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!

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:

Chibiami Expansion!

Last night Lolly and I took a bunch of cat and dog toys to the Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar at the fairgrounds! I’m so excited! We took 40+ pieces, and hopefully I’ll get some Christmas shopping money out of it. It runs for 6 days and I’m working on more stuff to take in on Thursday.

I opened a shop on Etsy a few minutes ago! So far there’s only 1 item listed, but I’ll put up more in days to come: chibiami.etsy.com

It’s Magic!

I’ve been doing nothing but amigurumi for the last 10 months, it didn’t occur to me that some of my readers might not be familiar with the Magic Ring. So I thought this would be a good time for a tutorial!

http://www.crochetme.com/amigurumi-double-ring (I can’t get the link function to work yet)

For the smaller detail like mouse ears and puppy eye patches I only use one loop, since it will be sewn on firmly and is not likely to come loose, no matter how hard the kids play with it. And by “kids,” of course I mean furbabies as well as little humanoids.

Ah, magic ring, how well you work! How tightly you close! How much nicer than the old chain-loop method!