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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Last trees of Christmas, #18-32 on: December 18, 2018 02:33:46 PM
How could anyone NOT want any of these beautiful ornaments? They are all so special!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: A Little Reminder... on: December 18, 2018 02:30:33 PM
I raise my glass to this sweet masterpiece!  Cheesy
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Tomtecat Mao 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!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Make Your Elf a Winter Ensemble 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.

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


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.

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!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Strawberry Baskets on: October 24, 2018 05:57:50 PM
How sweet are these?? It's great that they are reversible, and I just adore the fabric and trim you chose.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / ChairBat Mao 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...

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Red Fox on: October 24, 2018 04:34:48 PM
Rupert is adorable! And with two more skeins, you could make a skulk of sweet faced foxes. Great work!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Lanterns on: October 24, 2018 04:29:13 PM
Monster love for these, they're so cool!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swoon Carter Bag on: October 24, 2018 04:27:52 PM
You put that fabric to great use! Congrats on trying (and achieving!) new techniques; it's a beautiful bag. How lucky you are to have a handsome supervisor...I'm jealous!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Mouse Witch on: October 24, 2018 04:18:04 PM
EEEK, she's to cute! Her little broom and pumpkin are great touches and I love, love her little hat.
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