Archive for May, 2012

After It Rains

Garden Flower After Rain (Photo) by Karissa Cole

Sort of felt like I might have been channeling Georgia O’Keeffe when I worked on this one.

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It’s dull, bleak, grey and rainy where I am today. But I refuse to let the rain steal my sunshine. So here’s my splash of light for the day:

The Butterfly 2012 by Karissa Cole

Garden Flower by Karissa Cole

Garden Flower by Karissa Cole

Skittles Amigurumi – Free Pattern

Skittles Free Pattern Pre by Karissa Cole

Give me extreme boredom, a bag of Skittles, and a few skeins of yarn and this is apparently what I come up with. Enjoy!

Skittles Crochet Pattern by Karissa Cole

Do not sell this pattern. If you wish to distribute this pattern [free of charge] either in print or on other web sites please provide a link to this original post.

This pattern is for the full size Skittle (shown in image: Red, Orange, Yellow and Green). The mini Skittle (Purple) is made with the same pattern except:

Head: Keep stitches at 24; use 6mm safety eyes
Body: Keep stitches at 12 (increase to 15 if you feel it’s necessary)
Feet: 3 hdc in second chain

Difficulty level: ** – Two stars – good for a beginner with just a bit of experience in making amigurumi.
Finished size: Approximately 2.25 inches from top to tush. But YMMV.

Suggested Materials:
F/5 3.75MM crochet hook
Small amounts of worsted weight yarn [such as Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight]
(2) 9mm safety eyes [if not found in your local craft store I highly recommend http://www.crscraft.com%5D
Small amounts of fiber fill stuffing
Darning needle
Scissors

Abbreviations Used:
sc – single crochet
inc – increase
dec – invisible decrease
FO – fasten off
IBL – in back loops only
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Head (x1)
Woked in a continuous spiral. Do not join rounds.
Magic circle 6 stitches
Round 1) Inc in each stitch (12)
Round 2) *sc, inc* repeat around (18)
Round 3) *2 sc, inc* repeat around (24)
Round 4) *3 sc, inc* repeat around (30)
Round 5-9) sc around (maintain 30)
Round 10) *3 sc, dec* repeat around
Round 11) *2 sc, dec* repeat around FO

Body (x1)
Worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join rounds. Only round 3 is worked in the back loops.
Magic circle 6 stitches.
Round 1) Inc in each stitch (12)
Round 2) *sc, inc* repeat around (18)
Round 3) IBL sc around (18)
Round 4-7) Sc around (18) FO

Legs/Feet (x2)
Chain 3 (leave a long tail end)
3 hdc in second chain from hook
sl st into last chain
FO leaving a long tail. Thread this tail (along with the tail from your starting chain) through the Skittle body. Tie a few tight knots to secure.

Arms/Hands (x2)
Cut a length of yarn (approximately 8 inches should do, but if you’d like to be on the safe side, go a bit longer). Folding the yarn in half, tie a knot at the end (not at the free ends) leaving just a tiny loop to serve as the hand. Thread the little apendage through the body and secure.

Antennae (x2)
Similar to the arms/hands, simply cut a piece of yarn (length is up to you) and thread it through the head. Tie knots at either end to secure the yarn and/or add a decorative spin to your Skittle’s dreads.
Option: Instead of using a piece of yarn make a chain of about 12 and attach.

Assemblage:
Attach the safety eyes and stuff the head firmly. I recommend not stuffing the body with fiberfill, but rather with the loose ends of the yarn used to attach the feet and arms. Stuffing the body this way (or if your yarn ends are too short, with just a tiny bit of stuffing) makes the Skittles stackable. Once everything is appropriately stuffed, attached, and arranged, go ahead and sew on the head. . . because a decapitated Skittle is something too awful to think about for too long.

Okie doke! Your Skittle is done. Now, go forth, and make an army of amigurumi Skittles. WORLD DOMINATION BY CUTENESS! Or something. Oh, and questions or comments are welcome (about the pattern, not the world domination – I’m not supposed to give advice on taking over the planet anymore.)
Skittle Action Shots by Karissa Cole

8 Days Later

[Follow up to Lazy Sunday]

This was taken just eight days after I first saw the baby birds snuggled tight in their just about perfect nest. It’s amazing how different they look, how much nature can accomplish in a week.

Baby Birds by Karissa Cole

It’s also amazing how protective Mum and Dad are of their little ones here. Odds are if I even think about trying to take another photo I’ll be the victim of the first fatal robin attack. They’re small, but they’re scrappy.

(No birds were harmed in the making of this photo. An ant, however, might have met an untimely death.)

Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday - Under the Cover by Karissa Cole

Curled under the covers, basking in the warmth of the day, and fading into a blissful sleep. . .What better way is there to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon? None that I can think of. But on a day as beautiful as this one, I’ve found a few things that are just as good. Although, Murry here doesn’t agree with me much.

I believe he’s intent on spending his afternoon just as he is.

Lazy Sunday - Under the Covers - Now Let Me Sleep by Karissa Cole

Although yawning, sleeping, dreaming, and general loafing may be going on inside, outside the world is just as fresh and alive as ever. And there’s even a bit of very new life right out the window:

Lazy Sunday - Baby Birds in Nest by Karissa Cole

Tucked deep inside the rhododendrons (so deep, in fact, my simple point-and-shoot camera turned out highly under qualified for photographing the distance) lies a magnificent nest, and tucked deep inside this lies two recently hatched baby birds. Not wanting to disturb the nest I refrained from moving the leaves, branches and twigs and instead settled for this ordinary but adequate picture of the tiny little ones. Shortly after taking the picture the mother bird hopped back to her offspring and made herself comfortable on her nest once more.

And so I turned my attention skyward, in the direction those wonderful creatures would someday go:

Lazy Sunday - Bright Blue Something by Karissa Cole

I’ve always found the sky, ever changing and always glorious, something that I could stare at for days on end. Lying back, looking up at the impossible sky, letting your mind wander and drift just as the clouds do. The best thoughts seem to float easily through the air, and all you need do is wait and let one pass by and encircle you.

Isn’t it funny, how on the laziest of days the mind can be excited and exercised more than on the busiest of busy days, and all just by slowing down?

Some things never get old

No matter how many times you see them, some things never get old.

Hollywood Nights - Photo by Karissa Cole

Photo by Karissa Cole

Photo by Karissa Cole

Hello, I’m Hiding. Go away.

Ever play that tri-bond game? Three seemingly unrelated things are listed together and the object is to figure out what they all have in common. Okay. So here are the seemingly, but not in actuality, random things: A running ceiling fan; Sneakers; A boisterous neighbor.

If you can figure out what they have in common, yay, you win a cookie. If not, these pictures may offer a clue:

Murry - Having It

Murry - I'm Hiding, Thank you

All three of those things apparently terrify my baby cat, Murry. And when he’s frightened he likes to climb up under my covers, usually just after I’ve made the bed.

As you might be able to tell from the photos, he’s not really happy when I peel back the blankets to take pictures of him. But how can I help it? He’s just so darn cute. And fat. I will have to take a picture of him that shows his wonderful fatness.

Occasionally he really is a great photographic subject. Whether he likes it or not.

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