FO Friday: Sepp the Seahorse

It was another beautiful day in Hawaii! So why not take Sepp (kind of close) to his natural environment.

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(I just can’t get over how fast my model is growing!)

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The little baby is so adorable! Maybe I should make more baby seahorse?

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Sepp’s head was another part of a Lalylala I altered. This pattern is another that is crocheted bottom-up, in the round, all the way to the top of the head. I personally have a hard time getting the neck how I like if I crochet that way. But the way I altered the head last time made the hood not fit as well as I’d like. So what I did was make the head separately. I made a foundation chain to make a fake last row of the body, and continued to work the head upwards. And behold! It worked. This may be my go to alteration.

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It was a windy day, so the quality of Sepp was tested. He had to be dusted oh so many times! As you can see in this last photo, the stitches are perfect for catching sand from the wind.

I’m still working my way through all the Lalylala patterns, so I’m sure there will be another doll coming soon!

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Eggshell and Light Blue
  • Hook: 4.0 mm Odyssey crochet hook from Furls
  • Other materials: polyester fiber filling
  • Location: Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu, HI
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FO Friday: Oleg the Octopus

This week’s finished project is one that has been in progress since maybe September of last year! It is Oleg the Octopus! The pattern is from Lalylala and can be found here.

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Crocheting the body can take some getting used to because you’d be working with the tentacles already attached. The other parts are pretty typical for a Lalylala pattern; the arms, the hood, and the face.

One thing I changed is how I made the head. The pattern calls for the head to be worked in the round continuously from the body. I personally found that this method made it difficult to stuff the neck firmly enough to not be floppy. Instead, I used a head pattern from a different Lalylala doll. One that makes the head a separate piece  you sew on later. A problem I found with this change is the hood seems to be too big.

For my next Lalylala, I’m planning on trying another modification.

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The little one wanted to go the big mall, so off we went into town. Luckily, the weather was really nice, so we went across the street to Ala Moana Beach Park for a photo shoot.

  • Pattern from Lalylala
  • Yarn used: Red Heart Super Saver in Spa Blue Fleck and Eggshell, Loops and Threads Impeccable in Royal
  • Other materials: 12 mm plastic safety eyes from Glass Eyes Online, polyester fiber filling, pearlized beads
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FO Friday: Color Pooling!

I may be a bit late posting about this, but I finally have this ready! Color pooling infinity scarf using moss stitch.

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Making this is way simpler than it looks! You’d think you need the perfect tension, hook size, yarn type, and so on and so on……but my favorite technique is just making sure the color you are currently stitching is the same color as the stitch diagonal from it. Another technique that works for me is for beginning your project. Make your slip knot right where the color changes, and try to end your chain at a color change.

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I used this tutorial by Moogly to learn how to do the Moss stitch.

What are your favorite projects for color pooling?

FO Friday: Chained Wreath Ornament

Here’s a quick FO. I’m also posting it earlier than originally planned because they are almost gone! It took longer to attach the ribbons and magnet than it was to make the actual wreath.

I used a 5.0 mm hook, but any size will do. There’s no gauge. Just keep making a chain until you get about 5 feet. Mine came out to about 3×3 inches.

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I made a bunch of these, so they are my shop’s “free gift with purchase” until December 20 or until they are gone! Just want the ornament? You can also order them!

FO Friday: Doctor Who Throw

This time I tried my hand at C2C!

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I started this project November of last year! It took me nearly a year to make because of all the ends to weave in and all the color changes!

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The plan was originally to make 12 squares, or at least enough to cover one adult. But all the ends made it quite a task if you don’t work them in right away.

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This was definitely fun to work. But next time, I’ll need to do my best to not put the project down.

  • Hook: 4.5 mm Soft Touch crochet hook from Clover USA
  • Yarn: various worsted weight yarns by Red Heart Yarn and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
  • Pattern: Two Hearts Crochet
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FO Friday: Shoreline Afghan

Here’s another gift! I love finding these cool blanket patterns, but I have more blankets than I could use in a lifetime.

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For this project, I decided to use yarn I already had in my stash. It’s a mix of brands, but they seem to have come together very nicely!

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This gift is not meant to be given until Christmas, but I thought I’d get a good start since my favorites I’ve made can take as long as 2-3 months. A day or two into the project, I realized I’m nearly halfway done! This is also when I found how to do a join-as-you-go technique for hexagons, and I just had to go into overdrive out of excitement!

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I used less yarn than I thought I would per hexie, so I think this would make a good scrap yarn project! But let’s save that for another time!

  • Hook: 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey crochet hook from Furls Crochet.
  • Known yarn used:
    • Red Heart Super Saver in Aran, Medium Thyme, Charcoal
    • Red Heart With Love in Black
    • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Seaspray Mist, Beige
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FO Friday: Reusable Water Balloons

This week’s FO are reusable water balloons from Left in Knots! I tried them first as is with a 9.0 mm hook but came out too big for a child, so I omitted a row and switched to an 8.0 mm hook. But after trying them in action, I decided to put that row back with the 8.00 hook. And they came out great!

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Once they’re made, all you really need for your fight is a bucket of water! They absorb about half a cup of water each, so you can cause the same amount of damage as traditional water balloons.

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The best thing about this is the clean up! They are machine washable and dryable, and leave no trash on the battlefield.

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  • Yarn: Bernat Blanket
  • Hook: 8.0 mm crochet hook from Clover USA
  • Pattern: Left in Knots
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FO Friday: Summer Mosaic Afghan

This afghan has been completed for a while. But since this was given as a gift, I did not want to risk ruining the surprise by posting too early!

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This project had some ups and downs, and some learning experiences. First lesson was when using multiple colors for squares (in this case, hexagons), work by color sections and not one square at a time. Doing so helps break the monotony and makes you feel it is a quick project.

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Another lesson is to not put projects down to hibernate for too long. For me, this gives me an excuse to postpone and get lazier and lazier to finish the project. My inner procrastinator comes out too much.

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Summer Mosaic Afghan

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But overall, this turned out to be a great throw!

  • Pattern by: Julie Yeager
  • Yarn: Red Heart With Love in Aran; Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry Red, Hot Red; Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet, Brick
  • Hook: 5.5 mm and 6.00 mm Soft Touch crochet hook from Clover USA

Finished Object Friday: Granny Square Sweater

Last year’s Black Friday, I had a good haul of this Heartland yarn by Lion Brand. This has been my on-the-go project because it’s just a big ol’ granny square!

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I just made a granny square as wide as my arm span. Then slip stitched together the side into itself to form the sleeve. A single crochet edge around the openings. And there you have it!

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Really, that’s it.

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The top part is folded over to make it look like a collar.

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Granny Square Sweater

Warm and comfy. But in this Hawaii summer, this sweater will have to wait.