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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Hello everyone!

Hard to believe that the year is wrapping up already. We’ve had quite the year, lots of visitors and traveling. No one actually believes John works, but honestly he does! Living in the UK makes traveling easy and cheap to most European destinations. This year we’ve had the privilege to visit places like, Seville, Dublin, Zermatt, Luasanne, The Hague, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Salzburg, and a few new cities in Germany. The kids each came to visit this summer and they both wanted to see Germany.  You can view photos from all our trips on my Facebook page at Aimee's Shoppe.





We also took my mom and Aunt Barb to see Ireland where we spent some time in Dublin and site seeing around the Ring of Kerry. When my brother came to visit, it was a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest, making a stop in Amsterdam and Paris.





In November, we spent a couple weeks in the states visiting and catching up with family. This Christmas, we will not be going to the home, but enjoying our last English Christmas here in Cambridge.  We have reservations at a great gastro pub for Christmas dinner.  We are all very excited to share we are going to be grandparents. Beki and Corey are expecting in June.  She’s in her first year of teaching 4th grade and though it’s a bit overwhelming, she’s doing great and loves her kids. Ari started back in August at MSU to complete her Masters in Psychology. She’s doing really well and is excited about all the opportunities that have opened up for her.




John absolutely loves his job here. As most of you know, we got a year extension which takes us through 4 years next summer. We will be moving back to the St. Louis area end of summer next year.

I’ve so enjoyed my time here as well. We’ve made lots of great friends and it will be really hard to leave.  Our church and home group are our family away from home.  We've appreciated the love and friendships that have been born out of this group.  I always seem to be busy with lots of projects and trying to keep up with the photography of all these beautiful places we’ve been. Cambridge itself has been such a wonderful place to live. I’ve managed 4 years without a car and become very familiar with the public transport systems. I’m still in awe when I walk through town that I’m really here experiencing and enjoying everything that England has to offer. It’s been an amazing experience for us and all of our visitors throughout the past 4 years. Though John is never ready to leave, I’m ready to start life back in the states as a grandma!

Our love and best wishes to you all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

John and Aimee









Tiny Christmas Bauble Crochet Pattern

I had a box of these tiny baubles from another painting project and decided to create some mini Christmas crochet baubles.  It's easy and quick!  And they'd make a cute last minute gift idea.

Tiny Baubles 
 

Needed:  DMC floss or crochet thread should work
               1 1/4 inch plastic or glass baubles
                US 1/ 2.75MM crochet hook

ch            chain
sk            skip
sp            space
sl st          slip stitch
dc            double crochet
dc2tog     double crochet 2 together

Row 1: In magic ring, ch3, 11 dc, join to ch 3.

Row 2: ch 3, 2 dc in joining st, (ch 1, sk 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp), repeat (to) to end, ch 1, join to ch 3.

Row 3: Sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, (ch 2, sk 3, 3 dc in ch 1 sp) repeat (to) to end, ch 2, join to ch 3.

Row 4: Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Repeat row 2.  Hide all showing ends.

Place over ornament at this point

Row 6: Starting with a ch 2, dc2tog around, join to first dc2tog. My first 2tog consisted of the ch2 and a dc done together.  If starting a new color, you can do a standing dc and a dc together. Tie off leaving long tail. Sew around top of stitches and cinch closed around top of bauble. Weave in end.

I changed colors by tying off the previous color and making a standing dc with the new color.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Baby Whirl Blanket Free Crochet Pattern





Ahhhh!  I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself. We are so happy to announce that we are going to be grandparents. I've been waiting patiently to make this announcement and in the meantime have already gotten busy starting some baby projects. I love the Scheepjes Whirl yarn...it's so baby soft and 100% cotton, so safe for baby. I designed this pattern wanting something cute with texture, but not overly fancy. It's a 5 row repeat. So once you know the pattern, you're on autopilot! We won't know for some time yet whether it'll be a girl or boy so I'm trying to keep it neutral for now. This colorway is Melting Macaron, just perfect for baby makes. Oh, and info on the kitty can be found →here.

***PDF Version is available in my Ravelry Store....HERE!



Baby Whirl Blanket




Crochet Hook: F/5-3.75mm

Yarn: 1 Scheepjes Whirl Melting Macaron, 1000m
and 1 Whirlette Bubble

sl st slip stitch
ch chain
sk skip
sp space
sc single crochet
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
bpdc back post double crochet

Special Stitch-Popcorn Stitch-Make 5 dc’s in the same stitch. Remove your hook from the last stitch. Insert your hook into the first dc of the 5 dc’s. Grab the last stitch with your hook and pull it through the first stitch. Ch 1.

Notes: US terms
           ch at beginning of rounds counts as stitch.

Row 1: In magic ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc, join to top of ch3. 16 dc


Row 2: Ch3, (dc, ch2, 2 dc) in same st, dc in next 3, [(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next, dc in next 3], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 28 dc

**Row 3: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in same ch2 sp, (ch1, sk 1, dc) repeat (to) corner, [ch1, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 sp, *ch1, sk 1, dc*, repeat *to* to corner] repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 7 dc, 4 ch1 sp's

(Measures 6.5 inches after Row 7)

Row 4: Sl st to ch sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in next, (dc in next, popcorn st in ch1 sp) repeat (to) to corner, dc in next 2, [(2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in next, *dc in next, popcorn in ch 1 sp,* repeat *to* to corner, dc in next 2], repeat [to] to end, join to ch 3. 4 popcorn (each section will increase by 10, so your next repeat will have 14, then 24, etc.), 11 dc

Row 5: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, ch1, sk 1, (dc in next, ch1, sk 1) repeat (to) to corner [(2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, ch 1, sk 1, *dc in next, ch1, sk 1* repeat *to* to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 11 dc, 8 ch1 sp's

Row 6: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in each st to corner, [(2dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, dc in each st to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 22 dc

Row 7: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch3, hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in ch2 sp, bpdc in each st to corner, [(2hdc, ch2, 2 hdc) in ch2 sp, bpdc in each st to corner], repeat [to] to end, join to ch3. 23 bpdc, 4 dc
**

Rows 8-37:  Repeat rows **to** six times.

Row 38: Sl st to ch2 sp, (ch4, sc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, sc) repeat (to) to end of row, ch1, sk1, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.

Row 39: (ch4, sc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, sc in ch 1 sp) repeat (to) to end of row, ch1 (sc, ch2, sc) in ch2 corner], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.

Row 40: Repeat row 39

Row 41: (ch4, sc) in ch 2 sp, [sc to end, (sc, ch2, sc) in corner ch2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch 4.

Row 42: (ch3, dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch2 sp, [(ch1, sk1, dc) repeat (to) to corner, ch1, (2 dc, ch2, 2 dc) in corner ch2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to ch3.

Row 43: Sl st to ch 2 sp, (ch4, sc) in ch 2 sp, [sc in first st, sk next dc, 2 sc in each ch1 sp to corner, sc in last 2 dc's, (sc, ch 2, sc) in corner ch 2 sp], repeat [to] to last corner. Skip last corner set and join to 2nd ch of ch4.




 




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Free Gratitude Quote Photo Art

"It is not Joy that makes us Grateful, it is Gratitude that makes us Joyful."

During this season of thanksgiving, remember all the blessings you have been given.  Thankfulness brings peace to our hearts and joy to our lives.  Live in Gratitude!

Follow the link to grab your free copy of this beautiful quote.


FREE QUOTE DOWNLOAD!

Get yours HERE!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Baby Bunny Free Crochet Pattern

I set out to design a few animal crochet patterns using Alize Cotton Gold yarn.  I loved my version of Peter the Puppy, but not so happy with Bree the Bunny.  So I've tweaked the pattern a bit and below is the new version.  I've only made this one once and wrote the pattern as I went along, so, please, if you find any errors or typos, let me know right away so I can take a look.  

Enjoy this free pattern!  They turn out so adorable...everybody wants one!  Thank you for visiting.



Baby Bunny Amigurumi
 


1 skein each of Alize Cotton Gold and Cotton Gold Batik Yarn 55% Cotton/45% Acrylic 
      (from PerfectYarns)
Hook size 3mm
18mm round plastic safety eyes (from Cello Express)
24 mm plastic safety nose
Doll stuffing
Tapestry needle
1 Yard Ribbon



sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
inc - increase (2 stitches in one)
dec- decrease (2 stitches together)
(#)- number of stitches in row


Notes: Written in US crochet terms. Since you will be mostly working in continuous rows, I highly recommend marking the beginning of each row with a piece of yarn that you run up the rows and can be pulled out when you reach the end.



BODY


Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) repeat 6 times (24)
Row 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 6: (sc in next 4 st, inc) repeat 6 times (36)
Row 7: (sc in next 5 st, inc) repeat 6 times (42)
Row 8: (sc in next 6 st, inc) repeat 6 times (48)
Row 9: (sc in next 7 st, inc) repeat 6 times (54)
Row 10: (sc in next 8 st, inc) repeat 6 times (60)
Row 11: sc in next 3, hdc in next 6, hdc inc in next 2, hdc in next 7, hdc inc in next 2, hdc in next 6, sc in next 3, sc inc, (sc in next 9, inc) repeat 3 times (68)
Row 12: sc in next 4, hdc in next 6, hdc inc, hdc in next 12, hdc inc, hdc in next 6, sc in next 38 (70)
Row 13: sc in next 11, sc inc, sc in next 13, sc inc, sc in next 44 (72)
Row 14-15: sc around (72)
Row 16: sc in next 13, sc inc, sc in next 13, sc inc, sc to end (74)
Row 17: sc around (74)
Row 18: (sc in next 13, dec) repeat 2 times, sc to end (72)
Row 19: (sc in next 12, dec) repeat 2 times, sc to end (70)
Row 20: (sc in next 11, dec) repeat 2 times, sc to end (68)
Row 21: (sc in next 10, dec) repeat 2 times, sc to end (66)
Row 22: sc around (66)
Row 23: (sc in next 9, dec) repeat 2 times, sc to end (64)
Row 24: (sc in next 14, dec) repeat 4 times (60)
Row 25: (sc in next 8, dec) repeat 6 times (54)
Row 26-27: sc around (54)
Row 28: (sc in next 7, dec) repeat 6 times (48)
Row 29-30: sc around (48)
Row 31: (sc in next 6, dec) repeat 6 times (42)
Row 32-33: sc around, sl st to finish (42)
Row 34: (sc in next 5, dec) repeat 6 times (36)
Row 35: sc around (36)
Row 36: (sc in next 4, dec) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 37: sc around (30)
Stuff



HEAD



Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) repeat 6 times (24)
Row 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 6: (sc in next 4, inc) repeat 6 times (36)
Row 7: (sc in next 5, inc) repeat 6 times (42)
Row 8: (sc in next 6, inc) repeat 6 times (48)
Row 9: (sc in next 7, inc) repeat 6 times (54)
Row 10: (sc in next 8, inc) repeat 6 times (60)
Row 11: (sc in next 9, inc) repeat 6 times (66)
Row 12: (sc in next 10, inc) repeat 6 times (72)
Row 13: (sc in next 11, inc) repeat 6 times (78)
Row 14: (sc in next 12, inc) repeat 6 times (84)
Row 15-25: sc around (84)
Row 26: (sc in next 12, dec) repeat 6 times (78)
Row 27: (sc in next 11, dec) repeat 6 times (72)
Row 28: (sc in next 10, dec) repeat 6 times (66)
Row 29 (sc in next 9, dec) repeat 6 times (60)
Row 30: (sc in next 8, dec) repeat 6 times (54)
Row 31: (sc in next 7, dec) repeat 6 times (48)
Row 32: (sc in next 6, dec) repeat 6 times (42)
Row 33: (sc in next 5, dec) repeat 6 times (36)
Attach eyes, stuff and sew to body.



NOSE



Ch 6

Row 1: In second ch from hook, make 1 inc, sc in next 3 st, inc times 2 in last ch. Continue along other side of ch, sc in next 3 st, inc in the beginning ch, sl st join to first st. Do not turn, continue in the round. (14)
Row 2: ch 1, inc in first st, inc in next st, sc in next 4 st, inc in next 4 st, sc in next 4 st, inc in next 2 st, sl st join to first st. (22)
Row 3: ch 1, (sc, inc) times 11, sl st join to first st. (33)
Row 4-5: ch 1, sc around, sl st join to first st. (33)
Row 6: ch 1, (10sc, inc) times 3, sl st join to first st. (36)
Row 7-8: ch 1, sc around, sl st join to first st. (36)
Stuff nose and attach to face. Embroider from top of nose center to bottom nose center to create the cheeks. You can attach the plastic nose at this point or embroider a nose.


LEGS



Ch4

Row 1: 2sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, 4sc in next st, sc in next, 2sc in first ch, ss join (10)
Row 2: ch1, inc times 2, sc in next, inc 4 times, sc in next, inc 2 times, sl st join (18)
Row 3: ch1, inc, sc in next, inc, sc in next 2, inc 2 times, sc in next 4, inc times 2, sc in next 2, inc, sc in next, inc, sl st join (26)
Row 4: ch1, sc in first st, inc, sc in next , inc, sc in next 4, inc times 3, sc in next 4, inc times 3, sc in next 4, inc, sc in next, inc, sc in next, sl st join (36)
Row 5-7: ch1, sc around, sl st join (36)
Row 8: ch1, sc in next 10, hdc dec times 2, sc in next 8, hdc dec times 2, sc in next 10, ss join (32)
Row 9: ch1, sc around, sl st join (32)
Row 10: ch1, sc in next 9, dec times 3, sc in next 4, dec times 3, sc in next 7, sl st join (26)
Row 11: ch1, sc around (26)
Row 12: ch1, sc in next 9, dec times 2, sc in next 4, dec times 2, sc in next 5, sl st join (22)
Row 13: ch1, sc in next 10, dec times 3, sc in next 7 (19)
Row 14: (no ch1, continue pattern in continuous round) 20sc in the round (20)



Change color now.




Row 15-36: sc around, sl st to finish (20)

Stuff and sew to body.


 ARMS


Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2, inc) repeat 2 times, inc times 6, (sc in next 2, inc), repeat 2 times (28)
Row 5: sc in next 10, inc, sc in next 6, inc, sc in next 10 (30)
Row 6-8: sc around (30)
Row 9: sc in next 10, dec, sc in next 6, dec, sc in next 10 (28)
Row 10: sc in next 8, dec times 6, sc in next 8 (22)
Row 11: sc in next 4, dec times 3, sc in next 2, dec times 3, sc in next 4 (16)
Row 12: sc around (16)



Change color now.




Row 13-40: sc around, sl st to finish (16)

Stuff and sew to body.


EARS



Row 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)

Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next 5 st, inc) repeat 2 times (14)
Row 4: (sc in next 6 st, inc) repeat 2 times (16)
Row 5: (sc in next 7 st, inc) repeat 2 times (18)
Row 6: (sc in next 8 st, inc) repeat 2 times (20)
Row 7: (sc in next 9 st, inc) repeat 2 times (22)
Row 8: (sc in next 10 st, inc) repeat 2 times (24)
Row 9: (sc in next 11 st, inc) repeat 2 times (26)
Row 10: (sc in next 12 st, inc) repeat 2 times (28)
Row 11-13: sc around (28)
Row 14: sc in next 13 st, inc) repeat 2 times (30)
Row 15-17: sc around
Row 18: (sc in next 13 st, dec) repeat 2 times (28)
Row 19-21: sc around
Row 22: (sc in next 12 st, dec) repeat 2 times (26)
Row 23-26: sc around
Row 27: (sc in next 11 st, dec) repeat 2 times (24)
Row 28-35: sc around
Flatten ear, fold top of ear in half and baste together; sew to head.








TAIL 

Row 1: 6sc in magic ring
Row 2: inc times 6 (12)
Row 3: (sc in next st, inc) repeat 6 times (18)
Row 4: (sc in next 2, inc) repeat 6 times (24)
Row 5: (sc in next 3, inc) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 6: (sc in next 4, inc) repeat 6 times (36)
Row 7-10: sc around (36)
Row 11: (sc in next 4, dec) repeat 6 times (30)
Row 12: (sc in next 3, dec) repeat 6 times (24)
Row 13: (sc in next 2, dec) repeat 6 times, sl st to finish (18)
Stuff and sew to body. 

Optional: Embroider face, arm and leg paws.  Add ribbon around neck.

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