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Kitchen Things

I made an owl magnet and a pot holder for a friend (my sister’s best friend since grade school). We also gave the chicks we made to her little girls, and they (I’ve heard) loved them! There’s a cute picture of her youngest daughter with one of the chicks that I’ll share if I get her permission first. She and her husband have the most adorable little girls ever!

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Since then I’ve finished an apple hot pad, the kind you put a CD inside.

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Apple Hot Pad

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My Etsy Store

I made an Etsy store. I’m not expecting much to come from it, partially because my pictures are awful! Most are cell phone pics I snapped quickly to show someone what I was working on or post it here, not to put in a store online!

Here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jessicascrochethappy

I figure it won’t hurt anything. It was just 20 cent per item, and I only listed 17.

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Sports Crochet & One More Flower

This is messy and needs work… I didn’t use a pattern, just winged it. I think I could do a tennis ball the same way and maybe a football (not the same way). I’m thinking of giving this stuffed baseball to my nephew for his birthday. We’ll see!

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I also made one more flower magnet… here it is!

And now I might be done crocheting for awhile… at least the rest of the weekend! As much as I love it…. my hands are killing me!

 

 

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Mother’s Day and Miscellany

This is just going to be lots of pictures. I didn’t really keep up with the patterns for the flowers… I sort of used other patterns to get an idea, but then I did my own thing so that if you used those patterns, your flower wouldn’t look anything like mine.

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Jennifer (my sister) made little hand-sewn bows for the chicks I made the other day. We’re going to give them to two adorable little girls;)

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These aren’t that interesting… bookmarks for my class at church to color for their moms Sunday. We can work on some phonics and word recognition in the process! πŸ™‚ Note the ribbon…. Liam (my youngest cat) LOVES ribbon… but he eats it (and string and yarn and leaves…) and makes himself sick!

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So I took an old ribbon spool and made Liam a toy… he can’t get the ribbons off, so he can’t eat them! And he loves it. πŸ™‚

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This is a pin for my mom for Mother’s Day.

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A flower magnet for my stepdad’s mom for Mother’s Day.

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Crocheting for Cats

Sometimes I make my cats little toys with scrap yarn, or in this case a scrap piece of a baby toy ring that turned out too tight to work with. I stuffed it with some bells inside and sewed it closed on the ends, added some string tassels and a long braid to hold when I jerk it around to make them chase it.

Both of our boys like it. Our older male cat is 6 and very particular about playing… he doesn’t want to let on that he really likes to play! But we caught him playing with it this morning when he thought no one was watching. The ‘baby’ is about three now, and he loves it. He bats it all around. I’ll have to video him sometime… with toys on a string like that, I can get him to do back flips.

This is Liam, the youngest cat. If you ever want Liam to do something, you tell him, “Liam, do NOT do that!”

He’s wearing a collar… he doesn’t like collars. As soon as we put it on, he wanted it off and started trying to get it off. So, I told him, “Liam, take that collar off! I do NOT want you to wear that collar! Take it off now!” He never messed with it again.

He acted like he was embarrassed if I caught him playing with his toy, kind of like the older cat Eli does, so I threw it across the room and said, “Liam.. do NOT play with that toy.” He trotted right over and picked it up. He is ROTTEN!

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Appliques

I made an owl applique today using this pattern:

http://snicketythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/all-things-crafty-crocheted-owl.html

I did the eyes and nose different…

I think I need to buy some eyes and some felt.

For Yoda’s eyes the other day, I used hematite beads I had in my jewelry stuff, but when I need bigger eyes, I have to crochet them.

I gave my sister the little owl applique. It wasn’t great! I might try again later.

I want to find a good snail applique and a turtle applique… I think they’d be cute on baby things.

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Edit:

I gave the little applique owl to my sister! She likes it. She loves owls.

 

Then I made a little music note, like in this pattern:

http://snicketythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/all-things-crafty-crocheted-owl.html

Only I changed the end a little…

Here’s now mine looks:

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Baby Things: Bib and Socks

I made two more baby items today: a bib, which was mostly just on my own, as below:

Bib front:

With I-hook, chain 32. SC in second from hook, SC across, chain one, turn… continue rows of SC for three or four inches. Then do one row of HDC follow by one row of DC and another row of HDC. End and tie off.

Neck strap:

Chain as many as you need… I think I did about 50. As long as this is long enough, it can’t really be too long, as you can hook the button through any place on the strap.

In second chain from hook, begin row of HDC.

Ch 1, turn and follow with a row of SC. End and tie off.

Button:

Ch 2, SC 6 in first ch.

2 SC in each of 6 (12)

Join with sl st and end.

Then I folded the circle in half and used a tapestry needle to stitch it together, making it smaller and molding it into the shape of a ball of the size I needed. That’s not very explicit, I know, but I just kind of winged it… You could just use a ready-made button!

I also made these baby socks:

http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-super-simple-baby-socks/

My next project is going to be to make a few little music notes to put on magnets and give as little “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” gifts.

My sister keeps telling me I should make an Etsy store to sell things… I keep thinkingΒ  that my crocheting method is mostly fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants… I’m not sure it’s marketable! But it’s fun, and that’s what matters. πŸ™‚

Pics? I already packed the stuff up in an envelope! I’ll either get it back out or do another bib later and post that pic. The bib is just a plain, square bib, made for a boy, so it was pretty basic. I didn’t figure baby boys like frills much. πŸ˜‰

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Amigurumi Crazy!

So, here’s my big, geeky confession… I’m the Facilitator (like an acting President, kind of) of a local Star Wars fan club.

I crocheted Yoda! I used this pattern: http://www.happytogethercreates.com/2010/04/little-yoda-crochet-tutorial.html

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Here he is! He makes me want to go “Awwww!”

I also decided to make these little chicks, which turned out not to be super little and also don’t look super great (to me), but they’re kinda cute. My favorite part is their cute little tails!

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They definitely need some hair on top. I think it will make them much cuter! My sister suggested it. She’s a good craftiness consultant.

Here’s that pattern (mine aren’t as cute!): http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/birds-of-a-feather/

Then I made some baby toy loops for a friend. They are sort of like these, but not quite the same.

Pattern: http://herbsthandmade.blogspot.com/2009/01/crochet-tutorial-loop.html

Here are mine:

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They have jingle bells inside!

In other news, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics on Saturday! Now I have two months free before starting my Master of Arts in Teaching program. I see crocheting in my future. πŸ˜‰

Future goals: More Star Wars characters, a graduation gift for my sister (who just finished her MAT, the degree I’m about to start), something game-y for my husband for his birthday, maybe some baby booties to keep around for whenever I need some (just plain white ones probably).

RE: Baby booties — My great grandmother did that, kept a supply of booties for whenever a new great grandbaby or great-great grandbaby was born. She’d mail them all around the country when another baby joined the family. I have a bag of her booties that I’m saving for when my sister and I have children. Hers are adorable too… I don’t think she had patterns for them. I saw her making them and blankets and doilies, etc. I don’t recall her using patterns often. She was in her early 90s. I think she’d been crocheting so long she just knew what to do in her head. One day maybe I’ll get there!!! (90 and crocheting from my head)

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