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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Corazoncitos- free amigurumi heart pattern link on: February 06, 2009 10:17:40 AM
I just wanted to share these little hearts that I made for my kiddos for Valentine's Day!

The pattern is available at my blog as a .pdf- http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/2009/02/corazoncitos-free-amigurumi-heart-pattern-in-3-sizes.html, and at Ravelry if you'd like to add it to your library.

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.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Sleepy Sarah (FREE!) baby/gnome amigurumi pattern (link) on: October 02, 2008 06:45:27 PM

Here's a little baby (or gnome I suppose) that I created as somewhat of an introduction to my patterns and pattern writing style.  Also, as a thank you to all of my regular supporters!

I hope you like her!  The FREE pattern is here - http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/2008/10/free-pattern--sleepy-sarah-amigurumi-pattern.html
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Flower blanket, grapes boy & just a regular little guy on: July 18, 2008 05:06:14 PM
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  Cheesy

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.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bear hat, infant cape & some ami- a monkey, octopus & really happy maraca! on: April 29, 2008 11:52:25 AM
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 Grin

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 Smiley

Happy maracas, which can double as baby rattles.  Both my 4 year old & almost 2 year old love playing with these Roll Eyes They fit really well in their hands.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fiesta birthday gift! on: April 27, 2008 09:08:25 AM

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 Embarrassed  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 Smiley

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.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / (Sun)flower baby blanket, little red pixie hood & my daughter's angel on: January 16, 2008 09:20:17 PM
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  Cheesy

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.

Anyway, Thanks for looking! Grin
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kittens, butterflies, dino's & bee kids oh my! ridiculously image obese on: December 19, 2007 02:52:39 PM
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.

Thanks for looking through gobs of pics!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Reading patterns- Written Instructions OR Stitch Diagrams? on: November 18, 2007 12:18:02 AM
Hi everyone,

I have a question for you, I've been writing patterns for the past 6-ish months or so and have been wondering, when you read patterns do you prefer:

written instructions?

or do you like the stitch diagrams (you know, like the ones in the japanese crochet pattern books)?

or do you like both together?

or are you just such a pattern reading champ that it doesn't matter one way or the other?

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
9  California / California: South / Los Angeles, California: Felt Club XL, November 18th on: November 16, 2007 04:45:03 PM
Hi everyone, I didn't see this posted already, this is what feltclub posted about the summer XL-

Founded in May 2006, Felt Club is a craft fair featuring the best and brightest of the SoCal craft scene. Vendors show off a wide variety of handmade goods, including handbags and jewelry, baby gifts and paper products, clothing and housewares, one-of-a-kind plushies and original artwork. The offerings may vary, but what our vendors have in common is quality, originality, and fun.

This one's info is:
Sunday, NOVEMBER 18, 11am-6pm | LACC, 855 N. Vermont Ave., LA CA 90029

you can find more information out at www.feltclub.com!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Advise me on pricing please! [very image obese] on: November 08, 2007 08:43:41 PM
Hi everyone,

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.

Please let me know what you think!

Here are some examples of what I make:

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