I am in love with this pattern

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So I finished that version of http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/forget-me-not-9 (the neat link text is failing at the mo, sorry) on the 27th, a day before round 2 of Nerd Wars closed.
I proper love it, it is surprisingly warm. I was excited to get the yarn and ribbon to make a second in that size, all red, for my mum. I asked if she wanted the top and bottom ruffle white to make it festive since it’s Christmas red, but she vetoed that. FYI, you know I’m serious if I volunteer to do anything white, as that’s my least fave colour due to having trouble seeing others against it. Anyway, I’ve only worked any pattern a maximum of twice (blanket squares don’t count), and typically with a bit of reluctance the third time, but it makes my heart wiggle with joy to be making this a third time in a row.
I want to get a load of black and find a way of making a hooded cloak based on this, I love it so much. I also want to make versions in every single colour, to wear with everything. Have you ever felt this way about a pattern? Answers below, please

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Claire’s Adventures in Ruffleland

I got bored working the base layer on my second forget-me-not, so started adding the colours for the ruffles.

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The original pattern uses 17 rows, one of them expanding from the neck and half of them dc with gaps to provide easy ruffle attachment. See my last post for the first collar, which was worked true to this. This time, I’m using the remaining yarn from that for the base and working that until I run out, and have done a second expansion row for more capelike proportions. On last count, there was to be 15 ruffles and I still have quite a bit of the yarn left. This was hopefully going to be completed for this round of nerd wars, but I somehow doubt that now.
I got fed up with my flesh plug being concealed, so am trying a new hairstyle today. What do you think?

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Those are a couple of the Art Deco pictures that I make behind me. I have class today, where I will hopefully receive my mounted Taj Mahal. My current picture is a festive lady, and I hope to fit in a Christmas tree for my friend after that.

Attack of the Ruffles

Me again. Sorry I haven’t been about, I have a sick net from my Doctor. Note the capitalisation there, the only doctor whom I trust is an alien. And with good reason; according to human medical professionals, I should’ve died four times already.
I finished the first of three planned projects for Nerd Wars, forget-me-not

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I dragged my heels somewhat on submitting, so once again used a soft toy as a model. Suits him, don’t it?
The odd thing is that I’m sure I bought 200g of yarn, and I worked a little looser than tension, and the pattern calls for approximately 150g and urges you to buy an extra ball just in case. And yet, upon weighing the remainder, it showed that I had 160g left. Weird!
I am currently making a second collar with the remainder. I’m working the base layer with an extra increase row, and will keep going with the charcoal until I reach the last possible solid dc row. And then I’ll make the ruffles using one colour per row of Colinette Jitterbug, which I bough two creative packs of recently.

I am also in the process of finishing a blanket for my mum, which I’ll hopefully get done in time and work out how to do a crocodile stitch border on. If not, I’m bound to finish it next round.
I’d been hoping for some red or orange yarn in my packs, as we’re honouring hug-a-ginger day for team unity, but this is what I got in one pack:

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The only colour other than blue or green in the whole thing was one hank of pink, which is my least favourite colour.

If you can’t be bothered writing clear instructions…

…then I can’t be bothered making these socks! I have been busting my hump on the Chancery socks, but it just got to the point where I saw red.

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Spare me the deconstruction of a character whom I know intimately, and tell me why just that section of the lace chart is highlighted. And when will the heel start looking like the pic? Because mine sure doesn’t! I flung my work down in disgust, and decided to frog.
I rarely frog, and this is literally the second time where I have done so with no intention of making that design ever again. The only other time was when I couldn’t yet ssk, and couldn’t work out how to. And now that I know how to, I would happily try that pattern again (if it hadn’t mysteriously been pulled from the site), but I’ve had nothing but trouble with this one.
I firmly believe that this is a work of evil that, like the court itself, will give you nothing but misery. To check that I’m not being biased, I will just have a look on Ravelry whether anyone has successfully made this. Apart from the sample (which doesn’t count, as you know shortcuts in your pattern that you may not have written up), the only project is pretty much at the cast-on stage. So I will assume that this is evil, and implore you not to try it.
I’d had a use planned for the yarn leftover from the socks, and so I frogged safe in the knowledge that it would not languish for months. I am chaining for the forget-me-not collar as I write this (having just got gauge) and will either make it all charcoal, or go with my original plan to make the ruffles in leftovers. It depends on how sick of charcoal I am at that point. Since the pattern calls for 150g of sock yarn and I have 200, I’m highly unlikely to run out either way

*ding ding* Round 2

Tournament Nine of Nerd Wars has started and, as the title suggests, is now into the second of three rounds. For the first, I make a headband the colour of clouds, finished a “gaudy” black-and-orange shawl, made a crocodile stitch necklace, and made my second pair of socks.
I am currently working on my Chancery socks for the flexible schedule challenge, as I started them in August and they also fit the description. The goal is to create a tall tale relating to it. So I will say that I am making these socks for Dickens, and will hop in my time machine to deliver them.
The hard part will be linking socks related to Bleak House in with a team to do with Buffy and Angel. Idea below, please

For one day only

Today, you can get my ebook the book of seven for free. If you do get it, please leave a review, and please tell me if you like it. I started writing this when I was eighteen, after I was amused that an episode of Buffy had a vampire called Sunday in it. It isn’t fanfic, but there are a few references in there. It took me a little while to get it in this form because firstly I had a very discouraging writing course tutor (the woman wrote maths books, and was released from the job after a number of complaints) who made me lose heart for many years. Then I went with the ebook distributor Bookbyte Digital, whom felt that I should pay them for putting errors into my work. After getting suitably angry about that, I chose a nom de plume (that tickles me, it sounds like you’re eating a feather), and launched it myself. I am, as of today, thirty-one, so it has taken quite some time.

The Science of Stuffing

If you’ve ever wondered how much to fill your amigurumi, there’s a simple test. If you gently poke it in and it doesn’t flatten, there’s plenty. If it resembles a ragdoll, don’t close yet.
I mention this because I goofed that one recently. My defence? I’m ill, meh.
Observe this adorable Loki:

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Don’t you just want to squish him and plan all sorts of mischief. Mine totally looks like that:

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I wanted to complete it for a contest, and also on a Saturday because that’s Loki’sday. I sensibly decided to bow out of the contest, and use my hook for closing hexipuffs until better.

Oh, and so you don’t hunt me down, here is the pattern. You can also make Thor. Just remember to stuff them plenty all over until the stop looking floppy, and pinch out a little if the stitches start to stretch.