Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baby Octopus

This post goes along with my last post. I followed another Pinterest link to make another gift for my sister who is having a baby. She saw this post on Pinterest:

The Friendly Red Fox: Amigurumi Octopus Baby Toy Free Pattern:

So, naturally, I wanted to make one really badly. 

I underestimated the size of this thing. It's so big! The head is almost 5" round. 

I asked my sister what color she wanted, and I suggested matching the blanket, so we matched it with the blanket that I made for her. Because the octopus used a single crochet stitches and the blanket used mostly double crochet stitches, the color looks surprisingly different!

But I still think it is super, super cute! Especially when he looks at you like this:


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Baby Blanket



My latest project has been a very fun one. My sister is pregnant with her first child, and I asked her to send me pictures of the blanket she wanted me to make for her. If you've perused Pinterest lately, you might recognize this picture:
crochet feather and fan baby blanket - free crochet pattern:

So, I had her pick some colors she wanted, and I got to work! It only took me a few months working a little bit here and there, and I was finished in no time!!

Aren't the colors just fabulous!


Make your own by following the pattern found here:

http://persialou.com/2015/10/feather-and-fan-baby-blanket-free-crochet-pattern.html

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Leaves

I don't know about you, but here in Southern California we are SO excited for Fall to arrive. It has been a HOT, hot summer, with the first summer rain hitting us just a few days ago. It's been SO dry, So hot, and my family is SO OVER the heat.

Which is why to celebrate the Fall season, I found a super cute crochet pattern for some Autumn Leaves over at The Painted Hinge.



 Aren't they SO adorable! I somehow happened to have all the right colors to make my collection complete!

I'm thinking about making a WHOLE bunch to make a wreath, or maybe a table runner? The possibilities are endless with such a simple design that works up so fast!






Enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Triple the Fun!

I have a friend who recently had TRIPLETS! I've seen friends (and family) have twins and while I've never had to go through that, I can attest that it is a huge challenge.

I decided to make her some cute owl hats that I've made several times before. I was glad I had started right when I was invited to the shower. I didn't know how long the owl hats would take to complete, and I had about a month before the shower. I had finished the three hats (not owl decorations) when I found out the shower was being moved to two weeks earlier! I had to kick it into high gear to be sure they were completed in time.

I absolutely love the way they turned out. I almost didn't want to give them away. Glad I did though, check out the final picture.




Here is the link to the pattern for these owl hats:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/09/crochet-owl-hat-pattern-in-newborn.html

Here is a photo of the triplets! Don't they make the hats look fantastic?!


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Water Bottle Carriers - Free Pattern

We had a tragedy in our family last week as we were strolling around a lake feeding ducks one beautiful morning. My son tripped and fell, and the brand new water bottle I had purchased the day before came crashing to the ground and cracked. He was crying, not from pain, but from the sadness of losing his bottle. Kids. Right?

So, naturally, I needed to make something to prevent future tragedies and loss. I came up with these cute, EASY and QUICK water bottle carriers that the kids won't stop wearing!



Materials:
Size H hook
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn Needle

Gauge: Pattern should fit most standard-sized bottles. With the weight of the water bottle, this stretched to about 9" tall. If you want one for smaller bottles, remove some row 6 repeats, or for taller, add some row 6 repeats.

Pattern:
Starting with magic circle, ch 3, and dc 11 in the ring. Sl st to top of ch-3. (12 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3, and dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, Sl st to top of ch-3. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3, and dc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of ch-3. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in the BACK LOOP of each stitch round. Sl st to top of ch-3.(36 sts)
Round 5: *Ch 5, sk 2 sts and sl st into next st. Repeat from * around, ending with a sl st into the beginning stitch.
Round 6: Sl st into the first three chains from the previous round's ch-5, then *ch 5 and sl st into the next ch-5 space. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the 3rd sl st at the beginning of the round.

Repeat round 6 until you get the desired height. I repeated 6 times for the taller water bottles my kids had.

Round 13:  Sl st into the first three chains from the previous round's ch-5, *ch 2, sl st into ch-5 space, repeat from * around and sl st into the 3rd sl st at the beginning of the round.
Round 14: Ch 3, dc in each st around (36 sts)

Now, make the strap according to the size you want.
Kids Less than 6, ch 75,  Kids 6+ ch 85, Teens/adults ch 100. You can adjust accordingly.
After making the chain, make sure you keep the chain straight (no twisting) and counting stitches backwards, attach the chain to the 16th stitch counting counterclockwise (usually you work clockwise in the round, but for this count 16 counterclockwise), with slip stitch looking upside down on the piece. Sl st into the next two sts, still working counter clockwise, and dc into each ch of the strap all the way to the other side. Hopefully you kept your chain straight or your strap will be twisted! Sl st and tie in the ends to secure the strap in place.

You're finished!

After I made this twice I was able to whip them out in less than 30 minutes!

Let me know if you have any trouble with the pattern! Some parts are a little tricky so I want to be sure I am clear!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Baby Shower Decor

I have a friend who is having her second baby. What's fun is that she's decided not to find out the gender until birth! How fun is that?!


Well, we naturally had to throw a baby shower for her, and make it as neutral as possible. I couldn't attend the shower, but I put together a bunch of origami flowers to help decorate. Here are some photos of the event:




I made extra large lotus flowers out of half-sheets of regular printer paper. They turned out SO BIG, that they decided to use them as "post caps" for the fence streamers. So cute!!



Gotta have the watermelon baby carriage!

Lillies were placed on two tables and twisty roses were scattered on the tables.




All the decor looked so fabulous, it was so fun to help put these little pieces together. I may be biased, but I think my friends did a fantastic job decorating for this event!

The bouquets of lillies were my favorite.


Here are some instructions for the flowers I made:

http://eng.origami-kids.com/origami-flowers/the-red-iris.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kusudama-Flower

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHIWdzIfQxA

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-twisty-rose.html

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Spiderman Blanket

Remember that project I was working on and trying to get done for a certain someone's birthday, when I sliced my finger?! Well, I finally got it finished, but not on time. Too much happened and I didn't have enough days to get it done, since I could only put in an hour or so each day after he went to bed. Anyway, it's complete now and I'm excited to share with you the results!

 For my spiderman/color red obsessed son's 6th birthday I made him this awesome blanket!



I used the pattern here: http://stitchnfrog.blogspot.com/2009/07/superhero-dream-catcher-afghan.html

After the center circle, I used a pattern of 2 red then 2 blue stripes all separated by the black lines. I also slightly altered the pattern for the web strings going into the center, I used a (sl st and ch 1) for the black rows and (sl st and ch 2) for all the other rows. I absolutely love the way it turned out, I'm very proud of how this project turned out!


And, I must say, the little man approves!


Happy Crafting!!

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