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1  Bearcat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: February 13, 2019 10:58:11 AM
What's sweeter than a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day? It's Chaircat Mao in a teddy bear hat, that's what.  Cheesy



Happy Valentine's Day!
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2  Be My Valentine Slippers in Valentine's Day by pottermouth on: February 07, 2019 06:32:37 PM
Whipped up a pair of sweet heart slippers just in time for Valentine's Day. They were a quick project, done in an afternoon.



The free pattern can be found here: Heart and Sole Slippers

I used Loops and Threads Joy DK and a 4.5mm/7 crochet hook.



Happy Valentine's Day!
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3   Chaircat Mao for Pussy Power in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: January 31, 2019 08:02:30 PM
Chaircat Mao needed a pussy hat for so many reasons, so today she got one. I believe her march sign would read exactly like one of the women's in the 2017 Women's March on Washington: Ninety, Nasty, and Not Giving Up!







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4  Tomtecat Mao in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 18, 2018 02:00:53 PM
It's a Christmas miracle- I've spotted the rare and very elusive tomte-cat and got a quick picture!

"Where's this tomte-cat you speak of?"



Chair, it's you. You're the tomte-cat!



"Speak to the beard, peasant."



It doesn't really look like it, but I promise Chaircat Mao wishes you happy holidays!
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5  Make Your Elf a Winter Ensemble in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 05, 2018 10:05:00 PM
Without fail, our Elf on the Shelf, Alton, returns to our house on December 1st and immediately requests new duds. It's apparently a tradition. One year he asked for a t-shirt, then a snuggie another year; he's gotten a sweater, a Slytherin scarf, a tutu, and even pajamas like Ralphie! This year was no different. He informed me it was quite chilly on his flight from the North Pole, and asked if I'd crochet him a cape, hat, and muff so he'd stay warm. Hmmm, his requests for clothing have gotten more and more time consuming...



The outfit really is quite simple (but don't tell your elf that). Here's how to make to ensemble.

Materials:
Bulky Yarn (I used an unlabeled pink mohair from stash since it was mandatory the cape be pink and flurfy, as well as Caron brand Bliss in White for the trim and muff. Any fuzzy, bulky yarn would work)
size B/2.25 mm hook for cape
size H/5 mm hook for hat and muff


Cape:

Row 1: Leaving a long tail for neck tie, chain 14 loosely, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 3, turn. (13 sts) This is the neck edge.

Row 2: *Dc in next 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc, dc in next sc, 3 dc in next sc: repeat from * once more, ch 3 then turn, (21 sts)

Row 3: Dc in first 3 dc, * 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc; repeat from * once more, ch 3 then turn (29 sts)

Row 4:Dc in first 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc, (3 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc) twice, ch 3 then turn. (37 sts)

Row 5: Dc in first 5 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 8 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in last 6 dc, , ch 3 then turn, (45 sts)

You should end up with a less blurry version of this. I also added a length of yarn opposite the cast-on edge for the second tie:


To make fluffy edging: Attach white yarn wherever you want and sc around. Fasten off, weave ends. Done!

For Hat:

Round 1: Using size H hook, loosely chain 15, join to first ch to make a loop. This can vary depending on your elf's head. I feel Alton has a rather large noggin (due to his ego) but adjust accordingly. Sc in each ch around (14 sc)

Rds 2-6: Change to secondary color yarn and sc around. Continue for 5 rounds.

Rd 7: sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc, sc2 tog, sc in next 3 sc. (12 sts)

Rd 8: sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc. (10 sc)

Rnd 9: sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc. (8sc)

Fasten off and weave tail through top of remaining 8 stitches. Pull tight to cinch together, weave in end.

Muff:
With Bulky yarn and size H hook, ch 8. Join to first ch to make a loop. Sc in each ch around. Repeat to desired length. (I did 8 rounds)/ Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now you should have a happy, toasty elf. Hopefully.



Happy holidays!


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6  ChairBat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: October 24, 2018 05:03:50 PM
I made Chaircat Mao a little googly-eyed bat hat for Hallowe'en, which I thought was kinda cute.

"ChairBAT Mao? Really? You know you're going to run out of lousy puns one day."



She was not impressed.



So then she got a spider hat:



And I realized...I had...no...pun...

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7  Spider Pincushion in Halloween Decor and Parties by pottermouth on: September 28, 2018 02:49:31 PM
Here's a fancy spider pincushion made for the wonderful cmarion3 in the Vintage Halloween Swap. Her body and head are made from wool felt and her legs are pipe cleaners wrapped with floral tape painted black. She has a crepe paper collar (how I love the crepe paper) and embroidered face.



She has a crocheted web shawl and sits on a weighted wool felt pumpkin which is, of course, where one should stick their pins!



I am thinking she is somewhere between 6-8" tall, but forgot to measure before she was sent off. Happy Hallowe'en!




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8  Re: Vintage Halloween Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: September 12, 2018 04:25:49 PM
Get ready to lose your heads, kids...the brilliant cmarion sent me my most favoritest Hallowe'en thing ever:



The Headless Horseman!! Isn't he fantastic? The details on this guy are outstanding, like all of the wee buttons and buckles and stitching.



There was a sweet hitchhiker named Korneilia (she's quite frightened of The Horseman):



And there was another surprise! He isn't lying down on the job. My picture refuses to rotate today.



ACK, he GLOWS! I love him! Thank you, thank you for my awesome Headless Horseman, the cutie corn, and the extra cones, cmarion!
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9  Kraken Pincushion in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: September 03, 2018 03:52:12 PM
For whatever reason, pincushions are one of my absolute favorite things to make. This one was made for the wonderful Mellius01 in the Box of Color Swap. She had several octopuses on her Pinterest, so I tweaked the idea a bit and crocheted a Kraken for the top of the pincushion.



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10  Devilcat Mao in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: September 03, 2018 03:05:22 PM
Here is Chaircat Mao posing with a hat that wasn't made for her, but for a true "devil cat" named Satan. I thought about making a cape too, but figured if Satan was as naughty as I'd been told, it would be a miracle if the cat would even wear the hat!



Chair, however, was a real sport about it and got piles of treatsies for being an angel.



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