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vine on a fence scarf November 19, 2009

Filed under: crochet,free patterns — gnathalie2 @ 3:43 pm

new free pattern!!!!

 

 

Download free pdf here: vine on a fence scarf

 

Enjoy!

nathalie

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a work in progress November 11, 2009

Filed under: crochet,kittens — gnathalie2 @ 10:46 pm

My older sister, Jennifer, has been wanting me to make her one of my pretty pretty flower scarves for a while now.  So i started going through whats left of my yarn (thanks, cats!) and found a bulky super soft dark brown that i won for having the cutest kitten picture in a group over at ravelry.  She wants a scarf with blue or green flowers, but i reallllllllllllly wanted to use the brown and then it hit me:  the brown can be the fence with the flowers running up it!!  

So i am now in the middle of designing a new flower scarf, called ‘flowers on the fence’!  I have a very strong dislike for sewing stuff in crochet only cause the stupid ends never stay hidden, so this will be another no-sew scarf~ the base is the brown fence, then there will be a green vine with leaves crocheted onto it, along with a flower ‘row’.  I’ve already got the green vine with leaves figured out, i’m still working on how to make the flowers in one ‘row’. 

Here is the brown that i have done so far:

 

I would already be done with it, but when i went to the kitchen to throw some chicken in the oven the cats had dragged most of it down the hallway and stairs!  I picked all of it up and caught Boomer trying to grab it again.  Here she is staring at it, waiting for me to look away for just one tiny second:

  she wants it real bad!!!

 

Baby Carrot is doing wonderfully at our house~ still the most purr-iest kitten we’ve ever had!  She loves sleeping next to me, and here she is on my spot:

 

And here she is again about half an hour after i moved her over a bit:

  she even purrs while shes sleeping sometimes!

 

I couldn’t resist taking a close up pic of her:

  what a sweetie!!!!

 

Later!!

nathalie

 

baby carrot is the new kitten November 9, 2009

Filed under: amigurumi,kittens — gnathalie2 @ 1:03 am

Natasha wanted me to drive her up the street to see if her friend could play.  She went to the front door and as i’m sitting in the car i see a little orange kitten running up to her.  She asked her friend if it was hers, but her friend thought that it was one of ours!  I knew it was coming when she picked up the cat and turned towards me……”mom, can we keep the kitten?”

Really?  When have i ever said ‘no’ to a homeless baby kitten?!!!!!

  

 

Adrian came up with her name~ Baby Carrot!

She is super super friendly, and the best part…… She uses the litterbox!!!!!!!!  

She is still apprehensive about the big cats but she adapting quickly

 

My side of the bed is on the right, and everytime any of my cats sleep next to me it’s on the left.  Not Baby Carrot!

Here she is like an hour after we brought her home:

 

The coolest thing so far about her is that she is a little purr-bot!  I love happy kittens!!

Tasha found her under her blanket later on in the day:

 

and this is how i woke up this morning:

 

And we found a home for 4 of our cats lasr week!!  My husband came home from work with a cage and said he knew a family that wanted a girl cat.  I put the two orange girl kittens from across the street in, and Luis grabbed an orange-tipped white girl and Cheeto and brought them over ~ btw, i didn’t know he brought Cheeto till later!    He came back with an empty cage and said that the two children fell in love with the kittens and the parents fell in love with the big cats!  He said the family lives on a gigantic property with horses and dogs,  and they had been wanting cats for a while since their previous cat died of old age.   Hey, maybe they’ll be interested in a couple of our ‘spray up the entire house’ cats!!!

The two boy kittens from across the street are still here (no shock there!) and my brother Sebastian LOVES one of them~ the growly one from the video in the previous kitty post!!  We ended up naming him ‘Hagar the Horrible’, and here he is hanging out on Sebastian:

 

and now he’s taking a nap on Sebastian:

 

and then we were joking around about ‘i’m lovin’ it’ from the McDonald’s slogan, so i got this pic of tasha and sebastian:

 

And to finish off this post, here are some projects i get to show off:

From my pretty pretty flower scarf pattern:

  by woolymountain

 by Jardiniere

 by threadfulart

 

From my squiggly cat toy pattern:

 by knitting techie

 by TokyoKyotoxx

 by elenerv

 

From my afternoon delight turtle pattern:

 by mccrowthers

 by jacintillating

 

 pinkphreek is still working on one!!

 

and from my overboard pattern:

 by ivory142 ~ she named it ‘elmer’!!!  cute!!

 

later!

nathalie

 

fingerless gloves in pics November 6, 2009

Filed under: crochet,free patterns,tutorials — gnathalie2 @ 6:40 pm

It’s always a struggle trying to find working batteries in my house so when i took some out of one of the kids toys, it had just enough charge left to take pictures~

Here is what i hope is a helpful tutorial on how to make my awesome fingerless gloves pattern!

The glove pattern uses back post double crochet (bpdc) to create the ridges on the glove.  I am left handed, so if you’re right handed then just do an extra round 2 for the glove part~ that way the ridges stay on the outside of the glove!!

**so i just looked it up, and i guess the actual stitch i’m using is Front Post Double Crochet!  Either way, whichever stitch you’re more comfortable using to create the ridges works either way!!**

Here is a link to a front & back post double crochet how-to:

http://www.crochetkitten.com/tutorials/fpdc.html

http://www.crochetkitten.com/tutorials/bpdc.html

Now for my gloves:

First start with chain 9, then double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook and double crochet across, then chain 2 and turn.

ch 2 turn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next row,  Back Post Double Crochet in the next post and in each post across

bpdc 1

To do this stitch (BPDC) , yarn over, then stick your hook behind the double crochet stitch from the previous row

 

 

 

 

 

 

bpdc 2

then yarn over and pull the yarn back through the post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bpdc 3

then double crochet as usual

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what the other side of the stitch looks like:

bpdc 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is what the next BPDC in the same row looks like:

bpdc 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last bpdc in the row is done in the very last dc-post, here is what it looks like:

bpdc in last stitch

 (the rows will even out as you go along!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will continue crocheting one row double crochet, then one row bpdc until the cuff fits around your wrist/arm:

cuff done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is to fold the cuff in half with the ridges sides touching each other and then slip stitch across:

sl st across

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you will turn the cuff inside out and chain 1 and turn:

turn inside out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now sc aound the edge of the cuff , about 27-30 sc as evenly spaced as possible:

ch 1 sc around edge of cuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then slip stitch into the first sc of the round, chain 2 and turn:

sl st ch 2 turn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next round, you will dc in each sc around, then sl st into the beginning ch-2, chain 2 and turn:

sl st into ch-2

(pic of sl st in beginning ch-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the next round, bpdc in each dc post around:

bpdc around ridges out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the rest of the glove pattern, you will alternate rounds of dc and bpdc (make sure the ridges are facing out!)  When the glove is as long as you want it to be you will crochet the thumb round next.  The thumb round is a double crochet round.

Chain 2, turn, dc into the first 4 dc, then chain 5:

ch 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then skip the next 4 stitches and dc into the 5th one:

skip 4 dc, dc into next dc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then dc in each stitch the rest of the way around, sl st, chain 1 but do not turn.  Then sc in each stitch around, sl st to join, fasten off and enjoy your gloves!!!

Have fun!

Nathalie