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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Catnip Doves

I haven't made anyting for our local No-Kill Maternity Dog and Cat shelter. I figured it was about time.

The pattern is very simple.

Catnip Doves
Materials and Supplies
#4 Worsted Weight Cotton
   Color A: I Love This Cotton                     “Fiesta”
   Color B: I Love This Cotton                    “Pink”
   Color C: I Love This Cotton                    “Baby Blue”
   Color D: I Love This Cotton                    “White”
   Crochet Hook: G/6-4.25MM
   Tapestry/Yarn Needle
   Polyester Fiberfill

Abbreviations and Stitches
 ch = chain
 dc = double crochet
 hdc = half double crochet
 Rnd = round
 sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
 MC – Magic Circle (
1.    Doves can be made with one 
          color or change colors.
2.   When joining a new color, 
       join it in the last part of the       
       previous st. (example shown is a sc, yo, 
            pull through, and then use the new color to finish 
            the st.)

Rnd 1: Using a MC, ch 2, make 10 hdc into the circle,
             sl st to beginning ch 2 to join, ch 2.

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in the same st, 2 hdc in each st around, 
             sl st to beginning ch 2 to join, ch 2.

Rnd 3: Hdc in the same st, *2 hdc in the next st,
             hdc in the following st,* repeat from * to * around, 
             sl st to beginning ch 2 to join, ch 2.

Rnd 4: Hdc in the same st and next st, *2 hdc in the next st, 
             hdc in the following 2 sts,* repeat from * to * around, 
             sl st to beginning ch 2 to join, ch 2.

Rnd 5: Hdc in the same st and next 2 sts, 
            *2 hdc in the next st, hdc in the following 3 sts,* 
             repeat from * to * around, sl st to beginning ch 2 to join, 
             fasten off, weave in end.

1.      Join yarn at the seam of the body, ch 1, sc in the same st.
2.      Fold circle in half to form body.
3.      Sc front and back together, stopping 10 sts from the end.
4.      NOTE: you may want to place 2 sc in some sts 
                     to keep the shape of the body rounded
5.      Stuff body with Fiberfill and Cat Nip.
6.      Continue scs to the end, ch 2, turn.
7.      Place 2 hdc in the same st as the last sc, ch 2, turn.
8.      Place 2 hdc in the same st and 1 hdc in the next st, ch 2, turn.
9.      Dc in 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, ch 1.
10.  Sc down tail and into the base st of the tail, ch 1.
11.  Sc between Rnds 4 and 3, ch 1
12.  Sc between Rnds 3 and 2, ch 1.
13.  Sc between Rnds 2 and 1, ch 1.
14.  Sc between Rnds 1 and 2 on the other side of Rnd 1, ch 1.
15.  Sc between Rnds 2 and 3, ch 1.
16.  Sc between Rnds 3 and 4, ch 1.
17.  Sc at the base of Rnd 4.
18.  Place at between 9 and 11 dc in the same st as the last sc,
         sl st to edging, ch 2, turn.
19.  Dc in the 1st st
20.  Sc in remaining sts on the head, sl st to the back edging, 
       fasten off, weave in end.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Owl Team Hat with Earflaps and Braids

Fun little hat to design and make.

One of the girls who works at our doctor’s office is having a baby girl, after 4 boys who are aged 3 - 18.

She had me make a pair of hockey skates for her husband as a birthday gift . . he and all of the sons play some form of hockey.

She said that when she gave the skates to him, he cried . . and then he took them to show all of his friends.

I knew I needed to make them a Team Hat for this summer baby. Since Owl Hats are so cute, I settles on that style.

In the middle of the back, where the seam is located, I’ll iron on the team’s insignia.

This hat can be made with any colors. I chose the Blue and Gold for the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.

This pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for $1.25
Just click the link below.
100% of the purchase price for the pattern goes to a No Kill Maternity Dog and Cat shelter here in Western New York or a no-kill dog shelter in my home state of Indiana. They are 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations.

The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Lop Eared Easter Bunny Hat

I like to make my niece, Miss E, a hat for each holiday. This year I knew exactly what I wanted to make, a Lop Eared Bunny. I could see it in my mind’s eye, now, could I make it a reality?
The answer was YES ! ! ! ! !

Yeah for me … I ended up with the easiest pattern. I used yarn that I had in my stash, and it worked PERFECTLY … pastels on white for the hat and pink lined ears. If she had been a boy, I would have made the inner ears blue … any color would work.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for $1.25
Just click on the link below.
All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill dog and cat maternity  shelter in Western New York 
or a no kill dog shelter in my home state of Indiana. 
The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Not Quite 50 Shades of Grey

With all the hype about the trilogy and movie,
I knew this pattern deserved a similar name.

Here are the best things about this pattern:
1. It can be made of any colors . . . 
I prefer the gradient shades,
 but anything would work.
2. The scarf shown is "3 Peaks" wide.
The pattern can be made any width
from "2 Peaks" to "10 Peaks"
3. There are 6 different stripe patterns
that can be used. 
This scarf has used 5 of the six.
4. Cowl you may ask?
Yes, the ends can be joined 
to make a cowl 
instead of a scarf.
5. Not sure?
Add buttons to one set of "peaks"
and you can wear it wither way.
6. Length? That's up to you.
The one shown, stretches from
fingertips to fingertips.

 Two scarves from the same pattern.
Change the pattern sequence or color sequence
and you have something different.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for $2.99
Just click on the link below.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill dog and cat maternity  shelter in Western New York 
or a no kill dog shelter in my home state of Indiana. 

The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Evan's Cowl and Hood

A former student 
has been checking out my patterns on Facebook. 

She asked me if I could make a hood with a neck covering on it and add some ears, like ones she has seen in stores.

I showed her one I had made with Blanket Yarn.
She loved it . . . but wanted it in a dark grey or black.

So, off to Michael's and Joanne's 
to see what they had that was thick, dark, and warm.
Results . . . Loops and Threads "Country Loom."
A #5, Super Bulky yarn
in Rich Granite.

What do you think of my model?
Since I have to mail it to her
I may never see a picture of it worn

so I did the best I could.

The pattern is available in my Ravelry Store for $2.99
Just click on the link below.

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated 
to a no-kill dog and cat maternity  shelter in Western New York 
or a no kill dog shelter in my home state of Indiana. 

The Fur~Babies and I thank you for your purchase

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hockey Skates

Went into the gym Friday . . first time in 2 weeks due to the snow we've had.

As soon as I get in the door, Carol, the receptionist/jack of all trades said, "Someone wants to see you" and drags me into the doctors office next door.

Julie, in billing, is pregnant for a girl (3 boys at home and they are thrilled.) Her husband had sent her a message with a picture of a baby with some "yarn-y"  hockey skates on. She had asked Carol if she could make them for her. Carol told her they are crocheted and she knew just the person to do it." 

That had been two weeks ago and we never showed back up . . . LOLOL

I looked for the pattern. Found it and it was for sale. Being cheap, I figured I could "figure" it out.

What do you think? I know I need longer ties, but I am pretty happy with the outcome.

She wants them as a surprise for her husband. The whole family are hockey nuts. Her three boys play hockey and they have season tickets to the local NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres. 

I think, when I am finished with the skates, I'll make her a baby hat and put one of the Sabres logos on it as a gift from me.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dru's Crochet Towel Topper

I made these a week or so ago and have had several people ask for the pattern.

This pattern is more of a guide than an exact pattern. You may print it using the PRINT FRIENDLY button at the end of the pattern.

I will try my best to explain what I did and, if you have any questions, my contact info is at the top of the page.


Cotton Yarn (ie Peaches & Cream, Sugar n' Cream, Hobby Lobby 'I Love This Cotton")
Two 1" in Diameter Buttons 
Crochet hook: G/6-4.25MM 
Tapestry/Yarn Needle

You have two options with your kitchen towel.

OPTION #1(shown)

  1. Cut towels in half. (I use the fold line of the towel.)
  2. Fold about 1/4" over on the cut side.
  3. Using a piece of yarn 36" long, blanket st along the top (cut side) over the part that had been folded over. This is my favorite link for help on doing the button stitch.
  4. Now you have your yarn base for your pattern.

1. Fold towel in half using the fold of the towel as your fold.
2. Using a piece of yarn 36" long, blanket st along  the fold. (Going through two thicknesses is more difficult than option #1.)  This is my favorite link for help on doing the button stitch.
3. Now you have your yarn base for your pattern.

BST: blanket stitch
ch(s): chain(s)
dc: double crochet
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: sc ch and sc together
shell: 5 dc in given st
sk: skip
sp(s): space(s)
st(s): stitch(es)

Row 1: With RS of towel facing, join the yarn on the far right side, ch 1, sc in the BST and each BST across (some blanket stitches may need 2 sts to fill them in), ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in same st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * across, make sure you sc in the last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Repeat Row 3.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3 EXCEPT, stop 6: from the end, fold the end of the towel over the WS (make sure there is a sc at at the fold, you may need to adapt your fold), sc in the next st and the last st of Row 4 together, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st,* repeat to the end of the row making sure you join the front and the back together, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Repeat Row 5.

Row 1: Sc in same st and next st,*ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * across sc 2 together, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in same st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next st,* repeat from * to * across sc 2 together, ch 1, turn.

Rows 3 -9: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 10-16: Repeat Row 3 of Beginning Pattern

Now is the time to check to see if your topper fits comfortably over your stove handle.

  1. If too short, Repeat Row 3 of Beginning Pattern until you reach the length you want.
  2. If too long, remove the rows you do not need. 

Sc in the same st and the next 3 sts,  (sc and ch sps), ch 4, sk 4, sc in each st and ch sp across until there are 7 sts left, ch 4, sk 4, sc in remaining sts and chs, ch 1, turn. 

Next Row: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn.

Last Row before EdgingRepeat Row 3 of Beginning Pattern

EDGING : due to the number of sts you have in the last row, you may need to sc in 2 sts between some or all of the shells
Sc in same st, *sk next ch, shell in next ch, sk 1 ch, sc in next ch,* repeat from * to * across, fasten off and weave in end.

Finish by adding your buttons to the topper.

REMEMBER, if you need any help, my contact information is at the top of this page.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Arm Knitting

I have FINALLY found a video that I could follow to learn to Arm Knit!

Since I am working SO HARD to get rid of all of the yarn I have lying around the living room, I made t his one out of Bernat's Blanket Yarn and two partial skeins of Vanna's Choice Tapestry yarn.

The colors look better in person. Plus, with all of the variegation the look changes with the colors that are showing

This is the video I used.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Campaign to knit mittens for injured koalas successful, adorable


2 hours ago
Just one day after a campaign asked volunteers to knit mittens for koalas burned in Australian bush fires, more than 500 pairs of paw protectors have been pledged.
Koala mittens
Koalas burned in South Australian and Victorian bush fires are receiving volunteer-made mittens to facilitate the healing process.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare, which rescues and protects animals worldwide, announced Wednesday they were taking action after a rash of recent bush fires threatened koalas in the southeastern Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. In New South Wales, fires destroyed a habitat that’s home to 35 of the region’s 143 koalas, according to the IFAW.
Although some koalas have been rescued from the fire zone, many of the slow-moving creatures endured paw burns while trying to flee burning trees and their surrounding areas.
“Everyone’s been asking how they can help,” Josey Sharrad, a native wildlife campaigner for IFAW’s Sydney, Australia branch, told “So, we thought it would be a great idea to ask people to make a supply of these mittens during bush fire season.”
Koala mittens
Josey Sharrad, a native wildlife campaigner for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, looks after an injured koala.
Supplying a diagram to aid in the construction process, the animal-welfare group has asked volunteers to use scraps of clean, 100-percent cotton fabric to knit the custom, paw-sized mittens. Sharrad emphasized that the mittens are easy to make, even for people who have never picked up a sewing needle.
The mittens not only protect koala paws from further injury, but also allow burn cream to work more effectively. The IFAW says koala mittens there’s a constant demand for new, clean pairs because of a need to keep treatment surfaces clean. And since it can take up to a year for koalas’ burned paws to heal, there’s a demand for hundreds of mittens per injured koala.
Koala mittens
A fire in the Australian state of New South Wales destroyed a prime habitat, where 35 of the area’s estimated 143 koalas live.

But within just one day of the IFAW’s press release about the koala mittens, more than 500 pairs have been pledged, according to Sharrad.
"Some people are making up to 100 mittens," she added. "It's fantastic. We didn't expect this response. We've been inundated, and it's been brilliant."
And while the vast majority of them are being knit by fellow Australians, there’s a mounting international coalition, too. Sharrad reported that makeshift mittens have arrived from as far away as England.
Koala mittens
This IFAW diagram aids volunteers in knitting their own mittens for the paws of burned koalas.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response,” she said. “It shows people’s concern for wildlife, and it’s really resonated with people, because it shows that people can do something to help.”
Mittens can be mailed to IFAW, 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Stash Busting

It has been cold here since the New Years. Now, we have a wind chill of somewhere between - 13 (Buffalo) and -15 (Niagara Falls.) 

The last time the husband and I were out was Monday morning. I needed to mail some blankets home for the girl who cuts my hair. She was collecting blankets, food, collars, leashes, etc for the local Humane Society. Last year we had bought the softest, cutest blankets for dogs at one of the local stores, for about $5 each. This year we went back and they had two, each with a dog and Christmas decorations. So I sent her those two and a check to  help out.

Then, after Christmas I thought about the soft, fleece blankets that everyone sells . . you know, the ones that come rolled up and look like a small sleeping bag until you unroll them and they are the softest throws around?

We went to WalMart and found some for $2.88 . . . they weren't on sale for 50% off, but at that price I could afford them. So on Monday, I mailed 9 of these home for the Cass County Humane Society.

Then I had to do a yarn run. A friend from Indiana liked this braided cowl and wanted me to make her one in just red and black.

I bought one skein of red and one of black . . . should have bought two of each because each one makes one of the strips . . . so, today I am headed back, cold weather and all, so I can start on the third strip which will be variegated. Yes, you read it right, in two days I have used two skeins of yarn :(

PLUS, I have finished these cowls . . . 

This is what a "crap load full of cowls" looks like.
This may go to my oldest niece, once I get the hat finished.
Eye balls (buttons or circle) or sleepy, closed eyes.
Decisions, decisions :(
I do love the braided cowls . . .
this one is so soft it will look like a wreath around a neck.
This is the beginning of the "leftover" yarns.
Find two that are close in color and make something . . .
Do I hear the words STASH BUSTING out there?
For a "tie" to hold the loops together
I made a FSC chain with long tails on both ends.
Used the tails to attach the buttons
then loop the chain around the cowl and slip it over the button . . . VOILA
This cowl is between 5 and 6 feel long.
Sounds HUGE, but to wrap it twice around the neck
one needs some length.
This cowl is probably 36" around.
But, it is stretchy enough to wrap twice
pull it over your head for a scarf.
This looks like the cowl above but it is different.
It is made form the same brand/type of yarn
but it is another 5-6 footer.
I started with left overs from the blue skein.
So the bottom of the cowl is one color scheme
while the top is form a similar skein
only with some brighter colors in it.
And the best of all . . .
It is SO SOFT!
Again, one of the simple ties done with a FSC chain and 1" button.
Another combination of yarns form the family shown above.
This looks similar to the one three pictures above.
but there are more grays and gray blues
and the top has some awesome variegated combinations.
Last, but I know not the least,
this one is made from Blanket Yarn.

If you haven't seen Bernat Blanket yarn
get ready for some fun.
It is a Super Bulky (#6) yarn
calling for an L/8MM hook.

I am using a K hook
since the L hook was being used in the variegated cowls
directly above. 
I was going to make a round of the brown tweed,

then go to a brown variegated Blanket Yarn
but I didn't gave enough of the plain brown tweed.

So I may do 3 rounds of the brown variegated
then add the tweed,
back to 3 rounds of brown variegated
 and finish with 3 rounds of the green variegated.

More to come when the last one gets finished. And the patterns will be posted also

Oh, by the way . . . we didn't get to the yarn shop today. Only made it to the grocery store . . 20 degrees outside. I ignored the wind chill since we were basically in the car.