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When I was visiting my family for Thanksgiving – my cousin — this beautiful girl

Morgan

Found this pattern on www.ravelry.com for a cute Bow Headband, perfect for the cold winters in the mid-west.

http://norththirty-fourth.blogspot.com/2011/02/all-wrapped-up.html

 

I’m really not that great at doing short rows using the wrap and turn method, but I must say I’m getting better.  I have now used it on the Phillips Fair Isle project as well as this one.   Here is the link I used as a reference:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-wrap-and-turn.html

I used size 8 circular needles from www.knitpicks.com and I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in an off white.  It turned out super cute!!

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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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I saw this guy on Pinterest and he was just so stinkin’ cute!

This guy is an example of Kawaii Amigurmi or “Cute” Amigurumi

Kawaii,  pronounced kah-why-ee, (similar to Hawaii but with a K) kawaii is a rough Japanese translation of “cute”.   You see a lot of little characters, food with smiles — anything “Cutesy”  — a word we use here in the south!

 

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Check him out on Ravelry!!!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/distinctly-batty

I used 9 MM eyes, just because that’s what I already had on hand — I don’t think it makes that much of a difference.  I also sewed on the wings and the ears — just to make him a bit more sturdy!

I added the cute heart like an example I saw on Pinterest!  He’s darling!

 

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Heya chirpers!!!

I’ve been working fast and furiously on a couple of birthday  presents for this sweet 4 year old that I know.  She is having a Hello Kitty party this year.  I found this cute pattern on Ravelry –

http://thesummeropossum.blogspot.com/2011/08/hello-kitty.html

The pattern is not very straight-forward to read, but if you are familiar with working on amigurmi, you should be able to figure it out pretty quickly.  There are several typos and issues with the pattern, but read the comments where author has fixed most of them — but most of all pay attention and use your best judgement.

Here’s mine.

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I think she turned out SUPER SUPER cute!  The dress is knitted – but if you don’t knit – you could probably crochet a dress just as easily.  I modified the dress a LOT — I did take the authors suggestion and made the dress a lot shorter and I added a cute white heart button for an embellishment!

Next, I made this cute little messenger bag for her as well.  I made up this pattern — It’s mostly HDC and DC in the round (I think 100 stitches in the round) — I worked it until it was the size I wanted.  Then I stopped working in the round for the flap (it’s about 48 or so stictches wide) and I worked the strap into the bag itself so it’s stable.

Then I used the KITTY FACE portion of this post —http://madebyk-tutorials.blogspot.com/2009/12/hello-kitty-granny-square-scarf-crochet.html

for the cute Kitty I put on the front.  I used a broken plastic pink hair clip of my daughters for the bow — which was the PERFECT size.

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I also used matching white heart buttons on the front.  The bag will have snap closures and has CUTE Hello Kitty material lining it!

Hope you like my 2 LIttle Redbirds Kitty gear!!!!

 

OOXX

 

Now everyone knows I’m NOT a Longhorn fan, but my friend G is. I found this cute pattern on Ravelry of a Texas Longhorn

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/longhorn

I made it for her birthday. I couldn’t stand the ugly orange so I added the Razorback ribbon to make it a bit more palatable.

 

Longhorn

It’s really a great pattern and turned out REALLY cute for a Texas Longhorn.

 

A while ago, I tried my hand at a custom pattern, the Perfect Pair.  I think it turned out pretty well.  So I’ve tried my hand at something else.  When I was pregnant with my son, I really REALLY wanted a baby cocoon to use for a photo prop.  After the Christmas stockings, it was the second reason I wanted to learn how to knit.  I never found a pattern I could actually knit because I was such a beginner 😦

Here it is two and half years later and here is my first stab at a baby cocoon.  I created the pattern from scratch.  I crocheted it instead of knitted, but I think it turned out beautiful.   It’s going to be a gift for a friend of mine that is going to have a little girl.  I REALLY hope she likes it and will share some pictures of her little one in it for me to share with you.

Cocoon

I call this baby cocoon The Flower Basket due to the basket weave detailing at the top and the popcorn stitch flowers and stems used to cover the buttons.

Here’s what I used:

Supplies

  • 3 Skeins Yarn (Single Strand Bulky Weight)
    • Color A – Cocoon
  • Small Scraps (Worsted Weight)
    • Color B,C, D – Flowers
    • Color E – Stems
  • Hook  (5.00 MM/H)
  • Hook (4.00 MM/G)
  • 3 Buttons

I used a creamy off-white bulky weight yarn for the cocoon and then various shades of pink and purple for the flowers.  I just used scraps I had on hand.  The stems are made of the same verigated green that I used for the Perfect Pair.

Base/Crown of Cocoon

Using Color A  (Base Color for Cocoon) and H hook

Magic Ring, 4 stitches inside ring

Row 1:  CH 3, 12 DC into ring, join with SL ST into 1st DC

Row 2:  CH 3, 2 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 3:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC ino the next stitch , 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 4:  Chain 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, * 1 DC into the next 2 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 5: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 2 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 3 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 6:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 3 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 4 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 7:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 4 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 5 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 8: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the  5 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 6 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

NOTE:  The bulky yarn made the cocoon a bit larger than expected.  If I did this again, I would most likely only create 6 rows for the crown to make this a bit smaller.

Cocoon Sack

Row 9: CH 1, SC 94 in each stitch around, continuing on CH 12 (stand-alone)

Row 10: CH 4, TURN, TC in 5th stitch from the end, TC in each stitch around

Row 11: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 12: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 13: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 14: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 15: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 16: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 17: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 18: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 19: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 20: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 21: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 22:  CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 23: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 24: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 25: Ch 3, TURN, DC in each stitch around

I used Triple crochets for the bulk of the cocoon so that the cocoon had a slight basket feel to it with bigger, wider rows instead of a tight weave.

Basket Detail

Basket weave Edge

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 29: TURN, CH1, SC in each stitch around

Finish Off.

This was my first time using the basket weave stitch.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be once I got the hang of the BPdc.  There were several tutorials on YouTube that I watched until I finally got the hang of it.  I will admit, it takes a LOT of yarn. The last 7 rows took almost a whole skein of the bulky yarn.

Now for the details.  I looked and looked and looked at flower patterns.  I wanted something chunky that really went with the style of the cocoon. I have several pinned on my Pinterest crochet page and in my Ravelry library.  Last week I FINALLY found exactly what I was looking for.

Headband

Here is a close-up of the cute headband that I made to go with the cocoon, but I made it with the same Popcorn Stitch flowers I used for cocoon itself.  This was another first-time stitch for me.  REALLY easy and great tutorial on this site.

Popcorn Flowers

Using the 3 colors for your flowers and the H hook

Create 3 Popcorn flowers in your choice of colors:

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2013/04/26/popcorn-stitch-flower-free-pattern/

I only did 3 rounds (Ending with 16 petals on the outside)

Fold the flap over and sew the 3 buttons equidistant apart on the Bottom layer.  Fold the flap back into place and button the cocoon between 2 treble stitches.

I wanted something cute to put over the buttons used to open and close the cocoon.  I used some really cute buttons in colors that were very contrasting to the flowers on the cocoon.  I got these in the dollar aisle at Target and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used them.

After I finished the cocoon and the flowers I thought I was going to be done — but then I worried that the flowers would get lost since they were only really button covers on the outside of the cocoon and were not really attached to anything.  That’s when I decided to attach the flowers to the basket using something that looked like stems.  The flowers themselves are only attached to one another with on the bottom flower actually attached to the cocoon.  That way if the basket is unbuttoned, the flowers are still attached by the stems.

Stem Detail

I used the curlicue stitch to create the stems and attach the flowers to each other.

Stems

Using the color you chose for your stems and the G Hook

Create a simple short stem using 4 rows of SC (Approximately 5 stitches).  Attach this stem to the bottom of the cocoon (as seen) and the bottom of the lower flower.

Create 2 curlicues of 18 stitches (15+3) using the following method:

http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-crochet-curlicue_31.html

Attach the curlicues between the flowers so the flowers remain attached to the cocoon if it is unbuttoned.

Since this is a 2 Little Red Birds original I attached one of the tags I shared with you in a previous post.  I LOVE IT.

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I hope you like pattern and you don’t misuse it, pass it off as your own or share it without giving me credit and linking back to this page.

OOXX

Materials needed

  • I hook
  • E hook
  • yellow yarn
  • black yarn
  • Brown yarn
  • white yarn
  • Blue yarn
  • yarn needle

For the base of the hat I use the pattern just like the one for the owl hat here is the link…. http://easymakesmehappy.blogspot.com/2010/12/free-crochet-pattern-monkey-hat.html

For a child size hat I switched to black in row 8 and crocheted in black for 2 more rows on row 11 I switched back to yellow.

Once both earflaps are on the hat I did the border in a blue.

here is a link to the pattern I followed for the add on pieces for example the tongue and eye or eyes… http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minion-hat-4

For the eyeball I did not use a button as a middle because of choking hazard

Round 1: with black yarn chain 2, 5 HDC in 2nd ch from hook join

Round 2: add brown yarn ch 2, 2HDC in each st around (10 st)

Round 3: 2 sc in each st around (20st)

I did add overall straps on each earflap  I hook ch. 22 HDC in 3rd ch from hook across finish off and leave long tail for sewing on repeat for 2nd strap

button for overall E hook ch 2 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook join finish off leave tail for sewing.

I have only made a child size hat so far this was my first minion hat so I will be taking notes with each addition size I make.

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I think i mentioned in the about me section of my blog how I taught myself to knit on YouTube.  My first project was Christmas stockings for the family — which I did on the round knitting looms.  After that I found the cutest scarf on Ravelry.com – The Fisherman’s Wife

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-fishermans-wife-knit-version

fisherman's wife

I bought the pattern and while challenging turned out AWESOME.  Of course I couldn’t just start with something basic, I had to jump in with both feet.  I found AMAZiNG examples of how to do stiches on YouTube and that I watched over and over until I got them right!

I made a quick foray into DPNs when I found MochiMochis!  Again utilizing YouTube I figured out how to work all those needles at the same time.

On to Pinterest…I found the cutest pattern for some tumbling bunnies.  As I was sitting around this weekend, I thought I had some free time in the car traveling to see the in-laws and of course PLENTY of scrap yarn.  So I grabbed my Ipad and my DPNs and some yarn and whipped up this cute Tumbling Bunny

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http://www.simplynotable.com/2013/tumbling-bunnies/

It’s a really easy project for beginners using DPNs. If you don’t have the safety eyes…no worries, just embroider on the face!  I stuffed mine with rice, simply because that’s what I had on hand.  Make sure your stitches are tight enough so the filling doesn’t come out!  This was such a fun project, I’m sure I’ll make others!

I found this website on Pinterest and LOVED the Chevron pattern – so this was the jumping off point for my projects! (I might have gone a “bit” overboard”

http://sheiscraftingmydoom.blogspot.com/2012/02/striped-chevron-baby-blanket-free.html

I went with a Red, not bright red, but a more muted red, navy blue and white from Caron Super Soft. I think it turned out beautiful and super soft. There are a few errors – but hey, I’m a beginner! (Since my friend doesn’t knit, I bet she didn’t even notice!!! 🙂 )

blanket

After the blanket was complete, I just couldn’t stop there — My friend takes FABOULOUS pictures, so my immediate thought was PHOTO PROPS!!!! I found the cutest Stars and Stripes diaper cover on Ravelry that was the inspiration for the diaper cover I made. Admittedly I’m pretty cheap, so I looked for a free pattern to use. Obviously it’s not an exact replica – but I wanted to give credit to the inspiration as well!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stars–stripes-diaper-cover

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I went with this free pattern I found on Pinterest, but did use the White Star buttons.

http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2011/08/diaper-cover-pattern.html

Then I found this CUTE free double pom hat on Ravelry to go with it — I left off the ear flaps and just made the hat. I kept the same color theme throughout and used the same yarn. The hat doesn’t have any white in it – but I think the white stars were the PERFECT accent on the diaper cover!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-pom-earflap-baby-hat

Then….I took it ONE more step and found the cutest baby toy on Ravelry — so I made that TOO!!!! (I told you I have an addiction)

Baby Toy

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/loop-baby-toy

This is really cool and I plan to make them again. You put jingle bells in there and stuff them. It’s REALLY safe – those jingle bells are NOT coming out!

connor giraffe

and then FINALLY – a while ago I purchased another pattern from Etsy – an amigurumi Giraffe

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60878163/amigurumi-giraffe-pdf-pattern?ref=pr_shop

I went with an off white and used a verigated red,white,blue yarn for the contrasting features!

Sometimes I feel a bit cheap since I didn’t actually BUY a gift, but I’m so proud of these items – I spent so much time and thought on these and I know my friend really appreciated them. I was really inspired by my friend, her husband and the idea of an Independence Day baby!!!

A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me that I should start a blog to share my craft journeys.  Pinterest and Ravelry are my obsessions.  I’m always getting ideas and inspiration from stores and websites.  People are GENIUS!  At the same time I marvel at others work, there is always the side of me that says, “I can do that”, “I wonder if I can do that”, or even “I KNOW I can make that, and cuter too!”

I try to spend as much time as I can with my 94-year-old grandmother who is the ULTIMATE crafter.  I don’t have as much talent as that woman does in her little finger in my WHOLE body – but she has taught me so much!

I am currently obsessed with my Silhouette Cameo ( I love it almost as much as I love my iPod and my iPad!) There is so much you can do with it!!!  I also taught myself to knit and crochet about 2 years ago.  I wanted matching Christmas stockings for my family — so I watched YouTube videos to teach myself to knit.  I think Amigurumi and MochiMochi’s are SOOOOO fun, so I also taught myself to crochet.  I’m branching out more and more!

I hope you enjoy my forays into various projects, the craziness of my life and my 2 little red birds!!!