Sunday, November 27, 2011

I have mastered the yarn puff!

 Cat toys for everyone!   

My daughter is in a play and she is a Wintry, which is a sort of winter spirit who makes snow and ice and brings winter in and keeps it there until Sping comes along.    The director had a vision of these little white-clad business people.  But one morning, I woke up at 6:15am with a vision of a Wintry Hat in my head and it just had to be made. (And no, I could not get back to sleep...the curse of creative inspiration!)  As if I didnt have enough to do....I just committed myself to 4 identical...WHITE...hats.   Bestill my ADHD heart.

But isnt it cute?  I like that it combines an air of Seussical whimsy to the little white-clad business people. 

So the puff.   Boy did the puff give me trouble.  I tried so many, they were measly and flopsy and pathetic.   I googled 1,000,001 ways to make a yarn puff...well not really, but it felt that way.   I finally resorted to the cardboard circle cut out method and then learned that yarn type was key, as well.   A soft, shiny acryllic worked best, better than my stiffer acryllic and cotton puffs. kitten is happy as he is now the proud owner of a pile of cast off puffs. 

Oh and one Wintry is a little more non-conformist than the others, so I made him a colorful puff.   Three down, one to go by opening night this Friday.  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inaugeral Member of the Hat of the Month Club!

So my pseudo little sis is having a baby.   I am on a hat kick.  Naturally, I decided to whip up a few cute hats.  She likes orange, so I picked this gorgeous fall yarn and went to town on a basic hat & some elfin booties.   Found an outfit that coordinated and wah-lahTM, baby gift.  Perfect for a November baby.  But it didn't seem like enough...

She also likes Dr Seuss, so I attempted a Cat in the Hat-ish hat, but it ended up looking more Christmas-y, so I picked out a cute Xmas onsie to go with that one.  Still didn't seem like enough....

Yay, Costco!   Found a cute Monster Baby outfit and thought a baby-sized monster hat would be perfect.   Except once I got the hat done, it just looked too cute to monsterize it.  

It needed a little something else...oh, I know...a little Monster rattle! 

OH MY GOD!   Get it away from the BABY!   It will eat the baby's BRAINZ!    It's looking at me with that misshapen eye.  MAKE IT STOP!

I've never been more scared of something I crocheted in my life.  

I think the Target gift card will have to do as the "Little Something Else".    I may be the faux-Auntie, but I am not going to put myself on the hook for baby boy's future therapy bills.