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i’m still around! just lazy.

August 25, 2011

The jury is in and I’m guilty of being the world’s laziest blogger. I’ve been happily unemployed and crafting…and not updating my blog. Without an excuse in the world. Anyway, I’ve got a backlist of creations to report, which I shall do.

Oh yes, and in one week’s time I will be on a plane headed to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a year-long M.A. program…or “programme,” rather. (I should get used to having to switch off US spelling mode). Feeling excited, nervous, and all those things one would be expected to feel when leaving home and husband for a full year in a foreign land. So, yes, the Incurable Homebody will actually be away from home for a while. :-?

Now, onto the neglected creations:

It occurs to me that I never blogged last year’s Christmas creations for fear that the recipients might have their surprises spoiled. So in the spirit of better-late-than-never, here they are:

A couple of improvised mug cozies. Great projects if you’ve got leftover yarn lying about.

  

  

Teddy bear baby hat. Made two of these — one for my sis-in-law’s wee girl, and another for my brother’s youngest (the little lady pictured below, throwing up a peace sign before retiring for the evening). I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked in its entirety, so created a mashup of these two: The Hat Menagerie bear and Bernat’s Cottontotts hat. As you can see, I made the lined beanie and ears using the Bernat pattern (though shorter so not to have a fold-over edge) and for the face, I used the Hat Menagerie pattern. Note: the afterthought nose is something of an upside-down heart shape sewn on and stuffed with some fiberfill.

  

A stuffed kitty made from scrap material:

More long-overdue updates to come!

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5 comments

  1. I’m fairly new to knitting and I absolutely LOVE these mug cozies!! Wondering if I could get some sort of pattern or guidance on how to do them? I’m difficult at improvising at the moment :)
    Feel free to email them to me! I’d appreciate your help!! These would make awesome gifts too!


    • Thanks for the comment. I’ve just emailed you a hastily-thrown-together pattern. Hopefully it helps!


  2. I would love the no cable coffee mug pattern if you don’t mind sharing…it is the best one I have seen. I would be glad to pay pal you for it!

    Thank you!
    Jeannie
    rbyjean@bellsouth.net


    • So glad you like the cozies! I just published a blog post with the pattern. Enjoy!


  3. [...] I’ve gotten quite a few queries on how I made the Christmas gift mug cozies blogged about here, I’ve decided to post these quick patterns I threw together. Sorry in advance if you catch [...]



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