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My Crocheted Take on Kiwi. July 31, 2007

Filed under: amigurumi,crochet,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 6:45 pm

Introducing….KIWI!!!!   I got my inspiration from Bittersweet’s blog, http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2007/07/09/crazy-kiwis/.  Her little knitted bird reminded me of a postcard i had years ago.  Bought it in Germany, it was such a strange looking bird, i wish i still had the picture.  Anywho, here is my crocheted version of a kiwi bird!!!

click here for pdf: My Crochet Kiwi

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She is a rather large bird, compared to the other stuff i usually crochet!!  And she is a bit lumpy in the tummy–i could’nt find the rest of my fiberfill earlier.  Or i was just to lazy to get up and get the other fiberfill bag.

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And another picture!!

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Here is the pattern i wrote out for the crocheted bird. Here goes:

Materials:

WW yarn in brown and yellow (as always, i used Caron Simply Soft)

size F and E hook

eyes

fiberfill

Body:(use size F hook)

(the body is worked from the bottom up)

6 sc in a ring

rd 1: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

rd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd 3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd 4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc around (30 sc)

rd 5: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc around (36 sc)

rd 6: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc around (42 sc)

rd 7: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc around (48 sc)

rd 8: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc around (54 sc)

rd 9-24: sc in each sc around (54 sc)

rd 25: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc around (48 sc)

rd 26: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc around (42 sc)

rd 27: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc around ( 36 sc)

rd 28: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc around (30 sc)

rd 29: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc around (24 sc)

rd 30: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc around (18 sc)

rd 31: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

rd 32: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 9 sc (10 sc)

rd 33: sc in each sc around (10 sc)

rd 34: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc (12 sc)

rd 35: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc (14 sc)

rd 36: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc (16 sc)

rd 37: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 14 sc , 2 sc in next sc (18 sc)

rd 38: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

rd 39: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd 40-43: sc in each sc around (24 sc)

rd 44: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc around (18 sc)

rd 45: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

rd 46: dec 1 sc in first 2 sc around (6 sc).

rd 47: dec sc around (if you can’t then just close up and finish off in rd 46.)

Beak: (switch to E hook)

6 sc in ring

rd 1: sc in each sc around (6 sc)

rd 2-20: sc in each sc around (6 sc)

rd 21: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd 22: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd 23: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd 24: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

finish off.

Feet: (make 2)

(still using size E hook)

ch 31

rw 1: skip first chain, sl st in next 8 chains.

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Then chain 9:

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Next, skip 1st chain and sl st in next 8 chains, then sc across to end of beg chain:

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At the end of the beginning chain, chain 9:

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and once again, skip 1st ch, sl st in next 8.  Then you will sl st in the same space as your very first chain (over where the knot is) and fasten off. Leave a LONG tail for sewing. This is what you should have before you fasten off.

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Then you’re gonna fold the foot in half so it will look like this:

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Using a yarn needle, sew the two halves together, leaving the sl st dangly things free, and then sew that whole contraption onto the bottom the the bird.  Then start all over and make another foot!!!

More Finishing Stuff:

Obviously, you gotta stuff the bird.  What i did was stuff it in one of the first decrease rounds, and then again right before finishing off the body/head.  I also used a size K hook to stuff the fiberfill through the neck area.

Sew the beak onto the head, glue on the eyeballs. (or if you’re using embroidery floss or beads/buttons, sew those on around rd 40-43.)

weave in all ends. Enjoy your bird!!!

Nathalie

PS: I used the brown yarn and needle and did a couple stitches in the bottom of head and top of body (right before the neck decreases) to give him the ‘not looking up in the sky’ look.

 

Poor Jolly

Filed under: family,kittens — gnathalie2 @ 2:31 pm

So, guess what happens when you leave toys laying around on the floor?

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Pumpkin attacks!!!  He ‘ate’ one of her eyeballs, and chewed up the other one!!  This is actually the third ‘sad face’ picture we took.  We were laughing so it was hard to make a sad face!

We saw Pumpkin playing with the doll, and Tasha tried to rescue her doll, but ended up dragging Pumpkin across the living room.  The whole time she’s saying “take a picture, mom!”  So i did:

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Gotta love cats!!!  Oh yeah, the baby kittens eyes are starting to open!  Adrian brought me one of the kitties and i got a picture of his little face:

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Sunny Star Haskill pattern July 30, 2007

Filed under: amigurumi,crochet,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 1:41 pm

Here is the pattern for this sweetie pie!

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 Materials:

Size I hook

Bulky yarn (I used Bernat chunky? size 5 at any rate)

google eyes, fiberfill, pipe cleaner, felt, plastic forks

Body: (all one piece)

6 sc in ring

rd 1: 2 sc in each sc around (12)

rd 2: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc around (18)

rd 3: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24)

rd 4-10: sc in each sc around (24)

rd 11: sc dec , sc in next 2 sc around (18)

rd 12: sc dec, sc in next sc around (12)

rd 13: sc dec, sc in next sc around (6 sc)

rd 14-18: sc in each sc around (6 sc)

rd 19: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd 20: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc around (16 sc)

rd 21 & 22: sc in each sc around (16 sc)

rd 23: sc dec, sc in next sc around (10 or 11 sc)

rd 24: sc dec around (5 sc)

fasten off.

Finishing:

Her body is made from the bottom up, stuff body near round 12, when you get to round 18 or 19, stuff neck and then stuff head before finishing off.  Because the neck is pretty thin, i had to take tiny amounts of stuffing and kinda wrap it around the end of a smaller size crochet hook and squeeze it in there. 

Glue on eyeballs, cut out any type of mouth/teeth and glue it on (i cut out a ‘half moon’ shape in white, and then cut out pumpkin looking teeth in orange), take one pipe cleaner and weave it through a couple sc’s in the back of the head, curl up the ends for her hair.  I broke off the handles on two plastic forks, put a bunch of glue in the ‘spoon’ area (in front of the tines) and squished them on the bottom of the body.  I ended up having to hold the forks in place for a couple minutes so the glue could set a little bit, and since my finger were sticky the forks shifted a bit when i put her down, so she is a little wobbly!

Have fun!!

ps. I did not write the pattern while i was making her, so it’s a super close approximation of her.  Enjoy!

 

Daddy

Filed under: attempted sewing,family,other crap i do,turtles — gnathalie2 @ 3:32 am

Steph, Gareth and the kids came down to visit!!  The primary purpose of the visit was to see the new kitties and play with the sewing machine.  Steph went right to work on her turtle, and at the very last minute Annika wanted to make a bunny.  She picked out the colors, the face, the eyes, the mouth and the bunny shape.  I don’t think i have ever sewn anything so fast!!!

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Steph cut out a heart and we all gave it a kiss and put it inside the bunny, just like they do at build-a-bear!!  She named her bunny and Steph’s turtle “Daddy”!!! 

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 The whole time we were sewing she let us know that ‘the turtle needs a rock’, so Steph made a rock for the turtle!  Here is Annika with the turtle and the bunny

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Totally the most creative visit this year!!!  Gavin drew me an alien picture, so i get to make him one per his specifications!  And last but not least, here is Annika and Callan posing for the camera:

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Can’t wait till they come over again!!!

 

BunniBunny! July 29, 2007

Filed under: attempted sewing,family,other crap i do — gnathalie2 @ 9:45 pm

It’s raining.  And i’m kinda bored.  Sooooooo……it’s softee time!!!!  Just finished making my very first ever softee!!!  Her name is BunniBunny.  I think the kids scare her.

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 Forget the cottontail-this one has a buttontail!!

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I made her with one of tasha’s shirts.  So we all know that means it’s her’s now!!!

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kitties, sunny, and a softee

Filed under: amigurumi,family,kittens — gnathalie2 @ 5:14 pm

First and foremost, BABY KITTIES WERE BORN!!!!!  Snowflake is the proud mommy of four orange stripy kittens!!!!!

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this is my favorite one of mama and baby sleeping!!!

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Adrian loves taking care of the kittens, he is our household ‘kitten protector’!!!

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We also have a new creature in the family, her name is Sunny Haskill.  She is very energetic, has a hard time staying still for pictures, and she loves eating jellybeans!!  Just not the black ones!!

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Tasha has been just itching to use the sewing machine, so she made her very first softee this morning!!!

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Best Birthday Present Ever Award July 19, 2007

Filed under: family — gnathalie2 @ 7:49 am

So Madaleine turned 10 years old on Monday.  She told me it was her most favorite birthday ever!!  She had tons of fun playing with her nieces and nephews- she loved drawing with Annika, and loved both her birthday cakes!  She did have her heart set on fireworks, but all the stores were sold out.  And that’s alright cause Jennifer brought silly string!  She got a cool pink mp3 player from Stephanie, she says she loves it, it’s just we haven’t put music on it yet. So what gift was her favorite?  Well, I’ll tell you:

THE OFFICIAL AWARD FOR BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER GOES TO…………

JENNIFER!!!!  aka SUPERJEN!!!!!

And this is why:

This is Madaleine with her new pet, Meha.  She made up the name!!!

 Matti & Meha

Madaleine drew a food and water station for her new puppy:

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Now Meha’s looking for someone to play with:

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Meha says “I will wait for you to pway with me”:

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Madaleine drew and cut out a bone for Meha, and that’s what she wants to play with!:

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We had a lot of fun trying out different poses for Meha and her toy!

Here Meha says “BITE, BITE…yuuuuummmyy!  I wuv my new bwone!”:

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Here she says “thx for pwaying with me”:

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SHHH!  All that playing wore her out!  Meha is taking a nap:

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This picture is called “aaaaawwww, how cute!”  Madaleine wanted to take pics of her and her puppy taking a nap. I had her put her hand on Meha’s back cause i wanted to get both of their faces in the shot!!  It was fun watching her try to keep a straight face!!!

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The funniest thing is that we haven’t registered her into the Webkins site yet!!!