Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Week 4 Progress

made with Red Heart Yarn
Pattern by WolfDreamer
Welcome back.  Here is what I did last week.  First up is the return to Mario.  I left Mario (without eyes) on my nephew's bed.  He was helping his mom in the yard.  Well I finally bought the eyes and put them on the Mario.  I love the end results but he is a lot of work (not as much as Yoshi).  Even though my nephew is a teenager, I think he really liked the Mario.  Maybe he can use it in one of his movies. Or maybe it will just sit on the shelf.  Either way, I think he liked it.  If anyone is interested in making the Mario, here is the website I used. She has many more cartoon amigurumi patterns for free.

Leprechaun & Duck
Red Heart Yarn
Pattern by Leisure Art
The next project that was pulled was the Holiday Stick ups.  I spent two days cutting out the pieces from the plastic canvas.  I now remember why they were put away.  I ended up having to ask my sister Bridget to cut out the last two characters because I had wasted two plastic canvases.  Sometimes I am so smart.  I left the pattern book with her to do the cutout.  So where does the "smart" come in?  When I sat down at my house to work on my leprechaun and realized that I didn't have a pattern to follow.  Thank goodness for technology.  In the past I would have had to wait until I saw her again to get the pattern.  Instead, I had her send a text with the pattern in it.  I finished the leprechaun pieces on Saturday.  On Sunday Jennifer had our monthly stitching group at her house where I put together the leprechaun and started the Easter duck.  While there I had an idea.  The Leisure Art book does not have a 4th of July pattern.  So I asked Bridget to cut out two bodies of the leprechaun but make the hat a top hat.  I'm going to try to make one of my own.  I will post a picture when I finish it. 

Oh yeah, today we are out of school for snow (which is sleet right now).  So I hope to finish the duck and the bunny today.   I have to finish the feet and bill and one wing on the duck.

Tilted Square
Amethyst by Red Heart
pattern by unknown

As you know I have been crocheting granny squares at bowling.  The granny squares are for Michelle's afghan.  Well I have completed two of the nine different squares I am going to do.  I am crocheting 7 of each of them.  The first one that I completed was the Tilted Square.  I using a K hook and purple yarn for all the squares.  The second square is called Pretty Pebbles Square.  As usual, I actually had to re-crochet 1/2 of several of these squares.  The pattern has a single crochet row, every other row.  If you put two single crochet rows together (which is what I did) the bubbled areas switch to the other side.  Next I was planning on working Wednesday on the next pattern but with this snow we may not bowl.  I guess I will crochet on the 3rd pattern at home.
Pretty Pebbles Square
yarn is Amethyst by Red Heart
pattern by Melissa R. Majewski
Well I am going to go curl up the with cats on the couch, work on my Holiday Stick Ups, and watch The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines.  Thanks for stopping by.  Keep warm


Monday, January 20, 2014

Bent Creek's Summer Snapperland Complete!

I really enjoy cross-stitching patterns like Bent Creek Summer Snapperland.  The patterns contain a theme and are easy to stitch.  I have stitched several series like this one.  I have completed Bent Creek's Red Thread Series, the winter snapperland and Snapperville.  I generally use hand-dyed fabric but regular DMC floss.  Sometimes I use the recommended specialty thread, if there is a large piece to cross stitch.

As for my project, I pulled out the parts of Mario that I have started.  I had completed both hands and the mustache.  I had part of the hat, part of the head, and part of the body started.  On Tuesday, I started working on Mario.  I thought about taking it to bowling because last week at bowling, when I crocheted I bowled well (134) for me.  When I was playing games on my cellphone, I did horribly (90).  I didn't take him though, rather I crocheted squares for Michelle's afghan.  I finished crocheting all of the pieces on Saturday and started putting Mario together.  I lost the mustache and his hair.  After I attached the newly crocheted mustache, I found the old one in the trash.  How it got there I do not know.  I still haven't found the hair.

So here is the almost finished version.  I need to attach the eyes.  But I need to buy some at Hobby Lobby.   Look at him, he turned out cute!  Tomorrow I will get some eyes for him, then completely finish him.  I left him for Patrick at MawMaw's.

The next cross stitch project that I am going to work on is the Ink Circles Celtic Mystery Stitch-a-long from 2008- 2009.  I really like this series, the bold and bright colors.  The geometric shapes.  It appeals to the mathematician in me.  I don't know why it has taken me so long to finish it, but this year is the year.  I will spend an hour each day working on this and the rest of the evening on the next project from the box.  I hope to finish it soon.   Here is a picture of what I have completed so far.

Once I finished Mario, I pulled out another project from the box.  I am to complete the Holiday Stick-Ups.  They are plastic canvas holiday characters.  There are 8 characters: Love Bug, Leprechaun, Easter Duck, Easter Bunny, Witch, Turkey, Reindeer,& Santa.  I have completed the Love Bug, Witch, and Turkey already.  Today I have been cutting out the pieces for the rest of the characters while playing Wii U Mario with Theron and Skylander Swap Force with Leif.  I hope to finish them this week (Week #4).  These are fun to stitch since you only have to do half cross-stitches.  To the left is a picture of one of the characters I have completed.

Well got to go.  I need to go to play Skylander Swap Force with Leif.  He is getting between me and the computer to talk.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week #1 - 2 Completed projects

Liz's scrubbie on booklet
Welcome.  Here are the first projects that I have completed this year.  First up are the leaf -shaped scrubbies that started my amigurumi obsession of last year.  The pattern comes from Lily's Sugar'n Cream Eco-Kitchen booklet from 2009.  I crocheted 7 of these scrubbies (1 for my mom, 1 for my friend/cousin Liz, 1 for each sister, 1 for each sister-in-law and 1 for me.)  They turned out cute.  I didn't put the veins on the leaves because I thought that it wouldn't last long if the girls actually used them.  I had some yarn left over, so I crocheted an acorn-shaped dishcloth.  Well of course I ran out of yarn before I finished the dishcloth.  But, it looked like an acorn so I just tied off and tucked the ends.
Three scrubbies for Mom, Katie, and me

The acorn-shaped dishcloth

Tyler in his new hat
Week 2,  I pulled Tyler's hat.  During Christmas holidays I was working on an elephant for my cousin Pam's granddaughter.  Well Tyler put it on his head; it looked like a hat.  Bridget saw him and asked me to crochet Tyler a hat.  She bought the orange yarn and I crocheted him the hat. I really don't like this yarn because it sticks to your skin (especially if it is dry).  But it is a warm yarn.

Side view of the hat
Tucker in his hat

Then on the way home the night I gave Tyler his hat, Tucker tried it on.  Guess what?   You guessed it,  Tucker wanted a hat also.  Thursday evening Bridget gave me the yarn.  I dropped the hat off to Tim (her husband) at work on Friday.  Both hats are really cute and warm,

So, last night I pulled the next slip of paper.  It is crochet Mario for Patrick.  Most of these projects are already started or I have the supplies for them.  Well this one I have already crocheted Mario's head and arms.  Basically, I have the body and feet left to crochet then put it together.  I hope to finish it next week.

While doing all of this crocheting, I am working on a cross stitch project.  It is Bent Creek's Summer Snapperland.  I love these patterns they are quick and simple.  I should have finished it last year but I got sidetracked.  I have the sailor and the boat to finish on the 3rd pattern and 1/2 of the forth pattern and the border (plus the buttons and snaps).  But I hope to finish it in January.

Well, I need to finish cleaning the house before I can sit down and stitch while I catch up on Supernatural.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, January 04, 2014

2013 in Review

Well I didn't think that I accomplished that much last year.  In actuality, I didn't accomplish all that I had planned to complete, but I did do more than I thought.  So here we go.  I will break them up as Crochet and Cross-Stitch Projects:

Cross-Stitch Projects:
- Lizzie Kate's ABC Snippets (all 4 seasons)
- Scottie Dog for Vercher
- Treasure Map (Wild West) for Mari
- Lavender Myst (all but the cut work which my friend Teresa is doing)

Crochet Projects:
- Mari's Afghan
- Bunnies (1 for church sale, 1 for my mom)
- Mario for Tucker
-A herd of  Hippos (rainbow colored; yellow, blue & green; pink, blue & white; large fuzzy yellow, large fuzzy pink; pink; blue)
- A pride of lions (2 regular, 1 with green ears, and a little pink one)
- 2 yoshi's
- A flock of elephants (1 fuzzy orange, 1 fuzzy yellow, pink, blue)
- 2 chuthulus
- 1 Amazon girl
- 1 Ninja (repair)
- 1 grim reaper

Before the new year, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year cleaning (like spring cleaning) my house.  Every started project that I found I wrote down on a list.  Then my sister Bridget and I were talking about unfinished projects.  She gave me an idea.  I wrote each project down on a slip of paper and put them in a jar.  The idea is that I pull out a slip of paper and complete the project on the slip of paper.  My brother-in-law Tim joked about what do you do if you choose the project you don't want to do.  I told him they were all projects that I don't want to do otherwise they would be complete.  So the list of projects is in the column on the right.  The first slip that I pulled was complete the leaf shaped scrubbers that started the whole amigurumi craze.

My goal this year is to do a better job of posting on my blog.  I plan on posting once a week.  I hope to post progress on the projects.  Right now when I finish this I am going to work on the scrubbers and the Summer Snapperville that I have been working on recently.

Well, thanks for stopping by.  As I said, see you next week.  I'm off to stitch and crochet.