24, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Citrus Coaster

I desperately need some coaster. But I know that making this in crochet will be easier and less time consuming than making this in knitting.

So I leave my comfort zone and choose this cute free crochet pattern to make.

yarn = SPS Poyeng - DK weight
(I used my leftovers from previous projects)
this coasters are unblocked yet
I am not a crocheter. I've learned crochet stitches for knowledge purpose only, so I applauded myself for succeeding making this coaster quite tidy. But I still cannot make them in same size. Some are bigger than the others. T.T

Free Crochet Pattern:

Citrus Coaster by Donna Knits




Happy Knitting crochetting!!


@Ajeng_Poyeng
knittingwithajeng.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How to: My steps on making knitting pattern.

this is when I made Tiger Cub Baby Hat
I am blessed as one of knitters who can convert my knitting into written pattern. I know many of my knitter friends who have difficult time to actually making knitting/crochet pattern.

For my opinion, the key is do not overthinking and just do it (or I should say write it). Don't be afraid to make many mess. Sketches, formulas, words.. I usually grab any paper near me (usually shopping receipts that scattered around my desk and in my wallet) to writing before I forget.

Here are steps I usually do everytime I want to make new knitting or make knitting pattern.

1. Choose one Idea.
I know ideas are always overflowing and want to be picked first. I always choose one of that many that I most interested with (because knitting with happy heart is alway better), or with the easiest-to-get resources.

2. Quick choose the yarn and needle.
Many yarns out there. I bet every knitter already have one or two most favorite yarn to use. I usually using one kind of yarn in many of my knittings. This can save time from window shopping looking many yarns and also from choosing wrong yarn.

3. Sketch the finished picture and imagine how it done.
Put your imagination into picture. No need to be an artist with beautiful drawing, it is enough as long as you can understand your own drawing. We make it for ourselves.
And in the process, you can imagine how that drawing to be done, what books you will open, what stitches you will use, where you use them, etc. Yeah.. let that mind flying while your finger drawing.

4. Researching
Yep, we need researching. Find any basic pattern that close with what you want to do. Example : you want to make a design of beret hat, so find some basic beret hat pattern for reads. Open your stitches book, designing book, patterns stash, etc as you see fit. And take a note or compile the findings which you see fit with your finished picture's sketch into one corner of your work desk to be opened later.

This is when I made Edge of the Woods
5. Write basic draft of the pattern
make the swatch and then determine how many cast on, how many rows, where the stitches should be, where the colors should be, etc etc enough so you can start to make the sample knitting.

6. Actually knit it (while writing/drafting the pattern)
I am a kind of designer who like to make sample pattern together with drafting the pattern. I don't use my nice notebook in this part, and usually recycle any paper scattered around me (shopping receipt, back of used paper, etc) but will always make sure them in one safe place (usually in project bag together with the yarns I use to make sample knitting)

7. Writing the pattern for yourself
While you admiring the knitting sample you freshly finished, now is your time gathering all notes and draft you make, and tidying them into one coherent pattern in your notebook for yourself. So it's up to you to use any language or any writing method you like, as long as you will understand anytime you reopen the notebook. You don't have to care if your knitter friend open the book and don't understand what you write in there. The notes is only for you. So if someday you want to remake the knitting again, you just have to open the notebook.

8. Writing for others
This step only be done if you want others to use your pattern too (free or not). Try to put yourself in other knitter shoes and imagine what kind of knitting pattern they/you like to follow and read, then try to rewrite your pattern in that way. After that you can show it into other fellow knitter(s) you know and trust to ask for feedback and also to test knit it. Along with the time and experiences, you will find your own writing style.




Happy Knitting!!

@Ajeng_Poyeng
knittingwithajeng.com

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