Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A "little" something for Halloween

Ms. Spider

~~ Happy Halloween ~~ 
Muah Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!

:::::::::: Post Scriptus :::::::::
Ghost: size 30 crochet thread, size 10 steel hook
Frankie and Ms. Spider: size 8 steel hook, size 10 crochet thread
Added black felt to the backs to hide knots and give structure.
Add a magnet or pin.
Patterns here, here, and here.
~ S

Monday, October 29, 2012

Teacher Gifts - Halloween

Halloween is upon us and every year I make something special for the kids' teachers. Last year's festive contributions were a bat, skull, and ghost. Take a look, here.

This year it's candy corns and who doesn't love candy corns?

I found this pattern on Lion Brand Yarn's website. Thank you LBY! I've made a few changes by giving them a sweeter-than-sweet personality.

I've been working on my embroidery of the "kawaii" smile. All three are different because I was trying out different renditions of the same smile. My favorite is the upper right hand candy corn in the above picture.

Just looking at these ami's makes me smile! The kids couldn't wait until Halloween so they'll be giving them to their teachers today. That's good because then they can add them to their Halloween decor on their desks.

How festive!

~ S

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Bailey Baby

I whipped this little guy up in two days for a sweet family and their soon-to-be baby boy. I'll name him (the toy) when we learn his name (the boy). 

I have had the pattern for this little guy in my Ravelry favorites for sometime now. It was just the perfect thing! Personally, I still don't like how my color joins jog on the back side, but meh, nobody's perfect. Always learning. As you can see my styling is so different from the pattern.

1. He's much smaller, stuffed tighter, and that blank stare, I love it!
2. He's shorter. Much more accommodating to small hands at this size, around 9 inches tall and 4 inches around.
3.  Ear placement. It's important! I took three pictures of him with three different ear placements. One directly on top of his head, one in their current position, and one lower - somewhere around his eye level. I then asked my kids which one was best. They voted the current one obviously. On top of his head he looked like a bunny. Lower was a Koala. Truly, it changed the look dramatically. I voted for the Koala look, but, hey, 3 against 1.  =)

Here's where to find him.

BTW, we still don't know the name of the Bailey's baby.
(giggle) We are voting for George...  =)

Congrats S & B!
We can't wait to meet him!

~ S

:: Update ::
Born in December 2012
Kellen "George" Bailey
He's beautiful!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Techno Inspiration - "Technorati"

We recently purchased a new laptop computer.
Our Old Faithful finally up and died on us. We had her since 2003. That's old in computer years!

Anyway, when we started up the newbie we found loads of wonderful updated things. It was faster, smarter, cleaner, more efficient and super trendy. We wondered why we had waited so long...
When we set up the kid's user desktop we found a wonderful variety of wallpapers. The kids had a hard time choosing the first one, but it was really a no-brainer.

Above is a screen shot of the one that was chosen. You can probably see why. Kawaii-face!!! They all squealed in cuteness and immediately requested that I make them one. There are many more to pull from on this wall paper alone. The little dog-thingy below the worm, yep, next on the list. And even the purple blob with the sticks on his head is inspiration on the Amigurumi front. Makes me smile just thinking about creating it...  =)

So now "Technorati" is complete. He is the simplest construction imaginable. I tried to match the colors exactly, but in the picture the second color came out a bit too yellow and the third color a bit too green. They are in fact a sage green and turquoise.

Yippee! Free Pattern Time!

Technorati the TechnoWorm

A - Vanna's Choice Yarns (Lion Brand) WW - Scarlet
B - Caron Simply Soft Eco - Ocean
C - Vanna's Choice WW - Dusty Green
D - Vanna's Choice Baby WW - Goldfish
(or your choice)
Size G/6 Hook
Polyester Fiberfill
2 -Size 12mm craft eyes
Black Embroidery thread
Yarn needle

Gauge is not essential to this project. (yea!)

With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in second ch from hook; place a marker to mark beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc
Rnds 4-14: Sc in each sc around. Stuff A section. Change to B.
Rnds 15-26: Sc in each sc around. Stuff B section. Change to C.
Rnds 27-36: Sc in each sc around. Stuff C section. Change to D.
Rnds 37-46: Sc in each sc around. Stuff D section.
Rnd 47: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 12 sc. Place eyes. Continue stuffing.
Rnd 48: (Sc2tog) around. 6 sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Using yarn needle threaded with long tail, sew remaining hole on top of the head closed. Weave in end. Embroider mouth.

Easy Peasy!

~ S

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Fruit Cozies

Well, that didn't take very long???

My hands have to do something...
I created these cute little fruit cozies from a pattern designed by Michael's craft stores. Here's the link. The pattern is designed for very tiny apples. So of course I had to tweak it a little bit.

These were created for some friends of mine. They are filled with lovely apples from our own fruit tree growing in the backyard. The apples this year were whoppers! So the cozies are a little more generously sized. They ended up being about 6 inches tall by 5 inches wide.

I added extra rows to the top to give them some more structure. The original pattern was too small for my taste. I wanted the cozies to be more "bag"-like. Why have the handles if you can't carry them? The little "leaves" are a pull cord designed to close the tops if you happen to have a smaller fruit inside. Very handy and very cute!

The "kawaii" (Japanese for cute) faces are my addition as well. The eyes and cheeks are tiny circles of felt glued on with craft glue. The smiles are embroidered on. One of the cozies doesn't have a face because it will belong to a senior friend of mine. She doesn't want the cutesy face, but the others do. The pink one was my prototype and it belongs to Skylar. It's a strawberry, not an apple. She has used it a number of times in her lunch box to protect her fruit from bumps and bruises. And her friends love it too!

I would also like to try the knit version of this pattern, but am a little wary of the stretchyness of it all. My apples are heavy. Crochet to the rescue!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Snakes, Alligator, and...all done...oh my!

These last two pictures are among the oldest I've found. A year and a half ago. I had started the idea to post them on a blog so I could share with family and friends. I had only a few pictures then. These were the first two. Lost in time, they were, until now.

The top photo is a crocodile/alligator pattern from this booklet. I love the design. With a little tweaking, now that I'm a little better at that, it could be super great. I think I would make the feet one round bigger and the body 5 rounds longer before starting the head. The back spikes I would make one crochet stitch larger. So if the pattern asked for - half-double crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet - I would do - double crochet, treble crochet, double crochet. I'd like it to be taller and little more pronounced. I will have to make this again with my new skills. Oh yeah!! I think I still have the yarn in my stash.

The snake is one of the first amigurumi's I tried. You can tell. Gaps and weirdness happening all over that one! The pattern is found here. The fun thing about the pattern for the snake is that it curls around itself. After a few years of playtime, she doesn't quite do that anymore. She's a little curly, but nothing like her old self.

This post marks the last of the amigurumis I've made in the past. (Unless one rises)  =)

Everything from this point on will be new. I look forward to posting them as they are completed. I will also be sure to post anything we create be it amigurumi or crochet or knitting or felt or...whatever. That'll be fun!

Oh, and these both belong to Sage. Of course.
Alligators, Sage.
Snakes, Sage.
Dragons, Sage.
You see the pattern...   =)

~ S

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


 I just found these pictures. Whew! These were from more than a year ago!
These ami's were made for a new baby boy, Preston. The family's chosen colors for the baby's room were orange, blue, and sage green. How fitting I had all those same colors in my stash! =)

The top three are of a hippo.  From here.
The fourth is a rattle. From here. (with a little tweaking, of course.)

~ S

Friday, October 5, 2012

It's autumn time, it's autumn time

Turkey anyone? It's a-comin!
My favorite part? Usually the breast, but on this one it's the tail! =)
You can find him here.
Happy Autumn!

~ S

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One hump or two?

I love making amigurumis for others.

This sweet camel belongs to my cousin's daughter. She asked me to make him way back in May. She is mentioned in this post.

Excitement comes easily to me, so to receive a request sends me over the moon. I love the researching and the deciding. There are a couple of good patterns out there, but this one has the cutest face. Ok, maybe this one, but it wasn't online when I did this one back in May.

So it's decided. Now to find the right yarn and gather supplies. Ready...begin!

As I began to crochet the body, I was completely at a loss as to how this guy was going to come together. The hump/body section is a strange crocheting wonder. I admire the "out-of'-the-box" thinking it took to create it. Sheesh!

As I continued (in faith) it slowly dawned on me how this was supposed to work out. Wow! So if you try this pattern, press forward. He will turn out alright. The head, legs, ears, and tail are all pretty straightforward. But that body/hump? It's a doozy!

So the camel is done and I love him. Like I say above on the header of this blog, they are terribly hard to give away! And guess what? It took me until August to get around to it! Yep! Throw a long summer in Idaho and a complete family relocation to Idaho, this little guy sat in my knitting bag for 3 months! Every time I saw him, I remembered I needed to send him to that sweet, patient girl.

Needless to say, I am grateful to my cousin and her daughter for being so patient with me. He is now happily installed in his new home in Utah.


~ S

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cuteness ~ Free Pattern

Remember I promised to put the pattern up? Well, here it is! I finally got it written down. It came to me free, so it's yours for free! Please let me know if there are any errors. If you make one I'd love to see it. I'll even post it here for all to see! Email your picture to:


Cuteness the Fish ~ finished size about 4" (bottom to top of large fin) by 5" (from small fin to small fin)
A - Vanna's Choice Baby WW yarn - Goldfish
B - Vanna's Choice Baby WW yarn - Aqua
Size G/6 hook
Poly-fiber stuffing
2 - size 12mm craft eyes
Black embroidery thread
Yarn needle

With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place a marker to mark beg of rnd; move marker as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 18 sc
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around. 24 sc
Rnd 5:*2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around. 30 sc
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc; rep from * around. 36 sc
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc; rep from * around. 42 sc
Rnds 8-17: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 18: *Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc; rep from * around. 36 sc
Rnd 19: *Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc; rep from * around. 30 sc
Rnd 20: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around. 24 sc
Rnd 21: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around. 18 sc. Place eyes.
Rnd 22: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around. 12 sc. Stuff piece firmly.
Rnd 23: (Sc2tog) around. 6 sc.
Fasten off, leave a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd and gather tightly to close hole. Weave in end.

Small Fins: Make 2
With B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place marker.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc
Rnd 3-7: Sc in each sc around.
Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew to body.

Large Fin:
With B, ch 13.
Row 1: *Half-double crochet (hdc) in 2nd ch from hook, triple crochet (trc) in next ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, repeat from * 2 more times.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. *hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * 2 more times.
Fasten off, leave a long tail to sew to body.

Tail Fin: Make 2
With B, ch 13.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch and in each of next 3 ch, trc in each of next 3 ch, hdc in each of next 3 ch, sc in last ch.
Fasten off, leaving long tails.

1. Sew tail fins together at one end. *Tip: Look at the fins. Each one has the treble crochets in the middle. The top fin will have the trebles facing up. The bottom fin will have the trebles facing down.
2. Sew tail fins to back of body, slightly off center so they can be seen.
3. Sew large fin to top of head. *Tip: Line up the beginning of the fin with the top spiral on head.
4. Flatten both small fins. Do not stuff. Sew to body.
5. Embroider mouth.
Be sure to weave in all ends.

Finished! =)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Boxies ~ Part 8

Patchwork ~ back
I think I've saved the best for last, for now.

Sage worked very hard on this one. She hand-sewed all the tiny squares together, then sewed all the strips together. It was great practice for future quilt making.

I adore this one! More than my giraffe.

The colors, design, and face just make me smile.

I have one of these one order too.

Thanks for sharing these Boxies with us. We'll be sure to post more when they are created.

I cannot wait for her Halloween ones!  =)

~ S