The group we belong to online, AC4C, donated items to Touching Little Lives during the month of September. These items are going into the mail tomorrow morning for the babies this wonderful group helps. Hilary made the yellow set, as well as the hat and booties for the variegated set. I made that sweater and the 43 squares. The hats and the squares are patterns from my wonderful cousin, Deb and are on her great blog! I will update with the pattern for the variegated when I have time, I played with a bunch of different patterns and mish-mashed it into a sweater/jacket type thing. It seems like it will be nice and warm. I will have Hilary let us all know which sweater pattern she used as soon as she is well from her kidney infection!!
I know I said I would post again in a few days last time, but it's been over a week! I'll have to try harder this time. :-P
Anyway, this is Hilary again, with yet another cute little stuffed animal to share! This time it's a bunny. When I happened upon the Baby Snow Bunny pattern from Darncat Crochet, I just had to try it. I love how it's a realistic-looking bunny, since most of the crocheted bunnies I've seen look more like toys, with teddy bear-like bodies. Then again, I made this one in pink, so that pretty much threw the whole realism thing out the window! The recipient of the bunny loves the color pink though, so she was very pleased with it.
The pattern calls for a worsted yarn, but I love the way crocheted stuffed animals/amigurumi look when they're made with textured yarns. Here I used Red Heart Baby Clouds, a super-bulky boucle, in Sugar Multi. It's so pink and fluffy that it reminds me of cotton candy! I had to use a larger hook - an E hook was just too small for such a heavy yarn - but I compensated for the differences in both the hook and yarn by halving the number of stitches called for, more or less. The pattern is fairly straightforward if you're used to working in rounds, so I didn't make too many precise calculations in resizing... I just stopped increasing when I thought the parts looked big enough. I think I kept the spirit of the pattern though - and most importantly, the bunny's new owner loved her. :-)
That's all for today, but I promise I'll be back soon! (I mean it this time, really!)
Wow, it's been way too long since we've had an update here, hasn't it? This is Hilary, Marie's daughter, writing, and over the next several days I'm going to update my mom's blog with some of the projects we've finished lately. I even have a few new patterns of my own to share with everyone.
Today though, I'm going to keep things simple and just share a cute little baby harp seal amigurumi I made recently as a gift for my brother's girlfriend. I don't think the photos do her enough justice - she's so soft and adorable in person! She was crocheted with Caron Bliss in Snow, which is a very soft, fuzzy, bulky weight yarn that's great to work with. It's a discontinued yarn, but if you can find any I highly recommend it. I used the Baby Seal pattern from SociallySkilled.
That's all for today, but I'll be back soon! Until next time, happy crocheting. :-)
I did these four sets for Bundles of Love, the group that AC4Cdonated to this past March. Links and patterns will be posted shortly, a few are Hilary's a few are Deb's (her link is in an earlier post), and I have to sort out my bookmarks and notes for the others. I will work it out between appointments this week.
Edit to add: Here are the patterns!
The patterns for the blue/brown variegated set are Bella Bambina's Cardigan for Babies, the hat from Deb's Crafts Newborn Sweater Set, and a bootie pattern designed by Hilary. (She'll be posting the pattern here later - keep an eye out for it!) The hat and booties for the pastel variegated set were also made using Deb's Newborn Sweater Set. The lime green set was made using Crotiques' 1-Hour Baby Sweater, 1-Hour Hat, and 1-Hour Booties. The light blue set was made using Lion Brand's Simple Baby Set. Happy crocheting! :-)
Hilary did these three sweater sets for last month's charity, Bundles of Love. The group we belong to donated to them for March. Links and patterns will be posted in the next few days!
Edit to add: Here are all the patterns Hilary used! Some of them Hilary designed herself, and she'll post them on our blog sometime soon! The pink variegated kimono sweater is from Crochet Me, but Hilary resized the pattern for a newborn. The hat is from Deb's Crafts Newborn Sweater Set with a couple crocheted flowers sewn on, and the booties are her own pattern. The green variegated set was made using Deb's Amy's Newborn Cardigan, and Hilary's own bonnet and bootie patterns. The yellow and white set was made with Bella Bambina's Cardigan for Babies, the same hat as in the pink set, and once again Hilary's own booties.
Hilary loves to make gifts for her family along with her charity work. This Jiggly Puff was made for the youngest in our family,it was his favorite Pokemon when he was around 5. He was so pleasantly surprised by his sister's thoughtfulness. As Hilary gets the hang of crocheting a little more and gets quicker at it she hopes to make toys for charities to go along with the other items we have already been doing. The pattern can be found here.
Lotto (Hilary's cat) has a new friend named Orion. Hilary made this adorable dragon. I will post a more detailed picture and a link for the pattern in the next day or two...so pop back in and take a look.
Hilary is at it again. Meet Pipkin, her new little friend. This is from a Lion brands pattern. She adjusted the ears by going back and forth using half the number of stitches called for in each round to make each row, she then slip-stitched all around for an edge. She did not like the rounded tube-like ears when she made them and decided to make this change.
This blanket was made for the Navy Relief project along with those squares and washcloths. There is a great story behind these squares. The very, very center of each one was done by a woman who passed on. Her family donated yarn to me for my projects and asked if I would finish the squares and put them to use. So, I added the rest of the colored yarn that was in the bag to them, but the squares were so small still and very open. I then took a soft cream colored yarn and increased each square to about 7 inches. I put them together and then added two rounds of double crochet. To get this look it is basically a granny for three or four rounds, then in the main color, double crochet in each stitch and space around, in the corner spaces, dc twice, ch2, and dc twice, for as many rounds as it takes to get to 7 or 8 inches. Join the squares and then double crochet around the whole blanket as above for two rounds or more as desired. Not much of a pattern, but I do really like this blanket.
During the Olympics I was involved in a squares challenge, 25 went into a blanket I made, 6 were cotton terry washcloths and the rest were sent off to be joined into blankets for babies. The beneficiary this time around was Navy Relief for their Junior Seabag Program! I belong to a great Yahoo group that does work for various charities all year round. If you craft and have time to donate a few things I highly recommend AC4C. The pattern for the bulk of these squares can be found on my cousin, Deb's, blog. She was inspirational in my starting to crochet in earnest for charity. Deb's patterns are easy to use and her work is beautiful!
Hilary has been experimenting with making stuffed animals. She wants to include some when we send blankets and sweaters to children in various places. Oberon the Octopus is her first attempt. He is really adorable. I will post a link a little later for the pattern she used. Edit to add: This is a pattern from Lion brand yarn's website. Hilary used two strands together, one was a Red Heart Super Saver in orchid and the other was called Bling-Bling, it is a textured yarn like fun fur, boa, etc. She did not add a mouth as she liked him better without.
My name is Marie and I have known how to crochet, sew and do other types of crafts for many years. My beautiful daughter Hilary has an MFA in Art. She takes every craft I teach her and turns it into beautiful, creative work and always impresses me. Together we have started crafting for charities. We try to donate some things every month. We figure that every little bit one can do to help others adds up over time. Our new motto is helping out...one stitch at a time.