Saturday, April 30, 2011

Available Tonight!

This evening the KISS LadyBug will be available for purchase at FiberDoodles by K4TT on etsy.


and Coming Soon:
the KISS Camel

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just In Case You've Missed It..

There are 3 new additions to the K.I.S.S. Series available in my etsy shop now.
The K.I.S.S. Series Praying Mantis:


The K.I.S.S. Series Siamese Kitty:

and the K.I.S.S. Series Triceratops:

As always, I am continuing to add to the K.I.S.S. Series just as quickly as I can, so keep watching this blog or my shop for the newest members!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

More KISS Easter/Spring Doodles

More KISS Easter/Spring doodles as done by YOU, my clients!  Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful finished projects with me!  I cannot express adequately the feeling of warmth, gratification and excitement I feel, each time someone shares with me another completed doodle!







Earth Day 2011


For anyone who didn't already know, today is Earth Day!  
Yeah, I know, day's half over - but we can make Earth Day last as long as we want right?



Plant something green today - this weekend - this month!  Plant a tree, plant a flower.. get your hands in the soil and get dirty for a few hours - you can always clean up later.  Most importantly, plant an idea - take care of our planet, it's the only home we have. :o)

This year is sad for me as I was not able to volunteer as I usually do.  But we (the family and I) went to a local park - garbage bags in tow, and cleaned up all the trash and debris we could find. 


I will be back later on this evening to post more of my clientele's wonderful Easter goodies!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tutorial: Simple Long Stitch

I received a request tonight asking about the long-stitches used in several of the KISS Series animals.  As I tried to explain this simple stitch, the words appeared deceptively complicated; so, time for a visual tutorial.  This is a very basic and simple visual tutorial on how to create the look of separation in hooves, or toes, etc.

First you see the crochet piece in it's finished, but in un-detailed form.  This being a sheep's arm, in need of a single long stitch to give the appearance of a grooved hoof.



With contrasting color, insert the crafting needle through one side of the hoof, and exit the opposite side, as seen in the photos below.



Bring your yarn around the front of the piece and re-enter the hoof in the same stitch as you originally added the contrasting color, and follow the same stitch path again - seen below.



Slowly, evenly - begin to pull the ends tightly until you have the long stitch tight against the foot - be careful not to pull too tightly as it is very possible to either brake the yarn you are working with, or break stitches within your project.  An even, constant tension and patience works best.
Once you have the desired look, you want to re-insert the needle, slightly to the left or the right of the exit stitch, so that both tails are on the same side and you can make a knot to finish off as seen below. 




After knotting, snip off your remaining tails of yarn, and hide the small remain inside your work, for a finished/polish end product.  I have a pair of needle nose tweezers, but almost any slender item will work to hide those tail snippets.
And Viola, a hoof.


Please keep in mind that this was a very quick tutorial, and I know that the photographs are not the best quality, it is merely an intent to get the idea.
If you have multiple toes, repeat the process for as many 'separations' are needed.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter is Almost Upon Us

and the KISS Easter/Spring doodles are multiplying like, well, like rabbits...
Here are a few of the finished Bunnies, and Duckies and Lambs (Oh My)




These ladies have been so wonderful in sharing their doodles with me and allowing me to share them here with you!  I think each and everyone of them are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the kind gift of a smile!

More finished Doodles will be showcased on Thursday,  If you are not already a member, please consider joining us on Ravelry at FiberDoodles by You and share your finished doodles.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Coming This Week ...

New in the K.I.S.S. Line : Siamese Kitten and Triceratops



Coming this week to FiberDoodles by K4TT on etsy.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chickens, Hens, Eggs and Enjoyment


Yesterday, while on the road - well actually while I was waiting for the Hub to finish doing whatever it is men do when they are in the automotive section of a store and have limited car knowledge…
I was reading a fellow crafter’s blog..
Some may know her.. Sara of Crafting for Greyhounds
 
Recently she had lost some chickens due to a neighboring fox… well she had gotten 6 new chickens from a place called Little Hens Rescue

I had no idea that poultry lived in such hellish conditions just so people can have their breakfast omelets.. not a lot of farmlands around my neighborhood; so this was quite an eye opener.
If you have enjoyed the Chicken & Egg Pattern freebie, please consider a donation to this establishment (or one like it) to help these birds have a chance at a real life. The website linked above will take donations as little as 1.00£ and a full year is as little as 20.00£  Little Hens Rescue


So sad! I will never look at an egg the same again. I seriously need to revisit my vegetarian plan…


(repost from Ravelry FiberDoodles by You Group)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chicken & The Egg

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© 2011 FiberDoodles by K4TT/K.H. All Rights Reserved
Pattern: Beginner
Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0320 Cornmeal, 0321 Gold, 0365 Coffee, 0334 Buff and 0311 White
4mm eyes
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US G/6-4.25mm crochet hook (US)
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning

Terms Used and their Meanings:
ch - chain
Dec - Decrease
Inc - Increase
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
nxt - next
st or sts - stitch
ea - each
tog - together
M/M - Marker Moved or Move Marker
* all Inc and Dec are single crochet unless indicated otherwise. Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, without joining, unless noted.
If you need assistance with any of these stitches, please view stitch guide on the  Annie's Attic Website for further assistance and visual aids.
Stuff Pieces AS YOU WORK - I DO NOT add 'stuff here' reminders.

The Chicken

Head (Make 1):
with Cornmeal,
Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (24 sts)
Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (28 sts)
Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (32 sts)
Rnds 7-8: sc in ea st around  (32 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 14 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (30 sts)
Rnd 10: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (24 sts)
Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (18 sts)
Rnd 12: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (12 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure head to body.  Model's Eyes are placed between rnds 8 & 9 and spaced about 5 sts apart.

Beak (Make 1):
with Gold,
Chain 2,
Row 1: sc 3 times into 2nd ch from hook, ch-1, turn  (3 sts)
Row 2: (sc, hdc, sc) in nxt st, sc in nxt st, (sc, hdc, sc) in nxt st  (7 sts)

Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to sew beak together then to face.
Fold beak in half, forming a triangle (beg chain is tip of beak) using a whip stitch, stitch up bottom edge to create a 'cone' (you will see the beak shape form as you work).  Secure open end of beak to face and hide any remaining yarn tail.


Body (Make 1):
with Cornmeal,
Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 6 sc in st  (6 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (12 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (18 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (24 sts)
Rnds 5-7: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (28 sts)
Rnds 9-10: sc in ea st around  (28 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 11: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (24 sts)
Rnd 12: sc in ea st around  (24 sts)
Rnd 13: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (20 sts)
Rnd 14: sc in ea st around  (20 sts)
Rnd 15: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (16 sts)
Rnd 16: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
Rnd 17: sc in ea st around  (12 sts)
Finish off. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.

Wing (Make 2):
with Cornmeal,
Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 4 sc in st  (4 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st] twice  (6 sts)
Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (9 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (12 sts)
Rnd 5: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (16 sts)
Rnds 6-7: sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 8: sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts  (14 sts)
Rnd 9: sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts  (12 sts)
Rnd 10: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st] 3 times  (9 sts)
Rnd 11: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog[ 3 times  (6 sts)
Rnd 12: sc in ea st around  (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure wing to side of body.  Model's wings are placed between rnds 11 & 14.

Foot (Make 2):
with Gold,
Chain 4, 
Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), hdc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st  (14 sts)
Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (14 sts)
Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, M/M  (12 sts)
Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (9 sts)
Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (9 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 10: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (6 sts)
Rnds 11-12: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of rnd 12 to close opening and secure foot to bottom of body.  With Coffee and elongated whip-stitch, give the foot the appearance of 2 separate toes.  Model's toes are approximately 5 rnds long.



The Egg

Egg (Make 1):
with White,
Rnd 1: Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 8 sc in st  (8 sts)
Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (16 sts)
Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (16 sts)
Rnd 4: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (24 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (28 sts)
Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (28 sts)
Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (32 sts)
Rnds 10-11: sc in ea st around  (32 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 12: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 4 times  (36 sts)
Rnds 13-18: sc in ea st around  (36 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 19: [sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (32 sts)
Rnds 20-22: sc in ea st around
Rnd 23: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 8 times  (24 sts)
Rnd 24: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times  (12 sts)
Rnd 25: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of rnd 26 to close opening.  Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.

Foot (Make 2):
with Buff,
Chain 4, 
Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in nxt st, 4 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), hdc in nxt st, Inc in last st. (10 sts)
Rnd 2: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st  (14 sts)
Rnd 3: sc in ea st around  (14 sts)
Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, M/M  (12 sts)
Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (12 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (9 sts)
Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (9 sts/ea rnd)
Rnd 10: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (6 sts)
Rnds 11-12: sc in ea st around  (6 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of rnd 12 to close opening and secure foot to bottom of body.  With Coffee and elongated whip-stitch, give the foot the appearance of 2 separate toes.  Model's toes are approximately 5 Rnds long.


Using the photos as a guide, finish sewing the pieces of your Egg & Chick together. Add any personal touches to make it your very own amigurumi fiber doodle.




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Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Tweets - Which Came First?

The Chicken or the Egg?


These little ones were supposed to be part of a larger set which I had planned on having out for Easter this year.  Due to the family emergency which arose earlier this week, the larger counterparts of this set were never sewn together, nor sent to testing/proofing - which means that there is not time to get them ready for you for any sort of Easter Basket goodies.





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All patterns are released in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Mini KISS Easter Collection & More..

The Easter Mini KISS Collection (as well as individuals) are now for sale in the shop.  





And will be joined soon by the KISS Mantis (pictured below) and the KISS Ladybug (no photo, yet).