Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wii Are Familii

WARNING: Picture heavy post to follow. (But, if you're anything like me, that won't be a problem. I love having lots of pics to look at while reading a blog.)

As always, to see more Yarn Pixie's life scoop, visit my Photo Album and Knit & Crochet Photos, both recently updated.

So, here I am, on a Sunday afternoon, jammin' out to some Jamiroquai, sipping a coffee drink that I've concocted on the fly. Strong coffee, non-fat powdered milk, Torani raspberry sugar free syrup and a bit of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Mmm! So, let's get started, shall we? You all deserve a good juicy post, since I've been MIA for a while. I hope I still have readers left. Haha. Here we go...

Stack O' Shamrocks

Stack O' Shamrocks
These shamrock pins are easy peasy to crochet and whip up in a jiffy. Just shoved a tiny open safety pin (the head part) through some stitches in the back.

I wanted to make the daughter girl and I some pins for St. Patty's Day, since being in a rush that morning had us making last moment green yarn bracelets before dashing out of the house. I sat down that night and watched a movie with my sis and before I knew it, I had eight of these babies done in less than 15 minutes, easy.

I have already given one to a work friend and another work friend asked for and was given four of these, for her Husband, two children and herself. And yeah, I made these the day of St. Patrick's Day, so I'm a day late and a dollar short, but at least we'll know exactly what we're wearing for green next year! =)


Plum Pudding Booties
Finally got some pics of That Baby wearing the Plum Pudding booties that I knit for her. Problem is... yep, you guessed it, she's already growing out of them. That's it... no more clothes until she's an adult. From now on she's only getting stuff she can't outgrow for several years... like blankets... and coasters. =P


Tiramisu Baby Blanket
I'm working on a Tiramisu Baby Blanket for a co-worker who just had a baby. I know, I said I wouldn't be doing blankets for certain people anymore and that I would build up a baby blanket and baby bootie stockpile for just these kind of occasions, but yeah... that hasn't happened. Plus, I just couldn't help myself, I really wanted to make this one. I'm doing a pink body with a brown edging, threaded with pink ribbon.


I celebrated my birthday on the 18th!

My Birthday!
Stu sent flowers to my office for my birthday. First time I've ever gotten flowers at work. =) He tried to send flowers our first Valentine's Day, but that didn't work so well. Long story. So, he's been gun shy about trying to send flowers again... but he did. He even picked something with my favorite flower... sunflowers! Thank you, honey!

My Birthday!
I came home to this on my computer and presents on my computer desk. Stu gave me slippers, Madagascar & Madagascar 2, he made me some almond bark with sliced almonds and later that week, the pink teri robe he ordered me arrived. Ryn gave me a tiny pillow she made in school and a beta fish that I named Picot.

My Birthday!

My Birthday!
Stu made me the most fantastic dinner... Honey lemon chicken with almonds, fresh asparagus and dirty beans and rice. It was fan-freakin-tastic! (Can you tell I love almonds? Haha.)

We then went to Stone Cold Creamery after dinner. I had the strawberry blueberry cheesecake with graham cracker crust ice cream. Stu and Ryn had the Brithday Cake Remix.

I got a Joann's gift card from my cousin, Peachy, the following day.


That Baby celebrated her birthday this month too! She's one year old!

Giving The Auntie Some Loves
That Baby gives me some loves at her 1st birthday party by hugging and nuzzling my leg. She's got her monkey in hand. Man, she's walking all over the place now. How they grow up fast.

Ducky Cake!

Ducky Cupcakes!
I made a ducky cake for Danika to destroy and cupcakes for the guests (to eat, not destroy. =P )

We got her a rolling chimes toy. I thought it would be the perfect toy. Ever since she learned how to crawl, she likes to drag things as she travels, usually her high chair. Then, when she started walking, she drug her foam Winnie the Pooh chair by the ear from one end of the house to the other, grunting and straining the whole way, all the while holding onto only one of my fingers for support. It was hilarious.

She then decided to use the frosting from her birthday cake as paint and to use her cousin, Cameron as a canvas.


Birthday Wishes Coaster
Free pattern here.
I already did a themed coaster for my niece for March. But when I presented it to her, my sister mentioned making a birthday coaster, since my niece's birthday is in March. So, I whipped one up!


Wii Golf
We finally broke down and got a Wii, complete with Wii Fit. This console is surprisingly fun. There's definitely something to be said for the interaction required to play. This is the Wii incarnate of me playing golf.


I'm also still pretty busy finding a house, wedding planning, etc. You know the whole "everything we gotta do to get our lives rolling" dance. It's tiring. Le sigh.

Now Playing:
Virtual Insanity
by Jamiroquai

Birthday Wishes Coaster - Free Crochet Pattern

Birthday Wishes Coaster
I already did a March themed coaster for my niece, but she had her first birthday this month too!

Worsted weight yarn
H hook
yarn needle for weaving in ends


Row 1 - With cake color, ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 2 to 11 - sc in each sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 12 - ss 3, sc in same st, 9 sc, ss in same st as last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 13 - sk ss, 9 sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 14 to 19 - sc in each sc, ch 1, turn. (On row 19, do not ch 1, but finish off instead.) Weave in ends.


With candle color, attach with a ss to center st at top of cake, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of remaining chs (there should be 2), ss in same st where you attached candle yarn, finish off, weave in ends.


With yellow, attach to top of candle with a ss, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, ss in same ch where you attached flame, finish off, weave in ends.

Embellish however you wish. I choose to do some chain top stitching made to look like piped frosting... use your imagination!♥

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Fill-In

I know I'm falling behind in my regular posts. I'll try to catch up soon, sorry. I have a lot on my plate... wedding planning, looking to move, tons of knit/crochet projects hanging over my head, etc., etc... plus the ever important time spent with my family (that cannot be forgotten). I hope to give you all a good post soon.

1. "In a hole in the ground there lived a shoe?" (First thing that popped in my head, lol.)

2. "I'm really busy lately but that ain't no matter." (I'm still REALLY happy.)

3. "After dark the rain began to fall again, what a relaxing way to end the day."

4. "Kick me (?) from the hold of the Spanish galleon." What?!?! Haha!

5. "There was a hand in the darkness, and it touched me, AHHHHHH!"

6. "Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, it makes me sad."

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to baking a cake and cupcakes for That Baby's 1st birthday party tomorrow (she turned 1 this past Wednesday), tomorrow my plans include going to That Baby's party and hopefully getting some crafting done... maybe squeeze in some snuggling with ma honey and Sunday, I want to sleep and crochet, but we have plans to look at places to live instead. Still exciting... hopefully we find the perfect place soon.!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Fill-In!

1. Why do we have to pay for corporate greed?

2. Going pee and plugging in my phone before I go to bed are now habits.

3. I have the most awesome fiance in the world, he sent me flowers for my birthday, made me a wonderful dinner and ordered me a surprise present that I'm getting two days after my birthday. I'm excited!

4. I had never heard the phrase "(drawing a blank)" and it (Dunno).

5. I'm falling behind at work, the way I always do.

6. How was I to know that I would ever find a man who would actually want to marry me?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting my surprise present, tomorrow my plans include going to see Under the Sea 3D at the Clark Planetarium with Ryn and Stu, then more birthday celebration at Mom and Dad's and Sunday, I want to finish the pink and brown Tiramisu baby blanket that I'm crocheting and get two tiny amis crocheted for Ryn's collection!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shout Out Snippit!

Thanks Mimi for linking to my blog! Mimi made a peanut from the Little Miss Peanut pattern and shared it here on her blog. She makes some really cute toddler sweater/hat/toy sets. Go check her out! --->

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pot O' Gold Coaster - Free Crochet Pattern

Pot O' Gold Coaster
March's Themed Coaster for my niece, Danika.

Pot O' Gold Coaster


Worsted Weight Yarn in red, yellow, green, blue, gold and black
H hook
yarn needle for weaving in ends


With black ch 7

Rnd 1 - (Working in one side of chain) sc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc, 3 sc in the last ch, (working in other side of chain) sc 4, 3 sc in last chain, ss to 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2 - ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc (3 times), 5 sc 2 sc in next sc (3 times), ss in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 3 - ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 4 times, 5 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 3 times, ss in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 4 - ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 5 times, 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 4 times, 2 sc in next sc, ss to 1st sc to join.

Rnd 5 - ch 1, sc in same sc, 7 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, ss to 1st sc to join, finish off. Weave in ends.


Row 1 - (RS) With gold, attach with a ss 4 sts to the rightof the st where you finishes the pot, 11 sc, ss, ch 1, turn.

Row 2 - ss in 1st sc, 9 sc, ss in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3 - ss in first sc, 7 sc, ss in last sc, finish off. Weave in ends.


Row 1 - (RS) Attach blue with a ss to same st where you attached gold , ch 1, attach to side of pot with a ss, (1 st to the right of where you did 1st ss), 2 sc in each st evenly across the top of the gold, ss to pot 1 st from where gold is attached. Finish off, weave in ends.

Row 2-4 - (RS) Attach next color to first sc in previous color with a ss, ch 1 , ss to pot, sc in each sc across previous color, ss to pot, finish off, weave in ends.

Block if neccessary.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Have One Hour

I am going to try to post in about one hour, it usually takes me at least over that and most times it's a couple hours. We'll see how I do...

Loading web radio...complete 10:06 AM

Loading and labeling flickr photos... (lost a great artistic phtoto while cleaning out camera photos before loading, dagnabit!!!) (Forgot to take updated picture of tattoo...)... complete 10:50 AM.

Photo Album and Knit & Crochet Photos updated!

Okay, the problem lies in uploading and organizing my photos, yikes.

Anyway, on with the post!

Amigurumi Monkey
The next Tiny Ami for Ryn's collection. This little monkey is darling!!!

Pot O' Gold Coaster
March's coaster for That Baby.

Pot O' Gold Coaster
Free pattern here.

Stu Knit's A Row For The Future
This blanket is for our first baby and Stu wanted to contribute a row. We plan to start having children after we are married in June.

We settled on a location for our wedding. We will be getting married in an LDS church by a nice English Bishop... Who, by the way, reminds me of Harry Potter. We're getting married by Harry Potter! I'm excited! And last Sunday we decided on the wedding cake with Miss Polly! And, Stu gave the go ahead for mom and I to start shopping for decorations (meaning he's okay with not being involved in that one). Oooh, it's all coming together!

Okay, time's up, it's now 11:00 AM, I failed. Anyway... I have to go get ready now, we're looking for a place to rent today. I'll come back if I have time. If not, I'll see you when we get back home. =)

10:31 PM

I'm baaa-aaack!

Corn On The Cob Cupcakes
From my new book "Hello Cupcake!". Way fun to make, Ryn helped decorate them. ♥

Isn't this the raddest shirt you've ever seen?! I saw this shirt at Graywhale and had to have it! I discovered it glows in the dark too, ahahaha!

Enchilada Casserole
Ryn makes this enchilada casserole for dinner sometimes. It's way good!

Two Weeks Since The Tattoo
Here's my tattoo, two weeks after it was done. Looking pretty good other than... it's all wrinkly, ew!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Turtle, A Pomeranian & Alot Of Pain

Photo Album and Knit & Crochet Photos updated!

Okay, so it's been two weeks... busy, busy, busy. We are now looking for a house to rent in the valley on top of everyday life and wedding planning. So, we get another mostly pics post! Yay!


Amigurumi Turtle

Amigurumi Turtle
I crocheted this tiny amigurumi turtle for Ryn last Sunday. I plan to make her a collection of different ami animals from a book Ash gave me for Christmas.


Baby Gift Stockpile Blankie #1

Baby Gift Stockpile Blankie #1
This is a baby blanket for a baby gift stockpile I hope to build. I love the seed stitch border on this, it's so pillowy! I haven't touched this one in a while. I'm trying so hard now to be diligent in exclusively working on one WIP at a time (with minimal distraction from other projects *blush*) and finishing them in the order they were started. I did pretty good with the baby blanket for our first (yet to be had) baby.


Our Baby Blanket
The blanket for our (yet to be had) first baby is almost done! It's just waiting for future Daddy to do his few stitches to contribute. We'll probably do that tomorrow.


Motorcycle Pom
We saw this Pomeranian riding alongside his owner in his own little sidecar, complete with windscreen. He was even wearing a leather jacket. I love how the back of his sidecar says, "Are we there yet?"

Motorcycle Pom


We got a new laundromat in our town...

The Most Awesome Laundromat Ever!
I love this place, it's new, clean and just plain fun. Ryn and I galloped down this stretch before people starting coming in.

The Most Awesome Laundromat Ever!


My New Knit Picks Harmony
I got to do a lot of knitting in the car Saturday, we went ALL over the place. And I got to use my new Knit Picks Harmony Options interchangable needles! I love them!


I got a tattoo!

Stu and I went for tattoos yesterday...

Dood!  I got a tattoo!!!
This is the next morning, just after washing it. (The wrinkles on my skin are from the tape and plastic wrap that was on it.) It's on my hip.

After fixing myself some toast for breakfast, Ryn exclaimed, "Just plain toast? You got a tattoo now, you should be putting hot sauce on it!" LOL♥

It'll prolly turn a little more pink. I think there's still some blood behind it. I bled a lot.

Yeah, it's tiny, about an inch, but I'm a big baby, so it's okay. I'm still really proud of myself. Especially considering that it does hurt like hell and the worst I did was tense every muscle in my body, maybe let out a couple little noises, squeezed Stu's hand really hard and squeezed my eyes closed really tight, unlike the first time girl before me that was squawking the whole time and needed three people for support. Hers was bigger, but still. I even went before Stu. I don't know if that makes me brave, but I just wanted to get it over with.

Stu said he's really proud of me too. He said, "You really went outside the box. I never thought you'd actually get a tattoo." He was the best support while I got mine. Thanks honey! I love you! ♥

Stu's RAD tattoo of Deekow

Stu's RAD tattoo of Deekow
Deekow is Stu's main World of Warcraft character and kind of his alter ego. This character has also been a vehicle for gaining fans to Stu's blog and for networking in the game industry. It's a really important part of his life right now.

This is the most awesome tattoo (!) and seriously, I look up to Stu so much for enduring probably 20-30 times more pain than I did. He looked so relaxed through most of it too. Stu already has one tattoo on his back, so he knew what to expect.

The artist said that this was his first World of Warcraft tattoo and only the second that he's seen.


Well, I'm off to buy stuff for cupcakes...

Hello Cupcake!
I found this book in our travels yesterday. Stu and I had dropped by Barnes & Noble, he was looking for a Slipknot DVD.

I had seen this book at the book fair at Ryn's school, but didn't have the spending money for it.

Corn Cupcakes
Corn cupcakes from the book. I wanna make these today!

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Only Happy When It Rains
by Garbage