Saturday, September 29, 2012

Handful or Neckful?

8th in the Handful Series


Introducing a Handful of Giraffe. One of my associates has come to believe that I had gone on safari with the latest members to the handful family.  But I just cannot resist 'tiny giraffes'.  The truth of the matter is, that one of my dear friends has a love of giraffes - and after the millionth viewing of an Xfinity commercial that features a teeny tiny giraffe - well a handful of giraffe was born.
This Handful is the 8th in the line of promised quick projects.  
Ready in just hours, these cute little handfuls make the perfect gift for any occasion.



The Handful Series was designed to give you the absolute freedom to customize as you wish - creating your very own personalized handmade and heartfelt gift.  Color changes (or lack there of) is completely at purchaser’s discretion. The use of embroidery techniques or purchased plastic additions may be employed to finish your doodle.  Basically - There is NO right or wrong way to make your doodle.


A Handful of Giraffe contains 8 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs and instructions to help you bring this happy, 12 inch little friend together.



Purchase Handful of Giraffe 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 0320 Cornmeal, 0336 Warm Brown, 0313 Aran and 0365 Coffee
9mm Plastic Safety Eyes
poly-fil fiberfill
Size US F/5-3.75mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Long Straight Pins for positioning


This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Gearing Up for Holiday Charity Work

September has just flew past!!  I mean, in the blink of an eye so it would seem!
My health has been poor over the last month and I apologize for not updating the blog - but some things cannot be helped.



So, what's coming up?
Well, as always at this time of year - online commissions are now closed until after the holidays.  I will begin working solely on my charity works for raffles and give-aways from now until December 28th.  Commissions will resume about the first week in January.

I recently updated the sales links from this blog to utilize Ravelry.com's Instant Download capabilities for the majority of my patterns.  This means that if you purchase one of the patterns from my blog with the little white "Buy Now" button, it is available to you for immediate download.  There are only a few (newest) patterns which will still have to be shipped via eMail address - but my hopes is that the Instant Download will appease the desire for instant availability of your purchase.  My hope is that this will be mutually appreciated.  (It is also an attempt at getting away from etsy.com - as their fees are the highest amongst all the venues where FiberDoodles by K4TT patterns are currently offered to the public).

The Let Down :(
FiberDoodles by K4TT had planned to release several 'home products' as well as some clothing and baby items, such as hats, scarves, booties, rattles, blankets, etc.  Unfortunately, due to my health, I have been unable, as of yet, to expand the FiberDoodles line in this direction.  Although, I am still going to strive to get a few things out and see what everyone thinks. There were also several patterns, including a bookworm and a character named "Swoops", which were completed and tested - but sadly, did not make their themed deadline for release - in other words, they are "Summer or End of Summer" based.  The Bookworm will be released in the Spring of 2013, for end of school gift giving if desired, and the remainder, closer to the Summer 2013 season.  

There are 4 new handfuls which will be out very soon (in fact, 1 either tonight or tomorrow) and several larger projects upcoming for this holiday season.  And of course the KISS Series has a few new friends that will be added as well (You didn't think they were all done did you?! )
Out of sight means only more productivity, so keep watching!!




I am still looking for artisans who have utilized FiberDoodles by K4TT patterns to make items for charity or sale.  If you would like to share your finished items with my readers (and possibly make a sale on a finished item you've created), please eMail me with your Shop Name, your eMail address and a link to where the item can be found.  If the piece proceeds are going to a charitable cause, a little information on the charity would also be appreciated.  This is open to all Doodlers - foreign and domestic.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Remembrance CAL (Part II - Final)

The Stand:
with Dark Grey,
___ 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: (sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st) 4 times (16 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts) 3 times, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st (24 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, (3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts) 3 times, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts (32 sts)
___ Rnd 5: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 7 sts) 3 times, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts (40 sts)
___ Rnd 6: in BLO (Back Loops Only), sc in ea st around (40 sts)
___ Rnd 7: sc in ea st around (40 sts)
___ Rnd 8: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, ((Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts) 3 times, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts (32 sts)
___ Rnd 9: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts) 3 times, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts (28 sts)
___ Rnd 10: sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts) 3 times, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (24 sts)
___ Rnd 11: (sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 4 times (20 sts)
___ Rnd 12: (sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 4 times (16 sts)
___ Rnd 13: in FLO (Front Loops Only), loosely slst in ea st around (16 sts)
___ Rnd 14: in BLO (Back Loops Only)/unworked lps of Rnd 12, sc in ea st around (16 sts)
___ Rnds 15-17: sc in ea st around (16 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 18: in FLO (Front Loops Only), loosely slst in ea st around (16 sts)
Finish off. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.
Optional Adornment
with White,
Chain 28, esc (Extended single crochet) in 2nd chain from hook, esc in ea of nxt 26 sts (27 sts)
Using either slipstitches, surface crochet or embroidery techniques create a “stripe” of red on one side of your ribbon and “blue” opposite, leaving a small amount of white showing to create a ‘border’.

You can find Part I here: http://bit.ly/2f3XkSr
Extended Single Crochet is just like working a double crochet, except you do NOT yarn-over prior to entering the stitch. Enter stitch, yarn over, bring through one loop on hook, yarn over, bring through both loops on hook.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Remembrance CAL (Part I)

Pattern:
Easy
Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in Light Grey, Dark Grey, Orange, Red, Light Yellow and White
poly-fil fiberfill, newspaper (stuffing)
Size US F5/3.75mm crochet hook
Crochet Needle for sewing
Part 1 Base:
with Light Grey,
___ 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: in BLO (Back Loops Only), sc in ea st around (12 sts)
___ Rnds 4-20: sc in ea st around (12 sts/ea rnd)
Finish off. Secure and weave in remaining tail to hide.
Part 1 Top:
with Light Yellow,
___ Rnd 1: Using either the (ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook) or (magic circle) method to begin project, 5 sc in st (5 sts)
___ Rnd 2: sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts (7 sts)
___ Rnd 3: sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts (9 sts)
___ Rnd 4: sc in ea st around (9 sts)
___ Rnd 5: 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, changing to Orange on lst st (9 sts)
with Orange,
___ Rnd 6: sc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in nxt st (9 sts)
___ Rnd 7: (sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times, changing to White on lst st (6 sts)
with White,
___ Rnd 8: in FLO (Front Loops Only), (Inc in nxt st) 6 times (12 sts)
___ Rnd 9: in BLO (Back Loop Only), slst in nxt st, chain 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, slst in nxt ch, finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure section to Base. Skip nxt 4 sts on Rnd 8, again in BLO (Back Loop Only), join with a slst and ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, slst in ea of nxt 2 chs. Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure section to Base. Remainder of Rnd 8 is left unworked.
This completes Part 1 of the CAL
You can find Part II here: http://bit.ly/2f41wla

Monday, September 3, 2012

Return to Sender!


Please take a moment to check that your eMail address associated with your paypal account is accurate and up-to-date.  (It has been 10+ years since I established a Paypal account, but I thought that a verification eMail was sent?)  Perhaps you had to recently change it due to a service provider change?  Took too long to log into an old eMail account and it was deactivated?  It could be any 1 of 100 different reasons... however, 

fiberdoodles@gmail.com    and   fiberdooodles@gmail.com  are going to reach 2 entirely different inboxes or one may be bounced back because it simply doesn't exist.  (and you wouldn't believe how many times I have typed the latter as my eMail address!  So much, I own both, just in case!)

When I send out patterns, I mail them to the eMail address associated with the PayPal account purchasing the pattern.  On 3 separate occasions this past week alone, patterns have been sent to wrong eMail addresses due to errors in the buyer's eMail address provided to me from their paypal account.  (I copy/paste from the payment stub I receive - although I am error prone, even I have a hard time creating a typo with a simple eMail addy copy/paste job.) 

This is incredibly frustrating, time consuming and completely avoidable.  Irate people demanding refunds, clients upset they've not received their order and Fiberdoodles stuck in the middle not sure if a stolen credit card is to blame, blatant fraud/larceny or just a simple typographical error. 

With so many people online, it is completely possible that someone has a nearly identical eMail address as you.  So please, check your accuracy with your paypal account prior to ordering.