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Back in October of 2013 I posted a cute set of crocheted cowboy hat and boots that could be used as photo props (https://2littleredbirds.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/boot-scootin-baby/ )

Boots & Hat

Later I was asked to make a new set for another baby. After I was done, I thought…Every cowboy needs a horse!!!! So I set out to find one for him. I didn’t want to make just another stuffed animal, but something a baby could actually hold and play with.

Check out this cute little guy!!

He has the sweetest face. I found the pattern on Etsy, here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/76649754/crochet-zebrapony-rattle-pattern-pdf?ref=shop_home_active_41

      

Supplies:

  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn White 1 Ball (A) – Caron Super Soft in Taupe
  • Medium Worsted-weight Yarn Black 1 Ball (B) – Caron Super Soft in Off-White
  • Crochet Hook – Size G-6
  • Stitch Markers – I rarely use these, but if your less experienced with amigurumi technique, you might need them
  • Large-Eyed Blunt Needles
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 3- 9mm Jingle Bells – I used the rattle inserts mentioned below

Next time – I would have made the stitches smaller by using a hook one size smaller so the stuffing can’t be seen. I’d also probably make this into a teether using a wooden ring, with the head on one end and the tail on the other. I think I’ll have to make up a prototype J Don’t ever forget to use SAFETY eyes when working on children’s toys!!! Never create an unnecessary choking hazard! I recommend these rattle inserts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKLWG0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I typically use 2 inside so that it made a loud enough rattle.

So, if you’re looking for a cute rattle/teether type toy in some form of horse, zebra, elephant, or many other animals, check out Yarnabees shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnabees she has some really items and reasonably priced.


On Friday afternoon, I happened into Michael’s to find a crochet hook with a softer handle. I find that when working with smaller hooks, I prefer the hooks that are not all metal as they tend to dig into the palm of my hand. There are so many ways to hold the hook and yarn, but my style is the knife hold, so the end of the hook is usually cradled in my palm and depending on the size of the hook it tends to dig in. I find this especially true when working on my extremely small amigurumi. I find it fascinating when looking on YouTube for instructional videos how many different methods there are for holding hooks and yarn.

After I found the hook I was looking for I went to check out the sale bins just in case there happened to be something I couldn’t live without. I was admiring the Caron Cakes while in the yarn section and loved all the variegated colors. Imagine my surprise when I came upon some cakes on sale. Now I’ve  been a bit obsessed with Orange and Coral lately, I’ll admit, so when I saw the sale bin I knew I had to purchase this yarn in Spice Cake. It’s an amazing mixture of oranges and corals and yellows – almost like a sunset. Now I’ll be trolling Pinterest to find the perfect project to use my clearance Caron Cakes. If you have a pattern that would highlight my sunset yarn – please send it on!!!

Not every sweet baby girl is going to be all ribbons and lace. Some girls grow up and want to wear camo and ride horses and be a rancher or a farmer. These baby girls will still love their pink and their bows, but they’ll want to hang out with the boys and ride four-wheelers and shoot guns and drive tractors. This is for the girl who not only can do everything the boys do, but they can beat them at their own games. So, for the future deer hunter I made this sweet teething rattle. Now, yes, I do realize that female deer rarely have antlers, but bear with me here. I wanted to create something for the future tomboy, but I also wanted everyone to remember she’s a sweet little girl. I looked for a sweet little fawn pattern, or something a bit more girly, but I didn’t find anything I liked.

 

 

 

Then, I found Rory….Rory the Reindeer….it’s a pattern for an ornament that I fo080617_0133_FortheFutur2.jpgund on www.ravelry.com.

Rory is a cute little guy and his pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rory-the-reindeer-ornament

I used brown and black safety eyes and a safety nose. I also ordered the following rings from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MS6BJ3R/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I prefer the all-natural wood rings for teethers instead of something plastic. I also prefer the bigger rings than you can traditionally get at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. This one is 3.7″ and I got it from Amazon. (If you keep up with 2LittleRedBirds you’d know that I’m a bit of an Amazon Prime addict.) It’s still plenty light for an infant but it’s much better with the size of the head and makes for better balance. I also recommend these rattle inserts https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SKLWG0S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I used 2 inside the teether so that it made a loud enough rattle.  So for the Future Tomboy I give you this sweet deer teether/rattler.

Hello chirpers! I know it’s been awhile…a LONG while. I have been remiss in posting to 2littleredbirds, but no worries I’ve still been working on projects! I can’t seem to give up my passion for creating things! I have spent a lot of time crocheting and knitting in the past year and the next posts will reflect that. I recently completed another baby gift for a friend. She’s having a little girl.

As per my usual attention deficit I experimented with new stitches and a style of border.

I used the following materials:    

  • Crochet Hook I (5.5 MM)
  • 4 skeins Caron Super Soft in Taupe
  • 4 skeins Caron Super Soft in Neon Coral

I found the best price and the colors at Wal-Mart. I don’t usually shop there, but I must say I love the Neon Coral – not quite Pink but not quite Orange. The Caron Super Soft is perfect for baby blankets.

I found my inspiration on Pinterest as always. I went with the Crunch Stitch that I found here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601161688732/

It really goes quickly and looks great. I used double-stranded yarn for a thicker, bulkier look. I chose to color block the brown and the coral (you know I love a color block ) with the brown on the top and the bottom. Since I chose to color block I wanted a fun new border that incorporated both colors and I found this one:

Criss-Cross Edging – it looks twisted and I love the way it turned out!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/287878601163958591/

I used this video to learn how:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBtHPUPa5gE

 

    

Chandler box

To go with the Panda themed baby shower I made a collection of baby items for my friend’s baby Chandler.  I used a modern color palate of Cranberry, Light Pink, White, Gray and Lime.  I used a simple chevron pattern for the blanket.IMG_2874    The pattern is called Double Shell Ripple

I also made a few little toys and baubles for her.

The simply cute Panda bear I got from a pattern on Craftsy.

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I used this modified pattern from Ravelry for the Panda Rattle

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The super cute Panda lovey

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I’m always looking for unique gifts for my kids teachers for the Holidays. I also try to make something handmade.  The mascot of my sons school is the bulldog.  I searched HIGH and LOW for a cute Amigurumi bulldog pattern and I finally found one that I fell in love with here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/88415398/baby-bulldog-puppy-pdf-tutorial-by-katja

I bit the bullet and bought the pattern.  Her pattern is easy to follow and very intricate.  It’s fantastic.  I highly recommend using them.

Here is a link to her site:

http://www.np-trade.de/ – It’s in German, but of course you can translate.

  The schools colors are Purple and Yellow and the mascot is grey.

I made 2 little bulldogs for his teachers.  I finished them off with little purple cat collars that I got at Petsmart.

I had personalized dog tags made at Petco on Purple hearts

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On the front of the tags I put his teachers names and on the back my son’s name and the year.

Additionally, since it’s a Catholic school — I added a very nice St. Joseph medal that I got from www.rosarymart.com

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I hope his teachers like the gift.  I think they came out adorable.  They are both very different even though from the same pattern.  Just like 2 dogs from the same litter don’t look the same.

I used I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby — each bulldog takes almost an entire skein.

I also used safety eyes and noses instead of crocheting them.

Another easy but SOOOOO cute pattern.  I found this one on www.pinterest.com

I found the pattern here:

http://catecrochets.blogspot.com/2013/09/adjustable-boot-cuffs.html

I made one slight modification — I only did 7 rows of shells instead of 8 simply because I only had 6 buttons instead of 8.   I picked up some really cute metal buttons at www.hancockfabrics.com.

I used Lion Brand wool-ease that I got from Michaels.  I think they turned out great and will be fabulous for my $5.00 gift exchange!!!

Here they are:

BootCuffs

It’s 2015 and this year for the Christmas Pageant at my son’s preschool he was a wiseman.  I had NO idea what to do but his dad came up with this great idea.   He said, “You know those beanies with the beards on them?  Maybe you could do one of those!”  From there I searched http://www.ravelry.com and found 2 patterns that I knew I could use!

 

The first part of the hat was the “Prince Jughead” — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/prince-jughead

I used Purple for the beanie portion (symbolizing Royalty) and Gold for the crown.

For my 5 year old son, I went with the Child size for the beanie.

The second portion was the “Bobble Bearded Beanie” — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bobble-bearded-beanie

I went ahead and used dark brown because it was a fun contrast.  I used the medium size.  I stitched it onto the beanie by fitting it on my son in the right part.  It turned out super cute.  Here are a few pics.

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Vada Top Hat

I’ve been at it again.  I have another friend having a baby so I made her a blanket and toy!!!  I call it my Bubble Guppy collection because of the Goldfish on the toy and the bubble stitches on the blanket!  I used fun bright colors and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out.

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The inspiration for my Bubble Guppy collection came from 2 places:

The blanket idea came from the Blackberry Salad stripped baby blanket.  I used the bubble stitches and very similar colors.

http://theyarnbox.com/blackberry-salad-striped-baby-blanket/

I prefer more texture in my designs, so I did 7 rows of the bubble stitch just like in the blanket above, but then I did 2 rows of double crochet (DC) for the different colored stripes.  I finished it off with a row of half double crochet (HDC) in each colors.

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I made the teether from this pattern:

http://www.1dogwoof.com/2014/05/bubbles-goldfish-teether-crochet-pattern.html

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I didn’t deviate much…the Easter egg idea is BRILLIANT, although I filled mine with small wooden balls instead!

I used an H (5.00) hook and  Baby Bee Yarn from Hobby Lobby in the following colors

  • Hot Tots Sweet Delight – Purple
  • Grape Jelly Sweet Delight – Light Purple
  • Naked Sweet Delight – Lime
  • Teal Sweet Delight – Teal
  • Teal Too! Sweet Delight – Light Teal
  • Baby Red Sweet Delight – Hot Pink
  • Carrots Oh No Sweet Delight – Orange