Friday, February 28, 2014

The Cat Toy

So, everybody pretty much knows we have a new kitten.  Well, she's still behaving like a kitten, but she is almost a full grown cat now.  I was crocheting a bunny and had made feet that I didn't end up using.  Well, Ebony decided she loved these little bits of crochet parts so I decided to make some toys of her own.  I came up with this little mouse pattern.  She loves them...yeah, we're up to four of them!  We find them all collected in our bedroom when we wake up in the morning!


Hmmm...not as good as the real thing!
 
 

MOUSE CAT TOY

sc...single crochet
slst...slip stitch
ch...chain
scdec...invisible single crochet decrease (I use this method http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/)

Crochet hook size G
Darning needle
Hobby Lobby Love That Cotton Yarn

BODY

Magic ring, 3 sc, slst to 1st sc, ch 1.
Row 2:  2 sc in ea, slst to 1st sc, ch 1.  (6)
Row 3:  2 sc, 1 sc in next 2, 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2.  Do not slst this row. (8)  

*From this point, crochet in the round.

Row 4:  1 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. (10)
Row 5:  1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc,  1 sc in next 4 sc. (12)
Row 6:  1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. (14)
Row 7:  1 sc in next 14 sc. (14)
Row 8:  1sc in next 6, 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc. (16)
Row 9:  1sc in next  7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc. (18)
Row 10-14:  1 sc in next 18 sc.  At end of row 14 add 1 sc.  This helps re-center the last two rows.  Begin stuffing mouse.
Row 15:  1 sc in next 3 sc, (1 sc, 1 scdec) x 4, 1 sc in next 3 sc. (14)
Row 16:  1 sc, 1 scdec in next 6 sc, 1 sc, slst in next sc.  Do not tie off.  Finish stuffing mouse.  Use yarn to close circle by weaving in and out of inner sc loops.  Pull together to close hole.  Tie off and weave in end. (8)

TAIL
Connect yarn to behind of mouse,  ch 50, turn, 1 slst in 2nd ch from hook, slst in each chain back to beginning.  Slst to behind of mouse.  Tie both loose ends together and weave in.
EARS (Use whichever ear that works best for you.  I ended up liking the last version best.)
Attach yarn to head with slst, 1ch, 1 sc in next space, slst, tie off and weave in ends.
OR
Ch 3, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in last ch, tie off.  Leave long tail to tie to mouse’s head.
OR
Ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Tie off.  Using thread ends, attach and tie to mouse’s head.  Weave in ends.
Use embroidery thread to add nose and eyes.







Friday, February 14, 2014

Hershey Kisses Hat

Thought I'd offer a little Valentine's gift to help celebrate the day.  I wanted to come up with a little hat that would represent the day.  So with some extra pink yarn I had, I whipped up this little newborn Kisses pattern.  How sweet is that? 


I have not tested the bigger sizes yet.

Hershey's Kiss Hat
Newborn – 12 Months
 
 
Hobby Lobby 100% cotton love that cotton yarn
Size H crochet hook

Ch – chain
St - stitch
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Slst – slip stitch

Note...do not turn between rows


NEWBORN – 13 inch circumference

Row 1:  Magic Ring, ch 2, 4 hdc in ring, slst to top of ch 2.   (4)
Row 2:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (6)
Row 3:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (9)
Row 4:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (12)
Row 5:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (16)
Row 6:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (20)
Row 7:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (24)
Row 8:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (28)
Row 9:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (32)
Row 10:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 7) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (36)
Row 11:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 8) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (40)
Row 12: ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (48)
Row 13-16:  ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, slst to top of ch 2.   Turn and work next 2 rows in opposite direction.  (48)
Row 17-18:  ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Tie off.
 
0 – 3 MONTHS – 14 inch circumference

Row 1:  Magic Ring, ch 2, 4 hdc in ring, slst to top of ch 2.   (4)
Row 2:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (6)
Row 3:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (9)
Row 4:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (12)
Row 5:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (16)
Row 6:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (20)
Row 7:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (24)
Row 8:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (28)
Row 9:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (32)
Row 10:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 7) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (36)
Row 11:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 8) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (40)
Row 12: ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 9) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (44)
Row 13:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 10) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (48)
Row 14:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 11) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (52)
Row 15-18:  ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, slst to top of ch 2.   Turn and work next 2 rows in opposite direction.  (52)
Row 19-20:  ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Tie off.

3-6 MONTHS – 15 inch circumference

Row 1:  Magic Ring, ch 2, 4 hdc in ring, slst to top of ch 2.   (4)
Row 2:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (6)
Row 3:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (9)
Row 4:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (12)
Row 5:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (16)
Row 6:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (20)
Row 7:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (24)
Row 8:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (28)
Row 9:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (32)
Row 10:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 7) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (36)
Row 11:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 8) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (40)
Row 12: ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 9) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (44)
Row 13:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 10) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (48)
Row 14:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 11) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (52)
Row 15:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 12) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (56)
Row 16-20:  ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, slst to top of ch 2.   Turn and work next 2 rows in opposite direction.  (56)
Row 21-22:  ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Tie off.

6-9 MONTHS – 16 inch circumference
 
Row 1:  Magic Ring, ch 2, 4 hdc in ring, slst to top of ch 2.   (4)
Row 2:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (6)
Row 3:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (9)
Row 4:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (12)
Row 5:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (16)
Row 6:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (20)
Row 7:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (24)
Row 8:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (28)
Row 9:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (32)
Row 10:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 7) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (36)
Row 11:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 8) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (40)
Row 12: ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 9) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (44)
Row 13:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 10) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (48)
Row 14:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 11) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (52)
Row 15:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 12) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (56)
Row 16:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 13) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (60)
Row 17-22:  ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, slst to top of ch 2.   Turn and work next 2 rows in opposite direction.  (60)
Row 23-24:  ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Tie off.
 
9 – 12 MONTHS – 17 inch circumference
 
Row 1:  Magic Ring, ch 2, 4 hdc in ring, slst to top of ch 2.   (4)
Row 2:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (6)
Row 3:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (9)
Row 4:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (12)
Row 5:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (16)
Row 6:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (20)
Row 7:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (24)
Row 8:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (28)
Row 9:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (32)
Row 10:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 7) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (36)
Row 11:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 8) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (40)
Row 12: ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 9) around, slst to top of ch 2.   (44)
Row 13:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 10) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (48)
Row 14:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 11) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (52)
Row 15:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 12) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (56)
Row 16:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 13) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (60)
Row 17:  ch 2, (2 hdc, 1 hdc in next 14) around, slst to top of ch 2.  (64)
Row 18-24:  ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, slst to top of ch 2.   Turn and work next 2 rows in opposite direction.  (64)
Row 25-26:  ch 2, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2.  Tie off.





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Scarf

What do you do on cold winter days?  Well, I've been spending a lot of time on the couch recently recovering and have needed to keep my hands busy.  So, I made a couple Sashay Curly Scarves.  The red with silver/gray trim is available in my Etsy shop.  I had Valentine's Day on my mind and wanted to make something special.   When I bought the yarn, I got to thinking it also looked like Ohio State colors.  So, I went online to see if I could find the Sashay yarn in team colors.  And since I'd already had one request, I thought I better get on it!  There were several available and I'll try soon to add to the collection for those who want to be ready for the Fall Football Season.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

No Fun January

Honestly, I don't know where the past two months have gone.  It's been horribly cold this winter which I guess has been alright since I haven't been able to do much.  In January, a week after getting home from our Christmas traveling, found me back in the ER.  This time I was admitted with a blocked bile duct and infected liver.  They scheduled me for an ERCP to have a gallstone removed.  I was in a lot of pain and by the time they took me in for the procedure the next day, the pain meds were barely touching it.  Two weeks later I was scheduled for surgery to remove said gall bladder.  I knew prayers were working and that I ended up out at this hospital for a reason as the surgeon very frankly admitted to me just prior to surgery that he did not go into surgery alone.  That he prayed before every surgery for God to be there with him.  He told us later that the surgery had been a bit difficult with the gall bladder swollen.  He said it looked like that of a 65 year old man!  Yuck!  It's been a week and I am healing up nicely.  John did an awesome job helping me during my two stays in the hospital.  And I appreciate so much that he was able to be with me during most of my stay. But, I was again reminded how difficult it is to live away from family.  It's a rather lonely feeling. 



So, it's just not been a fun month.  I feel tired, unmotivated, and really behind on everything I had planned to do this winter.  We had some beautiful snow falls which I wasn't able to go out and photograph, but here are a few neighborhood shots of the "big" storm.  We got about 10-12 inches, which took the poor neighborhood kid about 3 hours to shovel.







 
I was blessed this month with two new birds in my backyard, a mockingbird and a northern flicker.  They've been back several times.  They were hard to photograph through the window.
 
 


 
 
 
 

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