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Friday, August 27, 2010

Baby Rattle

For a few months I've been making amigurumi dolls. I said I wanted to come up with 15 patterns of my own. I've made the Jellygurumi, the Lady Frog and this Baby Rattle. I'm actually working on the 4th pattern which is a Dog. I can't wait to show you. This one is very very simple, I took several pictures while I was working on it ... Let's see...

These are the colors I picked.

I sewed the two together... I wanted the smaller circle to be off-centered.

Here's a sneak pick of the back or the inside of the rattle.

So, I needed a "device" to make the rattling sound. One of my migraine pills bottle was almost empty, and I remember that little annoying thing they put inside of it. (I say annoying because it gets in the way every time you're trying to take the pills out while your head is pounding) Horrible!!!. Anyway, I took the little plastic thing out, then the Silica beads and I had this perfect mini container for my beads.

Here it is!!! I'm gonna have to think of a better way to put the beads inside the rattle. :/

Then I started closing the circle while stuffing it, little by little...

Then I finished the stem and the leaves... yay!!! After I saw it finished I realized I could've used brighter colors, right?

Oh! by the way, this is a really quick project too... I'll be showing you my 4th project soon... I'm trying to come up with the pattern for the ears :) I want those to be long and big doggie ears. Stay tuned!!!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flower Pincushion

Those of you who've been reading my blog know that I love easy-quick projects. I always have big WIP's but I get bored easily with them. So, I'm always looking for fun projects to distract myself from tedious projects, well, not tedious just projects that take longer to finish... you know what I mean. Anyway, surfing through Ravelry I found this BEAUTIFUL pincushion. It took me probably 2-3 hours to complete, while watching a movie :) so, trust me it's a really quick project!!! I love it! so colorful and cute! Of course you can use any color and anything you want, to decorate the top... just fun!!!

What do you think???!!! You should try to make one... ;) You'll love it.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

6 Petal Flower Tutorial

Hello readers!!! I'm so sorry I've been gone for so long. I've been soooooo busy you have no idea. I wanted to let you know that I'll be going on a little vacations to Venezuela (Yay!!!). I'll be gone for about a month, but don't worry!!! I'll be posting from there of course. I've prepared several posts, I just have to press "Publish Post" and you'll be able to see what I've got to show you. Stay tuned for fun tutorials and crocheting ideas. I'll also post some pictures to show you a little bit of my beautiful country.

Now, I've been wanting to post this tutorial for days!!!. It's a really cute flower, and the best thing is, that it's super easy. Let's get started then...

We'll be using the following stitches.

Slip Knot. You can watch my video here if you're not sure how to make one.

Sl St (Slip Stitch). Insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.

Dc (Double Crochet). Learn how to make dc here.

Tr (Treble or Triple Stitch). It's the same as dc but this time you yarn over twice on your hook before going through the stitch and then pull through two, 3 times. I'll show some pictures.

First, make a Slip Knot.

Then, ch. 3

Now, make 1 dc on the first chain, or the 3rd chain from your hook. It counts as the 1st stitch.

Dc 12 around on the same chain. It would get a little tight (but that's the idea) ;)

When you're done you should have 13 stitches. Make a Sl st on the 3rd chain of the 1st chain.

Join the second color, and ch.3 (counts as the 1st st.)

Make a knot in the back to secure both yarns.

Make 2 tr on the next stitch.

Now, make 1 tr on the next stitch. Then ch 3.

Make a sc on the base of the last tr. Ch 3 to start the next petal.

Repeat these steps 5 more times.

Sl st at the base of the 1st ch. and make a knot.

Now, hide the yarn on the back of the flower. Pull it through the back stitches several times and then bind off.

Make any color combination!!! It's super easy.

Ok, I'll repeat the petal steps just in case you get a little confused, here it is:

After you've changed colors, **ch3
then 2 tr on the next stitch.
1 tr on the next stitch, ch3
sc on the next stitch, ch3**

Repeat from ** to ** 5 times.

I hope it is clear enough. I mean, it makes sense to me because I wrote it, but PLEASE don't hesitate to make questions, I'll be glad to help you.

Enjoy these pretty flowers!!!

Ciao, Ciao

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Learning how to knit

A few weeks ago I wanted to practice a little knitting, I found my knitting needles, a bit of yarn and started casting on. I completely forgot how to begin!!!! so I had to go to YouTube *of course* (how did we live without it) for a little help. After a few tries I finally got it! it has been ages since the last time I used some of these kind-of-hard-to-use-at-the-beginning needles. Well, I realized I'm definitely at the beginner level of knitting. How fun right? I already started practicing the knit stitch and the purl stitch. I'm working on some ribbing now (which I love how it looks by the way) it was kind of tricky differentiate the knit and the purl stitch. I think I got it now but it looks like I'm knitting in slow motion :) It takes practice I know, that's what I thought when I was learning crochet (Oh! this is so hard!!! I could never make anything blah blah blah) So, I'll be sharing with you my "learning how to knit" journey.

This is called the Stockinette Stitch, trust me you don't wanna see the edge of this swatch... but you can see the row where I kind of mixed the stitches so a funky line popped up...

You don't know how proud I am of this Ribbing!!! I had to try several times before I could knit a few rows without any mistakes. It doesn't look very neat yet but trust me this swatch is perfect! compared to the ones I made before hehe.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's finished!!!

The dress for Lady Frog is ready!!! Yes, I finished it yesterday, it looks cute on her :). There's one thing though, I think I could've used a thinner yarn and a smaller hook for the dress, that way the stitches would be smaller than the ones on her body... *whispering* but no one has to know ;) I'm sure this is just the first of many dresses I want to make for Lady Frog. Since I started "knitting" I might knit a dress for her... what do you think??? :) Or maybe sew little pants and shirt? believe me it would not be the last dress I make for her. I'm just so proud of my own pattern :) Here it is!!!

So, about the name for "Lady Frog", I was thinking about "Lola" I think it's girly ^_^ It's no definite, if you have any suggestions let me know :) This is it for now... Thanks for stopping by

Chao ;)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lady Frog's Dress Sneak Peak...

So, I made a dress for Lady Frog during the weekend. I'm still working on the last details but I couldn't wait to show you a little bit of what I have so far. It's gonna be super girly of course ^_^ ... I crochet the dress, but now that I'm "knitting" (If you can call that real knitting) I think I want to try to knit a little dress for her, I think it would give it an interesting detail, don't you think? I still have to make some flowers for her, and maybe some other dresses... It could be fun to have several dresses to play dress up with, wouldn't it?. I feel like I'm going back 20 years, although I didn't play with dolls much, I have 3 brothers so I was playing with mud, climbing trees or playing baseball, but I definitely had some dolls and played as any other girl (when me and my brothers were mad at each other hehe) Anyway, I love making these dolls.... Let's see the pics

It's a halter dress, I was going to crochet the arm holes to the back of the dress, but her hands are so big that it was a little hard to put them through. (I can't show you the back yet, it's not finished) :\

The only thing that bothers me, is the yarn, it's too thick. I think that a thinner yarn would look more delicate... we'll see how it looks at the end when it's completely finished.

How about this cute ruffled skirt??? cute huh?

Ok, this is what I have so far. After I finish writing this post I'll be working on Lady Frog's dress... I'll post some pictures after I'm done, stay tuned!!!

Ciao, Ciao!!!
Thanks for stopping by ;)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Discovering new stitches...

As some of you know, I haven't been crocheting all my life, and that my grandmother didn't teach me how to knit when I was little, hehe. I taught myself to crochet a year and a few months ago, and I also know a few things about knitting. So, I already know some crochet stitches and techniques (yay!) but there's soooooo much to learn. Every time I'm wandering around the internet I find something that I've never seen, a new stitch, a new pattern, new color combinations, etc. There are a few stitches I'm practicing right now, today I want to show you two of them. I love the texture and the dimension of these two... take a look...

This is the basket weave stitch. Super quick and easy to make. You can find tutorials on YouTube. I think this is my all-times favorite, and I promise it's not hard at all. Do you know how to Double Crochet (dc)??? I have a tutorial here, this is the ONLY thing you need to know to make this pattern... Try it!!! you'll love it...

I don't really know the name of this one, sorry!!! but I found a tutorial here and I decided to give it a try. It still looks a little uneven and close together... It's just a matter of time, it'll get better with some practice... Oh!!! and guess what? you just need to know how to make the ch stitch and the dc. Go take a look at my "crochet for beginners" tutorials.

Ciao, Ciao...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Secret Project" Revealed

It's finally done!!! I finished the legs, hands, and feet!!! and guess what? I LOVE IT!!! I'm so proud of this pattern... It's all mine! ^_^ It shouldn't have take me so long to finish, because it's not hard at all... but you know, my headaches :\ . I had to make this pretty lady little by little so my eyes wouldn't bother me. So, I'll shut up now, let's see the pictures!!!

My secret project is............... a Lady Frog!!!


I like how this last picture came out, she looks so relaxed... So, what do you think? Is she cute? I know frogs can be gross sometimes, really gross actually hehe, but this one is PRETTY!!! I've never been a fan of frogs or anything, I was just doodling one day and I drew this cute frog. That's where the idea came from. I'm working on something for Lady Frog, she needs some clothes right? Stay tuned to see what I'm making ;)

Thanks for visiting again!!!