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Taking custom orders

I am now taking custom orders for crocheted items for Christmas. A custom handmade item is a great gift for anyone! Ladies love kitchen items, granny totes to carry stuff in, scarves, cell cozies, lapghans.

Lapghans or afghans can be made for men as well in favorite sports team colors. Crocheted baby blankets make a special gift for those new babies in the family. Can also make toys for the little ones, animals, character hats and more! Just give me an idea of what you are looking for!

Some of my past items can be seen here. Toys and animals can be seen here. Everything is custom made to order to be sure it’s exactly what you want. Get your order in while there is still time!

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Pink Chaos Tote Giveaway

My world has felt a little chaotic lately so this tote is named Pink Chaos. When it feels like everything has gone crazy, I turn to God for help and crocheting for a little stress relief. :)

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. (Psalm 34:17-19)

I have decided to offer a giveaway for the Pink Chaos Tote. It is made out of Peaches N Cream Black Cherry (pink, white, black)  and Cotton Ease Stone (gray) cotton yarn. It’s a smaller tote about 10″ across and 10″ tall not counting the handles. Great for a small project, a book and a snack or anything else you need to tote around. It’s made from Carlinda Lewis’ Granny Ripple Bag pattern.


I will randomly pick a winner on October 30, 2011 (my daughter’s birthday!). To enter, just leave a comment below letting me know that you want to be entered!

Please only enter once. I will contact the winner to get shipping info after the drawing. I’m sorry but for my first giveaway, it is limited to residents of the continental US.

Good luck to everyone and just remember when your world gets a little chaotic:

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER OF THE PINK CHAOS TOTE:
JESSICA!!!

Note: Unfortunately, the first chosen winner did not respond after multiple tries of contacting her,
so I have picked another winner. I use a random generator to choose the winner.
Thank you all for participating. Check back sometime as I may do another giveaway.
Thanks again and God bless.

 

 

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Turtle Tales Bookmark

I like turtles. :)  I like live turtles, plush turtles, turtle nick nacks even crochted turtles!  :) I’m so glad Noah didn’t forget the turtles and the tortoises when he was loading that ark! This turtle bookmark is great for the guys in your life that might think a heart bookmark is a bit too sappy. :P It’s worked in one piece. Enjoy. :)

Materials Needed:

Small amount of WW Yarn
US “E” Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo =  fasten off
inc = increase (2 stitches in one stitch)
st = stitch

Different size hooks will produce different size turtles / bookmarks. Adjust bookmark tail length desired if needed.

Special stitch: 6 dc popcorn over next 2 stitches = 3 dc in first st, 3 dc in second st, take your hook out of  loop, insert hook into first dc, insert hook back into loop and pull through combining all 6 dc into one popcorn stitch.

Turtle:
In magic circle:

Rnd 1:  9 sc (9)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (18)
Rnd 3:  (sc in next st, inc in next st, sl st into next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st into beginning sc) x2, sc in next st, inc in next st,  6 dc popcorn over next 2 stitches, (sc in next st, inc in next st, sl st into next st, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st into beginning sc) x2, sc in next 2 st, sl st into next st. do not cut yarn… continue with bookmark:

Bookmark:
ch 70, 3 sc in 2nd ch st from hook, 3 sc in next 14 ch st, sl st to next ch st. fo.

Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail down through center of curly bookmark tail to conceal. Use yarn needle to hide yarn tail from magic ring. Enjoy your Turtle Tales Bookmark. :)

 

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/07/turtle-tales-bookmark)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Turtle Tales Bookmark.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

 

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Heart Tales Bookmark

The world needs more love. People are so self involved these days that they forget about those around them. One of God’s most important commandments is love your neighbor as yourself. You’re also supposed to love your enemies. If there were more love, there would be less hate. I designed a cute heart bookmark for you to give to those you love. :)  The heart is quite simple, well… truly, the entire bookmark is simple to make but it can definitely warm someone’s heart when given. They are perfect for Bibles, novels or any other book. I know in this age less people are reading actual books but some of us are still old fashioned and prefer print and paper to electronics. ;)


For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Materials Needed:

Small amount of WW Yarn
US “E” Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fo =  fasten off

Different size hooks will produce different size hearts / bookmarks. Adjust bookmark tail to your hook size if needed.

In magic circle:

Heart:
3 hdc, 1 dc, 5 tr, sl st inside ring, 5 tr, 1 dc, 3 hdc, <now, slowly close the magic ring. do it slowly as it will be tight>,  join by sl st to 1st hdc.  Do not cut yarn… continue with bookmark:

Bookmark:
ch 70, 3 sc in 2nd ch st from hook, 3 sc in next 14 ch st, sl st to next ch st. fo.

Using yarn needle, draw yarn tail down through center of curly bookmark tail to conceal. Use yarn needle to hide yarn tail from magic ring. Voila! you are finished with your Heart Tales Bookmark. :)

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/07/heart-tales-bookmark)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Heart Tales Bookmark.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

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Bubby Hobby (Stick) Horse

I love horses and I love crocheting! So why not combine the two? The horse rescue,  where I got my Arabian gelding Bubbi, were having a silent auction fundraiser and I wanted to donate something to be auctioned. I thought a stick horse would be perfect so I set to designing this hobby horse. The little cowgirl or cowboy in your life will just love their own Bubby Hobby Horse!

c. 2011 Stephanie Osborne

The Bubby Hobby Horse can be made in whimsical colors or even life like colors. The entire horse is made in the round. Detailed instructions are giving on how to prepare and attach it to the stick, where to place the eyes and how to make a full mane. Safety for the child is a priority in this pattern. The pattern is in a large font to make it easy to read with color photos.

c. 2011 Stephanie Osborne c. 2011 Stephanie Osborne

You can purchase your Bubby Hobby (Stick) Horse pattern from Ravelry.com. It’s free to join and it you will be able to download it immediately. The pdf pattern is $5.00 and below is the link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bubby-hobby-stick-horse

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne Please do not sell, give away or distribute this pattern. I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Bubby Hobby Horse. Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.

c. 2011 Stephanie Osborne

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Pleasance Platypus

Being a bit of a unique kind of gal, unique animals always take my fancy. I think the platypus is one of the most unique animals out there. Kind of like a duck/fish/beaver all put into one and it’s the only mammal that lays eggs. God must have had a sense of humor when He designed this one! :D I had the cutest plush platypus many years ago. It always brought a smile to my face when I saw it. I no longer have it but I thought I would try and bring that smile back. :) I know this is not an exact replica of a platypus and some may think it’s a duck laying down on the job :P but I hope it brings you a smile as well. :)

Pleasance Platypus

 

Materials Needed:

WW Yarn
US “F” Crochet Hook
Polyfil, Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle, safety eyes

sc = single crochet
inc = 2 stitches in 1 stitch
sl st = slip stitch
dec = invisible decrease
fo =  fasten off

Work in rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Begin with a magic circle.

Head/Body:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 4:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (24)

Rnd 5:  (inc in next st, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (30)
Rnd 6-10:  sc around (30)
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 12:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 13-14:  sc around (18)
Rnd 15:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 16:  sc around (24)
Rnd 17:  (inc in next st, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (30)
Rnd 18:  sc around (30)
Rnd 19:  (inc in next st, sc in next 4 st) repeat around. (36)
Rnd 20:  sc around (36)
Rnd 21:  (inc in next st, sc in next 5 st) repeat around. (42)
Rnd 22-31:  sc around (42)
Rnd 32:  (dec, sc in next 5 st) repeat around. (36)
Rnd 33:  (dec, sc in next 4 st) repeat around. (30)
Rnd 34:  (dec, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 35:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 36:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 37:  dec around (6)
FO.

Bill:
Rnd 1:  9 sc in a magic circle. (9)
Rnd 2:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 3:  sc around (12)
Rnd 4:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (9)
Rnd 5-6:  sc around (9)
Rnd 7:  ch 1, turn, sc in next 4 st. (4)
FO.

Feet:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3-6:  sc around (12)
Rnd 7:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) (9)
FO.

Assembly: Flatten bill and sew onto front of face placing top of bill between eyes (see photos). Flatten feet and sew evening on either side of the body. Voila! Your own Pleasance Platypus. :)

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/05/pleasance-platypus)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Pleasance Platypus.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless.


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Pete and Repeat

I love tortoises. Many years ago, Pat and I rescued a Sulcata tortoise hatchling from a pet store. Sandy went everywhere with us. I had a leash and she would sit outside and ‘graze’ on the grass with us when we set up at fairs and festivals. At home, she would come out of her house and watch tv with us. She loved bananas and romaine lettuce. They are one of God’s most amazing creatures. When I started crocheting, I found that turtles and tortoises were one of my favorite things to make.

When I was a little girl, Pete, an ‘adopted’ uncle, would always tell me a joke when he came to see us. “Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in… who was left?” Of course, I would answer “Repeat: and he would start all over again…amid my endless giggles, we could go on forever… lol!  I named the tortoises Pete and Repeat since you just repeat the girl’s pattern for the boy and just change one round. So, I hope you enjoy Pete and Repeat as much as I do. Have a very Happy Mother’s Day. :)

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne

Materials Needed:

WW Yarn
US “F” Crochet Hook
Polyfil, Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle, safety eyes

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
inc = 2 stitches in 1 stitch
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loops only
flo = front loops only
dec = invisible decrease
fo =  fasten off

Work in rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Begin with a magic circle.

Head:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 4:  sc around. (18)
Rnd 5:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 6-8:  sc around. (24)
Rnd 9: (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
<Insert safety eyes now between rnds 5 & 6. I put one eye about 4 st to the left of the beginning of the row if you are holding the head upright and the 2nd eye about 4 st to the left of the first eye but you may want to place them differently.>
Rnd 10:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around.  <stuff head> (12)
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (9)
Rnd 12-15:  sc around. (9)
Rnd 16:  ch 1, turn. sc in next 6 st. fo. (6)

Shell:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 4:  sc around. (18)
Rnd 5:  (inc, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 6:   sc around. (24)
Rnd 7:  (inc, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (30)
Rnd 8-10:  sc around. (30)

For GIRL:
Rnd 11:  FLO (sc in next 3 st, 2 dc in same st) x 7, sc in last st.
Rnd 12:  stitching in BLO of row 10 (dec, sc in next 3 st) repeat around. (24)
(For BOY: skip rnd 11 and stitch rnd 12 using BLO.)

Rnd 13:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 14:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 15:  dec around, fo.

Feet: (make 4)
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  (inc, sc in next st) repeat around. (9)
Rnd 3:  BLO sc in next 3 st, HDC in next 3 st, sc in last 3 st. (9)
Rnd 4-5:  sc around. (9)
fo.

Tail:
Ch 4, sl st in 2nd chain from hook, sl st in next chain, sc in last chain. fo.

Assembly notes: When sewing the head to the shell, I line up the last round on the head just below the shell edge. Once I sew the neck to the shell, I run the thread up through the shell and stitch the head to the shell for stability. Also, it helps to stuff the head firmly but to stuff the neck lightly the further down you go on it. Another helpful not, I use beans in the feat for stuffing for weight so the tortoise is not too top heavy. You could use beans or pellets or even put those or rice in a stocking and put in the shell to give it some weight.

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/05/pete-and-repeat)   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Pete and Repeat tortoises.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Feel free to leave comments. Thank you and God bless. :)

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Wee Little Hippos

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne

This Wee Little Hippo is about 3″ tall and worked in just two pieces: the head and body. This pattern hasn’t been tested so please let me know if you find any mistakes. Thank you. :)

Materials Needed:
WW Yarn
US “F” Crochet Hook
Polyfil, Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle

sc = Single Crochet
inc = 2 stitches in 1 stitch
sl st = slip stitch
blo = back loops only
dec = invisible decrease
fo =  fasten off
5 dbl popcorn = work 5 double crochet stitches into one stitch. take hook out of loop, insert it into the front of the first dc, grab loop and pull through dc.

Work in rounds without joining. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Begin with a magic circle.

Head:
Rnd 1:  6 sc in a magic circle. (6)
Rnd 2:  (inc in next st, sl st in next 2 st) repeat around. (8)
Rnd 3:  (inc in next 2 st, sl st in next 2 st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 4:  BLO, sc around. (12)
Rnd 5-6:  sc around. (12)
Rnd 7:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (8)
Rnd 8:  sc around. (8)
Rnd 9:  Ear: (ch 3, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain st, sl st to original st), 1 sc in next st, sl st into next st, repeat ear, sc in next 6 st. (8)
Rnd 10:  sc around (go behind ears). (8) stuff head
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (6)
fo using tail to sew up hole.

Body: (leave a long tail when you start to sew the head on with)
Rnd 1:  4 sc in a magic circle. (4)
Rnd 2:  inc in each st. (8)
Rnd 3:  sc around. (8)
Rnd 4:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 5:  (inc in next st, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (16)
Rnd 6:  sc in next 2 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 3 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 9 st. (16)
Rnd 7:  (inc in next st, sc in next st) repeat around. (24)
Rnd 8: sc around. (24)
Rnd 9:  sc in next 5 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 6 st, 5 dbl popcorn in next st, sc in next 11 st. (24)
Rnd 10:  (dec, sc in next 2 st) repeat around. (18)
Rnd 11:  (dec, sc in next st) repeat around. (12)
Rnd 12: dec around. (6)

Leave a long tail, using yarn needle, sew up hole then using tail bring it out the back of the hippo where you would want a tail. Using crochet hook, go into stitch next to where yarn tail comes through, slip st, (alternately, you can cut the yarn and refasten here with a slip stitch) Chain 3, fo and trim to length decide. Fuzz yarn end a little till you achieve desired tail look. Use yarn or embroidery thread to stitch on eyes and nostrils.

 

© 2011 Stephanie Osborne  Please do not sell or distribute this pattern; instead just post a  link to the original, (http://rockin4god.com/2011/04/wee-little-hippos )   I don’t mind you using the items you make however you wish but please give credit to me as the pattern designer. I would love to see your photos when you make your own Wee Little Hippos.  Please use your own photos when posting your work. Thank you and God bless. :)

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