Wednesday, April 4, 2018

I've Been So Bad...

Well, I certainly hope that all of you had a wonderful Easter and didn't go overboard on the sweets, like I did! I had plans of showing gorgeous carved eggs (that you can see here), or at the very least sharing a cute GIF (which can be seen here). Somehow those never came to fruition. I think I've been stuck in some kind of slow-motion gear that I can't seem to get out of. However, I did get into the Easter spirit and decided to try out a pattern that I fell in love with some time ago. It's the sweet "Little crochet bunny pattern" from Amigurumi Today (available for free here).

Little crochet bunny from Amigurumi Today 










I do have yarn appropriate for making this, but I ran into a problem. The yarn is fuzzy and I was having great difficulty seeing the stitches. So I decided to switch to another yarn I have - sock weight without all the fuzz. Even though my version isn't quite as cute as the original, I still think it turned out ok. Mine just looks a bit sleepy!

 Arthur took pity on my Sleepy Bunny and shared one of his heart pillows with her, originally seen here. I decided that Arthur shouldn't have to sit on a box anymore, so I ordered a comfy retro-modern chair for him. However, I need to find a way to wire him, because Arthur has a terrible problem with falling apart. (The chair, while being very stylish, won't give him a lot of support.) I did find a site that showed how to make an "upholstered" chair and I think Arthur would be ecstatic if I could make one of those for him - but crocheted, of course. Perhaps this will be my next project? But only after I finish the current WIPs.....

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easter is Coming...

I always seem to be "a day late and a dollar short" when it comes to holiday themed posts. I know that St. Patrick's Day is on March 17th, but I think I'm going to take a pass this year for posting wondrous Irish things. If you have an insatiable desire to see these lace beauties, please refer to a previous post of mine here.
Lately I've been working on an afghan that's almost complete (yes, really!) and the Metro Kerchief by Yuliya Tkacheva (see pic below). I love the design of this kerchief, although if you make it slightly larger it would really be a shawlette, and I'm about halfway done. I know, I know - I'm supposed to be designing my own items - but sometimes it's nice just to go with someone else's pattern. If I don't find someone to give this to I'll probably just list it in my shop.

Metro Kerchief by Yuliya Tkacheva



 But I digress. Easter is coming, and I think I've been looking at this adorable bunny for so long that I must make her. There is no designer listed that I can find, but the free pattern is available at Amigurumi Today. If you are a Pinterest Peruser, I'm sure you've come across her - along with a million other items we all would like to make. Well, enough with the talking. I've got the yarn - I've got the hook - now wish me luck!


 PS. I want the pattern for that little bear, too!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pretty in Pink

I'm late.  As some of you that follow me may have noticed, I have done several blog posts using a "national day" as a theme. Well, March 1st was National Pig Day and I missed it. The reason this is a big deal is that my mom loves pigs (Hi, Mom!) and has a wonderful collection of them. They're mostly ceramic figurines, but she has a few other items too - like the iron flying pig doorstop or the pig-weighing-herself salt and pepper shaker, for example. Quite a while ago now my mom told all of us not to give her anymore pigs because she felt she had more than enough. I don't always abide by that wish, but I'm sure she'll find this "ode to the pig" blog post quite acceptable!

Baby pig found on Pinterest - inspiration only, darn it!

Pig Amigurumi CAL by Brenna Eaves

Adorable key ring by Duls Stuff, inspiration only

Clown pig - inspiration only

Willie the Pig by Lan Lien, free pattern

Sweet Pig Lovey by Maiko

Friends from Instagram, inspiration

Pippa Pig by Little Aqua Girl
Pig bookmark I gave my mom, pattern from Ashlea of HeartHookHome

No post about pigs would be complete without Piglet! Free pattern from Holly's Hobbies

 Hope you all had a wonderful National Pig Day, and celebrated it by enjoying our porcine friends in whatever way you deemed appropriate!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

To Granny or Not

Just the other day I received an email form Allcrochetpatterns.net describing their Granny Square Design Contest (find details here). I like granny squares. I have many granny square designs saved on my computer; I enjoy seeing posts with new designs; I even designed a square once (see below). However, I have never made anything with granny squares - but I was interested to find the history behind them.


I found an article from Etsy Yarn-A-Holics' Confessions of a Yarn-A-Holic blog about the origin of the granny square (here): "According to a 1946 article attributed to the Oregon Worsted Company, the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fiber unraveled from old sweaters and socks. As these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares...sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colorful. Because grandma was no longer up for manual labor, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES." Makes sense!

Since the design contest sparked my interest, I took a little trip around the internet and found a wonderful post from Dorianna Rivelli of The Lavender Chair showing lacy crochet squares here. If you are not familiar with The Lavender Chair, please take a moment and visit the site - you will be delighted at Dorianna's wonderful designs!

Visit The Lavender Chair by Dorianna Rivelli for the patterns here.         

These are all sooo pretty! But then again, I do have a major soft spot for all things lace. I don't know if I'm going to design an entry for this contest because I currently have so many other things buzzing around in my head, but I certainly wish good luck to any crocheters out there that are willing to take the leap!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Arthur and I want to wish you the happiest of Valentine's Days! Arthur is feeling quite dapper in his top hat and bow tie, and he really likes his new tri-heart pillow. Even though he hasn't had a girlfriend in quite some time, hope springs eternal in his romantic heart - he's believes that this year just might be his year. I promised I would try my best to find him a friend, and that if I can't find him one, I'll do my best to crochet something for him!



These "Puffy Hearts" have been designed by Repeat Crafter Me and the free pattern is available at http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2017/01/crochet-puffy-hearts.html. I used a fingering yarn and a 1.90mm hook. The hearts came out to be 2" wide and 1 1/2" tall - perfect size for a key chain or hair accessory. I crocheted the top hat, but alas, black is very difficult to photograph well - especially for a non-professional!

Have a wonderful day, and have a piece of chocolate for me!