Sheesh!

Has it really been that long since I posted to this blog? Bad Rachel, bad!

Amigurumi have fallen by the waysode in lieu of my newest obsession: SPINNING! I’ve been spinning my own yarn, and knitting up a storm for the last year and, let’s see… (March, April, May…) 3 months. 15 months since I started, whew! It’s incredibly relaxing, which is good because I have a very stressful life right now. There’s just something about leaning back a little, letting the fiber slip lightly through your fingers, colors blending together and twisting as the wheel spins ’round, and ’round, and ’round… Mesmerizing.

I’d like to branch out into knit toys someday, but I need to get back to the basics and make some more amigurumis. I just destashed 1/3 of my acrylic stash for a rummage sale, but no worries, I still have at least one skein of every color imaginable! And I had a request for a LollyPup from a friend.

News updates:

  • I’m no longer with Sophistipets, it was not an amicable parting of ways but it’s water under the bridge now. My followers (few though you may be) are still encouraged to check out the website, just know that I am not affiliated with the company now!
  • I got my own place! Well, my mom lives with me- she’s disabled, an amputee, uses a wheelchair to get around. We have our ups and downs, but for the most part we get along quite well and are loving our apartment (even if it still doesn’t have any pictures on the walls, and Mount Unpacked Boxes dominates our living room after 2 months…)
  • The Chibi of ChibiAmi lives with me now, she’s my mom’s little Shih Tsu Chibi-Chan (it means “little one” in Japanese). She can be a pest at times but I have to admit I love having a little furry thing to come home to at the end of the day.😄

There’s always more to say, but little enough time to say it all in, sigh…

NB Blogathon 2009!

There is a great lady out there named Nikki, who each year shares 24 hours of her life to blog about kids (and an adult or two) who are fighting or fought Neuroblastoma (NB), a particularly nasty childhood cancer that I happen to have survived! The blogathon is an awareness and fundraiser event, with the proceeds going to Band of Parents, a group started by parents and loved ones of children affected by NB.

This year the Blogathon will go from 9am on Saturday, July 25th, until 9am on Sunday, July 26th. Please pop on over to  bloggingforkids.shebecameabutterfly.net and share in the lives of the precious warriors, survivors, and angels! If you are able to make a donation for Band of Parents, the link is there too and any amount is greatly appreciated. We’re stronger together!

You can read my story at http://www.caringbridge.org/or/rachel.

Another great NB fundraiser is lunchforlife.org, they ask that you give up your lunch for a day and donate the cost of that lunch instead. On the same idea, I’ve been pondering a sale in my etsy store (www.chibiami.etsy.com), where I will crochet play foods- cupcakes, eggs and bacon, fruits and veggies- with the proceeds going to Lunch For Life to continue the work of raising awareness, supporting each other, advocating for our kids, and funding research.

For some reason, my links aren’t working. Please copy/paste the URLs to see where all the action’s at!

Savy Beret

Updated with suggestions, THANK YOU TESTERS!

After all the confusion with LollyPup’s foot pattern, I think I need some people to test this pattern for me before I publish it on Ravelry…

My niece’s best friend rescued a beret from her mom’s Goodwill bag, and both girls fell in love with it. No tag,  so we don’t know where it came from, but it seems simple enough and I decided to write my own pattern. It’s named after Savannah aka Savy.

Suggested yarns: Caron Simply Soft, Vanna’s Choice, other soft sport or worsted weight that will drape

Hook: G or H, whatever needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: approximately 2.5″ across after Row 3

Abbreviations:

  • ch- chain
  • ML- magic loop
  • st- stitch
  • sp- space
  • sk-skip
  • sc- single crochet
  • hdc- half-double crochet
  • dc- double crochet

Start with either a magic loop or ch 2, join with sl st

  1. ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc 7 times in ring, join with sl st – 8 dc
  2. ch 2, 2dc in each st around, join – 16 dc
  3. ch 2, 2dc in each st around, join – 32 dc
  4. ch 2, dc even – 32 dc
  5. ch 2, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around – 42  hdc
  6. ch 2, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around – 56 hdc
  7. Start mesh: (ch 5, sk 1 st, sc in next st) around  – 28 loops
  8. (ch5, sc to join to middle of next loop) around – 28 loops
  9. repeat row 8 for 6 more rows; join last ch5 to next loop of previous round with a hdc – 28 loops
  10. Start ribbing, working in a spiral without joining: hdc in first st, next to  joining hdc from last row. 2hdc in each ch-5 space around – 56 hdc
  11. (hdc around front post of next hdc, hdc around back post of next hdc) around – 56 hdc
  12. repeat row 10 until ribbing is 2″ wide, sc around next front post, sl st around next back post (sc and sl st taper the ribbing so it’s flush with the rest),  fasten off, weave in ends

The girls like to wear it low on the back of the head, they say this is “trendy” but what would I know, I’m just Auntie!😉

A Pretty For Me

So it’s not amigurumi, but it’s pretty and I love it- I made a necklace of crochet vines for my birthday! The length is adjustable, I might make another in different colors but if I do I will make the shortest vine a little longer.

My vines necklace!

My vines necklace!

Busy busy bee

I’ve been making amis like crazy lately. The bazaar was a dud, my stuff was practically hidden in a back corner so I only made $43. 😦

Some of my recent projects: