Ubi the Dragon

Quite a while ago I finished another crochet plushy: this time a little lavender dragon. I got the pattern from Ravelry (click here to go directly to where you can download the pattern). Instead of making it a rattle, like it said in the pattern, I just put stuffing in it to make it a plushy.

I didn’t know what to name him, because I don’t really know of any dragon names. Dad suggested to name him Ubi, because of his lavender color. “Ube” is a popular flavor of ice cream where we live (even though Dad is not a fan of its taste), and it happens to be purple. So I thought Ubi would be the perfect name for the newest addition to the crochet family.

Here are the photos of Ubi, my little dragon:

Ubi 1

Ubi 2

The misalignment of his muzzle will forever bug me.

Ubi 3

The assembling of the dragon was the hardest. The muzzle is not centered, which will always bug me. The spikes were a pain to sew in, as I (almost) always sewed them in slightly in the wrong place. Anyway, I think even with the wonky spikes and misaligned muzzle, Ubi looks great!

Crochet Flower Lanyard: Free Pattern

Today is a very special day for me. Today I will post my very first crochet pattern — a pattern I made all by myself!

I wanted a new lanyard for my phone because what I had at the time was old and boring. I wanted to crochet one instead of getting a new one so that it would be unique. However, when I searched the Internet for a nice pattern, all I could find were patterns that either only used single crochet (which I think is boring) or were too complicated for my taste. So I decided to challenge myself by making my own pattern.

So, without further ado, here is my first ever official pattern:

Crochet Flower Lanyard

MATERIALS:

  • 4-ply yarn (I used less than one 18-gram skein of Monaco Acrylic yarn.)
  • A 3.75 mm hook
  • Metal clip (the ones used in lanyards)
  • Yarn needle

LANYARD:

Crochet a chain about 33 inches long (or however long you want the lanyard to be.)

  1. Single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn the work.
  2. Slip stitch (ss) in second stitch from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Chain 1 and turn the work.
  3. Sc in second stitch from hook and in the rest of the stitches until you reach the end of the row. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

FLOWER:

Work in joined rounds. What I usually do is at the end of the round I join to the first stitch of the same round with a slip stitch. Chain 1, and then do as the pattern says.*

*For round 3, do not chain 1 before doing the chain 3.

  1. Magic ring, sc 6. (6 stitches)
  2. 2 sc in each stitch. (12 stitches)
  3. (Chain 3, do 3 triple crochets in next stitch, chain 3, join with a slip stitch to next stitch.) x 6. (This will create six lovely petals.) Do not join to the first chain 3. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Crochet Flower

Sew the ends of the lanyard together first, with the metal clip in between. Then sew the flower on top of the spot where you sewed the lanyard together to hide any messy sewing. We’re done!

Crochet Flower (back view)

Crochet Flower Lanyard 2

The row of slip stitches creates a raised bit in the middle of the lanyard.

Crochet Flower Lanyard 1

The finished lanyard — yay!

Here is the same pattern in Microsoft Word form:

Crochet Flower Lanyard Free Pattern

Goodbye Kitties!

A few weeks ago we took all the four kittens to the vet, leaving the mommies behind at home. We were worried because Charlie was getting very thin compared to the others and he wasn’t eating solid food (he would just drink milk from the mommy cats). He, Kitkat, and Dot also had diarrhea. We wanted to deworm all of them as well, just to make sure that they wouldn’t get sick.

It took quite a while for the vet to examine them all because he looked at them one by one and they were already cranky from the car ride in the carrier. Charlie, Dot and Kitkat all had eye problems, which would be cured by some eye drops. Kitkat and Heather also had fever, even though Heather seemed perfectly healthy to me. Basically the vet told us to give the kittens three specific medicines that I won’t bother telling you about. He also said that at their age, the kitties were ready to be separated from their mothers.

We locked the mommies out ( 😦 ) because it would be easier feeding just the kittens. For less than a week we were able to feed the them solid food (they LOVED chicken lungs for some reason) and give them their meds. They pretty much hated the medicine, but it was for their own good.

Sunday (March 29) was the set date for giving them back to the mommies. We had to return them because for the past few nights TC and Aggie would just stick to our window and meow from outside. I also had to start reviewing for a big exam, and I wouldn’t really be able to study if there were four active kittens running around the house.

On Sunday we put the kittens in the front yard for the mommies to get them. The cats didn’t seem to be coming to the house soon so we used a kitten as “bait.” We showed a kitty to the mommies, who were in our neighbor’s yard, and then returned it (I really don’t remember who we brought) to its siblings. Soon the mommies came and greeted their babies for the first time in (about) five days.

The one problem, though, was TC and Aggie couldn’t seem to lift the kitties back to their little shed in our neighbor’s yard. We helped them by placing the kittens close to the shed, hoping that they wouldn’t wander into the road.

The kittens are now happily living with both their mommies next door. Sometimes we see them from our yard or from the road, playing with each other. They all look happy and healthy. Kitkat used to have these weird stains under her eyes, but the eye drops helped and now she’s the most beautiful kitten I’ve ever seen!

Easter Egg

It’s finally Easter! Well, it is for me, but I’m sure in other parts of the world it’s still Saturday. But anyway, for this Easter, I crocheted a little cozy for a plastic egg I had. I used a multicolored Red Heart yarn (I don’t know what color it is, but the packaging says its shade is 08307.)

Since I was pretty sure that my egg was different from what the patterns on the Internet used, I decided to try making my own pattern. I basically used half double crochets to make it fit each half of my egg and decreased at the end so that it would fit snugly. I also used Elmer’s glue to stick the yarn to the plastic. The yarn seems to be sticking to the egg, so I guess glue would also work on other crochet projects!

Here are the photos of my lone Easter egg:

 Easter Egg 1

Easter Egg 2

Happy Easter everyone!

The Kitten Massacre (Part Two)

(Continuation of The Kitten Massacre Part One.)

Cole, Blackhead, Line, (which was what we had named the last three kittens I mentioned in this blog) and Stampy were lying on the ground. All four of them bloody. All four of them dead.

 So where were the other four kittens and the mommies? Agatha was with Heather inside the house. That left only three kittens and TC missing. Dad spotted Kitkat across the creek, hanging on for dear life on the stone wall. Now, the whole time Mom and Dad were looking from our back yard. The wall was too high to jump, so there was no way to the creek. No way to poor Kitkat. That is, no way across from our yard.

The wall separating our subdivision and the creek stretched past our house. Dad searched for a place where the wall was low enough and the ground was high enough so that he could jump over safely. Once he got to the riverbed, he walked until he was opposite of Kitkat. He waded through the water, picked the kitty up, and handed her to Mom, who was waiting in our yard.

That story explained how the two kittens and Aggie got here. It also said that four beloved kittens were gone forever. And that left Charlie, Dot, and TC missing. We could only assume the worst — that whatever had killed the four kittens had gotten the three cats too.

We suspect that maybe an animal lurking in the creek waters had attacked the litter in their sleep. Some of them weren’t able to escape. It was a miracle that Kitkat was able to hang on to the wall for so long.

To make things short, Aggie and the two kittens stayed at home with us. Eventually TC came, legs caked with dried mud. She brought none of the babies with her. Aggie would come and go often, until one time she brought in her mouth little Charlie. Charlie had survived! We didn’t know how or where she found him, but we were very thankful that he was with his mother and siblings now.

That night we began hearing meowing coming from the creek. TC and Aggie would sit on the wall staring down, but they never jumped down to check on what was possibly the last of the four remaining kittens. We looked for a kitten on the riverbed but couldn’t see one. We left the mommies there hoping that one of them would eventually jump down.

The next morning we heard the tiny meows again. I looked over the wall, not very hopeful that I would see anything out of the ordinary. However, I did see a kitten — tiny Dot sitting close to the water meowing for her mother!

Again, Aggie and TC watched from above, too traumatized to jump. After a long time of waiting, Aggie finally jumped down and somehow scaled the tall wall with Dot in her mouth.

All the remaining kittens are now safe in our house with both mommy cats. They are very energetic and happy now. I don’t know if they even remember what happened a few days ago. I wonder if they still look for their other siblings. Hopefully Aggie and TC learned their lesson and won’t ever bring the kitties to the creek again.

Rest in peace, Stampy, Cole, Line, and Blackhead.

The Kitten Massacre (Part One)

Several days ago, for no obvious reason, Aggie started moving the kittens out of the house. Soon TC began helping her until finally all eight of the kittens had been moved. Dad followed them and saw that they had moved to an old shed in our neighbor’s yard. He said that there was no need to worry because they had shelter under the shed. I was very disappointed because the cats had stayed here for so long that I thought that they had finally decided to stay here for good.

Our house happens to be right next to a creek. This creek is usually shallow and only overflows when there is a very strong storm. The day after the kitties moved house, James, our dog, was sitting next to the wall separating our house and the creek whining and looking very worried. I ignored it at first, but after some time of him staying in the same place I told Mom about him. When she looked over the wall she discovered Aggie and TC lying on the ground with several kittens. Now we know why James was whining.

I instantly knew that that was a bad move made by the mommies. Obviously the shed or our house would be safer for the babies. By the creek, there wasn’t any food or shelter (aside from a few branches and leaves of some plants). I had no idea why they would take the kittens there.

From time to time either TC or Aggie would come inside for food. They never brought a kitten with them, though. That is, until one day when I woke up, there were two kittens (Heather and Kitkat) inside! I was so happy because I thought that the mommies had started moving the kittens back. However, the looks Mom and Dad gave me suggested that the situation was worse than I thought.

Mom and Dad told me about how they had been woken up by Agatha moving Heather back in. They placed the kitten back outside but Aggie was insistent on getting Heather in. Soon Mom and Dad went to check on the kittens by the creek. They saw a horrifying scene.

Click here for part two.

A Big Ball of Yarn

Last week my mom and I found a scarf made from a type of yarn we’ve never worked with before in a store. We think it might have been arm knitted. Anyway, we bought it so that we could unravel it so that we could use it for a crochet project! We suspect it to be super bulky wool yarn. It alternates between blue and white, making a sort of striped pattern. We were able to make it into a giant yarn ball! Here are a few pictures of the ball:

Yarn Ball 1

Yarn Ball 2

The only problem was: What were we going to make with it? I wanted it to be cat-related, like a bed for the kitties or a cat toy. Mom agreed to make a little cat bed! We used a pattern that was meant for a small basket, but because of the super bulky yarn, it turned out quite big. (Sorry, I don’t know where Mom got the pattern.) We placed it down for the kitties to use and waited. The kitties love it! Here are a couple of photos of the cat bed (and one picture of the kittens loving it!):

Crochet Cat Bed 1

Crochet Cat Bed 2

Cat Bed with Cats 1

Crochet Spring Bunny: Meet Snowflake!

I have finally completed my second big crochet project: a cute little bunny! Here is the link to my previous blog about it. I had trouble with the pattern for the rose that went with the bunny, so I just searched the Internet for an easier pattern. I found one at attic24.typepad.com. Here is the direct link to the rose tutorial.

Here are the photos of Snowflake, the newest addition to my crochet amigurumi family:

Snowflake 1

Snowflake 2

Snowflake 3

Snowflake 4

Snowflake 5

(S)Cattered Kittens

Today the kittens turn one month old! They are very adventurous now, so we really have to watch where we step because they keep on crawling out from under the sofa and exploring. Even TC is starting to panic. I think the kitties are getting heavier and the mommies are having a hard time lifting them because instead of carrying them they just drag them across the floor.

Also, we have thought of names for almost all of them. Only three kittens are left unnamed. The names we chose are Stampy (mostly white with some orange spots), Kitktat (mini-TC), Heather (mostly gray with some white), Dot (mostly white with one black spot on his back), and Charlie (white and black with black parts on his face so that he looks like he has a mustache.)

Agatha is being a naughty kitty today. She keeps moving one of the kittens behind a big office table or into a storage room away from TC and the other babies. This gray kitten keeps meowing and meowing, trying to escape out into the open area. I think he wants to go back to TC and his brothers and sisters, but Aggie just keeps carrying him back to her hiding place. Hopefully soon she’ll realize that he just wants to be with TC and the others.

The kitties are growing up! This is so exciting even if I have had experience with Mow as a kitten. I guess this is different because this is one whole litter and they’re very young. Also, if you readers have any suggestions on what to name the remaining kittens (they’re mostly grey or black with white patches), feel free to comment. I’d love to hear what you think.

Here are the kitten update pictures:

Kittens After One Month 1

Kittens After One Month 2

Kittens After One Month 3

Kitkat is the mini-TC on the right.

Additional info: Dad gave me the idea for the title of this post. When I was talking about the “scattered kittens” he said to call them “cattered” because they’re cats. 😀

Spider Toaster

In Stampy and Sqaishey’s latest episode of Sky Den, they started building their “spioster.” (I think that’s how it’s spelled.) It’s basically a toaster with eight legs, so “spioster” is a mixture of “spider” and “toaster.” They built this for their Insect Island, even though they know that spiders aren’t technically insects.

Here is the Sky Den episode that I’m talking about:

I made my own version of their “spioster” in my Minecraft world. I used sandstone and brown wool to make the toast and wooden buttons for its eyes. The stone brick stairs kind of look like the spider’s jaws. Since it’s a toaster, I made it so that when you press one of its button eyes, bread pops out! Here are some photos:

Spider Toaster 1

Spider Toaster 2

Spider Toaster 3

The redstone lamps are supposed to look like the heated parts of the toaster.

Spider Toaster 4