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Pattern: Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Santas

We use these as Christmas ‘corsages’ during our volunteer shift in Children’s Medical Center. The kids love them!

My Santa is slightly bigger than Joan’s. For the smaller Santa I split the black yarn. I don’t have thin black yarn, but it worked, just wasn’t very easy to knit. For my Santa I decided not to split the yarn, hence the legs were much much bigger and I decided to make the rest of the body bigger as well.

Unfortunately, I didn’t finish my Santa in time to be able to have both Santas in the same picture, I had already gifted the smaller Santa to Joan by then.

I had the hardest time getting the embroidery done. I had to redo the eyes a few times. Everything is so tiny and I wanted the eyes to look right. In the pattern the Santa doesn’t have a mouth, but Maarten suggested it would look nicer, so I added the mouth and I agree. Although small Santa could be smiling a bit more…

I knit these Santas on size 1 (2.25mm, or size “toothpick”) DPNs and broke 1 in half and broke the tip off of another one :-/.

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pattern: the BOO! Crew
Planning to make more variations…next year!
Size wise this guy is as big as Pudgdageist. Bigger than I expected! A giant compared to this candy corn.

Happy Halloween everyone!!

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Still working on the spider pillow. My machine was being serviced, while in the process of making it and I haven’t touched it since. Making envelope pillow cases should be easy, but not if you have a “it’s better to cut it too big than too small”-attitude about it and are working with french seams. French seaming + pom poms = not easy. The pumpkin and cat pillowcase could be a little snugger as well.

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Knit these fun eyeballs too. The pattern is Eyeballs Out! (free) by Claire Garland.

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The trick to a stressed turkey is just using pins. That’s how I did peekaboo elephant too.

Pummy wasn’t up for any posing, when I found him in his hiding place…

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Original pattern: Tom Turkey

Pattern: Tom Turkey
For: selfish knitting, yay! :) It’s meant as Thanksgiving decoration of course, I’m just a lil’ early!

I loved this turkey, but soon after buying the pattern I thought it could use a little more definition, especially the neck, so I changed the pattern a little bit:

First off, I wish I had used poly pellets, because he keeps tipping over.

BODY:
after rnd 13 in the pattern, I add a couple of new rounds:

Rnd 14 new: Needles 1 & 3: (k1, k2tog) 3 times, k1 (5 sts per needle)
Needles 2 & 4: (k1, k2tog) 3 times ( 4 sts per needle)

Rnd 15: knit
Rnd 16: knit
Rnd 17: knit
(The neck could do with just 2 rows of knitting so you can omit rnd 16 and 17)

Before getting his hairdo

Before getting his hairdo

Switch to ombre color
Rnd 18: knit
Rnd 19: knit

Switch to camel/creme color knit 4 rounds
Start shaping to make the head

Rnd 1: Needles 1 and 3: (k1, kfb) 2 times, k1 (7 sts per needle) Needles 2 & 4: (k1,kfb) 2 times(6 sts per needle)
Rnd 2 (like Rnd 1 from the original pattern): Needles 1 and 3: (k2, kfb) 2 times, k1 (9 sts per needle) Needles 2 & 4: (k2,kfb) 2 times(8 sts per needle)

Now go back to the pattern and start from ‘shaping the head rnd 2’. After rnd 17&18 I would decrease one more time, because the hole you have to draw together is quite big.

WADDLE: see pattern, but bind off in row 14.

HAIR: Lastly, I gave him some hair, because I thought he looked baby faced.

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I made a bit of a mistake here changing the colors/knitting the purl ridge. I couldn’t rip out the rows because of the curly character of the orange yarn, so I made the mistake twice, to balance it out ;).

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ps. I’ve been working on several sewing projects too, just haven’t finished any of them yet.

A bit of a (birthday) show off really, but that happens (online) when everybody lives so far away…

From hubby :) I told him to give me as little as possible, because I have more than enough!
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The color tool will be great for garment sewing, quilting, knitting and home decor!
The pencils are Clover Water Soluble Pencils, so far the best ones I’ve come across.

Love the Spike with ice cream magnet (=^・ェ・^=) and Pummy with the yarn :).(from BoyGirlParty)

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From bro and sis four 5″ charm packs (pack with 20-40 different pieces of fabric from a specific fabric line). I hinted them pretty well :) I will use them for patchwork pillows, like this tree pillow and this heart pillow.

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A truly surprising package from sis-in-law and mother-in-law! Love it!! :) Not in the picture a book about crochet handbags :).

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Always quick to get his paws on whatever :)

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Original by Amy Gaines

Happy New Year everyone!! To a very crafty, healthy and happy 2013!

Pattern: Knit Reindeer Pattern by Amy Gaines
: Christmas decoration

I had big plans this year making lots of decoration for Christmas, but alas…it didn’t happen. Mainly because the Texas warm weather didn’t exactly help with developing a Christmas spirit. And now that it’s finally cold and I’m in the spirit, Christmas is over and it’s already 2013!

But I did make this reindeer. Giraffe decided to take a winter nap in the mean time.

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I decided to make an easy Easter bunny this year.
I think it looks sweet, but not very Easter-like. Oh well :) New chances next year.
I think the Bunny needs to be bigger than the carrots, for sure ;).

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Tutorial: Hoppy by Larkcrafts.com
Material: I didn’t have a scarf to repurpose, but I used leftover fabric from a dress that was made into a skirt, last year by friends :) For the ears I used felt, and some wool for the pom pom.
Time needed: Without embroidering the face and making the pom pom, this project really doesn’t take long to complete. Unless your name is Nienke and you leave it, completely stuffed and all, laying around for weeks before you decide to sew up the opening ;).

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I regret sewing the right side of the face into the seam allowance :-/ But I’d already notched it, so there was no way back.

Hoppy was joined yesterday by these 2 adorable rabbits I found at Hancock Fabrics :)
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