Tuesday, January 27, 2015


So, Baby Cat recently got me all excited about working with chenille yarn!  In my last blog post I showed you my U.O. Duck, who was crocheted with #6 chenille yarn.  He turned out very cute and fluffy.

Well, then I started thinking that I'd like to make a bear with chenille yarn.  So I went on ravelry.com and found a bear pattern I liked.  Then I went to JoAnn's and found this adorable Bernat baby #5 chenille yarn called "Pipsqueak", in "chocolate".  

Then I made Russell Wilson Bear!  I named him after the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, who I love!!!!! They're goin' to the Super Bowl for the second time in a row!

Anyway, I really like the name Russel!  So here he is.  He's even wearing the Seahawks team colors!

Russel Wilson Bear
 Now he's all ready for the big game next Sunday.  GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!
The 12th man is right behind you!

-  Momma Cat

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Last year I found a cute little duck pattern on Ravelry.com and I used it to make many ducks from.  They are very popular and I've been selling them and making them to give to all the Oregon Ducks fans that I know for birthdays and Christmas. I named him Tiny Puddles after the U of O mascot, Puddles. He measures 5 1/4 inches.

Tiny Puddles

Well, recently I decided I wanted to make the duckies bigger, so I found some thicker yarn and made this little cutie.  I named him Eugene!  He measures 7 1/4 inches.

Eugene (L), with Tiny Puddles

Finally I bought some extra bulky chenille yarn and made this guy.  He measures about     12 1/2 inches.  I named him, U.O. Duck!

U.O. Duck

Here they all are, cheering on the Ducks in the National Playoff game.  Too bad the Ducks lost.  But, we're all still very proud of them!
Ducks cheering squad

Here's a picture of the real Puddles with two U of O Ducks!

Baby Cat, Puddles, and Anna Cat

These Ducks and their friends are all really big Seahawks fans too!  Here they are cheering on the Seahawks during their big game on Sunday.  The Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl again!  I don't think they could've done it without all of us!

Cheering on the Seahawks!  GO HAWKS!!!!!

-  Momma Cat

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Remember the "Fat Baby Challenge?" This is what Baby Cat's outfit for the challenge looked like: 

Doesn't she look just like a little flower? We've since learned that the "Fat Babies" are officially called "Lil' Cutesies" and that you can get them at Toys 'R Us so we bought more to make outfits for! 

The pattern for this outfit is now available in our ever-expanding Etsy and Ravelry shops!

-Baby Cat


OMG!  I am ashamed to say that I haven't blogged for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS!  Now, there is an explanation for this.  If you're interested, here it is:

Starting at the beginning of September there was a major change in management at my workplace.  Things were very stressful as we tried to work without enough help, get used to new bosses, and get ready for the upcoming holidays!

As you can imagine, Halloween is a very BIG deal for a fabric and craft store.  Then we slid right into Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Then, there are all the after Christmas sales, and finally the amazing start of the New Year sales!  

Now, things are beginning to slow down a little and I'm only, just now, finding any time to play around and make new things.  

Now, that's not to say I haven't been creating things all this time.  I just haven't had any time to photograph, or blog about anything!

The first amazing thing I want to show you is this wonderful gift Baby Cat made me for Christmas!  

It's my current favorite animated character, Toothless, from How To Train Your Dragon, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.  She knew how much I loved him (he looks just like our cat!), so she made me one for Christmas!

Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, and How To Train Your Dragon 2

Baby Cat is such a wonderful daughter and I miss her very much.  She and Husband Cat moved down to Southern California in the beginning of December, in case you didn't already know.  

Here's my Toothless!

Isn't he just wonderful?  Too bad my cat can't fly!

Here's a picture of my cat, just in case you thought I was kidding!


-  Momma Cat

Friday, January 9, 2015


This blog post is a few months overdue but we wanted to share it with you anyway! This Halloween, Baby Cat and Husband Cat decided to go as Emmett and Wildstyle from The LEGO Movie. There were many wonderful tutorials for LEGO costumes online, but we decided to simplify things a bit.

Here are the original characters from the movie:

One of the first things we needed was paint that was just the right LEGO yellow!

Next was a big 3'x4' sheet of chip board to make the heads out of. We also used: black, white, and red acrylic paint for the faces, black and brown fabric for the hair, and blue and pink felt for Wildstyle's streaks.

After spray painting the board and letting it dry, Baby Cat measured two rectangles that were 10'' wide and the length of the board and cut them out with a box knife. 

She then formed the rectangles into tubes with a 1' diameter, trimmed off the excess, and secured them with yellow duct tape.

Using Adobe Illustrator, Baby Cat found some good close-up pictures of the characters faces, scaled them up, and printed outlines of them to use as templates. This one is Emmett:

Next Baby Cat cut out the features (eyes and mouth), set them aside for later, taped the Emmet template to one of the tubes, and traced inside the features.

 This is what Emmett looked like before his features were filled in...

 ...and with his eyes and mouth filled in with black paint:

Once the black paint was dry. Baby Cat cut the teeth and tongue out of the mouth template and taped the template over the mask's mouth. 

The tongue is then painted in red and the teeth in white. This took several coats to show up against the black, so be sure to leave plenty of time for it to dry in between coats.

Wildstyle's face had a little more detail but the overall process was the same. First Baby Cat printed the template...

 ...then cut out the major features...

...taped the template to the mask and traced around it.

The eyes and eyebrows were painted in black.

The lips can also be done in red in the same first step. The freckles and smile line are a light brown made from mixing white and red paint with just a hint of black.

Once Baby Cat had enough coats for all the colors to be dark enough, she let it dry completely. 

Next, she cut out the inner circles from the eye templates and the teeth from the mouth template and taped them to the face.

These are both painted in white.

Both faces were almost done but Baby Cat still had to make a way to see out of them so they could be worn as masks.

 Very carefully with the box knife, Baby Cat cut a large circle out of each of Emmett's eyes (in retrospect she probably didn't need to fill it all in with paint) and cut a slightly larger circle out of black swimsuit-lining fabric to cover it. This kept the eyes looking solid but made it so Husband Cat could see out a little bit.

Again, Wildstyle's eyes were a little trickier because of the white shine spots in her eyes, which Baby Cat cut around as much as she could, then covered the spaces with swimsuit liner.

Finally both faces were done and they just needed hair!

Emmett's hair was difficult to get right. Baby Cat used brown felt and layered it to give it a rounded shape on top of the head. She glued it to the head around the sides and added a few stitches here and there within the fabric to keep the shape.

Wildstyle's hair was made with a piece of black cotton and some strips of blue and pink felt. The cotton was glued to the head at the edges, then pulled up in the middle and tied with a hair tie to make her ponytail. Baby Cat just eyeballed the felt to get colorful streaks that were about the right length and thickness, then glued them to the hair.

And to finish the costumes off, Husband Cat wore a blue shirt under a construction worker's vest while Baby Cat added strips of blue and pink duct tape to her black sweatshirt to make Wildstyle's graffiti hoodie. Both wore yellow kitchen gloves for yellow LEGO hands!

We hope you like our costumes, they were fun to make and we always love impersonating some of our favorite movie characters on Halloween! 

-Baby Cat

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Crochet Toys for Christmas and a Pattern for New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! As the decorations come down, here is a cute new face to keep things cheerful: 

Baby Cat made this bunny out of super-soft Bella Chenille. There are no words to describe how amazingly soft this chenille is! Let's just say it makes an already adorable bunny extra cuddle-worthy.   His eyes are child-safe "animal eyes" so a baby cannot pull them out to choke on them. If you would like to make one of these cuties yourself, the pattern is now available on Etsy and Ravelry. The chunky yarn makes it very quick to crochet. Baby Cat might just make one in every color!

And speaking of cute:

Momma Cat loves Toothless from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" so Baby Cat made him for her for Christmas! The pattern was free from Nichole's Nerdy Knots.

And Baby Brother Cat got a Baby Groot plant from Guardians of the Galaxy, designed by Kamila Krawka Krawczyk.

The last crocheted toy of the season was for a friend who loves dala horses. This pattern is by A la Sascha.

That's it for the holidays! Last year was super busy due to Momma Cat working more, Baby Cat's college graduation, and Baby Cat and Husband Cat getting married last summer and then moving to a different state just last month. This year we plan to have even more cute projects and original patterns to share! 

-Baby Cat