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AmiDoll’s SweetHeart Blanket

The crochet pattern is “Beautiful Shells Blanket” and is designed around a central square. I’m working it in pinks and white using yarn from my stash. It is acrylic yarn, an assortment of brands (hmmm…) and worsted weight. I am using a Boye H, 5mm soft grip crochet hook.

AmiDoll's SweetHeart2 I’ve called the project, AmiDoll’s SweetHeart in memory of my Cocker Spaniel, AMCH Kindred Playin’ By Heart, Ami. And a sweeter heart would be difficult to find.

I’m not sure how much yarn it will require because I’m scrapping it from yarn I bought to make my little amigurumi AmiDoll. But I’ll keep adding to it until the scraps are woven into this lovely pattern. AmiDoll Buddy

Right: AmiDoll In The Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention. The pattern for the doll is available free on this site.

Finishing the Emma Yummy Yummy Vest

Emma’s Yummy Yummy Vest is off the hook and the gazillion ends are woven in. The trim has been worked around the edges and all that is left to do is rinse and block it. Oh, and find the perfect buttons for it. Though it is a child’s size 2-3, it probably will be too large for the petite Emma for another six months at least. Maybe longer.

Gathering inspiration from a number of sources, and a mix of patterns to boot, I made the Emma Yummy Yummy vest using an interesting “make 1 sc into the next stitch” from Whit’s Knits on Purl Bee. This vest is probably a bit heavier than the pattern, Whit’s Knits: Classic Vest for Little Kids because of the medium weight, acrylic yarn I used. The pattern called for a merino, cashmere and nylon yarn.

But the colorway is all Angie’s inspiration (Sucrette) http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/–those beautiful, bright colors that make a person happy just to look at them. Yummy Yummy!

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Emma cheering for her daddy who is playing basketball!

Emma’s Yummy Yummy Sweater Vest

Inspired by the bright and cheery color palette used by Angie shown in her blog,  Le Monde de Sucrette, http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2013/01/21/snapshots-of-love-1/ I am working on a crocheted sweater vest for my granddaughter, Emma Adrienne.

774275_3856948477049_591894459_oOne of Emma’s first phrases was “yummy yummy”. She used it when she was hungry. The colors in this piece are so lovely, it made me think “yummy yummy”.

I think it works.

 

Emma’s New Sweater

Emma has many pretty sweaters. But it is always nice to have another, don’t you think? Visiting Sucrette’s website I was enchanted by the beautiful color combinations of this talented fiber artist.

Everyday kinds of things are made brilliant because of the skills of the artist and the magical assortment of colors she uses.

So I borrowed her palette and have set about making Emma a new sweater vest. The pattern is a simple children’s vest using a nubbly crochet stitch. The Colors.Image

AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink–The Pattern–Plus!

Bling in the Pink with a Purpose!

And heeeerrrreee she is– AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink–the pattern. Now you can make your own AmiDoll Buddy In the Pink champion for breast cancer prevention and awareness.

October is breast cancer awareness month. Make this little Cocker Spaniel amigurimi doll complete with a jewel collar with the name of your champion person to remind them to have routine health screenings.

There’s also a pattern for a stretchy beaded bracelet you make for yourself or to give away as a sparkly reminder when AmiDoll Buddy cannot be with you. Bling for a pretty in pink purpose!

Cocker Spaniels are bred to find wild birds and bring them to their owners. Our AmiDoll Buddy is flushing home good health for you and your loved ones.

WARNING: The AmiDoll as described is NOT intended for children under 8 because of buttons and beads that could be swallowed by younger children. If created for younger children, do not use the Beaded Crystal Collar or button eyes. Instead embroider the eyes onto the AmiDoll and crochet a pretty bow for a Collar. (She is NOT intended to be used as pet toy.)

The AmiDoll Pattern

Materials
Worsted weight pink yarn
Size F and E crochet hooks
Black size 8 buttons
Black embroidery floss
Sewing needle small enough to go through beads.
Tapestry needle
Small, ceramic letter Beads
Pink and white crystal beads.
Sturdy beading thread
Stretchy beading cord

Glossary
Chain (ch)
Single crochet (sc)
Increase (inc)
Decrease (dec)
Skip (sk)
Slip stitch (sl st)

Head
Use F hook and pink worsted weight yarn
R1 Ch 2. 6 sc in second chain from the hook. Place safety pin marker at the start of the row.
R2 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)
R3 *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 6 times (18 sc)
R4 *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc* Repeat 6 times (24 sc)
R5 -11 Sc in each of the 24 sc.
R12 Sc, sc 2 together (decrease), repeat 6 times (18 sc)
Next create face. Attach eyes and embroider mouth and nose. Align nose feature nearly level with eyes and place eyes wide. Satin stitch sew the nose (see photo).Embroider mouth with three strands black embroidery thread.
Stuff head.
R13 *Sc 1, dec 1* 6x (12 sc)
R14 *Sk 1 sc and dec 1 in next 2 sc* Repeat 6x. (6 sc)
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Body
Use F hook and ch. 2
R1 5 sc in second chain from hook
R2 2 sc in each sc (10) [place safety pin marker]
R3 *Sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat 5 times (15 sc)
R4 7 Sc to end, ch 1, turn
R8 *Sc 1, dec 1* repeat 5 times
End off and  stuff body. Sew to head.

Legs and Arms
(Make 2 arms and 2 legs)
Use E hook and ch 2
R1 3 sc in second chain from hook
R2 2 sc in each sc (6 sc)
R3 4  SC
Fasten off. Sew edges together without stuffing. Sew to body/

Tail
Use E hook, ch 2.
R1 4 sc in second ch from the hook
R2 -3 Sc in each sc.
End and sew to the body.

Cocker Spaniel Ears
F hook
Start–Ch 3
R1 Sc in each chain. ch 1 turn.
R2 Sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, ch 1 turn. (5)
R3 Sc across, ch. 1 turn
R4 Sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 1, turn (7)
R5 Sc across to end, ch 1, turn.
R6 Sc next 2 sc, 3 sc in the next sc and then sc to end, ch 1, turn.
R7 Sc next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc to end. Ch. 1, turn.
R8 Sc to end., ch. 1 turn
R9 Sc to end, ch. 1 turn
R10 Sk first sc, sl st next sc, sc to end, sl st last stitch. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
Ear Fringe
With yarn still attached, chain 3 and working along the lower edge of the ear, slip stitch, chain 3, slip stitch in each of the stitches (9). Ch. 3, turn.

Working in each row, for three rows from the bottom of the ear, chain 3 and slip stitch across the row.

Champion dedicated beaded collar

  • Measure a 6 inch beading thread (can use 3 strands of white embroidery floss).
  • Be sure your needle will go through the beads you’ve selected.
  • Layout the bead pattern, for instance, small white or pearl-like bead, pink crystal bead, small white, letter bead, small white, letter, white, letter. After the last letter continue with small white, pink crystal and small white until you have 4 inches of beaded collar.
  • Once you have it strung, fit it around your AmiDoll’s neck and double knot to secure. Distribute the beads so the letter beads are to the front with the name of the “champion” it is dedicated to.
  • If you like, you can use other decorations on the collar. Just be sure they are proportionate to your AmiDoll.

Your AmiDoll Buddy Champion bracelet to keep or giveaway

To make a matching bracelet for yourself or your Champion people use stretch cord and crystal and letter beads to match your AmiDoll Buddy’s collar. Give them to your Champion with the AmiDoll Buddy so they remember the importance of early detection of breast cancer and as a tribute to all women.

Instructions
Measure your wrist and add a couple of inches. Cut a string of stretchy cord that length and string your selected beads onto it. Tie the ends together with a double knot and then an overhand knot. Watch a YouTube video on making a stretchy bead bracelet from JewelrySupply.com

When finished slip the bracelet over your wrist to wear. Make and wear one for each person you give an AmiDoll Buddy In The Pink to.

Tips for Amigurumi Toys

  • Crochet tightly.
  • Use inexpensive yarns or scraps.
  • Stuff tightly.
  • Use paper and pencil to track rows and counts.
  • Use a safety pin or clip stitch marker to note start of next row.
  • Be careful to keep the right side out as you work the pieces.

Your AmiDoll Buddy Health Toolkit
To learn about breast cancer prevention and breast health visit

US OFFICE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH
Girl’s Health
http://www.girlshealth.gov
Women’s Health
http://www.womenshealth.gov
• http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/womenshealth/wwwp/

Breast Cancer Fact Sheet (PDF)

Mammogram Fact Sheet (PDF)

To learn about Cocker Spaniels visit
AMERICAN SPANIEL CLUB
http://www.acs-cockerspaniel.org

[THE AMIDOLL IN THE PINK PATTERN IS PROVIDED HERE TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROJECTS AND IS NOT TO BE REPRODUCED, COPIED, OR COMMERCIALLY DISTRIBUTED. AmiDolls are are a creation of Bobbie Kolehouse. Copyright 2009 BOBBIE KOLEHOUSE.]

This pattern is protected under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivation Works 3.0
You may not use this pattern or the product produced from this pattern for retail or commercial purpose.

Weaving together sand, sea and sky

Last year I crocheted several lapghans and afghans. In the spring I freshend my front room color scheme from deep jewel tones of winter, to light and airy ones that reminded me of the sea, sandy beaches, and the sky.

The result was my SeaSiren rolls from the shore to the deep sea and back again bubbling up with a little seafoam misting into clouds.

The pattern was pictured in a solid, but my SeaSiren, based on a modified shell and post pattern, is multi-colored and done in worsted weight yarn.

If you hold it close to your ear, you might just hear the sirens calling you.

2009 Afghan

2009 SeaSiren afghan

Fiber-more than oatmeal

Life often double-tracks so suddenly you don’t know where you are. Familiar is not anymore, rules that once were firm, vaporize. And that’s when you grab hold of those fibers and start weaving your life together again.

So I’ve several projects underway. A delicate knitted shawl, a sassy crocheted purse, a new crocheted summer afghan to get those blues into my living room, and then the way cute amigurumi dolls. My first was a teacup designed by artist Ana Paulo Rimoli. Then I created the first of my Cocker Spaniels, Ami. My daughter has a new kitten, so I poked around trying to create a cat that looks more like a pig so I’ll have to try again. This morning I designed a tulip ami doll

The Shirley Tulip

The Shirley Tulip

based on the Shirley variety that starts pale cream and increasingly is washed with purples. They are beautiful and so here is my first try at creating the Shirley Tulip.