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I am 45. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. In 2015 we added another beautiful young adult to our house, our niece, and she has been a great joy! Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first.

Friday, November 30, 2007

It's a little cold...

...in the Northwoods today!

This morning I pulled into the parking lot at the other office, got out of my car and went inside. I came back out and noticed on the LCD advertising screen at the Realtor's office across the street said 3 degrees. I back my van up, turn it to leave the parking lot, look up at the screen and it is now 2 degrees. Uh-huh.

I hate winter. It gets colder every year. I particularly hate winter in the Northwoods. What I wouldn't give for snow instead of this evil cold.

So, anyway, this afternoon we get the report that tomorrow's forecast is sleet and rain in the morning followed by 4-12 inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon. Not only does this destroy ALL of our plans for tomorrow...it probably isn't even true. We never get hit with ANY of the big storms they predict. I'd like to be a meteorologist. I could lie through my teeth with a smile and nary a niggling of conscience AND get paid for it!

Now granted it's not so cold that your boogers freeze and your eyes hurt, yet. That'll be next month. So I guess I shouldn't be complaining. But I'm going to anyway.

This is one of those times when you think back to what the Bible says about God never giving you more than you can handle. And he'll give you the grace to get through it.....yeah.....I wonder about this one. Somehow my graciousness to deal with cold weather slides down the 'grace meter' every year. We've been here 13 years and I honestly don't know how many more of these I can do....

I hate cold.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Someone, Somewhere is....

...getting more sleep than me apparently!

It's 11:35 pm in my neck of the woods. What does that mean? Only that I'm normally sleeping for about 2 hours by now.

What is keeping me awake? Couldn't tell you. I just know that my eyelids refuse to close and my mind is working overtime.

And now I'm hungry.

Thank you very much.

This sucks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Proof is in the pictures....

I've been talking about all this stuff I've gotten done.

Personally, I like looking at pictures.

Now I just need some background music as I take you on this journey! lol


Socks, obviously. These are made with Patons Kroy Jacquard sock yarn. These are specifically for my brother cuz 1) The colors make me think of him and 2) His were the only feet I had a measurement on...:)


Socks, again. These are made with ? some 100% Cotton baby yarn that I received in a gift package. At least the Off-White is..the white is another 100% Cotton yarn that I had. I think its Aunt Lydia's. Anyhoo...I call these the "Vanilla MilkShake" socks.....I mean don't they look like a vanilla milkshake? With the cream? (I don't care, I think they do) They turned out huge, so these are going to a man.


Socks from hell. 100% Llama. Handspun..Ooh-La-La.... Um, No. One cuff took me like 2 weeks. Granted I wasn't working on them exclusively (because they made my hands cramp) but 2 weeks? Once I got to the instep and the rest of the foot they flew, but the cuffs were evil...EEE-VILLE! Lucky me, I was so wooed by the feel of the Llama at the craft fair I got it at that I have two more pairs of socks worth sitting at home in their evil little balls....


Socks...little socks. Bernat Cool Crochet that was gifted to me. It's tiny. I mean tiny. So I grabbed a size 1 needle and went to town. I made these for my sis-in-law. She's tiny too so they should be a perfect fit.


Rocket ship set for my nephew Sam. It's my pattern...you can get it here for free:
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=66029 His favorite color is green.
(I still haven't figured out how to put my links in with fancy little words like "here" and "this")


Sweater set for my newest nephew Jake the Snake. I used this pattern:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=b14&d_id=25&lang=en
It's written in British English. So if you decide to help yourself to this pattern (as I did), make sure you avail yourself of all their conversion charts before you sign off. You'll need them!


Don't you love the orange buttons? Just happened to dig those out of my stash AFTER I completed the sweater. Talk about providential!


A felted wool purse for my niece Emily. This is her grown up purse. It was just something I whipped out, so there is no pattern to give you. BUT, She is also a horse FREAK, so I think I need to make her this too: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=65106&highlight=horse+purse Don'tcha think so??


Here are the Ball Band Dishcloths from "Mason-Dixon Knitting". I love these. They are the absolute most fun things to make with all your little leftover balls of cotton from the other dishcloths. Plus, you can make them into simple cotton towels by just making a topper and putting a button on. Only 9 there? I could've sworn I've made about a thousand of them. Ok, so maybe it only feels like a thousand with everything else I've been making.

These are basic knit and crochet dishcloths. I turned one of the really big ones into a towel. I plan to do at least two more towels like this one. It's a snowman. The other two are a Christmas tree and a Gingerbread man. I desperately looked for a link to post, but cannot remember where I got them...so I'm sorry, no pattern for you.
With that I'll bid you adieu and talk to ya later!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

36 Days Till Christmas

WOW!

Guess what I realized? There's only THIRTY---SIX DAYS LEFT!!!!! OM Holy Gawd!

So..how are all of you doing on YOUR Christmas lists? Believe it or not I'm banging 'em out on mine now. I am all but done with the Pokemon *sigh*. I have a few left to do for my son, but those are going to be "last minute- work till midnight to finish them" type gifts.

Another thing I realized is that I haven't posted ANY pictures of the stuff I've made except for Pokemon. People are going to start thinking all I make are Pokemon...which is how its beginning to feel.

I suppose. I don't have anything profound to say except that I love toffee...specifically this guy's toffee.... http://www.scotchwoodtoffee.com
If you like toffee on any level....you will LOVE this toffee! Wish I could slide you a taste through the puter. Unfortunately I've allowed my butterball self to eat too much of it today.

ttfn
biz

Onix Pics, Pattern to follow...

I realized as I sat down to share Onix with you that I left the scrap of paper that I wrote his instructions on at home. So sorry. I will share the pattern next time.

He was so simple to make. The easiest Pokemon to date...except for maybe Jigglypuff or Spoink. I like circles...they are simple, easy, clean...work up great! LOL

If I had been a narcissist (sp?) I would have 'textured' each segment to look like a rock.....
UM..NO! My son forgave me this little faux pas.....

Other than that..just enjoy the pics I guess....



Pokemon Blaziken Look-Alike

Can we say "Lots of Little Pieces"??

**Note** Blogger wouldn't let me seperate the pattern out into sections, so one section is right after the other. Hope this helps in reading it!




**Disclaimer- This pattern has not been tested. All instructions, materials, measurements and gauges are correct to the best of my knowledge. Please feel free to use this pattern for your own personal use. Do not sell my pattern or post it on your website. Please feel free to link to mine though, thanks! **



Pokemon Blaziken Look-Alike
by Elizabeth Mareno 2007



Finished: 14" tall
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate



Materials:
F hook
approx 3 oz Orange/Reddish Orange Worsted Weight Yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver "Carrot")
approx 3 oz Off-White/Linen WW yarn (used Linen colored 'stash' WW yarn)
approx 2 oz Gold WW yarn(used Red Heart Super Saver "Gold")
approx 2 oz Grey WW yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver "Grey Heather")
tiny amt of black
Stuffing, Lg eye needle for assembly, stitch marker
Starting with body: Use Orange/do not join unless noted.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (1sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (1sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (24)
5- (1sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
6- (1sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
7-13- sc in each. **Change to Off-White**
14- Back Loops Only- sc in each
15-22 Both Loops- sc in each
23- (1sc in 3sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (29)
24- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (22)**Start Stuffing**
25- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (15)
26- (dec) around, sc in last sc (8)
27- (dec) around (4)
Cut, leaving a long end to close up the top. Make sure body is stuffed firmly. Weave ends through top opening to close.
Body "Feathers":
At waist, join sc in open loops with off-white at the back of the body, sc in each loop around the body. Join. (36)
1- ch1, sc in join, (hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc twice) twice, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st in 6, (sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc) 3times. Join.
2- ch1, sc in join, (hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc twice) twice, hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st in 6sl st, (sc, hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc) 3 times. Join. Cut. Weave in ends.
Legs: Make 2 starting with Gold.
ch2
1-5- Repeat body
6- Back Loops Only, sc in each.
7-9 Both Loops, sc
10- (sc in 2, sc dec, sc in 4) 3 times, sc in 2, sc dec, sc in 2 (26)
11- sc
12- alternating gold and orange- (1 gold, 1 orange, 2 gold, 1 orange, 3 gold, 1 orange) around leg.
13-14 continue in pattern increasing the orange one or two stitches per "peak" **Begin Stuffing**
15- Orange only, (sc in 3sc, sc dec) 5 times, sc in last sc (21)
16- sc
17- (sc in 2, sc dec) 5 times, sc in last(16)
18-25- sc
26- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last (11)
Cut, Leave a long end for sewing. Stuff firmly. Sew to body.
Leg "Horns": Using Grey
ch2
1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (9)
3-4- sc around.
Leave a long end for sewing. Lightly stuff. Sew to back of leg, just above color 'peaks'.
Tail: Use Orange
1-3 Repeat Horns
4- (sc in 2, 2sc in next) twice, sc in last 2 (10)
5- sc
6- (sc in 1, 2sc) around (15)
7- sc.
Cut. Leave a long end for sewing. Stuff. Sew on to his butt.
Arms: Make 2
Start with grey
ch2
1-3 Repeat body
4-10- sc around. **Change to Orange**
11-22 sc around. Stuff.
23- (sc in 1, sc dec) around. (12) Join.
Cut, Leave long end. Do Not sew on yet.
Fingers:
With grey
ch7, place marker on 1st stitch of each round to keep track.
1- sc in 2nd ch and each (6), continuing on the opposite side of ch, sc in each ch (12) do not join.
2- 2sc, sc in 4, 2sc in 2, scin 4, 2sc in last (16)
3-6- sc in each around. Join.
Leave a really long end, Cut. You will be using this piece to shape the fingers as well as sew them onto the arm.
**Stuff lightly**, shape fingers by sewing 'rows' the length of the hand twice. Should be three fingers.
Attach to arm @ row 3, curving the fingers with the row. Embroider claws with straight stitch to tip of each finger with off white.
Arm "Fire": With Orange
Base:
1-(RS) ch19, sc in 2nd ch, *dc in 2, trc, dtrc, trc, dc in 2*, sc in 2, repeat from * to* once, sc in last.
2- ch1, turn, sc, (ch3, dc in sm sp, ch2, sl st in sm sp and next 2 sp) 9 times, sl st in last sp.
Cut with a long end for sewing on.
With Gold
Cut 9-3" pieces. Attach to RS of arm fire base with fringe pointing up the arm.
Sew to arm at wrist.
NOW you may sew the arms on positioned evenly above the legs.
Head: With Off-white
ch2
1-5 Repeat body
6-16 sc around.
17- (sc in 3, dec) around (24) Join.
Cut with long end. Stuff firmly. Center on body, sew on.
Eye/Beak Area: With Orange
RIGHT EYE:
ch2
1-3 repeat body
4-(RS) (1 hdc in sc, 2hdc in next) 5times, (15) leave remaining undone.
5- ch1, turn, sc in 1 (ch3, dc on side of sc, sk next sc, sc in next sc) 4 times.
Sew to right side of head so that the center of the 'curve' meets in the front of his head.
LEFT EYE:
Reat rows 1-3 of right eye.
sl st in 8, then repeat rows 4+5 of right eye.
Sew to left side of head matching placement with the right side.
Beak: with orange
ch2
1- 5sc in 2nd ch. (5)
2- 2sc in each. (10)
3- (1sc in sc, 2sc in next) (15)
4- sc
5- sc in 7, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next) 4 times, (18) join.
Cut. Leave long end. Stuff. Sew onto the center of his face.
Head "Horns": Make 2, With Orange.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
2-15 sc
Join. Cut. Sew to head so that the open end meets with the top of his beak piece. Tack it down like an eyebrow along the top of his head.
Eyes: Make 2
ch2 with Black
1- 6sc in 2nd ch , join gold (when you cut black off, leave a long end for tacking eye to face.)
2- (1sc in 1, 2sc in next) 4 times. Join.
Cut. leave a long end. Use respective colors to tack eyes down.
"Hair":
FIRST SIDE:
Leave a long end when you make your starting knot, this will be used to tack hair to head.
ch9
1- sc in 2nd ch and each (8)
2- ch2, turn, hdc in each sc (8)
3- ch2, turn, hdc in ch sp (from now on this will be called an increase), hdc in each, 2hdc in last st(10)
4- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in 4, leave remaining undone for now. (6)
5- (RS) ch2, turn, hdc across, 2hdc in last (7)
6- ch2, turn, inc, hdc across (8)
7- repeat 5 (9)
8-23- ch2, turn, hdc in each across
24- ch1, turn, sc in 1, (hdc, dc, hdc)in next, sc in next 2hdc, (hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc) in next, sc in 2, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next, sc in last. Join
Cut and weave ends.
SECOND SIDE:
rejoin with 1st open hdc on row 4
4- ch2, hdc in 3, 2 hdc in last (6)
5- ch2, turn, inc, hdc across (7)
6- ch2, turn, hdc across, 2hdc in last (8)
7- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in each. (9)
8-24 Repeat first side.
Center and sew to top of head like "hair".
That was a whole lot of information all at once. If I've missed anything..by all means, let me know!
Enjoy,
Biz

Saturday, November 17, 2007

39 Days Till Christmas!

Just slightly over a month till Christmas!

I have purchased batteries..yay, me! I have taken pictures of Onix and Blaziken and Rayquaza....I am promising to post them AND their patterns (not Rayquaza..remember? I threw his pattern out) tomorrow or Monday!

I am almost done with Lucario...as soon as he is completed I will be making the Princess Castle with characters for my niece! Yay! We be movin on!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

41 Days Till Christmas

I completed Lucario's body yesterday.

Went like a snap.

Today I am working on his head.

To this I say....*ARGH*

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

42 Days Till Christmas

No pics today either. I need to buy batteries....likely excuse, I know!

I have finished Blaziken AND Onix Pokemon critters. Both will be posted WITH patterns as soon as I buy batteries. I have to make a Lucario and then I will be done with them (except for Teo's)...Hallelujah!

As for other gifts-in-progress, I've completed four more dishcloths. *Whoop-de-doo*. Still have 5 more and 2 towels to go. Everything has been put pretty much on hold whilst I make Pokemon critters. I am REALLY looking forward to making something that I don't have to design soon.

P'OS(pair 'o socks) #4 is going well. Almost done with first cuff. The colors remind me of my brother, so he'll probably get this pair.

Still have two niece gifts, two nephew gifts, 4 more pairs of socks(Stef asked for a pair), 1-1/2 sets of dishcloths/towels to complete, and all of Teo's toys to do yet.

*sigh*

I learned how to text message last weekend. So now I can flirt with my husband and nobody knows! LOL

Friday, November 09, 2007

Crochet Felted Fall Leaf Pillow

Here is the Felted Fall Leaf Pillow pattern that I have been promising.

**Disclaimer: This pattern has not been tested. All supplies and instructions are complete to the best of my knowledge. If you have a problem with the pattern, Please let me know!

Crochet Felted Fall Leaf Pillow
by: Elizabeth Mareno 2007

**Advance beginner/intermediate.

Materials:
Patons Merino Wool (or any 100% feltable wool)
-1 skn Deep Olive (3.5 oz/ 100g/ 223yds)
-1 skn Rich Red (3.5 oz/100g/ 223yds)
-1 skn Old Gold (3.5oz/100g/ 223 yds)
J hook ( I crochet loosely. If you crochet tight, go up one to two hook sizes)
Stitch marker
Stuffing.
Needle for final assembly.

**Note: Do Not join rounds unless indicated.

Starting @ bottom with Deep Olive:
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each sc (12)
3- Back Loops Only (BLO)- sc in each around (12)
4-8- Both Loops, sc in each.
9- (2hdc in 1sc, hdc in 5sc) twice (14)
10- (2hdc in 2hdc, hdc in 5) twice (18)
11- (2hdc in 1, hdc in 2, 2hdc in 1, hdc in 5) twice (22)
12- hdc in 2, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 9, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 7 (26)
13- hdc in 3, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 11, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 8 (30)
14- hdc in 4, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 13, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 9 (34)
15- hdc in 5, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 15, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 10 (38)
16- hdc in 4, *(2hdc in next, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 1)*, hdc in 13, repeat from *to* once, hdc in 9 (46)
17- hdc in 6, *(2hdc in 1, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 1)*, hdc in 17, repeat from *to* once, hdc in 11 (54)
18- hdc in 10, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 25, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 15 (58)
19- hdc in 11, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 27, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 16 (62)
20-28- place marker on 1st hdc of row 20, increase in the same pattern till you have (98) hdc.
29- Continue in same increase pattern making every 7th hdc red, carry red loosely behind work, do not crochet red into olive, this will get felted in, do not cut red @ end of row (102)
30- Only Olive, follow increase pattern. (106)
31- Continue increase making every 5th hdc red (110)
32- Only Olive, hdc in each around, do not increase (110)
33- Hdc in each around making every 3rd hdc red (110)
34- Hdc in each making every 2nd hdc red.
35- RED ONLY, hdc in each.
36-44- RED ONLY, hdc in each.
45- Hdc in each making every 7th gold
46- Red Only, hdc in each
47- Hdc in each making every 5th gold
48- Red Only, hdc in each
49- Hdc in each making every 3rd gold
50- Hdc in each making every 2nd gold
51- GOLD ONLY, hdc in each
52- hdc in 41, hdc dec twice, hdc 49, hdc dec twice, hdc 10 (104)
53- hdc 40, hdc dec twice, hdc 47, hdc dec twice, hdc 9 (100)
54- hdc 39, hdc dec twice, hdc 45, hdc dec twice, hdc 8 (96)
55- hdc 38, hdc dec twice, hdc 43, hdc dec twice, hdc 7 (92)
56-60 Continue in established decrease (less 1 hdc, dec twice, less 2hdc, dec twice, hdc rem st) until you have (72) hdc.
61- hdc 34, hdc dec twice, hdc 31, hdc dec twice (69)
62- hdc 32, hdc dec twice, hdc 29, hdc dec twice (65)
63- hdc 28, hdc dec four times, hdc 23, hdc dec four times (59)
*First Side opening*
64- hdc 27, hdc dec, leave remaining undone (28)
65- ch2(counts as hdc now and throughout), turn, hdc dec, hdc 24, hdc dec. (26)
66- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 21, hdc dec (24)
67- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 19, hdc dec (22)
68- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 17, hdc dec (20)
69-77- Continue in established decrease pattern until you have (1) hdc remaining (hdc dec on last row). Cut and weave in ends.

**Second Side**This side will actually end one row sooner than the first side.
Attach Gold to first open stitch on row 63 with ch2(does not ct as hdc)
64- hdc in same space and next space, hdc in 23, hdc dec.
65- ch2 (DOES ct as hdc), hdc dec, hdc in 20, hdc dec
repeat rows 66 through 76 of first side ending with one hdc.

BEFORE FELTING: sl st veins on one side or both with Olive.
FELT(I find my felted items pick up less "fuzz" when I put them into a pillowcase)- hang upside down and dry thoroughly.
Stuff, sew sides closed securely.

Enjoy
biz

Pokemon "Mew" Look-Alike

We'll start with a few pictures. You'll notice that I sewed Mew's legs on crooked. When you are making him, you want to line his legs up under his cheeks better than I did! The only other thing I noticed is that his head is a little "taller" than the real Mew's head is.

**Disclaimer** This pattern has not been tested yet. This pattern and all supplies lists associated with it are correct to the best of my knowledge. Please gauge yourself if you are concerned with it coming out the same size as the pattern.
If you have any problems with the pattern, please leave a comment and let me know!
Pokemon "Mew" Look-Alike
By: Elizabeth Mareno 2007
Supplies:
about 4 oz Pink "soft" yarn (Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft)
Tiny amounts of Teal, Red and White "soft" yarns.
F hook
safety pins for row markers
Stuffing
Yarn Needle for assembly
Gauge: with soft yarn- 18sc/20rows= 4"x4"
Finished toy: Approx 8" tall
NOTE: Do not join rounds unless otherwise indicated!
Head and Body are one piece: Starting @ Head with pink.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
2- 2sc in each sc (12)
3- (3sc in 1, sc in 5)twice (16)
4- (sc in 3, 2sc) four times (20)
5- sc in 1, 3sc in next, sc in 4, 2sc in next, sc in 4, 3sc in next, sc in 4, 2sc in next, sc in 3 (26)
6- (sc in 4, 2sc) five times, sc in last sc (31)
7- sc in 2, 3sc, sc in 7, 2sc, sc in 7, 3sc, sc in 7, 2sc, sc in 4 (37)
8- sc in 3, 3sc, sc in 18, 3sc, sc in 14 (41)
9- sc in 4, 3sc, scin 10, 2sc, sc in 9, 3sc, sc in 15 (46)
10- sc in 3, 2sc, sc in 3, 2sc, scin 9, 2sc, scin 9, 2sc, sc in 3, 2sc, sc in 14 (51)
11- sc in 6, 3sc, scin 26, 3sc, sc in 17 (55)
12-14- sc in each
15- sc in 14, 2sc, (sc in 6, 2sc)twice, sc in 26 (58)
16-20- sc in each
21- sc in 53, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 2 (61)
22- sc in 55, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 4 (63)
23-24- sc in each
25- sc in 3, 2sc in 3, scin 15, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 6, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 14, 2sc in 3, sc in 15 (73)
26- sc in 6, 2sc in 2, sc in 45, 2sc in 2, sc in 18 (77)
27-28- sc in each
29- (sc in 2, sc dec) around, sc in last (58) start stuffing head
30- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last (39)
31- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, (26)
32- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last 2 (18)
33-34- sc in each
35- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (27)
36- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (36)
37- sc in each
38- (1sc in 3, 2sc in next) around (45)
39-48- sc in each
49- (sc in 4, sc dec) seven times, sc in 3 (38)
50- (sc in 3, sc dec) seven times, sc in 3 (31)
51- (sc in 2, sc dec) seven times, sc in 1, sc dec (23)
52- (sc in 1, sc dec) seven times, sc dec (15)
53- (sc dec) around, sc in last
54- (sc dec) four times. Join.
Cut leaving a long end for sewing. Stuff firmly. Weave ends and close up bottom 'holes' as you sew.
Ears: Make 2 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each sc. (12)
3- (3sc in sc, sc in 5) (16)
4-6- sc in each. Join.
Cut leaving a long end for sewing. Stuff lightly and attach to head.
Bottom Feet: Make 2. Join each round. First sc of each round goes into 'join' st.
ch4
1- 3sc in 2nd ch, sc in 1, 3sc in last ch, *working opposite side of starting ch*, sc in 1, join with first sc. (8)
2- ch1, sc , 3sc in next, sc in 3, 3sc in next, sc in 2 (12)
3- ch1, sc, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 3, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 2 (18)
4- ch1, sc in 2, 2sc in 4sc, sc in 6, 2sc in 2, sc in 4 (24)
5- ch1, sc in 4, 2sc in 4, sc in 16 (28)
6- ch1, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 8, sc dec twice, sc in 4 (24)
7- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 13 (22)
8- ch1, sc around.
9- ch1, sc in 4, hdc in 5, sc in 13 (22)
10- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec 4 times, sc in 6, sc dec, sc in 3 (17)
11- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec twice, sc in 10 (15)
Cut leaving long end for sewing. **Decorative red dot** ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch. Cut. Sew to heel.
Stuff foot and sew on centering it beneath cheek.
Upper Feet: Make 2 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each. (12)
3-4- sc in each. Join.
Cut leaving long end for sewing. Stuff lightly and sew on just above the bottom feet angled into the center of the body slightly.
Eyes: Make 2 with teal
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each. (12)
3- (3sc in 1, sc in 3) three times. (18)
4- 1sc, (3sc in next, sc in 5) twice, 3sc, sc in 4 (24) Join.
Cut leaving long end for sewing. Embroider white dot on eye. Sew eye to face.
Tail: Make 1 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (sc, 2sc in next) (18)
4-8- sc in each. (18) Stuff lightly
9- (sc, sc dec) around. (12)
10- (sc, dec) five times (8)
11-35- sc in each.
Flatten end and sc through both thicknesses. Cut off leaving long end for sewing. Sew to butt.
Have Fun!
biz




Thursday, November 08, 2007

47 Days till Christmas...

To answer the question from last week. NO, I cannot get one present done a day.

I have completed two Pokemon. Mew and Rayquaza. I will post the pattern for Mew..I will not post one for Rayquaza. He was so hard and my hands hurt so bad after making him that regardless of how awesome he looks done...I threw out the pattern and have vowed to never make him again. Nephews better love the one they get!

I should have left my big mouth shut and not asked my nephews if I had their "Pokemon wish list" right...cuz guess what?? I didn't!! They changed all of it!! So now Mew is going to go into my son's goodie box. One small blessing of not needing it for the other boys is that now..I don't have to make another one for Teo!

I am currently working on Blaziken. He is turning out sooooo cool! I will be posting his pattern soon too. Hopefully I get him finished by tomorrow. All I have left is his head, the remainder of one hand and then the finishing.

My son helps me out alot when I'm designing them. He likes to give me little reminders about the parts that I'm missing so that when they are done they are perfect....for my little perfectionist! LOL Really he is a big help. Especially if I have to design them from a picture and I don't have a toy right in front of me to look at. Mew was hard like that. I only had a picture to go off of.

Teo has specifically requested Chimchar, Turtwig and Piplup. They, of course, are all from the new season....la dee dah....and so they are his current favorites! They should be very easy to do because they all have simple shapes.....BUT then he threw in there guys like Combee (wierd head) and Steelix (every other segment has little straight things that come out..his words not mine..) and Charizard (he actually shouldn't be too hard). OOHH wait...and Dragonite...he's basically a Charizard with different details. It all really comes down to shaping. Shaping can be the poopiest part of designing. Mew was a miracle from God that he came out as awesome as he did. I promise to post his pattern tomorrow with pictures!

And since I am a slacker I will post the patterns for the Felted Fall Leaf Pillow and possibly the Fall Leaf Afghan Border tomorrow too!

**Uber mini side-note** I have completed Pair 'O Socks #3 for Christmas. Second one turned out miniature beside the first one..so I did some laundry magic and washed them and shrunk the big one to match the little one...cuz the little one wouldn't stretch to meet the big one....LMBO!!! Have started P'OS #4 in superwash wool!

Ok...I feel like this whole post is all me, me, me....

Oh wait..it's my blog....hmmm