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

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Here, kitty kitty…

I’ve been making cat toys lately, to sell at farmer’s market, bazaars, etc. A lot of folks have asked about them so I thought I’d share some pics! There’s something to suit every kitty’s tastes- jingles, catnip, wigglies, and more. There’s even seasonal items (Halloween items are sold out except orange fishie).

The pictures are a bit blurry, but you get the idea.

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!

LollyPup

Just in time for my niece’s 5th birthday (her nickname is Lolly), here is a ChibiAmi Original design: pretty, precious, patchy, puppy which I call LollyPup! Aaw…

Feel free to make as many as you like, if you sell any please give credit where credit is due, and do not sell the pattern itself. This pattern is untested and it’s only the second pattern I’ve written so please send feedback if you try it out! I like to increase in each increase space, so some of my instructions might sound a bit wonky.

This pattern makes a really great Snoopy, too!

On to the pattern!

Materials used:

  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 15mm plastic safety eyes (available at many craft stores, including Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • 21mm plastic safety nose (same as eyes)
  • Fiberfill

Optional:

  • Very small amount of random yarn for collar (Lollypup wears Homespun with a pretty button accent, Snoopy sports a durable cotton)
  • Embroidery thread or pearl cotton for details: eyebrows, eyelashes, etc.
  • Embroidery needle
  • Plastic pellets, tied up in pantyhose to add weight to the body

Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together for decrease
  • Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together for decrease (don’t know if this is an actual stitch but it did the job for me!)
  • BLO – backloops only
  • FLO – front loops only
  • MR – Magic Ring (loop yarn around your finger, work prescribed number of stitches in loop, pull yarn tail to close)

Note: do not join rounds, all pieces are worked in a spiral.

Head:

  1. In MR, sc 7, add nose before tightening but don’t put washer on yet
  2. 2sc in ea st – 14
  3. (2sc, sc) around – 21
  4. 5 rows even – 21
  5. FLO: (2sc, sc in next 2 sts) around – 28 (muzzle made)
  6. Sc in next 8 sts, (2sc, sc in next 3 sts) 5 times – 33
  7. Sc even – 33
  8. Sc in next 9 sts, (2sc, sc in next 4 sts) 5 times – 38
  9. 4 rows even – 38 (at this point, position eyes and lock in, rotate nose to desired angle and lock in, add any facial details such as eyebrows, stuff muzzle)
  10. Sc in 6 sts, (sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts) 5 times, sc2tog – 32
  11. Sc in 5 sts, (sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts) 5 times, sc2tog – 26
  12. Sc in 4 sts, (sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts) 5 times, sc2tog – 20 (stuff head firmly at this point)
  13. Sc in 3 sts, (sc2tog, sc ) 5 times, sc2tog – 14
  14. Sc2tog around – 7

Fasten off, weave tail though each st of last row, tighten to close hole.

Body:

  1. In MR, sc 8
  2. 2 sc in ea st – 16
  3. (2sc, sc) around – 24
  4. (2sc, sc in next 2 sts) around – 32
  5. 3 rows even – 32
  6. (Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts) around – 24
  7. 3 rows even – 24
  8. (Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts) around – 18
  9. 1 row even – 18
  10. (Sc2tog, sc) around – 12
  11. 2 rows even – 12

Fasten off, leave 18″ tail for sewing head to body

Arms:

  1. In MR, sc 6
  2. 2sc in ea st – 12
  3. 2sc in 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts – 15
  4. Sc in 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts – 15 (thumb formed)
  5. Sc in 2 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 9 sts – 13
  6. Sc in 2 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 8 sts – 11
  7. Sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7sts – 10
  8. Sc even – 10

Fasten off, leave 12″ tail for sewing on

Feet: foot is worked up one side, across the toe, down the other side, and across the heel

  1. In MR, sc 8
  2. (Sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts) twice – 12
  3. (Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts) twice – 18
  4. Sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next 3 sts (toe formed), sc in next 5 sts, BLO sc2tog twice (heel) – 19 There have been quite a few comments about this step, things do not add up and I’m not sure how to fix it! The concept is that for the toe you increase (2sc) in the increase spaces from Row 3, and for the heel decrease (sc2tog) in the increase spaces from Row 3.
  5. BLO sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog 3 times, sc in next 6 sts, in both loops sc in next 2 sts – 17 Same comments as for Row 4.
  6. Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 6 sts – 15
  7. Sc in next 6 sts, sc3tog twice, sc in next 6 sts – 12
  8. Sc in next 4sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 4 sts – 10
  9. 2 rows even

Fasten off, leave 12″ tail for sewing on

Ears: each increase should be done in the previous increase space, so the ears lay flat when finished

  1. In MR, sc 8
  2. 2 sc in ea st – 16
  3. (Sc in 7, 2sc in next st) twice – 18
  4. (Sc in 8, 2sc in next st) twice – 20
  5. (Sc in 8, sc2tog) twice – 18
  6. (Sc in 7, sc2tog) twice – 16
  7. (Sc in 6, sc2tog) twice – 14
  8. (Sc in 5, sc2tog) twice – 12
  9. (Sc in 4, sc2tog) twice – 10
  10. Sc even – 10
  11. (Sc in 8, sc2tog) twice – 8
  12. Sc even – 8

Fasten off, leave 12″ tail for sewing on

Tail: each increase is done in the previous increase so the tail has a curved shape

  1. In MR, sc 4
  2. 2sc, sc in next 3 sts – 5
  3. 2sc, sc in next 4 sts – 6
  4. 2sc, sc in next 5 sts – 7
  5. 2sc, sc in next 6 sts – 8
  6. Sc even for 4 rows – 8 each row

Fasten off, leave 12″ tail for sewing on. I lightly stuffed the base of the tail with fiberfill.

Patches:

  1. In MR, sc 6
  2. 2 sc in each st around – 12

Fasten off, leave 12″ tail for sewing on

Collar: (note: collar is completed and put on body before head is sewn on!)

  1. Ch 15 or length to fit your puppy’s neck, join with sl st
  2. Sc in each st around, fasten off and weave in ends
  3. Add decorative button, charm, tag etc if desired

Escargot Escapades

My mom is a funny lady. She has a green thumb, really enjoys being outside in the garden. A few years ago she moved into an apartment and started container gardening, had all sorts of beautiful flowers on her patio.

BUT…

Something was chomping on them, and that something was SNAILS!

Now, normally snails can be treated with a little poison in a line around your flower bed. But what do you do when your flower bed is elevated away from normal snail territory? There were no tell-tale shiny slime trails leading to the hanging baskets or the planter boxes, yet somehow they were getting in and eating all the pretty flowers!  After several baffling months of this, Mom looks up and sees them in the tree, dropping off branches into the flower pots.

So we started a little game called Smash The Snail- using the icky garden broom (or Mom’s cane when she still used it, she’s in a wheelchair now) you smack the snail right off the tree branch. If you hit it right, it smashes on the tree- watch out for guts! If not, you knock it off the tree and smash it on the ground. Sounds gross? It is! And after watching the pests eat all the gorgeous blossoms, it’s very satisfying, in a morbid sort of way.

What does this have to do with amigurumi, you ask? I’m getting there…

Like I said, my mom is a funny lady. She doesn’t have the best memory, which is terrific when it’s her birthday or Christmas- I can take her shopping with me, have her try things on, buy it in front of her, and she completely forgets! Heck, I could probably have her wrap her own gift and she’d still be surprised on Christmas morning…

She recently had major surgery, and spends a great deal of time in bed. She’s missed getting out in the garden, and yes even missed the Snail War (though now she can run them over with her wheelchair- mwuahahahahaha!), so I thought I’d do something nice and make her an amigurumi snail!

Mom was asleep when I finished this little guy, so I set him on the bookshelf next to her bed, where she’d be sure to see him when she woke up. Aaw, aren’t I a sweet daughter?

That was Sunday night.

Monday, she doesn’t say anything…

Tuesday, no comment…

Wednesday, I’m thinking she’s just being a bit spacey…

Thursday, I’m starting to second-guess the cuteness and wondering if she didn’t like my little handiwork.

FRIDAY, she looks at me with the sweetest expression and says “I love my surprise. You must’ve put it there while I was sleeping last night.” Yes folks, it took my mom 5 days to notice the snail by her bed!

HERE HE IS:

Escargot the Snail

Recent Amis

I’ve made quite a few amis this summer, and here are a few of them- more to come later! I started selling them at a local farmer’s market, if it has a price it’s for sale or I can make another like it to sell.

Mice stuffed with organic catnip, $7 or 2 PBS credits. Free pattern available at http://kristieskids.weebly.com/patterns1.html

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Love Bugs! $12 or 3 PBS credits. Free pattern available at http://heliina.livejournal.com/50341.html

My New Blog! Woo-Hoo!

I’ll be uploading pictures, projects, and patterns for my amigurumi in the days to come. Some of the finished objects will be for sale, if anyone sees something they like I can do custom ami’s as well.

All-In-One Octopus Pattern:

Row 1: In magic ring, sc 6

Row 2: 2sc in each st – 12

Row 3: (sc in next st, 2sc in next st) around – 18

Row 4: (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around – 24

Row 5: (sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) around – 30

Rows 6-9: sc evenl – 30

Row 10: (sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog in next st) around – 24

Row 11: (sc in next st, sc2tog in next st) around – 16

Row 12: sc even – 16

Row 13: To make legs (sc in FLO of next 2 sts, ch 15, sl st in 2nd ch from end, sl st in 3rd ch from end, sc in each ch, sc in post of base sc) 8 times, join w/ sl st, ch 1

Row 14: In BLO, sc2tog 8 times – 8

Row 15: sc2tog 4 times, finish off, leave tail for sewing shut – 4

  • For eyes- 8sc in magic ring, sew on after Row 13, when you can tell which side you like best for the face
  • Stuff halfway through row 14, when the opening is still large enough but not so large that the stuffing falls out
  • Please let me know if you make one, I’d love to see it and will even post it here!
  • You may sell finished projects but please do not sell this pattern!
Sewign the limbs is the most frustrating part of making amis for me, so I designed this little guy so he works up all in one piece! (excluding eyes)

Sewing the limbs is the most frustrating part of making ami's for me, so I designed this little guy so he works up all in one piece! (excluding eyes)