Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The next mouse is going to be sent to a mad scientist that experiments on mice. OK, he's not mad. But the mouse is a Father's Day present for my dad the immunology professor and he does do skin cancer research on mice. He also loves cheese, so the mouse has a double meaning. I tried to make it a little less cutesy since it's for a guy. This little one is also a magnet. He was a pain to make too. I had to alter the pattern to get the magnet to fit. He's made with 2-ply yarn (my son helped split the yarn with me) and a size 7 hook. Now all we need is some cheese to go with this little mouse!
Monday, May 21, 2007
I must be crazy!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
A Travel-sized Dragon
My family has a tradition that began when I was a little girl. Every time my dad had to travel without the family, we would sneak a stuffed animal into his suitcase. We got really good at being secretive. Since then I have continued the tradition with my husband. Now that my brother-in-law is going on a church mission, I plan on sharing the tradition with him. He will be in Germany for 2 years and is leaving the end of June.Suitcase space is precious when you get 2 bags that have to hold 2 years worth of clothes, etc. So I made a mini-dragon for him. We're going to visit right before he leaves, so I'll have a chance to hide it in his suitcase with a note explaining the tradition.
I used a D-hook and Caron Simply Soft. I think it turned out alright, but my son says he doesn't like it. There's a crayon in the picture to show size.
Oobi, the friend that's always with you!
So like any truly devoted wife, I like to provide my husband a little variety in life. I accomplish this by doing occasional loving acts that I know will annoy him. Just so you don't think I'm a terrible spouse -my husband preforms random acts of annoyance too. So I made my son a pair of Oobi eyes. My husband groaned in appreciation of my thoughtful annoyance.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
My son had surgery two weeks ago and we tried everything to get him to rest. It wasn't anything too serious (adenoids removed and ear tubes in), but I still wanted him to rest. I even tried bribery. One of our attempts was the movie Toy Story. It worked for a little bit. Shortly after watching Toy Story I found an older post on Crochetville.org that asked about slinkys and crocheting. Before I could help myself I was already thinking of all the animals you could make with a slinky. I asked my husband to bring me home a slinky from work, which he did without asking. If he knew it was for crocheting he might have protested. Instead he actually provided useful input on shapes and sizes. Thanks to his help, the slinky dog turned out pretty cute. Now he just needs a name and some friends....
Friday, May 04, 2007
Evolution of a Squirrel
Making My Own
My First Animals
Tiny Striped Turtle
I thought these would be fun for an upcoming cruise. I made one for each kid. The other is purple.
I owe my mom for her help with these. I had the brillant idea to make bunnies for easter. I bought the yarn and started the pattern. And then I ran out of yarn. Wal Mart stopped carrying it and Michaels did have it either. My mom bought me enough to finish just in time for Easter.
The second bunny is the white head in the basket.
I first learned to crochet from my mom. I was about 12 years old when she taught my sister and me at the same time. We crocheted some of the same things -fridgies, matching elephants, and even started afghans that neither of us finished. With the unfinished afghans came a long pause before I picked up the crochet hook again. Next it was to make a blue ripple afghan during high school. I was in college before it was finished. During that time I did complete a baby blanket that I gave to a roommate for her first baby -Eliza. And then came another long pause. Are you noticing a trend yet?
After getting married I made a granny square afghan with scraps. Since my crochet history was not extensive enough to have much of a yarn stash, the yarn came from Mom's stash. I figured it was only fair that I give her the finished product in return. The next blankets came right before my first baby. I wanted to make something that I could pass on to each child. So my son got a green, off white, and purple ripple blanket. Coincidentally, those were the same colors that we had at our wedding 19 months earlier. I also made a white blessing blanket from a sparkly white yarn. And then came another pause. Working (at home, at work, and at church) kept me busy for quite a while.
Then came a move, more time on my hands, and another pregnancy. Actually, 2 pregnancies (only one was mine)! First came a white blessing blanket (Heartwarming Wrap) for my niece (picture of niece and blanket below). It turned out beautiful and much bigger than I had planned -oops! Since I made a blanket for my son, I now wanted to make another for my daughter. Searching my mom's patterns, I found a great pattern for a heart baby blanket which also turned out huge, but beautiful. The cousins were born 8 days apart in Feb 2006.
At the same time my husband began hinting that he wanted a blanket too. I owe this to my sisters-in-law who had each made an afghan for their boy friend/fiance for Christmas 2004. So I set out in search of a manly crochet pattern. I found one (All-Star Granny) that looked close enough to Aztec suns to please a history teacher husband. It was also made using the school colors from his 2 universities (Northern Arizona Univerity and Brigham Young University). Many thanks to my mom for helping on that project. We worked hard at keeping it secret and trying desperately to finish it before Christmas. It was done a week later and he was thrilled with the results. The picture shows the afghan on my queen-sized bed to give you an idea of the size.
If it weren't for my sister and Mr Rogers, I would be scrapbooking right now instead of crocheting. For my son's birthday Aunt Sarah made a couple DVDs of PBS kids shows. One of which showed Mr Rogers visiting a friend that sews stuffed animals. So of course my son liked that idea. One thing led to another and we were soon surfing the net in search of stuffed animal patterns.
So my crochet obsession began and keeps evolving. At first I was content to follow a pattern, then I started altering patterns. Now I'm onto making my own patterns and contemplating selling a couple (so I can fund more projects). My son keeps encouraging me with all my projects. My husband is trying to learn how to roll his eyes to fully express his enthusiasm for each new project.