Monday, March 30, 2009

Amigurumi, oh my!

Because I had such a fun time making Le Hamster, I decided to make him a friend out of the same book.  I, again, used yarn that my Gram was going to toss out and whipped up this little bunny in about a few hours (not counting breaks, and times I looked to see what the CSI Vegas police were up to).  Notice how she's wearing a little halter dress?  

She's giving an ol' wink atcha!  Mostly because I forgot how to do it a second time.

Her dress is a little risqué but I think it gives her some character....

Friday, March 27, 2009

Working in the round...

How freakin' cute is my hamster?  Yes it's actually referred to as "Le Hamster."  Why the "le"?  

Because he's wearing a little yellow beret!!!!  
My first crocheted stuffed animal.  I think i did pretty well.  The only thing that I get annoyed with is trying to make the eyes and noses.  I'll learn...  I used some yarn that my Grandma was going to get rid of.  I believe the brand was Red Heart and I found the pattern in the book Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful by Narumi Ogawa.  Check out the book if you're thinking of whipping up a whole zoo of animals or other random things like a water bottle holder.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Chain a few more....

This was a fun project to do (not that I'd pick anything that was a pain in the ass to do). I found this pattern out of a Family Circle Simple Crochet magazine from Fall 2006.

The yarn was Coordinate by Bernat. I am a fan of Bernat's yarn. Cool baby type yarns.

One day, my offspring will enjoy the fruits of my labor in more ways than one!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Chain 1

One of my first major projects was making two pillow cases to cover these huge, orange SU pillows that Michael inherited from Grandma Massenzio.  

I found the pattern in a Better Homes and Gardens Simply Creative Crochet magazine from 2005.  

The cool thing about this pattern is that it had a special stitch called the "jiffy stripe pattern."  This means that instead of working your yarn through both loops, you use one loop instead to make a raised pattern. 

From what I can remember (this was like 4 years ago) I was a rebel and decided to not pay attention to the pattern thus making my jiffy stripe be raised on the right side and the wrong side of the material.  A crochet no-no.  Too frustrated to rip it (ribbit) out, I continued like nothing happened.  The guilt of this has now caused me to completely take apart any work I start that has even the slightest mistake.  

Even though these pillow covers are not the showcase of the living room there are two beings that do enjoy the hell out of the softness of the yarn I used (Lion's Brand Suede and Jiffy) - Phish and Chips.  They take turns perched atop the pillows and do the things that cats do: rest their eyes, meditate, think how awesome my crochet skills are and how far I have come.