Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yarn Bomb IV

Baby bomb :)  First bomb in AZ.  

Assistant #1 - Photographer/baby holder

Assistant #2  Paci sucker

The ring leader:  hooker/bomber

the scene of the crime

Love Bombs

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yarn Bomb II & III

Second and third bombs in one night! Would it count as one or two?? One night…two locations, I am going with two and since it’s my blog I can do what I wanna! I was super excited to get started and it looked even better than I anticipated. With all of your help and my partners in crime we successfully pulled it off!

Not only did my sleuthy friends help bomb, one learned to crochet so she could make cozies!! I am proud to say she is hooked (pun totally intended) If I pulled her into a life of hooking does that make me her pimp?!?! The other…well let’s say she created her own kind of crochet, yes, she actually did crochet though it turned into a bracelet instead of…well anything else. Thank goodness she is a sharp shooter since hooking is not something she’ll be quitting her day job for!

The 3 of us along with my daughter got together Monday night around 9 for some chatting and tagging 50+ coffee cozies! Each sleeve got a tag tied to it to help explain what they were for and to tie it at the location. We ended up taking quite a bit longer to get them done. That along with too much chatting and laughing and teaching Lyndsi to read patterns we hit the road around 2am! First location we strung about 30 cozies from the doors, around the front and the counter of the drive thru. Lesson learned: using thread to attach tags and leave enough to hang and store in bag until used= very large tangled mess! We had a little hiccup with the ties but we brought extra so it all worked out. Even worse my dumb ass forgot the signs we printed to post explaining what we were doing! Lucky for me Ciara {as always} came to my rescue! A quick handwritten note had to suffice.

Loaded up and off to our second location. The second one is much smaller and located in a strip mall so there was much less area and far fewer good places to tie them. {BUT the lighting made for much easier picture taking.} Nothing a little purple duct tape couldn’t cure ;)

I have to admit these are my new favorite bombs, yeah, yeah I know it’s not like I’ve done a million of them to compare to but I love the spread the yarn love and it being something useful as well.

Thank you to everyone that has participated and helped by sending cozies! It would not be possible without you! Now….onto the pictures!

Please keep the cozies coming! I am hoping to do this over the next month whether it’s big or small bombs. If you are near Phoenix, La Jolla or Camarillo and want to join please let me know!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sawyer's 2nd birthday party!

and the real party!  Having a June birthday I think you are pretty much stuck having a pool party.  It's too hot here to do anything else that's for sure!  We had some family and friends over for food, cupcakes, gifts and swimming.  Good times!


sparkler candle was really cute but slightly dangerous for a small child to be near shirtless! oops 

Sawyer still doesn't quite get the opening of gifts.  He opens one and wants to take it out of the box and play. Who needs more than one gift?!?!  Not Sawyer.

his betrothed Addie 

Kassie and Sam

favor bags

looking awful sleepy!

still munching at almost midnight!  What a little rock star!  

Thank you to all of our friends and family for coming to celebrate!

Guess Who is 2!?!?

Happy 2nd Birthday Sawyer!!

The actual day of your birthday we just had cake and singing at home.  You didn't really know what to make of all of it.  You were actually most obsessed with saying "hot" over and over and over!  Apparently you have learned your lesson with touching hot stuff!  

I wish I could tell you the cake looked great and you did this to it yourself, but yeah...your mom is no cake boss!  It did taste much better than it looked!

and of course in typical Nini fashion she has to ruin my kids with candy and soda.  
Dex's first bite of chocolate.

I am fairly certain you are screaming at your sister here...or maybe your brother for eating a bite of your cake.

Two years ago I held you in my arms for the very first time.  I cannot believe how fast they have gone by.  Every day you are learning more and more words and stringing them together.  Your favorite sayings, daddy truck, momma car, car, truck, chchtrain (because you can't quite figure out choo choo), Karly, Dex, and you finally said Nini after months of coaxing.   You say please and thank you for everything; it's the most precious thing.  I really need to catch it on video.  Sawyer you are such a smart and gorgeous boy.  You are definitely my most tender hearted child.  You complete me little man.  I don't think there are words to explain how much you are loved.

Happy Birthday!!

now quit getting old!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Corset Coffee Cozy Crochet Pattern

Corset Coffee Cozy
 final measurement approx 8" long and 2.5" tall

Materials:  H (5.00 mm) hook and approximately 20 total yards worsted weight yarn.  Acrylic or an acrylic blend is recommend as it provides a little better stretch.  Yarn needle and a few feet of ribbon.

ch: chain
st: stitch
skst:  skip stitch
dc:  double crochet
 (  ): repeat around
{  }: total number of stitches

Instructions:   Ch 3 will count as a stitch toward final stitch count.

Row 1:  Ch 32, skip 2 closest to hook, dc across {30 dc}

Row 2:  ch 3, turn, dc in next space, ch 1, skip one, dc in next 25, ch 1, skip one, dc in last 2  {28 dc}

Row 3:  ch 3, turn, dc in each, dc in ch 1 space as well {30 dc}

Row 4:  ch 3, turn, dc in next space, ch 1, skip one, dc in next 25, ch 1, skip one, dc in last 2  {28 dc}

Row 5:  ch 3, turn, dc in each, dc in ch 1 space as well {30 dc}

Row 6:  ch 3, turn, dc in next space, ch 1, skip one, dc in next 25, ch 1, skip one, dc in last 2  {28 dc}

Row 7:  ch 3, turn, dc in each, dc in ch 1 space as well {30 dc}

Fasten Off; weave in end

Weave your ribbon in and tie a bow

 **this pattern has not been tested and was written down after I already made it :)  Please let me know if you find errors.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sock Monkey Coffee Cozy - - FREE PATTERN

Sorry for only one eye :)  Will have to run out for a button later.

Sock Monkey Coffee Cozy
Gauge: 2 rows of 6 stitches = .5” tall x 2” wide

Materials: I (6.25 mm) hook, G (4.25 mm) hook and approximately 60 total yards worsted weight yarn. Acrylic or an acrylic blend is recommend as it provides a little better stretch. Yarn needle and a stitch marker. Optional: buttons for eyes

ch: chain
st: stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Instructions: You will hold two strands of yarn for the cozy portion. Mouth and ears require one strand only. Rounds will not be joined at the end; continue to work in a spiral Place stitch marker in the last stitch and move up each round. Directions in ( ) will not be completed each round.

**Using red yarn (upper most stripe)

Round 1: ch 30, join with a slst to the beginning (be careful not to twist your chain)

Round 2: sc in each {29 sc}

Round 3: sc in each {29 sc}

**Switch to cream/white (middle stripe)

Round 4: sc in each {29 sc}

Round 5: sc in each {29 sc}

**Switch to brown (face color)

Round 6: sc in each {29 sc}

Round 7-15: sc in each {29 sc}

Fasten off; weave in tail

Mouth: G (4.25 mm) hook

Ch 12, skip 2 closest to hook, hdc in first, sc in next 8, in last chain hdc, hdc, ch 1 [you will now work bottom side of chain] sc in first-same space that has the 2hdc-, sc to end. Continue to sc around until you reach the desired size. If your ends curl up chain 1 in between sc. Fasten off, leave a tail long enough to sew mouth to hat.

Using your yarn needle to stitch your center line. Sew mouth to hat.

Ears: G (4.25 mm) hook

Round 1: Starting with a magic circle, sc 6 times {6 sc]

Round 2: (2sc) {12 sc}

Round 3: (hdc) {12 hdc}

Fasten off; leave tail and sew to head

***this pattern has not been tested and was created with 2 small children pulling my in every direction.  If you find a mistake please email me at innerhooker@hotmail.com

If you'd prefer to download this in document form you can do so for free at Inner Hooker on Ravelry. If you take the free pattern and plan to sell for profit please send me a completed one in return to help supply the bombs :)