Monday, June 22, 2009

Nope.. NOT gonna say it!

I can easily say "Summer just aint my thing!"

In fact, I think aside from when I was very young, I don't think I've ever cherished the "summertime" and those things that most people associate with the season.


Tanning & the Beach:
Nope, I've never been big on wasting an afternoon slapping on oils and creams for that 1980's ever-so-popular *leathery George Hamilton skin* (and as we now know - possible skin cancer)..
as far as the beach.. while I definitely HAD the body for it... but swimming around in water with things unseen... umm... did you NOT see the movie JAWS?

Swimming:
Well, hell yeah I enjoy swimming.. but I don't need summertime for that.


Cookouts - Picnics - Day Trips:
Ugh... Bugs - Humidity - Sweat - Body Oder from passers-by..


*cringe*


But here we are mid-to-late June and I am still wearing a sweat jacket!

The past 4 days have been wet and dreary!! What one might expect in a late September or early October...

Definitely NOT June slowly plugging it's way into July!


Usually, this time of the year, I would have stuck the yarn in storage for the season and have my threads close at hand.


I think it's safe to say...
Dare I?


I kind of miss Summer!!


There, I said it.
I can't believe that the words actually escaped my thoughts.. but they did and it's on the loose now.


I guess that I miss summer so much, the dry - hot - hazy- humid days of Summer that I actually created a new pattern that reflects all the adjectives which adequately describe *Summer*




Family Pain(s) : A Cactus Family Papa supporting the family. Momma always on his back. And of course, the 2 littlest thorns who are always scrambling for top billing.

Materials Needed:
a HOOK (I used size 0 thread crochet hook)

YARN (I used colors: terracotta (RedHeart's 0256-Carrot), sand (Red Heart's 0334-Buff, cactus (RedHeart's 4361-Frosty Green Fleck) and scraps of pink for flower.)

Polyfil

Embroidery Floss or Yarn for detailing

Yarn Needle (for sewing)

I used Wiggle Eyes in 3 sizes, but you can embroider eyes if you choose.
YOUR IMAGINATION

On to the pattern:

Beginning from the top and working down to 'base'

Large Cactus (Dad):

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 7 sc in 'ring'
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around = 14 sc

Rnd 3: (sc, Inc) around = 21 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc, Inc) around = 28 sc

Rnd 5: (5 sc, Inc) around = 35 sc

Rnd 6: work round even = 35 sc

Rnd 7: sc in ea of first 9 sts, Inc, (sc in ea of next 10 sts, Inc) twice = 32 sc

Rnds 8 - 9: work rounds even = 32 sc ea round

Rnd 10: (6 sc, Dec) around = 28 sc

Rnds 11 - 12: work rounds even = 28 sc ea round

Rnd 13: (12 sc, Dec) twice = 26 sc

Rnds 14 - 16: work rounds even = 26 sc ea round

Rnd 17: (11 sc, Dec) twice = 24 sc

Rnds 18 - 20: work rounds even = 24 sc ea round

Rnd 21: (6 sc, Dec) three times = 21

Rnds 22 - 23: work rounds even = 21 sc ea round - changing to sand/dirt color at the end of this round.

Rnd 24: (Inc) around = 42 sc

Rnd 25: (2 hdc, Inc) around = 56 sts
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. FIRMLY stuff with Polyfil. (This will be part II of the main support structure, so it needs to be packed firmly with polyfil.)

Medium Cactus (Mom):

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 6 sc in 'ring'

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around = 12 sc

Rnd 3: (sc, Inc) around = 18 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc, Inc) around = 24 sc

Rnd 5: work round even = 24 sc

Rnd 6: (10 sc, Dec) twice = 22 sc

Rnd 7: work round even = 22 sc

Rnd 8: (9 sc, Dec) twice = 20 sc

Rnd 9: work round even = 20 sc

Rnd 10: (8 sc, Dec) twice= 18 sc

Rnd 11: work round even = 18 sc

Rnd 12: (7 sc, Dec) twice = 16 sc

Rnd 13: work round even = 16 sc

Rnd 14: sc in ea of first 6 sc, Dec in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of the 6 remaining sc = 14 sc
Finish off and leave tail for sewing to *Dad* Stuff with Polyfil.

Small Cactus (Kid I):

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 6 sc in 'ring'

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around = 12 sc

Rnd 3: work round even = 12 sc

Rnd 4: sc in first 5 sts, Dec over next 2 sts, sc in ea of remaining 5 sts = 11 sc

Rnd 5: Dec over first 2 sts, sc in remaining 9 sts = 10 sc

Rnd 6: sc in first 4 sts, Dec over next 2 sts, sc in ea of remaining 4 sts = 9 sc

Rnd 7: work round even = 9 sc
Finish off and leave tail for sewing to *Mom* Stuff with Polyfil.

Smallest Cactus (Kid II):

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 6 sc in 'ring'
Rnd 2: (sc, Inc) three times = 9 sc
Rnd 3: work round even = 9 sc
Rnd 4: Dec over first 2 sts, sc in ea of remaining 7 sts = 8 sc

Rnd 5: work round even = 8 sc
Finish off and leave tail for sewing to *Mom*


Terracotta Pot:

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 8 sc in 'ring'
Rnd 2: (Inc) around = 16 sc

Rnd 3: (sc, Inc) around = 24 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc, Inc) around = 32 sc

Rnd 5: in BLO, work round even = 32 sc

Rnds 6 - 7: work rounds even = 32 sc in ea round

Rnd 8: (7 sc, Inc) four times = 36 sc
Rnds 9 - 13: work rounds even = 36 sc ea round

Rnd 14: (8 sc, Inc) four times = 40 sc

Rnds 15 - 16: work rounds even = 40 sc ea round

Rnd 17: (9 sc, Inc) four times = 44 sc

Rnd 18: (10 sc, Inc) four times = 48 sc

Rnd 19: (7 sc, Inc) six times = 54 sc

Rnd 20: (sc in ea of next 26 sts, Inc) twice = 56 sc

Rnd 21: ch 2, DC in ea sts round, join with slst in the top of first DC (56 Dc) Fold Dc row down so it is flat against pot, ch 1 and working right to left (opening of the pot is towards you) slst around. Join with slst in first slst of this round. (this gives the pot lip a little more sturdiness). Leave long enough tail for sewing rim/lip to pot if desired; if not finish off leaving no tail.


Pot Drain/Base:

In color of your choice and using either the magic circle or the ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook method..make 8 sc in 'ring'

Rnd 2: (Inc) around = 16 sc

Rnd 3: (sc, Inc) around = 24 sc

Rnd 4: (2 sc, Inc) around = 32 sc

Rnd 5: (3 sc, Inc) around = 40 sc

Rnd 6: (4 sc, Inc) around = 48 sc

Rnd 7: in BLO, sc evenly around = 48 sc

Rnd 8: work round even = 48 sc

Rnd 9: slst in ea st around and finish off.


Add flowers, embellishments, etc to decorate your Cactus Family.


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12 comments:

Rose said...

your family is cute! We struggled to get into the 60's last week, and will have 90's for the next 7 days (at least) be careful what you wish for!

Brendi said...

How cute love it.

Debbie said...

First let me say sooooooooooo cute and thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!!! I know what you mean about this weather. All I want to do is sleep because it is so dreary and yucky!

Debi said...

Jeesh, it's been in the higher 90's here for weeks now...yuk !!! I HATE Texas summers...lol

Those are the cutest cacti that I have seen....very good job :-) Thank you for sharing them with us!!

Trea said...

Thanks for sharing. It's chilly here, (what else-lol). I don't think I can even remember a 'real' summer

Laura said...

I hate summer. I even tried moving to Alaska and then to the Pacific Northwest and it followed me!!!! You can have it!!!! Cute cactus though, thanks!

Gram said...

I am not a summer person either. would rather have nice cool breezes and maybe a high o 60. Anything above that is torture...We have had a mixture of both. The 90's for a couple of days and the the 50's back to 80's. Wish it would make up its mind and then we can adjust and get through it.. Thank goodness for air-conditioning...
Love the cactus family... thank you so much!!!

Goth said...

I'm not a bathing suit, sun luvin, tan all day kinda gal, but I loooooooove heat. The hotter it is the happier I am.... and our weather's been wonkey lately too! Rain I can handle, summer rain especially, I'm out and walkin. LOVE rain... but when it's June and not even in the 70's, I'm not happy! When it rains, it's too cold to play in! I don't do well in the cold. My joints lock up, my skin itches and I zap everything all the time.... don't I sound old?! LOL!
Thanks for the Cacti Guy! Cute!

Karen said...

oh what a cute family there ..Ty...As for summer I love it. Its been high 90's and nice breeze in the shady areas here with some rain thrown it at times LOL The girls love the weather sitting in the swing on the porch or cooking out on the grill and of course the swimming! We are summer and fall people here LOL

Bri said...

Oh I LOVE the cacti family and all your work. I just found your blog and will check back often!!

Holly said...

Thanks for the cactus family and we will be in the 80's this week. Not too bad.

Catherine/Yarncat said...

Awesome cactus!Thanks!!

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