Posts Tagged ‘Free Patterns’

I carved pumpkins with my brother with the Pumpkin Masters kit left over from a past Halloween using the stencil method.  Above is his pumpkin.  The title of the pattern is ‘fangs’ and you can sort of tell that he still has one tooth left.  This pumpkin weighed over 30 lbs and had a lot of gunk inside him.  Plus, the walls of the pumpkin were really hard to carve.  This was one solid squash!  The poor pumpkin got carved a little rough as a result but he is oh so cute at night. 

Check out his gold tooth!  What’s not to love about that face? 

I like the how the thumb turned out on my ‘fright this way’ pumpkin, with the darkened nail.  It almost looks like it was painted black.  The meat of this pumpkin was considerably easier to carve than the one above, so I was lucky!   

If my printer wasn’t on the fritz I would have made another pumpkin using one of the patterns on Pumpkin Glow.  There are patterns on the site that call for carving the pumpkin only half way through so you have a darker portion and an added dimension.

Also, if you have some creepy Halloween photos you can enter it in the Photobucket Freakin’ Friends Halloween Slideshow Contest     

*That’s cool* a random fact

Pumpkins are a fruit and come from a Greek word meaning large melon.

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I was originally going to knit four dishcloths this summer for the kitchen of an episcopalian church in Newberg. I like knitting, but I’m always expecting the project to end much sooner than it actually does. I guess I have a low tolerance for what I call knitting’s “failure to progress”. So, the church will have to make due with three knit and one crocheted.

All four were made with Lily’s Sugar and Cream in the following colors: Hot Green, Hot Orange, Salt and Pepper, and Bright Navy. These patterns are great for beginning knitters since they only use knit and purl. I didn’t run into any problems with the Love or Three Crosses dishcloths, but the tail of the Dragonfly puckered a little bit. This cleared up with a session of light blocking, though. I don’t normally block dishcloths but they are gifts so I went the extra mile. The white star is my Chromium Star Blanket pattern shortened appropriately for a dishcloth. Watch for the free pattern, which will be posted later this week in the pattern section.

*That’s Cool* a random fact

If you were to map the distance traveled by the blood in your body in a single day it would make two round trips across the United States from coast to coast. That’s 12,000 miles!

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Here’s a sneak peek of my new free Chromium Star Blanket crochet pattern. It’s in the testing stage over at Crochetville. (Thank you RoseRed, Super Granny and Riohnna!) Check back here or in the free patterns section of Crochetville in mid-October for the pattern.

If you’re just itching to make a star-shaped blanket right this instant, try two other free hook-worthy starghan patterns: Beth’s Little Star Afghan and, pictured immediately above, the All-aRouNd DiVa‘s version. These starghans work up quick and I used only a small amount of white and 7oz double stranded Baby Soft in pastel blue for this comfort sized blanket.



Speaking of Lion Brand yarn, check out how great Baby Soft looks in this O Baby Hat pattern. Shells and V stitches make for a very cute cap. Thanks to Wormie for posting the ones I sent for her charity Marine Corps Kids. Otherwise I would never have a picture to blog about! The lavender hat on the top right? Another easily tackled crochet baby hat; deceptively easy in fact. Check out the Baby Swirls pattern and lots of other baby patterns at Bev’s Country Cottage.*That’s cool* a random fact

Shooting stars are produced by meteors smaller than an orange and the most common are no larger than a grain of sand.

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How can a simple pattern be so gratifying? Oh yes, the act of completing a given task. This Basic Bib was designed by Priscilla Hewitt. I seem to be running into quite a few great free patterns by this generous lady. In particular this pattern avoids the old hum drum look of single crochet rows with a wobbly stitch (my own very scientific term) that a beginner could tackle. If this pattern just isn’t for you, try a Slipover Bib by Laurie Clark, another excellent baby spit catcher.

The recipient for this baby bib is my little nephew Parker. Technically he’s my second cousin, but I’m calling him my nephew until he’s big enough to protest. He is about seven months now. Yikes! As I read my own type I realize I should really get my hooks moving before he grows out of my stash of baby yarn.

*That’s Cool* a random fact

Your food is in danger of becoming a spit catcher if you see a fly hovering. Flies use their straw-shaped tongue (called a proboscis) to suck up your grilled fillet mignon, but first they drool to make your slab of meat more like a flesh smoothie. Yum.

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