Pics (finally)!

I made both of these yesterday:

The necklace is my first attempt at wire crochet.  I’ve never done anything like this before!  It’s OK…goes quickly and should make nice gifts.  But I need to make it look more like jewelry and less like twisted paper clips!
The Race Car is really a cover for baby wipes.  It’s for my friend who is adopting a baby from Korea.  I didn’t use a pattern, but my husband helped to decide how to decorate it and make it look more car-like.

These were great projects.  This has been a very busy season for me at work and with the kids starting school.  But the tech guys had to work on my computer yesterday, so I had a nice break in which to crochet!

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Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm  Comments (2)  

Weekly Menu (and some crochet)

No pics yet, but here’s a little bit of what I’ve been making lately:

1.  Another monkey for my sister’s friend

2.  My first wearable!  The Knot Ugly Shrug from the Happy Hooker book.  Wore it to church (yay!) and shared it with my daughter.

3.  Started my first sweater (from a Moda Dea pamphlet)

4.  Another small bear for a friend’s birthday

5.  My first venture into WIRE crochet!  I made a necklace, which I like but don’t love.  My husband thinks it looks like paper clips strung together with beads.  He might be right.  I’m going to try a few more of these, though.  I will definitely post pictures.

6.  A “tissue box cover” (for baby wipes, really) in the shape of a race car for a baby shower I’m going to on Saturday.  I will post pics of this before I give it away.

That’s all (for now)!

Here’s our weekly menu:

Monday:  pizza

Tuesday:  Miso glazed salmon, wild rice, peas

Wednesday:  Linguini with clam sauce

Thursday:  nachos

Friday:  cheeseburgers with mushrooms and onions and green beans

Saturday:  Zulma Casserole

Sunday:  My birthday party!  I’ll eat light, since the party is appetizers and desserts. 

Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 2:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Penguin, and…a giveaway!

I made this fun penguin with the simple pattern from the Lionbrand website.

I used Caron SS Quick yarn, which I bought just to try. I love using chunky yarn to make animals. But I wasn’t really into the SS Quick. Unfortunately, when I ordered the blue yarn online, I accidentally put in the number 12 instead of the number 2 (please tell me I’m not the only one who does these things!). Then life got busy and I forgot to return the yarn (please, also tell me I’m not the only one who does these things!).

So…today I’m hosting my first blog giveaway. Just leave a comment in the comments section (along with your email address), and let me know what you would make with 2 -4 skeins of blue mint Simply Soft Quick yarn. I will choose 2 – 3 winners and send the yarn to you. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 22nd at midnight.

Oh, and if you decide you want to make a blue penguin, you can find the pattern here.

Published in: on July 15, 2008 at 11:07 am  Comments (9)  

A Robot

I decided to make this robot for Joel after we saw the pattern online. He’s been looking forward to getting it (for his 7th birthday), and planned on naming him Wall*e. But after seeing the movie on Sunday, Joel decided he wasn’t really too into Wally. So he named him Louie.

I used Caron SS and a G hook. I think the dark grey is some kind of wool blend. It was the only dark grey I could find in the summer.

Happy Birthday, Joel!

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm  Comments (1)  

The Three Bears

When I’m not working on birthday presents, I’ve been making these small bears lately. I love the pattern because I can make a bear in one night. It’s quick and really cute. I hope to make many of these and just keep them on hand to give as gifts as needed.

I’ve been experimenting with different yarn choices. Here’s what I made recently:

1. Made with Softee Chunky and a J hook (thanks, Dara, for suggesting I make him so many different colors!)

2. Made with BabyLash yarn and a J hook. He’s going to be a baby shower present for a friend who’s due next week:

3. Made with some soft, fuzzy yarn I bought at JoAnn (forget the name). I love the look and feel of the yarn, but haven’t liked anything I’ve made with it! I’m naming this the Abominable Snow Bear!

I also made one in dark brown, which I gave to my dad for his birthday.

I’ll be making more of these this week. I want to try using some other yarn, and make a few new rainbow bears as well.

Which do you like the best?

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

2 new projects

We took a fairly long road trip, and I had jury duty when I came back!  I made my son his 7th birthday present (which I’ll post later in the week), a hat, a purse, and a dog.  Busy crochet week.

The purse is a present for my mother-in-law.  I made the same purse for Caroline for my first Swap Swap Gals swap.  I used double strands of lion brand cotton and a J hook.  It’s my own pattern, which I made after looking at lots of purse patterns.

Then I made this stuffed dog for my nephew’s third birthday.  I also made up the pattern for this one, using Lion Brand Homespun and a J hook.

Both are going in the mail tomorrow, so I wanted to get their pics posted tonight.

Published in: on July 7, 2008 at 1:30 am  Comments (1)  

Doll for a 9 year old

Well, my older daughter decided she didn’t really want a mermaid. So after looking at doll patterns online together, she asked me to make her this doll:

I bought the pattern from Etsy, and I’m really happy with the results. I didn’t have the right type of embroidery thread, so I took some ww black yarn and separated the strands. Then I used one strand of the yarn to make the eyebrows.

I used a size G hook and some Caron Simply Soft yarn. I think the red yarn is RH super saver.

Published in: on June 20, 2008 at 2:48 am  Comments (1)  

Meg’s Mermaid

Here are pics of Meg holding her 4th birthday present:

Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 6:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Mermaids!

Well, my (almost) 4 year old daughter has been completely into mermaids since we saw The Little Mermaid on Broadway in February.  When I told her I would make her anything she wanted for her 4th birthday, she immediately asked me to make her a  mermaid doll.  I found a pattern on Crochet Pattern central, and used Simply Soft Quick yarn to make her so large.  I used a K hook.  Then my 9 year old daughter saw her and wanted one as well!  The second doll is made with an I hook and double strands of red heart Light ‘n Lofty yarn, and Lion Brand Homespun for the tail.

Here’s a pic of my older daughter holding them both:

I originally made them wearing bikinis, but felt they were a little too sexy for toys!  Here are the early versions, before I fixed their hair and added more to the tops:

I added more hair to both, and then put a pretty edging on their bikini tops.  I think what really helped was the addition of some blush (I used pink chalk) to the face of the whiter doll.

I’m still experimenting with yarn to find out what I like the most for these dolls.  I want to make the fins a bit more substantial, and play around with beautiful embellishments.  I’m giving these away as birthday presents today, and I’ll start on some new ones for my kids tonight.  Meg’s birthday is Wednesday, so I have to make one for her by then!  Then I have 2 weeks to complete one for my older daughter, and 3 more weeks to make King Triton for my son.

Published in: on May 31, 2008 at 12:34 pm  Comments (2)  

New Projects (and some old ones)

One of the reasons I started this blog is so I can remember what yarn and hooks I use for various projects. Of course, I haven’t been mentioning any of this. So now I’m going to put up some of my recent projects and remind myself how I made them.

Pigs

Believe it or not, I made these as a baby shower gift for my friend who is having her first girl (after having three boys)! I wanted her to have something fun and pink in her nursery.

I made the first one and my daughter fell in love, so I had to make another for Kristina. Here are the two pigs together:

I used KristieMN’s pattern and double strands of some baby pink yarn (I don’t remember what). I made the body somewhat bigger than in the pattern.

Bear

I also made a small bear from a pattern I bought from Etsy. I love this pattern as it’s small and versatile and is a great use of scrap yarn.

The one on the left is the one I made. I used Bernat Softee Chunky and an I hook.

Mother’s Day/Teacher Appreciation Flowers

I use Bernat Softee Chunkee for these with an I hook. I really love this yarn and the wonderful colors they make! The patterns are here:

I used this for the colorful flower, but only made three rows. The daffodil is from the LionBrand website.

Owlets

These were so much fun! I used Roman Sock’s pattern, and really used these as a way to experiment with the yarn. On one, I crocheted only in the front loops. Then I made one crocheting in both loops…I wanted to compare and see if they came out the same size (they did). I used Lion Brand Homespun for those, with an I hook. Then I used some super fuzzy white yarn that I bought at JoAnn, and some blue yarn (also bought at JoAnn). I used fun fur on the blue one, just to see what that would look like.

Bear

This bear was also a great project for me to learn on. I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn. I had made the bear once before, and I thought that the head came out way too small for the body. So this time, I made the head using a K hook. Then I switched to an I hook for the body and arms. I don’t remember what size hook I used for the feet; The bear came out much smaller than the first one I made. I think if I make him again, I might go up to a J hook for the body. It probably could have been slightly larger.

Snake

Here’s my snake again. I actually made up the pattern, and used Homespun yarn with an I hook.

I made another one for a friend using double strands of Red Heart SS camo yarn. I think I used the J hook on that one. I liked how he came out, but gave him away before I could take pics.

That’s it. This is a long post, but it’s a helpful reference for me.

Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment