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It was a Christmas present for a friend. She has a small collection of Yoshis, so I thought I’d add to it. This pattern is available for free on Ravelry. It’s Mary Smith’s Mini Yoshi Gamer Friend pattern. It looks a lot better than what I have pictured here.

Side note: I figured out my Photobucket/directly uploading to the WordPress server problem.

I really need to work on my sewing skills. The arm placement is just so off. I just don’t understand how people do it, because it’s a tiny little piece and you don’t want the yarn to show. It makes sewing difficult. Sewing pre-stuffed is my go-to method, followed by stuffing the yarn inside, but at times this is not possible.

My favorite part is that little shell in the back. He looks much better from the side too!

The arms look better from this angle, like he’s waving. Hello! Good bye!

Until next time, happy crocheting!


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Getting Ready for Sweater Weather

A heat wave has been occurring lately. It is so hot. It’s terrible.

Yet, I still decided that it was a great time to make a sweater vest. It took me about a month to complete. My friend’s mother wanted one because she works in a cold room. It might be a little clumsy, but it is definitely warm! It’s 100% wool. I quickly wore it and took it off just for these pictures.

My favorite part is the ribbing on the sides, and it’s not your typical single crochet pattern either.

If you want to make this sweater, the pattern is free, and available here.

Until next time, happy crocheting!


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It’s a CAL/KAL for the Holidays!

On Ravelry, there’s a Gift-A-Long! Participating indie designers are discounting their patterns for 25% off until November 15, and there’s a chance to win a whole ton of prizes! Crochet projects are limited but it’ll still be fun to participate. 😀 It’s perfect for the holiday season crochet gifting marathon! I’ve picked three projects to do, so I hope it’ll be fun!

On another note, I’ve just returned from a business trip to Chicago. At first, it’s a concrete jungle like any other, but then you look again, the architecture is really nice! I also, got to eat some really unique food, like fried pig ears and, of course, the famous Chicago stuffed pizza.


The Chicago River

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WIP: Time for a Simple Repetitive Pattern

So after that hat failure (thanks to my readers for all the suggestions!), I’m going to take a quick break from hat making. For some reason, I haven’t had very good luck with hats. No worries- one day… one day a great hat will be made, and I will be happy without any need to frog it! It will happen!

If you remember, I posted that I received a KnitCrate recently. Sadly, they are going to discontinue their crochet subscription. 😦 I’ll be getting one more box, and then it’s over. Goodbye lovely subscription….

I loved you, KnitCrate. How could you do this?

Anyway, the September crate came with a lovely cowl/infinity scarf pattern, and it’s a rather simple project to work on. The pattern can be purchased from Ravelry.

It actually doesn’t have a traditional foundation chain. Instead, the first row starts with a row of “pearls.” This is my row of pearls. It looks so beautiful. This yarn is great!

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Motif Monday: Light it up

Today’s Christmas Eve, so for everyone who’s a last minute person, here’s an incredibly easy and quick pattern for a Christmas light potholder: pattern.

christmas lights

Merry Christmas!

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S&T Sunday: Salmon Sperm! (And Santa!)

One of my labmates works with salmon testes. 🙂 Or rather the DNA from salmon testes, but we like to joke about working with salmon sperm. After some discussion with my other labmates, for his gift, I made a salmon colored sperm!

salmon sperm

The sperm pattern can be found here. One change from the pattern, I put a pipe cleaner in the tail so it will bend.

Then I felt maybe we gave him too much of a hard time about working with salmon sperm, so I also made him Santa:


I really like his beard and mustache and hat and…. Actually, he’s just cute all over! I posted this pattern a few weeks ago for Motif Monday.

More presents next Sunday!


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S&T Sunday: Christmas Star

For the past few years our Christmas tree topper was nonexistent. I’m pretty sure we got it in the early 90s, and hadn’t changed it since. It got to this point where it was getting too old and falling apart, so we threw it away and never got a new one. Until I attempted to make one yesterday!

With the pipe cleaners I have, it looks more like an angry monster. It was a little difficult getting it to stay up, but I stuck some of the branches into the star and it’s being supported by other branches (yay, fake tree- the branches act like giant pipecleaners! :))

It looks like this in the back:
If you want, here is an attempt at a pattern:

Materials: Bulky yarn in red and yellow (or whatever colors you want)
Size N/9.oomm hook
Lots of pipe cleaners to help it stay up (I used 5)
Newspaper or Polyfill stuffing or something of the sort

Picot: ch 3, sl st into same st

Star (Make 2):
With star color, ch 4 and sl st together to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2dc into ring, *ch 2, 3dc into ring*, repeat *to* three more times. Ch 2, sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 2: Sl st into middle dc of the 3dc from the previous round, skip next dc, *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in ch2 sp, skip next dc and sl st in middle dc, skip next dc*, repeat *to* four more times.  Sl st to next dc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc into same space, sc into next two dc. *(2sc. picot, sc) into ch2 sp, sc into next three dc, sl st in sl st of previous round, sc into next three dc*, repeat *to* four more times, ending with a sl st. Fasten off.

With tube color, ch 4 and sl st together to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 5dc into ring.

Rnd 2-3: Dc into each dc.

Rnd 4: *2dc, 2dc into dc* twice. (8dc total)

Rnd 5-??: Dc into each dc until desired length. Fasten off.

Sc stars together. Stuff. NOTE: Don’t stuff too much, or it will be too heavy. I had to take some newspaper out to lighten my star so it’ll stand up better.

Sew tube between two star points. Weave pipecleaners around top of tube and star until it stands up (you’ll definitely have to play around). If you have other ideas of how to make your star stand up, do share!

Attach to top of tree! Spread holiday cheer!

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