Welcome Fall

It’s been so long since I have updated that I don’t even know where to begin. So I’ll give you brief recap! The summer flew by this year!! Did anyone else think so? I for one am so happy that we’ve gone back into the routine of things; it makes life so much easier.

It was a lovely summer: my youngest went to Girl Scout Horse Camp for 2 weeks, my oldest went to NYC and stayed with her grandmother for 2 weeks and my wife and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary!! I guess we can no longer refer to ourselves as newlyweds. We took a 2 week vacation to Cape Cod, where we went for our honeymoon (where we have gone every year for the past 4 years). I love it there. It is my dream location. The water, the sand, the quaint little shops, the friendly people… I just can’t get enough of it! But now it’s back to the real world of work, and school, and laundry and bills… yuck!

However, I am super happy to be back on my blog! I’ve missed you all. I was also busy creating lots of new things! Some were given to family and friends and others made their way to my Etsy shop. Here is just a sample (click on the pic to go directly to the shop):

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Before I sign off for the day… I wanted to let you all know that effective this week, I will be posting one free pattern every Friday. Let’s call it FREE PATTERN FRIDAY. I’m looking forward to it. It will keep me motivated to create new projects. If there is anything you would like to see, post a comment below and I’ll try my best to make it happen.

Finally… Check out my Facebook, a new giveaway will be posted tonight! Until Friday baubleheads!!

Meet Penelope

Those of you who have read my blog know that I have been wanting to get into amigurumi  for a while.  I tried once, with not so great results (see here).  This go around, I spent the better part of the week working on Penelope, or as my wife has named her – Penny in Pink.  I took my time, went slow and frogged her more times than I can count!  But the results… well.. let’s just say, I LOVE the way she came out:

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Amigurumi II (or, omg I can’t believe I made something other than an afghan)!

Ok, so I buckled down, watched a ton of youtube videos (which, by the way only served to confuse me some more since there are a ton of ways to stitch this!!), picked the most comfortable method for me and went at it again.  I completely unraveled the body and head (see failure here) and started from the beginning.. for the 10th time.  I took a few liberties with the pattern since it was not very well written and added a few touches such as the decorative buttons.  I also chose not to add real button eyes like the pattern called for.  I wouldn’t give a toddler something with buttons sown on for fear of them pulling them off and swallowing them.  Instead, I decided to crochet the eyes in.

The finished product is not perfect, it’s not 100% symmetrical, really doesn’t resemble an elephant all that much… but the little guy is adorable!

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Amigurumi (or my attempt at making something other than afghans)

Last night, I decided to try my hand at something other than afghans.  I was perusing through some other crochet blogs trying to get some inspiration for my next project when I came across a few sites with the most beautiful crocheted animals.  I’ve always seen these and have always wanted to make some.  Truth be told, I’ve been extremely intimidated by them.  I’ve become so comfortable (and so good) at making all sorts of blankets, trying more difficult patterns as time goes on… but in my 15+ years of making afghans I’ve never stepped out (other than the sad scarf that marked the beginning of my crochet career).

So, I purchased a little book at my local craft store and decided to make some animals to go with my animal print afghan (found here).  I figured that after years of making afghans, I had enough skills to start making a baby elephant – I was wrong.  From the minute I started reading the pattern, I was thoroughly confused! *cries*  My attempt at making the body became a 2 hour journey with way too many restarts.  When I was finally done, this is what emerged:

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I don’t know if this is right!  I have nothing to compare it to.  However I find 2 problems with it. 1 – I can visibly see where the stitches increase and decrease.  2- The shape doesn’t entirely match the picture.  I have never been so lost.  So I talked myself out of starting over and decided to try my hand at the head.  This is what came of that:

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Again, visible stitch increases/decreases and not exactly the same shape.  Could it be the way I’m stuffing it?  I ended up so frustrated that I put it down and continued on with my Dr. Who marathon.  ((So sad that David Tennant regenerated into a new Dr)).  So today, I’ve decided to watch a few youtube videos and get a little assistance.  It feels a little like cheating to me, since everything I learned was self taught by books and trial and error.  But it seems that the older I get, the less patience I have with my projects.

Any tips from my lovely readers would greatly appreciated.  For now, I’ll keep chugging along and see what the final product looks like when I’m done. *wish me luck*