Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Etsy on Temporary Hiatus Due to VAT

Happy almost new year everyone! I hope you all have a good start to 2015 tonight. 

I want to annouce that I have temporarily deactivated my Etsy listings for pattern downloads. There is a new law for EU buyers that require a special tax on digital downloads. Etsy has informed the sellers that we are responsible for this tax. They promise some tools to help handle this in January 2015. I have pulled my digital downloads in the meantime to ensure I don't find myself in international tax trouble while we figure this out. There are two finished physical loveys (Totoro and Link) still available to buy in the shop.

If you are looking to buy my patterns before I get Etsy running smooth again you can find them on Ravelry, who have provided tools to handle these new taxes. Big shout out to the Ravelry team for working something out for us digital pattern sellers :)

If you are from the states and don't want to go through Ravelry you can email directly and we will work a deal out there.

I promised more blog updates before the end of the year but somehow it is already the 31st! As an act of penance I will give you a sideways preview of my newest lovey. Should be up soon.

Finn the human

2.10.15 Update: Etsy has agreed to collect the VAT tax for sellers. The shop is back up with all the regular patterns. Finn lovey should be up soon as well.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Great Pattern Update 2014

Hello again everyone! I took a long break due to family responsibilities and I am excited to be back :) 

First order of business, I have updated all the patterns in my store to include more detail and better descriptions. Going over them with fresh eyes has helped me clarify the trickier parts. They should be even easier to follow now.

Second, I have updated the Wind Waker Morth pattern and I think it's a lot better. I added more spikes and changed some of the construction aspects. Check it out and make a few for your friends.

Third, I have written yet another pikachu pattern! I made this one for a friend and she turned out so cute I had to share. Hope you enjoy.

Lastly, I have two finished loveys available in my shop for $35 each. It is very rare for me to sell finished items. Don't miss your chance.

I have many more things in the works for the coming days and weeks. Keep a look out :)

Another Pikachu Pattern

I've written yet another Pikachu pattern for you all. Enjoy :)

Please note that this pattern has not been tested. If you find any mistakes or oddities please let me know so I can update. If you find yourself stuck and needing help don’t hesitate to email me, we can work through it together.

Yellow Worsted Yarn
Brown Worsted Yarn
Red Sock Yarn
Black Worsted Yarn
F Hook
10 mm Safety Eyes

Instructions between * * are to be repeated until the end of the row.

Ears – Make 2
Start with Black Yarn
R1: Magic Circle 6
R2: *2 sc, sc 1* around (9)
R3: Sc around
R4: 2 sc, sc 2 (12)
Change color to yellow
R5 -11: Sc around (12)
R12: *Dec 1, Sc 4* around (10)
Finish off, stuff with fiberfill leave long end for sewing

Yellow Yarn
R1: Magic Circle 6
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: *2 sc, sc 1* around (18)
R4: *2 sc, sc 2* around (24)
R5: *2 sc, sc 3* around (30)
R6: *2 sc, sc 4* around (36)
R7: *2 sc, sc 5* around (40)
R8-12: Sc around (40)
R13: *Dec 1, sc 5* around (36)
R14: *Dec 1, sc 4* around (30)
R15: *Dec 1, sc 3* around (24)
Stuff with fiberfill
R16: *Dec 1, sc 2* around (18)
R17: *Dec 1, sc 1* around (12)
Finish off. I left the bottom open to sew onto the body. You can close it if you prefer by decreasing around until it’s closed.

Red Sock Yarn
R1: Magic circle 6
R2: 2 sc in each stitch around (12)
*Note* If the increases leave large holes then do the first stitch of the increase in the back loop and the second stitch of the increase in the front loop.
R3: 2 sc, sc 1 around (18)
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Yellow Yarn
The body is worked from the bottom up. To get the oblong shape start with a chain.
R1: Ch 8, turn, sc back across. After the last stitch on the chain instead of turning back you will go around and start working the starting chain’s other loop. sc in the each loop of the other side of the starting chain. You should end up with 14 stitches around that looks something like this:

R2: *2 sc, sc 1* 4 times, sc 6 (18)
R3: *2 sc, sc 1* 5 times, sc 4, 2 sc, sc 3 (24)
R4: *2 sc, sc 1* 9 times, sc 5, 2 sc (34)
R5-8: sc around (34)
R9: Dec 1, sc 15, Dec 1, sc 15 (32)
R10: *Dec 1, sc 6* around (28)
R11: *Dec 1, sc 5* around (24)
R12: Sc around (24)
R13: *Dec 1, sc 4* around (20)
R14: *Dec 1, sc 3* around (16)
R15: Sc around (16)
R16: Sc around (16)

Arms – Make 2
Yellow yarn
R1: Mc 6
R2-3: Sc 6
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Legs – make 2
Yellow yarn
R1: Mc 8
R2-5: sc 8
Finish off, leave long end for sewing

Tail – Make 2
Yellow Yarn
R1: Ch 8, turn
R2: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
R3: Sc 7, ch 1, turn
R4: Sc 7, ch 5, turn
R6: Sc 7, Ch 1, turn
R7: Sc 7
Change color to brown
R8: Turn the tail and put three stitches of brown right in the bottom. These aren’t worked in existing stitches. Just stitch 3 across the side of the previous three rows. Ch 1, turn. 
R9-10: Sc 3, ch 1, turn
Finish off, leave long end of yellow for sewing to the other tail for better structure. Leave long end of brown for sewing onto the body.

Stripes - Make 2
Brown yarn
Ch 10
Turn, sc across
Finish off, leaving yarn to sew to body


Put safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, 8 sts apart. Sew ears on top of head, they should span between rows 4 and 7. With black yarn sew a nose on row 11 between eyes with the mouth below on row 12. Place the cheeks between row 11 and 15. About 11 stitches in between. On the body, attach arms between rows 11 and 14, 7 sts apart. Place feet at row 4, 7 sts in between. Sew two tails together to increase sturdiness. Sew tail on the back middle at the bottom. If your Pika is heaving trouble balancing the tail can help it steady. Sew stripes on back, above the tail at rows 10 and 12.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Pattern in Store, Link Lovey

Good morning everyone, I have a new pattern available in my shop. It's a Legend of Zelda Link lovey.

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tales Series Apple Gel Recipe

Anyone who really knows me knows that I LOVE the game Tales of Symphonia. I'm a fan of the Tales series in general but my heart lies with Symphonia. It has been my favorite game since I was 15. They recently re-released it for the PS3 with better graphics and added content. If you were wondering why I haven't posted lately that's why.

On the day it came out my friend and I made apple and orange gels. The orange gels were made by getting orange jello and following the directions for jigglers. Did you know that Jello doesn't make an apple flavor? We had to do it from scratch, it took three tries but was really fun.

This is what you need:

1 1/2 C Apple Juice
2 Packets Unflavored Gelatin (Found in the Jello section)
Red food coloring
Silicone molds - I got mine on Amazon here 

Put the apple juice in a sauce pan and simmer until it is reduced to 1 cup. This is necessary to enhance and amplify the apple flavor. You can add sugar but I didn't. Stir in 1 and half packets of the gelatin. It will clump up but turn the heat down and just keep stirring until it all dissolves. Put in 3-5 drops of food coloring until it is red like a real apple gel. 

Now you get to pour it into the molds. For this I put it in a ceramic tea pot so I could pour with more accuracy. Spray the molds with cooking spray.  Put the molds on a big tray or cookie sheet and make room in your fridge. Once you have filled each of the little mold cups put the tray in the fridge for an hour or two, until they are firm and pop out easily.  

For future batches you can mess with the amount of gelatin to change the texture and make them firmer or softer.

On release day we had a whole tales themed spread including Panacea (which was Pom pomegranate juice and I painted the bottle brown) and we mixed that with sprite. We also made Lil Smokies-Bacon-Pretzel pow hammers with little cheese stars. I spent two days making the character chain. I actually might love this game too much. Whatevs, can't help it.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My Sister-In-Law Opened a Shop!

Hey everyone! I want to let you all know that my sister-in-law has opened her own Etsy shop and it's full of cute, nerdy hats and amigurumi that she designs. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Totodile Hat

Rainbow Dash Hat

Baby Fox Hat

She has a good collection of cute things so you can check her shop out here and her Facebook page here.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Zelda Wind Waker Morth Pattern

Edit 11/25/14: This pattern has been improved and updated!

Our close friend is moving away this week. One of the things we did together was play Zelda Wind Waker on the Wii U. The forest temple has these sentient spiky burs that jump on you and weigh you down so you move slower. We spent an entertaining amount of time collecting them. He liked them so much I decided to make one for him as a going away present.

There is a 3.25" hard Styrofoam ball in the middle that has been painted black with paint so no white shows through the stitches. The spikes each have a piece of wooden dowel in them cut to 3.75" so they keep their shape.

G Hook
F Hook
3.25" hard Styrofoam ball
Dowel (a bit less than the thickness of a wood pencil) Cut into 11 3.75" pieces. Sharpen one end with a pencil sharpener
Black yarn - worsted
Orange yarn - worsted
Brown yarn - worsted
Red yarn – worsted
Yellow yarn – worsted
Blue yarn – worsted

Start with black, G hook
R1: 6 sc in magic circle
Switch to red
R2: In back loops only (BLO) 2 hdc in each st (12)
Switch to black
R3: BLO Sc 1, 2 sc around (18)
Switch to yellow
R4:  BLO Sc 2, 2 sc around (24)
Switch to blue
R5: BLO Hdc 3, 2 hdc around
Sl st, finish off leaving long end for sewing. With the red yarn, embroider two red dots between the black and yellow on the north and south end of the eye.

Black yarn, G hook
R1: 6 sc in magic circle
R2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
R3: 2 sc, sc 1 around (18)
R4: 2 sc, sc 2 around (24)
R5: 2 sc, sc 3 (30)
R6: 2 sc, sc 4 (36)
R7: 2 sc, sc 5 (42)
R8-13: Sc around (42)
R14: Dec 1, sc 5 (36)
R15: Dec1, sc 4 (30)
Sew the eye on.
Place Styrofoam ball in the middle
R16: Dec 1, sc 3 (24)
R17: Sc around
R18: Dec 1, sc 2 (18)
R19: Dec 1, sc 1 (12)
R20: Dec around, sew hole closed

Spikes – Make 11
Start with orange, F hook
R1: 4 sc in magic circle
R2: Sc 4
R3: (2 sc, sc 1) around (6)
R4: Sc around (6)
R5: (2 sc, sc 2) around (8)
R6: Sc around (8)
R7: (2 sc, sc 3) around (10)
R8-9: Sc around (10)
Switch to brown
R10: (2 sc, sc 4) around (12)
R11: Sc around (12)
R12: (2 sc, sc 5) around (14)
R13: Sc around (14)
Sl st, finish off leaving long end for sewing

Lightly stuff each spike.Try to stuff just enough to give the spike shape and stability without making it lumpy. The first five spikes will go on in a star shape. Start by deciding where the top is going to be. Take a sharpened dowel and push it through the crochet and into the Styrofoam ball. Deep enough that it's stable and the stuffed spike can fit completely over it. Sew the spike onto the body. Do this to four more spikes in this formation.

Now go to the back and put a dowel and spike there. If the eye points one way this spike will point the exact opposite way. You should have 6 spikes now on the doll. Turn it back over.

The next five spikes will be farther back and between the first five spikes. They should be equal distance from the two front spikes they are between and the back spike. They should be angled slightly back.

Enjoy and email me if you have any problems or questions

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