Crafty Cathy

knitting.crocheting.sewing.photography.

  • Welcome

    I can be both crafty and crafty. Here you'll find most of the former and sometimes a little of the latter.

    I knit.
    I crochet amigurumi's.
    Sometimes I sew.
    Occasionally I cook.
    I always take pictures.

  • Recent FO’s

    DSC06570 Little Red Riding Hood

    Flower Power DSC05784

    Baptismal Gown SYTYCD Hat

    Baby Blankie Baby Dragon

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    DSC04917 Modified Simple Shoes

    Hello Baby! Cable Jumper

    Ragland Ninja Baby Double Trouble Cable Hat

    Saarjte's Bootees Sk8er Booties

    Two Tone Socks DSC04627

    Bunny for Baby DSC04617

    DSC04619 (Large) For the Horde 3-25-08 1

    DSC04610 (Small) Bring Spring Bunnies

Archive for the ‘Crocheting’ Category

Keeping The Little Toes Warm

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 15, 2009

Fake Mary Janes

More booties. Can’t resist making them for her little feet! This pattern is super easy and super fast to make. I’m really resisting the urge to make some in all the colors of the rainbow.

The black ones I double stranded the yarn because it wasn’t worsted weight. I also made the starting chain 10 instead of 8 and added one stitch to each side to extend the length. For the strap instead of row 7 I worked row 6 again because I had a hard time trying to work into the chain/strap.

Fake Mary Janes

The best part about these booties is that they actually stay on my girls feet!

Pattern: Fake Mary Janes

Yarn: Black Pair – Red heart soft. Multi colored pair – Sugar n Cream Ombre.

Hook: Size I

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Blankie

Posted by 2ton Inspired on September 15, 2008

At first the thought of making a blanket was really daunting. I wasn’t sure how long it would take and if I’d have enough interest to finish one, but I started one anyways to see how it goes. I actually quite enjoyed it and it went by faster then I thought it would. 

This was my first big crochet project. Up until I started this one I’ve only made amigurumi’s and baby booties. I think the toughest part for me was when to turn at the end of the row. A few times I had to rip back at least a few inches because I turned too early and the blanket was getting skinnier. 

In order to use two colors I carried the yarn across using a method called Tapestry Crochet. 

 Baby Blankie

The blanket is 6 squares by 8 squares. I haven’t measured it for the actual lentgh/width but it’s big enough for baby to lay on or to use as a stroller blanket. 

Pattern: Tiramisu Baby Blanket

Yarn: Caron One Pound

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Funny Bunny

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 21, 2008

DSC04619 (Large)So I gave the Spring Bunnies to my nephews for Easter and the first thing the older one said was, “Where’s the body?” (The younger one is too young to notice!) He made me take the bunny home and make him a body. Which I did and totally winged. I took two tries because the first time I made the belly way to fat and the body overwhelmed the head. One arm is a little shorter then the other but overall I think it looks alright!

I think he’s a budding designer/artist because when I gave him the completed bunny he looked at me and said, “Where’s the tail?” I couldn’t help but laugh. His mom said it didn’t need a tail but he really wanted one so I told him that when he came over next week I’d have a pompom tail for the bunny. He also wondered why I chose black for the eyes, nose and mouth. In his opinion red would have been a better choice.

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I also completely failed at my mission to make some baby booties. The weekend was busier then I expected it to be!

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Nameless Bunny

Posted by 2ton Inspired on April 10, 2008

Our little Benny (or as we have affectionately started calling him, Moonkey) has been longing for a companion for quite some time. I initially wanted to make the Strawberry pattern from the book (Amigurumi Supper Happy Crochet Cute by Elizabeth Doherty) but I had some issues with the wig and decided to make her a bunny instead and combined both patterns together.

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Since I haven’t gotten any “real” eyes for my amigurumi’s yet I made them bobble eyes and it gives her that semi-crazed buggy eye look. Hehehe. I also didn’t have the right size hook to make the outside of the eye (the white part) and had to wing that. I like how her dress turned out though. It probably could have been longer but she’s supposed to be punk rock! In hindsight I probably should have given her knee high socks to complete the look. And I forgot to take a picture of her undies… that’s right she’s got on boy undies underneath that dress!

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Her ears, arms and legs all have some of that fuzzy pipe wired stuff so they’re bendable. It doesn’t stay bended very well in the arms and legs because of the stuffing but the ears are cute!

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And finally the happy couple! Moonkey likes her a lot and thinks she’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Just a side note on the pattern: there are a couple of errors in the instructions for color. Namely the shoe, it says to use cream when it should be red! Otherwise I think the rest of the pattern is great!

Now on to the dilemma of what to make next! My knitpicks order has been delayed (silly me I forgot to enter our address, I just put in our apt number!) so I’m not sure what’s up next. I better figure it out soon before I meet up with my friends this weekend.

(Gah! Is it me or all the pictures blurry?! Maybe it’s time for a new camera… or photographer?)

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Spring Bunnies Jinxed

Posted by 2ton Inspired on March 21, 2008

Yesterday I mentioned the Bring Spring Bunnies… and here they are! But instead of spring, they brought winter back! I woke up this morning to a snowstorm and it hasn’t stopped.

These were very fast to make! The first one I made was the crazy blue/yellow/green colored one. My oldest nephew’s favorite color is green but I ran out of green yarn and this was the closest I had. It took a little over an hour to make him.

The pink fuzzy one was much faster since the yarn is thicker and I used a larger hook. I’m so glad I found a use for this pink yarn! It’s been sitting in my stash for a long time.

I might just make a bunch so that my nephews can give some to their cousins too.

Bring Spring Bunnies

These little guys have spunk and were having fun during the photo shoot. 🙂
Bring Spring Bunnies

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H is for Home

Posted by 2ton Inspired on March 19, 2008

If anyone reads Decor8 you’d have seen the post about H is for Home which specializes in “the unusual, the quirky, one off, handmade and vintage.”

While I always considered my taste in decor contemporary modern I think I’m starting to stray a little towards vintage and H is for the Home isn’t helping! There are quite a few things I have fallen in love with, but what really caught my eye are the darling cup cozies pictured below. They come in fabulous (channeling my inner Christian Siriano) colors.

One small gripe about the site is it’s a little hard to navigate. I wanted to see all the options for the cozies but could only find the two listed below at first. Finally I just did a search for “Crocheted cosy coaster” and up they came.

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In addition to the cup cozies there are tons of knitted and crochet goodness in the forms of corsages, slippers, hats, tea cozies, and blankets.

*Photos from H is for the Home

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Baby Bear

Posted by 2ton Inspired on March 6, 2008

Little Bear

A little quick and dirty de-stashing project. I think he’s alright. Not “awww so cute,” but kinda. Maybe it’s a multiplier thing but the pictures make them look so cute! (The photo has 4-5 of the bears strewn about) I think it’s the perfect size for little baby hands though.

I might have made his nose a bit big and am wondering if I should scrap the muzzle part and make the nose right on the face. The turtles (can  you see the two turtle heads sticking up put of the water?) sure thought he was strange though! They must have stared at him for a good 2-3 minutes.

This pattern was missing a lot of the instructions for the arms, legs and ears. They all ended on row 3! I inspected the photo in the book and counted 9 rows on the arms so I made both arms and legs 9 rows. The ears I made to 4 rows.

Pattern: Little Teddy Bear from Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Amigurumi

Yarn: Sugar’n Cream stripes

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Benny Jr.

Posted by 2ton Inspired on March 3, 2008

As a last minute gift for my nephews birthday I made Benny Jr. (the smaller of the pair pictured) in a record 3 days! At first I thought about giving him a teddy that I had already made or a store bought gift. After talking to my sister I learned he is really into monkey’s right now and I knew I just had to make him a Benny… only smaller since I had 3 days to make him. (You’ll notice he doesn’t have knees or elbow marks because I was doing those in the car on the way to their house!)

It actually went pretty fast. I think it’s because I didn’t need as much time to decipher the pattern since I’d made one before. To make him smaller I just reduced it by about a fourth… even though his head is a bit small. I think it gives it an opposite amigurumi feel, yet still cute in it’s own way.

I really wanted to embroider or felt my nephews first initial to the front of the shirt but ran out of time. I also skipped the tail, though I might make one to add on later. For Benny Jr. I put in some piping (I’m not sure what the correct term is, but their wires wrapped in fuzzy that are bendable) inside the arms and legs so you can pose him. Something I wish I had thought of for Benny Sr.

I think the cutest thing was when after the gifts were opened my nephews cousin wanted his dad to buy him a monkey like Benny Jr. It was so sweet that I’m going to make him one too.

Pattern from: Amigurumi Supper Happy Crochet Cute by Elizabeth Doherty

Benny Sr.

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Mister Bear

Posted by 2ton Inspired on February 5, 2008

How sweet is he? For now I’m calling him Mister Bear since he’s going to be a gift for a friend. He actually turned out a bit smaller then I thought he would but I love the proportions. I decided to embroider on the facial features and had a bit of trouble with making everything even. I’m not the best at embroidery but I think overall it looks OK.

I’m loving this book. Earlier I was worried about reading the pattern since it uses symbols but it was easy as pie. I actually think I prefer the symbols then written instructions. I like that it tells you exactly when to do the increase or decrease (some patterns just say decrease evenly). I can’t decide what to make next! I suppose I should try to finish up some of my knits before starting another ami though.

Pattern: Big Bear from Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Amigurumi

Yarn: Sugar’n Cream. Used about two of the 95yd balls for the main color. A little Caron Simply Soft for the accent.

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Busybody

Posted by 2ton Inspired on February 4, 2008

Oops!  What happened to Friday? The weekend just flew by it was so busy. We had a family business obligation on Friday and then had some friends/family over on Saturday to be my guinea pigs for Pho and then more family on Sunday and finally the Superbowl. Whew! It makes me tired all over again just writing it out.

I’m a little bummed I forgot to take a picture of a bowl of Pho because it was a huge success! I was a little worried it wouldn’t turn out half as good as my moms because I left out a lot of the measurements when I wrote down the recipe as she was teaching me. I guess what she always says is true, “Asians don’t measure, they put in however much they need to make it taste right.”

I did manage to wind down the weekend by catching the end of the Law and Order: SVU marathon and working on an Amigurumi. This one is from the book Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Amigurumi. I love ami’s they take shape so quickly, usually only use one type of stitch and lets me use up leftover yarn from other projects! As you can see a few hours of work produced the head, body and 3 limbs of the bear. Just one more leg, two ears and the nose left and he’s finished!

Sometimes I’m too strong for my own good. I managed to break my hook. Granted it was plastic and bend-y, but still. I really wanted to finish this guy so I used a little super glue and duct tape. I’m sure my gauge is a bit off so it’s a good thing it broke at the start of one leg. the other leg will be about the same size. This means no more plastic hooks for me. Metal or wooden or nothing at all. It’s a shame because I just got this one too.

Bear

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