My First Custom Order!

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Let me start off by saying that I never do custom orders.

I really don’t want to go through the hassle of making something that I may have no interest in! But I’m also scared to. I’m worried that I won’t be ABLE to make what the customer wants and will fail miserably.

I guess that’s what it is: fear of failure.

I do, however, appreciate ideas about future plushies and welcome them! And that’s how this newest plushie came about.

At the beginning of October, I had someone message me on Etsy asking if I could make a “Cootie” from the cartoon “Dexter’s Laboratory.” As soon as I saw the image, it brought back memories of my childhood (and adulthood – let’s be honest) and I immediately put it on my list of future plushies. I sent a message back saying that if I ever got around to making one, they’d be the first to know.

And that’s what I did.

The cootie is now paid for, boxed, and ready to go in the mail! Now that that’s all taken care of, I want to share it with you!

Ladies and gents, I give you… the cootie!

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What do you think? I think he turned out awesome! But that’s just me. :)

I’m thinking of making another and adding it to my Etsy shop!

Fresh Friday 11/21/14

Fresh Friday

Welcome, folks!

It’s Friday again and that means it’s time for the second installment of Fresh Friday (and time to relax for the weekend)! I hope you all had a good week. Only two more weeks left in the semester - for me anyway. For those of you with more time left… hang in there!

You know what I like most about searching through the “recently added” section of Ravelry? The fact that some these patterns may not have been tested. This gives you the chance to help the author/artist find any flaws with the pattern and maybe (just maybe) they will feature your finished product on the pattern’s page! Such an honor!

I recently featured a few Ravelers’ finished projects on two of my patterns. I included two for my Minecraft Ghast and one for my Tarakotchi. I love seeing how others make them! Each person has their own technique making the final result a little different from the rest. If you’ve  completed either of these two patterns, I would love to see it!

Onto this week’s finds! Enjoy!

1. What a sweet Christmas tree ring! It’s so tiny. :)

2. This Pumpkin Pie bunting. You know – if you’re into that kind of thing.

3. I really like the pattern of this baby blanket. I’d probably use a light blue and grey since I have a little boy!

4. A simple planter cover to make your plants a bit more festive!

5. I’ve never worn fingerless gloves before, but this pattern makes me want to try them out!

6. I need to make some of these little bells for my tree!

7. Such cute little robins!

8. My sister would LOVE this Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas) plush!

9. I haven’t seen the movie (and probably won’t), but this plush from Big Hero 6 is adorable.

10. You can never have too many bear patterns! :)

That’s it for this week’s installment. See anything you like? What great patterns did you find this week (new or old)?

See you again next week for some more Fresh Friday! Have a great weekend! :D

‘Tis the Season, I Guess.

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Hello, hello!

I’m sure you don’t need a reminder… but can you believe it’s almost Christmas? I know, I know… we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet. It bothers me as well to see so much Xmas stuff out already. I was actually surprised this year that there have been so many commercials for it so far. I thought there was this kind of unspoken rule that Christmas music, etc had to wait until Black Friday at the earliest but I guess that isn’t so… Oh well.

As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have started working on some Xmas ornaments the last couple of days. Mostly just trying out some patterns I found and a few of my own.

The first pattern I tried out was for these cute mini stockings that I found on my wordpress feed.

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The reason I chose this specific pattern was because the heel of the stocking is actually all part of the whole piece instead of a separate one that I would have to sew on. I don’t know how well I did it (I think I messed it up a bit) but you can’t really tell… so who knows? If I make more, I will be using a smaller hook and thinner yarn. The Red Heart seemed a bit too bulky for this one. Also, I will use another color (like white) on the heel to make it look better!

The next pattern I tried out was for these ornaments that I mentioned in my first Fresh Friday post.

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I love these little ornaments! It is such a fun pattern and super easy to do! You can use any colors you want so it’s easy to match your decorations. Like the stocking pattern, I think that thinner yarns (like the gold/white) work best because the Red Heart seems kinda bulky to me and makes the ornament a little too big. But that’s just me.

After I finished these, I went onto Pinterest to see what I could find on there.

I saw a picture of some granny square trees but there was no pattern attached to it. So, I tried to replicate it myself and this is what I came out with:

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While I basically got it, it didn’t quite have that tree shape to it. But then, while looking through my Ravelry queue, I noticed that I had a pattern for this type of tree on there! So I took a little peek to see how they gave it that tree shape and all they did was add in a slip stitch in between the four double crochets. So simple! Duh! So I altered what I did before and ended up with this:

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Much better! And, once again, I used a smaller yarn! Haha! I don’t know what it is… I just don’t seem to like the Red Heart right now. Hmm…

When I finished with those, I decided to try and make just a basic bauble ornament with those cute little yarns that I got for Xmas last year. This is what I came up with:

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While they aren’t exactly mind-blowing, I think they are really cute. Just a simple little ornament to add to your tree. :) I’m going to try to make them in other shapes (eventually) so there will be a variety. This yarn is perfect for it!

Other than that, I haven’t been up to much else. Just finishing up the semester and trying not to slack off. I’m also looking forward to Thanksgiving. Mmmm… turkey! Maybe I should make some festive things for that? Perhaps make my son a turkey hat? Haha! No way. ;)

Have you found any neat Xmas ornament or decoration patterns? I want to see!

-Rachel

Fresh Friday 11/14/14

Fresh Friday

Since I’ve been so absent from this blog, I’ve decided to start a weekly post: Fresh Friday.

The point/purpose of these posts will be to look at the latest and greatest (free) patterns added to Ravelry and share with you some of the ones that I liked best! I hope to include at least 10 different patterns but some days I may only have a couple. We’ll see how long I can keep it up.

(By the way - I don’t know if there is already such a thing as “Fresh Friday.” Do you know?)

Because I “specialize” in amigurumis, there may tend to be more of those on these lists than other items. However, I will do my best  to include other items as well. :) Also, I’m a sucker for scarves!

For the most part, I will link to the Ravelry pages where you can find the pattern. But I may include direct links to the artist’s blog instead.

So, without further ado, I introduce the first Fresh Friday list!

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1. These ornaments have a unique shape can be made in any color to match the theme of your tree!

2. Because eggs.

3. Cute Voodoo Dolls? Yes!

4. Aww… such a cute little Squirtle!

5. It could be because I’ve been watching the show with my son, but I thought this Care Bear beanie was too cute!

6. These bear ears would be awesome on some hair clips!

7. Though labeled as a Christmas garland, I think this star garland would look great anytime of the year.

8. You may have seen these before, but Twinkie Chan made these yummy cupcake hair clips. (I know this has been out for a while so it isn’t really recent but, like I said, I’ve been out of the loop for a while!)

9. This teether is a really neat idea.

10. I’ve never seen a scarf like this before. How unique!

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That’s it for this week.

What do you think of these patterns? Have you found any that you would like to share?

See you next time! Have a great weekend! <3

Whoa.

Oh. My. Goodness!

It’s November? How can this be? You mean… Christmas is right around the corner? But… what?

I guess that’s what happens when you have a baby. Time just goes by so quickly even though it doesn’t seem that way. One minute you’re taking home a newborn and the next you’re watching him roll over onto his tummy! All exciting stuff.

My Ninja Turtle!

My Ninja Turtle!

I’ll be honest – I have hardly touched any kind of crochet. After the scarf I finished last time, I haven’t even picked up my hooks or yarn. My Etsy store has been, for lack of a better word, dead these last few months. I finally had my first sale since mid-July this weekend. Luckily for me (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) I did NOT have a finished item sitting around waiting for a home. This made me take out my gear and get busy.

I’m actually happy that I didn’t have one sitting around. It made me want to start crocheting again! I just need to fit it into my busy schedule. And by busy I mean my days of staring at the baby nonstop because when I look away he gets angry.

Mr. I-need-to-be-the-center-of-attention-always.

I actually had someone contact me last month about making something for them. They asked if I could make a “cootie” from “Dexter’s Laboratory” and I said that I would look into it. Also, I had an Etsy convo last week with someone who wanted to know if I could make him a blue Shy Guy. All of this has led me to wanting to pick up where I left off. I already have a queue of things that my husband says I “owe” him. Haha!

I also took a gander at Ravelry (which has also been neglected by me) and added a few things to my own queue. Here are a few things I am interested in making:

1. Mr. Saturn (for my husband)

2. These Batman & Superman scarves

3. One of these awesome pixelated blankets

4. The cootie that was suggested to me

5. Other stuff.

What have you been working on? What do you have planned?

I need to go buy some more yarn! Turns out I am out of white! Tsk tsk tsk.

See ya!

FInally! Some FOs!

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Happy Labor Day!

Hello, September! Where did you come from? Wasn’t it just July?

I can’t believe my little baby is already two months old! This guy is like a sponge – absorbing all my time.

He’s finally starting to sit in his bouncy chair (without crying!) for small amounts of time (as long as I stay in front of him) giving me a chance to do a bit of crocheting in a normal position (instead of over his head).

First off, I finally finished the Buttered Toast scarf that I started back in June. Here it is:

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So fancy!

To get the details on this scarf (pattern, websites, etc), check out my previous post.

I also managed to make a few hats! These are easy to work on because once you get the pattern down, you can make it without too much concentration. The pattern I used was “The Perfect V-Stitch Hat” by Sarah Lora that I found on Ravelry. I ended up making two hats from this pattern, but neither were made by following the directions completely.

For this gray hat, ended up subtracting a few rows from the ribbed portion because, due to the yarn I was using, it was turning out far too big for my head!

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With this lavender hat, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn because I knew that it would turn out just a bit smaller. This time, instead of it being too big, I ran out of yarn at the brim portion and ended up just doing rows of half double crochet instead.

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Yarn shortage! (And comparison to the gray hat)

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Completed hat!

Oh, and I also broke my crochet hook while finishing up the brim!

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Oops!

Can you believe it? Oh well… it gave me an excuse to buy some new crochet hooks!

:D

WIP – Buttered Toast Scarf

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Hello, friends!

It’s been a while since I last posted, but there’s a good reason for this break in between posts: I had a baby!

He’s now 3 1/2 weeks old and (while there has been little sleep) time has flown by.

It’s really odd… you realize how short a day truly is. Also, your motto becomes “one day at a time” because no two days are the same. Each day you learn something new: what works and what doesn’t. For the most part, you just have to go with the flow and remain patient and calm (even when everything seems to go wrong).

I’ll probably have a post later on with more details on our new addition. :)

Until then, this is what I was up to:

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Yeah, it’s toast.

A day or two before I went into labor, I started on this cute scarf. That’s right – it’s a scarf!

I got this pattern from Twinkie Chan’s “Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies.” It’s called the – wait for it – Buttered Toast Scarf. Dun dun dunnnn!

Here’s a link to the Pattern page on Ravelry. I like looking at the finished scarves from other members. Some are very creative such as adding jam to it (which I also considered doing but was too lazy).

Side note: If you need help with any of Twinkie Chan’s patterns, or want to join another snazzy group/forum, you can visit Twinkie’s Ravelry Group.

 For the scarf, you will make about 16 slices of toast which you then sew together.

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Obviously, my scarf is not complete and, truth be told, I don’t know when I am going to finish it… I should just do it. No reason why I can’t!

Anyway.

This scarf is highly customizable: If you want a longer scarf, add more toast. Is this for a child? Take away some toast. Make some slices with jam or other various toppings. Add other breakfast foods such as bacon and eggs! The possibilities are endless!

For my scarf, I used Red Heart in Buff, Cafe Latte, and Lemon (I felt color of Lemon was closer to butter than Bright Yellow).

Have you made any of Twinkie Chan’s patterns before? What did you make? This is the first pattern from her that I’ve done, but I’ve been following her for a while now. She is so fun and interesting (and she loves food/sweets!).

Until next time! :)