Making Progress on the Bunnies…

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Well, today I finally finished all the parts for the bunnies that I am making for charity. Now, I just need to stuff, assemble, and then embroider the face.

While working on the red bunny’s parts I ran out of yarn. I then joined some more yarn and noticed that the shade was off and that the yarn was thicker. I then realized that I had been working with Red Heart Sport yarn in Vermillion and not the Red Heart Super Saver in Burgundy. So, I literally raided my stash searching for another skein of the Red Heart Sport in Vermillion. (OAN: I didn’t realize how much yarn I had.) But, I did not find it. By that point, I had finished the head, the body, and 1 ear of the bunny. I started thinking of just starting over in the Red Heart Super Saver in burgundy but, I really did not feel like it. So, then an idea popped in my head! I remembered this top that I had made out of the exact same dye lots of the Red Heart Sport. I never wear this top because it fit kinda big and once I would sit down it looked horribly rumpled when I stood up. So, I ripped it! Now I had the yarn I needed and the problem was solved. So, if you look closely at the picture, you will notice that the red bunny is slightly smaller than the green and purple bunny.

The bunnies’ tails are showing up as white in the picture but, they are actually the light grey in Red Heart Super Saver. I am thinking of doing black eyes and a deep grey nose.

I’ll do a post on the finished products before they go to their new homes.

Upcoming Project: Bunny

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Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t be doing any Holiday knitting or crocheting this year, I agreed to create some stuffed bunnies for children who are hospitalized for Christmas. Honestly, I really have to squeeze this in because I am in the process of applying to graduate school, finishing up a pattern for a lady in my knitting group, and finishing up a baby vest (yes, I am still working on that same baby vest).  The good thing is I put the final touches on my cardigan that I was pattern testing for Andi so, I don’t have to think about that.

I plan on making 3 bunnies and I will be using Red Heart Super Saver from my stash. I am not sure what colors I will be using yet. Maybe variegated or solid colors in jewel tones. But, I will figure that out maybe tonight after church. I plan on embroidering the eyes and nose as pictured so, that it can be safe for children of all ages.

My plan of action for these bunnies is to create all the parts first. Usually, I will make the full bunny and then move on to the next bunny and so on. However, to stay on task I figured that I need to create all parts for the 3 bunnies, then stuff, then assemble. Kind of like an assembly line.

This pattern is from the Simply Crochet, Issue 2. It calls for DK weight yarn but, I plan on using Worsted weight. I don’t think it  really matters because it should still be a nice size stuffed animal for a child.

I’ll keep you posted on how these turn out.

OAN: I finished my cardigan and it looks so nice so far. The ends are weaved in and I will be blocking tonight. Expect a post in the next day or two with the final result.

Finished Object: Bags, Scarves, Hats

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had been working on some projects for the Missionary Department at my church. They requested matching hats, bags, and scarves. I chose simple, basic, and straightforward patterns that would not require a lot in the thinking process.

For the  hats, I chose the Flower Hat from the book Mr. Funky’s Super Crochet Wonderful. For the scarves, I chose the free pattern by Red Heart, Heartwarming Crochet Scarf. For the bags, I went with the Spiral Mesh Bag from Crochet One Skein Wonders.

These projects were worked up in a little over 3 weeks. I for one am happy to be done with it because I really don’t enjoy the process of making the same thing over and over and over and over again. I start to loathe the repetition and I start to feel like a sweatshop.

In the end, I am pretty pleased with the results. Hopefully, they will like them.

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Here are a few pics of me wearing a couple of the items.

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Further Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Colors – burgundy, carrot, soft navy, amethyst, grey heather

Hook – 5.00 mm/H for scarves, 4.00 mm/G and 5.5 mm/I for bags, and 4.5 mm for hats

Level – Easy to beginner

 

Charity: Lapghans

Well, it has long been my goal to make things to donate to charity. This year it was one of my resolutions. And I did it 🙂 Yesterday, my sister and I turned in the Lapghans that we made for Nursing Home residents. I made the green and red lapghans. And she made the navy blue and brown lapghans.

I turned them into the Missionary President and she loved how they turned out. They are going to present them to the residents and put their names on each blanket to make it personalized.

It feels really good knowing something that I created will be a blessing to someone else. I will be looking into more charities for future projects…

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures:

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Finished Object: Another Lap Throw

IMG_5990[1]IMG_5989[1]As I mentioned previously, I was working on Lap Throw #2 to donate to Nursing Home Residents.

This pattern is actually listed as a baby blanket but, baby blankets make nice lap throws also. I really, really, enjoyed this nice and super simple pattern. This is definitely one of those patterns that you can zone out and watch a movie. An added bonus–it works up super quickly. And because of this, the procrastinator in me took over and took a 2 day break. Today, I finished it and I simply love how it turned out. I want one for myself. Maybe one day I’ll have time to treat myself 😉

This is a free pattern that can be found HERE.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Color – Cherry Red

Hook – J (6.00 mm)

Weight – Worsted (4)

Level – Beginner to Easy

WIP: Classic Lap Blanket

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are making lap blankets to donate to Nursing Home residents. Last night, I started on my second lap blanket. For this lap throw, I decided to go with a super simple project, that didn’t require much thinking, and could be whipped up in a snap. I found this pattern while on Ravelry of a Classic Baby Blanket. The finished blanket will measure 36 x 36, which is about the same measurements as the other lap blanket so, I thought it would be perfect.

I am about 45% done and I am really enjoying it. Contemplating making one for myself…

This free pattern can be found HERE.