crocheted whale.

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I was itching to crochet something, and I found a pattern to crochet this little whale.  He turned out super cute, and was really easy! The only changes I made to the directions are I used a 4.0 hook, instead of a 3.75 hook, and a 3.5 hook instead of a 3.0 hook.

you can find the pattern here.

sock monkey.

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This has been on my to-do list forever! And a few months ago, the thrift store had the socks I needed for 99 cents. I made this guy for milo for christmas, and I’m so so excited to give it to him! I love how it turned out, and I can’t believe how easy these are to make!!

I looked at tutorials online, but in the end ended up following this you tube video. Everything is very well explained and I even learned how to properly do a whip stitch and a slip stitch!

Are you making anything handmade this christmas? They are my favorite kinds of gifts to give!

yeti.

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When I saw this tutorial, I knew I would be making this yeti!

It was fairly easy to do, and I finished it in about two hours or so. Most of the sewing is by hand – and I even tried to learn a few of the stitches…. You will need to know blanket stitch, (successful, but was a little messy with it)  whip stitch and ladder stitch (still need help with that one!). I watched short tutorials on you tube that showed me how to do them.

I love this little guy! Usually when I make plushies, I gift them, but I just don’t think I can part with this guy. Even milo tried to claim him, but I just can’t do it. Follow the link above and make your own  yeti!

upcycled sweater bear.

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Sorry for the delay in posting! I was in china last week – but heres something I made before I left…

I made this stuffed bear using this pattern I bought on etsy. I made it to give to a friend at her baby shower. I used old sweaters for the fabric. I was reluctant to give it because its far from perfect, (ummmm….lopsided ears!)  but hoping that she will think its the thought that counts.

354. crocheted ocotpus.

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This is my first experience with amigurumi. I find it REALLY hard to understand patterns. But I found this pattern on pinterest and as soon as I saw it I had my heart set on making it. One evening I just started reading it out loud and it made sense! Its basically just single crocheting in the round the entire time! Very very easy. I used a 5.5 needle, instead of the recommended 4.25 needle, so mine is a kind of like a giant squid. I worked on this over a few days as well. I didn’t do it in one night….but tonight I sewed it to together (very messily – need some work there) and now its complete. Its no where near as cute as the one in the photo, but I’m happy I was able to read a pattern and actually complete a project.  And as for those cute striped legs in the original pattern…. I tried it and it was NOT coming out cute for me. I definitely need some help with figuring out how exactly to change colors neatly.
I definitely see more of these kinds of projects in my future now that I have a pretty clear understanding of the stitches, and realize just how simple it is.

257. ewok plushie.

I found this pattern here and made one in no time for milo. Hoping to hang on to this and put it in his christmas stocking but well see if i cave and give it to him earlier. Pretty cute I must say!

87. felt monster.

I hand-sewed this little felt monster on our way to Southern Illinois. Milo quickly claimed it as his own, naming him Han solo, and then later changing his name to Luke skywalker.