Sunday, December 28, 2008


Photo Album and Knit & Crochet Photos updated!

I'm going to try and squeeze a whole lotta holiday into a small post. I spent most of the day today trying to straighten out the mess I made with opening and deleting a bunch of e-mail and etsy accounts, adding and swapping e-mail addresses on other accounts I have tied with my e-mails, just to get an etsy username that will work for me. I dunno why they can't figure out some way for you to either change your name or delete and register again with the same e-mail account. Ugh. But, I think I have everything straightened out now. But, I also spent a lot of time labeling and captioning my photos on my accounts. It's getting late, I'm getting tired. So, maybe we'll have a picture book story post! Yay!!!

Polly's Bedspread
Polly's bedspread. It's finally done!!! We gave it to her December 27, 2008. She says this is something she will pass down in her family. I'm SO honored!

Room for Rent
"Room for rent."
Stu once said that the bedspread was getting so big that we'd have to charge it rent. Now that it's usual space behind the door is empty, it's weird.

That Baby's First Christmas
The Peanut got her Peanut for Christmas. Pattern published on Ravelry and you can find the free pattern here.

That Baby's First Christmas
We got Danika a Playskool Busy Ball Popper toy for Christmas, she loved it... for a little bit anyway. She eventually expressed that she'd had enough.

I have video of her opening a gift and playing with the one we got her, but Blogger won't load them, just chews them up and spits them out AND squishes all my post code into one lump, grrr. I'll try to post them again later.

You can also see more pictures of Danika opening gifts and playing starting here. (Photo browser to the right after the jump.)

A Candy A Day
The candies I crocheted went on our Christmas tree. Mom saw them when they visited and said I needed to make some for her tree now, haha.

My Christmas Secret
I made this in secret for Ryn for Christmas. I was up until after midnight into Christmas morning to finish it!

My Christmas Secret
I did an overlapping back so the pillow cover can be easily removed for washing without having to put in buttons or zippers. The k2, p2 ribbing helps the edges lie flat and gives it a cute touch.

I told her I can wash it to help it lie flatter and tighten up a bit, but she doesn't want me to take it back now, haha.

Bubblegum Winter Bookscarf
Ryn requested a pink and blue bookscarf. So, she got one today, only took me two days.

I gotta tell ya, (Miss Polly, I love you and loved making that bedspread for you, but) now that I'm done with the bedspread... I feel like I have my super speedy crafting powers back. I feel like I'm zooming through projects and getting so much done. It feels really good.

Holiday Foods
Man I've done a ton of baking since my last post! (Clickable for larger view.)

(L to R) Baked apples with brown sugar glaze just because. Cinnamon rolls baked Christmas morning (I took a shortcut with frozen dinner roll dough, definitely recommend it if your pressed for time, they're still delicious!), a pumpkin roll for Dad (he did us a huge favor), Gingerbread cookies (this is the second try, the first dough was unmanagably sticky, even after adding a ton of flour, this recipe still needs some tweaking though, needs to be sweeter. My royal icing turned out perfect though!), Stu and Ryn got their own special gingerbread cookies.

My Office Christmas Dinner
We had a great time at my office Christmas dinner! Complete with butter balls...

My Office Christmas Dinner

Christy makes things!
Christy crocheted this blanket/wrap for her daughter. She was so excited she showed everyone in the office, it was so cute!

Our Christmas Tree
I know you've already seen the ornaments, but you just gotta see the whole tree... complete with teddy bear topper, which Stu found on my computer desk. See, the candies and what was in the tote with the tree were the only things that went on the tree. We had all voted that it was too cold to get the rest of the tree decorations from the storage closet outside. But, I think it turned out pretty beatiful!

I won, baby!
I ended up with Jazz tickets from the white elephant gift exchange at my office. I stole them on the last steal!!!

Ryn Opening Gifts
Our Christmas morning present opening starts here. (Photo browser to the right after the jump.)

Ring from Dad
My Dad made me this ring for Christmas.

...and we got dumped on Christmas day night! This is what we woke up to the day after.

Stu's New Games
Stu got a World of Warcraft boardgame with his Christmas money and Ryn and I hope to learn... sounds complicated, hope it's not too hard for me.

Well, it's the last day of Christmas vacation and it's past my bedtime. This small post turned into a monster and I hope you enjoyed it. =)

Now Playing:
Roseanne - Stressed to Kill

Thursday, December 25, 2008

!@#$%&* GINGERBREAD!!!

I hate it.

Tried to make SOFT gingerbread men cookies tonight. It no worky. After adding A-LA-HOT of flour to dough ball, it still stuck to everything... oh, yeah, I hate molasses too. So, managed to get two men and a disc outta well floured tiny baby ball, cooked for minimum time, was good. Getting tired, gave up for the night, started too late anyway. Shared cookie with daughter, gave fiance a cookie (who expressed pleasure in cookie) and disc cookie sat to test if was a rock when cooled. Put rest of dough in fridge, gathered things to go knit. Daughter asked if there was more cookies, I said no. Felt inclined to finish job since I did okay with test cookies and there was much communication of desire for more cookies. Remembered tip in recipe review and floured wax paper, seemed okay, until I wanted little gingerbread men to walk from wax paper to cookie sheet... stuck again, all of it!

Rolled up dough, wax paper and all, shoved in trash, done.

...until next time... hopefully can fix boo boo in previous attempt.

Estimated Time Wasted: 2.25 to 3 hours

Little Miss Peanut - Free Crochet Pattern

A Peanut for the Peanut
Little Miss Peanut is the perfect cuddly plushie for you or a loved one. She’ll always lift you spirits because she’s never without a smile to share!

My creation
(Little Miss Peanut was designed for my baby niece Danika, who we call Peanut.)


G hook
Worsted weight yarn (tan, whatever color you want for the bow, brown or black)
Yarn needle
Fiberfill stuffing

[Note: Bow can be used as bow tie placed on the neck area for a boy peanut.]


(Make 2)

With tan, ch 4.

Row 1 – 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next ch, 2 sc in last ch, ch 1, turn. (5 sc)

Row 2 – 2 sc in first sc, 3 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 3 – 2 sc in first sc, 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (9 sc)

Row 4 – 2 sc in first sc, 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 5 – 2 sc in first sc, 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 6 – 2 sc in first sc, 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Rows 7-15 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Row 16 – sc 2 tog, sc 11, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 17-18 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 19 – sc 2 tog, sc 9, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 20 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 21 – sc 2 tog, sc 7, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (9 sc)

Row 22 – 2 sc in first sc, 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 23 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 24 – 2 sc in first sc, 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 25 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 26 – 2 sc in first sc, 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Row 27-29 – sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (15 sc)

Row 30 – sc 2 tog, 11 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (13 sc)

Row 31 – sc 2 tog, 9 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (11 sc)

Row 32 – sc 2 tog, 7 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (9 sc)

Row 33 – sc 2 tog, 5 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (7 sc)

Row 34 – sc 2 tog, 3 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (5 sc)

Row 35 – sc 2 tog, 1 sc, sc 2 tog, ch 1, turn. (2 sc)

Row 36 – sc 3 remaining sc’s tog, finish off.


With bow color, ch 6.

[Note: Starting at fourth chain from hook, you will be crocheting 3 dc’s tog. When finished with this step, you should have the ch 3 that counts as the first dc, then the 3 dc’s crocheted together.]

Yo, insert hook in 4th ch from hook

[Yo, pull up a loop] twice (2 loops on hook)

Yo, insert hook in next ch

[Yo, pull up a loop] twice (3 loops on hook)

Yo, insert hook in next ch

[Yo, pull up a loop] twice (4 loops on hook)

Yo, pull through all 4 loops (3 dc tog complete)

Ch 5

3 dc in 4th chain from hook, finish off.

Center of Bow Wrap:

With bow color, ch 6

Row 1 – sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of 4 remaining chs, finish off.

Wrap tie around the middle of the bow and sew the ends of tie together, overlapping if necessary.

Securely sew bow to head for a girl, to the neck area for a boy.

With brown or black, stitch on face and peanut texture detail.

[Note: Holding the two body pieces exactly matched up as you crochet helps to keep them even with each other. This way you can see the matching stitches and sc them together.]

Sc the two body pieces together, leaving a small opening for stuffing. Stuff lightly, it’s supposed to be fairly flat.

Finish sewing pieces together, finish off.

Weave in any loose ends.

Enjoy your peanut or give her (or him) to a loved one!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Well kids, not much of a post here. Just wanted to apologize for not posting for a while and also let you know that I probably won't be able to post a good, juicy entry until after the Christmas holiday.

I've got lots of shopping, crafting, baking and wrapping to do!

(If you really need a Yarn Pixie fix, I won't fault you for going through my archives. *wink* Down there, towards the bottom of the right panel...)


♥ Amber

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Little Big Planet!!!

Photo Album and Knit & Crochet Photos updated!

Okay, so, first thing's first... Little Big Planet!!!

Stu and I played it for the first time tonight! I was really drawn to it because I noticed characters in the ads and commercials were knit, but it's a lot funner than that!


Little Big Planet!!!
Okay, here's the birth of Stu and I's sack people, cute huh? Mine's knitted!!! How appropriate!

Little Big Planet!!!
We got some new clothes.

Little Big Planet!!!
Okay, this is some weird tick-tock thing that's supposed to be a queen or something. You can take pics if you have a webcam made for Playstation3 and post them on some spaces in the game. So, we put Stu's face on the queen's head and yes, he has my (clothed) boobs. =D

Little Big Planet!!!
Bunny ears!!! My sack girl got bunny ears (and later a bunny tail!)... and rainbow hair... I accidentally stamped myself with a rainbow shoe sticker, but the result has proved very pleasing!

Little Big Planet!!!
Stu's sack person is a denim, Shakespearean, geek. Isn't he adorable?!?!

Little Big Planet!!!
(clickable for larger view)
Here is Stu and I's pod. It's like a little home made outta cardboard and see through plastic for windows. We decorated it ourselves! There's my sack person sitting on the floor with the bunny ears and Stu's is hiding behind a flower to the right. Haha.

In other news...

Stu's Beanie
I finally got a picture of Stu wearing the hat I made for him. He loves this hat!

Coaster #2 for That Baby
I got a picture of Danika with the Christmas tree coaster I designed for her this month. Published on Ravelry. Free pattern can be found here.

Gingerbread House Family Night
We made a gingerbread house for family night this last week. Pictures start here (photo browser to the right).

In needlework news...

I know I already posted about this, but you have to see what a monster it really is...

Polly's Afghan
(Polly's bedspread) Almost done! Just closing up intersections and maybe a border! There is actually a full size, high back couch and half a small living room under there! HUGE! I'm excited!

Now Playing:
Fly on the Wall by t.A.T.u.

P.S. Man, am I addicted to t.A.T.u. music right now. And holy cow, it sticks in your head hard! Stu says it's psychological and that's it's been proven that songs get stuck in your head when they are 1) repetitive b) provide no closure, however that might be done. For example, just cutting off or just being repetitive, therefore not moving forward in a thought process to provide that closure. So, your brain keeps "playing" the song, looking for that closure.

I can see these qualities in many of t.A.T.u.'s songs.

What do you think?