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Washcloth All The Things!

Two things. Washcloth two things.

And so I’m back… From outerspace… Well, kind of outerspace. The outerspace of my mind? We’ll go with that. Router issues are all cleared up, which… YAY! I missed out on doing the SMS Giveaway this time because by the time I realized that it was probably that time, it was already over. Sadness. So I’ll be doing that again in the spring!

So I finally got these patterns done. Not only done, but done and published up on the intorwebs. I’m a little late (again) with the Christmas one, but it’s Christmasy! December has zoomed on by. The 15th already? For reals?

Anyway. Dishcloths. I’ve done two.



Patterns can be found on Ravelry!

I will be getting my fabulous uterus purse pattern online soon, just as soon as I get the lining tutorial worked out. Lining a crochet purse is easier than it sounds, and you don’t even need a sewing machine, so long as you can handsew a running stitch.

It’s a Ball of Stuffing!


Congratulations, it’s a ball of stuffing! So I made a pregnant doll because I couldn’t really find a whole lot of them (or, like, any). There’s not really a whole lot to say about her… She came together pretty quickly and she was fun to make! Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Also, her expectant state is in no way a reflection of my uterus, which is completely empty. 😉

Part of the reason that I’m not coming up with a whole lot to say about her, I think, is that I’m frustrated and cranky. I’ve been battling with the internet all day and apparently my router won’t let me FTP. This throws a HUGE kink in my need-a-website plans. Frustrated and cranky. I do have a pot of coffee on, though, and that should be done soon. Coffee fixes everything.

ALSO. My next pattern I’m working on will be a hippopotamus (won with a vote of 6-4). I will be doing a crochet-along with the hippopotamus. I’ll provide you with a free crochet pattern, we’ll all make it, and it will be fun. IT WILL BE. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing it via blog or on Ravelry, but I’m thinking it’ll be Ravelry BECAUSE it’ll be super easy to dispense the pattern that way. There will be more information as details get hammered out. After all, I do need to write the pattern first. 😀

Glaucus Lungs

Well, maybe not.

A year or two ago, I ran into a picture on Facebook of Glaucus Atlanticus. I had no idea what it was, but I was all, “Oooh, pretty!” Of course, not knowing what it was, I didn’t have much luck tracking it down. It came up a little while after that and I knew it was a nudibranch (sea slug), but there are more than 3000 species of nudibranch so I was all, “NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK!” and gave up. And then… Last week, someone posted a picture of it and said what it was and I was all, “I NEED TO MAKE THAT.”

So I made one.


And there it is. I loves it. It is the largest thing I’ve made to date, at 14″ long. I made it backwards from what I usually do. Usually I start with the body and work out. With this one, I started with the cerata (fingery/tentacly things) and worked in.

Glaucus atlanticus is also called the sea swallow and blue dragon, among a bunch of other names.

Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

I also made another dishcloth pattern, it’s lungs this time!

Lungs! Pattern on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns!

I have finally accepted that I just don’t have the time right now to both design *and* crank out finished crochet pieces. So… PATTERN ALL THE THINGS! There will be a lot more patterns coming out again. Including… Different kinds of patterns!

Like THIS! This is a chart.

Charting was a lot easier than I thought it would be, but then again this is just a basic color-changing chart. There will be more of these coming with different body parts. MOAR.
Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Also, I decided just to go with Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Eh… I’m ok about Red Riding Hood, but I’m a LOT happier with the wolf than I thought I would be. You’d think that I’d have learned to trust myself by now, but no. No, I haven’t.
I love the cape. LOVE. The bread and wine come out of the basket for ease of giving to Grandma.
Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Also. In addition to PATTERNING ALL THE THINGS, I will also be making kits for keychains. It is a pain in the butt (and a little pricey) to track down single keychains, so I’ll be offering kits with hook, yarn, stuffing, keychain thingy, and printed pattern. And quite possibly a yarn needle, because yarn needle. And I’m really thinking about two ambitious new projects, but I don’t know how quickly they’ll come together and they’re pretty ambitious, so I don’t think I’m quite ready to talk about them (and commit to them).

Coffee Maker


This project took entirely too long, thanks in no small part to my constant having to frog and/or remake parts. There were also crochet-related injuries and glue frustrations. But it’s done.


I discovered my daughter playing with *my* coffee maker and decided to make one smaller and much less made with glass parts. 😉 Coffee is a rather large part of my creative process and apparently she’s noticed. *cough*

Setbacks aside, it came together pretty much the way I wanted it to. I used about half a(n empty) cereal box to support all of the flat bits. It was important to me (because it was important to my daughter) to make the filter basket removable so she could actually “make” the coffee. Velcro is my friend.

The pattern can be found on Etsy and for slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Also recently finished is this.

That’s “Lily the Octopus,” as my son called him up until very recently. I promised him to my son for reaching a certain milestone and he did, so I whipped up a green platypus.

Next up is going to be some fanart. For ME. I’ve been playing Borderlands 2 lately (it’s my new favoritest game) and I want to make one of the characters. So I will. And then I’ll be doing Little Red Riding Hood. And then… Everything is up in the air!


Also, also: The wonderful Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs featured ME (thank you!!) and there is a giveaway HERE.

A Froggy and a Winner

I made a red-eyed tree frog. I’ve been mulling over this one for a while and I finally decided to work through it and do it. I am getting a tattoo this weekend that will be both frog and crochet related and I was looking at pictures of tree frogs for inspiration and I was all, “I can do this. I can totally do this. I LOVE FROGS.” So I made one.


That one, in fact. And I love him. I made him for “me,” but of course he’s already been “borrowed” by someone. Because of course he has.

I started him not knowing what I was going to do with the feet. He was big enough that I wanted to do toes, but I didn’t exactly know how to do them. And then I got there and made the main part of the foot and then I was all, “Hey, maybe that’ll work!” Which happens frequently, actually. A lot of the time when I make a pattern I have the basic shape already worked out in my head, including the stitch patterns that will get me that shape, and then it’s just a matter of writing it out and adjusting as I need to. Sometimes… Not so much.

And, of course, the pattern is available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

AND… Thank you to you lovely people who entered my giveaway! Our winner is…

Whiskey!! I’ll be in touch with you about your shramps.

Canada’s National Animal


Ta-da!!! This is Canada’s national animal, Castor canadensis. Also known as the North American beaver. (Slight nitpick, there are subspecies of the North American beaver, but I couldn’t really interpret enough of a difference between them to make in crochet).

I’ve never seen a beaver in the wild, but there was a lodge close to where I lived when I was growing up. Apparently they are big and cantankerous, although I saw them on a David Attenborough documentary recently where they were sharing their lodge with some other animals in the winter. Awfully nice of them.

Shaping it took a while. The proportions on the head kept being wrong. Initially I was going to make the head separate from the body, but then I couldn’t get the curve of the back right. So now head and body are one piece. My son wanted one, he appears to be pretty happy with it.

Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

Next up: No idea. None. I’m fighting off a headcold and had a crappy sleep (because the kids are also fighting off a headcold) so my brain is a little mushy. Like porridge that’s been left sitting out too long.


Mermaid. Right. I thought it would be kind of fun to make a bigger one, plus my daughter is WAY into mermaids… So I made one.


I was thinking about how to do her and I read Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” for some inspiration. She’s described as being pale with blue eyes and a lot of hair. That’s it. So I thought about it, and my mind went through some logic. Pale skin- sure. Hardly gets any sun (before she turns into a human, that is), so I used a pale peach color (Bernat, by the way). Tail? Well, she’s supposed to have a “fish” tail. The other popular mermaid done by a certain mouse company has a green tail, but I just haven’t seen that many green fish. So I gave her a gray one. And her hair, same thing. She doesn’t get that much sun, and all hair looks darker when its wet, so I gave her black hair. I was debating doing seaweed green, but instead I figured that she could have crocheted her top out of seaweed. There’s not a lot of cotton in the ocean to make clothes from. 😉

So she’s done. I got the body finished and then the arms and I was all, “Oh, is that it?” She’s REALLY fast to do. Pattern is available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry. And, fun fact, all of the pictures in the gallery are linked up with Craftsy, so you can find her there, too.

Right now I’m playing with intarsia. It’s kind of fun. But the next pattern I’ll be doing will be for a beaver.


A friend of mine was lamenting that she hadn’t found a kiwi pattern she liked the look of. I was all, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”


So I made a kiwi. I based this one on the North Island Brown Kiwi. It worked up pretty quickly, although it did feel a little weird not making wings for it.

Pattern available on Etsy and slightly cheaper on Ravelry.

I’m pretty excited. I plan to spend a good chunk of time tomorrow commenting on all of the awesome giveaways people will offer!

I have a few uteri to finish up, and then I’ll be doing Ganesh. He should come together pretty quickly, I’m using the same basic idea as I did for the bigger one and I had the foresight to write it all down (GO ME). He will be fulled wired, two sets of arms and his legs, and I’ll be including the instructions for that in the pattern. I foresee writing that out to be the longest part of doing the pattern. We’ll see!!


As I’ve mentioned once or twice (cough) before, I’m a big fan of mythology. A little while ago, I figured I’d make a bunch of monsters from Greek myths. Well, a bunch didn’t happen, but I did make one!


Harpy! Some texts have harpies as ugly, some do not. This one turned out rather cute, there’s no help for that. 😀 Although, usually I trim the hair so it’s all the same length, but I did not with her. I trimmed the long ends off and then left the rest uneven.

She is a pattern! She can be found on Ravelry and Etsy.

Next up, I’m making a kiwi! And then maybe Ganesh? Poor Ganesh, I really want to make another one, but stuff keeps coming up!

Also, there will be a giveaway starting on Monday! Sew Mama Sew is having their giveaway week again, and I’ll be contributing free patterns!