Friday, February 24, 2012

Huggable Easter Marshmallow Bunnies - New Pattern In Shop

I'm getting ready for Easter early this year (for a change), and was thinking of little Eli when I designed these marshmallow bunnies.   I wanted them to be big enough that he could easily hold and hug them.  He was at my house the other day, and I had them lined up on the couch and just waited for him to notice them.  It didn't take him long and he made a bee line for them as soon as he spotted them.  I handed him one, and he held it out to take a look at at and then just started giggling.  I guess that means he likes it.  :)  Either that or he was making fun of my handiwork.  :) 

The bunnies are worked in 2 pieces, a front and back, which are then stitched together and stuffed to form the bunny.  Each bunny takes about 150 yards of Red Heart worsted weight acrylic yarn, some fiberfill stuffing, and 3 buttons for the eyes and nose.  Small circles could also be cut from felt and used in place of the buttons to make them safer for little ones.

Finished size is 6" wide x 14" tall.  The pattern is $2.75 and is available to download by clicking the "download now" button below the picture, and is also available in  my etsy shop

Bunnies have been Eli tested and approved!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Olivia Update

I mentioned a while back that we adopted a new kitty, who was a stray in our neighborhood.  We named her Olivia and it was a bit rough going at first with our other two cats Gus and Grace.  They weren't very thrilled to have a newcomer in their midst, especially a kitten kind of newcomer who would not leave them alone.  But things have gotten calmer now, and they are all getting along. Mostly.  :) 

Olivia went in for her spay surgery last week and when I picked her up, I was given the instructions that she should take it easy for a few days.  Ok.  But exactly HOW you make a kitten take it easy wasn't specified.  I think because it is virtually impossible.  We did our best, but from the second she got out of the carrier when I got her home she went full speed ahead.  She has a little cushioned cube-y thing to sleep and recuperate in, but she just treated it like it was a huge catnip toy and as you can see from the pictures below, she jumped on it, sat on it, squished it, chewed on it and attacked it.  She did everything BUT sleep in it.  Goofy Cat!  :)

My nephew, Baby Eli just loves her and tries to follow her all over the house.  I caught a picture of them last week looking out the window together.  :)  I imagine they will be good friends as they grow up together.  :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Read! Kindle Fire Cozy - New Pattern in Shop

I was lucky enough to receive a Kindle Fire for Christmas.  It was from my nephew, Baby Eli, although since he does not yet have a job (still being a baby and all), I think he cashed in on his cuteness and got Grandpa to pay for it.  :)  But I love the Kindle Fire and I'm grateful to both of them for this wonderful gift.  I have been an avid reader my whole life, and to have so many books on one little device is beyond thrilling!  But I needed a case to keep it in, so I fired up (pun intended) the old crochet hook and came up with this one. 

The cozy is worked in two pieces, The front and back pieces are worked flat in single crochet, with the designs stitched into piece by following a color chart and changing colors. Front of cozy says “Read”, and back of cozy has squares as the design.

The front and back pieces are first lined with felt (optional step) then pieces are stitched together to form cozy.  A hair elastic band is stitched into the border and used as the clasp to pull over the button to fasten the cozy closed.  Finished size is about 6 1/2" wide x 8 1/4" high.

Cozy uses about 80 yards of the main color, and 50 yards of the contrasting color, and a size G (4.25mm) crochet hook. Pattern also includes several helpful photos.

Pattern is available in my shop or you can download instantly by clicking on the "buy now" button below the picture.  Price is $2.95.  :)

Looks like Baby Eli is going to be a reader, and maybe someday I can buy him a kindle too.  :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Candy Hearts Coaster - Free Pattern

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February is here!  That means we are that much closer to spring!  I am not a fan of winter or snow, so I start getting spring fever around Dec 1st.  :)  And February also means Valentine's Day!  I was in the store the other day and enjoyed seeing all the pretty red and pink valentine's candies and decorations, and the candy hearts inspired these coasters.  I also have begun a new obsession hobby of working with felt, so I had to incorporate that into the design as well.  :)

I found this set of heart cookie cutters at Walmart, and used the smallest cutter and traced around it onto the felt to make the heart.  It's around 1 1/4".