Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Splash of Color

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ASE's Flower Fairy Amigurumi Doll



You just can't get much sweeter than this!
My little Flower Fairy is about 6 1/2" tall & 4 1/2" wide including wings.
Flower Fairy amigurumi dolls are made to order and colors are completely customizable.
This little sweetie would be a perfect for any little girl (or little girl at heart)!
**Please note:  The eyes are made using plastic safety eyes. Though these eyes do attach with a locking back I highly recommend that you order her with embroidered eyes instead if she is going to a very small child.**








Thank you!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Crochet Pattern: ASE's Flower Fairy


ASE's Flower Fairy
©ASE Knits 'n' Crochets
http://aseknc.blogspot.com/
aseknc@gmail.com
You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.

Please enjoy!



**Correction made to Round 7 of head on August 13, 2011. Thank you Sarah!

Materials


  • Small amounts of Worsted Weight Yarn [Color A=flesh color, Color B=bodice & shoes, Color C=skirt, Color D=wings, Color E=hair]


  • Small amount of pink embroidery thread or sport weight yarn for mouth.


  • Hook, US F


  • Stitch marker for marking beginning of rounds


  • Yarn needle


  • Black safety eyes or black thread/yarn for embriodering eyes


  • Poly-fil or toy stuffing of your choice
Terms & Abbreviations


  • CO = Cast On


  • Ch = Chain


  • sc = single chain


  • dc = double chain


  • sc2tog = single chain 2 stitches together: insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through all three loops on hook


  • sc3tog = single chain 3 together: insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up another loop, yarn over & pull through all four loops on hook


  • st(s) = stitch (es)


  • ea = each


  • beg = beginning


  • FO = Finish Off
Notes


  • Unless otherwise noted, each piece is worked in continuous rounds; do not join with a slip stitch at end of rounds. Use stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds.


  • When finishing off each piece, be sure to leave long tails for sewing pieces together.


  • Be creative! Try different colors, different styles of hair...it's all up to you, just have fun with your creation!
Finished size when recommended hook & yarn (sizes approximate):
Height: 6 1/2"
Width:  4 1/4" including wings, 2 1/4" without wings

Head
with Color A
Ch 2
Round 1: sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2: 2sc in ea st around (12)
Round 3: [sc in next st, 2sc in next st]6x (18)
Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st]6x (24)
Rounds 5-6: sc in ea st around
Round 7: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc in remaining 14 sts (28)
Round 8: sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next st, 2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next st, 2sc in next st, sc in remaining 15 sts (32)
Round 9: [sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog]8x (24)
Round 10: [sc2tog]12x (12)
**Now you should stop to embroider or place safety eyes on round 6 just above the increases that were made on round 7, then stuff before continuing.
Round 11: [sc2tog]6x (6) switch to Color B
Nose
with Color A
Using yarn needle, loop yarn around one stitch just below, and centered between, the eyes.
Mouth
with pink embroidery thread or sport weight yarn
Embroider mouth just below nose.
Hair
with Color E
There are many great tutorials online for adding hair to your amigurumi & I really couldn't begin to explain it better these favorites of mine, so I'm just gonna share the links with you & you can go from there.

Begin Bodice
with Color B
Round 1: sc2 in ea st around (12)
Round 2: [sc in next st, sc2 in next st]6x (18)
Rounds 3-9: sc in ea st around
Round 10: in back loops only sc in ea st around
Rounds 11: sc in ea st around
**Now you should stop to stuff body & continue stuffing as you complete bodice.
Round 12: [sc2tog]9x (9)
Round 13: [sc2tog]4x, leaving remaining st unworked
FO
Cut yarn and, using yarn needle, weave end through remaining sts & cinch closed.

Skirt
with Color C
Hold doll with head facing towards your body & bottom facing away. Join yarn with sl st in front loops of Round 10 on bodice.
Round 1: [Ch 20, sl st in next loop]18x
FO

Legs & Shoes (make 2)
with Color A
Join yarn with a sl st to bottom of the bodice

Ch 10 change to Color C: and ch 2 more. knot the two ends from the color change, it's ok, this will be hidden.
Round 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Round 2-4: sc in each st around (6)
Round 5: [sc2tog]3x (3)
FO

Arms & Hands (make 2)
with Color A
Join yarn with a sl st to first row of bodice on the side

Ch 10
Round 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook (4)
Round 2: sc in each st around (4)
Round 3: sc2tog, sl st in next st, ch 2, sl st in same st & FO

Wings (make 2)
with Color D
(Worked in Rows, not rounds)
Leave a long tail for sewing & Ch 2
Row 1: sc 2 in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 & turn (2)
Row 2: sc 2 in next 2 sts, ch 1 & turn (4)
Row 3: sc 2 in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc 2 in next st, ch 1 & turn (6)
Rows 4-6: sc in ea st across, ch 1 & turn (6)
Row 7: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 & turn (4)
Row 8: [sc2tog]2x, ch 1 & turn (2)
Row 9: sc2tog, FO & sew as desired to back of bodice. 


Talk About Awesome!

Oh my goodness! 
Remember this Amigurumi Giveaway I told you about that Marie was having over at Maries Cozy Corner?  The one where she was giving away an awesome pattern by The Itsy Bitsy Spider (who, just so you know, I absolutely LOVE and is one of my most very favoritest crochet amigurumi peeps EVER!)?  
Well, guess what!?!?
I WON!!!!
Woooo-Hooo! YaY me!
I actually learned as I was heading out the door to visit my sister so I wasn't able to blog about it right then, but I am SO. STOKED.  I had secretly been coveting that very pattern since she introduced it
I am hoping to find some this week to make me a set of these gorgeous doves and I can't wait to show you how they turn out!

A great big 'Thank You!' goes out to 
and
You have both made me one very happy woman!

Ok, so now, it can't get better right?
WRONG!
Little Ms Itsy Bitsy Spider (who, did I mention, I absolutely LOVE and is one of my most very favoritest crochet amigurumi peeps EVER?) started a new Flickr Group and, of course, I joined (because I absolutely LOVE her and she is one of my most very favoritest crochet amigurumi peeps EVER!) and guess what!?!?
She featured my Little Lamb!!!!  You just gotta scoot your little tushy right on over there and check it out! No, really, go now.....well ok, you can wait until after you leave me a comment, but then you really gotta go check it out!
Have a great day my friends.
I love ya's!
For because He Himself, in His humanity, has suffered in being tempted, tested and tried, He is able immediately to run to the cry of, and assist and relieve, those who are being tempted and tested and tried and who therefore are being exposed to suffering.
Hebrews 2:16 AMP


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Knitters Needed - Pattern Testers

I finally did it!  I got a knit version of my little lamb done!

What d'ya think?

My youngest says he likes the knit version better than the crochet version.
I don't know, there's something about the crochet version that appeals more to me, but this one definitely has its own charm.

Now he is ready to be tested!
What I need:
I am  looking for knitters who are comfortable working in the round and can have him completed by Monday, August 2.  I will need you to report to me about how easy the pattern is to read and follow, double check my stitch count at the end of the rows/rounds and make sure there are no goof-ups on my end.  
An ability to take and send me pics of your finished object a plus.

Materials Needed:
Worsted Weight Yarn (I used White and Light Brown, but you may use any colors that you'd like your Little Lamb to be!)
US 5 Circular or Double Point Needles
Black safety eyes OR small amount of black thread/yarn for embriodering eyes
Poly-fil or toy stuffing of your choice
OPTIONAL:  a rubber ball (from a quarter vending machine) to put in body for counter weight so that it will stand up on its own.

What's In It For You?
Being a pattern tester earns you the pattern first and free!  Now how cool is that!?!  And, once you have completed the items, you may also freely sell the items you make with the pattern, as long as you honor my one copyright restriction to give me credit as the designer.

If this sounds like something you have the ability and time to do right now, please send me an EMAIL & I will choose my testers and get back to everyone by noon CST tomorrow.

Have a blessed day my friends, I love ya's!



Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Gift of Healing

Hello Friends!
Remember my fellow blogger/crocheter/friend Channelle that I asked you to help before? Well, she was so inspired by the response of love, help and concern from everyone that she was inspired to start a new group on Ravelry called Lets make a gift of a healing blanket.  I've joined the group and I have to say, it's really nice to be a part of such a caring group of people.

Here's the description from the group:

Members will be required to send in at least one 5 or 6” Granny or knitted square a month. You can send in more if you like. A healing blanket will be made from all of the squares that members send in and made with love. At least one blanket a month will be made and sent to a person who our group members feel needs it the most. Group members can nominate family members or friends who are ill or in need of healing. How special would it be to have a blanket made from all over the world…

Here's my first square
I used this pattern and I am so pleased with how stunning it turned out!
The pattern was so simple and so easy to follow and work up.  Definitely one I'll be doing alot I'm sure.

What about you?  What have you got going on the needles and/or hook?
I hope you're having fun with it!
Love ya's,


For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
Hebrews 3:14 NLT


Friday, July 23, 2010

Sweet Little Fairy

It seems like the only patterns I get to do just because I like them, and not because I'm doing it for work, either the projects themselves or designing patterns, are ones that are quick to work.  In a way it's a good thing, because then I get to find patterns like this one...
Sweet, huh?  I thought so.
You can find the free pattern by Flutterby Patch HERE.
I really enjoyed making this little sweetie & she took no time at all to work up!
Enjoy the link my friends.

Love ya's!



Give freely without begrudging it, and the LORD your God will bless you in everything you do.
Deuteronomy 15:10 NLT



Thursday, July 22, 2010

ASE'S Little Lamb-Crochet Pattern



(click on images for larger view)
This is a beginner level crochet pattern and would be a good starter pattern for someone wanting to start making toys/amigurumi.
It would also make a great baby shower gift or a gift for a baby or toddler.



You can now find this pattern for free on my free patterns page...enjoy!

Karen's Cake

Last week I got to go visit my older sister Karen.
Isn't my big sis gorgeous!?!?*
It had been so long since I had gotten to spend time with her.  Sad really, since we only live a few hours apart.  It's crazy how fast time zooms by when you're busy going about life.
Karen has a cake business and she makes the most gorgeous cakes!  You really should go to her page and check out the photos!  Any-who, I wanted to do a little something for her and I came across this pattern...Oh. my. goodness! I just had to make one for her!  Her favorite colors are pink and brown, so of course....
Those are her hands there, pretending to be Vanna White and showing off her cake like a prize!
When I presented it to her I said,"You're always making cakes for everyone else, so I thought I'd make a cake for you!" She loved it!!!  I'm tellin' ya, the girl actually squeeled!  Karen has always been my hero, the one person I have always looked up to and wanted to be like & for her to be so happy with something that I did for her truly warmed my heart.

While I was visiting I also got the pleasure of seeing my 6 month old great-niece for the very first time as well!  *double squeel!*
Addison has to be one of the happiest babies I've ever seen!  Her mama (my niece Casey) and Karen swear she's mean, but I think they're downright fibbin' on that baby! LoL 
What a doll!!!*
I think she takes after her mama....

Absolutely Beautiful!!!*

I truly had such a wonderful time visiting and I do solemnly vow to not ever wait so long between visits again!

*Yes, I may biased, but I ain't wrong! LoL*wink* 

Have a great day my friends.
I love ya's!
I command you--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 NLT


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ASE's Little Lamb-Crochet Pattern Ready

Hey friends,
I have gotten the feedback from my testers, my pattern is all organized & now posted for sale in the shop!
Purchase it here.

I'd like to say a special thank you to my wonderful, talented & ever-so-helpful testers.
Y'all don't know how much your help meant to me!

How great are these guys...?!?
(In alphabetical order)










Won't you go visit these ladies & give 'em some love!?!

I love ya my friends!
Hugs & Blessings,


But if there are any poor people in your towns when you arrive in the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.
Deuteronomy 15:7 NLT

Monday, July 12, 2010

Little Lamb: Crochet Pattern-Testers Needed

I am looking for someone who crochets & can start work on this little guy & have him completed by this Saturday, July 16, at 6am CST.

I will need you to report to me about how easy the pattern is to read & follow, double check my stitch count at the end of the rows/rounds and make sure there are no goof-ups on my end.  
An ability to take & send me pics of your finished object a plus. 
If this sounds like something you have the ability & time to do right now, please send me an EMAIL & I will choose my testers & get back to everyone by 9pm CST this evening.

Have a blessed day my friends, I love ya's!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Amigurumi Giveaway!

I love giveaways and I know y'all do too, so I just have to share this one!
Marie of Maries Cozy Corner is giving away an amazing Amigurumi Doves PDF Pattern from Itsy Bitsy Spider Crochet!  I am super-stoked and I would personally LOVE to win this!  Head on over & check it out.  If you'd like to win this one too, better hurry, this giveaway will end July 12 at midnight.

Good Luck & God Bless,
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Hebrews 13:15 NIV



Friday, July 9, 2010

Announcement

Hello my friends!
I have had so many requests for my patterns & I have to tell you I am so honored and so flattered that you all like my designs so much!  Thank you all for your kind words & your requests!
Upon much thought here's my response to all of your requests:

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When I share a pattern I don't like to impose a bunch of copyright restrictions.  I prefer to give you the freedom to do whatever you'd like with your finished objects, including sell them, and only ask that you give me the credit for the design (ie a tag on the finished item giving me credit as the designer & for internet sales a link to the pattern on my site).

My dilemma comes when the patterns are for items that I personally plan to sell online as well as in my own community....there's that conflict of interest/competition thing going on.  I don't want to have to compete with others while trying to sell items I make from my own patterns.  It's a well-known fact that in this day and age, and in this economy, it is hard for a family to live on one income & I need a way that I can help my wonderful, hardworking husband support our family.

This situation has been something that I have put a lot of thought into...and I do mean a lot!  But I do believe that I have come up with a solution.  In order to be able to share the patterns that normally I would use in making items to sell, without sacrificing my ability to contribute financially to my household, I have decided to start selling some of my patterns.  Doing this will be a way for me to help other stay-at-home parents contribute to their families as well, since they will be able to freely sell their finished objects as long as they honor my one copyright restriction to give me credit as the designer....the same as for my free patterns!  I will still be adding to the list of free patterns that I offer here as well.

Which leads me to this....

Pattern Testers Needed!

Yep! If I'm going to sell them, I will need pattern testers.  I will be doing my best to offer both knitting and crochet versions of each of my patterns, so I need both knitters and crocheters as well!  Testers must be willing to work on the pattern on as soon as it's received and complete it within a reasonable, agreed upon amount of time.  You will need to report to me about how easy the pattern is to read & follow, double check my stitch count at the end of the rows (or rounds) and make sure there are no goof-ups on my end.  An ability to take & send me pics of your finished object a plus.

What's In It For You...

Being a pattern tester earns you the pattern for free and first!  Now how cool is that!?!  And, once you have completed the items, you may also freely sell the items you make with the pattern, as long as you honor my one copyright restriction to give me credit as the designer.

If you would like to be added to my master list of testers, please email your name and tell me whether you knit or crochet to aseknc@gmail.com and put PATTERN TESTER in the subject line.

If you would prefer to respond to individual patterns instead of being on the master list, I will be posting requests for testers for the individual patterns as needed and you can respond then.


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Love you guys!
Don't forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13:16 NLT

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Was Featured!

Vanessa of Craft Envy picked my Little Lamb, along with three other creative endeavors, out of those who linked up on Craft Envy's Saturday Spotlight this past weekend!  There were so many talented people that linked up, I am so honored that my Little Lamb caught her attention!
Thank you Vanessa!
((HUGS))

If you guys haven't checked Nicholette & Vanessa's blog out, you really should take a few minutes and swing by for a visit, I'm sure they'd love to see ya over at


I hope you guys are having a great week so far.
I love ya's!

And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity (love).
1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV


Monday, July 5, 2010

Something New

It has been my desire to share my personal journey with God with you...my joy, my peace, my trials, my triumphs & even my setbacks & stumbles.  It is also my goal to keep everything posted on ASE Knits 'n' Crochets limited to things yarn and/or craft related.  So, I have created a new blog just for my "Spirit Walk":


I'd sure love to see ya there!
Love ya's!

For our people should not have unproductive lives. They must learn to do good by helping others who have urgent needs.
Titus 3:14 NLT




Saturday, July 3, 2010

A New Baby

Hello, hello!
I hope you are having a gorgeous day!

The last couple of days I have been working on a new design & I have to admit, I think he turned out uber cute!
Here's my Little Lamb





What do ya think?
I think there are a couple of things I'd like to add to it, but the base pattern turned out just as I'd envisioned.


I linked to him here today too..



Also, do you Facebook?
I have added a page specifically for my works & I'd love to have you come and join me there!
You can find my new page HERE.

Until next time my friends, be happy & be safe.
I love you all,
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)