Hope you had a great weekend too. I always find it great when I get a chance to get things done, things straightened up, visit an art gallery or museum and see some friends. Luckily, got it all this weekend. We went to the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) to view some great art, meet the artist and enjoy the space. If you are in the area and haven’t been to the DCCA, I highly recommend it for a night out, they have some awesome events throughout the year. We also got to see our friends who I had made the spiderman afghan for their son. It was so awesome when I gave it to him, he jumped around hugging the blanket, piled it on top of his head and smiled so big I think his cheeks hurt. I am pretty sure he liked it just a little bit. I’m so glad he enjoyed it and he assured me that it will go with his room decor because, “it has my favourite colour red and my other favourite colour blue. And I like black too.” So I think I did well. Yay. And to top off the weekend, what else could be great than selling a blanket on Etsy! Thank you to Carol, a wonderful repeat customer who purchased this creation of softness! Which means I am going to be busy thinking up new ideas for new blankets here very shortly. And getting into the thick of crochet! The amount of yarn I have now, I think I’ll be able to come up with something awesome and create some new, wonderful pieces that will surely please. Have a great week everyone, oh and Happy Women’s History Month! Take a moment or two and read up on it sometime this month, you’ll be glad you did.
I was busy thinking tonight about what to make, and decided I could make a new hat. I had a great pattern, which I altered just a little bit, and made a rather pretty cocoa and bright pink warm hat. I especially like the bit of a ruffled edge I gave to the hat that the pattern didn’t have. This one I will be listing on Etsy, most definitely, as it is too cute not to share with someone else. I’ll take some more photos this weekend and get it posted, just a bit late tonight. But Since I spent the time tonight crocheting it, getting the bow on it and making sure it looks awesome, I thought I’d share it. Don’t worry the amigurami isn’t too far from my mind, and I’m starting to miss making a confectionery work of art. So a cake for someone is in the near future. And since that large blanket turned out so well, I may just have to decide on making something similar or another larger blanket. Just need to spread out the ideas and decide on the best one. Then we’ll see what happens when the art comes to life!
I had to urge to crochet something other than the projects I’m working on. So I headed into the world wide web to find something awesome, and as usual, I found it. Over on the Instructables page, I found an amigurumi seahorse pattern by ursaminor. It has to be one of the cutest seahorse patterns I’ve ever seen. A-dor-A-ble! And since I was having a relaxing evening of watching the Science channel, I figured this would be a great time for me to sit and make something new. I quickly downloaded the free pattern, grabbed some of my yarn stash, my hook and other required tools and hit the couch. I think about an hour to two hours later I had my very own seahorse. I opted for a brilliant blue for the eyes, crest and fin, with a soft white with a dash of ombre blue and greens in the mix for the body. It was really pretty easy to make. I think the most difficulty I had were the safety eyes trying to get the plastic back snaps to snap all the way on through the two layers of yarn. I may have to make an entire aquarium of these guys! Thanks to ursaminor for an awesome pattern, turned out to be a great way to pass the time while watching some TV and chilling out on a Monday night. And got a cute amigurumi in the process. I think I am now addicted to making these little guys, first the ninja…..
The latest project I just completed a few weeks ago is for a friend’s son. I had found an awesome pattern online by Stitch ‘n Frog blog for her Superhero Dream Catcher Afghan. I decided that I’d like to try this, and after a few round tries, and a few changes to the pattern to make it a bit my own, and a lot more yarn, my version of the Spiderman afghan emerged. It didn’t take too super long once I realized that while sitting while watching Castle or L&O: SVU, my crocheting just materializes (it is kinda like magik!). My version of the afghan ended up quite large, in the photo, that is a king size bed, and it nearly touches each side. I think the intended child is going to go crazy when he sees this! I really enjoyed doing the round ripple pattern, I’ve done straight ripple before, however this was the first done in the round for me. It was quite enjoyable and rewarding to see the final product. Yay! I think I may have to try another, with a different theme, Black Widow anyone?
Seriously Lion Brand, how do you give away so much yarn? Saw this posting and had to share! Lion Brand Yarn is giving folks a chance to win yarn for 10 projects, value up to $750! Check it out on their Facebook page, Lion Brand Yarns. Yep, already signed up here.
Yay! Chinese New Year! Time for the new creature, the snake! We celebrated today by going to, you guessed it, the Delaware Art Museum! They had a celebration today with a lion dance, discussions, art and lots of activities. And of course food. I’m always impressed by the work that the DE Art Museum does, and it never fails to show us how to enjoy the day. Of course enjoying the day meant that I’ve begun thinking out creating another amigurumi creature! Of course it must me a snake. I am working on another one, a crab, but I think I can do both at the same time So as Facebook never fails, I found the Little Muggles page, which is filled with amigurumi designs, and of course, snakes! This little guy in particular is featured on their web page as well. I will be making it and seeing how it goes, has to be a cute one, not sure what colours to choose though, do I stick with a green theme or go with something different? A bit unique and maybe wild for this year, red? blue? how about
New Year Snake from Little Muggles Creations, http://www.littlemuggles.com
some awesome orange? I like the orange and red of the decoration beside it. So if you’d like to make your own New Year’s Snake, head over to Little Muggles, or check out their FB page, and get going on your own snake. I’m getting moving on my own this week, as soon as I can decide on colours, which should be anyyyyyyy moment now… Really…. hmmm..
Wishing you all a happy and loving day. I’m a bit sick today, so I’ll be curled up under a blanket with some tea, not crocheting, not knitting, not sewing. Just me, some Puffs and and some Nyquil. Ah love.
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Tagged Holiday, life
As I mentioned in my last post, I had adored the bunny hat and fluffy butt diaper cover. So much so that I set out to make a set of my own for a friend. It was pretty simple to do, and took no time at all to complete. I changed the contrasting colour settings, because not everyone wants just pink. I had some great left-over pastel ombre yarn that I thought would be perfect for this. I grabbed that, some white for the main colour and after a few two nights, wha-la. Hat and bunny butt complete! I think it is a-dor-able! So cute! I am glad this was so much fun and simple to make, quick too. I can just see making different variations of the pattern now, with colours for all kinds of occasions. Too super cute. I think I’ll have to keep this pattern in my active drawer and make sure to do it again very soon. Good luck everyone!
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Tagged crochet, yarn
So I just came across the cutest pattern ever! the Crochet Bunny Hat Pattern and Diaper Cover. It is from the blogger Repeat Crafter Me. She has some awesome stuff on her blog,
From Repeat Crafter Me
but I couldn’t resist the oooh cuteness of this pattern. She has some great talent coming up with this one! I’ve gotten through making the top portion of the hat and it looks great. I’ll be starting the ears tonight at my weekly get together with other crafters. I’m still not sure to whom to give this to, but it was just too cute *not* to make! I’m also adding her to my blogroll, because why not! With things like this why wouldn’t someone want to check out the blog frequently and see what cute and adorable things pop up? He he.
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Lion Brand Yarn Giveaway page
Normally, I don’t specify which yarn I use. Mainly because yarns are all different and depending on the project you are doing, you may want to use something different. Each company makes yarns that are different for various things, and I’ve bought yarn from recycled silk to llama wool from Ecuador. Yarn is unique. However, that being said, when there is a chance to get some awesome free yarn, I think I’ll take a chance at it and tell everyone else about it in the process! On Facebook today I saw a new posting on the Lion Brand Yarns page to enter to win the book 75 Floral Blocks to Knit *and* get two skeins of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Cotton Bamboo yarn! Hello. I’m there, where is the link, sign me up, let’s go, cross my fingers and hope it works! I think that is a great idea and well worth the sign up. And, Lion Brand is great yarn. If you head over to their website, they have a ton, and I do mean a ton, of patterns available to try out from very easy to quite advanced. This is one I think you just might want to try out. Good Luck!
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From the movie, Groundhog Day with Bill Murray
Happy Groundhog Day. And Today Punxsutawney Phil, and Staten Island Chuck both agreed that there will be an early spring. However, in the south, General Beauregard Lee disagreed and said there will be six more weeks of winter, at least for those in the south. So, I guess it depends on where you live, whether you get an early spring, or if you’ll be needing your coat for a little while longer. I found it a bit funny how we humans use a groundhog to predict the weather, and so I went searching for how this all got started. Seems we have used this day, and animals, to predict the weather for quite some time. In fact this day reflects back on to a Catholic holiday, Candlemas, which was in fact the christianized pagan holiday Imbolc, which gave us a half-way point between winter solstice and the spring equinox. And which we still celebrate today, as yes, Groundhog Day. Kinda cool! And now there are ~6 different groundhog stars across the country, including the famous Phil to predict the weather in various locations. Go us for such a unique and cool idea to keep going for so long, tradition!
Some nights you just need to crochet with a friend. Tonight, a friend came over and with a plate of various cheeses, crackers, salsa, peppers… Yum. We spent the night watching TV and testing out crochet patterns. I’m working on a super cool blanket for one of my friend’s kids, and she is making a hat with a flower rosette. She made a few of the flowers from the Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker book she recently purchased. The flowers turned out awesome, of course! So excited for her to get the hat completed so I can see the final product!! As soon as I finish the blanket, and give it to the intended, then I’ll post the final photo. I want them to be the first to see it, so I’m waiting to do that first.
So I got busy on my crochet work from the Creepy Cute Crochet book I just bought! My first task was to make the ninja for my fiancé. He would love these kinds of martial art things, so I *HAD* to do the ninja! In the book, it suggests to use felt for the face, eyes, sash and embroidery thread for the throwing star. Unfortunately I had neither felt nor embroidery thread at the time. So I improvised. I crocheted the face and eyes, created a crocheted sash and with a slightly different design and smaller hook, a throwing star that didn’t look half bad. Compared with the one that is in the book, my ninja turned out pretty good. And my fiancé loved him! He took the little ninja to work and put him on his desk to show him to his co-workers and protect his paperwork… ninja style!
Yes, it is Sunday! And you know what that means, another trip to the Delaware Art Museum to watch another movie. Today was Hamlet (1996) the Kenneth Branagh version. Pretty awesome, and I love the period costumes! Some serious art and design went into making these! It is a 4 hour movie, but so well worth the viewing. I just recommend to grab some snacks, snuggle up and don’t expect to call anyone, text anyone or do anything else for a while. It is a nice break.
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Tagged life, movies, museum
I’ve been itching for new craft books and I got some today! My most favourite has to be the Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! book that I just got! OMG, this book is so awesome. I am just dying to make the ninja. The book starts off by saying, Attack of the Cute! and it so does that! I’ve been wanting to make some amigurumi items and so when I saw this online, I just HAD to have it. I think the amazon queen is the second one I’ll be making. The other book I grabbed, Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from around the World is also fab, the crab is the one I’m hunting to make! Ah the things that make me happy!