Saturday, November 29, 2008


Check out my mutts. I call them Mighty Mutts. I'm having fun making them in different colors, with different ears and tails. In fact, I've made so many of them in such a short time, that my thumb is sore and keeps popping out of place. Ouch! These little dogs are a great way to use up yarn remnants. Oh, there's so many dogs to make. I'm also going to make alley cats, but that's still in the works. I'm in the process of writing up a pattern for these mutts, so if you are interested, check back later.

I'm hoping to sell these mutts to make money to benefit animals. One organization that I feel is very important is the "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary". If you would like to know more, check out their website at

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First ami people - Sachi and Yonny

I was racking my brain trying to come up with a thank you gift for some friends who have everything. What to do, what to do? Well, I finally came up with the idea to make ami dolls of them. Sachi is my tennis team captain (yes, even farmers play tennis) and her husband Yonny owned a special Japanese antique store.

I made these ami dolls on the fly, that is, without a pattern and without even knowing what they'd look like. I knew that the hair had to be spot on, since it would be the only identifying characteristic. I started by making the doll body out of beige colored yarn and added some embroidery floss for hair. I had just come back from the Fiber Festival and had a delicious stash of yarn to inspire me into making yukata for their clothes.

I was happy with the final result and had a great time making them and learned a lot in the process. Onward!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fiber Festival Loot

Thanks to the L.A. group on Ravelry, I found out about the Fiber Festival sponsored by the SC Handweaver's Guild. I went just to "check it out" and came home with this stash...

Wow, wow, wow. I had such a great time. I especially liked buying the yarn remnants for 25 cents to a couple of dollars. They are perfect for my little amigurumi projects. I bought a lot from Newton's. They had many skeins for $5 and $9 dollars that were regularly priced from $10 to $29. I also had fun buying these tiny beads priced $1 a cup. I would have missed this great show if not for my friends at Ravelry.