Nothin’ Like A Cat Butt

Cat Butt coaster

Cat Butt coaster

After spending a few days with daughter Darcey and son-in-law Todd and their cats, sisters Roxie and Pepper, I had a total giggle fit when I saw some Cat Butt Coasters by Krystin Long.  Definitely a must have for my daughter and s-i-l. There were some free patterns on Ravelry, but I really liked the curved tail on this pattern AND I do like to support Indies. After buying the pattern, I searched for the perfect acrylic yarn which would match the cats’ coats and then quickly crocheted four coasters. You can see how well the yarn matches Pepper in the below picture.

Coaster and mug

Coaster and mug

Roxie and coaster

Pepper and her “twin” coaster

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Ravelry: Indie Design Gift-A-Long

q8~Thanks to Blue Peninsula, I’ve discovered there is a first time ever Ravelry Indie Design Gift-A-Long. From November 1 to December 31 you’ll be able to  win prizes and get discounts on patterns by dozens of indie designers on Ravelry. “Indie designers have donated lots and lots of beautiful yarn, patterns, gift certificates, and other goodies.” Head over here to join into the fun and have any questions answered. Sorry, no more time to write, have to head over and browse.

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Cozy Up with a Cosy!

~My teapots need to be cozy! Winter will be here soon and they will be cold. The problem is – deciding which cozy to knit or crochet! Too Many Too Decide – TMTD. These are the contenders:

Mistake Rib Tea Cosy by Frankie Brown

Aunt Jane Tea Cozy by Charlotte Kirkholt

Scallop Tea Cosy by Crochetroo

Rosebuds Tea Cosy by Jenny Stacey

Then in the latest Noro magazine the craziest cosy, Coral Punk, was featured designed by Loani Prior. That lead me on a wild roller-coaster ride looking at her crazy tea cosys. After browsing her site, Grand Purl Baa, I had to buy the Kindle edition of Really Wild Tea Cosies.

All of this surfing for the perfect tea cosy still hasn’t brought me any closer to choosing which one to make. I actually have 6 teapots, so I could make six! Do any of you have a favorite tea cosy pattern to add to my list?

The Younger Years

– My mom taught me to crochet at an early age.

This brown shawl was my first project. 🙂  It really is brown. Q took this to college with her. She loved it, it was cold in San Luis Obispo compared to San Diego. She gave it back a few years ago saying it would need to eventually be passed on to one of my boys.

This was my second crochet project.  I remember going with my mom to Yarn Mart to buy the blue yarn. Remember Yarn Mart! HUGE store with a zillion types of yarn to choose from. The shade of blue is just so wonderful!

Next, my mom taught me to knit. I would knit and knit just for practice. This is my first knitting project.

When I was in high school, this afghan kit was given to me one Christmas by mom. After a while, I got tired of knitting and knitting and knitting this afghan, so I bound off, even thought I had lots yarn left over. This could be one of the reasons I get bored with off-white yarn. A little while later, I used the leftover yarn to make a sweater with a hood and pockets which zipped up the front. Every time she sees the afghan, my mom says, ” I can’t believe I bought you such a complicated pattern for your first project.” I didn’t think about it being difficult. The only mistake I can see today is in the popcorn pattern. 😦 Don’t zoom in to close, I don’t want you to see the holes. 😎 I have tied up most of them. Lesson learned: store my woolens with cedar chips, with lavender, or in my deep freezer otherwise they become a fiesta for moths. 🙂

Angry Birds Attack Grandchildren

– I have had the best time crocheting these Angry Bird Hats. The grandchildren love them. When they came up to spend the night, I had almost finished the black and the blue Angry Bird hats. Since my son, Russ, found the pattern for me to make for my grandson R, I let him choose which one he wanted. He said, “The red one” as he went over, picked up the ball of red yarn, and handed to me.  Since they were staying the night,  I work all afternoon and night on the hats. I had all the parts done but couldn’t finish sewing them on because I had to work the next day. My husband and I showed up at their house on Saturday to surprise them with hats.

The two older grandchildren did the braids on their hats and helped me with Grandson R’s braids.  We took them to pizza and they wore them the whole time. Didn’t take them off until it was time for bed. 😎 I still have the green pig to finish. Grandson R is going through a stage refusing to have his picture taken so I have to get what I can. See our Jun 4 posting for information on how to get the free crochet pattern.

 Be wary of Red Hat, quite a few mistakes! Of course, I wanted to make the red hat first, little did I know.  These are the mistakes:

1. The hat pattern does not work.  You’ll end-up with a potato chip!  Use the black hat pattern to make the red hat. Then add the white around the bottom.

2. The beak instructions forgot to join into a round, so there is a long 26 chain of straight stitches.  Either join in the round after you have chained 26 or use the black hat beak instructions.

3. The pupil instructions say:
Row 1: 12 HD in 1st ch made, sl to 1st DC made
I bolded the error. Was that a HDC they wanted or a DC? There isn’t a HD. It should say:
Row 1: 12 DC in 1st ch made, sl to 1st DC made

4. There is a problem with the feathers on top, I just haven’t taken the time to figure that out yet.  I’m SICK of working on the red hat!!! 😎

BTW: Being the lazy crocheter, I didn’t tie off and then re-tie on for the earflaps.  I slip stitched to the correct locations and then crocheted the earflaps. 😎 Finishing sl to where I started.

BTW 2: The pattern states that size given is for toddlers. As a lazy crocheter I didn’t increase the number of stitches to increase the size I just used a Size J hook for children.  If you want an adult size try size K.

Angry Bird Attack At My House

– My oldest boy, Russ, texted his dad and asked him if I would make and Angry Bird Hat for my youngest grandson. Well of course!

I searched online for a pattern and found the web site www.craftown.com. They have free crochet patterns for four different Angry Bird characters. After finding the patterns all I could think was, “I have to show Q”.

Q and I went to Michaels Store to purchase the yarn.  We looked at all the yarns and decided to go with the yarn the pattern called for since it was the softest, Caron Simply Soft Yarn. http://www.michaels.com/Caron%C2%AE-Simply-Soft/nw0617,default,pd.html?start=37&cgid=products-yarnandneedlecrafts-yarn

The hat crochets up really quickly. I had the hat done in one night’s sitting. I finished the pieces and started to sew the hat together the next night. I am going to make all four  characters and give to my grandson on his 3rd birthday in July. The neighborhood boy come over to play wearing an Angry Bird Hat. When he took it off, my grandson ran over and put it on.

               

I have finished all the pieces and have sewn on the top piece and half of the beak, so I can stuff it. Since you only use a small amount of yarn for the eyes and nose, you might use up some of those odd pieces you have. Since Q and I are both making the hats we are sharing the yarn. For the hat part I would use the Caron Yarn, since it is soft.  Happy crocheting!

Will post all hats and tips when done.