Sunday, December 18, 2016

12 Days of Christmas SALE


Although it may be too late to crochet up a Christmas themed character - there are more holidays around the corner! Groundhog Day, St. Valentine's Day, Easter.. before you know it, they will soon be here as well. 
Take an opportunity to get those patterns NOW, with a deal that only comes around once a year!!

So for the 7th Day of Christmas, take advantage of this great 12 Days of Christmas Deal:

$12.00USD off your purchase of $24.00 or more with Coupon Code : 12DAYS2016
OR 
take 12% off your purchase with Coupon Code: 12DAYSOFXMAS2016

Date: 18 December 2016.
Time Start: 00:01 EST Time End: 24:00EST
Where: https://goo.gl/kE0jz8
Use Coupon Code: 12DAYS2016 ($12USD off/$24) / 12DAYSOFXMAS2016 (12% off - no minimum)
Good ONLY on Etsy.com


* Coupon Code must be applied during the 'check out', to receive benefit of promotion. If coupon does not work, please refresh your browser, clear your cookies, and try again - if you do not agree with the check-out price, DO NOT COMPLETE CHECK OUT PROCESS! Absolutely NO refunds will be given, offered or applied to future transactions. Patterns can NOT be transferred to other venues.

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Very Mouse-y Christmas

M-I-C, See you real soon,
K-E-Y, Why?  Because we like you..
M-O-U-S-E
Mickey Mouse was always a highlight of the Christmas Season for me growing up.
From watching a Mickey's Christmas Carol to Pluto's Christmas Tree or just watching the Mickey Mouse Club itself - I sort of grew up with a Mickey Themed childhood - and loved it!
So this year, as my children have grown too old for the "Elf on a Shelf" and "Polar Express" sort of fun, I reverted back to my own childhood to recreate a more traditional Christmas.


Pattern: 
Easy

Materials Used in Model: 
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0312 Black, 0319 Cherry Red, 0722 Pretty n’ Pink  and 0311 White
Size US F/5-3.75mm Crochet Hook
3" Styrofoam Ball or Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for Positioning
*Optional Buttons





Mickey Ornament:
Bottom Section (Make 1):
with Cherry Red,
___ 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 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (27 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (33 sts)

___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 9-11: sc in ea st around, changing to Black on lst st  (36 sts)

with Black,
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea st around  (36 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Botton Section to Top Section.

Button (Make 2):
with White,

___ 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)Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Button to front of Bottom Section.Split Black yarn in half (2 strands), add 2 black lines to give the appearance of "button holes."

Top Section 
(Make 1):
with Black,
___ 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 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (36 sts)
Finish off. Secure and weave in tail to hide.


Ear (Make 2):
with Black,

___ 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 ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnds 5-6:sc in ea st around  (18 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts. Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts. Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (10 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Ear to top of Top Section (head).


Hanger (Make 1):
with Black, Chain 12, slst in 12th ch from hook.
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Hanger to center of Top Section
.




Minnie Ornament:

Bottom Section (Make 1):
with Pretty n' Pink,
___ 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 7 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (27 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 9 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (33 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 9-11: sc in ea st around, changing to Black on lst st  (36 sts)
with Black,
___ Rnd 12: sc in ea st around (36 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Bottom Section to Top Section.



Skirt 
(Make 1):
with White,
with opening facing towards you and working between Rnds 11 & 12 in INTO the 'body' on bottom half of ornament, sc around  (36 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 3: [ slst into nxt st, loosely ch-2] 30 timesFinish off. Secure and weave in tail to hide.


Top Section (Make 1):
with Black,
___ 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 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 6: sc in ea st around  (30 sts)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (36 sts)
___ Rnds 8-9: sc in ea st around  (36 sts)

Finish off. Secure and weave in tail to hide.

Bow 
(Make 1):
with Pretty n' Pink,
Chain 6,
___ Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, 3 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 last st  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [(hdc, ch-1, hdc) in nxt st, sc in nxt st, slst in nxt st, sc in nxt st,  (hdc, ch-1, hdc) in nxt st, slst in nxt st] twice  
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to wrap around center of Bow to create bow center (at slst) and attach to top of "head" between Ears.


Ear (Make 2):
with Black,

___ 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 ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnds 5-6: sc in ea st around  (18 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 7: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts. Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (15 sts)
___ Rnd 8: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts. Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 9: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] twice  (10 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Ear to top of Top Section (head).

Hanger (Make 1):
with Black, Chain 12, slst in 12th ch from hook.
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Hanger to center of Top Section.



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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.


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

DumDum's Halloween Mod


The Halloween LoveBug Mod

Materials :

Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0672 Spring Green, 0245 Orange and 0336 Warm Brown
Size E4/3.50 Crochet Hook (US) 
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
6mm Black Plastic Beads for Eyes
DumDum Lollipops (or similar product)
Yarn Needle for Sewing

*Special Notation(s):
- 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.
- Only the Head/Body of this project are stuffed with filling; all other sections remain unstuffed.
- Eyes are placed at approximately Rnd 8 and spaced 4 sts apart on Head - however, you may wish to place them upon completion based on your crocheting techniques and personal preferences.Creating the sections of the "Pumpkin Head" is optional - however, place eyes, stem and any additional little touches BEFORE you attempt to create the divots with long stitches.
- The Vines by the Stem are merely scraps of Spring Green, unwound, reducing the 4 ply yarn to 4 individual strands - then given a good twist and allowing them to lay as they wish.
  

Head/Body  (Make 1):

with Orange,
___ 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 3 sts, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (30 sts)
___ Rnds 6-10: sc in ea st around  (30 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 11: [(Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 5 times, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts] twice  (20 sts)
___ Rnd 12: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 10 times  (10 sts)
___ Rnd 13: [(Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in nxt st] twice, changing to Spring Green on lst st  (6 sts)

with Spring Green,
___ Rnd 14: [Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 15: [sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st] 6 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 16: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Inc in nxt st] 3 times  (21 sts)
___ Rnds 17-19: sc in ea st around  (21 sts/ea rnd)
___ Rnd 20: [sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 3 times  (18 sts)
___ Rnd 21: (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 9 times  (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to weave through the front loops of Rnd 21 to close opening so that no stuffing can escape.


Arm  (Make 2) :
with Spring Green,

Chain 6, hdc 5 times in 2nd ch from hook, carefully remove hook from last st made, temporarily dropping your loop, and insert your hook into first hdc made, grab loop and pull through as you would if making a slst, ch-1, slst in ea of the 4 remaining chains of beg ch-6.
Finish off leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Arm to side of Body.
Slide DumDum (or similar stick'd candy) through small hole in hand area of Arm!



Foot  (Make 2) :
with Spring Green,
___ 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: [sc in nxt st, Inc 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: hdc in ea st around  (12 sts)
___ Rnd 6: [Dec nxt 2 sts tog] 6 times  (6 sts)
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Foot to bottom of Body.

Stem  (Make 1) :
with Warm Brown,
Chain 3, DC 4 times in 3rd ch from the hook, carefully drop current loop from hook, insert hook into top ch of beg ch-3, pickup dropped lp and pull through st, ch-1, slst into same 3rd st to finish st. 
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Stem to top of Head.



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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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



IN GENERAL:
Q:  HOW CAN I REACH YOU?
A:  .. you've reached me!!  But privately, you can always reach out to me on Facebook ( http://goo.gl/lF9oad ),  by using the "Contact Seller" convo button on Etsy ( http://etsy.me/2ddoF4t ).  However, the quickest, most reliable method to alert me that you need to contact me is to send me an eMail to fiberdoodles@gmail.com


Q: CAN I SELL WHAT I MAKE FROM YOUR PATTERNS?
A:  You certainly can sell what you make from patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT!  In fact, I encourage it and try to help you out!!  I only request that you do not use my photos to 'take orders'.   While a link back to my shop or facebook page is greatly appreciated, it's not a deal breaker.  You can read full details here: http://bit.ly/2cU5aKf


Q: CAN YOU DESIGN/DO YOU PLAN ON DESIGNING?
A:  I really don't plan my designs in the sense that you might be thinking.  Most of my patterns are designed by inspiration.  Something seen in nature - something said on conversation that sparks a mental picture and before you know it, I am putting it to fiber.  I have a few hundred drawings of 'designs' and even more suggestions written on "to do lists".  But first and foremost, I am an artist and that dictates what come from my hooks and fiber.


Q: I SENT YOU A LINK TO A FREE PATTERN BUT YOU DIDN'T USE IT.  WHY?
A:  I am very selective about the links that I share on my page.  Mostly, I share links of those whom I know personally or have done business with.  Occasionally, I will share links to patterns from designers that I do not know, but this is only after I look at several of their patterns to determine they are not copying someone else's work.  Many so-called-designers will offer free patterns, which are really only translations of Premium Patterns of another designer.  I do not wish to participate in that sort of theft.


Q: CAN I TEST FOR YOU?
A:  You would not believe how many people ask this question, are given the opportunity to test and then NEVER get back to the designer - not just myself, but MANY other designers as well.  That makes many designers very selective with whom they chose to work with.  Time is your friend if you want to test for me.  Make sure to show me your finished doodles on my Facebook Page, or share with me via eMail.  I use various skill levels as testers to ensure that the patterns from the Doodle Library are user friendly, so don't be afraid to show off your efforts.   



PATTERN SPECIFIC:
Q:  I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A PATTERN I BOUGHT.  HOW CAN I REACH YOU?
A:  Obviously, for me to answer the question.. you've reached me!!  Yeah!!  But on the title page of each pattern, you can find all my contact information (email address, shops where my patterns are sold).  You can always reach out to me on Facebook using the Message Button (when active/not during the off-school months), Sending a Private Message to my "personal Facebook Page" (D. Katt), or by using the "Contact Seller" convo button on Etsy.  However, the quickest, most reliable method to alert me that you need to contact me is to send me an eMail to fiberdoodles@gmail.com
It is NEVER okay to post instructions from my patterns online. 


Q:  IS THIS PATTERN WRONG?
A:  I make every effort humanly possible to make sure that when a pattern is released, that it is error free.  But do errors still occur from time to time?  Sure, I am not a computer or a robot and neither are my testers/associates.  But most times I have been contacted, it's been that a client has not understood the instructions to a pattern or has not read the pattern correctly.
There are always notes in the beginning of the pattern on any special stitches that I may use.  I also created a tutorial on "how to read patterns" on my blog  that you can find here:   http://bit.ly/2cJoivy
In most instances - either of these will "resolve the issue' that someone feels is wrong with any of my patterns.
However, if you do find an error, please do not hesitate to ask me about it!


Q:  DO YOU SELL PATTERNS IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH?  & Q: CAN I TRANSLATE YOUR PATTERNS?
A: No, I do not. And no, you may not.   If you see my patterns written in Russian, Dutch, French or any other language, they are stolen property.  It's not that I do not value non-English speaking friends and their desire to hook up a doodle or two; but if you cannot communicate (even brokenly) in English, then I won't be able to assist you if you run into a problem completing your purchase; therefore, I do not offer patterns in any language other than English.


Q:  I DON'T LIKE WORKING IN CHAINS, CAN I USE A MAGIC CIRCLE INSTEAD?
A:  You CAN - but it won't look like the photo.  Working in chains is really not that difficult when you know how.  That's why I wrote a tutorial several years ago to help.  You can find that here: http://bit.ly/2cJoR8s



SPECIALS:
Q: DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR MULTIPLE PURCHASES?
A:  No, I do not.  I do have sales, items that are marked down for clearance and host giveaways during the school season - this, I believe, creates opportunities for everyone to get the best deals on my patterns.  But my clients generally make the price of each pattern back, with the sales they make from completing their projects; especially those who make large, multiple purchases.


Q: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LIST OF PREVIOUS GIVEAWAY WINNERS?
A: Sadly, people were using the names of previous contest/giveaway winners as a shopping list.  Not only was it putting my clients in an uncomfortable position of being contacted by strangers, but it was also unnecessary to maintain a list of Winners/prizes - most collect their prizes within 12 hrs of learning they have won. 


Q: CAN I SHARE YOUR POST ON FACEBOOK?  INSTAGRAM? TWITTER? (Etc)
A:  You are welcome to share any ORIGINAL PUBLIC post made by FiberDoodles by K4TT.  On Facebook, you can select the "share" button.  On other venues, depending on options available to you, you may have to copy/past the link to public posts.  It is never okay to copy/paste content, share coupon codes, etc - void of the official post.


Q:  ALL YOUR PHOTOS SAY NOT TO SHARE.  DOES THIS MEAN I CAN'T ADD IT TO MY PINTEREST?
A:  All of my photos are my intellectual property and contain a watermark that indicates you may not share on sharing sites.  This makes it easier for Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc to remove my content from sites where it should not be - such as illegal share sites.  You are more than welcome to share my photos on your private blog, on your Facebook Page, add to your Pinterest Catalog, etc.  "Sharing Sites" are only really 'Stealing Sites".

Monday, September 12, 2016

Copycat Vs Tribute Vs Inspired By

There are so many "new designers" who are putting out 'original patterns' which are no more original than the other 10 copies of the same pattern.  Patterns that can be traced back to etsy pre 2009...  yeah. But what is even more astonishing are those who are reposting and promoting these 'new designers', because they are unaware that the designer has done little more than change a 6 count, to an 8 count. 
Now this rant is going to be a bit more controversial - because, well, because there are so many different views regarding this subject - this is MINE.
You are more than welcome to disagree, so long as you are respectful in your argument.

Copycat Vs Tribute Vs Inspired By

I am so sick of people claiming 'artistic impression' when they blatantly copy another establish piece of work and call it "inspired by".  Now I cannot show a photo of another so-called-designer, just "copying" someone else's work - because frankly no one likes to be accused of that, and I could not obtain permission to use anyone's photo. hee hee (While I could use their own very well used 'excuse' and say "for educational purposes".. that's not my style!)



But a close "copycat" would be my own Angry Alien Crochet Pattern - 99.9% of you can look at this pattern and you know exactly who I was thinking of while making my creation. And that is why it is FREE. I did not invest in the time it took to market him, bringing him to life from concept design through live animation and product marketing - making him a recognizable character that you want to hook and 
recreate..  
But we are not going to spend time on this subject.



TRIBUTE is a bit easier.  I have several "tribute patterns" which I offer for sale.  Tributes are using the characteristics of someone/thing famous in cooperation with your own original design.
For example the Tribute Silly Ole Bear.  The bear is a KISS Series pattern - a original creation that has many other animals in it's series.  The bear itself is a stand alone pattern, creating a "polar bear'. Clients have used this pattern to create bears wearing skirts, bears wearing baseball team uniforms, etc.  

But also within the KISS Series Bear, there are additional notations to help you create a Tribute Character of a familiar children's storytime character; Winnie the Pooh.
The pattern I sell is NOT of this character, but only how to transform - for your personal use - one of my original characters into a more recognizable childhood favorite.
This is a TRIBUTE.. an action that is honoring, showing admiration and/or respect to someone/thing else.

Now - the BIG one.. the one that so many get WRONG!
"Inspired By"


Inspire (verb) - to cause someone to be filled with an urge or ability to do something - especially something creative.


Copying someone else's work is not "inspiring anything" at best it's a 'tribute', but most often it's just being a danged copycat!  

It takes very little, to no actual creativity to take something and add a little personal touch (such as color changes, a longer neck or unstuffed legs) and call it 'yours' .. "inspired by"

THIS is "inspired by"...

©2016 bizzyboppers/Elizabeth Mareno : Photo used with permission

Elizabeth Mareno of Bizzy Crochet made this STUNNING "inspired by" afghan.  The minute I saw it, I immediately thought of Alice and Wonderland - not because there is a 'White Rabbit' or a 'Cheshire Cat' or even a "hookah smoking caterpillar" - no it's the colors that just SCREAM these familiar characters.  If you didn't notice the first time.. have another look...  
The most obvious would be the Queen of Hearts (the black with the red hearts).. but there are also references to the white rabbit, the caterpillar, the cat as well as Alice - simply using COLORS to make your mind see these characters, without really "seeing them".


Need another example?  This is the same 'wonderland' afghan, that one of our mutual client's made, using a different inspiration.. 


©2016 Theresa  : Photo used with permission
... do you see it?
The same "wonderland afghan" pattern, again inspired by "Alice in Wonderland", but with a "Tim Burton" twist of color.

I hope this posting helps to explain the differences in what so-called-designers are trying to sell to you.  And helps you to understand why supporting true artists in their efforts is so important.  Creating original pieces of art and broadening the field with new ideas and fresh content isn't just making the same things in different ways.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back From Summer Vacay!

It's been a great summer for almost everyone I know.  Full of fun and sun and relaxation with family and friends - but Fall is quickly approaching and WE'RE BACK and starting off the Facebook Friends Friday Giveaways a WEEK EARLY!


So just in case you have missed it - please be sure to Follow FiberDoodles by K4TT on Facebook so you don't miss any of the upcoming sales, contests, tutorials and tips...  and join this season's first FFFG.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Prayer Pillow

Love Lives On

Those we love remain with us
for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
more than a thought apart,
far as long as there is memory,
they'll live on in the heart.
Author: Unknown




Materials Used in Model: Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0887 Soft Navy, 0311 White, 0431 Light Grey and 0312 Black (for Police Pillow) Red Heart® Classic® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0886 Blue, 0311 White, 0319 Cherry Red and 0312 Black (for France Pillow) Size H/8-5.00mm Crochet Hook (US) Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar) Yarn Needle for Sewing
Pillow: with Pillow color, Chain 2, ___ Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, TURN (2 sts) ___ ROW 2: Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, TURN (4 sts) ___ ROW 3: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (6 sts) ___ ROW 4: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (8 sts) ___ ROW 5: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (10 sts) ___ ROW 6: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (12 sts) ___ ROW 7: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (14 sts) ___ ROW 8: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (16 sts) ___ ROW 9: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (18 sts) ___ ROW 10: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 16 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (20 sts) ___ ROW 11: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 16 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (22 sts) ___ ROW 12: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 20 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (24 sts) ___ ROW 13: sc in ea st across, TURN (24 sts) ___ ROW 14: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 20 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (26 sts) ___ ROW 15: sc in ea st across, TURN (26 sts) ___ ROW 16: Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 24 sts, Inc in nxt st, TURN (28 sts) ___ ROWS 17-18: sc in ea st across, TURN (28 sts/ea row) ___ ROW 19: sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 24 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st, TURN (30 sts) ___ ROWS 20-24: sc in ea st across, TURN (30 sts/ea row)
First Heart Hump: (Cont from last Row) ___ ROW 25: sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st, TURN (14 sts) ___ ROW 26: sc in ea st across, TURN (14 sts) ___ ROW 27: sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st, TURN (13 sts) ___ ROW 28: sc in nxt st,. Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 10 sts (12 sts) ___ ROW 29: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (10 sts) ___ ROW 30: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (8 sts) ___ ROW 31: sc in ea st across, TURN (8 sts) ___ ROW 32: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (6 sts) ___ ROW 33: sc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in nxt st (4 sts) Second Heart Hump: ___ ROW 34: join w/ sc in nxt unworked st on Row 24, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 12 sts, TURN (14 sts) ___ ROW 35: sc in ea st across, TURN (14 sts) ___ ROW 36: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 11 sts, TURN (13 sts) ___ ROW 37: sc in ea of nxt 10 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st, TURN (12 sts) ___ ROW 38: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (10 sts) ___ ROW 39: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (8 sts) ___ ROW 40: sc in ea st across, TURN (8 sts) ___ ROW 41: sc in nxt st, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in nxt st (6 sts) ___ ROW 42: sc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) twice, sc in nxt st (4 sts)
OUTLINING - working down the outside of the rows just made, sc in ea of nxt 31 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in ea of nxt 31 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, Inc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, sc in same st as first st made this round (92 sts) Repeat Rows 1 through 42 again, work outlining of second heart - place both sections together and working through both sections, sc in ea st around, securing them together; stuffing the Prayer Pillow as you go (92 sts)
TURN, Ch-3, (skp nxt st, hdc in nxt st, ch-1) 4 times, hdc in nxt st, ch-1, skp ea of nxt 2 sts, hdc in nxt st, ch-1, (skp nxt st, hdc in nxt st, ch-1), 22 times, (hdc in nxt st, ch-1, skp nxt st) 17 times, slst in 2nd st of beg ch-3, TURN (46 ch sps) Finish off. Secure and weave in tail to hide.
Ruffle: with Alternate Color, join with slst in any of ch spaces. ch-2, 3 DC, hdc in same sp, slst in nxt st, (hdc, 3 DC, hdc in nxt ch-sp, slst in nxt ch-sp) 22 times. For best results, insure that the ch-sp between the heart's humps (skp'd 2 sts) is a slst Ribbon: with 3rd Color, chain 150. Weave through the ch-sp, then tie in a bow. Police Shield: 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: [sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Inc in ea of nxt 3 sts] twice (18 sts) ___ Rnd 4: [sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, (Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st) twice, Inc in nxt st] twice (24 sts) ___ Rnd 5: sc in ea of nxt 7 sts, (sc, hdc) in nxt st, (hdc, sc) in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in nxt st (30 sts) ___ Rnd 6: (sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts,(sc, hdc) in nxt st, (hdc,sc) in nxt st. (sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Inc in nxt st) twice, sc in ea of nxt 5 sts, ch-2, (DC, hdc) in same st as last sc made, slst in ea of nxt 2 sts, (sc, hdc) in nxt st (hdc, sc) in nxt st, slst in ea of nxt 2 sts, (hdc, DC, ch-2, sc) in nxt st. slst in nxt st. Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Shield to top of Prayer Pillow Mourning Band: with Black, Chain 11, Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 8 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 8 sts, Inc in last st (24 sts) Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Band to top of Shield With Light Grey, in BLO on ea of long sides of Band, slst loosely across.
Peace Badge: (Peace badge is made in 2 pieces and sewn together to complete the sign)
with Black, chain 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 8 sts, Chain-30, slst into first chain made (making sure not to twist ch), slst into bottom of Ch-10/sc worked bar, sc in ea st around the ch-30.

Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure to front of Pillow. Shape this piece in a circle with the bar (ch-10/sc) cutting the circle in half.
Create "arms" of the Peace Badge with Black and by Chaining 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 3 sts, Dec nxt 3 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 4 sts. Secure this piece with the decrease (point) on top of the bar.
The "France Prayer Pillow" works 11 Rows of Red, 11 Rows of White and finally 11 Rows of Blue.
**The image posted is for more advanced crocheters due to the color changes in the Ruffle section.

Thank you to Theresa & Jean for testing the accuracy of this pattern

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Gotta Catch em All?

Everyone is talking about Pokemon Go!
Love it or Hate it - it's all the craze this Summer.

There's a Weedle on your laptop?  A Charmander on your front lawn?  or a Magikarp in your shower??  But where is Pikachu?!!
People stepping off cliffs, getting robbed, causing accidents and stopping traffic. Overwhelming demand has even crashed the servers!!  - it's Pokemon Mayhem!!   But where is Pikachu?!!


Oh sure - tell me that I could have started off with Pikachu AFTER I've already caught a bunch of other types!!

Well, you don't have to risk everything to catch yourself a Pikachu!    You can make your very own Pikachu .. Doodledized!




Pick up your copy of this FREE Pattern here: CP29 - Pokemon Pikachu

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FDbyK4TT Patterns Back on Ravelry

We've heard you!  Etsy apparently isn't listening - but FiberDoodles is.

Etsy's newest 'change' to their layout has had more and more long time etsy users unable to find what they want - or what they need.  It's left a sour taste in the mouth of many.

" I use to go on etsy all the time. It was so much easier to look at patterns as they were sorted but now it's a needle in a stack of needles."

~ says one of my long time clients.

While it was never the intention to return products to Ravelry.com (as I have said many times); your frustration with utilizing etsy's servers has forced me to reconsider, for YOUR ease and comfort. 
So as of 1 July 2016, FDbyK4TT patterns will be back on sale at Ravelry.com.
Although I may not be as excited about this move as you may be; what does excite me is having happy clents.


Here
are some answers to anticipated questions:

So what about the patterns I bought on etsy? 
They are still there.  You still have access to them.   This is where you purchased your item(s).  FDbyK4TT will still be conducting sales on etsy.com as well.  In fact, that shop is the only one I will continue to "work in".
The Ravelry Storefront will not be managed/ran by myself. 
I am sorry, but there will be ABSOLUTELY NO Customer Service available via instant messages on Ravelry.com  (As always, you can still reach me via eMail - I, of course, will continue to offer support to anyone who purchases a pattern and needs assistance.  However, I will NOT log into that website to read messages or answer questions.  ANY messages or comments left regarding assistance will be deleted without response.)



Will you add my etsy purchases to my Ravelry Library?

For a limited time, from 01 July until 31 July 2016, some* purchases that have been made can be added to your Ravelry Library.
Beginning 30 June 2016, YOU will need to fill out this request form to request patterns be added.
Requests made via eMail, text message, Facebook, Etsy.com, Ravelry.com or in any other manner other than the official request form, or prior to 30 June 2016, will not be honored or acknowledged.

REMEMBER: THIS IS A COURTESY
You purchased your item on etsy - not Ravelry. It's like walking into Walmart and paying for something, then expecting it to be available at Target. 
However, as a courtesy, regular priced items purchased between 01 January 2016 through 30 June 2016, (up to 15 patterns), may be added to your Ravelry.com pattern library.
This will be completed within a 7-10 day turn around from receipt of your request.  Rudeness/Nastiness will absolutely NOT be tolerated. The person handling these requests is a 15 year old child, who is learning the business.)  
*NO GIFTS or SALE ITEMS will be added to your library.  Items which have been won in giveaways, purchased as "gifts" to be send to others or purchased during promotional periods including "clearance sales" on etsy.com, will not
be transferred
.


Since Ravelry.com will be available, items purchased on etsy.com, AFTER 01 July 2016 will be subject to a service charge of $1.00 per pattern, to be "added to your ravelry.com library".  Items purchased more than 180 days need to be repurchased as per store policy.


What if the pattern isn't on Ravelry?

Since 24 June 2016, FDbyK4TT patterns have been slowly uploaded back onto Ravelry.com without any fan fair.  By July 1st, all patterns sold on Etsy.com should be returned to Ravlery's server as well. 
However, if for some unseen reason, a pattern was overlooked or did not make it onto Ravelry.com's servers - please just send an eMail and inquire about it. 
At the time of this writing, there are no patterns that will not be for sale on Ravelry.com that are already offered on Etsy.com.   (Patterns which are only promotional and are not for sale, will NOT be sold anywhere - period.  This has not changed.)

In fact, just the opposite - because Ravelry.com does not charge a listing fee, it has once again become cost effective to list 'single patterns' that could only be purchased in packages on Etsy.com as well as out of season items, since they will not 'expire' after 90 days.  In other words, Ravelry.com will have more patterns than Etsy.com.

I can't possibly know all the questions you may have - but the 2 biggest I anticipate receiving, are answered here.
While I would love to accommodate all your wants, this may not be possible, you may contact me at anytime with questions regarding this subject (just not for requests of adding patterns)

Please also remember, I am currently on "vacation" - enjoying the summer with my family.  While eMails will be answered, it may take up to 48hrs to receive a reply.