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NICU Challenge – Revised (Blankets and other baby things)

In a previous post I mentioned that I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. I had a stroke of genius to contact my local hospital and inquire about in-kind donations before starting to make boat-loads of hats. Guess what? They don’t accept any more hats as they have more than they know what to do with. This sort of put a dampen on my excitement to make those cute little hats from the patterns provided by Sunset Family Living for this challenge.

Upon further inquiry I was told that they accept baby blankets for NICU babies and also baby shoes to be sold in the gift-shop for fundraising. So I made my first ever baby blanket while watching a few episodes of Bones. The hospital’s only requirement was for it to measure 25″ by 25″, be in a colour other than green or yellow (something to do with these colours reflecting onto the babies’ faces and making them look like they have a skin disease or are aliens), and be more tightly knit rather than loose and loopy.

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It was so fun to make and took so little time. I used a classic double crochet in the back loops only and this gave the material a lot of stretch and softness. The border is made up of double crochet clusters in a purple colour that goes perfect with the beige of the body of the blanket.

I’m looking for a different pattern for a second blanket.

I will also be donating a few pairs of baby shoes. I have some already completed.

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4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge

Hi all.

I decided to put my talents to good use and, since it’s the season of giving, I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. The challenge started on November 20th and will run until January 6th. It consists of making 12 preemie hats and donating them to the nearest NICU.

If you wish to join, just click on the picture below.

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You don’t have to join this particular challenge to make a difference. There are many causes out there that one can support. But if you’re anything like me, you love creating things with your hands and sometimes run out places to store them or people to gift them to. So instead, if we can all put a little bit of our time and talent into helping those in need, whether it is making hats for babies in the NICU, warm clothes for the residents of a local shelter, or simply helping out a family in your community to put a few gifts under the tree this year, it would mean the world to the people in need.

I’ve received the first pattern of the challenge and will begin making some hats in the next few days.

The Happy Pigglets

2014-11-05 15.19.11I just put the finishing touches on these two sweeties.

Aren’t they cute?

A couple of months ago I saw the pattern on the Amigurumi To Go website and had to make one for myself. Of course that after finishing the first one, the boy, I was compelled to make a girl as well.

I love amigurumi crochet but hate dislike sewing the pieces together. I end up crocheting everything in a day and then the circles, tubes, and other body parts spend weeks and sometimes months in a corner on my desk while I desperately hope that the Amigurumi Fairy will appear one night and put the tangled mess together. Eventually I realize that I cannot escape my fate (duh!), and months later TA DA here’re some cute piglets.

Since it is almost Christmas I was thinking of making a couple of miniature Santa hats for them and using the piglets as seasonal decorations.

Maybe bunny ears for Easter? We’ll see.

Pumpkins Pattern

I have just completed a new pattern, just in time for fall.

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These pumpkins are great decorative touch for the home throughout the fall season.

The pattern is versatile and can be easily modified to make different sized pumpkins in many colour combinations.

Enjoy!

Ravelry Store

Due to the fact that Zibbet decided to quit being a free marketplace, a gesture that somewhat disappointed me, I have decided to look for other mediums to sell my crochet creations and patterns.

I’m not sure why I haven’t previously thought of Ravelry for selling my patterns, even though I’ve been an active member for years. There are no fees if your shop sales are under $30, and even if they go over that amount their cut is a small percentage of how much you sell.

So here‘s the link to my new Ravelry store.

As for my actual handmade creations, I have yet to decide how to go about selling them. I am currently researching online marketplaces with no upfront listing fees.

Birthday gift for science geeks

Behold my latest creation, Mr. Earl Lenmeyer the Flask. The pattern can be found on Ravelry.

 

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The body is stuffed and closed where the blue colour ends, while the top white part I left open so that the stuffing comes out and gives it that cool bubbling gas effect.

 

Even though he’s super cute just by himself, I decided that he’s missing a sidekick so I created Mrs. Bea Kerr.

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I did not close or stuff her, thinking that this way she can double as a pen/pencil holder.

 

 

A few new creations

Here are the most recent additions to my store…

Diamond Bag/Purse

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Cellphone/Wallet/Camera Case

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Midnight Grey Infinity Scarf

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Red Velvet Doughnut Pincushion

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White Crochet Westie Dog

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Goldie the Goldfish – Crochet Amigurumi

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Free Pattern – Christmas Present Pillow

As promised in my previous post, here’s the pattern for the Christmas Present Pillow, albeit a little late. This pattern can also be found as a free PDF download on Ravelry.

Notes:

  • This pattern creates a square pillow 16″x16″ by using a pillow form with those dimensions. Changing the hook size and/or yarn might require changing the number of stitches. Keep a measuring tape handy and double check as you move along.
  • For this project, I used a 4.5 mm crochet hook and Red Heart Comfort yarn. If you’re using a different yarn, you can adjust the hook accordingly but keep in mind that a tight stitch is desirable for this project so the white pillow form doesn’t show through.
  • I chose to sew shut the pillow cover. If you prefer using a zipper or buttons, you may do so.

Materials:

  • Red yarn
  • White yarn
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook (or another hook that matches your yarn)
  • Pillow form 16″x16″
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape

Pillow cover:

  1. With red yarn ch 62.
  2. Sc  in the second chain from the hook, sc in each of the following chains until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  3. Repeat row 2 above until the piece measures 32″ long. Finish off.
  4. Fold the pillow cover and sew the edges first. ChristmasPillow-15-1
  5. Place the form inside the cover and then sew the remaining opening. I keep the opening in the middle of the pillow like this because it will eventually be covered by the crisscrossed white bands.ChristmasPillow-16
  6. The pillow cover is now complete.

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White bands (make 2):

  1. With white yarn ch 123 and join to form a circle which making sure not to twist the chain. The chain should fit around the pillow.ChristmasPillow-19
  2. Sc in each of the following chains around the circle. The piece is worked in the round, do not join.
  3. When you have completed 6 rows, finish off.
  4. Repeat the instructions above for the second piece.
  5. Place the white bands on the pillow creating a cross.

Bow:

  1. With white ch 141.
  2. Sc in second chain from the hook and in the remaining chains until the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  3. Sc in each in each sc, sc2tog for the last 2 sc in the row. Ch 1 and turn.
  4. Repeat row 3 above until the piece has 8 rows. Finish off.
  5. Attach red yarn to a any stitch around the edge and sc evenly around making a border. Finish off.
  6. Fold the piece to make a bow and attach it to the center of the pillow.

The finished product should look something like this:

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Christmas Present Pillow

I decided that this Christmas I would make as many presents as I could and only buy the remaining few. There are a couple of problems with this. First being not knowing what to make for the male characters of my life and second is having the school semester end right around Christmas-time which means I have to dedicate most of my time on final projects and exams.

A few weeks ago I had an idea of what I wanted to make for my mom. I’ve heard her say for the past two Christmases that she wishes she had some nice Christmas-y pillows for the living room. I wanted something like this but crocheted and red with a white bow.

It took me about a week to complete it but now it’s finally done so I can share it with the world.

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I originally set out to make a set of 4 pillows by Christmas time but, after seeing how long one took, a set of two seems like a more realizable goal.

I’ve also put together a detailed pattern with pictures for those of you looking to make this pillow for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Tatting is fun!!

A week ago, while surfing YouTube I came across a video tutorial by OVW about tatting. I absolutely love her crochet tutorials and used to follow them often when I first started to crochet. So back to the video about this thing called tatting which I’ve never heard of before. In the video, she was demonstrating how to make a flower earring and when I saw the end product I fell in love (I know, a little dramatic, but true). How did I know nothing about this awesome thing?!? As it turns out, it’s not a novelty either – it has been around since the early 19th century.

I had so get my hands on some tatting needles and fast! Since me and eBay are best buds, I asked him for some help and a few days later my set of 6 needles arrived. I jumped back online and watched all three parts of OVW’s tutorial and made myself two pairs of earrings. I absolutely love how they came out and making them was so much fun!

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Earrings-Purple Gradient 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m currently working on some tatted bracelets. Will post pictures of these soon. 

 

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