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Geeks Rule!

A friend of mine recently commissioned me to make a collection of amigurumi figures for her–an entire Star Wars collection! It’s going to take some time to finish as I can only work on them when the kids are asleep, and since I’m not working with a pattern, there’s quite a bit of trial and error involved. I had to start and restart Obi-Wan Kenobi several times. Anyway, here’s what I have so far:

I may re-make Princess Leia as I set her eyes closer together than the others, so although she looks fine alone, they’re a bit too close-set as compared to the others. I’ve just gotten started on Han Solo, and hopefully, I’ll be able to finish him tonight when the kids are sleeping. I really want to make Chewbacca, but I need to find the right yarn that will give him the hairy beast look. 🙂

More Baby Stuff…

To cross off some of the names on my list of friends having babies, I’ve recently made several of these hats using the Shell Stitch Beanie pattern. It’s such a quick, easy project. Definitely my go-to pattern for baby girls.

I’ve also been working on Penelope’s baby blanket, which I’m hoping to have finished in time for the Ravelympics Ravellenic Games cast on. I’m going to try my hand at knitting a lace shawl. Pray for me!

Toys for Little Boys!

After the first Zoboo was completed, my boys decided that they needed OTHER toys… And the Mama Toy-Making Factory cranked out two new softies in the form of Muno and Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba. If you’ve never seen this show, it’s a must-see! It’s SOOOO WEIRD, but very entertaining. Musical guests include bands like Weezer, and Biz Markie (Yes! THE Biz Markie) has his own little segment called Biz’s Beat of the Day.

The Mama Toy-Making Factory is now closed.

A Second Set of TWINS?!?

Not me! A friend of mine is having her SECOND set of twins. Naturally. Her first set are identical boys who are about 3.5 years old now, and the new set of twins are fraternal BOYS. If they’re half as cute as her first 2 boys, these new babies are going to be absolutely adorable. So I had to make them some equally adorable hats.

I made them in 6-12 month size, which should work out well since they’re due to arrive in early July.

So many of my friends are pregnant right now… I have lots of knitting to do! However, my baby knitting had to be sidelined in order to make a crochet/amigurumi Zoboomafoo for my boys–at their request!

One Zoboo down, one more to go!

The Sound of Silence?

Is it actually silent in this house? I can’t believe it… Well, the baby’s asleep–finally–after her morning marathon feeding, and my parents have taken the boys out to lunch. Normally, I would take advantage of Lady Penelope’s nap time to take a nap myself, but there’s just too much to be done. I feel like I haven’t been able to accomplish ANYTHING lately. My darling, sweet, beautiful daughter has been feeding like a maniac for the past two weeks. I understand that she’s getting bigger and building up my milk supply, but from about 8:30am to noon and 5pm to midnight, this little creature is like a milk-sucking vampire who won’t let go of the boob. Thankfully, she doesn’t do this at night. She gets up once around 4am, eats, goes back to sleep and is satisfied until 8:30am. Ah, well… I suppose this too will pass. And really, I will ONLY allow it because she’s so cute. 😉

At 5.5 weeks, she has officially outgrown newborn sized clothes, which is nice because we only had a few items that were newborn sized. Her teeny tiny little ankles have put a good amount of fat on them, but they’re still too small for the straps of the baby booties I knit for her. Sadly, now her feet are too long to fit in them. 🙁 It’s always a gamble when making something for a newborn.

Anyway, I better get a move on. The big boys will be home soon, and I’ve still got a million things I want to get done.

Newborn Photo Session

So in the days before Penelope was born, I spent quite a bit of time online, reading articles about how to take good photos of newborns, looking at and pinning photo/examples of poses… So once Penny made her entrance into the world, I had to get going!

The biggest issue is time. From what I’ve read, you have about a 10 day window for taking those photos where you can pretty much pose the baby in whatever seemingly unnatural pose your heart desires. After that, not only do babies lose the adorable fetal curl, but they also don’t want to do what YOU want them to do!

So our first photo shoot was more successful in that I could get her to do what I wanted…

(BTW, the pattern for this particular get-up is available in my Etsy shop!)

But this was my first time taking photos, and because she as born a week earlier than anticipated and two weeks before her due date, I wasn’t prepared for all the different photos I wanted to take. So when she was 8 days old, I planned another photo session, one that involved DH who would not only be there to help pose her and hold her in place, but I wanted some shots of Baby Girl in his hands. Well, unexpected guests stopped by, which put an end to my plans for a photo shoot with Daddy… However, I escaped with my sleeping little one and managed to get a few more shots.

So finally, yesterday, Day 10, another beautiful, sunny day, I made plans for more photos. Only she was terribly uncooperative. It was a growth spurt day, so she spent the ENTIRE day nursing, and she hardly slept, so getting good photos of her was very difficult.

(Garden gnome and green turtle pattern to come!) 
So after having taken photos on Day 5, 8, and 10… I have to say that I should have done as much as possible on Day 5 because it gets more and more difficult as baby gets older. I know it’s only a matter of days, but they change SO quickly! Penelope no longer curls her legs into the fetal position as easily as she used to, and on Day 10, if I moved her hand, she’d move it back to where she wanted it instead of where I wanted it! 
My newborn photo taking frenzy may be over, but there’s lots more photos of my sweet Penelope to come. I’m sure of that! 

Making Flowers!

For the past couple of days, I’ve been experimenting with various crochet flowers. Well, I’ve been working on quite a few things–I’m preparing to open up my Etsy shop! Woohoo! Anyway, some have turned out better than others…

But one of my all-time favorite flowers is the plumeria. So I just had to make one:

There’s something just beautiful in its simplicity, yet the way the petals overlap each other and spiral out of the center gives it a very unique quality. I looked for free crochet patterns online, but couldn’t find one that I liked, so I made my own–and so I share it with you–in order to spread the plumeria love. 😉
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Materials: DK yarn and 4.00mm/G crochet hook
Petals (make 5)
Ch 6
Round 1: 3 sc in 2nd chain from hook. 1 sc in top loop only of next 3 sc. 3 sc in last sc. 1 sc in bottom loop only of next 3 sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc of round. [12 st]
Round 2: Ch 1. 1 sc in next sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 5 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 4 sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc of round. [16 sc]
Round 3: Ch 1. 1 sc in next 2 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 7 sc. 3 sc in next sc. Sc in next 5r sc. Join. [20 st]
Round 4: Ch 1. 1 sc in next 4 sc. 3 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next 9 sc. 3 sc in next sc. Sc in next 6 sc. Join. [24 sc]
Bind off.
Once you have 5 petals, sew the petals together, overlapping each other on one side as you go around. Once you get to the last petal, make sure that it overlaps the first petal rather than going behind it. All of the petals should be at least partially behind another.
 
Here’s a photo of a real plumeria flower to give you an idea:
 
Plumeria Leaves
The leaves of a plumeria plant are quite oblong, and depending on how long you’d like the leaves to be, you can adjust the length of your starting chain and increase the number of times you repeat each crochet stitch. It’ll make sense once you read the pattern.
For the purposes of what I wanted to make, the leaves couldn’t be too long, so my leaves are about 2.5 inches long.
Ch 14.
For the first “row” of stitches, you will only be going through the back loop. For the second “row,” you will go through only the front loops (although they will be in the back since you’ll be rotating your work).
Sc in back loop only in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next ch. Dc in next ch. Htrc in next ch. Trc in next 2 ch. Htrc in next ch. Dc in next ch. Hdc in next ch. Sc in next ch.
Ch 3. Rotate the work so that the front loops (which were on the bottom) are now on top. Sl st to join with first ch. Sc in next ch. Hdc, dc, htrc, respectively, in next 3 ch. Trc in next 2 ch. Htrc, dc, hdc in next 3 ch. Sc in next 3 ch. Join with sl st to first sc in round.
Bind off.

You can download a FREE pdf file here: Plumeria Flower (just click on the link!)

Little Gamers Ninja Pattern

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However, please do not re-post the pattern on your own blog.

 

The Cute Ninja from Little Gamers (Crochet)

I used a worsted-weight yarn (I think it was Red Heart Super Saver, but I can’t be sure. It was just some black scrap yarn that was floating around the house) and a 4.0mm crochet hook. My little guy is about 6 inches tall.

Each piece is worked in the round without joining rows. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row in order to keep track of your rows.

HEAD:
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 18 sc.
Row 4: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 5: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 30 sc.
Row 6-11: Sc around.
Row 12: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc* – 24 sc.
Row 13: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* – 18 sc.
Row 14: *Sc2tog in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* – 12 sc. Bind off. There will be a small opening to allow stuffing.

FACE:
Using white or flesh colored yarn, ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc. Bind off.
*With black yarn, sew eyes onto the ninja mask. You can make the eyes normal circles. I made mine in a “fighting stance” mode, but he looks more constipated than anything else! See samples.

BODY:
Starting chain: Ch 18 and join last ch to first chain with sl st, being careful not to twist.
Row 1: Sc around.
Row 2: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc* – 20 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: *2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc* – 22 sc.
Row 5-10: Sc around. Bind off.

ARMS (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 2.
Row 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sc.
Row 3: Sc around.
Row 4: Sc2tog around – 6 sc.
Row 5-6: Sc around.
Row 7: Sc in next 3 sc.
Row 8-10: TURN. Sc in each sc – 3 sc.
Row 11: TURN. Sc in each sc. Bind off.

FEET (Make 2):
Starting chain: Ch 5.
Row 1: 2 sc in back loop of 2nd ch from hook. Sc in back look of next 2 sc. 2 sc in back loop of next sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. Sc in front loop of next 2 sc. 2 sc in front loop of next sc. 12 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. Sc in next 4 sc. 2 sc in next 2 sc. 16 sc.
Row 3: Sc around in back loop only.
Row 4: Sc2tog. Sc in next 4 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 6 sc. 13 sc.
Row 5: Sc2tog. Sc in next 3 sc. Sc2tog twice. Sc in next 4 sc. 10 sc.
Row 6-7: Sc around. Bind off, leaving a long tail to sew foot to body.

FINISHING:
Sew pieces together. You may want to sew the mask portion onto the head before stuffing the head. You may leave the arms unstuffed or stuff them for more definition. When you sew the feet on, sew the bottom row of the body onto the second or third row of the feet, shoving the feet into the body cavity a bit to create a bit of distinction between the body and the feet. In order to hide the last bit of stuffing that will peek through between the legs, sew the front of that area to the back.

Finally, for the little “notch” on the top of the ninja’s head, ch 2 and 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Bind off and tie the little notch to the top of the ninja. This also helps to conceal the little hole you may have at the top.