Friday, November 25, 2011

From the Heart...

but very sweet..



During this holiday time, please remember the little ones that only want a furrever home and someone to love them.  Please, donate to your local animal shelter or adopt a sweet soul to share your holiday with.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Maya the KISS Angel


Maya is currently available for purchase at FiberDoodles by K4TT on Ravelry.com for your holiday crocheting pleasure.



This little K.I.S.S. Angel, the newest in the K.I.S.S. Series, is pushing the boundaries of "keeping it simple" due to one slightly challenging method in which to make her knees and elbows bend.

Aside from that, which could always be 'overlooked' and just crocheted static, she's as simple as the rest of the K.I.S.S. Series and every bit as adorable.



She'd make the perfect little angel for your little angel - model measuring nearly 16 inches tall when crocheted with a Size G hook and using Worsted Weight yarns.




Purchase KISS Series Angel on Etsy.com



** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this 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.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0311 White, 0360 Café, 0321 Gold, 0313 Aran, 0365 Coffee
Fiberfill
Size US G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Crochet or Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


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The "Name Her" Angel - Winner

First let me say:

Thank you to ALL who participated!  I truly enjoyed reading your stories/reasons for the name you chose as well as the beautiful names you came up with.
Sadly, there can only be 1 winner in a contest... right?
Well.. there will only be 1 winner for the K.I.S.S. Angel Pattern - but all entries will receive a Mini K.I.S.S. Reindeer Pattern as a consolation prize - emailed to you later this week.
So everyone is a winner!



Each name was copied and pasted to notepad and assigned a number - (that way I 'couldn't remember who said what - well except for Erin... lol).  If multiple names were contained within a single post - only the first name was accepted.  
1) SALLY
2) Gabriella
3) Katrine
4) Nevaeh
5) Camille
6) Angelina
7) Betty
8) Mathilda
9) Sarafina
10) Cookie
11) Katherine
12) Mimi
13) Tindra
14) Adora
15) Asrai
16) Yarnella
17) Amelia
18) Laura Lynn
19) Ruth
20) Celeste
21) rose
22) alexis rose
23) Thalia
24) Arianna
25) Erin
26) Aurélia
27) Angelika
28) Adri
29) Harmony
30) maya

Then using the Randomizer at http://www.random.org these number values where placed in the drawing.



and...
the winner of the K.I.S.S. Angel Pattern and the Angel's New name...  Maya





Congratulations Maya's Mommy - Your pattern will be eMailed to you shortly.
 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Name Her and She's Yours

On Monday, I introduced you to the K.I.S.S. Angel...


Sadly, there is a serious problem with her... one that simply cannot be overlooked or ignored...
she doesn't have a name!!!
Can't have a dolly out there in the world who doesn't have a name to go with her..

So, time for a CONTEST.. 

So okay, we need a name - if your name is chosen, you will receive the K.I.S.S. Angel in your eMail absolutely free - 

Rules:
1) You may enter as many times as you'd like, however each entry must be as a separate comment.
2) In the event 2 people come up with the same name, the first time stamp gets credit for the entry
3) the deadline is Monday, November 21th at MIDNIGHT (Eastern Standard) with the winner to be announced Tuesday once she becomes available at FiberDoodles by K4TT on etsy.



Please remember to post your email address in the comment or I will have no way to send you your pattern.
I will use a random drawing method - however, I will also read reasons for the name you choose, should you include a reason.. Who knows?  A name could move me so much, we may have multiple winners.

So... let's begin! 


Monday, November 14, 2011

G'Morning Angel


A glorious Monday morning that I woke to.  There is a crispness on the air - the birds singing and squirrels frolicking in the backyard...  such beauty that one only needs to look and see to appreciate.
But who has the time anymore?  
Who just steps out their door with coffee (or tea) takes in a deep breath and admires the beauty that is all around them?  A beauty that can't be packaged, bought or wrapped...
 

It is these types of mornings, which bring me the most inspiration..
It was this sort of morning, a week or so ago, when I had a vision for an Angel.  Feverishly I worked on getting her just right.  From the waves in her hair, to the look of her sandals... of course, keeping every stitch as simple as possible.





I think she is perfect.  Of course, I am bias.. 
This little K.I.S.S. Angel, the newest in the K.I.S.S. Series, is pushing the boundaries of  "keeping it simple" due to one slightly challenging method in which to make her knees and elbows bend - Yup, I said it; "her knees and elbows bend."   (yours don't?).
Aside from that, which could always be 'overlooked' and just crocheted static, she's as simple as the rest of the K.I.S.S. Series and every bit as adorable.

She is currently in the 'testing' phase and will have her photo shoot mid-week and then available for you at FiberDoodles by K4TT etsy.  She'd make the perfect little angel for your little angel - model measuring nearly 16 inches tall when crocheted with a Size G hook and using Worsted Weight yarns.

Angels are so perfect for this time of year... when we think of all we've accomplished over the past 12 months - and more importantly, what's still left to be done.  
We all could use an angel watching over us...






Thursday, November 10, 2011

Poultry is Poultry?

Readers who've followed me long enough, know that I get some of the wildest excitement from seeing my doodles done by another's hand.  Their version of my vision.  The artistic flare that their eye sees when they view one of my doodles.  What their mind actually envisions when they view one of my completed designs.    Where they would take it, how they would do it differently.. make it 'their own'.

It's just very ... it is amazing to see where others take you on their journey of creativity.  I find myself often thinking  - OMG!  I didn't even see that!  How original!  Something as simple as a color change, or an extra embellishment here or there...  well it really can put a whole new spin on a design.

In April of this year, a brilliantly creative client of mine had purchased several patterns from both the KISS Series as well as the Sculptured line.   She was generous enough to share the photographs of her wonderful KISS Zebra and Lion; but it had been some time since I had heard from her. The last I heard, she said she was going to begin working on a bunny...




That was until the other day..
"Dear K4TT, a few months ago I purchased your Pilan the Poult pattern and I was so busy I never got to create it. I just wanted to share these few pictures with you. Your pattern was a great inspiration when a friend of mine needed a hen for a Christmas gift for her 2 year old niece. I just used your body part as head and vice versa (to have a smaller and more hen-like head) and created a comb. My friend loves it very very much and I can't wait till Christmas to hear about her niece's reaction. So thank you very much for you great work! You are my inspiration."

UPDATE: "My friend likes the chicken so much that she won't give it away and she will give it to her daughter instead. Just to keep it home."

Needless to say, I am so thrilled!  Thrilled!!!  I LOVE the chicken!!  I think it is so brilliant!!  So adorable and just the sweetest derivative works created from one of my designs!

Hmm.. I think I may actually want it to come to the States to live with me... :)

Thank you for sharing Zuzana - Your friend is truly blessed to have you in her life.  It is wonderful clients like you, Zuzana, which inspire me.  I want to see what you do with Maxie... hmm.. but since you've not purchased him, I think I will just have to send him to you.



Story and Photographs shared with permission
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Turkey's Lament



When I was a young turkey and new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop.
He then sat me down, while he spoke really slow,
and told me there were somethings that I just had to know;

His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he spoke of the horrors of . . . "Black November".

"Come about August, now listen to me,
you'll be feed several times daily, instead of just three.
Each day you'll get thicker, where once you were thin,
and you'll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin.

Then one morning, when you're all warm in your bed,
the farmer's wife will burst in and she'll hack off your head!
She'll pluck out your feathers so you're bald and raw pink,
and scoop out all your insides, staight into the sink!
But then comes the worst part" he said not bluffing,
"She'll spread your cheeks and pack your rear-end with stuffing!"

Well, the rest of his words, I find too grim to repeat,
so, I sat on the stoop, like a winged piece of meat.
That's when I decided to avoid being cooked,
I would have to lay low and remain overlooked.

I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola.
As the rest of the birds ate pastries, chocolates and crepes,
I stayed in my room working out to Jane Fonda tapes.

I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
and tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed.
But it was I who was laughing, although under my breath,
as they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death.

And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound.

So now I'm a pet in the farmer's wife's lap;
I haven't a worry, so I eat and I nap.
She held me today, while sewing and humming,
and smiled at me and said "Christmas is coming........"


This young Tom is one Turkey you don't have to feel guilty about sitting on the Thanksgiving Day table.  
He is available for your crocheting pleasure at FiberDoodles by K4TT on etsy.  Just like the rest of the KISS Series, the KISS Turkey is crocheted using the simplest of stitches and techniques to create a one of a kind treat for the little ones in your family.  Model was approximately 12 inches in height and about 7 inches in width.  
Pattern contains 2 visual aides (tutorials) for both the feet and wings.


Black November/A Turkey's Lament - unknown author
This story is one that I eMail each year and still get a chuckle from.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

He Is Coming...

There will be a new face coming to etsy this weekend..



I caught glimpses of him out in the wooded area today, mere days before his arrival at the FiberDoodles by K4TT etsy storefront and was able to snap these quick photographs.



The K.I.S.S. Turkey - available this weekend for sale at FiberDoodles by K4TT etsy store.  One Turkey sweet enough to eat ...


...but so cute, you won't want to.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wow! That's About All I Can Say.

October was one heck of a month!  
Aside from many medical issues, which kept me more in bed viewing the world passing by rather than enjoying it - it's the introduction to the 'Holiday Season'.

Within the past few weeks- Wow!  That is all I can say ..

I won't go into all of it, but seriously, where have manners gone?
Remember "thank you"?  Have people become so self-absorbed to remember those 2 very small, but incredibly formidable words?  Very Sad!

Perfect timing perhaps... as November is the time when we - even if only superficially and for one day - "give thanks".

People often ask me "Why.." - "Why don't you just sell your patterns?  Why give quality patterns away for free?  So-n-So doesn't do it....  You need to stop just giving your talent away".   (taken from an actual eMail omitting the other designer(s) names of course!)
And I tell you, through the month of October, I began to ask myself the same question.

But through all the selfish...
through all of the "it's all about me" ugliness...
that has seemingly blanketed September and October like those fake cobwebs clumped up on the dying leaves of a New England Autumn slumbering tree- 
Thursday, I received an eMail from one of my blog viewers and it truly brightened my weekend and reminded me "why".

Ailsa is a blog viewer only - to the best of my knowledge, she is not a 'follower' or 'client' or 'friend'.  This was the first time she'd contacted me.. and why?
Not to ask me questions about sales or remind me how tough times are asking for a free pattern ... but to give me, Katt, a gift.  
A wonderfully unselfish gift of the heart.

Ailsa used her imagination and creativity and the Giraffe Pillow Pal as a base - and created gifts of her own for small children in her family.

"Hi, My name is Ailsa and I absolutely love your patterns, I have made the giraffe for one of my nephews and he takes it everywhere with him, his baby brother has started wanting it so I decided to make him one but realized they would be the same, so I made the giraffe but in cow colours! So I thought Id show you so you could use it if you wanted, the pattern is the same the only difference is the bits of black on his back which I just made up as I stitched and the udders which is basically a circle and a few smaller versions of the ossicornes.
I hope you like it
Thank you for your fantastic patterns and your clear instructions!"

My heart is light  -  my eyes ready to burst with tear and my nose tingling.  Not only sharing that I have inspired - that one of my patterns has benefited a child - that the child adores the doodle created.. Ailsa and my clients and blog viewers like her, give me a gift each time they share such heart warming stories with me.  

Ailsa, check your eMail - while you are most welcome to use your creativity for your reindeer needs, I have taken the liberty of eMailing you the KISS Reindeer as well as the entire KISS Easter Collection.



Many Blessings to you and yours. 
May thankfulness and generosity be as inspirational and contagious as humanly possible.  Pay It Forward is more than a 'movie' - it's a state of well-being.