Little Blue Whale

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Good morning and happy summer!

I hear it is going to be in the nineties this weekend.

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Lots of whales in the making…
My girls liked my little stuffed whale so much that one drew a picture, and the other baked a whale-shaped cookie!

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Even gingerbread cookie cuteness

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Inspired by this…I used a basic hat design (see previous post).
My whale applique I wing-ed, as they say.

Just a circle, some tall stitches (triples) to shape the tail, then two shell stitches on the end for fins.

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And more…the finished little guy!

Today’s free tip…

How to make a baby whale stuffed toy without buying a pattern:

(Use a hook a couple sizes smaller than the recommended size for that yarn when making stuffed toys. I used Caron Simply Soft and a 3.5mm hook.)

Make a baby hat. Mine came out about three inches across.

Using the white, make a circle. You can do this by using the hat pattern and just stop when it is the right size to fit together with the top part.

Add eyes, stuff lightly, and sew together.

For the tail: crochet a cone shape. Repeatcrafterme.com has a free pattern for a horn written in her unicorn hat pattern. I used that one.

Crochet a couple of shell stitches together for the tail fin, and two more for the sides.

Sew it all on. 🙂

For instructions on making the spout tassel, see the unicorn hat pattern I mentioned above and follow the mane directions, just smaller.

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Whale cuteness

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And more whale cuteness

I love how this set turned out!

Happy day.
Now back to the three new projects I’ve started. 😉

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The Long Road Home

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It has been a season of change.
My school year has ended and I’ve started my summer job.
My beautiful daughter has graduated high school and started working as well.
The little ones have their last day of class today.

Add to that some glorious late spring weather
and you might imagine I’ve had neither the inclination nor the hours
to crochet.

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I did find the time to work on this a bit, as I mentioned in my previous post.
My stash-buster, Flowers in the Snow: I just love all the scraps of color on a white background.

Now I need more projects, as I am out of scraps and it isn’t nearly big enough yet. 🙂

I also found a bit of time to make this cute set:

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For a new baby and sweet big sister…
Patterns can be found here, at http://www.repeatcrafterme.com
I adapted them for my purposes but the basics are there.

And finally, FINALLY, I found my cro-jo yesterday (read crochet motivation)

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and started a little something.
Find the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/paw-print-cardigan

I modified the pattern in two ways…the first ten rows of hdc are in the back loop only, and after skipping the stitches for the sleeves, I changed to a v-stitch, for a lacy look.

Sigh.

I get so sentimental through these rites of passage.

My babies have grown so tall and beautiful.

It seems just yesterday they looked like this…

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And now the eldest is working and we count down to college in the fall.

My precious girl.

Now off to more sorting!
I am making good progress digging out my home office while school is out of session.
Of course the first thing I tidied was my yarn collection. 🙂

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Happy crocheting!