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Animal hats and more animal hats.

I am loving making these!  I have sooo many ideas for different animals… I can’t wait to get them all done lol.

My friend loves frogs so she asked if I could make a frog hat for her.  At first I was like “ohh man I just dunno”, but then I googled images of frog hats and really, it didn’t look all that difficult.

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I LOVE how it turned out!  The green is perfect.. bright yet not neon.  And the eyes.. ohmygoodness.  I had it on my desk waiting to be given to her and everytime I passed it I literally lol’d.  Needless to say she loves it too.

She also wanted hats for her two boys.  She chose puppy dogs.  I did both in tan, but so they are different I did the ears on one black and on the other chocolate brown.  I also put the patches on opposite sides.

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They both love them and I gotta say, they look freaking adorable in them 🙂

So many of my friends are pregnant.. and due in the same month.  As soon as I said on FB that I was going to start making animal hats I had quite a few orders come in.

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My other friend wants a monkey for her little monkey.  I like how it turned out.  She also wants booties.  I just need to add the buttons on these guys.

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I can’t wait to see him in the set.

Up next will be a kitty hat, and not like the HK hat.

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Add a comment January 24, 2013

What I have been up to

The last few months have been pretty busy for me.  I have gotten in to making earrings, and have been crocheting up a storm.  I did a craft fair and also started selling my earrings and crochet items.  I have loads of pics to upload 🙂

But first, my last post was of the blanket I made for my friends baby shower.  I got another ball of yarn- the contrasting blue that is in the varigated.

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It turned out to be 40″ across.  Omgosh this blanket turned out sooooo soft and plushy!  If you have not tried this yarn, do!  I would have used a bigger hook- maybe a 10mm or even bigger, but I am happy with how it turned out- and so was my friend, which is what matters!

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I also made this cute little hat as well.

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She actually just told me she has both put away so they don’t get ruined and is keeping them as keep sakes.  Heart warming or what? 🙂

As I said at the top of this post I started making earrings.  My grandmother was big into making jewellery and when she passed away, my grandfather and I were at a loss as to what to do with all the beads she had.  And by all I mean like thousands.. and I wish I was exaggerating.. seriously thousands.  Well I thought I would make myself some chandelier earrings and maybe some for friends, but while making the first pair I discovered how much I like making them.  I love jewellery and to be able to make nice jewellery that is expensive is really cool.

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The beads used are all glass, and some are swarovski crystal beads

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I have more on my facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/TurtleBugCrafts so come check out some of the things I have made 🙂

My neice and nephews school held a craft fair at the beginning of the month.  It was the first one ever and tables were cheap and the money from table sales went to the school so I figured I would do it.  I have always wanted to do a craft fair, but I have no idea how people sign up lol.  Anyways, my bestfriend told me about the fair like 3 weeks before… yes 3 weeks.  Now, I am a fast crocheter, but this was cutting it close.  Oh and did I mention I also had just signed up for a crochet swap that needed to be sent out like 3 days after the fair?  Ugh talk about over extending myself lol.  I had nothing premade that I could add for the fair so crocheting was pretty much my life lol.  I also had no clue what to make.  My grandmother and I do the craft fair rounds every year so I have an idea of the kinda things that sell, but I had no clue what kinds of customers were going to be at this fair.. if any, because it was so last minute.

I know that there are alot of babies and moms that are pregnant that have children that go to the school and I figured that they would probably go to support.  I found this super cute pattern for crochet baby uggs and knew what I was making.  So I made the booties and I also made hats to go with as well as child and adult hats, though I mostly did the baby sets. (side note- I got asked by almost everyone who came to my table if I had bigger booties.  Clearly I should have made them in bigger sizes lol!  That is ok, I have a couple custom orders instead of selling what I already made)  I also made some snowflakes because I made my swap partner some and they are sooo pretty and I figured it would be a nice small christmasy item.

Well, I am glad to say I did not spend that much in supplies because there were mayyyyyyybe 30 people that came.  There were plenty of vendors, just no buyers.  Luckily I made what I paid for the table plus $16.  I made up card with my name and email and quite a few people took one because they wanted different sizes though.  The school made lots of money though from table sales and concession, and that is the important thing.  Next year they will be doing more advertising and I will have more time to prepare.

Here are all the baby sets I made

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and the adult hats added

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Here are the snowflakes while they blocked

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This was how I set up my table.

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I don’t think anyone realized the snowflakes were for sale lol even though I had a sign.

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Again, I have more on my FB page so check it out 🙂

While I was at the fair, a lady ordered a custom hat and booty set.  She needed it to fit her 2 year old with room to grow.

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the picture doesn’t show the colour very well but the set is dark purple.

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I made them non slip because she is walking and crochet slippers can be very slippery.

I have a couple more custom orders for hat and booty sets and also a few dog sweaters to make this week.

Well Rudolph is on so I’m going to go cuddle on the couch with a cup of hot coco and watch it 🙂

Add a comment December 14, 2012

How to embroider a nose on a teddy bear

I have had a few people ask me how I do my noses so I thought I would do a picture tutorial.  This is by no means the only or even the best way, but this is how I do it and so far it has worked lol.  Also, I’m not the best at always explaining in writing and even though there are pics that should help, if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

First you will need to make the muzzle… or if you are making a teddy and don’t do the muzzle you can just do this straight on the head.  Then you will need a needle that is big enough to thread your embroidery thread through.  Note:  for thread bears I just use sewing thread that I have doubled.  Knot the thread after you have threaded it through the needle head.   The thread should be doubled now.

1) Ok, so now you need to figure out how big you want the muzzle to be.  I usually do it 4 stitch holes across. I do a triangle for the nose so there will be 3 corners.  I start at one of the top corners and going in from the back, pull the needle and thread through (see pic)

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2) Now count four stitch holes across and go into the hole from the front.  This forms the top line of the nose.

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3) Next from the back pull needle and thread through the hole below the big hole… so descriptive I know lol but I have no clue what to call it.

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4) Now go into one of the top corner stitches from the front.  This forms one of the sides.

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5) Go back into the bottom corner and pull needle and thread through front and go into the other top corner.  Now you have a triangle.  This is pretty much just a guide to follow while you close in the nose.

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6) Now we need to fill in the nose.  Come back up through the bottom corner and go down into the middle of the top line.  Work over the original triangle lines you made.

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7) We will fill one side at a time.  Repeat the above step 2 more times, moving over on the top line slightly.

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8 ) Now, come up through the next hole beside the bottom corner and go through beside where you just went through on the top line.

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9) Do the same thing but go through the next hole on the side.

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Okay, you’re done the one side for now.  You should have this:

Now do the other side the same way you did the first side.

 

Come through the bottom corner and go into one of the top corners.  This will clean up the side.  Do the same for the other side.

You can either leave it like this or clean up the top of the nose.  Go from one top corner to the other.

You’re done the nose.  You can add a mouth if you want.  Going from the bottom corner I go through one hole down (I do this twice so the line is more visible).  Then go 2 holes over on either side (I do twice as well).  This is where you can add a bit of an expression by doing one side of the smile longer than the other or only doing one side, doing more of a straight line or even making the lines point down.

Note:  You might have tiny gaps in the nose.. I usually do… that’s ok.  Take a sharpie or felt pen in the colour you did the nose (this is why I usually do black noses lol) and just colour it in.

6 comments October 8, 2011

Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa)
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

I have tested this pattern, but that doesn’t mean there are no mistakes.  If you find any or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

BODY:

1)  ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4)  *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (31)

5) sc in easch st around

6) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (39)

7) sc in each st around

8 ) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (48)

9-17) sc in each st around

18) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (39)

19-20) sc in each st around

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

22) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

23) sc in each st around

24) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (18)

25) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (12) Stuff

26) sc2tog around.  End off leaving a long tail sew hole closed.

 

LEGS: make 2

1) ch 7.  sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (16) This will form an oval for the bottom of foot.

2) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st (21)

3-4) sc in each st around

5) sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts (19)

6) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc2rog, sc in next 5 sts (17)

7) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts (16)

8-13) sc in each st around

14) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next 6 sts (23)

15-19) sc in each st around

20) sc2tog, sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts (20)

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

22) *sc in next2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (12)

23) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (8) Stuff

24) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed

 

ARMS: make 2

1) ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around.  End with sc in next 2 sts (20)

4) sc in each st around

5) 2 sc in next 4 sts, sc in each st for the rest of the round (24)

6-8) sc in each st around

9) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (20)

10) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (16)

11-22) sc in each st around

23) *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (12)

24) *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (10)

25) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed.

It should look like this

EARS: make 2

1) ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in next 5 sts. (13)  sl st and end off leaving long tail to sew to head.

 

MUZZLE:

1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2) 2 sc in each st around (12)

3) 2 sc in each st around (24)

4) sc in each st around. End off leaving long tail to sew onto head.  Emboider nose and mouth.  Lightly stuff when sewing onto the head.

 

HEAD:

1) ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2) 2 sc in each st around (20)

3) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (25)

4) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (30)

5-6) sc in each st around

7) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (36)

8) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (42)

9-12) sc in each st around

13) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (34)

14) *sc in next 3, sc2tog* repeat around, sc in last st (28)

15) sc in each st around

16) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (21)

17) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (14)  Attach muzzle and eyes.  Stuff.

18) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed and to attach to body

Assembly:

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities

9 comments October 8, 2011

Teddy Bear

Size: about 15 inches tall (head to toe) with chunky yarn.

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa) I used about three 50g balls for the blue bear
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • 15 mm size craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do (1/2 inch I would say)
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

This is my first pattern that I am sharing.  I have tested it, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be mistakes, so if you find one please let me know so I can correct. 🙂

Head

1.  Ch 2.  10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2.  2 sc in each sc around (20)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30)

4-5.  sc in each st around

6. *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

7-8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (50)

10.11.  sc in each st around

12.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

13-14.  sc in each st around

15.  *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (30)

16-17.  sc in each st around

18.  *1sc in next sts, sc2tog^ repeat around (20)

19.  *sc2tog* repeat around (10) I attach the muzzle here and then put the eyes on and then stuff.

20. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off, leaving a long tail.  There will still be an opening so I just weave the yarn through each stitch around and pull closed.

Body

1. Ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2.  2sc in each sc around (16)

3. *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4.  *1sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (32)

5-6.    sc in each st around

7.  *1sc in next 3sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (48)

10-15.  sc in each st around

16.  *1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

17-19.  sc in each st around

20.  *1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

21-22.  sc in each st around

23.  *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

24. *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

25.  *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (11)  I stuff here

26. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail.  Weave through remaining stitches and draw closed.

Arms make 2

1.  ch 2.  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2sc in each st around (12)

3.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts.  (15)

4.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 12 sts (18)

5-7. sc in each st around

8.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 12  sts (15)

9.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 9 sts (12)

10-17.  sc in each st around Stuff

18.  *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail for sewing to body.  Do not close

Legs make 2

Bottom of foot: This is where I used the different coloured yarn.

   1.  ch 7.  1sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 4 sc in last ch.  Turn and work on other side of beginning chain.  1sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in last ch.  place marker  (15)

2.  2 sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [2sc] 8 times, 1sc in next 4 sts. (24)

3.  sc in each st around  If you are using a different colour for the bottom of foot, join original(body) colour in same st as last sc and sc.

4-9.  sc in each st around

10.  1sc in next 12 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (21)

11.  1sc in next 11 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 4 sts (18)

12.  1sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next 4 sts  (17)

13.  sc in each st around Stuff foot

14- 28.  sc in each st around

29.  [sc2tog] 8 times, 1 sc in last st (9)  End off, leaving long tail and weave through remaining stitches then draw closed.

Ears make 2

1.  Ch2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn (7)

2.  1 sc in each st across

For bigger ears:  3.  Ch1 turn.  2 sc in each st across (14)

You could even make 2 small ears in one colour and make 2 bigger ears and then sew the smaller ears onto the bigger ones.

Muzzle

1.  Ch2.  6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2 sc in each st around (12)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (19)

4.  1sc in each st around.  End off leaving long tail to sew to head.  Embroider nose and mouth.

Assembly

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body.

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities.


77 comments April 21, 2011

Totally stoked…

I had my appointment with the eye surgen this morning.  I was nervous as I usually am when I need to go to the doctors .  Anyways he put the numbing drops in and looked at my eyes then told me the haze is getting worse.. which I know because my vision has gotten worse over the past year.  The he put the drops in that make your pupils go really wide so they can see into the back.. and even the front of the brain..  I don’t mind the drops, but man are they weird!  I was ok at first and then as I continued to sit and wait to be called back in I could feel the numbing drops wear off and my pupils were getting bigger.. So not only were my eyes sensitive to light, but they were kinda tingly, watery and I looked like I was hopped up on drugs.   So anyways I go back in and he suggests I go ahead and get the laser surgery.  He has assured me it was pain free.. which I was glad to hear because I have been nervous about having to have it done and I’ll be honest.. I am a total wimp when it comes to pain lol.  I got the surgery booked for May 5th.. just the one eye.. I’m excited but still a little nervous.  Guess we will see what happens.

I got finished testing the pattern for the teddy bear on Tuesday night.

This guy is for my Grandmother, who has liver cancer.  Originally I was going to make it for her birthday but considering the situation she is going to get it on Sunday.

I really like how he turned out.. though his muzzle got sewn on slightly crooked (he looks like he is saying “hmm” to me lol)  The yarn is Patons Diana, which may or may not be discontinued, I am not sure.  As soon as I type it out I will post the pattern.

Add a comment April 21, 2011

Dollies

I was digging through a box that had some yarn in it and I found a couple dolls I made.  I absolutely LOVE dolls.  Yes, I am 25 and still love dolls.  I love making them as well.  It’s tedious to do the hair, as I make mine either full head of hair or mostly (I just leave the center empty)

Anna is the first doll I ever made.  I looked around and couldn’t find a pattern I really liked so she is, as usual, from my own pattern.

She is made using WW yarn and I believe a 5mm hook.  Don’t mind her slightly scary mouth lol, I had never embroidered lips before and have been too lazy to redo them.  Anna doesn’t have a full head of hair.  Again, this was my first doll and I wasn’t sure how to do the hair, so I just laid strips of yarn across and then sewed down the center (her part).

Lily I made using the same pattern as Anna, only I used a 4mm hook so she turned out a bit smaller.

She has a full head of hair… and it took forever to do lol

Mina is an elf.  I originally was going to make a faery for my mother but I couldn’t find a pattern for wings, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to make them the way I had envisioned them in my mind.. so Mina the faery turned into Mina the elf.

I had made myself a pair of mary jane slippers right before I made Mina so I thought I would do her feet the same way.. only more foot like and then i sc around the ankle to make the leg.  She has mostly a full head of hair, just the center isnt done.. that would have take ALOT of yarn lol.  I can’t bring myself to cut her long locks… she’s supposed to be an elf and they have long hair, don’t they?

Susie is my favorite.  Actually she is probably my favorite thing I have ever made.  I made her one night while I was watching Wuthering Heights.. LOVE that movie.

She is tiny, maybe the height of a pop can?  She also has a full head of hair.. and bangs.

A pixie needs ears… and wings but again I couldn’t think of how to make them.. so she is wingless.  She also has thumbs, a noes and cute little toes 🙂  I am really proud of her feet..Which took me FOREVER to figure out how to do and look right.

We moved and I had just found the pattern before we moved.. now I think I lost it for good =/ Sooo I will probably try and remake the pattern.. at sometime.. soon..I hope.


4 comments April 18, 2011

Christmas projects

I made this scarf for my really good friend, Candice.  I used the Kite stitch scarf pattern by Caron, Bernat Chunky yarn and a 9mm crochet hook.

This pattern was a little mundane but it turned out really nice, and was very simple.  A great project for sitting in front of the T.V.  I definately plan on making more of these.

This scarf I made for my step mom.  I Used Bernat Harmony and I believe a 9mm hook.

I did simple hdc lengthwise until it was as long as I wanted it then continued until it was as wide as I wanted it.  I also did a spike stitch in the center so it wasn’t so plain.

I used the FANtastically Soft Scarf pattern for this scarf.  My step mothers partner recieved it, and loved it.. which I am glad because I wasn’t quite sure if she was into scarves.

I used the same Bernat chunky yarn and 9mm sized hook.  Easy pattern, and again this is a good one to make while you are watching a movie or t.v.. “auto-crochet mode” as I call it lol.  The finished scarf had a really nice texture to it and was also nice and warm.  I will definately be making this one again.

Add a comment April 17, 2011

Surgery and Swap items

I have been pretty busy the last few days. I got a call from the hospital to meet with the anesthesiologist on tuesday and then today I had to meet with the opthomologist for a pre-op appointment. Apparently I am having surgery on the 24.. which is this coming tuesday. I just found out yesterday when it was. The doctors office called my grandmother at the end of October and she never mentioned it. I am having serious issues with this.
Fist I will say, I LOVE my grandmother dearly. She is my mother, she raised me, she has been there for me when I have needed her, she loves me unconditionally. However, she is a major control freak, which is why I moved out when I was 17.
So yeah, I’m having my second cataract surgery on tuesday. It would have been nice to know a couple weeks ago but c’est la vie I guess…..

So like I said before, I recieved my swap package. I got spoilt. She sent me a really pretty hat and scarf set,
a really pretty purse and bookmark,
and lastly I got a package of truffles(YUM!), 4 balls of yarn, a handwritten note, a pack of Prisma coloring pencils and a calender with 365 crochet stitches in it. I had alot of fun with this swap.

Add a comment November 20, 2009

Another Swap Done

DCFC0010I finished my items for the Scarf Swap at Crochetville and last week I mailed them off.DCFC0002
This was the first time I had attempted cables and I have to say that I love doing them and can’t wait for an excuse to make something else with them. I made this scarf with Bernat Softee Chunky in natural and a 9mm sized hook. It took only 2 days to finish. I will post the pattern when I find what I wrote out.

This scarf I made using Lionbrand Homespun and a 9mm hook. DCFC0004I cannot remember the name of the color, but it is a really pretty blue with tones of turqoise and other pretty shades of blue. I just did either *hdc, ch1*, or just hdc, length-wise until I got a width I thought was good enough.

DCFC0006I also made her a bear using the Monique Bear Pattern. I seriously LOVE this pattern.
I also sent some dried berries and some vanilla tea, which she likes.
I had alot of fun with this swap. I got my package from her but I will post pictures tomorrow when I figure out how to get them off my new phone.. which I will also take pics of to show off how purdy it is =D.

Add a comment November 14, 2009

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