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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.

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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.

Despicable Me Minion Key Cozy

I’m happy to present my latest creation:

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He is now available in both my Etsy and Zibbet stores. Be sure to check him out!

Braided Crochet Scarf

A few weeks back, I stumbled upon WindsorKnits’ pattern and was instantly inspired. I wanted one for myself in dark purple. I absolutely love it!

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It was very easy to make. Just 3 long strips, braided, and sewn together.

I’m thinking of making a second one in a lighter colour, maybe beige or cream.

Lace Cross Added To Store

Hi everyone.

The lace cross you saw in my previous post is now available in my store. It is available in a few other colours, although my favourite remains the white one.

Also make sure to check out the other items in my store and remember that I can do custom listings with any colour variations.

Happy shopping!!

Lace Cross

When I came across this pattern I thought it would make the perfect gift for my grandma, whose birthday is coming up in a few weeks. I thought she could use this as a bookmark for her bible.

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The pattern was very well written and easy to follow. It took me about an hour to complete (also watching a movie at the same time). I decided to add some tassels at the end for a little more length so that the cross can stay tucked in between the book pages and just the tassels can hang out.

Keychain – Tiny Penguin

I’ve been working on this little guy on an off for a few days now. It might look like a small and easy project, but crocheting him was definitely not a walk on the beach. I used a 2.5 mm hook and fine bamboo yarn, and since I crochet tighter that most people, half the time I couldn’t even find my stitches. I’m not even going to go into how fun it was sewing all those tiny pieces together. In the end, it was worth it because he’s so darn cute! Take a look for yourselves if you don’t believe me.

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I’m going to attach a string to the top of his head and put him on my keychain or attach him to my purse.

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