Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
chicken in the works
Originally uploaded by nandersonsphotos
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pattern!! I'm not quite finished, still have to sew the tail & other strap on & add a fastener & maybe line it, but I think it's so happy I couldn't wait to post it! Here's a link so you can check out this & other patterns by sonicka......http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_14&listing_id=22771376&ga_search_query=chicken+bag&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order==
Thursday, March 26, 2009
No the crime was that I overdyed some GORGEOUS, pale gray Malibrigo yarn. If there were a court for prosecuting people who abuse yarn I'd be booked for sure on felony cruelty & abuse charges. Not to mention that I almost felted the once lovely & supple yarn & now it looks like wimpy, horrible colored dreadlocks. O.K. suspend my Kool-aid buying priviledges, I deserve it.
I give you exhibit A: (go ahead throw the book at me)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
The basic idea is to knit or crochet a square & sew & stuff it according to the schematic drawing. Simple & fun. I went a step further & felted mine. Used some stash yarn, sorry don't have the label. It was the roving sort of yarn designed for felting. First I crocheted an extra large, loose square using an I hook, loosely stuffed him & sewed him per details on the schematic, made ears, attached them & popped him into hot water.
Lastly, I embroidered eyes & made him a puffy tail.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here's Babe Chick sporting the bed-head hairdo, (is that still in style? I have no idea). Love the self-striping Stata by Red Heart, which is now discontinued in my area, bummer!! She's going to be living La vida loca in Miami, bon voyage, bebito! Be sweet!
Babe Chick is a super easy pattern. In fact, ya’ll don’t need a pattern to make her but I thought I’d write it down anyway, just in case. She is about 5” tall, (sorry I mailed her before I remembered to take her measurements).
Red Heart Strata yarn (for body) or any worsted yarn
Red Heart Super Saver in orange (for beak)
Tapestry & sharp sewing needle
Feathers or Novelty Yarn (optional)
This chick is worked in un-joined spirals, unless otherwise indicated. Gauge is not important, just be sure to use a tight tension, adjust hook size as needed.
[ ] = repeat steps in brackets as indicated after bracket
arnd = around
rnds = rounds
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch, stitches
tog = together
Dec = decrease
Inc = increase
Rnd 1: With G hook, sc 6 sts in adjustable loop.
Rnd 2: [2 sc in ea st] arnd (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc in st, 2 sc in next st] arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: [sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 7: [sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st] arnd (42 sts)
Rnd 8-12: sc arnd (42 sts)
Begin stuffing, (If using plastic pellets for weight, place some of them in toe of an old stocking, tie off & stuff them in first). Continue to stuff as you work!
Rnd 13: Beg dec [sc 2 tog, sc in next 5 sts] arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 14: sc arnd (36 sts)
Rnd 15: [sc 2 tog, sc in next 4 sts] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 16: [sc 2 tog, sc in next 3 sts] arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 17-19: sc arnd (24 sts)
Rnd 20: Inc[sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 21-23: sc arnd (30 sts)
Rnd 24: [sc 2 tog, sc in next 3 sts] arnd (24 sts)
Good time to place eyes if using safety, (post & washer) eyes!
Rnd 25: [sc 2 tog, sc in next 2 sts] arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 26: sc arnd (18 sts)
Rnd 27: [sc 2 tog] arnd (12 sts)
Finish off leaving long yarn tail for sewing opening closed.
Beak: ( I think I made mine too big. Too late! If I do another one I will probably cut out a tiny felt diamond shape & attach it by tacking it in the middle of the diamond.)
If you want to continue here this is what I did for the beak;
Rnd 1: Chain 4, join with slip st to form ring. Do not pull opening closed.
Rnd 2: 5 sc in the ring
Rnd 3: Sc every other st
Finish & attach with needle & thread
Make a whole flock of them (or whatever you call a group of chicks), and have your very own (baby) hen party!!Hey let's all break out the Miami Sound Machine CD's & do some Salsa dancing, (Man I love them!).
Oh & please don't forget;
Babe Chick is my own design but you have my permission to make them to sell if you like, just please give me credit as the designer, thanks!!
Miss,(Mint is my middle name),Julep
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Erin Go Bragh, Ireland forever!!!
I hope all you dears are having a grand celebration today!!http://www.history.com/minisites/stpatricksday/
Don't forget to wear the green or ya might just get pinched!
Celebrate repsonsibly, don't ya be gettin' fluthered now...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Extra long needle, (like the needles used for sewing on stuffed doll eyes)
Tissue paper, (assorted colors)
Elmer’s white glue
Clear coat spray, (I use Krylon)
Dish soap & water
*Optional: Ribbons, sequins, flowers & other embellishments
Using the large needle, carefully poke a tiny hole in one end of the egg. Poke another hole in the opposite end and carefully chip a little of the shell away with the needle. Use needle to puncture yolk.
Using the bulb syringe, place over pinhole & slowly squeeze the bulb forcing the egg out through the larger hole. Repeat a few times until it feels as though all of the egg has been blown out. Fill the syringe with water & flush it through the egg to clean up the insides. (I always use a different syringe & flush a mild mixture of soap & bleach through the egg shell). Place the blown egg shells in an egg carton to finish draining. Let them dry for a few days if possible.
Other fun uses for these eggs:
My daughter was living several times zones away from home when she had her 21st birthday. I just had to do something to show her how special she was so I sent her some birthday eggs...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Originally uploaded by nandersonsphotos
Here's my version, in progress, of a Cooper's Flock bird. This is a cute & easy pattern & the purpose behind this bird is heartwrenching & touching. Please read about Coopers Flock. (see link on right hand column)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Peep No Mores
Ingredients (yields 2 servings)
2 Peeps of choice, (I like to use the bunnies & chicks)
2 whole Graham crackers
1 Lg Hershey Bar, (plain)
Break graham crackers into halves. Likewise, the Hershey bar. Place 2 graham cracker halves on a microwaveable plate, side-by-side. Lay Hershey bar half on top of each graham cracker half. Place one innocent, sweet little unsuspecting Peep on top of each Hershey bar half.
Microwave for a few seconds, (15 - 25 seconds). Watch carefully so they don’t overcook.
When Peep is all puffed up, quickly remove from microwave & place other graham half on top to form a gooey, marshmallowy, chocolatey, rich gut bomb Peeps sandwich guaranteed to cure your sweet tooth for 7 days, at least, (more if you happen to eat both & wash them down with an icy glass of milk).
"I'm melting, melting...ohhhh what a world...all my beautiful wickedness...." Enjoy!
And look here at the precious crochet Peeps pattern!! I’m going to give it a try…