Saturday, November 13, 2010

Checking In & Passing It On...

Okay.. so here we are .. something like 43 days until Christmas and I've not got a single 'personal' crochet gift done... as of yet..
several started, but none done.
Can you smell the midnight oil being lit yet?? Hee Hee

 Last year's Holiday Donations - Animal Shelter

Last week, the last of the K.I.S.S. Series holiday donations took their 'ride downtown'... 
well a few streets over anyways, to the local police station.  

And my commissioned pieces have all been mailed off as well.. 
what a great feeling...  being DONE!
lol

Unfortunately, this year, I simply did not have enough time (or cooperating weather) to get photographs of everything before they were put into their shipping beds and sent along their merry way.  Several were 'due by' Friday, the 26th.  Yeah... I could have held em a day or two more... but.. who really trusts the US Postal Service to deliver in a TIMELY fashion anymore - let alone at 'holiday time'?  I do not take chances with my client's needs. :o)

Now.. it's a Fairy for Momma, some kitty toys for some friends and ... well a few more, but they read my blog.. so ... shhhhhhhhhhhhh  
but first.. I've got to figure out what will be taking a trip to the UK this year :o)  
The original Maximus traveled overseas and had a great spring, frolicking and playing in the dandelions of the UK last year...

I have added a few new K.I.S.S. Series playmates to the collection.  Right now, there's a total of 12 - which include my newest, a Pegasus (with wing tutorial).


Which brings me to write...
I had one of my wonderful clients let me know of a catastrophe that happened to her K.I.S.S. Lion..
She had completed the lion using "softest superwash wool" and it did not hold up to the washing machine - she wanted to make sure that others did not make her mistake.

Personally, I do not use the more expensive yarns like wool, cashmere or bamboo.  I use good ole, easily found and inexpensive, Red Heart Worsted Weight yarns for all my amigurumi projects -  
All Yarns are NOT the Same (unfortunately).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wow! The Holidays are Here... Already?!?!

It seems like only yesterday, I was listening to my children complain about the heat and wanting to go into the pool!

But here we are, Halloween 2010 is dissolving into just another memory; a big ole' Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings and a Christmas Tree with packages wrapped in brightly colored ribbons and bows - will be on everyone's mind before you know it.  (Sorry - I am a bit  'materialistic' when it comes to the symbolism of this time of year).

hmm.. and Me.. deciding to YANK my children from public school BEFORE the holidays... what was I thinking??!?  (Yeah, that's why the blog disappearing act again - but I am trying to balance everything out and make time for home school, home cleaning, home cooking, home working... hee hee)

But before we completely let Halloween 2010 escape from our memories (at least until next Halloween) - I wanted to show off one of my dear bloggies' works.

Genevieve participated in the Monster C.A.L. and was kind enough to eMail me her finished Monster - he is just A-DOR-ABLE!



I LOVE HIM to pieces!  Thank you so much for sharing him with me!
If you participated in the C.A.L. and would like to show me your completed Monster, I am sure we can extend Halloween a little longer... hee hee...

Well, I have a Math Lesson to prepare and some Creative Writing to read..
so I guess that will have to be it for now.  

Ciao,

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat for Halloween


Trick or Treat ~ Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat ~ Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat for Halloween
When ghosts and goblins by the score
Ring the bell on your front door
You'd better not be stingy or
Your nightmares will come true


So when ghosts and goblins by the score
Ring the bell on your front door
You'd better not be stingy or

BOO!
"Trick or Treat" written by Paul Smith.
© 1952 Disney 



Are you ready for Halloween?  I am getting all the trick and treat goodies ready for my bloggie goblins and ghosties - want a sneak peek of one?



Sunday - October 31st 2010 between the hours of 8 and 11 PM EST or leave a message in the comment section with your email address and I will eMail you one of the treats.  :o)

Happy Haunting ~

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

November is Right Around the Corner...


Can you believe that November is almost here?  
Oh I am so NOT rushing things!  Have you been in the local stores yet? One isle of Halloween, the next isle over.. Christmas!!

Well, while I make the Halloween goodies to pass out on All Hallows' Eve...
I thought I would prepare you for the upcoming holiday by introducing you to a little poult that you definitely would have second thoughts about eating.


Pilan the Poult.  Available Thursday, October 21st, 2010, at http://www.etsy.com/shop/K4TT

Thursday, October 14, 2010

*Popping My Head In*

I wanted to pop in to make sure that the blogger schedule did it's job and to see how everyone... anyone... someone.. 
was doing on the C.A.L.

Additionally.. I have a surprise coming up :o)
I will be 'giving out treats' to my bloggie-Trick or Treaters on HALLOWEEN.. 

Stay tuned for more details :o)

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Shining Example of a TRUE Role Model for Children!

As I blogged on yesterday, my daughter is having problems in school - so this evening on the weekly call home to speak with my Momma, the subject of school came up and of course - her favorite person in the world - Capt. Jack Sparrow.


Now, Mr. Depp has been quoted as to not having a great deal of apathy for the US and it's leaders;  even choosing to live abroad - but you've got to respect this man for his interest in children and his encouragement of the young mind... even if they are only looking for his help to 'mutiny' against their teachers.

More television and screen personalities should follow this lead!  Especially those who are considered the "tops" or 'most sought after' in their fields!  What better way to show the children of today the generosities of the heart, than by lighting up the face of a child for the mere sake of a smile!  
(For anyone thinking this was a press/photo op or some sort of PotC ploy - the school was given only 10 minutes notice Capt Jack was on his way - to make ready.. )

Bravo Mr. Depp - er um.. 
Captain... Captain Jack Sparrow.  You truly are an upstanding gentlemen, who would merit an invitation to any high-toned and fancy to-do; despite the desire to raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer your weasely black guts out.
Savvy?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Some Sad News


You may have noticed that I've not put up a new entry, despite the steady flow I'd previously gotten into...

My child, who carries a diagnosis of Autism, is having severe issues adjusting to her new teachers, schedule, peers and workload.  So severe, we are actually considering home schooling; rather than continuing to allow the psychological damage that is currently being done by the school.  I've had to spend more time with the school in the past weeks than I care to admit, and they refuse to admit that they may not be adequately equipped/staffed to handle the needs of my child.

It goes without saying, that family comes first.  And while I continue to work on these issues, I may find it necessary to slack somewhat on more non-essential forms of communication.  


I do have assistance with the shop, so those of you who are clientele will NOT see any disruption to the service you've come to expect from FiberDoodles by K4TT. I will still be available to help, should the need arise and patterns (new and older) will still be available to you for purchase in the shop.  However, this blog and my *new* FaceBook page(s) may be a little slower to update.  In addition, orders handled by 'staff', may not seem as personal as you have come accustomed to.

I have built a good rapport with many of my loyal clientele base - which is why I am writing to you this morning.  While I am trying to run my small shop - I also feel as if I owe it to my clientele to disclose this 'personal' information.
Thank you for your continued support during this time.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New KISS Members & Questions 2B Answered

In one fail swooping into my online DoodleWorld - I am going to try to accomplish a few things, in a very limited time. (and apparently upset the blogger spelling/grammer check - as it just lit the entire last section with a red line.. hee hee)

First Up:
Anyone who watches my etsy Shop knows that the KISS Series has a total of 8 critters with a few more on the way.
Turtle, Lion, Elephant, Reindeer (pictured above) 
Zebra, Giraffe, Piglet, Monkey
I've had a lot of positive feedback on them and they work up so quickly, they'd make perfect Holiday gifts in no time flat.

Second:
I've received a few messages on ravelry (sorry it took me so long to get to you, I rarely log into ravelry anymore), on etsy and via email regarding selling of the finished items made from my patterns.
There are restrictions, but YES, you may sell your finished items.  

The RESTRICTIONS are as follows:  
 - You may NOT sell on etsy or ebay - this is in direct competition with me and there is no wiggle room. 
 - While a link back would be greatly appreciated, it is not required.  However, you MUST let your buyer know that you are NOT affiliated with FiberDoodles by K4TT.  You are NOT an authorized agent of FiberDoodles by K4TT and that FiberDoodles by K4TT is to be held harmless of any purchases made between you and your buyer.
 - You MUST use your own photographs of your own finished works.  My photographs remain my own intellectual property and are only online to help aide in your decision to purchase a pattern, to help you complete a doodle and/or to sell one of my own completed doodles. 

and finally.. Third:
I've received a handful of etsy messages asking if I will offer a 'sale' or 'group rate' for several patterns.
The short answer.. "NO"
The longer answer.. before I list any of my patterns, I research to see if there is anything online similar in structure, complexity and design quality.  I figure in the costs of replacing the yarn used to create a pattern, the cost in which to list/sell (etsy) and receive payment pattern (paypal), then derive a fair price based on that.  I do NOT mark up patterns, so therefore there is really no deals to make.

This also keeps all things fair and unbias.  I have regular clientele who purchase patterns the day they are listed - others who wait until they have a better view on monthly finances.  Keeping a low cost and fair pricing policy across the board is the only way to avoid sour feelings.


Kindest Regards,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Holidays

When I was a wee little girl, holidays were always a source of sheer joy!  Whether it was giving out handmade Valentines to classmates or making a Hand-Print turkey for Mom's fridge; holidays were always magical and exciting.

Probably the 2nd favorite holiday was Halloween.  Unfortunately, candy couldn't hold a candle to Christmas, with Santa's bounty of wishes and surprises under the tree.  But when I was a child, Halloween meant sugar highs and handmade costumes.  It was a time when you didn't have to run to the store and purchase the newest high fructose delectable .. a candied or caramel apple or popcorn ball was just as appetizing as a Snicker's bar.

It was a safer time, when neighborhood Moms would ban together, kids in tow - Dad's minding the Candy (well, there were a few Dads who couldn't be trusted with the candy, so Dad would have to walk with the Moms... but that's another story huh?)  Houses would be decorated with all manner of witch and ghost and every house along the route would look forward to receiving the onslaught of monsters, clowns and royalty.   In fact, the worst part of Halloween was checking out the 'bag-o-loot' and finding that 1/3 of it were either the mints, like the type your Grandmother carried in her purse.. or .. Candy Corn.  .. the "adult  candies "...

Now. . . I know there are those of you out there who may enjoy Candy Corn... but did you when you were 6?  Okay Okay...
Well, I didn't. Candy Corn was the only treat in the bag which could still be found in the candy bowl 2 weeks later... long after the Atomic Fire Balls, Lemonheads, Gobstoppers, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Pixy Stix, Now & Laters, Wax Lips, Candy Cigarettes, Necklaces, Buttons and Bottle Caps were gone.
Hee Hee..
brings back memories huh?  It does me..

But back on task here.. 
I have always had a mental block and physical distaste for Candy Corns... even though, when you stop and think about it - they symbolize Halloween.  
So, time to find some redeeming quality in a candy that  I've hated for more than 30 years...


Introducing Little Corn, who with a Size G hook and standing about 6 inches high, is enough to impress even this Candy Corn Hatin' gal.  He is only available with the purchase of his much larger cousin  - CD Candy Corn




Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scratching His Way Out



This rowdy little fella can't wait to get into the shop and into your hands so that you can work him up for that special little cub in your pride!

He's been scratching and pacing in his file for 2 full days now..
A few more photos, and he will join the rest of the K.I.S.S. Zoo at FiberDoodlesbyK4TT


*Sadly, I have a few more 'pieces' of K.I.S.S. critters (Koala, Bee, Hippo and Elephant) to finish up on and then I will most likely be putting the K.I.S.S. Series away until after the Holidays... 
I've not run out of ideas, mind you...
.. but I've got a basket full of neglected Doodles who would like their debut in the shop as well.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Definately NOT Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The people have been busy directing me as to 'what K.I.S.S. Series critters should come next'.  I have a slew of  Littlest Pet Shop pets and Little People animals which have magically appeared on my nightstand or desk or bed over the past few days..

Imagine my surprise when I had finished the Reindeer with his bright red nose and showed to the kids - only to have them scoff at my attempt..

"Well ... what is wrong with the reindeer?  I thought it might be nice for Christmas" I said..
Sternly, the youngest begins... "Momma, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer isn't a real reindeer!  There is no such thing as a reindeer with a red nose!  That's just silly!!"

"ummm... okay?!?" I said puzzled..  "what about the song?"

This is when the older chimed in, which a slight patronizing tone... "Momma, it's a song, it is make believe - it's a story for babies!  Rudolph is only a cartoon character that they made a song about.  Santa Claus doesn't need a reindeer with a light up red nose to find the house!!  Besides, red doesn't glow in the dark that well."

"I stand corrected...  "



Santa, Fact of Life -
Flying Reindeer, part of the whole Santa gig...
... Red Nose Reindeer... Fairytale

From the mouths of babes.. eh?

Of course, you are more than welcome to make this K.I.S.S. Reindeer with a red nose if you would like...  

Just don't tell the People!


K.I.S.S. Series Reindeer should be up later this evening in the FiberDoodlesbyK4TT etsy store, with the K.I.S.S. Lion being added later on this week.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Etsy Treasury Features Lu

 
The Devil Made Me Do It by Treasury Curator : SnacknSnooze has elivated Lu to "Featured" status..
as if his odd little red head wasn't already big enough..

Lu continues to make Momma proud.  Thank you SnacknSnooze for considering Lu in your Treasury List.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Checking In ...

Well the People went back to school on Tuesday *yeah*...
okay, so it wasn't that eventful... I do miss them when they are away at school - - -
it's one of those "grass is always greener.." things I suppose.

They are excited!  New friends, old friends, new teachers, familiar staff.. a new swing set on the playground.. and a personal message from the school principle the night before 1st day...
so yeah.. happy kids...  (they actually got up at 3:50am to get ready for the 8:15am bus... )
and happy Mum.. since I am finally able to concentrate on writing up all these patterns.

I have been very busy over that past 2 days getting patterns written up and put into pdf format for sale in my etsy shop - the K.I.S.S. Zebra will be available tomorrow (9/9/10) - I just need to add the photos.

Additionally, I was asked (after completing Dawn Toussaints' CAL) if I would do one..
after much consideration... I WILL be doing a CAL in November!  
So make sure to keep watching the blog!

I've got a few specials which I am considering - such as for Christmas Eve.. when you purchase a pattern, the same pattern will be eMailed to the friend as a GIFT. 

Just a few things I have had mulling in my brain over my summer hiatus from actively keeping everyone up to date...

Now..


So I was just checking in tonight and I wanted to give a shout out to Goldibug :o) especially since she was so kind to give me a blog award...

So..

7 Things About Me... (that you may/may not know)

1) My best friend(s) who I share ALL my secrets with, have fur

2) I love to watch video games for the 'storyline' and have already pre-ordered Halo Reach (although I personally won't play the game)

3)  I often sit on my back porch, with snow falling in my PJs and a Snuggy™

4)  I was a "Hooters Girl"

5) I believe in Ghosts, 'unknown "monsters" ' and aliens (although, I find most people's claims to be unbelievable)

6) I have a great deal of respect for spiders, bees and ants - although I do not like to have them near me.

7) I never intended to become a crochet designer - thank you to my testers (DR, DW, LE and KS) for the push into the field.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

4 Down - - - ??? To Go...


My children are my biggest source of inspiration - and my biggest supporters .. even if I don't want them to be... :o)

By that, I mean, when they see me hard at work on a crochet piece, they constantly interrupt with a "Mommy, what are you going to make next?"

Mind you now, I've barely got 2 legs and a body done and they are already onto the next piece... 

Now usually I say something like, "I just got started on this one - sheesh, I've only got 2 hands!"  which has them scurry away for a little bit...  
But if I was to say ... "I'm not sure." or the dreaded "I haven't thought about that yet." I am bombarded with suggestions.. and what's worse - half their collection of stuffed animals.  At this point, I think my room has more of THEIR stuffed animals, than their own rooms do.  From Build-a-Bears to Beanie Babies and everything in between...

I must giggle though - they are so supportive and proud of me.. it just fills me with pride!  
These 4 critters have been tested and are currently being typed up for sale in the FiberDoodles by K4TT shop.



Monkey, Zebra, Giraffe and Piglet.
Simple Stitches to include: slip stitches, chain stitches, single crochets and half-double crochets

** WARNING **
Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this type of toy.  There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries.  Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately.   Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Heal The World - With Sunshine


"Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race.
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

And the dream we would conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify it's soul
Though it's plain to see, this world is heavenly
Be God's glow. 

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel
You are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we'll cry happy tears
See the nations turn
Their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space to make a better place."

©Copyright Michael Jackson/MJJ Productions
All Rights Reserved - International Copyright Secured


I understand not everyone enjoys, or even likes Michael Jackson or his music, but I ask of you today - this day of the 'celebration' of life, to give the gift of L.O.V.E to another. 

Please donate today.  Whether donating financially to help a starving child, or to protect endangered wildlife. Donating your time to a local shelter for abused animals or simply picking up the litter that lines the streets - 
WE can change this world and make it a better place... 
all we have to do is look with our hearts instead of our eyes.

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Materials Used:
Red Heart WW Yarns in colors: 0320 Cornmeal, (petals) 0624 TeaLeaf (stem),  0365 Coffee (flower center)
Crochet Hook, size  US E4/3.50 MM
2 foot Roasting Stick (or  2 foot, #2 pencil diameter,  wooden dowel)
4-6 Wooden Bamboo Skewers
6-8 Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Polyester Filler
Sewing Needle
Knitting Needle (or long needle to create opening to insert skewer)
Long Straight Pins for positioning/sewing


Finished flower measures nearly 3 feet in height and almost 12 inches in width.  This, of course, will vary depending on your crocheting gauge and/or tension.  All stitches are worked in a continuous spiral though both loops of previous stitch, using single crochet, unless otherwise noted.
This project is completed in several smaller sections, joined together in a manner which creates one complete project.
Pattern is written in a manner which also displays the easiest way to assemble; creating the bud base of the flower first, then the petals and finally the stem.  Although, you are free to create your pieces in any order that fits your needs.
 


Bud Base – Face Section (Make 1):
with Coffee,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 7 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2:  [Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (14 sts)
___ Rnd 3:  in BLO, [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (21 sts)
___ Rnd 4:  in BLO, [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (28 sts)
___ Rnd5:   in BLO, [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (35 sts)
___ Rnd 6:  in BLO, [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (42 sts)
___ Rnd 7:  [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (49 sts)
___ Rnd 8:  sc in ea st around  (49 sts)
Finish off and weave in tail.

Bud Base- Back Section (Make 1):

with TeaLeaf,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 7 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2:  [Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (14 sts)
___ Rnd 3:  [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (21 sts)
___ Rnd 4:  [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (28 sts)
___ Rnd5:   [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (35 sts)
___ Rnd 6:  [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (42 sts)
___ Rnd 7:  [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 7 times  (49 sts)
___ Rnd 8:  sc in ea st around  (49 sts)
___ Rnd 9:  [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, chain 7, slst in 2nd chain from hook and in nxt ch,  sc in nxt st, hdc in nxt st, dc in ea of nxt 2 sts, slst in same st as chain] 7 times
Finish off, leaving enough yarn remaining to sew front and back pieces together – stuff with filling before closing up completely.  Do not stuff too firmly as you will need to insert bamboo skewers through the filler from 1 side to the other to help ensure that pedals remain erect.  Do not stuff too lightly as you will want a ‘puffed’ look to the center of the bud.


Petals (Make 28)

with Cornmeal,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 7 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2:  sc in ea st around  (7 sts)
___ Rnd 3:  Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  ( 9 sts)
___ Rnds 4-5:  sc in ea st around  (9 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 6:  Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (11 sts)
___ Rnds 7-9:  sc in ea st around  (11 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10:  (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts) twice, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts  (14 sts)
___ Rnds  11-17:  sc in ea st around  (14 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 18:  sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 19:  sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 20:  sc in ea of nxt 9 sts,  Dec nxt 3 sts tog  (10 sts)
___ Rnd  21: sc in ea st around  (10 sts)
___ Rnd  22:  Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 23:  sc in ea st around  (8 sts)
___ Rnd 24:  Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts  (7 sts)
Finish off, leaving enough yarn remaining to sew petal to bud base.

Once you have all petals completed, insert popsicle sticks into the center of several petals (# of petals stuffed with popsicle sticks determined by # of skewers used/ 2 petals per skewer).  Using pins, secure petals in a circular pattern to bud base, in 2 rows/ 14 petals per row.   
Once you have even spacing and are happy with the aesthetics of petal placement – remove top row, exposing only the back row.  Using a knitting needle, push needle through one side of bud and out the other (creating a tunnel through the filler); follow needle with bamboo skewer. (you will have part of wooden skewer exposed on both sides of bud base)  Do this at least one more time creating a -|- or X type pattern to assist in keeping petals erect.    Model uses 4 skewers to help support the large petals.  Insert skewer into petals stuffed with popsicle sticks - then secure petals to bud base.

Stem (Make 1)

with TeaLeaf,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 7 sc in st.
___ Rnd 2:  in BLO, sc in ea st around  (7 sts)
___ Rnds 3-103: sc in ea st around  (7 sts/ea rnd)

___ ROW 1:  sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, ch-1, turn  (4 sts)
___ Row 2:  sc in ea st across, ch-1, turn  (4 sts)
___ Row 3:  [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  ( 2 sts)
Finish off, leaving enough yarn remaining to sew the stem to the back of the bud base.




Enjoy the Pattern :o)


Remembering you Michael - you are sorely missed




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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Upcoming Etsy & 3Ft Sunflower Announcement

Okay Dokey - A BUNCH of information to give to everyone, and I want to do it in a single post.

For me, tomorrow is a very special birthday..

I had intended to make 12 3ft sunflowers to honor the birth of Michael Jackson, to be sent to the Forest Lawn Mausoleum and placed in/around his tomb for tomorrow. HOWEVER, I am not in California (opposite coast) and repeated inquires to the staff at Forest Lawn have proven unyielding. (Basically, because of fans and vandalism, etc - there was/is no guarantee that the fiber flowers would make it to their destination unless they were hand delivered by a 'family member' or someone who had authorization into the Mausoleum area.) Well that SUCKS! I have a friend/tester who lives in CA - but lives at the other end of the state and an 8 hour trip to deliver fiber flowers is just a tad *much* to even ask of her.
So... my flower project - failed :o(

But my failure will be your gain - I will post the 3Ft Sunflower Pattern here on my blog for my readers. So be sure to check the blog tomorrow for the pattern... and Happy Birthday Michael - you are missed!


Etsy -

It has been sometime since you've seen a new pattern in my etsy shop ... well all that is about to change, with 2 NEW series of patterns.

Several weeks ago, I was 'commissioned'(?) to make a giraffe baby rattle; that needed to look more like a stuffed animal she had gotten for her older daughter at the zoo. (Think Precious Moments meets Beanie Babies - well that is the description I was given.. lol)

and this was the sketch I worked up as we were talking . . .  

(Now, it's not my best work, but we were outside, watching the children - wind blowing and I only had a pencil, notebook paper, bad lighting and a child going "Momma can I...? Momma can I ????" every 2 minutes.. )

There were several criteria markers that needed to be met.  1- the animal had to be machine washable  2- no small (choke-able) parts   3- all parts had to be soft  and large for small baby hands
...etc..
all the basics to a 'baby toy'..
and of course, it had to have a mass large enough to insert a rattle - 

not really my area of expertise.. I am more of a 'sculptured gal'

This is what I came up with - 


The giraffe was first done, but the pattern I created was simple and quick to work up, that I quickly added him a friend - zebra (which was another animal at the zoo that seemed to captivate the baby's attention, along with the lions...) which got me to thinking what other animals would babies enjoy...

and thus, became the K.I.S.S. Series.  "Keeping It Simple & Straightforward"  - nothing fancy, nothing complex - just adorable critters.  So far, it's only the zebra and giraffe which have been completed - well, zebra still needs a few things sewn on.. hee hee ... - but I've got ideas in the works for several more animals in the series and I am sure after a trip to the local yarn store today - I will think of a few more animals to add to the collection.  :o)


There is another series that I have been working on during the end months of July and early months of August, which are now in testing phase - 
Although, the poor things don't have a catchy little 'series' name..
This is 1 of 10 dolls which consist of everything from a Back to School child (pictured below) to several animals to include fox and monster.


As you can tell, I've not been slacking :o)
The shop will be filled with goodies very, very soon!

Well, I am off to run my errands - remember to check the blog tomorrow for your sunflower pattern and enjoy the day today.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pimpin' Out Other Designers


:o)
I've been told that I am 'harming my own potential sales' by directing my readers to other crochet designers..
but, I am the type of person who gives credit where credit is due.

And while I am currently working on two series/styles of doll - and my time is so limited during the summer months (tough with 'the people' - they are at that age where they need almost constant supervision)... why the heck NOT advertise other designers to my readers and followers?
I am confident in my abilities.. and I am confident in the abilities of others - I don't find it necessary to bash others to make myself look better... so why not share what I personally know about other great designers?  

There is a young lady whom I have followed for sometime... mainly because I've got 2 kids who are madly in love with Pokemon'...
Apparently, she's taken the Pokemon' catch phrase of "Gotta Catch em All" and adapted a hooker's sense of uniqueness to it...
"Gotta Hook em All"

To date, OFF THE HOOK's WolfDreamer, has nearly 30 Pokemon' and a whole host of other Gaming Characters for your hooking enjoyment - (Not to mention the adorables  she's got in her etsy shop).


I noticed tonight, that she's completed her latest - Umbreon, which happens to be one of the People's favorite Pokemon.. so guess what I will be doing in my downtime..


Please remember that designers offer free patterns as a courtesy and not a requirement.  You can show your appreciation and support by NOT POSTING gifts to 'share sites' in the hopes of obtaining other patterns - and if you enjoy a designer's work (and there is a donate button), donate a few bucks.  It helps keep the yarn flowing and the creativity alive.