50 Amigurumi Summer Challenge

It is (almost) summer!! It is so close to the actual end of the school year, that my brain is already on summer vacation, at least on the weekends. Usually about this time I make a summer “to-do” list, just in case I get bored with my time off. I never actually do get bored, since I have staff development, summer camps, and conferences that I attend. I do have some free time, and I like to have goals and ideas to fill it. Also, lately, I have been re-inspired to crochet after taking a bit of time off from it. I have made 5 Amis in the last week, and I hope to keep that momentum going for a while. So, I am officially instituting the “50 Amigurumi Summer Challenge!” I am super excited about it! You can join in, or just follow along with me. I will try to post them with stories and captions here, and will also post on my facebook and my pinterest board, as well as on instagram, #50amichallenge.

I am really stoked about this, so even if you don’t join in, feel free to follow along and comment on what I make. If you join in, use #50amichallenge! So here are the rules:

1. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make 50 amigurumi.

2. Post pics and use #50amichallenge on any of your social media! Link back to this post to get others involved.

3. If you use someone else’s pattern, credit them for their work.

4. Have fun and be creative!

I look forward to seeing what everyone makes!

With that said- Here are the first five of my amis for the #50amichallenge!

My school’s mascot is the Eagle! So, I made a couple of eagles to sell at the craft show in the fall. Here are number 1 and 2:

Eagle #1

#1 Eagle

The second one came out a little taller. Since these are a school mascot, I will probably make a few more, but I won’t count any more towards the challenge.

Eagle #2

#2 Eagle

Then I made a cutie, big-headed tiger.

Tiger

#3 Tiger

#4 is a minion from the movie, Despicable Me. They are freaking adorbs, and he will not be the last one of these I make! I love them!

#4 Minion

#4 Minion

The last of this group is a cute little baby chicken.

#5 - baby chicken

#5 – baby chicken

I hope you enjoyed the first of this series! What do you think? Also, what Amis would you like to see me make?

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Getting Closer and Growing as a Crafter

Summer is such a fun time to craft. I am 16 projects away from my goal of making 100 items from materials I already had on hand, and really getting excited about finishing. I am also learning quite a bit. Recently, I found my self at the local craft store, and thought I would be really tempted to buy something. As I was looking at supplies and yarn and fabric, I found myself thinking “What will I use this for?” When I could not think of something, I put it down, and moved on. Before this challenge, I would buy fabrics or yarns if I like them, just in case I could use them later. Now, I want to buy with purpose. I am excited about this change in my crafting perspective.

#78 and 79 – Wallet and small zipper bag – My wallet broke. The zipper came right off. I had probably not constructed it correctly, since it was my first wallet ever, and I am not too sad about it breaking. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to correctly line a small zipper bag, and how to correctly install a zipper so that none of it is exposed. I made 2, accidentally. One is too big to be a wallet. I guessed on it. For the second version, I actually took a couple of credit cards out to make some measurements. That really helped to get the sizing just right. The fabric is one of my favorites. I found it and immediately bought one yard of it because I loved it so much. Something about windmills really makes me happy. I also really like how the little keyring worked out.

Wallet and Change purse

Wallet and Change purse

#80 – Owl Hat – This is a WIP that I have been holding for a while. It was complete except for the beak. I just could not find a shade of yellow that worked with the green and pink. I knew it had to exist, so I set this aside until I could find it. Turns out, when you clear out most of your yellow stash, you find the tiniest ball of the perfect shade of yellow!

Owl hat

Owl hat

#81 – Tiger hat- this is another WIP that I found needing attention. I guess another advantage to cleaning out stash, is that you eventually find WIPs you had completely forgotten existed. This one needed ears, eyes, and mouth. Luckily, I had put the orange and black yarns inside the hat, so I could match the hat precisely.

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

Adult Tiger Hat

Adult Tiger Hat Selfie

#82 – Earbud bag – I am always getting my earbuds tangled up, and then I have to spend an eternity (maybe a little less) untangling them, and by then, I no longer want to go on a walk or listen to whatever it was that made me want to get them out. That is, until I made this little gem. I found this tutorial on Pinterest. It is perfect. It fits in my purse. I learned about installing zippers, lining, sewing curves and how much thickness my sewing machine can handle. I also love the owl and zig zag fabrics I found for it.

Earbud pouch

Earbud pouch

closed earbud pouch

closed earbud pouch

#83 – Giraffe Amigurumi – This is one of my number one sellers. I just think he is so cute and fun to make. His face is just so expressive. He is one of my favorite patterns. I have never written it down, however. Perhaps I should do that and share with you soon 🙂

Giraffe

Giraffe

#84 – Cowl – I found one skein of this yarn sitting in the back of the yellow bin. It is a nice soft yarn, but more of a roving, so not very good for amis. I decided to make a twisted cowl with it. This pattern is a basic granny stripe, all in one color. I made a large rectangle, then twisted it and sewed the ends together. It is cute, and looks attractive as a mock turtleneck. Since it is particularly warm, I think it will be a great accessory this winter.

Twisted Yellow Cowl

Twisted Yellow Cowl

That brings us to 84 items out of 100! Only 16 more to go. I cannot wait to be finished, but I have learned a lot about myself and my crafting habits from this challenge. I have also busted quite a bit of my stash, which clears things out, helps me to stay organized, and makes room for more!

Summer Drawing to a Close

Summer is now nearly over. As the new school year approaches, I have a lot of mixed emotions. I am sad that my free crafting time is over. I am happy to get back into a routine and to see all my my students again! I am excited to meet the new ones. I am anxious because I am changing to a new elementary school (My home school, the junior high will not change. I am moving to a different one of our feeder elementary schools), and change is always difficult. Other feelings get mixed up in there, but those are the most prominent.

Reflecting back on this summer, I realize that, although I did not meet all of my crafting/crocheting/sewing goals, I had a great summer. I worked at two excited music camps, where I not only taught amazing students, but was also surrounded by master teachers, and learned so much! I went to the Texas Orchestra Directors Association conference and was inspired for my teaching and conducting this year. I got to spend so much quality time with my DH this summer, it was almost as though he was also on summer break!

Finally, I spent quite a bit of time crafting. My friends and I started a craft club. The first month, we made duck tape flower pens. We did not think to take pictures, and mine is packed in my school boxes, which I just dropped off at my new school. I plan to make a few more in my new school’s colors (red and blue!!). The next month, we made felt party hats, inspired by this wonderful tutorial by Princess Lasertron.

Party hats

Our next craft will have a shell craft theme, which is perfect for our end of summer meeting! I can’t wait. Good times, good friends, and fun crafts 🙂

I have also been busy crocheting, although, I still have a lot to make before the craft shows in October/November. Here are some of the fun things I have been making!

Red Dalek Gloves

Red Dalek Gloves

These fingerless gloves are quickly turning into a huge hit!

Gray Dalek Gloves

Gray Dalek Gloves

Some fantasy horses:

Pegusus

Pegusus

Look - he has cute little wings

Look – he has cute little wings

Precious baby unicorn

Precious baby unicorn

This sweet little dragon:

Dragon

Dragon

This cute little owl (you can see a sneak peek at some of his friends in the background of this one):

Sweet Owl

Sweet Owl

A couple of birds – a sweet baby duck, and my favorite – a penguin (the picture does NOT do his cuteness justice!!). I am going to have a difficult time selling him!

Little Duck

Little Duck

PENGUIN!!

PENGUIN!!

Some sci-fi characters:

Yoda

Yoda (pattern from Lucy Ravenscar)

Dalek

Dalek

Finally, some baby hats, and a pair of fingerless gloves:

Frog

Frog

Frog

Frog

Giraffe

Giraffe

Baby bear

Baby bear

 cute fingerless gloves

cute fingerless gloves

It has been a busy and delightful summer, and although I am sad to see it go, I am looking forward to an exciting and successful new school year!

Hope you all had a great summer vacation, too!

Craft Show!

My friends Skylar, of Skylar Chastain Designs, and Jessica, of Crandelly Crafts, and I shared a booth at the Martin HS Baseball Craft Show in Arlington, TX this weekend. Above are pictures of our booth before the show officially started. We are so excited! Wish us luck selling our cuties!

I made tons of Amis, lots of animal hats, a couple of fabric stuffies, and some really cute Christmas Tree Bunting and Ornaments. Thanks for looking, and if you are in the Arlington area, stop by and say hi!

Hats Off!

I have put the finishing touches on several hats that I have had in progress, and now I can happily say they are finished!  Most are for the craft show, and one is for a project I started in january – 12 hats in 2012.  I will be donating the finished hats to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the end of the year.   My mother is a Nurse Practitioner there, and her work, and the fact that she is a cancer survivor (12 years and counting) are a great inspiration to me.  I will share more from this project later.  Here are the hats:

Panda Hat

Green-Eyed Bear

Baby Koala Hat

I like this one without a face 🙂

Scoop of chocolate ice cream anyone?

hat for the cancer center

Just a cute beanie 🙂

One more cute beanie – DH wants one in these colors

 

Hats in Progress – Can you guess what each one will be?

Here are some hats I am currently working on.  Can you guess what animal this finished product will be?  They range in sizes – baby to adult.  🙂