Monday, February 27, 2017

Baby Basketball Cocoon


My co-worker, who is a huge basketball fan, just had a baby boy and I thought this basketball cocoon would be the perfect gift for him and his wife. Their son, who is pictured above, looks adorable in it! The pattern is from Crowned Crochet, priced at $2.50, and was very easy to follow. The net can be adjusted so that it's longer or shorter. The beanie is actually from Repeat Crafter Me and is free! The hardest part was getting the black lines straight on the beanie. Nothing a little tape can't fix though! Overall, I think the set turned out great and is such an easy project for all sports fan parents!


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Amigurumi Beavers and Pumpkins

I've been falling behind severely in my crocheting and blogging. It's been a busy, fun, and interesting year since my move to New York. What a difference in the weather I've experienced! I was so excited for my first Fall on the East Coast. The trees and scenery in general was absolutely gorgeous with all of the different colors! Winter was a bit of a shock with the snow, but from what I've been told, it was a pretty mild winter this year. It was a nice transition for me though, so that worked out!

In the Fall, I worked on two projects, the first one being amigurumi beavers. I volunteer weekly at a beaver animal sanctuary that also houses and cares for other animals as well. Not only does the lovely couple run an animal sanctuary, but they also run a bed and breakfast right there on the property. All of the proceeds go directly to the care of the animals. I thought it would be a great opportunity for them to raise some money by selling crochet beavers to their guests in their small gift shop. I donated a bunch of these adorable beavers to them, and am thinking about making other animals that they have on the sanctuary as well (dogs, cats, a mini horse and donkey, goats, and chickens). These kits were adapted from Sharon Ojala's beaver pattern. Fun fact: beavers have orange teeth because of a hard iron enamel coating that gives their teeth the strength to cut through trees! They are often illustrated with white teeth.




I love making quick seasonal gifts for people. I made a few of these pumpkin pouches from Repeat Crafter Me for friends and co-workers. They were perfect for holding candy or other Halloween treats! They worked up so quickly and the pattern was easy to follow. My favorite thing about the pouch is the curly vine and leaf. It adds such a cute touch to it!



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Boot Cuffs on Etsy


These boot cuffs are back up on the Etsy Shop! Place your order in before fall/winter approach, and get your holiday shopping done early! I'm also taking custom orders, so if you'd like something in particular for yourself or a friend/family member, you can leave a comment below, or reach me on Facebook.

I will hopefully have some new patterns coming along before the end of the year, so stay tuned!
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf with Pockets


My last few projects have been scarves with pockets, and I'm really liking the practicality of these things! I'm going to have to make some for myself once I finish all the projects in my queue.

This Breast Cancer Awareness scarf uses tapestry crochet to create the design on the pockets. Perfect for any survivor or supporter in your life to keep warm this winter. With only two colors, it's a great project for beginners looking to work on their color changing techniques.

For the main scarf part, I used a random stripe generator for the pattern. I love this app because you can enter in which colors you're using and how wide/narrow you want the stripes to be. It will then spit out a random pattern and you can go from there. It's a great variation to typical stripes and it looks really cool. I've used it on scarves and blankets, and have always loved the results. I wrote what the app generated for me in the pattern below, but feel free to use it for your own scarf and see what it comes up with. My completed scarf ended up being 89 inches long.

You may sell the finished product from this pattern, but please reference and link this post. Please don't claim this pattern as your own or sell the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! You can put them up on Ravelry or post it on my Facebook Page.

Materials:
Size I crochet hook (5.50 mm)
Tapestry needle
1 skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in White
1 skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Bubble Gum

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Notes for Scarf:
The pockets are made separately and then sewn onto the completed scarf. For the color change, I carried both colors and worked over the color that wasn't being used.

At the end of each row, ch 1 and turn. Change colors as indicated.

Tip: Work over ends at the color changes to avoid weaving in so many ends when complete.

Pockets (make 2):
In white, ch 24.

Row 1:
Sc in second ch from hook and across (23 sc)

Row 2:
Sc in next 4 sc. In pink, sc in next sc. In white, next 13 sc. In pink, sc in next sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (23 sc)

Row 3:
Sc in next 4 sc. In pink, sc in next 2 sc. In white, next 11 sc. In pink, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (23 sc)

Row 4:
Sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 4 sc. In white, next 9 sc. In pink, sc in next 4 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. (23 sc)

Row 5:
Sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 4 sc. In white, next 8 sc. In pink, sc in next 5 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. (23 sc)

Row 6:
Sc in next 2 sc. In pink, sc in next 6 sc. In white, next 7 sc. In pink, sc in next 6 sc. In white, sc in next 2 sc. (23 sc)

Row 7:
Sc in next 2 sc. In pink, sc in next 6 sc. In white, next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 7 sc. In white, sc in next 2 sc. (23 sc)

Row 8:
Sc in next sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, next 5 sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, sc in next sc. (23 sc)

Row 9:
Sc in next sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, next 4 sc. In pink, sc in next 9 sc. In white, sc in next sc. (23 sc)

Row 10:
Sc in next 2 sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, sc in next 2 sc. (23 sc)

Row 11:
Sc in next 2 sc. In pink, sc in next 9 sc. In white, next sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. (23 sc)

Row 12:
Sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 17 sc. In white, next 3 sc. (23 sc)

Row 13:
Sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 16 sc. In white, next 4 sc. (23 sc)

Row 14:
Sc in next 4 sc. In pink, sc in next 15 sc. In white, next 4 sc. (23 sc)

Row 15-16:
Sc in next 5 sc. In pink, sc in next 13 sc. In white, next 5 sc. (23 sc)

Row 17:
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 11 sc. In white, next 6 sc. (23 sc)

Row 18:
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 10 sc. In white, next 7 sc. (23 sc)

Row 19:
Sc in next 7 sc. In pink, sc in next 9 sc. In white, next 7 sc. (23 sc)

Row 20:
Sc in next 7 sc. In pink, sc in next 8 sc. In white, next 8 sc. (23 sc)

Row 21:
Sc in next 8 sc. In pink, sc in next 7 sc. In white, next 8 sc. (23 sc)

Row 22-23:
Sc in next 7 sc. In pink, sc in next 9 sc. In white, next 7 sc. (23 sc)

Row 24
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 10 sc. In white, next 7 sc. (23 sc)

Row 25-26:
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 11 sc. In white, next 6 sc. (23 sc)

Row 27:
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 12 sc. In white, next 5 sc. (23 sc)

Row 28-29:
Sc in next 5 sc. In pink, sc in next 13 sc. In white, next 5 sc. (23 sc)

Row 30-31:
Sc in next 5 sc. In pink, sc in next 5 sc. In white, next 2 sc. In pink, sc in next 6 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (23 sc)

Row 32:
Sc in next 5 sc. In pink, sc in next 5 sc. In white, next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 5 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (23 sc)

Row 33-34:
Sc in next 6 sc. In pink, sc in next 4 sc. In white, next 3 sc. In pink, sc in next 4 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. (23 sc)

Row 35:
Sc in next 7 sc. In pink, sc in next 9 sc. In white, next 7 sc. (23 sc)

Row 36:
Sc in next 8 sc. In pink, sc in next 7 sc. In white, next 8 sc. (23 sc)

Row 37:
Sc in next 9 sc. In pink, sc in next 5 sc. In white, next 9 sc. (23 sc)

Row 38:
Sc in next 10 sc. In pink, sc in next 3 sc. In white, next 10 sc. (23 sc)

Row 39:
Sc in next 23 sc (23 sc)

Leave a ~50 tail for sewing and fasten off.


Scarf:
In pink, ch 24 and dc across (23 dc)

Row 1-6:
Dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 7-9:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 10-16:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 17-20:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 21-22:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 23-29:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 30-31:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 32-38:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 39-41:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 42-43:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 44-49:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 50-56:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 57-61:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 62-67:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 68-75:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 76-77:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 78-84:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 85-86:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 87-92:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 93-94:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 95-101:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 102-105:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 106-108:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 109-115:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 116-120:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 121-126:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 127-133:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 134-138:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 139-145:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 146-147:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 148-150:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 151-155:
In white, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Row 156-164:
In pink, dc in next 23 st. (23 dc).

Fasten off and weave in/cut all loose tails.


Assembly:
Use a tapestry needle to whip stitch the sides and bottom of the pockets to each end of the scarf. Weave in all ends.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hello Kitty Scarf with Pockets


The same person who requested the scarf with pockets loved them and has requested more scarves with pockets! They're really easy to make and are practical too. I've got a lot of projects lined up, including a pink ribbon scarf with pockets for breast cancer awareness, a Hello Kitty afghan, and a queen sized comforter, which will be my biggest project yet.

This scarf uses the same tapestry crochet technique as the SF Giants Scarf, Batman, and Superman Scarf. If you're unfamiliar with tapestry crochet, I would highly recommend looking up how to carry more than two colors for the color changes. It becomes much easier once you get the hang of it, so keep practicing! 

You may sell the finished product from this pattern, but please reference and link this post. Please don't claim this pattern as your own or sell the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! You can put them up on Ravelry or post it on my Facebook Page.

Materials:
Size I crochet hook (5.50 mm)
Tapestry needle
1 skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in white
1 skein of Vanna's Choice in Black
1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow (you only need a little scrap of yellow. This was just what I had on hand.)
1 skein of Loops & Threads Impeccable Brights in Lippy (pink)

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Notes for Scarf:
The pockets are made separately and then sewn onto the completed scarf. For the color change, I carried both colors and worked over the color that wasn't being used.

At the end of each row, ch 1 and turn. Change colors as indicated.

Tip: Work over ends at the color changes to avoid weaving in so many ends when complete.

Pockets (make 2):
In white, ch 28.

Row 1:
Sc in second ch from hook and across (27 sc)

Row 2-4:
Sc in next 27 sc (27 sc)

Row 5:
Sc in next 9 sc. In black, sc in next 9 sc. In white, next 9 sc (27 sc)

Row 6:
Sc in next 7 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 9 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 7 sc (27 sc)

Row 7:
Sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 13 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc (27 sc).

Row 8:
Sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. In yellow, sc in 3 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (27 sc).

Row 9:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 13 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (27 sc).

Row 10:
Sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 7 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. (27 sc).

Row 11:
Sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 7 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (27 sc).

Row 12:
Sc in next 2 sc. In black, sc in next 4 sc. In white, sc in next 15 sc. In black, sc in next 4 sc. In white, sc in next 2 sc. (27 sc)

Row 13:
Sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 14 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in 1 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (27 sc).

Row 14:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in next 2 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in 12 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (27 sc).

Row 15:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 10 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in 3 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. (27 sc).

Row 16:
Sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in next 2 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in 3 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. (27 sc).

Row 17:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in 2 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (27 sc).

Row 18:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 2 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In pink, sc in 3 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (27 sc).

Row 19:
Sc in next 5 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in next 4 sc. In pink, sc in 4 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 3 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 5 sc. (27 sc).

Row 20:
Sc in next 6 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in 1 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In pink, sc in 2 sc. In black, sc in 1 sc. In white, sc in next 4 sc. In black, sc in next 3 sc. In white, sc in next 6 sc. (27 sc).

Row 21:
Sc in next 14 sc. In black, sc in next 2 sc. In white, sc in next 11 sc. (27 sc).

Row 22-23:
Sc in next 27 sc. (27 sc).

In pink, sc evenly around entire piece to make a pink border. Join to the beginning with a sl st.

Fasten off and leave a ~56 inch tail for sewing.

Scarf:
In white, ch 28 and hdc across (27 hdc)

Row 1-20:
Hdc in next 27 sc. (27 hdc).

Row 21-22:
In black, dc in next 27 hdc. (27 dc).

Row 23-24:
In pink, dc in next 27 hdc. (27 dc).

Row 25-53:
In white, hdc in next 27 hdc. (27 dc).

Repeat rows 22-28 until scarf is the desired length, ending on a white block. Mine measures 88 inches. 

Do not fasten off. Attach pink yarn.

Border:
In pink, attach to corner of scarf with sl st. Ch 1 and sc evenly around entire scarf.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Assembly:
Use tapestry needle to whip stitch the sides and bottom of the pockets to each end of the scarf. Weave in all ends.                                                                                       
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Scarf with Pockets


I made two of these scarves as a request for someone, and I've never seen scarves with pockets before, so this was fun and new to make. I wanted to make something that was simple, but also had some texture and pattern to it. Completing the stitches in the back loop of the stitch creates the texture in this scarf. This scarf is a great pattern for beginners as you only have to know a couple stitches. It's a quick, mindless project once you get going.

The person who requested this scarf wanted it to wrap around once, but when I looked up pictures of scarves with pockets, I saw some that simply draped around the neck. So you can adjust the pattern based on what style you want. Just make sure it's long enough so you can put your hands inside!

You may sell the finished product from this pattern, but please reference and link this post. Please don't claim this pattern as your own or sell the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! You can put them up on Ravelry or post it on my Facebook Page.

Materials:
Size H crochet hook (5.0 mm)
1 skein of Caron One Pound yarn (Espresso)
(I also used 1 skein of Impeccable Big! in Black for the second scarf)
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
bpdc = back post double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch

Notes:
The ch 1 at the end of each row does not count as a stitch.

Scarf:
Ch 30 and dc in 4th ch from hook and across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 dc)

Row 1:
*Sk 1 st. Dc in back loop of next st. Dc in back loop of skipped stitch. Repeat from * across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 dc)

Row 2:
Dc in back loop of each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 dc)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2  until your scarf is the desired length, ending on Row 2. Mine measures 103 inches. If you don't want it that long, you can also make it so that it simply drapes around your neck, rather than loop around once.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Pockets (make 2):
Ch 30 and dc in 4th ch from hook and across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 dc).


Row 1-8:
Dc in back loop of each st. Ch 1 and turn. (28 dc).

Row 9:
Dc in first st. *Fpdc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Repeat from * across until the last st. Dc in last st.

Row 10:
Dc in first st. *Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Repeat from * across until last st. Dc in last st.


Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing (~50 inches)

Place the pocket at the end of the scarf so that the fpdc/bpdc rows are on top. Whip stitch the sides and bottom. Fasten off and weave in all ends.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Chunky Twisted Cowl


It's that time of year where my crochet production is in full swing and I'm trying to figure out what crochet gifts people are tired of receiving from me. I'm pretty sure my mom has enough scarves to get her through a lifetime of winters. So branching out of the family, I've started making items for my mom's co-worker. She requested two infinity scarf/beanie sets, and I found a great lacy shells pattern from half double that was really quick and simple to follow. I love the way it turned out!
No pattern for the beanies, just something I came up with on the spot. It's a half double crochet pattern, with a front post double crochet/back post double crochet brim.

For my friend, I made a flower ear warmer and matching boot cuffs. I used the same stitch pattern from the ear warmer to come up with the boot cuffs.

There are some other items in the pipeline that I need to finish and start wrapping before Thursday!

I made these two twisted cowls as gifts, and they work up super quickly. Each one took about 30 minutes and one skein yarn per cowl. The pattern is so versatile and can be used with any weight yarn. It would look great as an infinity scarf as well. This is a great beginner crochet project as it's repetitive and simple.

You may sell the finished product from this pattern, but please reference and link this post. Please don't claim this pattern as your own or sell the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! You can put them up on Ravelry or post it on my Facebook Page.

Materials:
Size I crochet hook (5.5 mm)
Tapestry needle
1 skein of Loops & Threads Charisma Baby in Coral
Stitch marker

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Cowl:
Make a chain that is the desired length/circumference for your cowl.  Make a twist in the ch and sl st to the beginning to form a circle. We will now be working in rounds.

Round 1:
Ch 1 (does not count as st). Hdc in the back loop of each ch around. Mark beginning with a stitch marker.

Round 2:
Hdc in first st. *Ch 1. Skip 1 st. Hdc in next st.* Repeat from * to *. Move the stitch marker up.

Round 3:
*Hdc in ch 1 space. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to *. Move the stitch marker up.

Repeat Round 3  times until cowl is desired width.

Round 4:
Hdc in each st around until you get to the stitch marker. Skip 1 st and sl st in the next st. Fasten off and weave in any tails.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Chevron Throw





My friend asked me to make this lap throw for her to give to her friend who has cancer.  I thought it was a really nice sentiment and gesture, and I hope this throw keeps her cozy during the cold season. The warm colors and textured chevron are enough to warm a room. I used this pattern from Caron to make the throw. I used three skeins of Vanna's Choice yarn in Fisherman, Honey, and Rust, and one skein of Vanna's Choice yarn in Silver Grey. I used Fisherman, Honey, and Rust as the main colors, alternating them with seven rows, with two rows of Silver Grey for contrast. I filled in the ends with Silver Grey to finish off the throw and give it a completed look.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Personalized Christmas Stockings


It's finally cooling down in California, and it's the perfect weather for crocheting. Nothing beats getting cozy with your project, a good TV show, and a soothing cup of tea. There are so many cute Christmas crochet projects to make, and so little time! I made these personalized stockings for my sister and her family using Red Heart's free pattern. I added a cuff to the top and used a surface slip stitch to make the initials.

I did find the pattern a little confusing when I got to the heel part of the stocking, but folding the stocking into the shape it's supposed to be helped me figure it out. I hope she likes them! Now to figure out what to make everyone else...
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Halloween from Olive and Pearl

I made my girls Olive and Pearl little candy corn and pumpkin hats for Halloween. I added ties with the intention of it going around their necks, but A, I didn't make them long enough, and/or B, their "necks" are a little too thick to have anything tied around. So the hats just sat on their heads (for not much longer than a second or two) while they looked adorable as ever.

Really startling!

I'm so startled.
My current WIP(s) are customized Christmas stockings for my sister's family, so I'll be posting about that soon!
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