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A Nice Day for A Photo Shoot

 

It was so nice yesterday, I decided to do a photo shoot for two new hats. There was just enough breeze to play with my hair, no wind machines needed. lol I used my usual backgrounds of the two trees and the bush. Today though I decided to use BOB as a background he was getting lonely as no one visited him all this winter. 😛

First up is a pale yellow and dayglow stripe skull cap of my own design. The photos framed in yellow are my favorite and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this cap.

Project Name: Pale Yellow Multi-colored Dayglow Stripe Skull Cap
Pattern Used: Double crochet Striped Skull Cap
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 02/06/2017
Finished on: 02/07/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Double crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight In 0322 Pale Yellow and 3934 Dayglow
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

 

The next hat is a dark rainbow slouchie beanie. My favorite ones are framed in dark red and were used in its Ebay listing.

Here are the stats for this hat.

Project Name: Multi-colored Dark Rainbow Slouchie Beanie
Pattern Used: Rainbow Slouchy Hat
Designed by: Maz Kwok from Be a Crafter 😄
Started on: 02/01/2017
Finished on: 02/05/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet for brim Half Double crochet and Single crochet 2 together
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0311 White, 0365 Coffee, 0254 Pumpkin, 0886 Blue, 0406 Medium Thyme, and 0322 Pale Yellow
Red Heart accent in 0361 Putty Red Heart Jumbo in 0356 Amethyst
Unlabeled Scrap Ball of Red
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge measures 11 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult

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Expired Domain For Pattern Link and Website

 

The blog site where I got my Heart graph and Shamrock graph beanie patterns has let her domain expire. The site was MNEcrafts.com. by Amanda Nicole.

I was checking my email for skrappy skarves this morning, a blogger was having trouble accessing the Heart graph beanie pattern link on MNEcrafts.com. I went to skrappy skarves blog and clicked on the link too. You know sometimes it might just be a glitch for the day or something. I also recieved the “This Domain Name Has Expired” message link. This means that the person who had the website did not pay to renew to keep the domain. I had no idea about this. I am sad that she did not chose to renew, But you never know what may be going on in a fellow bloggers personal life and they may have not been able to continue to keep their site open. I do know that she had not posted new things for a very long time. I believe the last posts were in late 2015. So I am not too surprised by this. Her post on her FB page and Ravelry are also this old with no new things. I do hope that she is ok and life just got to busy for her to continue these accounts.

I am sorry for the inconvenince this may cause anyone wanting to use these patterns.

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For the Love of Books

 

I am now selling some of my paperback books on my Ebay listings. Some of the  authors I have are Jeffery Deaver, Maggie Shayne, Iris Johansen, Robert Ludlum, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz. I will be adding my Stephen King books today.

Reindeer Pouch Will Be Going to California!

It sold yesterday. I checked my Ebay this morning( at 4:30 couldn’t sleep anymore). I had a notification and was pleased to see that it was for an item being sold. Once again the item just sold out of the blue, it was not on a watch list. I currently have 5 hats being watched […]

via This Little Reindeer Is Dashing Off To California! — Skrappy Skarves

This one really shows off my orange eyes.

Learning Life’s Lessons with Little Kitty # 1

The Driveway

Hi, my name is Little Kitty. I am about 4 months old. I have a nice warm home with plenty of food and fresh water. I have a great human and kitty family. It was not always this way.

I don’t remember much about my life before I came to The Driveway. I mean I am sure I had a cat mom and maybe some cat siblings. I also probably had some sort of humans around me, other wise I would not have approached the ones in The Driveway.

The first lady I encountered was nice to me, she wanted to bring me inside. She said that her husband didn’t want me in the house, so she left a bowl of milk for me on the porch. I spent another night outside alone and scared. There were lots of scary noises in the outside world.

The next morning I saw some different people come out of another house. They were crossing The Driveway to get into their car thing. I started meowing like crazy. They heard me! The lady started walking towards me, I came running from under the porch to her. She picked me up and petted me. She thought maybe the other lady had adopted me and left me outside while she was at work. She didn’t want me to get scared and run away, so she took me in her house and asked her son to watch me until they got back from town.

Well when she got back from town we went back outside. She hung out with me all day. It was starting to get dark so she took me in until the neighbor lady came home. She finally did so we went back outside to talk with her.

The lady asked the neighbor lady if she had adopted me and would she like to take me in. The neighbor lady said no she had not adopted me, that I had just showed up in The Driveway last night, but her husband would not let her bring me in. We asked the lady that gave the neighbor lady a ride home if she could take me. She said that she could not. They thought maybe one of their coworkers might, but they would have to ask him. The lady said to let her know if he could and just come over and knock to let her know. So with that the lady and I went back in the house.

(Mom here, there was no way I was leaving this little kitty outside another night. Just a month before our neighbor was on his porch having a cigarette. He saw some eyes across the driveway from him near the fence. Turns out it was a cougar. There had been sightings of them all around us this summer.)

The holidays were approaching and people are busy. They may have forgotten to ask the coworker about me. I knew then that the lady that took me in the house would be my Mom.

So what did I learn from this experience? I learned that there are good people in the world, who will help you, be nice to you, and give you a home, family and love.

The other thing I learned is that there are also bad people in this world.

I listened to Mom as she spoke to the other ladies that night. They think I was dumped on their road by people who didn’t want me anymore for whatever reason. I had a big bad scab on my nose, and some wounds on my back legs. I was terribly skinny. Mom says my toes were just bones. I also had a bad case of ear mites. Mom doesn’t know how long I may have wandered down the road until I found The Driveway.

I may have gotten the wounds fighting off a wild cat. The people who dumped me may have even literally tossed me out of the moving car onto the gravel road. As for being skinny the people must not have fed me very well before they tossed me. It also could have been that I was out in the world in late fall all alone and I had no idea how to hunt. I was probably barely 2 months old. Being that young it doesn’t take long without eating to use up what little fat I may have had stored.

Mom said my ear mites were probably from being in unclean conditions. They only got worse and worse as I got skinnier and skinnier because my immune system was getting weaker and weaker.

I have been with my new family now for almost 2 months. I weighed 3 pounds and 3 ounces when Mom found me. I  now weigh 4 pounds 3 ounces. I have flesh on my toes again. My wounds have healed on my legs. My nose has healed too, but I did loose a tiny chunk of it. You have to look close to tell though. And I am almost rid of the ear mites.

Until next time, keep on learning!

Little Kitty

My First Night Home

November 21, 2016

Resting on Mom

I had been in my home for about a week and a half. You can see my scabbed up nose.

A Week Later

Playing with some string on the freezer. Mom wanted to get photos of my new Christmas Cowl.

This Week

The first two photos I am laying on Mom.

The last two I was playing with the blind strings.

Mom took it while she was crocheting on the bed. She zoomed in so I would not be distracted by the camera.

I like to stick my face right in the lens if I see her taking photos.

Wrestling with My Big Brother Sully

He is heavy, I am glad I am helping him loose weight.

😀

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Sully Saturday # 14

I HAVE A NEW LITTLE SISTER!

The day she came to us. November 21, 2016

The day she came to us. November 21, 2016

Well it is winter time so I mostly sleep all day, eat, and wake Mom up at ungodly hours to fill the food bowl again. I can’t go out by the step for catnip or my daily walk around the house. It is too cold and there is snow on the ground. It makes my paws cold.

Well one day in November Mom comes in with this little orange kitten. The kitten looks a bit beat up and skinny. She had a big scab on her nose. I don’t think I have seen a kitten since I was a kitten. My older cat sisters, Punky and Fiesty, may they rest in peace, with my family were both full-grown when I came to live with them. My younger cat sister, Milly was about 9 months old when she came to live with us after being left at the fishing ponds.

Little Kitty just showed up in the driveway one day. Mom said she was going to clean her up and get her some food and wait to see if the neighbor’s friend would take her in a few days. Dad didn’t want her to come in but Mom just brought her in any way. Dad said you are not going to name her. Well Mom was just calling her little kitty in a few days the kitten was coming to Mom. So that became her name and she is staying with us.

Well at first I didn’t know what to think. Little Kitty would come right up to me and brush up against my side and give me kitty headbutts. She seemed friendly enough. Not like her older sister Milly who hisses at me and smacks me to be mean.

So over just a few days Little Kitty and I are running through the house playing chase, wrestling, and smacking each other in fun. Mom says it is good for me to do this. She has notice I have lost some weight. So I guess having a new kitten sister is a great way to get exercise to help me lose some of my extra weight. I have even been playing more on my own since she has been here.

We have been having some really cold weather here of late. So Milly has been coming in from her shed. This is the second time she has been in. She is not at all friendly. Little Kitty thought she could play with her too. Milly was having none of that she would hiss and growl low in her throat at Little Kitty as soon as she saw her in the same room.

So Mom has been rotating them in and out of the spare room. So they each  can run about the house even if I am in the living room because I get along with both of them.

Well as you know kittens are just full of energy and are into everything. So Mom has to be vigilante in teaching Little Kitty the rules of being  a house cat. She is learning you don’t get on the table, counters, entertainment center, or the plant stand. Mom teaches this with the squirt bottle. The first couple of times she actually ran towards Mom instead of running away. It was kind of funny to watch. I still get the squirt bottle myself, Mom uses it on me when I get a bit to rough in my playing with Little Kitty and when I forget I am not suppose to get on the plant stand to look out the window. 🙂

Another thing she needs to learn is not to jump on people. She has jumped up on Mom’s legs several times claws out. Mom screams, OUCH! then grabs Little Kitty by the scruff and prys her off. This is what her cat mom would have done to show her she was being naughty. She has gotten much better, she did relapse yesterday and jumped up on Mom’s back while she was doing something at the kitchen counter. She was just really curious to find out what Mom was doing and just had to see.

All in all Little Kitty is a good kitten and I think she will be a good kitty once she is all trained up. Oh, she does have this one weird thing she does. She likes to move my water bowl away from the wall each time she gets a drink. Mom has to move it back. Little Kitty has moved it out in front of the refrigerator several times.

The photographic evidence.

The photographic evidence.

 

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A New Toddler Crochet Item Available on Ebay

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I started with the brim first. I like these ribbed brims. You can start with them and then crochet the beanie part directly to it by doing several rounds then do decreasing rounds to close up the top. I have also seen patterns where you start with the beanie then do the ribbed brim, but that involves working the ribs into each round of the beanie using a stitch I am not familiar with. So I did the brim then the beanie then matched them up and single crocheted through both. That is the dark pink round between beanie and brim in the above photo.

This was supposed to be an adult size beanie, but it didn’t work out that way. Most adult beanies are 60 stitches around. I made my brim piece 14 single crochets across then did 59 rows. When I joined the ends together with single crochet that gave me my 60 stitches that I could match up to a beanie. I like these ribbed brims because they are pretty stretchy. I tried it on, it was just a bit snug, that was ok not to tight, not too loose.

I then moved on to the beanie.

I was using Front Post Double Crochet and that tends to be a tighter stitch. I should have actually done a few more rounds to get the adult size. I also think I should have used my J/9 – 6.50 mm hook.

Oh, well! It still made a cute little beanie.

Project Name: Toddler Pink Ribbed Fold-up Brim Beanie
Pattern Used: Improvised
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 12/31/2016
Finished on: 01/01/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet, Single crochet Back Loop Only, Double crochet, and Front Post Double crochet
Brim: Row 1: Chain 15, Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc across, ch. 1 turn. -14
Row 2: Sc Back Loop Only across, Ch. 1 Turn. -14
Row 3 – 59: Repeat Row 2.
Put ends together Sc through back loop and front loop -14
Turn work Ch. 1 Place a Sc in each end row. -60
Fasten Off Weave in ends.
Beanie: Rnd 1: Ch. 3, 10 Dc in 3rd chain from hook. -10 Slip stitch to Join Chain 2 at the end of each round.
Rnd 2: dc and fpdc in each Double crochet around. – 20
Rnd 3: dc, 2dc repeat around. – 30
Rnd 4: dc, dc, Dc and FPDC repeat around. – 40
Rnd 5: dc,dc,dc, DC and FPDC repeat around – 50
Rnd 6: dc, dc, dc, dc, DC and FPDC repeat around. – 60
Rnd 7 – 12: Front Post Double crochet in each stitch around. – 60
Match up beanie and brim slip stitch to join. Sc through both around. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Colors Used: Unlabeled Balls of Pink
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge measures 8 inches with brim down and 6 inches with brim folded – up when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler 1 – 3 years

The Ebay link for Toddler Pink Ribbed Fold-up Brim Beanie

and you can view all my items.