Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mini KAS Square Ornament - Free Pattern

Mini KAS Square Ornament - Free Pattern

(pattern only, tutorial below)
US size 8 knitting needles
US size G crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver, it holds its shape well)

Cast on 10
Row 1 through 4:  Knit
Row 5:  K2, P6, K2
Row 6:  Knit
Row 7:  K2, P6, K2
Row 8:  Knit
Row 9:  K2, P6, K2
Row 10:  Knit
Row 11:  K2, P6, K2
Row 12 through 15:  Knit
Row 16: Bind off but leave last loop on the needle.  Slip loop from needle to crochet hook.
Chain 21.
Form a loop with the chain, and slip stitch into the base of the chain to close the loop. 
Finish off, cut yarn, weave in ends.

***Mini KAS Square Ornament TUTORIAL***

US size 8 knitting needles
US size G crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver, it holds its shape well)

Cast on 10

Row 1 through 4: Knit

Row 5: K2, P6, K2
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: K2, P6, K2
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: K2, P6, K2
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: K2, P6, K2

Row 12 through 15: Knit

Bind off but leave last loop on needle.


Slip loop from needle to crochet hook.

Chain 21.
Form a loop with the chain, and slip stitch into the base of the chain to close the loop.

Finish off, cut yarn, weave in ends.


http://knit-a-square.com  to help surround AIDS orphans in southern Africa with love!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Ravelry bunnies

I'm excited that Ravelry featured a photo of some amigurumi I made, a bunny wedding cake topper that I did for a friend's wedding this summer. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amigurumi-bunny-wedding-cake-topper Mine's at the top, by rondaletts. Had to share :-)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Our Square Circle has begun!

Well, we started our Square Circle club at the elementary school a few weeks ago, and even though our second meeting was snowed out, the kids are doing great.  We have 13 that signed up, and we are teaching them to crochet first.  A few are struggling a bit, and they just may be our instinctual knitters. :-)  So happy that they'll be making squares to send to Knit A Square, and helping to make a difference, one square at a time. 
If you haven't checked it out yet, please do -- http://www.knit-a-square.com
Have a lovely weekend, wherever you are! :-)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Balloon Festival

We got up this morning at o-dark-thirty and picked up M.'s boyfriend to go to the Colorado Balloon Festival. They hold it every Labor Day weekend, and we try to go every year. It was a nice, brisk morning, about 53 degrees, and the skies were crystal clear and the winds were nowhere to be seen -- perfect weather for a balloon launch! Of course, right after the first wave, both K. and S. had to go to the bathroom, and since there were no portapotties to be found (thanks City budget cuts!), we headed off to the car, and made our way home. Just as well, Kari was waiting for us patiently in her crate. It was a nice morning - here are a few of the pics, I'll load them up on our shutterfly family site.

I know I take the same pictures of the same balloons every year, but they're just so amazingly colorful and beautiful, I just can't help myself! :-)

Friday, August 14, 2009

KNIT A SQUARE for AIDS orphans in South Africa!!!

There are an estimated 1.4 million orphans in South Africa, many of them as a result of losing their parents to HIV AIDS. The number is growing - over 500 children a day become orphans. This is a terrible and mostly unrecognised human tragedy.

Knit-a-square.com has been recently set up to ask the knitters and crocheters of the world to send an 8 x 8" (20 x 20cm) square or more to specified charities in South Africa, and soon Zimbabwe, where they will be made up into blankets for these children.

The orphans live in terrible poverty. They need love, shelter, food, education and warmth. Many charities are working hard to provide the first four. The knitters and crocheters of the world can provide the last.

For more information on Knit-a-Square, check out the Official Site www.knit-a-square.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Japanese Amigurumi Books

Ok so have I told you that I am absolutely smitten with Japanese amigurumi patterns?! I had first bought Amigurumi Collection 6 from Saucy Louise in Okinawa, and as a birthday present to myself, I've bought five more (Dad's birthday money helped to fund my latest shipment!). The diagrams are easy enough to follow, once you understand the Japanese writing -- had to google that one, lol. I would love to have a translation of all the step-by-step instructions that go along with. I was looking at Japanese dictionaries at Borders yesterday, and they are quite thick and pricey, maybe next time...

So far, I've made a ladybug, dinosaur, and squirrel from #6, and K. wanted a purple chihuahua out of Ami Ami Dogs 2, so I finished that one last week.
The legs are jointed, so the pup can stand, sit, or lie down, and K. just loves that.

The squirrel is our dog Kari's. :-)

My goal is to make one of everything in each of the Japanese books, we'll see if I can pull that one off, Julie/Julia Project-style! In between everything else I've got going, of course...

Friday, July 31, 2009

Knitting and Crocheting for Charity

I have been blessed with so much in my lifetime. Sure my family struggles sometimes like everyone else does, but overall, we have so much more than many others do in the world. I'm working on some charity projects, and I'm hoping to encourage others to do so, as well. If everyone gives a little of their time and talent, the world would be a better place. Come on, we all have yarns we bought and didn't end up using, wasting away in our stashes -- they could be used to make preemie blankets for newborns in the NICU in the hospitals, or hats for the needy who will really need them this winter, or simple knit or crochet squares that will be made into blankets to warm the abandoned children in Africa.

I've found Stitches from the Heart and His Hands Ministry thanks to the generous folks at the Lion Brand Yarn website, charity search page. While looking for some knit and crochet hat patterns, I found Knit-A-Square. Coincidence? I think not! God works in mysterious ways. We just need to listen to Him.

Check them out, or Google for other charities that call to you, search your heart, and take the time to make a small difference. Even one person can help change the world! :-)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Waiting impatiently for Julie & Julia!

I'm almost done reading Julie & Julia, the book by Julie Powell that's based on her blog. I'm exhausted in the morning from staying up late in the night pressing on! I admire her guts and tenacity to cook her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It's something I'd never have the nerve to do myself. I thought for a moment about doing something similar with Martha Stewart's Cookies, and then Martha Stewart's Cupcakes came in the mail from The Good Cook and omigosh, there are recipes in there to die for! Maybe I'll get up the nerve someday. We'll definitely have to try some of them out, as M. has to bake every week for the football player she'll be assigned - another one to fatten up this year, lol.

I cannot WAIT for this movie to come out on August 7th! I know it won't be a literal translation from the book and blog, but it will be close. Close enough to smell the eau de potage parmentier wafting from the movie screen.... yum!!! Love you, Julie!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Our Father's Day gift this year was a 9 month old toy fox terrier named Kari. She's a bundle of energy and very good with our three kiddos.

Yes, I've already started crocheting for her - working on a bed for her crate, as well as a sweater for the chilly mornings. I also have patterns for bones and toys that I want to make for her.

The kids are already planning Halloween costumes, lol!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cakes for tea time

I saw LionBrandYarn's pattern for frosted donuts a couple of months ago, and knew I had to make some for KJ's tea set. She also wanted me to make a piece of cake, and when I was googling for a pattern, I came across these patterns for mini cake sachets - so I made one, added a bottom, stuffed it, and voila -- a two-tiered pink icing topped cake. Of course, KJ wants all the cakes on the site, so Mom's back to work on those... I'm still looking for a good pattern to crochet a slice of cake, but I might end up giving it a go on my own... Yummy!

Lucy's crochet bags

One of my very favorite blogs to visit is Lucy's at Attic24. I love her love of color, and she has amazing patterns that she has posted for us crochet-aholics. I had to make her crochet bag for myself, and our youngest KJ wanted one in pink and purple (have I told you they are her very favorite colors yet?!), so here are both.
Some schmuzzies are peeking out of KJ's bag, those little devils ;-)


Our son S. just turned 9 years old, and his gift choice was for Mom to make him Mew. Of course, he wants me to make him EVERY Pokemon, but I asked him to prioritize please! Thanks so much to Biz for sharing her pattern!

Gotta make 'em all!

Hello Kitty!

Here's my first Hello Kitty for little KJ! I love the blog patterns posted by Armina, I'll be making probably every one she has on her blog.


Made this dinosaur for my little guy S. He was the second pattern I tried from the Amigurumi vol. 6 book I bought online from saucylouise over in Japan, when I bought my Hamanaka Raku Raku hooks. He's larger than I thought he would be, but S. loves him!


I finished Widget at the end of April, she's more an ami pattern than Wubbzy was. I've started Walden, but have put him on the back burner for some other projects that have come up. My dh laughs at me and mostly rolls his eyes, because I can't seem to just work on one thing at a time, I always seem to have several going at the same time!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


A grumpie for my grumpy gal M...

Free pattern at suncatchereyes.com

Creepy Cute Crochet - robot

After the Twi-DVD release night, I went back to Borders and picked up the few ami books they had there. One was Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden. The figures are cute, though my heads turn out way smaller than the photos -- I must be doing something wrong. Well, little lady K. wanted Mommy to make her the robot, so here he is. I did fudge the head and widened it a bit, and it fit in the helmet way better.

Knock off imitation marshmallows!

Ok so I did get to make some, but not as many as I had hoped for the kiddos. Three chicks and six bunnies aren't too bad -- I sent one to my Executive Director as an Easter treat for her, lol. Chick pattern and bunny pattern. Thanks for posting. Make bunches for next Easter! They are quick, fun and oh so yummy! Maybe I'll get to make the felted nest next year, one for K. and one for myself -- I'll have to hide mine away from her, of course! :-)

Easter amis

I wanted to make special Easter amis for each of our kiddos, I had grand visions of making lots and lots of eggs, chicks, knock off imitation marshmallow chicks and bunnies -- and it just never happened. :-( Maybe I should start now, for next year -- after I get through this year's birthday and Christmas presents first! A hooker's job is never done, I'll tell ya! lol
Ok, K. got the traditional Easter bunny ami, made with Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn!" so it's nice and soft. Here's the pattern - thanks to Britainy at craftymummy2two for sharing! Her arms and legs were tough to do, being so thin, but at least I didn't have to stuff them! I'm happy how she turned out, she's very cute and K. loves her.

S. wanted a blue bird when he saw the yellow one I had made, so here he is, perched on the Death Star shelf in his room. Someday, I'll finish the trench lines on the Death Star and post those pics - what I really did this Spring break! But that's another story.... And the pattern is here. Thanks to Hannah for sharing it!

For M., being a teenager, I wanted to make her something more edgy, so found this pattern for an Urbis - love it! Of course, now I have to do a pink and purple one for K.! It's on my list!!! Here's the pattern, and thanks to funkyflower for sharing it!
I might have to make her a cheerleader Urbis -- I'm still in search of the perfect pattern to make a cheer critter in her school colors...

Amigurumi World - eggs and chicks

For Easter, I made some eggs and chicks from "Amigurumi World," as well as some knock off imitation marshmallow chicks and bunnies (see separate post above), and some plain eggs. K. appropriated them all, of course!