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Fox Rug (Pattern Review)

I absolutely adore Ira Rott patterns. She wrote the amazing pattern that I used for my elephant pillows. I actually have about 30 of her patterns, and am very slowly working my way through them. The next one I found time to work through (during my AMAZING free week according to my new organizational system!), it happened to be this super cute fox rug pattern. Now, I did not add a backing to it, because I like the idea of it being a blanket or a rug on the carpet or a photo prop, as opposed to an actual rug; but the pattern does give detailed instructions on how to add a non-slip backing to it.

This pattern worked up super quickly, I did it in 2 days or just working on it part time, and turned out SO cute. The stitches are simple, with a crab stitch and a picot being the only real “non-basic” stitches in it. And, as always, she gives detailed instructions on how to complete these stitches.

The most difficult part of the entire pattern is sewing things together. But, that is because I am super lazy and hate to hand-sew things. 🙂

Seriously, from beginner to experienced crocheters, I highly, highly, highly recommend Ira Rott’s patterns. It is all so STINKIN ADORABLE, so many options, and so easy to follow.

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Football

One of my best friends recently had a baby. They are HUGE 49ers fans. So, of course, when little man was getting close to getting here, I had to get to work on some special projects.

So, without further adieu, here is creepy smile baby in the first version of my football prop. I have done some tweeking to it since, and I actually like the new version much better. I just forgot to take a picture before sending it out.

This is not the one my friend got, she actually got the second version. The third version is the for sure keeper. But LOOK HOW CUTE CREEPY BABY IS with this little football hat.

 

 

I also decided to try making a second hat that resembled the old school football helmets. The one I sent to my friend had a stripe down the center in 49ers colors. 🙂

 

 

I actually really love the leatherhead helmet look with it. However, customers feel differently. The matching hat sells much better. It makes me a little sad, but hey, who am I to argue with what people like?

 

I am working on writing up the pattern, now that I have it fully completed and finalized a way that I like. That will go up in the Etsy shop once completed. But, life is so crazy right now, that might be a while.

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Daisy is Getting Married!

A while back, I posted about creating a Donald Duck amigurumi for my pending vow renewal. Well, I have finally gotten some time and was able to sit down and create his beautiful bride.

Daisy here, see, she is no ordinary bride, to dress herself in all white. She needs some color, some pizzazz, some oomph. So, she is sporting a glorious dress with a bride red top and a skirt of reds and whites. Isn’t Donald a lucky man?

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Elephant Pillow – Pattern Review

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about not giving up when  you are struggling. This is the project that I was having such a hard time with. As I said before, I cannot pinpoint why I was struggling, as looking at it now, it was really very simple. I think I was just reading too much into it and making it far more difficult than it needed to be.

So, here she is, the grand and viral Ira Rott Elephant Pillow! I love how she turned out!

This pattern is really, really well written. Ira included several graphs, lots and lots of pictures, and it is written from a really basic standpoint. There are some more advanced stitches in this, such as the picot. But, she even includes a brief tutorial on how to make these stitches.

I think this is a wonderful pattern for a slightly more experienced hooker to work on. The ears may be too much for a beginner. But, I have faith that someone with enough dedication, even if not the experience, can make this lovely elephant.

Oh, and this is my new favorite bow pattern. Ever…It is pretty much amazing.

You can also pick up the completed pretty lady right here.

 

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Ice Cream Sugar Cone – Free Pattern

While on vacation, I decided to start working on a new product line. I needed something quick and easy, something at a lower price point and easy to make lots and lots of for shows. And since it was hot and I was in Hawaii, I figured, why not go for ice cream!?!


I love the little sugar cones; they are super easy to make and such a fun little project! They would make a great first project for any newish crocheter!
I used worsted weight yarn (HL crafters secret), an H hook, safety eyes, and yarn art crochet thread for the mouth.

This pattern is worked in rounds, do not join or turn.

 
Ice Cream

Rnd 1 :           magic circle, SC 6 into magic circle (6)
Rnd 2 :           2SC into each st around (12)
Rnd 3 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next st* 6 times in total (18)
Rnd 4 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 2 st* 6 times in total (24)
Rnd 5 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 3 st* 6 times in total (30)
Rnd 6-11 :      SC around (30)
Rnd 12 :         *SC2TOG, SC into next 3 st* 6 times in total (24)

Finish off, leave long end for sewing.
Insert safety eyes, embroider mouth, stuff

 

 

Sugar Cone

Rnd 1 :             magic circle, SC 6 into magic circle (6)
Rnd 2,3 :         SC around (6)
Rnd 4 :            *2Sc into first st, SC into next st* 3 times in total (9)
Rnd 5,6 :         SC around (9)
Rnd 7 :            *2Sc into first st, SC into next 2 st* 3 times in total (12)
Rnd 8,9 :         SC around (12)
Rnd 10 :          *2Sc into first st, SC into next 3 st* 3 times in total (15)
Rnd 11, 12 :      SC around (15)
Rnd 13 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 4 st* 3 times in total (18)
Rnd 14,15 :      SC around (18)
Rnd 16 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 5 st* 3 times in total (21)
Rnd 17,18 :      SC around (21)
Rnd 19 :           *2Sc into first st, SC into next 6 st* 3 times in total (24)
Rnd 20-22 :     SC around (24)

Finish off.
Stuff and sew ice cream to cone.


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Cockatiel

Back in March, I had a customer contact me about making a parrot blanket for her.Well, she loved it, and contacted me shortly after it’s arrival asking me if I could make one to match her cockatiel as well. I was thrilled for the challenge, as this one had REALLY COOL HAIR! And I love to put hair on things…So, once again, using the free Lion Brand owl pattern as a base for the body, I was able to whip together something that I thought was great for the cockatiel. Now, the beak and feet are actually a different color than the body, it is a lighter gray, with some speckles of black in it, but it is hard to tell with the picture. I used LB Hometown USA, which is quickly becoming my favorite yarn of all time, and the project worked up very quickly.

I think that custom blankets are my favorite thing, as there is really a challenge in them, and that is so exciting for me. I am always amazed at how good I am getting at the LB owl pattern. This is now the fourth time I have made one based off of it, and I am glad I stuck with it. The first time I used the pattern, I was ready to give up for all eternity on it.

 

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Disneyland Engagement Shoot with White Rabbit Photo Boutique

Part of our wedding photography package included an engagement shoot at Disneyland. So, I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos and our experience.

We are working with Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique. She is a Disney preferred photographer, as well as a former cast member. She is absolutely amazing. She is super active, sweet, and friendly. She is genuinely interested in making your day, your shoot, your everything the most incredible and easy experience possible.

 

We had originally planned to do the shoot just after New Years, so that we could get all of the holiday decorations in the background, but it started raining and just didn’t stop that entire week! So, we went the following Monday, Jan 11th.

We started right at park opening, 10am, and hit every major location in Disneyland, all before 12:30pm! The historical attendance on that day is about 48%, so, especially at park opening, we had a nice, empty park to work with! I am amazed! Over the nearly 300 shots she sent us, only a few have anyone else in them. It looks like we closed down Disneyland just to do our shoot!

Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble and overwhelm you with photos. I am just so amazed at how great these turned out!