Friday, February 16, 2018

Square Doll Blanket

Another Crochetville Fairy Godmother has come through with a doll blanket for my doll donation project.

I love the color and softness of this yarn. There are going to be some warm and comfy dolls this Christmas.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Valentine's Brought Crochet

My very thoughtful husband did some very traditional romantic gestures like flowers for Valentine's Day, but he also never forgets my love of crochet. I found Snuggle and Play Crochet: 40 Amigurumi Patterns for Lovey Security Blankets and Matching Toys had been sent to me as a Kindle book. I'm finding I'm experimenting more with using patterns off my Kindle. I still find it easier to use paper patterns, but sometimes the e-book version is just easier to access.

I also did get some traditional e-patterns all printed out for me to add to my donation project. I've wanted Michelle Cream's Annablelle's Doll Afghans after having lost one of the calander patterns from the set that has been one of my go to patterns. The set includes all of my regular patterns and additional blankets and pillows I can add for my projects. You can find the pattern at Michelle's site here or its currently on sale at Annie's here. I give you both because while Annie's was my source, it has been known to retire patterns.

To work on the play food donations I got two patterns from CrochetnPlayDesigns Pancakes, Waffles, and Syrup & Turkey Dinner. From KTB Designs I got the Canister set. Now I just need to get through my wishlist and holiday projects so I can get back to the donation project.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leprechaun Lovey

I received a lovely thank you note from the family these packages have been going to and discovered that the lovey's and the books have been the big hits of the package. With that I bring you the next holiday lovey for St. Patrick's day. DH picked up this pattern for me for Christmas. You can purchase the pattern here.

For those of you interested this pattern does come with arms. I just didn't make them. After attaching the head, I thought it would be awkward the way I'd sewn it on to add arms. I think the arms are adorable, just not right for this time around.

The two big challenges I had in making this is my hands still weren't recovered from the baby doll carrier when I started it and they were sore working on the ami head. The second was the beard. I've always had trouble with hair. I got through this but it is a reason I prefer animal ami's to human or human like characters. The hair is a challenge. Another more minor challenge was one of the ami eye backings decided to be difficult and I had more hand trouble which I really didn't need.

All and all I think he's an adorable addition to the St. Patrick's Day package. I think if I were to do this again I'd make the blanket, keep the hat, and create a St. Patrick's themed animal blankie for the occasion. Some day I will find my solution to hair, but right now it eludes me.

Still working on my Crochetville wishlist items. I also have to get the rest of this project done as well in order to get it out before the deadline. My yarn arrived for the baby bib so I'm thinking of taking that to the Library fiber day today. I've also got to think about the graduation afghan and returning to the doll and food donation projects. They all get done some how.

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