I’ve had too much fun making more nodes from my crochet lymph node pattern.
Everybody say: “Eff cancer!”
I’m whipping up a bunch of brooches and larger nodes that fit into a pocket in preparation for my Etsy store’s grand opening in three weeks. Keep your eye on this page for more behind the scenes sneak peeks and some fun goodies.
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I’ve been a member of the FreshStitches kit club for some time now.
This month’s creature is Roosevelt the Monster! The added bonus (every package comes with a bonus!) is that skein of specialty yarn. It’s Shepard’s Wool Crazy yarn by Stonehedge Fiber Mill and Stacey made sure that we got a skein in our favorite colors. I like how mine is red, white and blue (with a bit of green thrown in as well) making my Roosevelt a very patriotic monster. There is another bonus but I’m going to keep mum on that until the big reveal day (May 10th) when everyone has their own kit.
Sign ups for the next round of the club begin in August and she’s unveiled a new monthly payment plan instead of paying it all up front.
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I finally finished last week’s penguin! Meet Pepper the Penguin.
He’s all done and so cute. He’s about 10″ tall and quite chubby. I’m going to make him a hat and scarf later. He’s so cuddly. He’s the latest FreshStitches pattern, Pepper the Penguin. This pattern is a double whammy, she teamed up with Abby Glassenberg who designed a sewing pattern of Pepper.
I used scrap yarn I had laying about and my favorite 4 mm/size G crochet hook. I didn’t have any safety eyes in the right size for his head so I sewed them on with the last bits of black. I might change them out for buttons but I haven’t decided yet.
For more finished objects, check out Tami’s blog.
I’ve been working on a test crochet for Stacey from FreshStitches and Abby from While She Naps. Abbey is a (sewn) softie maker and Stacey makes amigurumi toys. They’ve teamed up to make a penguin! It’s a match made in toy heaven I think.
It doesn’t seem like much now but he’s going to be so cute! I’m not testing Abby’s sewn part but I might make it on my own time. We’ll see.
On a personal note, today marks the 4th anniversary of my dad’s passing. I miss him terribly. Except he never understood the purpose of having many projects in the works. “Teje, teje, teje! Y no terminas nada*,” he would say to me and my mom and my other sisters. So in true youngest daughter fashion, this post is dedicated to annoying him!
For more works in annoying progress, check out Tami’s blog.
(Knit knit knit! And you never finish a thing.)
I am having way too much fun making lymph nodes. I’m starting to make them in different colors too!
My friends at Gilda’s Club have been requesting them in pink because breast cancer survivors often have their lymph nodes removed in a mastectomy.
I made the larger guy by doubling my yarn (it’s sport weight) and using a 5.5 mm/I hook. The eyes come from Suncatcher Eyes and for him I used 12mm eyes.
The pattern is still up for sale and I am happy to announce that I was able to donate $26.25 to Stupid Cancer! Grab a copy today and help me make that total go up.
And keep your eyes on this page because I’ll soon be opening up an Etsy store full of ready made lymph nodes!
For more FOs, check out Tami’s blog.
Friday’s cute little guy is now for sale!
The pattern itself is $5.00 however, $3.00 of each sale will be sent to one of my favorite cancer charities, Stupid Cancer. Their focus is on young adults (like me!) living with cancer. We are an underserved group who have special needs and questions that pediatric and geriatric cancer survivors don’t have.
One of my frustrations with the literature I was given was that they never really covered the questions I had about sex, fertility, working/careers, my relationships with my husband and family. Having cancer at 25 and dealing with doctors and medical insurance wasn’t something that was covered in college. I never dreamed that three years after graduation (2007! We were the best class, by far!) I would have to sit down with my mom and husband and tell them what I wanted my funeral to look like.
The people at Stupid Cancer understood where I was coming from and they’re trying to make a difference and advocate for us. Donating a portion of my sales is the least I can do, I feel.
Many thanks to the Unique Sheep for yarn support. They are a great small company who also feel strongly about supporting their community and giving back.
I’ve been hard at work crocheting an amigurumi mystery. I don’t think any one will guess what it is so far:
I’ll give you a hint, it’s not a monster. I should be done writing up the preliminary pattern today. Later this week I’ll put the call out for testers. This will be one odd ball pattern and I love that!
A new friend’s daughter is having her first birthday next week. The “theme” is “HOO is turning one?” As soon as she told me, I rushed out and bought a Nelson the Owl kit from blog friend Fresh Stitches. I’m mostly done!
I just have the feet, face and eye circles left to make. Though, right now it looks more like Doraemon than Nelson. I’m very pleased how quickly this guy is coming together.