I wanted to try to make a crochet sweater from my measurements, and then see if that fit after making it. Much like how I had to figure out how to crochet a hat that would fit my hat size.
I was shown this video on Youtube where the person made their own striped sweater from basically winging it. I wanted to figure out a better way to secure the tails from the stripes / color changes and found the Russian Join technique.
The first few videos I found were a bit confusing for me, the person in the video would show the two colors at first. Then they would somehow be at the end product of the two pieces of yarn linked together! I found a video that finally made sense to me, and now I’m always going to use this technique when starting a new skein or changing colors. I used this project to also try out the magic knot technique too but not sure if I like that technique.
When I’m done with this prototype sweater, I’ll wash the sweater and see how the previously mentioned techniques hold up.
I tried to make it out of yarn that I had on hand at first. That way I could also go through my stash before buying more which is always great.
I have been playing Animal Crossing since March when it launched! So, I have quite a bit few hours in the game. My initial idea for the island theme was going to be Japanese themed since my previous Animal Crossing games I would make my house that theme. In previous games, you couldn’t decorate the outside and only decorate the inside! I managed to find an old screencap from my Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2013) game and what a difference in technology.
I made the mistake of deleting this file and should have just kept it and tried to clean up the weeds.
For the new Animal Crossing island, it’s currently Halloween so I have most of the Halloween DIYs. I also changed to a half Japanese themed and Cottage Core island with the natural paths that can be seen in this screencap here.
I changed “The Path” to a Halloween version to fit the current holiday. When it’s winter, I’ll change it to fit the winter/Christmas theme since the Winter DIYs are icicles.
There’s some areas that I need to refine on the island to be complete. But like with everything that has endless possibilities like this there’s always endless options.
In recent times, I have read on various sub reddits that people that own Etsy shops and other online shops are having issues with USPS getting their packages to the customers. I had packages that were coming to me that went to the wrong zip code, but the label was correct, and it eventually made its way to me. Luckily!
So, I decided to do a lot of digital downloads for shops instead. I started a RedBubble shop too: http://nicoleoyama.redbubble.com/ and converting my crochet shop into digital patterns instead of shipping out items. I’m uploading to Red bubble in batches here and there as well.