Rick and Morty

My daughter and guy are obsessed with Rick and Morty. Which means of course that I have to sit through it whenever it’s on. There’s only so much of watching something I can handle before my brain goes “psst, you can make that”. Fought the urge for weeks, finally gave in.
I also tried something new and used puff paint for detail work on these. Very pleased with the outcome and my Rick and Morty fans are in love. So, win win for all!

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They ended up larger than I anticipated, Rick is 18 inches and Morty 13.5! But that’s what happens when you just free hand…

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Always keep those hands moving!

I have a problem where I can’t simply sit and watch t.v. It makes me feel like I’m wasting time if I don’t have a hook or needles in my hands! However, there are always down times, you’re in between projects or the inspiration is just not there. Luckily a few months back I came up with a solution, one that is easy to pick up and put down, plus you never need to buy yarn for it, win win!!
I’ve started making mitered squares. Instead of connecting as you go, typical of the “memory” style blanket, I’m simply making the squares and storing them away in a box. No need to buy yarn, just use the left over balls from previous projects. When I finally decide I have enough, I’ll sew them all together and have a squishy warm blanket to remind me of all past projects. 😍
I haven’t settled on a game plan yet for construction, but I’m totally leaning towards dropping them all in a bag and just pulling them out in a random order. Thinking a fun patchwork look to it. Someday in the next few months hopefully, I’ll be posting the actual blanket!

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The Dobby inspired Huggable House Elf

A little over a year ago I joined a Halloween Gift Swap. My recipient was a Harry Potter loving soul and also requested something handmade. Being who I am, that obviously meant an Amigurumi of some kind, after days of character image searching ( I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan of Harry Potter, had to look up the movies ), I settled on making her a Dobby. Everyone else seemed a bit to bland and I was looking to make something in a larger size. Little bit of drawing, little bit of frustration, and a lot of “does this look right” texts to my sister ( she loves that series! ) Dobby was born.
Fast forward to now and I finally decided to clean up his pattern to share with everyone else. It’s only been a year after all!!
I think he’s an easy pattern to follow, you’ll need basic stitch knowledge, no fancy stitches used! And I’m always here to help and answer questions. I also teach how I connect fingers and toes in this pattern ( always a good technique to know for Amigurumi makers 😉 )
He is available for purchase in my Ravelry store:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/huggable-house-elf

Hope you enjoy!!

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I’m back!

Oh my have I been a terrible blogger…….
I’m terribly sorry, life just sometimes gets in the way.
So anyway, what’s new? I have seemed to achieve my goal of learning to knit, I’m not the best knitter out there for sure, but I can definitely make items now!
Crocheting has not been pushed aside by any means, my hook has been busy! For some reason I have been obsessed with making blankets and shawls lately.
In a day or two ill post a pattern I just finished writing up, this time around it’s going to be a paid pattern.
Until then here are a few things that have kept me busy.
See you soon 😃

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“Jowls!” A dog toy

Mister calls Louis “jowls” all the time. He’s got some loose lips on him and my all time favorite movie is Jaws, so in my household it’s the best knick name. 😍
Louis is a crazy little beast who adores toys and sits ever so sweetly in my lap as I crochet, so I thought it was about time to make him something.
I present to you:
JOWLS!!!

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Supplies:

* G-hook
* Worsted weight yarn
* Yarn needle
* Poly-fill stuffing
* Squeaker ( optional )

Terms:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease
* slp st – slip stitch
* hdc – half double crochet

Special Notes:

* Make sure to pull your stitches tight! It will make the toy stronger and keep your stuffing in.
* If your dog is a destroyer, I suggest using a cotton yarn. Thankfully Louis does not eat his toys so we don’t have to worry about him swallowing acrylic yarn.
* If you’re going to use a squeaker, stuff the shark halfway, insert the squeaker, and stuff the sides around it firmly.

Pattern:
Body:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
7. sc around – 25
8. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
9. sc around – 30
10. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
11. sc around – 35
12. sc around – 35
13. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
14. sc around – 40
15. sc around- 40
16. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
17. sc around – 45
18. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
19-26. sc around – 50 each row
27. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
28-29. sc around – 45
30. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
31. sc around – 40
32. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
33-34. sc around – 35
35. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
36. sc around – 30
Start Stuffing
37. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
38. sc around – 25
39. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
40. sc around – 20
41. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
42-46. sc around – 15
Sew tail end shut flat. Weave in ends.

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Side Fins: make two
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. dec 2, sc 12 – 14
9. dec, sc 12 – 13
10. slp st 7, hdc 2, slp st 4, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Dorsel fin:
ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. sc around – 16
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Tail Fin: make two
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. inc, inc, sc 4 – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. sc 2, inc, inc, sc 4 – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc 4, inc, inc, sc 4 – 12
8. sc 5, inc, sc 6 – 13
9. sc around – 13
Fasten off, sew the ends shut flat, leave long tail for sewing to body.

“Tail Center”
Holding two strands of yarn together,
Ch 7
1. starting in second ch from hk: sc across – 6
2. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
3. ch 1, turn, dec, dec – 2
4. ch 1, turn, dec
5. ch 1, turn, sc
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tail Assembly:
Line up edges as shown, sew together.

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Sew the tail onto the body. I doubled my yarn and ran it a few times to make it strong.
Being that it is for a dog, I used embroidery floss for the eyes, no risking him swallowing plastic safety eyes.
Finished size 9 1/2 inches long from tip of nose to tail.

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As you can see, someone knew it was his and was not feeling the photo shoot.

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I’ve learned to knit! ( barely )

Hope everyone had a happy holiday and the new year is good to you as well!
For the first time in a long while, we decided to just stay home this year and had the most amazing and calm Christmas. I took the opportunity to try my hand at something new. I’ve started knitting! It’s something I’ve been wanting to get into and just never found the time.
I have much to learn and lots of practice to go, but I feel I’m off to a good start.

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I’m loving chunky wool, it makes such delicious and warm hats! The shawl was a gift for my mother for Christmas, she loved it. 😊
Also working on some new crochet hats. Trying to be prepared this year for the craft fair season and am working out patterns and items I want to sell. I feel the knit hat is on my list, but still on the fence with the tunsian hat, it mocks knit so well, is very thick and warm, but a bit stiff. The Pom Pom one is definitely on my list to make more of. It’s so soft and has an amazing slouchy drape!

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By the way, was gifted a clover Pom Pom maker, I highly recommend getting one. They are amazing!!
Well that’s it for now.

Strawberries and Cream

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I’ve been in love with Tunisian crochet lately. I just love the way it stays loose and yet thick. So I decided to make a scarf using the Gobelin stitch. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, but oh so squishy in the finished form!! I grabbed some left over Caron one pound I had from a previous project and got to work. My daughter named it, she said its all she could thing of while I made it!! So here’s how I made the strawberries and cream scarf:
Supplies:
-worsted weight yarn, I used Caron One Pound
-afghan hook, size J ( out of personal preference, I’m using an extended hook, you don’t need to, you can use a basic straight one )
-yarn needle

Ch 30
Starting in second ch from hk:
1. *Insert hk into ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.

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Insert hk through next ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk* repeat across ch. -30 loops on hk

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2. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop.
Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO loops.
*yarn over hk, pull through nest TWO LOOPS* repeat across.
You’ll end with one loop on hk.

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Now we’re going to use the space between the stitches:

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3. Insert hk through vertical space ( 1 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. Insert hk through next vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk

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Continue using vertical spaces until the end, skip the last vertical space and insert hk through the ch spot, yarn over, pull through. -30 loops on hk

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4. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop. *Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO LOOPS.* repeat until end, ending with one loop on hk.

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5. insert hk through second vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. *Insert hk through next vertical space ( 3 ), yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.*

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repeat to end, including the last vertical space. Insert hk into ch space, yarn over, pull through -30 loops on hk
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until,desired length.

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To finish:
Finish on a repeat of row 4, fasten off the yarn leaving a long tail.
You can sew the two ends together or leave as a straight scarf, your choice!

Taxidermy Rudolph!!

Ok, this guy cracks me up! I know he’s not for everyone, but come on, how cute and funny is he!! He’s on the small side so you can make him as a stocking stuffer or just some silly holiday decor.

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**_Terms:_**
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – decrease

**_Supplies:_**

* G hook
* Two shades of yarn in medium weight 4 for the head and antlers
* Red yarn in medium weight 4
* Poly fil stuffing
* Safety eyes or embroidery floss
* Yarn needle
* Wooden plaque for mounting ( optional )
* Green yarn in medium weight 4 for holly leaves ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-7. sc around – 20
8. dec 3, sc 5, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc 4 – 20
9. inc 2, sc, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 25
10. inc 2, sc 6, inc 2, sc 6, inc, sc 8 – 30
11. sc 3, inc 5, sc 22 – 35
12 – 16. sc around – 35
17. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
18. sc around – 30
Attach eyes now if using safety eyes, begin stuffing.
19. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
20. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
Do remaining rows in back loops only to help keep the back of the head flat.
21. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
22. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
23. dec 5
Sew shut, leave long tail for attaching to board.

**_Nose:_**
Using red, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. sc around – 10
4. ( sc, dec )3x, sc
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Ears:**_ make two
Using head color ch 2
1. 5 sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc 3, dec )3x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 4, dec )2x – 10
9-10. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**Inside: **make two ( optional )
Using lighter color ch 3
1. starting in 2nd ch from hk, sc across – 2
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 2
3. ch 1, turn, inc, sc – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
5. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
Sc around whole piece to clean up edges.
Fasten off, leave long tail, sew into ear.
Do not stuff

**_Antlers:_**
Ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2-4. sc around – 24
Fasten off, stuff lightly, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Holly leaves:_**
I used the awesome pattern by this lovely lady:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/holly-leaves.html

I used three different hook sizes when making my leaves in order to have three different sized leaves.

**_Assembly:_**
_Sew head together first in this order:_

* Ears
* Antlers
* Nose

_If using holly leaves and board:_

* Make sure to attach hanger to back of board or drill holes for hanging first
* Drill two holes completely through to tie the head on

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* Run yarn from the back of head through the two holes and knot securely to the back of board.
* I added a couple of small stitches to the leaves to make them one piece
* Then used three small dabs of hot glue to the two ends and bottom to glue on
* Finished size: Head – 2 1/2 inches not counting antlers

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Mini tree topper Carol-er

My love of vintage and mid-century shows its head with this one. I recently acquired some of my grandmothers paper angel and carolers. You know the ones I mean, with the paper cone bases and plastic heads. Well as I was gently trying to clean them up it struck me how fun they could be to make!
So here she is. She sits perfectly on a mini table top tree ( used my grandmas for the photo, it only seemed fitting ) or make a bunch in different colors and line them up on a mantle.

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_**Supplies:**_
F – hook
G – hook
Yarn : any worsted weight. skin tone, white, any color for dress, bonnet, and hair
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Embroidery floss for eyes and mouth
Ribbon ( optional )

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
hk – hook
st – stitch
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( two sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( single crochet two sts together )

_**Head/Base:**_
Using the F hook and skin tone, ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6 – 10. sc around – 25 each row
11. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
12. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
Begin stuffing, stuff firmly.
13. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
14. dec 5 – 5
15. In front loops only: 2sc in each st around – 10
16. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
17-18. sc around – 15
19. ( sc 2, inches )5x – 20
20. sc around – 20
21. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
22. sc around – 25
23. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
24. sc around – 30
25. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
26. sc around – 35
27. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
28-35. sc around – 40
Fasten off, weave in ends.

**_Arms:_ make two**
Using F hook and skin tone
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. sc around – 6
Switch to dress color
4. sc around – 6
5-12. sc around – each row
Fasten off, do not stuff, leave long tail for sewing.

_**Hair:**_
Using F hook, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6-10. sc around – 25 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
**_Bun:_**
Using hair color, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-4. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Dress:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 24 ( leave a long tail at end of ch, we’ll use it later )Slip at the first ch to the last ch to form a ring.
1. Being careful not to twist your chain, sc around – 24
2-3. sc around -24 each row
4. ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
5. sc around – 28
6. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
7. sc around – 32
8. ( sc 7, inc )4x – 36
9. sc around – 36
10. ( sc 8, inc )4x – 40
11. sc around – 40
12. ( sc 9, inc )4x – 44
13. sc around – 44
14. ( sc 10, inc )4x – 48
15-16. sc around – 48
Fasten off, weave in end.

**_Bonnet:_**
Using G hook and dress color
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc – 3
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
3. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
4. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc – 4
5. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
6. ch 1, turn, sc, inc, sc, inc – 6
7. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
8. ch 1, turn, sc 5, inc – 7
9-22. ch 1, turn, sc across – 7 each row
23. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 5 – 6
24. ch 1, turn, sc across – 6
25. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
26. ch 1, turn, sc across – 4
27. ch 1, turn, sc, dec, sc – 3
28. ch 1, turn, sc across – 3
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing on.

**_Collar:_**
Using G hook and color of choice
Ch 24
1. starting in second ch from hk, across – 23
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 23
3. ch 1, turn, sc 7, slp st 9, sc 7 – 23
Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
-Sew on hair base, add bun wherever you’d like, stuff it lightly as you sew on.
-Add face details.
-Weave the long tail on the top of the dress loosely through the first row. It is going to act like a drawstring to tighten the neck.
-If you’re going to decorate the dress, it’s best to do it now while the dress is flat.
-Slide the base through the neck of the dress and pull the “drawstring”, the neck will cinch up tightly. Tie off.
-Sew the arms to the dress.
-Sew the collar in place.
-Sew the bonnet on.
– Finished size: 5 1/2 inches.

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