Thursday, June 8, 2017

80's Pop Star - Tiffany ("I Think We're Alone Now" singer) follows Me on Twitter!!!

So this morning started out like any other morning.  I woke up wondering "Do I really need to get up just yet or could I possibly squeeze in a few extra "z's" this morning?"  

Well as my mind pondered the inevitable question, my hand instinctively reached for my phone that was resting on my nightstand. As I browsed through all my notifications from my various apps on my home screen, I decided to open up my Twitter app as usual.


And what do my wondering eyes behold?????





Imagine that? 


Tiffany - one of my favorite 80's pop stars -
Follows me- @kimbershook. 

 Me!


So a couple things ran through my mind:

1) What was it that inspired her enough to choose me?

2) Am I truly worthy to have an 80's icon follow me?

3) What will I tweet about now to keep her inspired?

Of course as my head still tries to wrap itself around such an amazing discovery that I can only conclude....

It must be a redhead thing :) 


So the only thing I could possible do next? (Besides snapping a pic and bragging to my BFF, my family and you!)

 Duh!  Follow her back of course!  It's official!



@tiffanytunes and @kimbershook are now Twitter pals


Unbelievable! 

 I cannot wait to see what the Universe has in store for me now!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Free Test Tube Crochet Pattern

Test Tube

Free Pattern by Kimber Shook



Materials:

Beads, Rhinestones or Brads
Black Embroidery Floss
Glue
Hook Size G
Jumbo cotton balls (2 or 3)
Scissors
Sewing Needle
Worsted Weight Yarn - Color
Worsted Weight Yarn - White

Abbreviations:

Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch

Directions:

Start with a Magic Ring, sl st; ch 1;
Row 1:  10 sc in magic ring; sl st to beginning sc; ch 1; (10 sc)
Row 2: Sc across, sl st to beginning sc; ch 1 (10 sc)
Row 3-9: Repeat row 2; at end of row 9; end off; weave in ends; (10 sc)
Row 10: Attach white, Repeat row 2; (10 sc)
Row 11-14: Repeat row 2; (10 sc)
Row 15: Sl st in next 5 sc; (sc, ch1); sl st in remaining 4 sc; end off; weave in ends;

Assembly:

Stuff 2-3 cotton balls inside test tube. Glue two rhinestones or beads (or attach brads) in the center of row 7, 8 or 9 and let dry;  Using needle and embroidery floss, sew a curved stitch for mouth, knot and hide ends inside test tube.  (Helpful hint: I dip needle tip in glue and run between the floss and test tube to help hold “mouth” in place. Clean off needle for future use.)

Alternate ideas:

Change to white yarn anywhere - just be sure to add eyes & mouth on bottom colored portion.
Add a cork in the top of test tube, if desired.


I made these for my Daughter-in-law per her request. I hope you enjoy them as much as she did. I hope you stop by again.







Saturday, April 8, 2017

Who's ready for Easter?

You want something free?

How about.....

Mini Easter Baskets

Crochet Patterns



Materials for Base:

Crochet Hook size G
Scissors
Worsted weight yarn- color of your choice

Abbreviations:

Bpsc- Back Post Single Crochet
Ch - Chain
Dc - Double Crochet
Ea - Each
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Rnd - Round
Sc- Single Crochet
Sl St - Slip Stitch
St - Stitch

Mini Basket - Base



Rnd 1) Form a magic ring, ch 1; 10 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc; (10 sc)
Rnd 2) Ch 1; sc in ea st around; sl st to beginning sc; (20 sc)
Rnd 3) Ch 1; *2 sc; 1 sc; *repeat around; sl st to beginning sc; (30 sc)
Rnd 4) Ch 1; *2 sc; 1 sc; 1 sc; *repeat around; sl st to beginning sc; (40 sc)
Rnd 5) Ch 1; bpsc in ea st around;  sl st to beginning st; (40 st)
Rnd 6-12) Ch 1; *sc in ea st around; sl st to beginning sc; (40 sc)
Rnd 13) Ch 1; sl st in ea st around; sl st to beginning st; (40 st)

Handle- row 1) Ch 20, attach to opposite side with sc (19 st away from beginning ch); hdc in same st; 
Handle - row 2) Hdc in ea ch across to opposite side; attach to top row of basket with hdc; fasten off; weave in ends;

Owl


Additional Materials for Owl:

2 flower brads for eyes
Orange yarn
Worsted weight yarn - additional color (mine is light pink)
Yarn needle

Make base as noted above in color of your choice. (Mine is pink)

Eyes: Make 2


Rnd 1) Using 2nd color, form a magic ring; ch 1; 5 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc; (5 sc)
Rnd 2) Ch 1; 2 sc in ea sc around; sl st to beginning sc; (10 sc)
Rnd 3) Ch 1; (sc, ch 1, dc); hdc; sl st to next st; fasten off but leave long tails to attach to base.

Beak:


Row 1) Using orange yarn, ch 4; sc in 2nd ch from hook; sc; sc; fasten off; weave in ends;

Bow: Make 2

Row 1) Using 2nd color, ch 40; fasten off; weave in ends;

Assembly:


Tie one bow to ea side of handle. 

Attach 1 flower brad to ea eye, bending tabs to backside of eyes. 

Using hook, attach eyes to top of basket, centering between bases of handle. Pull tails through inside of basket, tie in knot and weave in and out. 

Center beak between eyes, using yarn needle and orange yarn, sew in place.

Flower and Butterfly


Additional Materials for Flower and Butterfly:

2 Seed Beads or small enough beads that will stay on pipe cleaner ends
2 Beads or buttons
Black pipe cleaner - 2”
Glue
Thread
Sewing needle
Worsted weight yarn - 2 additional colors (Mine is dark & light pink)

Make base as noted above in color of your choice. (Mine is purple)

Handle Bows: - Make 2 - one in ea additional color

Row 1) Ch 50; fasten off; weave in ends;

Flowers - make 2

Rnd 1) Form a magic ring; ch 1; (sc, ch 3) 5 times; sl st to beginning sc; fasten off; weave in ends;

Butterfly:

Rnd 1) Form a magic ring; ch 1; (sc, ch 3) 6 times; sl st to beginning sc; fasten off; weave in ends;

Assembly:


Cross the two handle wraps to one side of handle base, using sewing needle, and thread, sew on one bead or button in center of crossed ends.

Crisscross handle wraps around handle to opposite side and cross the ends, sew on one bead or button to the center of these crossed ends.

Bend pipe cleaner around center of butterfly, gather center close together and twist pipe cleaner at top of one side; glue a seed bead to tip of ea end of pipe cleaner.  

Using yarn needle and matching butterfly yarn, sew in center of basket between the two handles. 

Using yarn needle and same color yarn as flowers sew one on each side of butterfly.

Bunny


Additional Materials for Bunny:

Pink Felt
Blue Felt
Glue
White Felt

Additional Abbreviations:

Dec - Decrease
Sk - Skip

Make base as noted above in color of your choice. (Mine is blue)

Bunny Ears:


Row 1) Ch 13, sk 1st ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across in ea ch; turn;
Row 2-3) Ch 1 (this counts as 1st st); sk 1st st,; sc across in ea sc; turn; (12 sc)
Row 4- 5) Ch 1 (this counts as 1st st); sk 1st st; (sc) 5 times; turn; (6 sc)
Row 6) Ch 1 (this counts as 1st st); sk 1st st; (sc) 3 times; dec sc; turn; (5 sc)
Row 7-8) Ch 1 (this counts as 1st st); sk 1st st; (sc) 4 times; turn; (4 sc)
Row 9) Ch 1; sc in 1st st; (sc) 2 times; dec sc; turn; (4 sc)
Row 10) Ch 1; sc in ea st across; turn (4 sc)
Row 11) Ch 1; dec sc; dec sc; fasten off; weave in ends; (2 sc)

Attach to other side of row 3;
Repeat rows 4-11

Assembly:

Cut pink felt for inside of ears; use ears as a template but trim smaller so yarn still shows around the felt; Glue felt inside of ears and allow to dry. Using yarn needle and matching base yarn, sew bottom portion of ears to center of basket between the handles;

Cut two circles in white felt (about size of quarter); Cut two circles in black blue felt (about size of nickel); glue blue felt in bottom part of white and allow to dry; Glue white eyes at top of basket position below the ears between the handles;
Cut triangle out of pink felt and glue in center below eyes and allow to dry.  Make two small pompoms and glue or sew below eyes and sides of nose.

Frog




Additional Materials for Frog:

Black Felt
Black yarn or embroidery floss
Glue
Sewing needle or yarn needle
White Felt

Make base as noted above in color of your choice. (Mine is green)

Frog Eyes: Make 2

Rnd 1) Using same color, form a magic ring; ch 1; 5 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc; (5 sc)
Rnd 2) Ch 1; 2 sc in ea sc around; sl st to beginning sc; fasten off; weave in ends; (10 sc)

Assembly:

Cut two black felt circles; glue inside center of Frog eye.  Cut two small white ovals; glue bottom right of black felt and allow to dry.  Using yarn needle and base colored yarn, sew eyes at top of basket centered between the handles. 

Using yarn needle & black yarn (or sewing needle & black embroidery floss), sew a smile at the bottom of basket, centered between the handles. Dip your needle into glue and brush between black yarn and basket, to help hold smile in place.  Clean glue off of needle for future use.

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I hope you enjoy these Mini Basket patterns. Check back next week for another free pattern.