Saturday, November 17, 2012

IloMilo Pocket Pals Crochet Pattern

These adorable thumb creatures are named Ilo and Milo, they are very pleased to meet you. They are from an amazing puzzle game that I played last year on Xbox 360. If you game at all I’d recommend it. It’s equal parts charming, challenging and adorable. Ilo and Milo are best friends who meet up in the park every day. However, each day the park gets harder to navigate. Maybe it rearranges itself each night or maybe their memory is just not that good. The point of the game is to help them find each other each day so they can be together and drink apple tea.
Last year I went on a trip to Seattle. It was also the first time my husband and I were separated since becoming man and wife so I made pocket sized IloMilo’s for us. I took Ilo to Seattle and left Milo with him. We kept them on us until we were back together and could “reunite” them. Totally sappy but it helped us feel connected while we were apart :)

So without further ado, here is the pattern for the IloMilo Pocket Pals! Each one is about 3 inches tall not counting the antennae. I think they would make cute key chains too. Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry. 

Pocket IloMilo Amigurumi

Small amount of blue worsted weight yarn
Small amount of red worsted weight yarn
Small amount of tan worsted weight yarn
F Hook - 4.0 mm
E Hook – 3.5 mm
Black craft wire or pipe cleaner
Small amount of stuffing

Body – F Hook (For Milo use blue yarn, for Ilo use red yarn)
R1: 6 sc in magic ring
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
R3: 2 sc then 1 sc around (18)
R4 - 11: Sc in each st around (18)
Sl st, finish off and sew in ends

Bottom – F Hook (Blue or red yarn)
Ch 7
R1: Sc in each st starting in 2nd ch from hook (6) ch 1, turn
R2: sc in each st (6) ch 1, turn
Finish off, leave long tail for sewing

Face Panel – E hook (Tan yarn)
Ch 6
R1: Sc in each st starting in 2nd Ch from hook (5) ch 1, turn
R2 – R4: Sc in each st (5) ch 1, turn
Finish off, leave long end to sew onto body

Arms and Legs – E Hook (Tan Yarn) - Make 4 for each
R1: Magic Circle 3
R2: 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc
Sl st, finish off, leave long end to sew onto body. Stuff with the extra yarn from the magic circle.

Putting it together:
Sew on face panel. The bottom of the panel should be about 3 rows from the bottom of the body. Attach safety eyes low on the face panel. Attach arms on sides, about 3-4 rows from the bottom of the body. Now, thread the black craft wire through the bottom panel.

Twist wire around itself to secure.

Pop wire out through top magic circle.

Stuff all around the wire, Trying to keep it in the middle. Don’t over stuff. Whip stitch bottom panel on. Sew on feet. Twist craft wire into a swirl and snip off the excess. Meet your very own Ilo and Milo!

I'm still new to pattern making so if you have any trouble or find any mistakes please email me. Enjoy!

Watching the rainy day together.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Chicken Soup

This is what I make on chilly nights or when someone has the sniffles. It's  delicious and it only takes about 30 minutes. Here is the base recipe, with my favorite variations posted after. Feel free to change it as you like. Hubby and I eat ours with either rolls or crusty bread. The picture below is the creamy version. I'll post more/better picture as I make the different versions over the coming weeks.

Pro tip: The woman at the bakery said to put the crusty bread in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees right before you slice it. Do this, it is so worth it.

Feel Better Chicken Soup
3 Chicken Breasts - chopped
2 Carrots - chopped
1 Celery - chopped (optional - turns out hubby hates celery, oops)
1/2 Medium Onion - chopped
1 1/2 T Butter
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Basil
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
3 C Chicken Broth
2 T Cooking Wine
1/2 C Rice
Crusty Bread

Melt butter in a big pot, stir in Thyme, Basil, Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper. Add carrots, celery and onion, saute in the butter until the onion starts to get soft. Add chicken, brown on all sides. Once chicken is browned add the 2 T of cooking wine, stir. Add the chicken broth and the rice. Bring to a boil and then simmer until rice is cooked and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve with Sister Shuberts or crusty bread. Yum!

Creamy Version: I take away 1 Cup of broth and add in a can of Cream o' Chicken soup. I also leave out the rice and serve with extra bread instead.

Dumpling Version: Make the creamy version and then drop in small pieces biscuit dough in the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Chicken Noodle Version: Instead of rice use pasta. I use the little pasta stars. I call it "Star Soup". You can find them in the Hispanic section of the grocery store.

Pork-Apple Version: Use floured pork instead of chicken, add in a chopped apple and a touch of cinnamon while sauteing. I also replace a cup of the broth with apple cider. I always crave this one in early fall.

Whatever Version: When you don't have all the ingredients so you throw in whatever you want :) Take out the chicken and add different veggies and this could make a kick-butt vegetable soup.

Sauteing all the things

Note that the bread is soaking up the broth. That means delicious things will be happening around your taste buds.

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