Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A new addition to the family

 This is Kloee.
She's a birthday kitty.
Given with reluctance to a newly minted 13 year old, a friend of my oldest daughter.
I say reluctance because, well, look at her!
She's precious!

I am always reluctant to give away my creations. 
I become attached to them because they take so much time to make.
And, they always turn out better than I expect them to be.
So I mourn that they leave the nest so soon...

I hope "the friend" loves her new Kloee.
I told my daughter if she even slightly sneers at it to take it back and bring her right back home.
She can be happy on my shelf.
13 year olds, pshht.


She loved her, by the way...
I mean, who wouldn't... (sniff)

 I'll be back soon with all the goings on around here. I have lots to share!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

PS ~ I used this pattern for Kloee. The scarf too. Her mouth is a small piece of white felt embroidered with black (size 10) crochet thread. I just glued it on. Eyes are size 6 mm. 
Yarn is Lion Brand Wool-ease on size E-3 hook.

~ S

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Glory of Late Summer, finished in Late Fall

I took this picture in the late morning sunlight. 

There are so many things at work here that I love. The sunlight, the yarn, the scarf itself, the crisp morning air, the blue sky, the smell of winter, a job well done. Oh, it is so fulfilling to have completed a project and still be in love with it. That is not always the case. I've started some and hated them. So much so, that I ripped them right out and threw the yarn into my stash with a sneer. But, you shrug, move on and continue to fall right back in love.

And I am in love with Vincent! This scarf makes me smile. I enjoyed working the lace stitch it involved. It found its own rhythm and was old hat be the time I was half way through. Oh, don't get me wrong, I had to rip out a number of rows because that one yarn-over didn't make it in there! Ooooo, that chaps my hide!
But, I persevered!

Now he is completed. 
I have him wrapped joyously around my neck, nuzzling into the bouncy depths. The yarn was a Goodwill find, a wool blended with something most likely. It gives that itchy, woolly feeling to my neck, but there's a softness that eases the scratch. So, sadly, I have not a soul to credit for this yarn.

If you'd like to attempt this pattern yourself, I have the link to the website here.  
Ugh, those pictures! They were terrible rainy day pictures. My apologies! Luckily I have a few days of gorgeous sunlight here to take some pictures that tell the true story of Vincent's Apron. My new love! 

Now, I must go for a walk to allow Vincent to do his job! Enjoy your last days of Autumn wherever you are.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Oh! The wait!

Vincent is blocking! 

I finished it last night. It felt so good to slide those final stitches off the needles.

1,000 pins and all my blocking boards later, I have a big, soft, lovely creation.

 I truly cannot wait to wear this scarf!

Details of the journey coming soon...

~ S

Monday, November 11, 2013

Turq and Pea

Turq and Pea


Two very sweet versions of Cuteness the Fish. You can find the original pattern here

For Turq, as in Turquoise, I used worsted weight yarn (in turquoise and purple) and a G-6 hook as called for in the pattern.        He is exactly the same size as Cuteness, about 4" (bottom to top of large fin) by 5" (from small fin to small fin).

For Pea, I used a sport weight yarn (in pea green and silver) and a E-3 hook. 
This created a slightly smaller version of Cuteness, about 3" (bottom to top of large fin) by 4" (from small fin to small fin).

These cuties will be going to two special girls in my neighborhood. 
They requested them after seeing my post for the Cuteness the Fish pattern. 
I happily agreed! 

It's simply and gloriously fulfilling to create these darlings for people! 
I love making this little fish!


  Turq and Pea

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Girl in Town

This is Gift, the White Elephant. Catchy name, huh?
I have completely fallen for the patterns of Dawn Toussaint. 
You can find her on Ravelry here and her website here.
Over 2 years ago, I made her Hermione the Unicorn for my daughter. 
She has been loved and loved and loved!
Come to think of it, I haven't photographed Hermione yet. I'll get right on that!

Dawn's patterns are consistently fantastic! They usually are done all in one piece, which I love! 
There are no parts sewn on so nothing gets lost or untied or un-sewed. 
I only wish I had more time...
and yarn...

~ S

Monday, September 30, 2013

Oh! The Dreams I Dream!

Oh the possibilities! 
I could see these done in felt or crochet!
Rick rack and ribbon!

My mind is whirring...

Owl:  Wouldn't they be delightful as amigurumis? My favorite is the owl looking upwards! The bobble bottom of the owl would look so cute worked in the round! You could put extra weight in the bottom to have the owl wiggle waggle back and forth like a punching bag. Rick rack, ribbon, and fabric could create the wings and feather features. And the eyes...the bigger the better!

Matroyshkas: I just love these dolls! I would love to try them in crochet, but felt would be lovely too. 
The flowers and the cupie doll lips! Love!

Hopefully I can get through my current WIP's so I can move on to these! I'm serious! 
You will see them here soon. Maybe with a pattern too.


~ S

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Color of Late Summer

This is SUCH a gorgeous pattern and this is UNBLOCKED!
I cannot wait for the finished product.

I found this pattern at Jimmy Beans Wool
A general knitter's go-to place to find all the bits and bobs you need to be a stellar knitter. 
You know, yarn, patterns, notions, fabric, etc.

The yarn used for the example in the pattern is a lovely 100% silk/mohair combo. 
You can tell by the picture on the website the drape is phenomenal! I wish!  0..o
Then there's real life and real budgets. 
For me, splurging on silk and mohair isn't in the stars. Especially after the back-to-school hit. Nope. 
Enter Goodwill.

Goodwill can be good to me at times. I found two really special balls of yarn. 
One I used to make the Mini Granny Cowl. 
Oooo it was super soft and very fun to crochet with. Someone had good taste. 
The second was the lovely yellow above. It's definitely not your average acrylic yarn. 
It's wool and it's "buttery" and it's "squishy" and it's lovely. 
What a find! 
Some people love the T-shirt find or the furniture find. 
I have learned to love the yarn find. 

I renamed the pattern Vincent's Apron because it's the name of the Tao Silk yarn used in the pattern. 
My yarn was so similar in color I couldn't resist. 
The name makes me think of Vincent Van Gogh and his most exquisite Sunflowers.

Courtesy of Wikipedia
 The colors are quite complimentary. 
Wouldn't Van Gogh have had some of this color on his painting apron?
Makes me wish my pictures were better...the color is just wonderful!

I'll be sure to capture Vincent's Apron when completed. Fully blocked. 
In all its glory.

PS ~ yes, those are double pointed needles with point protectors on the tips. 
I didn't have a Size 9 short needle for the 28 stitches and couldn't stand using my uber long ones. 
So, necessity being the mother of invention...
the DPN's work like a dream.

~ S

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Little Something New

I was fiddling around with some yarn I had found at Goodwill. It was really lovely yarn. Wool, I think? 
You never know with those "lost sheep". :)

It was a nubby yarn, full of thick and thin places, which made for great texture. 
Following is the made-up pattern if you'd like a go. 
It's great for using up those Goodwill finds or remnants in your stash bin. 

Mini Granny Cowl

100-150ish yards of some kinda yarn
Alternate color of some kinda yarn
Size G hook
Yarn needle
...and cross your fingers you finish the last row. It's a leap of faith!  ;)

Chain 152.
Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch across, turn. ~ 150 sc.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into same place, *skip 2 sc, 3 dc into next sc, repeat from * across, 2 dc in final sc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), *3 dc into next sp between dc groups, repeat from * across, 1 dc in sp by ch 3 at end of row, turn.
Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Sew both ends together. Be careful not to twist the cowl. 

With Alternate color, make a knot on your hook. Insert hook into the first sc on the top of your cowl (the last row you completed). Single crochet in that st and each st around the top. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Repeat with bottom of cowl. 
Weave in ends.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fang - A "So So Happy" Quazee

 A rather happy fellow, Fang jumped right off my fence onto my camera!


Another wonderful creation based off of this fantastic company's characters
You can find his other friends, Taco and Sig, here and here.
Fang – a “So So Happy” Quazee
A: Red WW yarn
B: Turquoise Blue WW yarn
C: Yellow WW yarn
D: Hot Pink WW yarn
Size G-6 hook
Size E-3 hook
Poly-fiberfill stuffing
Size 9 mm craft eyes
White and black felt
# 10 crochet thread - black
Lightweight cardboard
Fabric glue
Sewing pins
Yarn and embroidery needle

With A and G-6 hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc.
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.
Rnds 6-18: Sc in each sc around.
Attach eyes between row 7 & 8 and 15 & 16.
Rnd 19: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around - 24 sc.
Rnd 20: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around - 18 sc.
Stuff piece firmly.
Rnd 21: *Sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around - 12 sc.
Rnd 22: (Sc2tog) around - 6 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through last rnd and gather tightly. Cut a 12 inch piece of black
#10 crochet thread, thread needle and sew on mouth just under the eyes.

Body: (pattern begins at bottom of Body)
With B and G-6 hook, ch 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch to end. Do NOT turn.
Row 2: In same ch, make 3 sc. Working in back loops of foundation ch, sc in next 4 loops. In last loop before end, make 2 sc – 15 sc.
Begin working in the round.
Rnd 1: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in same sc – 18 sc.
Rnd 2: sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc. – 22 sc.
Rnd 3: sc through back loop (TBL) in each sc around – 22 sc.
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around as normal – 22 sc.
Rnds 5-6: As Rnd 4. Change to C. – 22 sc.
Rnds 7-8: With C, continue as Rnd 4. Change to B.
Rnds 9-10: With B, continue as Rnd 4. Change to C.
Rnds 11-12: With C, continue as Rnd 4. Change to B.
Rnds 13-14: With B, continue as Rnd 4.
Sl st last sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Using the bottom of the body as a pattern, cut a small oval from some light-weight cardboard (like a soda box). Place the oval down inside the body, then stuff firmly. Set aside.

Arms – make 2:
With A and G- 6 hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnds 3+: Sc in each sc around until arm reaches 2 ½ “.
Next rnd: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 8 sc.
Stuff arm lightly.
Final rnd: sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc – 6 sc.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Finish stuffing and set aside.

Legs – make 2:
With A and G- 6 hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnds 3–7: Sc in each sc around.
sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff firmly and set aside.

Small horns – make 2:
With D and E-3 hook, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 3 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 6 sc.
Row 3: Sc in each sc around – 6 sc.
Row 4: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat around – 9 sc.
Row 5: Sc in each sc around – 9 sc.

1. Gather your head, body piece, horns (2), arms (2), and legs (2).
2. Horns: Pin each horn to the sides of the head between rows 5 and 7 or just on the edges of the head.            Sew using the long tails from each horn.
3. Head and Body: Pin head and body together. Using the long tail on the body piece, sew together.
4. Arms: Pin the first arm onto the body, directly under the head. Sew in place using the long tail. Pin the other arm directly across from it on the other side of the body. Sew in place using the long tail.
5. Legs: Pin the first leg onto the bottom of the body piece, one row in from the edge.  Sew in place using the long tail. Pin the other leg to the bottom of the body piece, one row in from the edge.  Sew in place using the long tail.
6. Make the hair, T-shirt skull, and teeth:
Hair:  cut a square from the black felt, about 1” long x 1“ wide. Cut the hair shape from this piece. Glue to the top of the head. Pin in place while glue dries.
T - shirt skull: cut a small oval from the white felt. Cut the oval in half. Cut out 2 small squares from each side of the half oval. This will make the skull’s chin area. Round the corners and continue to cut the felt until you are happy with the shape. Cut out two small ovals from the black felt for the eyes. Glue the eyes to the white skull. Glue the completed skull to the right side (facing you) of the body piece.
Teeth:  Cut two ¼” rectangles from the white felt. On the lower half, cut out a small zig-zag shape or a small “ W “. Don’t cut all the way to the top! Leave the top flat. Glue onto the head piece, directly under the mouth thread.


It’s a good idea to pin the edges of all your felt pieces down until the glue is dry.
I use very small straight pins.

~ S

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Poem and a Goodbye









Goodbye, Miss Maggie! 
I've sent Miss Maggie to her new home in Washington. She's a gem! 
You can see her evolution from fabric and felt to little Miss Maggie here.
Happy Birthday, J!

~ S