They come in 3 different sizes, the biggest being 3 inches tall, then next size down in 2 1/4, and the smallest is 1 3/4 inches. Additionally, there's another little .pdf that has images of the materials used, and step by step images of how to join the tops of the hearts.
They were done in worsted weight yarn with a clover soft touch G/4.5mm hook.
So wow, I try to post from time to time what I've been working on and from the length of time from my last post I'm noticing that I need to get my hook out more often! In order of completion-
I made this little guy for a cousin of mine whose a big fan of the vino! I wasn't too interested in making a bottle shape, or a glass, but I thought this would be a cute idea. After finishing him, I kept thinking that he looks like he could join the fruit of the loom commercials
This little guy was for my son, he'd asked for a little boy, because he's a little boy, and that made perfect sense, so I made a little guy that resembles him.
Then, I just finished this sucker up! I was doing it to revamp the original flower blanket that I'd made for my niece last winter. I was annoyed at how the petals had curled up, but at that point, I wasn't a fan of the colors and was sick of working on it. I'm pretty happy about how this one turned out, at least it's laying the way I want it too. My daughter decided that she "needs" it because it's pink so she's ended up with it. I was concerned it wouldn't be big enough for her since she's 2 and pretty tall for her age, but it's still a good sized throw on her. It ended up being 45 inches across, and I used almost 4 skeins of the pink yarn, and about half of the green skein. The yarn was a bamboo blend- naturally caron's Spa in rose bisque and green sheen.
I haven't posted in a while on the crochet board, but I've been pretty busy nonetheless!
I finally finished a little octopus boy for my little boy, he kept asking for one and then once I finished he decided he didn't want a little boy dressed like an octopus, he'd rather me just make an octopus, so I took the arms/legs (what are they called?) off and am making just a big octopus head to attach them to instead.
I'd made a little infant sized bear hat for an old friend who was pregnant with her first last fall. They didn't find out the gender so I was sort of at a loss when I was trying to decide what to make for her. I ended up giving her my little elephant guy amigurumi & then I made a super quick & easy peasy bear hat http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/osito-infant-hat.html that you can download the pattern as a .pdf if you want. I'm sure there are a gazillion other bear hat patterns around, so I'm just throwing what I did in the ring too
My niece was born about 10 weeks early last fall so her baby shower didn't happen until last week, the day she turned 5 months. I'd made a couple of different things for her, but these are the two things I crocheted for her:
I used a cape pattern from a Japanese pattern book but modified it a good deal, I made it in thread to shrink it down, and then I did a different yoke without the collar, I didn't space the pattern out as much either & I made a different trim to finish it off.
Then I made a little monkey girl for her & named it after her
Happy maracas, which can double as baby rattles. Both my 4 year old & almost 2 year old love playing with these They fit really well in their hands.
This was a birthday gift for my mom's birthday in February, umm, it took me a little longer than the month of February to finish. In fact, I finished it last week Since the frame was sort of a non-typical size, I had to cut the mat for it myself, so it's off, but I still like how it turned out and though my mom's super picky and will notice it, I don't think many others will. It does feel a bit naked with the white space between the flower girl and dancers, but I got tired and just wanted it finished, and to keep myself from taking it out of the frame and adding more to it, I papered the back too
I think I wrote slightly more about it on my blog if you're interested. Thanks for looking!
eta- the pattern that I used is the mexicana motifs from the patternbee (http://www.patternbee.com/RE7111.html) on the page for this design she gives the pattern history as a reproduction from a 1940's newspaper.
Okay, so let me preface this with I will never again let my sister pick what she wants me to make for her children ever again. My niece was born November 20th and didn't come home from the hospital until last week since she was born at 30 weeks.
That said, here's the baby blanket that I made for my niece-
This became the blanket from hell, it took over all my free time, for a LONG time. I ended up having to come up with my own pattern since every pattern that I'd found wasn't what my sister wanted. She also chose the colors for it, I think that's another reason it was becoming so tedious- I was so sick of brown and yellow, it looks like my grandma's 70's kitchen linoleum.
Next is a hat I liked making so much more.
The baby was still in the hospital over Christmas and they wanted to take a Christmas picture but didn't have a red hat for her. I'd made the free pixie hat pattern from http://www.sweaterbabe.com/product_cp18.htm for my own daughter a couple of times last year, but couldn't find my printed pattern and hate reading from the computer. I'd modified the heck out of the pattern anyway, so I just used the shape and it being textured as inspiration for this one. I used a different stitch, did it from the point down, and used double stranded thread to make it. It's on a napkin in the picture for size comparison.
Finally, my daughter's Christmas gift-
This is a little angel doll that looks like her, except my own daughter still barely has any hair, but it's what I'm anticipating her hair to one day look like
She was fun to make, except I frogged the wings like 6 times and I started her before Thanksgiving and didn't get her done until this past weekend because of all the holiday crafting I was working on for others.
What I've been working on lately, Whew! *wipes brow*
The kitten girl was for a swap on another board, she's supposed to resemble the little babe that it went to, but I named her Celia after my step-grandma.
This is a commissioned doll from a mama who wanted the wings the same color as the dinosaur boy for her son.
She's requested embroidery but gave me free reign with those specific colors. I also had to eliminate the bottom wings from the pattern since the yarn I used was thicker and the bottom wings just looked really strange after I made them.
Then this on is for a gift for C's boss who raises monarchs
For some reason the embroidery took forever but looks thicker on the left side, though I did the same things on both sides.
Then, this is for the mama who had the butterfly with green wings.
And this is the bee doll I'd mentioned before, this one's named after my youngest sis- Alexa.
Here's the issue, I've been writing crochet patterns for amigurumi type dolls for the past 6 months; recently I've been able to spend a little more time on it, and it's starting to pay off.
I've set my prices when asked at : $50 for the little kids in costume $75 for the luchadores $150 for the bigger dolls
So far only one taker, which is fine by me since I only have a limited amount of time to work on my crocheting anyway, and I do tend to get bored doing the same things over and over again so the financial incentive helps.
I was contacted by a museum store about selling my dolls.
I think it'd be a great opportunity, and from what they've said, most of their wares are OOAK and higher end goods.
My issue is that I don't know what to ask for my work. I used to be a librarian and my starting salary doing that was $25/hour, and the small dolls take at least 5 hours each to make, so that'd only work out to $10/hour without including materials in the cost. I just really don't know what I should charge.
I've cross posted in crochet, since it is primarily crochet, but I'm patting myself on the back with this one- it took forever!
I made this little girl for my aunt, but she passed away before it was finished. She was a fan of my dolls, and I'd already given her on, but the butterfly girl was going to be especially for her, so I named it after her instead! Francisca.
I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to embroider the detail on the wings, and after looking at my little boy's animal encyclopedias for a while I figured out what to do!
My aunt (and also my midwife) had leukemia and wasn't doing well, so I was trying to get the butterfly girl finished in time to give to her, but sadly, she didn't see the finished result before passing away on Saturday. I'm pretty sure she would've loved it, and now my uncle has put it with her other favorite things, so that make me happy.
So here's the butterfly girl:
and her wings- the embroidery is what took me so long to finish:
and then here's a little snowflake girl that I entered in the Holiday Softie Awards snow category, though she has darker hair now:
and lastly, a little ladybird or ladybug doll, she's a twin of the butterfly girl, I made the bodies at the same time, assembly line style!