Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gus Wins!

Gus is a notorious little (ok, not so little) yarn thief, and he's sneaky and he's quick.  I'm trying to work on a new crochet pattern design today, and I have my little tub of yarn close by.
Bored Gus + Tub Of Yarn = TROUBLE.

*I'm working and not paying attention to him, so he decides he wants the yarn, and jumps up, grabs a ball of yarn and takes off running with it.  And of course, I have to chase him to get it back, because he can't be allowed to play with yarn for his own safety.  And of course he runs to the basement, his favorite place to be chased.  And since he loves to be chased, I humor him and chase him around the basement for a bit, finally retrieve the ball of yarn, put it back in the tub and get back to work*.

And just like in a crochet pattern: repeat from * to * (at least) 6 times! 
FINALLY, after about the 6th time chasing him to the basement, I clue in that this has turned into a game for him, and I've been playing right into his little paws.

Score today: Gus = 1, Doni = 0

"Yeah, she's nice, but she's sure not the brightest bulb in the box".

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Projects

I've been working on some Easter basket projects for Eli and my godchildren. 

I made some felt chocolate Easter bunnies using this free adorable pattern from Art Chick Studio.  I stitched names and the year on each one with my mom's embroidery sewing machine.  Love this pattern!

Then I made a pile of crochet Easter eggs using this free pattern on Lion Brand's site.  Very quick and easy to do.

And of course I added some of my own Easter Marshmallow Bunnies.

And to finish up, I made some simple Easter cards.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Doily Dishcloths - New Pattern Set in Shop

Doilies and Dishcloths....I thought that would be a fun combination.  :) 
My new pattern set includes 2 dishcloth patterns: Lacy Doily Dishcloth and Picot Points Doily Dishcloth.  Finished  size of both dishcloths are around 8 3/4" across.
Pattern is available in my etsy shop

Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter Marshmallow Bunnies - Free Pattern

I've been working on making some things for Easter baskets and decided they needed some little marshmallow bunnies.  And they're sugar free, fat free, and calorie free.  :)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easter Egg Chick Potholder - New Pattern in Shop

Finished up this cute little Easter Egg Chick Potholder just in time for Easter.  :)

Pattern is available in my Etsy Shop 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gus and His Pet String

A few months ago, I wrote about Gus and his "pet string" that he found somewhere in our basement.  You can read about it here.  It's still his favorite toy.  He seriously loves that thing, and he never gets tired of playing with it.  He started out wanting to catch it and play "tug of war", then he would let go of it so we humans could make it move again for him.  Somewhere along the line, he has changed the rules of the game.  He still wants us to make it move for him, and he loves to chase it.  But once he catches it, he only wants to play tug of war for a few seconds, and the new rules of the game involve me letting go of my end of the string and then to chase after him while he runs down to the basement with it.  This game is just between Gus and me, because for some reason, my husband is unwilling to chase after him saying "I'm gonna get you Gussie!  I'm gonna get your string", while Gus races away with it down to the basement (although he does enjoy watching me do this and make a fool out of myself) :)

These pictures reflect Gus's side of the game.  Thank goodness, there are no pics of my side.  :)

After catching the string, he waits for me to start chasing him, then he races off towards the basement stairs with it.

He pauses at the top of the stairs and checks to make sure I'm still following him.....

Then it's off down the stairs.  It's fun watching him run down the steps trying to not trip on the string while he goes.

At this point in the game, I usually just chase him to the top of the stairs and watch him run down to the basement.  He'll wait down there for a few minutes to see if I follow him, and if not, he will drag the string back up the stairs again to start the game all over again. 

Heading back up to do it all over again!
Grace likes to chase him too.  :)