Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Friend: Graham the Gingerbread

Admittedly, I have never been fond of eating Gingerbread - I don't even know if you do eat it... but it's great fun to create with it!

Graham here is just one of those little treats you cannot help but want to gobble up!  So melt-in-your-mouth sweet with his licorice banded (removable) Newsboy Cap, gumdrop buttons and piped icing trim.  


This pattern is slightly more advanced due to the mixing of rounds as well as rows - but so adorable, you'll hardly notice.


Graham, the Gingerbread Boy contains 11 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and instructions to help you bring this deliciously sweet, 17 inch plush friend together to share with your little one or just have around for the holidays.




Although dressed up for a traditional New England Christmas here, imagine what fun you can create with different adornments!!  Pick up your copy of Graham today and doodle yourself into sugar bliss with all the sweet creative choices of your own holiday decor!


Purchase Graham the Gingerbread 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® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0336 Warm Brown, 0672 Spring Green, 0311 White, 0365 Coffee and 0319 Cherry Red
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US H8/5.00mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


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Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

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Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold 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.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winter Friend: Tinsel the SnowKid

Introducing Tinsel, the SnowKid!

Tinsel loves hot chocolate, especially with marshmallows and a hint of peppermint!  There is absolutely nothing frigid or cold about this little fella!  In fact, he'd rather watch the snow fall from inside, next to a cozy fire.. or snuggled up under some flannel sheets in a nice warm bed!



Tinsel would love to share this winter with you and your little one!  This pattern is slightly more advanced due to the mixing of rounds and rows as well as working with 2 live colors to get the spiral for the earflap hat - but so adorable, you hardly notice the challenge.  



Tinsel the SnowKid contains 11 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and instructions to help you bring this warmly squishy, 17 inch plush friend together to share with your little one.



Tinsel the SnowKid, is ready to laugh and play with your little one.  Pick up your little friend before all the snow melts away and the dog days of summer are back upon us!



Purchase Tinsel the Snowkid 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® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 3950 Charcoal, 0311 White, 0256 Carrot, 0312 Black and 0883 Spa Blue
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US H8/5.00mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.


By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold 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.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

An Oldie but a Goodie?

I designed this little fella years ago (2009/10 - I believe - I can tell from my notes because I used a "0" thread hook - hee hee), but never finished my own doll and never did anything with the pattern...  
He's been tested by testers years ago, but I never did finish him up or write him up correctly ...
until NOW!


The Gingerbread Boy
Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0336 Warm Brown, 0311 White, 0672 Spring Green and 0319 Cherry Red
Fiberfill
Size US F/5-3.75mm Crochet Hook  (testers have used up to a "G" hook - however Model in photograph was actually hooked with Sz 0 Steel Thread Hook

8mm Safety eyes
Crochet or Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning



This pattern is worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted.  Stuff your piece as you work as there are NO “stuff here” indicators present within the pattern instructions.


Head:  (Make 1)
with Warm Brown,
Chain 6, 
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 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), sc in ea of nxt 3 sts  Inc in nxt st (14 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st] twice  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st] twice  (22 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in nxt st, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in nxt st] twice   (30 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts) 5 times, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 7-9: sc in ea st around  (36 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 10: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts) 5 times, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  sc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (30 sts)
___ Rnds 11-12: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 13: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times (24 sts)
___ Rnd 14: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 15: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (12 sts)

Body:  (continued from Head)

___ Rnd 16: [sc in nxt st, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in nxt st, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 17: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st] twice  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 18: [sc in nxt st, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts]  twice  (32 sts)
___ Rnds 19-20: sc in ea st around  (32 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 21: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts] twice  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 22-27: sc in ea st around  (36 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 28: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts) 5 times, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 29: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 30: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 31: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 12 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 32: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (12 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 32 to close opening.  Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.




Arm:  (Make 2)
with Warm Brown,
Chain 4, 
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 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), sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st (10 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (14 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] twice  (18 sts)
___ Rnds 4-5: sc in ea st around  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (14 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts  (11 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st) 3 times, Inc in nxt st  (15 sts)
___ Rnds 10-15: sc in ea st around  (15 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 16: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 11 sts  (14 sts)
___ Rnd 17: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 18: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 18 to close opening.  Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide or use tail to secure Arm to side of Body.




Leg:  (Make 2)
* for a doll that can stand independently, remember to stuff foot area firmly and on hard surface
with Warm Brown,
___ 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 nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 8 times  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, (hdc-Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 6 times, sc in ea of nxt 9 sts  (24 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, (hdc-Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 6 times, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea st around  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 9: Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 14 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog  (16 sts)
___ Rnds 10-14 sc in ea st around  (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 15: [sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 16: [sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 4 times  (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 16 to close opening.  Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide or use tail to secure Leg to  Body.


Extras
Cheeks (Make 2): with Cherry Red, Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, 7 sc in st  (7 sts)
Gumdrop Buttons (Make 3): with Color of Choice, 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).  In back loops only, sc in ea st around.


Finishing:
Using colors of your choice or materials of your choice, embellish your Gingerbread Boy with 'icing' highlighting his ankles, wrists, neck and head with a zig-zaggy pattern.  Everything on your doll should resemble 'candy' like items (licorice, icing, gumdrops, sugars, etc)
Give gingerbread boy a smile between his cheeks.  Model uses a french-knot placed at the center of a "V" like stitch.




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By utilizing any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Users may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.
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.

All patterns released from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. If you wish to share this pattern, please link to the website and/or page - DO NOT re-print or re-post to another website.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Magic

"The whole world abounds in magic. When a whale plunges out of the sea like a newborn mountain, you gasp in unexpected delight. What magic! 
But a toddler who sees his first tadpole flashing in a mud puddle feels the same thrill. 
Wonder fills his heart, because he has glimpsed for an instant the playfulness of life."
~Michael Jackson

It always amazes me, the wonderment and magic in a child's eyes when receiving a gift.  That a handmade gift can still bring immense joy over store bought, computer driven bobbles that the novelty quickly wears from.  That, by far, is the best gift of any season!

Today, I received such a gift when the Hub & I delivered several of the "Winter Friends"



Security is heightened, so naturally I called ahead to the school to ensure that I would not have any problems entering with large boxes which were obviously stuffed to the brims.  These boxes of fiber sunshine, brightened an overall gloomy and blustery day.



I love watching even the most stoic of teachers' faces change during the holiday!  Christmas truly is a magical time of the year... and after several weeks of nearly non-stop and relentless crocheting - being rewarded with a warm smile, a joyful shriek and a few hugs makes it all worth while!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Seriously TOUGH Boss!!

I know I've been extremely quiet over the past month - well since about Thanksgiving...
Many of you already know, this is due to the charity work that I do.  This year, with times being what they are, the amount of requests I have received was so great, that I actually had to turn a few away.  (Which truly breaks my heart! But for one (a local animal shelter), I will be doing a charity basket for Valentine's Day).  Next year, I think I may have to start in February/March to ensure that I have enough!  It has been many a night since Turkey Day, that I've not gone to bed before 3am; so I am looking forward to Christmas just to be able to relax :)

But none of my 'employers' have been more demanding than a little girl who wanted some dolls for her classmates.  Yes, the people have put in their demands!
Of the 6 dolls I designed, only 4 were approved.  (1 is still pending as we are in dispute over whether or not Gingerbread People have hair!)

I bring to you several of the upcoming releases.  (These dolls are in the final phase with my associates and should be available this weekend.)

Tinsel, the Snowkid



Mistletoe, the Mutt


Graham, the Gingerbread Boy



The smile on the Boss' face says "job well done" and that's all that matters!!



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Take a Chance While Helping Cats!!

CALOVERS HOLIDAGIFT BASKET! 
DRAWING DECEMBER 19, 2012!




Over $350.00 worth of nifty items in here! And they can be yours! 


Treat yourself to some raffle tickets and support The Cat House on the Kings

Raffle tickets are just $5 each. 
For every 4 tickets you purchase, you will get one free. (So if you buy $20 worth you will actually get five tickets!) 

To enter: send a check or money order payable in U.S. Dollars to The Cat House on the Kings and marked "RAFFLE TICKETS" in the memo section to:

The Cat House on the Kings
7120 S. Kings River Rd.
Parlier, CA 93648

Alternatively, you may call The Cat House on the Kings' office at  (559) 638-0030 to purchase tickets with a credit card ($20 minimum). Your ticket numbers will be recorded for the drawing, but they are saving on postage and not mailing ticket stubs. 
You do NOT need to be present to win. 
The Cat House on the Kings will ship the basket contents to the winner! Open to EVERYONE!! 
Tickets purchased locally will receive ticket stubs. 
**Please note: The Cat House on the Kings is not permitted to accept raffle ticket payments online and apologize for any inconvenience.


FiberDoodles by K4TT is not affiliated with The Cat House on the Kings, it's website or it's subsidiaries.  Odds in winning depends on number of raffle tickets sold.  The Cat House on the Kings is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Face Only a Mother Could Love

or a doodler!
Actually, I love Moose, but I also love deer and cow and all sorts of animals that many just view as "live stock" ... (food).

So it only seemed natural to add the K.I.S.S. Moose to the collection, as this holiday season approaches.  
When we were stationed in Alaska, it was just as common to see one of these beautiful creatures strolling through your back yard, as it is for most to see a 'coon or 'possum.



For anyone who doesn't realize and may see these animals as sort of 'just an overgrown deer'... umm.. no.  
Think HORSE and you'd hit your mark a little closer. 
I have a photograph packed away somewhere, (I will have to try and find it) of my Sorel® booted foot (a size 7) next to a moose print in the snow outside my home in AK.  My foot - an "average woman's size", looks like a child's print next to the track my visitor left behind.


The K.I.S.S. Moose contains 9 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and instructions to help you bring this most majestic of winter wildlife into your home.



Purchase KISS Series Moose 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 0360 Café, 0334 Buff, 0330 Linen, and 0365 Coffee
Fiberfill
Size US G/6-4.25mm Crochet Hook
Crochet or Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns are sent in PDF form as an attachment to the eMail address that you have on file with PayPal, within 24 hours of your payment. You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.

By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.
Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.
Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.
All patterns are sold 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.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.