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Snow White C2C Graphgan

So, a while back, I started writing up C2C color changes for a ton of different graphgans. I didn’t end up posting very many of them, I did do a series of the princesses in small granny square sizes, but these are a little different.

Unfortunately, I saved them as PDFs and don’t have the software to edit PDFs, so that I can easily copy/paste the text here…and I am far too lazy to retype it out, it was a lot of work! So, you get a scanned copy as a photograph. If you click on the photograph, it will enlarge. I recommend printing them, as I prefer to do C2C by marking off the rows as I go. Remember, start on the bottom right hand size.

I like to use worsted weight yarn and a J hook.

 

 

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Reblogging – Felt Eyes (Chibi Dolls)

This lady is super talented. I struggle with the felt type eyes, so I don’t often put any of that in my posts patterns, or tutorials. But hers are SUPER cute! Check out how she does it!

 

My previous post was about a Chibi doll I made that required large manga eyes. It was my first time trying that style, and since I had to figure out how to make them I thought it would be nice to share a tutorial to show you how I did it. It turned out to be very simple! Before […]

via How to make eyes with felt — Miss Dolkapots Krafties

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September Wrap Up

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September was a whirlwind! I spent a week with my best friend trying to get ready for the wedding, had the wedding, then spent 4 days at Disney, then spent the rest of the week trying to catch up on the household chores, like laundry and cleaning, then I spent 2 days at a huge music festival! So, shop wise, my focus was definitely elsewhere this month. But, I did get all orders out on time, and I am pretty proud of that. 🙂

 

I had 40 sales for 40 items, so pretty great, but only about 3/4 of what I did last year…

 

 

As far as my goals for September,

 

  • Stuff I need to make
    • Candy corns (this is constant, but I did make a bunch)
    • 2 Amigurumi for wedding (done! you can see them here and here!)

 

  • Stuff I need to finish:
    • Candy corns (constant right now, but I did finish several)

 

  • Stuff I  would like to make some progress on
    • The first doll in the new line (I am not even sure where she is right now)
    • 1 kitty koi corner to corner blanket (sadly, my lowest priority) (one day…)

 

  • Events I will be attending
    • None this month
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Otter Snuggie (Pattern Review)

I could have sworn that I already wrote about this afghan, but I cannot seem to find it anywhere in the archives of my blog. So, if you already read about it, suck it up and read it again. 🙂

 

Last year, coming up on Christmas, an old boss of mine asked me if I could make an otter blanket with sleeves for his wife for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.. So, of course, I took on this totally ridiculous job that I was not totally sure I was even capable of completing! But, I have always thrived under pressure, and learned best when I don’t have the option to fail…so, I started looking for basic snuggie type patterns. And I found one…and the comments made me feel badly, because it seemed absolutely impossible.

This is probably the most difficult pattern I have ever attempted. Now, the stitches are pretty simple, and really look very cool, but the sleeves, the neck, putting it all together. It was not simple. The pattern is not too specific and clear on how it gets put together. I ended up just sort of laying it out and staring at it until it seemed to match the photo.
I’ve never really worked a pattern with a strong and true RS/WS, which makes a huge difference in this pattern. You have to be able to tell the difference for them, or else it just doesn’t work. So pay close attention, because your odd rows are your RS, your even rows are your WS.

 

Now, I used a totally different yarn. I used 24 skeins of Lion Brand Jiffy and an M hook, so I had to make some adjustments. What I ended up doing was using the child count (ch 136 initially), then just adding the length to get the correct adult inches. Same with the sleeves, I used the child count to get the width, but did the length to match the adult inches. It worked out fairly well for me.

I made the neck line a lighter color, since otters have a slightly lighter face. Then, I just added in a face, tongue (totally required to be a true otter), tail, and feet. I am pretty happy with this project.

The photos show the size well. The blanket is laying on a twin sized bed. My husband is modeling it at his stunning 5’10”, and I am modeling it at an impressive 5’0″.

The good thing about this pattern, is you can easily make it longer, make the sleeves longer, make it a bit wider, whatever. It’s pretty easily adjusted. You just have to get the sleeves down. And while mine could have been better, they worked, and it was adorable. I even got a neat picture (which I won’t post because that’s rude) of her wearing it Christmas morning. 🙂

 

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F Bombs For Days

One of my favorite things that I have made are these little F Bombs. Two of my best friends asked me to make them some for Christmas 2014…they wanted to include them in little gift bags that they were giving to their family members…so…I started cracking on them. There were a few variations, that I really didn’t like…like, trying to embroider the F on the side…but, then I realized, that I could just put the F in the rest of the stitches while going! It turned out delightful. And it is super easy to do! It is a great project that I like to swap to when I am frustrated or bored by what I am working on.

 

 

I used a G hook and worsted weight yarn (crafters secret)

I am writing this assuming you want to do a pink F, but you can make it any color you want! The key to the color changes is to yarn over to finish a stitch with the new color…so, insert hook, yarn over with main color, pull through, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops. Your new color is ready to go, but doesn’t show in the previous stitch. Also, do not cut your colors after each change, the ugly part will be inside, so you can just bring up or over or whatever with your color changes. If they cross and are ugly, who cares! The stuffing will hide it forever!

 

With black:

Rnd 1 : Ch 3, 6 SC in the first CH (6)

Rnd 2 : 2 SC in each st around (12)

Rnd 3 : *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st* 6 times (18)

Rnd 4 : *1 SC in next 2 st, 2 SC in next st* 6 times (24)

Rnd 5 : *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 3 st* 6 times (30)

Rnd 6 : *1 SC in next 4 st, 2 SC in next st* 6 times (36)

Rnd 7 : *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next 5 st* 6 times (42)

Rnd 8 : SC in each st around (42)

Rnd 9 : SC in each st around (42)

Rnd 10 : SC in next 5 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 2 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 11 : SC in next 5 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 2 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 12 : SC in next 5 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 2 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 13 : SC in next 4 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 3 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 14 : SC in next 5 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 2 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 15 : SC in next 3 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 4 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 16 : SC in next 3 st, switch to Pink, SC in next 4 st, swtich to Black, SC in next 35 st (42)

Rnd 17 : SC in each st around (42)

Rnd 18 : *SC in next 5 st, SC2TOG* 6 times (36)

Rnd 19 : *SC2TOG, SC in next 4 st* 6 times (30)

Rnd 20 : *SC in next 3 st, SC2TOG* 6 times (24)

Rnd 21 : *SC2TOG, SC in next 2 st* 6 times (18)

Rnd 22 : *SC in next st, SC2TOG* 6 times (12)

Rnd 23: SC in each st around (12)

Rnd 24: SC in each st around (12)

At this point, start stuffing. It should be firm. Additionally, cut a small piece of red, yellow, and orange, tie them together in a large knot, and set just inside. You will close up with the white around the “sparks” you have just created.

Rnd 25: switch to white, *SC2TOG* 6 times (6)

Rnd 26: *SC2TOG* 3 times

Weave in ends.

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The Pain of Mohair

As discussed in yesterday’s post, I have serious yarn problems. Part of the lot of 111 skeins that I got off of EBay, was A LOT of vintage yarn…seriously…the manufacture date on some of this yarn was the early 70s. And there was one beautiful gem in the lot…a few skeins of Lion Brand Imagine, Norwegian Woods. Now, Imagine still exists, but it is now an acrylic / wool / nylon blend. But, back in the day, Imagine was an acrylic / mohair blend.

Man, if you have never felt a mohair sweater, scarf, stuffed animal…you are really missing out on some amazingly soft, fuzzy yarn. But, if you have worked with it…you understand why it was discontinued. This stuff catches on everything. It is a nightmare if you make a mistake, because there is a pretty darn good chance that you are not getting that yarn separated from itself. I cannot even think about how much pain I went through with this yarn trying to correct minor errors.

Lion Brand does make another mohair, Moonlight Mohair. It is actually more mohair, less acrylic, even softer, and easier to work with. It has definitely come a long way since Imagine.

But, let’s get back to the Imagine yarn, with it’s pretty blue/gray/brown colors. For anyone who knows me, you know that I am all about earth tones and neutral colors. Being pasty white, I do not have much of a choice in the matter, so luckily I really like them.

In my boredom and frantic rage to create things for the Funky Finds craft fair last December, I started throwing skeins of anything soft that I could find in my travel bag and worked on scarves, hats, blankets, whatever, anywhere I went. Well, not knowing what mohair was or how hard it is to work with, I threw this in there before a long road trip once. What I also didn’t realize was that due to the small gauge of the yarn, I needed a really tiny hook, which made it all the more painful.

I started working on this scarf. It had a beautiful pattern, initially. But, I kept finding all sorts of mistakes and errors and having to frog large portions of the scarf. So, I did what any good yarn worker does…I turned my mistakes into a pattern and pretended like it was supposed to look like that. The pictures do not show the difference too well, I need to take better ones, but the ends of both sides of the scarf are more open, light, pretty. The rest is a solid piece, HDC, I believe. Life was much easier once I stopped trying to be fancy.

mohair scarf

kids scarf

winter scarf

Kid’s 40″ Mohair Scarf

The problem then, was that I had not used nearly all of this yarn. I still had so much…and I did not want to do anything else difficult with it. So, I went back to an old familiar, as I always do when I am at a struggle fro what to make. The result was the cutest, softest, cuddliest elephant ever. He is tiny, just 3in tall, but man oh man is he sweet. I am actually a little afraid that this guy will sell. Which would be great, he deserves a loving home, but heartbreaking to have to part with him. I left him blind on purpose…I just could not find a yarn for his eyes that did him justice. Everything just looked wrong…so here he is, in his blind, fuzzy splendor. Gawk all you want. I am quite proud of myself on this one.

amigurumi elephant

mohair elephant

3″ mohair elephant