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Nerdy Bird September 29, 2007

Filed under: amigurumi,crochet,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 10:23 pm

Man, it took way longer than i thought to write this pattern!!!  I had to write this down twice because the kittens kept knocking over my drinks!!!  So, after salvaging all the soggy papers, i’ve finally got the pattern for anyone that wants it!!!!!  Here is Nerdy Bird:

click here for pdf: nerdy bird


He is the bigger version of my first bird, it’s just i ‘winged’ the first one and didn’t write anything down.  This is what Nerdy Bird is based on:


And this is the blue one i finished a few minutes ago:


please read the notes at the end before starting the head/body!!!!!!


ww yarn (I used Caron simply soft in grey)

chunky yarn (I used Bernat softee chunky)

fun fur – 2 balls (Technically it’s not the ‘furry’ one, it’s the feathery one)

Size I hook and size F or G hook


yarn needle, sewing needle, embroidery floss, sewing thread/or machine

google eyes

1 piece felt, 2 buttons (medium or large sized)

The legs and wings are made using one strand chunky yarn.  The head and body are made using one strand ww yarn and one strand feathery fun fur held together.  The beak is made with one strand ww yarn.  You want the ww yarn for the head/body to closely match the fun fur color.  The color for the beak, feet, neck, and legs are totally up to you!

Making Nerdy Bird feet: 

Use one piece of whatever color felt, cut it in half, then cut each half in half (4 squares total)  Holding 2 squares together, cut out any kind of ‘bird foot’ shape you want.  Cut out a similar foot with the other 2 squares:


Then sew each pair, leaving the bottom part open.  Trim around the edges, turn them inside out.  Now you can either glue the foot closed, or sew closed.  I’ve done both.

1459128740_fe620106da_m.jpg  Use a medium or large sized button to attach the foot to the leg.  Any color is fine. Just be sure not to give him two left feet!!!!  Unless you like that look.

Legs (make 2 with I hook and chunky yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2 & 3: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Sew the foot on now:

Thread your needle, insert from ‘inside’ of leg, go through both the foot and the button and back down again until foot is secure:


Then continue with leg:

rd4: (sc2tog, sc in next sc ) 4 times (9 sc)

rd5-21: sc in each sc around ( 9sc)

Fasten off, stuff

Wings (make 2 with I hook and chunky yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3-5: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

rd6: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

rd7 & 8: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Ch 1, hold both ‘sides’ together and sc across.  Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. On the bird pictured above, i switched to the ww/fur combo on the last 2 rounds and sc across.  You don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Beak ( use size F or G hook, ww yarn)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2-4: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd5: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 5 sc (14 sc)

rd6: sc in each sc around (14 sc)

rd7: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 6 sc (16 sc)

rd8 & 9: sc in each sc around (16 sc)

rd10: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in last 7 sc (18 sc)

rd11: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.  Lightly stuff.

Head/Body (use I hook, hold 1 strand ww yarn & 1 strand fun fur together)

6 sc in a ring

rd1: 2sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd4: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc around (30 sc)

rd5-9: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd10: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 18 sc (24 sc)

rd11: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 12 sc (18 sc)

rd12: sc2tog 6 times, sc in next 6 sc (12 sc)

Sew beak on here

rd13 & 14: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Now switch to 1 strand chunky yarn

rd15-32: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Now switch back to ww and fun fur:

rd33 & 34: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd35: 2sc in first sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd36: sc in each sc around (18 sc)

rd37: 2sc in next 6 sc, sc in next 12 sc (24 sc)

rd38 & 39: sc in each sc around (24 sc)

rd40: (2sc in first sc, sc in next sc) 6 times, sc in next 12 sc (30 sc)

rd41 & 42: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd43: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc around (36 sc)

rd44-46: sc in each sc around (36 sc)

rd47: 2sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc around (42 sc)

rd48: sc in each sc around, but add 3 (2sc in one sc) in there wherever (45 sc)

rd49-58: sc in each sc around (45 sc)

Here is a good place to sew on the wings and stuff the head/neck

rd59: sc2tog, sc in next 7 sc around (40 sc)

rd60: sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc around (35 sc)

rd61: sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc around (30 sc)

rd62: sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc around (25 sc)

Here is a good spot to sew on legs

rd63: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc around (20 sc)

rd64 sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc around (15 sc)

rd65: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (10 sc)

rd66: sc2tog around (5 sc)

Sew shut, fasten off, weave in ends.


1. Sew the beak onto the head above the decrease rounds, the part that looks like it’s sticking out the most.


2. After the neck is complete, you want to start round 37 so that your increases kinda line up with the beak on the head.  If that means pulling out or adding some sc to get it right, it’s totally cool.  You’re gonna want to eyeball the 3 ‘weird’ increase rounds so the bird sorta lines up. 

3. Stuff the head/neck area pretty good cause it gets wobbly.  I’ve got one bird that can’t hold up it’s head and one that sorta does.  Cool either way!

Oh yeah, i almost forgot~ this pattern hasn’t been tested by anyone but me, so totally let me know if you find anything wrong with it!!!

 Enjoy your bird!!



Thank you, Wayne!!! September 28, 2007

Filed under: family — gnathalie2 @ 7:14 pm

My dad, Wayne, is AWESOME!!!  Thanks to you, Wayne, we all got to go to the fair!!!  Tasha always gets the mail when she gets off the bus, and she ran in the house really excited that ‘Mama’s got mail’!!!   As always, i do love the cash, but i love the cards you pick out for us!  Always hilarious!

The first thing Madaliene said when she saw the money was ‘That’s for the fair’!  And since i’ve never been to the Coweta Fair before, i figured what a fun way to celebrate my birthday.  I invited Steph, but she didn’t have the kids on Tuesday so it was just us. 

We had soooooo much fun!!  I learned 2 things while we were there.

1. I get dizzy on ferris wheels.  Not doing that again!!

2. Madaleine is an adrenaline junkie!

The first ride the kids went on was the giant slide.  Madaleine and Adrian loved it, Tasha was a bit scared.  So  for the second ride Madaleine suggested the kids roller coaster.  It looked tame enough, even adults weren’t allowed on it.  Adrian looked a bit terrified on the ride, Madaleine was loving it~ she was raising up her arms on all the ‘hills’, but poor poor Tasha.  That girl cried the whole time!  I felt bad, and when she got off she said she doesn’t want anymore scarey rides!  No problem!  It’s hard to see, but this is a picture of the kids on the ride:

1443369818_de57ebe148_m.jpg Tasha is on the middle car there. 

And here is one of Madaleine getting off the ride:


After that we all went on the bumper cars.  That was my favorite one!!  We went on that one twice.  After that Madaleine was just itching to go on other ‘big’ rides, so her and Luis went to the big rides while me and the other two looked for smaller ones.  We found the merry-go-round and Tasha wanted me to sit with her in the ‘booth’ thingy.  Adrian got on a horse, then moved to the seat behind me, then went on the horse again… kept doing this like 5 times!  Here he is in the seat behind me, still deciding:

1442519889_a81b9b4d0c_m.jpg  Then he finally made up his mind and went with the horse:


I love this one of Tasha! 


We met back up with Luis and Madaleine, and i thought it would be such a great idea to go on the ferris wheel.  I’ve never been on one so we stood in line.  Adrian was adament about not going on it, and i’m all ‘it’s ok, it’s not scary, i promise’ but him and Luis sat this one out.  Right away, the stupid wheel brings us to the very top and then stops.  Good lord.  I was so scared, i started getting dizzy, and i don’t even want to start with how freaking high we were!  The ride was also shakey and whatever to let others on.  It went around once and when we passed the attendants me and Tasha were all “Let us off! Stop the ride”!!!  So thank god, they did!  The kids were laughing at me for being a scaredy cat, the ride people were chuckeling, and i was laughing so hard at being so terrified of a ferris wheel!!!!!  But still, not going on one again.  Here is Madaleine on the ride:


Since we were stuck at the top for what felt like forever, we decided to put our heads down so we couldn’t see how high we were.  Then i got out my camera and me and Tasha made ‘scared’ faces to distract from the altitude.  This was the best one:


After that incident, we split up again and i stood on wonderful, safe ground while the other two went on more rides.





We had the best time, and for once we were able to get the ‘unlimited rides’ bracelets!!!!



My kids and my kittens September 24, 2007

Filed under: family,kittens,other crap i do — gnathalie2 @ 3:39 pm

First of all: Happy Birthday to me!!!  Yeah! I’m 32!  I’m old! 

Secondably: Yesterday the girls were super creative!  To avoid the whole ‘it’s my turn on the computer’ drama, i told Madaleine to get out the chocolate chips and bake some cookies!  Always a dessert fan, she ran into kitchen and started baking.  It was gonna be a ‘let’s see if she can do it by herself’ thing, but then i remembered that none of our spoons or cups have legible writing on it.  I gave her the correct ones and let her go to town!  Here she is scooping the cookie dough onto the baking sheet:

There was only a little drama here because i gave her the margarine to spread onto the baking sheet and Adrian thought it would be funny to grab it and flick butter bits onto her arm. 

When those came out of the oven we polished them off pretty quickly.  Madaleine had put cinnamon in them and didn’t really like it all that much (the rest of us did though!) and wanted to bake something else.  I was watching the Monk marathon, so i told her to have at it.  I wasn’t too nervous only because the kitchen was a mess anyway and flour and stuff isn’t expensive. Madaleine asked me how much baking powder she should use, and since it was her ‘baking experiment’ i suggested what spoons she may want to use, and then told her how it would be super fun if she started all over cause 1/3 cup of baking soda was a tiny bit too much! 

From what i remember cleaning up this morning, she used baking powder and soda, sugar, water, flour, 2 eggs, chocolate chips, and pumpkin pie spice.  I set the oven to 350 and 10 minutes later this is what we had:

 They weren’t as sweet as the cookies, but they had like a scone taste to them.  They were so freaking good!!  These are what was left, she had made a whole sheet of them.  I had Tasha and Adrian taste them before i revealed who made them, and they loved it too!!!  Go Madaleine!!! 

Tasha saw the felt heart that Madaleine made for my birthday and made me a heart with a face magnet:

 The kittens got to it before she put it on the fridge. 

And since we LOVE Halloween, Tasha made some tiny decorations.  She used crayons, a pen, and index cards. 

 It’s hard to see in the picture, but i was amazed at the amount of detail in each one!!  There were two of the tiny white gravestones, but once again, the kittens got to it!!!  Speaking of kitties,  my little cuties are in the ‘attack everything’ stage!! 

 This was actually the first hat that i started making for Steph.  And what ever happened to the volleyball net? 

 It’s a kitten catching net now!

Since it’s Halloween time soon, we started decorating the front porch with purple and orange lights.  Just not this strand.  It doesn’t work anymore!:

Oh, and since we all know how much i love cleaning right when i wake up, the kittens left me with a birthday surprise!!

 I saved the plant before i took the photo~ and i’ve had to move the other plants to higher ground!

As much as the kittens get into and destroy, i just love the little poopers!!



Happy Birthday Steph!!! September 23, 2007

Filed under: crochet,family,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 10:20 am

Hey! It’s your birthday on Monday!!  And i would just like to let you know that with every year you just get hotter and hotter!!  So yes, i made a hat just for you, you sexy little thing!

And just to let anyone else know: Me and Steph are identical twins.

I told Tasha to put on the hat real quick so i can take a picture of it, and little miss superstar went to town with the poses!

This one is her ‘totally serious’ look:

“who, me?”:

This hat fits an adult head, to make this for a child just leave out the last one or two increase rounds.

Anyone feel like making it?  Here’s how:


ww yarn

size I hook


Each round is joined with a slip stitch to the first stitch.  The beginning chain on each round counts as the last stitch of the round.  I did a chain 2 for the beginning chain, if you prefer using chain 3, go right ahead! This hat can also be made with a chunky yarn and a size J hook, for the adult size leave off the last increase round, for a child size hat leave off the last 2 or 3 increase rounds.

Start with 8 sc in ring, join with sl st to first sc, chain 2.

rd1:  2 dc in each sc around, sl st to first dc, ch 2. (16 dc)

rd2: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (24 dc)

rd3: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (32 dc)

rd4: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 3 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (40 dc)

rd5: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 4 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (48 dc)

rd6: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 5 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (56 dc)

rd7: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 6 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (64 dc)

rd8: 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 7 dc around, join with sl st, ch 2 (72 dc)

rd9: hdc in first dc, *ch 1, skip next dc, hdc in next dc* around, join with sl st, ch 3

rd10-14 or 15: *Skip first hdc, hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1* repeat this round like 5 or 6 times, really until the hat is as long as you need it to be. Fasten off, weave in ends.




Where’s my face?!!! September 19, 2007

Filed under: amigurumi,crochet,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 4:04 am

I just finished this, the glue on the eyes are still wet.  And smelly.  And that’s why he has no face yet.  That and i am still thinking of how i want him to look!

1405574658_4d98039562_m.jpg  I purposely didn’t give him any arms cause i think he’s a sweetie without them!   I did give him a little tail though (ok, gross, i’ll rephrase that)  I did crochet a cottontail for him.  (much better!)


And here is the side view:



Size G and I hooks

ww yarn in white, light blue feather/fuzzy yarn

eyes, yarn needle, fiberfill

Body: (with 1 strand white & 1 strand fuzzy held together, I hook)

6 sc in ring

rd1: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc around (18 sc)

rd3: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc around (24 sc)

rd4: 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc around (30 sc)

rd5-27: sc in each sc around (30 sc)

rd28: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc around (24 sc)

rd29: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc around (18 sc)

rd30: sc2tog, sc in next sc around (12 sc)

rd31: sc2tog around (6 sc)

Stuff, sew closed.

Ears (make 2 with G hook and white yarn)

6 sc in ring

rd1: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

rd2-15: sc in each sc around (12 sc)

fasten off.

Feet: (make 2)

5 sc in ring

rd1: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

rd2-8: sc in each sc around (10 sc)

fasten off.


5 sc in ring

rd1: 2 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

rd2: sc in each sc around (10 sc)

fasten off.


Do not stuff ears, sew onto head before stuffing and sewing closed.  Stuff feet, sew onto front of body, sew tail onto back of body.  Make bunny face however you feel like.




Kopf hats

Filed under: crochet,family — gnathalie2 @ 12:01 am

Yeah, i’m a nerd.  But you love me anyway!!!!  I made these two hats last night and this morning.  The pink one is Tasha’s and the green one is mine, but we all know the kids will wear it more than me!!  So who’s ready for a baaaaaad picture of me????  Oh!! I am!!!!

1403870349_5a2bab2c11_m.jpg Well, maybe it’s not that bad.  This is one of like 20 i took, it’s kinda hard taking a centered picture of yourself.  But here is a much easier picture to look at:

1403870335_da391ba142_m.jpg  Tasha wore it to school and Madaleine wore it on the way home.  Here is another view of the green hat:


The pink hat was made with a size J hook and Bernat softee chunky yarn.  I did an 8 sc in ring, increased for 9 rounds, and then did hdc plus ch 1 around till it was big enough. 

The green one is with an I hook and Red Heart Soft yarn, same as above.  I did like 5 or 7 rounds to get the correct length.  I didn’t use a pattern, i just winged it.  I think they turned out pretty darn good!!



still no motivation September 18, 2007

Filed under: amigurumi,crochet — gnathalie2 @ 5:42 pm

well, i do have motivation to crochet but just none to clean.  I’m not really ‘on strike’, i’m just waiting to see how nasty the house can get before the kids or luis clean something.  I came to the realization that when i do nothing, NOTHING GETS DONE!!!!!!  I did make a bunch of blobs with red heart and cotton yarn.  I wanted to use up the ‘crap’ yarn mainly because i don’t feel like i’m wasting money on ‘practice’ stuff.  So here are the basic blob shapes i made:

1402409371_2f00deec7b_m.jpg They were all made using a size G hook, i started each one with a 6 sc in ring, i went up to but not more than 30sc, i decreased to 12 or 18 sc, and closed up when it was long enough.  Super simple. 

I wanted to see what types of different critters i could make with the same shape.  This is my favorite one:


 I glued his eyes on first, then i had a couple of felt ‘ears’ that were mess-ups from an earlier project that i put on for feet.  Then no matter what i held up to it, he just seemed perfectly cute without anything else.  Here’s another view:


On this one i had started to picture a bird of some sort, but then the eyes i made looked more like a fly, so that’s what it is now:


The felt wings were a total pain to glue on, i swear i must have used half a tube to get them to stick!! 

This next ‘blob’ was fun to make because i wanted to get better at hand sewing felt, and i am happy at how the beak turned out:

1402403529_3ba80ab8ea_m.jpg It’s kinda hard to see from the pic, but the feet and top of the wings have a little embroidery detail on it. 

1402403531_d6172dba32_m.jpg You can see on the fly’s wings how it’s a bit darker.  That’s from all the freakin glue i put on it. 

Madaleine also wanted to work with felt, and inspired by her favorite show “Bleach”, this is what she made:

1402403509_8224a71b84_m.jpg The face also kept falling off, so we used a bunch of glue on it.  The glue stunk so bad, we were getting dizzy from the fumes so for the second ‘coat’, i used a non-toxic fabric glue.