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Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Quote Freebie

Took this photo a while back when we first got to England.  It reminds me to always look for the good in all things.  Not everything is as it appears.  We need to be willing to look past the surface and see what lies beyond. 

Sometimes it's...

friendship in an unexpected person,
a better job after a door closes,
new experiences in places you never expected to be,
flowers after the rain,
a lesson in the storm of life.

May you see the "wish."  Enjoy this free download available here.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Skyline Art Work

Oh...wow!

I hadn't realized how I've neglected my art work.  I have been busy this past year creating some pen and ink.  Here are the skyline pieces I've finished since being here in the UK.  It all kind of started with the idea of Zentangle.  But Zentangle is hard for me as I'm an "in-the-lines" kind of gal so I started creating these that combine mandalas and Zentangle into fun skyline art of some of my favorite cities.

LONDON

London was my first piece.  The idea was the sun shining over the city and the river currents flowing beneath it.

PARIS
Paris was depicted with more flowers as I loved Paris in the Springtime.

ST LOUIS
Our hometown back in the States...St. Louis.  The arch, of course, with fireworks setting off around it and the river flowing in front of it.

LOUISVILLE
Louisville was a commission for trade piece.  The idea was that the compass always leads you home.  The fleur de lis, I learned, is a symbol of the city.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bree Bunny Free Crochet Pattern



When Easter was approaching, I wanted to make a bunny amigurumi and decided to try an attempt at amigurumi...

...and Bree was born!

I'm pretty excited about how well my first attempt at designing an animal went.  If you make your own, please let me know!  And I'd love feedback on the pattern.  I have not made a second one yet, but plan to do so.  If you see any problems with this free pattern, I'd love to know so I can make any fixes right away.  Hope you enjoy this little bunny pattern.  And please share!

Bree Bunny Crochet Pattern


 
1 skein each of Alize Cotton Gold and Cotton Gold Batik Yarn 55% Cotton/45% Acrylic
Hook size 3mm
18mm round safety eyes  (I bought mine at Cello Express)
Tapestry needle

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, sc to end  (63)
Row 25:  (sc in next 7, dec) repeat 6 times  (54)
Row 26-27:  sc around  (54)
Row 28:  (sc in next 6, dec) repeat 6 times  (48)
Row 29-30:  sc around  (48)
Row 31:  (sc in next 5, dec) repeat 5 times  (42)
Row 32-33:  sc around, sl st to finish  (42)
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 5-6:  sc around  (24)
Row 7:  (sc in next 2, inc)  repeat 8 times  (32)
Row 8:  (sc in next 3, inc) repeat 8 times  (40)
Row 9:  sc around  (40)
Row 10:  (sc in next 4, inc) repeat 8 times  (48)
Row 11:  (sc in next 7, inc) repeat 6 times  (54)
Row 12:  (sc in next 8, inc) repeat 6 times  (60)
Row 13:  (sc in next 9, inc) repeat 6 times  (66)
Row 14-25: sc around  (66)
Row 26:  (sc in next 9, dec) repeat 6 times  (60)
Row 27:  (sc in next 8, dec) repeat 6 times  (54)
Row 28:  (sc in next 7, dec) repeat 6 times  (48)
Row 29:  (sc in next 6, dec) repeat 6 times  (42)
Row 30:  (sc in next 5, dec) repeat 6 times  (36)
Row 31:  (sc in next 4, dec) repeat 6 times  (30)
Row 32:  (sc in next 3, dec) repeat 6 times  (24)
Row 33:  (sc in next 2, dec) repeat 6 times  (18)
Row 34:  (sc in next st, dec) repeat 6 times  (12)
Row 35:  dec to close hole, sl st to finish  (12)
Attach eyes, stuff and sew to body.



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.

EAR

Row 1:  4sc in magic ring
Row 2:  inc times 4  (8)
Row 3:  (sc in next 3 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (10)
Row 4:  (sc in next 4 st, inc) repeat 2 times (12)
Row 5:  (sc in next 5 st inc) repeat 2 times  (14)
Row 6:  (sc in next 6 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (16)
Row 7:  (sc in next 7 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (18)
Row 8:  (sc in next 8 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (20)
Row 9:  (sc in next 9 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (22)
Row 10-11:  sc around  (22)
Row 12:  (sc in next 10 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (24)
Row 13:  sc around  (24)
Row 14:  (sc in next 11 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (26)
Row 15-21:  sc around  (26)
Row 22:  1sc, then mark beginning of row.  (these increases will allow the sides of the ears to line up as crocheting in the round will begin to shift your rows back)
(sc in next 11 st, dec), repeat 2 times  (24)
Row 23:  sc around
Row 24:  sc in next 10 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (22)
Row 25:  sc around
Row 26:  sc in next 9 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (20)
Row 27:  sc around
Row 28:  sc in next 8 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (18)
Row 29:  sc around
Row 30:  1sc, then mark beginning of row.  (sc in next 7 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (16)
Row 31:  sc around
Row 32:  1sc, then mark beginning of row.  (sc in next 6 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (14)
Row 33-34:  sc around
Row 35:  1sc, then mark beginning of row.  (sc in next 5 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (12)
Row 36-37:  sc around
Row 38:  1sc, then mark beginning of row.  (sc in next 4 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (10)
Row 39-43:  sc around, sl st to finish.  (10)
Flatten and sew to head.

INNER EAR

Row 1:  4sc in magic ring
Row 2:  inc times 4 (8)
Row 3:  (sc in next st, inc) repeat 2 times  (10)
Row 4:  (sc in next 2 st, inc) repeat 2 times (12)
Row 5:  (sc in next 3 st inc) repeat 2 times  (14)
Row 6:  (sc in next 4 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (16)
Row 7:  (sc in next 5 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (18)
Row 8:  (sc in next 6 st, inc) repeat 2 times  (20)
Row 9:  (sc in next 7 st, inc) repeat 2 times, sc in next st, mark beginning of row now  (23)
Row 10-13:  sc around  (22)
Row 14:  (sc in next 7 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (20)
Row 15:  (sc in next 6 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (18)
Row 16:  (sc in next 5 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (16)
Row 17:  (sc in next 4 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (14)
Row 18:  (sc in next 3 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (12)
Row 19:  (sc in next 2 st, dec) repeat 2 times  (10)
Row 20:  (sc in next st, dec) repeat 2 times  (8)
Stitch hole closed.  Sew to ear.

TAIL

The wooden buttons can be purchased at www.etsy.com/shop/JSLaserCraft.

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.

Embroider face, arm and leg paws.







Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Giraffe Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

Had so much fun creating this little guy.  This sweet giraffe pattern can be found at https://amigurumi.today/hearty-giraffe-amigurumi-pattern-free/.

Friends of ours became grandparents and I wanted to make something for their new little guy...kind of been in the mood for making baby stuff.  I've used the Alize Cotton Gold Batik yarn before with the kitties and love it.  I order mine from an Etsy Shop that delivers to the UK called Perfect Yarns. The yarn is easy to use and makes up the cutest amigurumi critters.  For this pattern I used a 3.0 mm hook.  If you'd like a slightly tighter stitch, I'd step down one more size.

Isn't he just the cutest thing ever! I added the spots and a tail, but everything else was per pattern.


 







Monday, March 12, 2018

Bella Vita Shawl by Wilmade

Had fun making this pretty shawl, the Bella Vita by Wilmade.com.

Her pattern was easy to read and follow.  I used Scheepjes Whirl in Mid Morning Mocharoo and a G/3.75 crochet hook.  I wasn't able to complete the pattern.  In order to have enough yarn with one skein, I only made 6 rows of the double crochet rows and then finished with the border.  If you are looking for an easy yet pretty pattern, give this one a try.  And it's free!





















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