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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Bunny and Pocoyo aMIGURUMI on: October 31, 2009 09:16:52 AM
Hooray for amigurumi and hooray for Pocoyo! It's our daughter's favourite show (granted, it's the only one that didn't drive us insane so it's the only show she saw for the first 2 years of life).
22  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: My Monster Wreath on: October 25, 2009 11:37:36 AM
I caught this via geekcrafts... I love it. Definitely beats the traditional wreaths!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: SLIPPERS! *With Pattern* on: October 23, 2009 07:07:57 AM
Too cute! And perfect timing for me - I'm in stash busting mode right now and trying to get a few stocking stuffers out of it too and this definitely fits the bill. (Except they'd be going in my stocking)
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Octo-twirly ** link to free pattern added** on: October 11, 2009 04:37:32 PM
Thanks for posting. I'm looking to start working through some of my stash with Christmas stocking stuffers for nieces and nephews and I'm bookmarking this one.  Grin
25  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cake Pops on: July 18, 2009 06:20:46 AM
They actually do taste really good. Really really good. I was worried about that myself as I used a gluten-free cake mix so the entire family could enjoy them, and I've actually been eating a lot better myself lately so I had to trust my husband to be the taste tester and be honest about the results. After several family members asked for the instructions my curiosity got the better of me an I had one. And they were super yummy. (Especially if you're under 10).

I was going to make gluten-free and regular ones and make them different colours to keep them straight, but 1 package of cake mix (even a single-layer cake mix for gluten free cake) makes a lot of them and I ran out of chocolate before making a second batch. Thankfully my husband and his friends were able to dispose of a pan of brownies for me. Smiley
26  COOKING / Dessert / Cake Pops on: July 17, 2009 06:41:23 PM
After stumbling across Bakerella's blog after seeing her hamburger and fries both here and on cake wrecks, I really couldn't help myself when I saw these Smiling Cake Pops

The premise is simple enough - make a cake, crumble it up, stir in a can of frosting, roll them into balls, jab lollipop sticks into them then dip them in melted chocolate, and I needed to bring something to a family event I figured I'd give them a try.

A few disappointments with them though:
1. Not all edible markers can write on chocolate. Chocolate is oily, the markers I got were not suitable (Wilton's FoodWriter Edible Color Markers - the only ones at my local Michael's). It was like trying to write on a sheet of wax paper with a ball point pen, so only 2 got faces on them. I was really hoping to take the markers and let the kids draw on their own faces, but it wasn't meant to be this time.
2. Instructions say to pop them in the freezer to firm them up. I'm pretty sure that's why about 1/4 of mine ended up getting big cracks in the coating (warm coating + cold cake ball =  Sad )

Still though, they were pretty easy once I got the hang of how to coat something in chocolate. I've got my baking friends now on the quest to find me markers that will write on chocolate in Canada because I know I'm going to make these (or the animal variants) again sometime.
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mundsters - Peaz N. Carats on: July 03, 2009 08:43:50 PM
That's super cute! Is the pattern one of your own?
28  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Pocoyo on: June 01, 2009 07:28:00 AM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

I had no idea who this little guy was, but he was adorable, so I looked him up on Google. 
I forget that not everyone knows (and loves) Pocoyo. Our daughter could say all their names before she even said Mama so we've been living and breathing Pocoyo for a while. (And just in case anyone's worried, episodes are less than 10 minutes a piece and she doesn't often see more than one or two a day)

I'll edit the first post to add a picture for those who don't know.

I can follow a pattern just fine, but doing it myself scares me.  Tongue  You are brave.  Cheesy
I have the opposite problem - patterns scare me!

only your third project?!  so good! Cheesy
Thanks, but for the number of times I frogged and redid it, I think it counts as projects 3-7. For once my pigheaded stuburn nature paid off.
29  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Pocoyo on: May 31, 2009 07:28:25 PM
We thought we'd be smart and get our daughter 'hooked' on only TV shows that we don't find annoying. Unfortunate, we didn't realize that Pocoyo merchandise is nearly impossible to come by these days so I bit the bullet and decided to try to make Pocoyo for her:

I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, although this is actually about the 3rd body and 4th head before I got his top right or his head (somewhat) proportional to his body. I'm not very experienced in crochet at all (3rd project), so it was certainly a learning experience.

Here's what I mean about not getting things proportional (that's the same body, different head):

I also couldn't figure out why my camera wasn't focusing until I found someone's little tiny fingerprints all over the lens.

Daughter enjoying Pocoyo:

She loves the camera a bit too much to get any good shots because she'll drop whatever she's doing if she sees the camera and tries to either put more fingerprints on the lens or see the picture of herself. Like this:

For those who don't know this wonderful little show, this is Pocoyo and his friends:
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Gifts for Mother's Day on: April 11, 2009 07:00:37 AM
They are super cute! I'm going to have to bookmark and save for the next holiday (maybe Halloween) for my nieces and nephews. Smiley
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