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Thursday, July 28, 2011

A smile, a hug, and a warm fuzzy

<p>I asked a question on Facebook: what do you collect? The first answer I got was "smiles, may I have one from you?" And I thought that was a great answer! The friend who gave that reply went to the same church as my family when I was a kid. She has 2 girls, both younger than I. She is upbeat, caring, and inspirational. So for this dear woman, I created Alice, the smile; Allison, the hug; and Alissa, the warm fuzzy. Everyone needs smiles, hugs, and warm fuzzies!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Captain Teemo

My nephew sent me a pic of Captain Teemo (from League of Legends) and begged me to crochet one for him. It was difficult, at first, to see the detail that I needed in order to tell whether I could and how hard it would be. I surfed around and found more pictures and decided to try it. I think he came out pretty good. The backpack, hat, and telescope are all removable.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Unicorn hat

My sil's idea again, a unicorn hat for her daughter (my niece). Basic hat done in double crochet, then thin tube for horn that widens just a bit at the base, and ears made a bit differently than the horse's ears from last post. They may look a bit more like cat's ears than horse's ears, but I still think they're cute! Using pink, I double crocheted the base and decreased each side of eery row to the tip, then fastened off. Lastly, I single crocheted around the ear with a picot at the tip.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Horse hat

For my sil's niece, another hat! The basic hat was done in two colors to look like a horse's nose. Then I added the ears, created with double crochet and shaped as I went, and applied the mane using a latch-hook method.

Dragon hat

My sil, one of my best customers, wants to start her Christmas shopping. She said she wanted a dragon hat for her niece so I came up with a simple design.

I used a shell stitch for the hat using the method of the simple shell cloche and then made the spikes. Then I crocheted a simple tube that increases every few rows for the tail.

I'm still trying to think of ways to make it look more dragon-y and less dinosaur-y. Wings were suggested, but I don't know how to create wings that won't flop and look ridiculous (anyone wearing a dinosaur hat would NOT want to look ridiculous, right?).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lock and key purse

My son was playing with a skeleton key the other day and inspired this design. 

And what is a key without a lock?

And what is a purse without a lining?

I told my niece about my idea and she excitedly asked if she could have it if it worked out. I can't seem to say "no" to that Li'l nutball so here you are, Abi-Kadabi.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I love this little scrubby pad! Double sided, pocketed, textured...what's not to love? I'm going to go scrub my kitchen now!

with WW and H hook, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook do not join. 2. through both loops through entire project(2 sc in each sc) (12 sc) 3. (sc, 2 sc in next) around (18 sc) 4. (sc in next 2, 2 sc) around (24 sc) 5. (sc in next 3, 2 sc) around (30 sc) 6. (sc in next 4, 2 sc) around (36 sc) 7. ch 12, sk 12 sc, sc in next 4, 2 sc tog(dec made)4 times. *sc in next 3 ch, dec* twice (30 sc) 8. (sc in next 3, dec) around (24 sc) 9. (sc in next 2, dec) around (18 sc) 10. (sc in next, dec) around (12 sc) 11. dec around (6 sc) fasten off, weave end around last 6 sc, pull tight, tie off
If using acrylic yarn, know that it is not absorbent, but for scrubbing baked on food et cet., it doesn't need to be!

Friday, July 1, 2011

First purse lining

I've made bags before. Small clutch purses, large hobo bags, and many in between. But I've never lined them before. I decided to make my cousin's puzzle piece bag (which is an Autism awareness bag in earth tones instead of bright primary colors) with a lining and a snap. I have minimal sewing skills, so what would take a seasoned seamstress 5 meaningless minutes, took me 4 adventurous hours. And think I still made the lining larger than the bag! I measured 3  times at least. I got out the sewing machine (ok, so an hour of my adventure was trying to get the uncooperative piece of machinery set up and ready to go) and flew through seaming together the perfectly cut *ahem* pieces and inserted the finished lining into the bag. I then painstakingly (and painfully-have you ever stabbed yourself in the tongue with a needle?) hand stitched a snap into the lining and the lining into the bag. Not bad for a first attempt, eh?