Thursday, June 27, 2013

Crochet Marshmallow Amigurumi

Now you can judge me by the books I read.

I went to an Etsy craft party a week ago and they had s'mores there. Towards the end of the night the caterers were giving away all the leftover food. They were handing out marshmallows so I grabbed a bag and the bag had these cute little marshmallows on them. (I had a picture but my phone got stolen so I lost all my pictures) I decided that these little marshmallows would make cute amigurumi. I have only made amigurumi once before and I've never tried to come up with a pattern myself so this is my first attempt. Use with caution and I hope you guys like it. 

I used a size J hook.

Chain 3, sl st into the first chain

Row 1- 6 SC in center of loop. Sl st to join

Row 2- 2 SC in each stitch, sl st join (12)

Row 3- 1 SC in first, 2 SC in second all the way around, sl st to join (18)

Row 4- 1 SC in next 2, 2 SC in third all the way around,  sl st to join (24)

Row 5- 1 SC in next 3, 2 SC in fourth, all the way around, sl st to join (30)

Row 6- 1 SC in next 4, 2 SC in fifth, all the way around, sl st to join (36)

Row 7-10- 1 SC in each stitch, sl st rounds together

Work in continuous rounds now

Row 11-21- 1 SC in each stitch, work in continuous rounds

I made the face at this point. I just used felt for the face so that I could give it Anime eyes. The face can be done any way you would like though. I also started stuffing at this point. 

Stop working in continuous rounds. 

Row 22-25- 1 SC in each stitch, sl st round to join

Row 26- 1 SC in next 4 stitches, 1 SC decrease (30)

Row 27- 1 SC in next 3 stitches, 1 SC decrease (24)

Row 28- 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 1 SC decrease (18)

Row 29- 1 SC in next stitch, 1 SC decrease (12)

There will be a hole in the top at this point. Finish off as you normally would and leave a length of yarn. Use this length of yarn to sew the top shut. I went through the top stitches and pulled it shut. 

I hope this pattern makes some kind of sense. I have not tested it. This is more just a way for me to share what I did. I'm sure I don't do things the "right" way. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

What day is today? It's Tank's birthday...

What a day for a birthday! Now lets all have some cake.

Today is my dog's 9th birthday. I don't really post about him all that much on this blog but on my tumblr and Instagram, I'm always posting pictures of him.

I really love Tank. He's the best little dog ever and I don't know what I would do without him. He's my little companion and always makes my day better so I thought I would throw him a little party for his birthday today.

Here's the birthday boy. He wasn't too thrilled with the birthday hat I made him.

Here's the birthday boy and me, again he's not too thrilled. 

I also made birthday hats for my other two dogs. 

These two weren't too happy with their hats either. Shanti ripped hers off the second we put her back on the ground. Bruno took his off and tried to attack it.

I wanted to make a doggie birthday cake but it was way too hot to turn the oven on and I didn't really like any of the recipes I found. I just decided to cook a sweet potato and peel the skin off and form the cooked potato into sort of a "cake" shape. The dogs really seemed to enjoy it.

Singing Tank happy birthday!
Tank and Bruno enjoying the birthday "cake."
Shanti and Bruno devouring the birthday "cake."

My dogs are very disobedient and untrained so they didn't stay still long enough for me to take good pictures of them. These are the best ones I have of them that aren't too terribly blurry.

Some might call me crazy for wanting to celebrate my dog's birthday but I don't care because Tank's birthday is something to celebrate!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My craft storage

I've recently taken over my parent's basement with all the sewing and projects I have going on right now. I have a really bad habit of leaving my stuff everywhere and completely unorganized. I'm pretty sure my parents (especially my mom) do not appreciate it. I had my sewing stuff just in a plastic container and in a traveling sewing container (is that what they are called?) It was always hard to find anything so, I decided to try to find some drawers to organize all my stuff.

I was at Walmart and I found these bad boys on clearance. I'm not really a big fan of the magenta but they were only ten dollars!! 

In the first drawer I decided to put scissors and pins and current project stuff. 

In the second drawer, I put supplies. Ribbon, glue, felt, stencils, anything of that sort. 

The third drawers I just used for patterns. 

Because I moved all of my sewing stuff into the drawers it freed up an extra container for me. I ended up using this container for some yarn that didn't have a home. I also have a huge yarn drawer in my room.

So, that is my entire craft storage and supplies besides my fabric.