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crochet apple sweater

The first puffy cupcake apple cozy

I came up with a new puffy cupcake apple cozy and managed to sell the first one before I managed to blog about it. Now I have been testing the new pattern to make sure I am making it the same way each time so that I can eventually offer the pattern for sale as well. This will be my first pattern with puff stitches in it that I have created.
crochet apple sweater

Part of the order for my 8 yr old

I have made two more in white and three in pink. I was hoping to list a pink one, but my eight year old made an “order” for three to give to her ballet instructors, so they are all claimed. I did manage to take a few photos before sending them off with her this evening, though.

Now that I have gotten more brave and have tried a pattern with puffs and the ribbing on bottom, I hope to continue to get creative with my patterns as time goes on.

Remember to check out my May Giveaway if you like crochet patterns.


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crochet apple cozy cupcake with cherry on top

Dress Up Your Apple

The apple cozies last week for teachers gave me an idea. I decided to try making a cupcake themed one. This is my first attempt. I had a little frustration figuring how to do the brown part. I semi-remembered the general idea from some ribbing on some pattern I did long ago for a sweater or something, but apparently not correctly as I frogged it quite a few times. I think for the next one I will make the brown part just a bit taller.

I crocheted over a button to make the cherry on top. Not sure if that is exactly what I had in mind, but now that I have made one I have several ideas for different varieties. I will probably try a few different ideas this week when I am not cleaning the house in preparation for company coming.

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Since I plan to be completely finished with the alphabet, both capital and lower case by next weekend, I decided to set up a giveaway for those who would like to have the entire set of letter patterns. This project has been a labor of love for me, but I am also ready to move on to some of the many other pattern ideas that I have.

These letters are the perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers to play with, great for decoration on a wall or shelf in a nursery, awesome for a holiday themed word on the mantel, or anything else you might want to do. They are also a great way to use up those odd balls of leftover yarn from larger projects.

So, you may ask, how do I win this giveaway? For each of the items below, please put a comment below as this is where I will check entries to choose the winner. Please be sure that each comment below has an email address for contacting you if you are the winner. Here are the guidelines:

1. Post a comment below letting me know what your first project would be if you won the whole set of patterns. (1 entry)

2. Crochet one alphabet letter pattern. You may choose one of the three free ones on my blog if you like. Post a photo to my flickr group showing off your letter. (5 entries)

3. Tweet about this giveaway. (1 entry)

4. Publish a blog post about this giveaway. (1 entry)

5. Follow “lauraslefthook” on twitter. (1 entry)

Winner will be chosen randomly on May 31st. I will contact the winner by writing a blog post about the winner and contacting the winner through email. If I do not hear from the winner within three days of the email and post, I will draw for another winner. Winner will have choice of having letters “gifted” through Ravelry, emailed as separate pdf files, or the entire set sent as a zip file.

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Tawashi Scrubbies for kitchen and bath

Country Colors Heart Tawashi

I just mailed off a custom order of some tawashi hearts in country colors. I probably would not have thought of doing these color combinations together, but I think they coordinate very nicely together. That is one reason I really like doing custom orders—I get some input from another person that gives me some neat new color combinations or other new ideas. The pattern for these hearts can be found in a pattern set.

Kitchen and bath tawashi scrubber

Red bird tawashi, pattern coming soon

I have also been working on a new bird pattern to go along with my first tawashi bird. This red bird is my first attempt. I have also made another one with a slightly bigger head, which seems a bit more in proportion to me. I put my first bird set in my Etsy shop last night and hope to have another ready soon. I started making one in pink today while waiting for my preschooler to be ready to be picked up from school. That color is inspired by my preschooler’s quilt, which has pink and yellow birds on it.
Crochet scrubber or scrubbie for kitchen and bath

A slightly larger head for this bird

On the alphabet letter pattern front, I have managed to type up four of the last six patterns. Tonight I hope to figure out which of those need some step by step photos and send out at least one to one of my wonderfully awesome pattern testers.

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crochet pattern for lowercase j

Newest Letter Pattern

In March I somehow thought I would get through all the letter patterns and finish them up, but then I forgot about the fact that I would be going to visit my dad with my two girls during Spring Break, which would take away quite a bit of photographing and computer time. I am now setting my goal to finish up the patterns by Mother’s Day since the project tote I want has a special sale until then and I promised myself a reward once I finish these.

Crochet pattern for uppercase letter W

Capital W photo courtesy of my new Canon Rebel

Today I managed to list the lowercase j as well as get the Capital W off for testing. I am down to seven patterns now: Q, q, U, w, x, Z, and z. I already have the U, x, Z, and z handwritten, so hopefully I can meet my goal. Once I do I need to figure out the ebook listing on Ravelry so I can offer a special deal for purchasing the whole set there as well as in my other shops.

I will also be experimenting with making a zip file for the entire set. My husband tells me that opening a zip file should not be too difficult for those who have Windows based computers. I will probably also offer the option of having me send the files in separate pdf files, but that will probably end up having to be several emails due to size limits of attachments. If you would have a preference when purchasing between one zip file and several emails with multiple pdfs, please let me know in the comments.

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My tawashi scrubber needs some eyes

New tawashi bird coming soon

I have had a few new tawashi ideas floating around in my head for a while, but have been busy with other things. Last night I finally decided to just sit down and work on the bird idea I had. I was fortunate to have half an hour to sit outside my older daughter’s ballet class and then some time while listening to American Idol to keep working. I had a great idea for the wings, which I soon realized required me to change directions in order to get both wings to curve downward.

By the time I got as far as the picture I was tired. I tried some white stitching for eyes that just did not look quite right. I decided I would then try black, but the black yarn was nowhere to be found. I am still searching for it, but I did manage to clean up a bunch of my corner of the couch last night in the process. Hopefully I will solve the eye problem tonight and be able to make a second bird to test the pattern myself and get it ready to type up and send off to another tester before offering it for sale. I imagine you will soon see some silly birds finding their way into my tawashi section of my Etsy and Zibbet shops also.

If anyone has a brilliant idea for my bluebird’s eyes, please let me know. I will update you as soon as I figure out my solution.

Photo courtesy of my Kodak Easyshare as my husband has work today that involved the new Canon Rebel.

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crocheted finger puppets for Easter

Rabbit Finger Puppets

I got an email recently from my youngest daughter’s teacher that they would be having an Easter egg hunt at school this week. I was requested to bring in a dozen eggs filled with goodies. Since I know my daughter will be having at least two other egg hunts for Easter I really did not want to fill the eggs with candy. (You should see the pile of candy we have around from all the previous holidays.) I searched around a bit and found a cute and easy crocheted rabbit finger puppet on Ravelry. There is also a pattern for a sheep and chick as well. I may try out some chicks this evening since I have already had requests for the rabbits from people who have seen them.
lowercase x alphabet letter pattern

Lowercase X Alphabet Letter

Another project I am working on is the next set of capital and lowercase letters for the Letter of the Week at preschool. After spring break the letter will be X. I am hoping to get the capital and lowercase x patterns typed up today. My goal is to get completely finished with my letter patterns by Easter. As soon as I reach my goal I have promised myself a project tote from madbird.

If you are interested in my letter patterns, please be sure to notice I have a ten for ten dollars special on those that are in my shops. Just contact me to set up a listing for you. I hope to have it as a standard listing once all the patterns are tested.

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