National Watermelon Day

Happy National Watermelon Day!!

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Perfect Pink, Paddy Green; Red Heart With Love in White; Vanna’s Choice in Seaspray Mist
  • Hook: 5.0 mm Clover Soft Touch crochet hook
  • Other materials: polyester fiber filling; 15 mm plastic safety eyes
  • Pattern by Super Cute Design
  • Order yours here.

FO Friday: Squirtle and Pikachu

They are done! So cute and cuddly!

These pictured have been claimed by my daughter, so they are being debuted into my shop as made to order. Order yours here.

Now to figure out which one to make next!

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow, Light Yellow; Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aqua; Vanna’s Choice in Black: Red Heart Classic in Mid Brown
  • Other Materials: 15 mm plastic safety eyes. polyester fiber filling
  • Pattern from: Crafty Hanako

WIP Wednesday: Squirtle and Pikachu

Introducing “Work-In-Progress” or “WIP” Wednesdays! Every Wednesday, I’ll try to share whatever it is I’m working on that week. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for random WIP’s as well!

With the recent release of a new app called Pokemon Go!, I finally had an excuse to make these chubby cuties. This pattern is easy to follow and quick to make!

Working On Some Pokemon

Working On Some Pokemon

Working On Some Pokemon

They still need some features, but Luna’s already claimed them for her own.

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow, Light Yellow; Loops and Threads Impeccable in Aqua; Vanna’s Choice in Black: Red Heart Classic in Mid Brown
  • Other Materials: 15 mm plastic safety eyes. polyester fiber filling
  • Pattern from: Crafty Hanako

Dumpling Kitty

Here’s a quick cutie! I should probably make her some friends. My daughter already named her Itchy.

Dumpling Kitty

Dumpling Kitty

  • Pattern from: Sarah Sloyer at Critterbeans
  • Yarn: Red Heart Classic in Grey and Red Heart Super Saver in Charcoal
  • Hook: 4mm Clover Soft Touch crochet hook from Clover USA
  • Other Materials: Polyester fiber filling from Fairfield, 10mm plastic safety eyes from Glass Eyes Online
  • Order one here.

My Biggest Knit Yet!!

I wanted to try my hand at big (ish) knitting, but those can get super expensive. One can easily spend $300+ on one throw. So I started with this Bernat Mega Bulky yarn, which falls in the new yarn category “7” Jumbo. These start at $7.91 on Amazon. The Boye 25 mm knitting needles were $6 and change at Walmart.

For this project, I followed the Nantucket Throw pattern from Loopy Mango. But instead of casting on per pattern, I cast on 34 instead to compensate for the smaller yarn. Five skeins of the Bernat Mega Bulky made a good square throw measuring 40 inches. It took me maybe 2 sittings over 2 days. I’m a mom of a toddler, so if I skipped some chores it could be done in a day/less than 24 hours.

The Yarn: Bernat Mega Bulky. It is categorized “7”/Jumbo. This yarn is hand wash only, dry flat. Made of 100% acrylic. Gets fuzzy quick and when overhandled, and was noticeable to my perfectionist eye when I frogged. After noticing this, I realize this must be why it is hand wash only. I’m waiting to find space to be able to lay it flat to wash it, but I’m in no rush.

The needles: Boye US 50/25 mm knitting needles. I would have preferred to use circular needles for this project, but these worked for my purposes just fine. They’re lightweight, so you’d only have to worry about carrying the weight of the yarn when using these needles. They’re long enough to squeeze stitches on for a small blanket or throw, but I would say they’re perfect size for scarves (which we never need where I live).

Overall, big knitting can be a quick project to whip up for fast-approaching, gift-giving events. Assuming of course you can find this at stores near you (I had to order these, Hawaii’s yarn availability sucks). Next time I feel like doing some big knitting, I’ll try knitting with 2 or 3 strands of super bulky or jumbo yarn! Oh the possibilities!

Something by Vera handmade crafts and crochet hermione the unicorn plush doll gift kids children baby shower

Hermione the Unicorn

This was a special order, but turned out so cute she must be shared!

If you’re looking to make this cutie, don’t be intimidated! She’s not as complicated as she looks! The little ruffles and mane are probably the most tedious part, but so worth the trouble! Click on the photos below to see how mine turned out! More exclamation points!!!

  • Pattern for Hermione the Unicorn by Dawn Toussaint can be found here.
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Aran, Monet, Baby Print, and Gold: Red Heart Classic in Oceana
  • Hook: 4.0mm Clover USA Soft Touch