Crochet Taxidermy and squirrel underpants

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My husband has developped an obsession with Taxidermy. For years, he has planned on having our dog, Mortimer, stuffed and keep him curled up at the foot of the bed…. NO GOING TO HAPPEN! Lately, he is always sending me links to blogs about taxidermy gone wrong…. it’s very disturbing. So I figured I needed to take control of this situation before he ordered bizzare diorama box or worse, a life-sized wearable wolf costume!

so now we have a taxidermy wall in our den…. The top one was purchased from the awesome Felt Factory during Smart Design Montreal (I’m pretty sure she sells on Etsy). The Big Moose was my gift to my husband for the holidays….. I made him from a pattern from Pepika on Etsy.┬áThe best part was that I made it over a few nights while watching tv right in front of him, but he had absolutley no idea and no interest…. I could knit underpants for squirrels he wouldn’t notice (there is such a thing, I saw them in a catalogue at work yesterday. I have a truly fascinating job)

Ice cream fever

We got a really big BBQ. It came in a really big box, which has now become our backyard ice cream store. It took the girls about 3 days ti demand pretend ice cream to play with. I obliged.

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Hooking away!

I am still addicted to Amigurumi. I bought a book of patterns at the book store, have been trolling the Net for free patterns and discovered the treasure trove of cool patterns, Etsy.

This is Gato, the Cat. He belongs to BB but he helped out with dinner tonight, Img_7340_1_2 he likes to cook. Though his name is Spanish, it also is French for cake (gateau), so that might be why.

He has a friend, Confetti, the Elephant. He also belongs to BB. She likes to count his spots.

Img_7345_2  I have in fact made several for Dumpling as well, but she would not lend them to me to photograph them. They are very busy playing in her room and couldn’t pause for a picture. I’ll have to try to take a picture of them at play at some point.

In the mean time, I attacked the first of the 5 Yo Gabba Gabba patterns that I bought from CraftyisCool on Etsy.

I started with Muno because he is only one color and it was very fast. Started him last night and finished today at Knitting group. I already made the head for Foofa as well. I have until next Wednesday to finish them all….

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I am officially a hooker

I almost wrote a post on Tuesday about how much I hated crochet and I just couldn’t figure it out. I should start by saying that I am extremely prejudiced against crochet. As a kid, the only crochet I ever came across were those got awful suynthetic yarn bumpy slippers and toilet paper covers that combined the aforementioned yarn and Barbies. I guess Afghans too. I hate the holes in crochet. So why would I try, you ask yourself?

Well, on my trip to Chicago this spring, I purchased this book. I thought my kids would get a kick out of the monsters and I figured it’s a hook and some yarn, how hard could it be. Ha! you are SO RIGHT! I went about to teach myself to crochet and in the process, almost made myself nuts. It seems all the instruction pictures show you how to single crochet on he first row (ie the chain) but they never how you the second row, so I could not figure out if I should hook into the front loop, the back loop, or as it turns out, both loops. Also, I was misunderstanding the single vs double crochet instructions and I was in fact not making single crochets but slip stiches…. in all my stitches!

I must have started and stopped the same project about 15 times. Finally I read and read every single instruction site and finally, these were clear enough for me to get it.

I have to admit, now that I have started, I can’t stop!

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I am currently working on the cat from this book.4391130122

And I am madly googling amigurumi. I like the animals, but I love the idea of making my girls some yarn foods to play with…. I fear I may quickly become addicted. It’s so easy to take with me, just one hook and a ball of yarn or two. Currently, my "kit" resides in the Repetto shoe box that Mrs. Figby left behind. It’s got a fold over flat with magnets to hold it shut…… and it makes me think of her, so it’s just perfect!

Have you made any amigurumi? Tell me about it….