I need to stop with the Bob’s love……

……even I know it, don’t worry! But she’s the last one I promise.

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Seriously though, how can a yarn crafter NOT make Gayle?! Unfortunately I’m not skilled enough to knit her like Mr. Frond, so here’s my crochet version.

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Gotta love her no matter what 😂
Ok, all done with my Bob’s Burgers kick. On to something else!!

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Brought back out those rag strips

Still trying to use up all those rag strips I have.
I had this brilliant idea that a floor pillow would be a great way to do this. There’s a lot of floor sitting in this house, mister drawing at the coffee table, offspring playing video games, it seemed like the perfect solution. Little did I know that I was blistering up my fingers to make a glorified dog bed! 😂

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Not that they don’t want to use it, they both love it, just that someone else claimed it. Couldn’t even take a photo of it finished without him jumping on, silly boy.
It was super easy to make, I just went with the basic circle, changed colors when I felt like, threw in a few spike stitches for fun and done.
The best part, it’s drawstring on bottom!! It’s stuffed with extra blankets, storage and functionality, can’t beat that.
Being a glutton for punishment I decided to keep going with those rag strips and a new rug was in order.

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This one was a bit more planned. I graphed out the diamond pattern and simply repeated it three times. The colors were picked simply based on supplies. There was a ton of that blue and I figured it would be enough. The final product has bit of a “beachy” feel to it, completely unintentional, yet very pleasing.

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It made its new home in the sunroom, right across from the bench!! Combined, they both seemed to lighten up the room, give it a more “airy” feel. And yet again, my little photo bomber has to get in the shot.
Still have SO much more of this stuff to use. I’m going to give my hands and arms a break and try to brain storm some new ideas.

Ushering in spring.

Recently I was at my cousins house raiding his attic, oops I mean visiting.
He lives in my grandparents old house and has pretty much inherited everything with it, so when I’m looking to up cycle, straight to cousins I go! Trust me, he’s more than happy when I take something away 😂
My original reason for stopping by was lawn ornaments. I suddenly felt a huge need for some colorful creatures hanging out outside and I knew the grands had tons. One quick text later and I’m standing in a shed with my cousin laughing at me cringing and stepping away from shelves of gnomes. Sorry, those suckers creep me ( and the mister ) out…
We scored an amazing toadstool and an old cement frog that just makes me think of my gram when I see it. But the best thing ever, my side eyeing, you know he’s judging your life choices duck!! Fantastic, I love him 😂

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They’re all so lovely and will look even better when the flowers and grass decide to finally grow again.
Anyway, back to the attic. A few months back I said to mister, we need a bench for the sunroom. He nodded ( probably just agreeing, he knows it’s easier that way ) I took it as a complete yes and started the search. I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. It had to be small, the rooms not very large, it had to be simple, and it had to be pretty. My attention span being what it is, after a few store visits, I gave up and completely forgot. And that’s how I found myself moving boxes and digging through the attic. Sure enough, buried in one of the back rooms under bird cages and behind a crib, my perfect little bench!

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I completely looked it over last time I was there. I blame the horrible color just blending into shadows and walls. A quick trip to the hardware store for some sandpaper and paint, some elbow grease from mister, I totally started sanding it myself but being the kind guy he is he took over, and :

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The perfect little pretty bench! It’s just so happy now and excellent for sitting to take off or put on your shoes.

Bakeneko ( Louise Belchers amazing toys

Yet again Bobs Burgers has infiltrated my crochet world. Louise has the best toys in her room and all I ever want to do is make real versions of them! Bakeneko has always been my favorite of her collection and after catching “Flu-ouise” on repeat again the other evening I knew I had to just do it.
My main criteria for him was that he had to be true to size. Best way to do that, blanket yarn! It made him super soft and squishy as well. I decided to go darker in his color and followed the triangle pattern from the actual episode as opposed to when he’s just lying around her room.
I have to say, blanket yarn is a bit trying to work with when you’re intentionally making tight stitches!! He took a bit longer than I expected to work out, however I’m very pleased with him now that he’s done. Now, whenever I walk into my living room, this 19inch Bakeneko stares at me from the corner. All I can hear is him singing! 😂

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He’s oh so cute!

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Rug making

Last spring we moved into an old house. Built in the 1870s, it has all the charm and little details one would expect. And while I like the majority of them, creaky floors, low narrow staircase and “quaint” bedroom, there is one thing that I can’t get used to. Those old creaky floors…. Love the sound, love the look, hate the cold!! In the summer, they’re great, in the winter, not so much. There’s nothing worse than getting out of bed to use the bathroom and freezing the soles of your feet instantly.
Luckily I was gifted quite a few bags of rag strips and knew what had to be done!
I grabbed my Q hook, dug through the bags, picked out a couple of colors and got to work. Unfortunately I learned quickly that what looks like a lot of material is in fact not as much as you think…. so it came out a bit more eclectic than I planned, however the more I look at it the more I love it! It matches the wallpaper, fits perfectly next to my bed in my tiny little room and no more cold feet!!

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I googled away and found this great pattern here: crafts.tutsplus.com
I’m already pairing up colors for more, planning a half circle for in front of the kitchen sink and possibly an oval for the upstairs hallway.
Using the rag strips makes it so thick and squishy under foot, and the animals love laying on it!
If you don’t have pre-stripped material you can use t-shirt yarn ( as the original pattern suggests ) or cut up old sheets for yourself.( your local thrift store is a great place to buy them cheap!)

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There’s something so satisfying about making something instead of buying it, plus the final product will be unique to you, your home, and your family!

Double knitting is genius!

I’m certain I’m late to the game here, but I’ve just discovered double knitting!! My personal preference for mittens and fingerless gloves is flat knitting, seaming up after. What I wasn’t a fan of was one at a time and risking tension issues. Now having both going at the same time has solved my problem, consistent tension through out both items, brilliant!!

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Also, let’s talk about Caron Cakes. Love them for these! Just let the yarn change at its own pace. No two are alike. I made a whole bunch of each, dropped them into bins and let the family pick which ever two struck their fancy. Guaranteed to “match” color family and yet have some character and quirk, plus such fun watching them all dig and fight over ones they wanted! Theses are the sets my daughter picked out.

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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…

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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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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