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Counting Cookies

Counting Cookies











I really have been working on crochet projects. I just cannot seem to get motivated to completely finish them. These Counting Cookies look finished; however, I decided that they really need a container. So now I am contemplating what kind of container I want to create for them. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I am thinking that I don’t want to go for the huge cookie jar idea or the loose drawstring bag. I am thinking more of a container in which they fit only if put in neatly.

Christmas Ornament Ball

Holly and Ivy Christmas Ornament












In the meantime, I have been making Christmas ornaments. The tutorial can be found on my blog; I had discovered it elsewhere online a few years ago and have since lost the link. I seem to find myself making these in July; perhaps because they help me wind down from busy days with my kids and since I have made them many times they do not require too much thought once I have chosen the paper and ribbon. For more of my ornaments, please check out my Artfire studio’s Handmade Christmas section.

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crochet numbers one, two and five

crochet numbers sneak peak photo

As I planned, I worked on some crocheted number patterns during my Easter break from teaching preschool. A few customers have asked about these in the past and I finally felt like I had the time to squeeze in some pattern writing. I am sharing a sneak peak at the numbers that are ready to be tested. I have sent off the number one pattern, typed up the two, and have the five hand written.
Another angle of my new crocheted numbers
I did work on the three, but am unsure whether I like the looks of it, even though it is the same font as my letters and these numbers. I think I will try checking out threes in different fonts to see if I like one of them better before making a final decision about it. I also did not make my first three with the same brand of worsted weight acrylic. That made it just slightly smaller than these, which certainly would not work if I want to photograph them together.

Crocheted numbers one, two and five

Stay tuned for more number patterns coming soon. I hope to get through the set and get them all tested soon so that I may offer them in my ArtFire Studio. I also want to use my sample set in my preschool classroom while reviewing numbers during the last month of school.

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I have been toying with the idea of a giveaway from my Artfire Studio for a while, but just could not make up my mind which item to give away. So, I decided to let you choose by giving away a $10 gift certificate to my studio.

Now, what could you choose with that gift certificate? How about a set of tawashi

Heart Tawashi

Or you could purchase a baseball or football themed beverage cozy….

Football Can or Bottle Cozy
Baseball Can or Bottle Cozy

Or perhaps you could pick something for a favorite girl’s favorite American Girl doll….

American Girl Ballet Shrug and Tutu

For the crocheter, I have many crochet patterns….

Tawashi Patterns

There are also several other goodies in my studio, including apple cozies, alphabet letters, and Christmas ornaments.

How to Enter:

Want to win? Now through August 31, 2010 11:59pm EST you can enter to
win a $10 gift certificate to Laura’s Left Hook!

To enter this contest simply visit Laura’s Left Hook and pick out your favorite item. Then leave a comment with your favorite item to enter. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you if you win. Your contact information will only be used for acquiring your address information should you win this contest.

For additional entries:

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By random draw, I will choose an entry and notify the winner through email (or method given in entry to contact you.)  If winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be chosen.

Be sure to check back since I expect to offer a consolation prize to all those who entered but do not win.

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18 inch doll sweater
I started this American Girl doll sweater thinking that it would be a long sleeved cardigan with buttons down the front. However, as I was working on it my daughter asked me if I could make it short sleeved. Then, I realized that the back portion was not quite as wide as I would have liked, so my plans all changed. I ended up with this spring or fall short sleeved sweater with a small button to keep it closed.
One button lime short sleeve sweater for 18 inch dolls
Tonight I plan to make another one to add to my Handmade American Girl Doll Clothes section of my Artfire Studio. Then, hopefully, I will get back to my idea of a button down cardigan sweater. Once I get that accomplished, I will begin the process of getting the patterns for my 18 inch doll sweaters ready for testing.

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American Girl or 18 inch doll clothes
Lately I have been designing things that actually have to fit. This is my first sweater design for my daughter’s American Girl doll. She chose the sport weight yarn (and the outfit to take the photos.) This open work crochet stitch does has a minor issue; the doll’s fingers won’t move, so it is a bit fiddly to get the sleeves over the hands. My eight year old did figure it out herself, though.
Cardigan for American Girl Doll
I am trying to decide whether to add a small button and loop at the top of the sweater or not. I am working on a second sweater like this one to offer in my Artfire Studio where there are already ballet shrugs and tutus for 18 inch dolls, so I will probably test out the button idea on that one to see how I like the looks of it with a button. I am also working on getting the pattern written for others; I am hoping to work on a couple more cardigan sweaters with different stitch patterns as soon as I finish teaching Vacation Bible Camp next week.

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by Laura's Left Hook
I discovered a tutorial online for these ornaments several years ago and now cannot seem to find them again. I have made them enough times to have memorized how to do them and thought I would share it with you. First, you need to gather the following materials:

1. 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (I find that smaller patterns tend to look better than large scale patterns.)

2. Paper cutter

3. 3 inch styrofoam balls

4. Stick pins (1000 for a dollar at my local Dollar Tree)

5. Ribbon


Step One: Cut the scrapbook paper into 2 x 12 inch strips.

Step Two: Cut the strips into 2 x 1 inch pieces.
Christmas Tutorial
Step Three: Fold strips into a triangle shape, being careful that the points look nice.

Step Four:
Place first four triangles on the styrofoam ball, pinning down all three corners. This will be the bottom of your ornament.
Christmas Tutorial
Step Five: The next round of triangles will be pinned down only on two corners, leaving what will be the bottom corner to stick out. Since you are working from the bottom, it appears to be the top corner as you work. Notice that the second round is placed so that the points line up with the edges of the first rounds triangles.

Step Six:
Continue adding rounds of triangles, pinning down only two corners until you get about to the halfway point. Then pin the ribbon for the hanging loop on each side. You will then continue to add rounds of triangles until you get to the top. The top does not need to look perfect since you will be covering it with ribbon.
Step Seven: If you are good at making bows, you could add a bow to the top. If you crochet, you can make a crocheted chain to wrap around and pin to the top of the ornament. I have also seen some of these with little tags added to the top to dangle.

If you love looking at these but are not up to creating them yourself, please check out the Handmade Christmas section in my Artfire Studio.

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Felicity's crochet doll clothes

Felicity's New Ballet Shrug

For a while I have been toying with the idea of creating some crocheted American Girl doll clothing patterns, especially since my oldest daughter has a Felicity doll as well as another 18 inch doll.  As I generally do when I decide to crochet something entirely new, I decided to start with something fairly simple and made a crocheted ballet shrug with some sport weight acrylic yarn I had leftover from a custom order alphabet letter project.

The first challenge was making the shrug fitted, without it being too hard to get over the doll’s fingers.  Just like a baby, a doll is not very helpful when you try to put clothing on it.  I ended up having to add a stitch and frogged about ten rows to start over.
18 inch doll ballet shrug crochet
Keeping count of rows was a bit of a challenge as well.  I would definitely recommend using your row counter while making this.  For some reason I thought that the fact that I was writing down the pattern as I went would help me keep track of rows.  (Of course, being interrupted by children while working probably contributed to losing track of where I was.)

Hopefully I will get a chance to type up this pattern in the evening (when no children are awake to interrupt me.)  Once I do I hope to find a pattern tester who would be willing to do a quick test of this pattern for me.  After that you will be able to find this pattern on Ravelry and through my blog as a free download.

Felicity's Ballet Shrug

Back View of Crocheted Ballet Shrug

If you have other suggestions for crochet patterns for American Girl dolls, please let me know.  I am taking requests from my daughter and have a few ideas of my own.  I am also offering handmade American Girl doll clothing in my Artfire studio.
Pattern now available as free download from Ravelry: download now

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