Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Pattern Wednesday: Octopuss

I recently had the absolute delight in test knitting for Bethany Hendrickson, an absolutely amazing designer! I feel pretty silly that I didn't notice her pattern go live, but here it is on ravelry! It's a direct download from ravelry here.

If you're at all interested, here is my blue version :)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, and Free Turkey Patterns!

Hey friends on the Internet! Happy Thanksgiving for everyone that celebrates it! W, Lotus and I have had an awesome say, and to top if off, here are some free turkey toys for your Thanksgiving knitting pleasure!

First up is this cute little round turkey from WEBS! It's a free download from here.

The next free turkey was part of a knitalong last fall of the Spud Says! blog from Spud and Chloe.  Isn't he cute? Isn't the model cute? You can find this pattern here.

And last (but not least) there is this cute felted turkey from Mummble-Jummble2

See, now you have some cute centerpiece ideas for next year, I hope! :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Pattern: Mini Eggplant

Photo © 2010 Ken Kline
This little eggplant is super cute! From Alterknit Universe.

Got a free knit toy pattern on your blog or ravelry page that you think should be featured? Let me know!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tutorial: Picking up Stitches for Limbs

Hey! This is super useful: a video that explains how to pick up stitches in the middle of your work!

This is great for doll limbs :) 
There's also some written directions and pictures here (Scroll down).

All of this lovely information is from Knitting in Circles, which sells some cute patterns :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How A-DORK-able!

This cutie is named "Adorkable Monster" and it really, truly is.  Created by Pockets and Parking Garages.

If you've noticed that I haven't updated a lot, make sure that you check out my new blog, Alyoops! That's where all of my WIPs, photography, Lotus pics, and new designs will be from now on.

I'm actually probably going to move the amigurumi update in the future, or end it all together.  I'd like your opinion (if you have one ;P)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shark In the Water

This knit shark by Faye Sweeney is super cute :)  The website takes time to load, which sucks, but keep at it! It's worth the long loading time.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Petite Purls has gone live with their Fall 2010 issue, and you should probably note this gem, a pillow/soft toy titled "Blast Off!"  I absolutely love it!

Y'all might also be interested in the other whimsical pattern in this issue, Birdie Backpack :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


This is perfect. Maybe someone should inform the tunnel ninja... hmm.

From Scribd

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Good, Geeky Fun.

I especially like his ears :)
Things are especially hectic around here this week... Don't. Even. Ask!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Free Pattern Feature: Flamingo!

Oh boy Oh boy! A new pattern from the Spud and Chloe blog! Isn't it adorable? :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pretty Lady Bugs!

I love this cute little bug from Natural Suburbia.  I want to make a ton!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Despicable Me Toy!

Kat Knits has created this charming little minion, inspired by the movie Despicable Me. So go on, make your own personal minion!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You Could Have Guessed This Week's Feature

I know, I know, it's been a busy week for me.  But I figured that some people may not know that the new Knitty is out! And there's a cute little elephant pattern written up by Franklin Habit! Too cool :)

Would you like to share a free knit toy pattern? Send me an e-mail and I'll post it up next Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spread the Love!

I don't know if you've heard, but Caffeinated Frenzy has started a cute little social project over on her blog.  The idea is, you knit this cute little love bug and leave it in a public place, with a nice little note.  Then, someone finds it and it makes their day!

The pattern is here.  And, while you're visiting, you should enter her contest, here! :)

Would you like to share a free knit toy pattern? Send me an e-mail and I'll post it up next Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tiny Gators!

So, for those of you that only occasionally delve into knit toys and who rely on my blog for the big news... (Do people do that?)... Knitting MochiMochi came out yesterday!  I'm patiently waiting for my copy, but if you can't wait, you can start knitting up these tiny gators from her blog!

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or Ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Punctuation, It's a Necessary Evil

This week's pattern is a three for one deal! It could be an apostrophe, a comma, or quotation marks. You can thank me, but you should be thanking a time to knit!

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Under the Sea

This little knit sea urchin from ever green knits is too cute! Happy Wednesday!

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wow! Pigeons that don't poop all over!

These perching pigeons are too cute! But, this is expected from MochiMochiLand!

P.S: I also had to do all the HTML tags by hand on my phone. You cannot say that I'm not obsessed dedicated.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It looks like...

... this pattern is A Lot of Fun! I usually don't approve of fun fur, but in this case an exception can be made, I think. Found on the blog Maiya knits. Mayhem ensues

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oh, Hey, Another Dinosaur!

Hey, I'm not complaining, and you better not either, because in my opinion the more free dinosaur patterns there are out there the better the world is for you and me.  This has been named Jellybean Dinosaur by the gracious Miss Aine, "'cause his face reminds me of a jellybean baby."

Beautiful.  You can download it via ravelry or direct on her blog.  Whoo hoo!

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Weekend in Pictures

So, this weekend I went to Rochester (again) to see my sweetie's film screen (it did awesome!) and go to the Lilac Festival.  For those non-Rochesterians among us, the Lilac Festival is a HUGE event that goes for ten days in Rochester's Highland Park.  It's in the top 200 family events in the US, and I think it's in the top 10 events to go to in New York State.  Anyway, the point is, it's a big deal, and when I went last year I had an awesome time!

This year the event wasn't as "magical," I have to admit.  It's much later in May, and the lilacs were past their prime, to say the least.  Most of them were completely flowerless, due to the crazy weather and unfair unseasonable temperature (it's cold.)

But there were peonies the size of my head! If you don't believe me, you can see the picture of yours truly below.
Look close, because you're probably not going to see one of those for a looooonnnggg time.

Anyway, the culmination was the Conservatory.  I would TOTALLY recommend going to this festival because also, you get to go in here while you're "in the neighborhood."  It's probably my favorite place to be in Rochester (Besides the Butterfly Garden at Strong.)

On with the pictures!

I'll end with the fact that W and I bought a turkey leg when we went on Sunday and spent around an hour and a half trying to eat it all.  It was sooo delicious, and people kept stopping us and asking "Where did you get that?" In the end, we couldn't finish it, so W took it back to school with him.

Knitting? Oh, what's that? *sarcasm*

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bring on the Mini Me!

So, this isn't EXACTLY a 'rumi link (it kind of is, since there's a free pattern), but I just thought I would share that Stitch London is looking for knitters, crocheters, and sew-ers to participate in the opening of their new exhibit... by stitching a version of themselves! I'm so going to send a little Alyssa off to London to join in the fun :)  They provide a basic template to use, as well:

As if I need another project... And one with a deadline at that! She needs to get to London by June 26th!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My weekend in pictures!

This weekend I went to sunny Philedelphia with my friend from high school.  We didn't do a ton - we just saw the Philly Art Museum and hung out at her aunt's house, but that was more than enough! I was too tired to drive all the way home yesterday, and so I went to bed early at woke up at 5 today to get to work.  Even worse idea than driving at night... because now I'm so tired! Boo!

But we did see some totally awesome things! The coolest being this painting by Van Eyke:
It may look unimpressive, but it was so tiny! About the size of my hands! The curator said that it was painted with a brush of two hairs...

And this photoshopped gate.  Yes, I did commit a horrible faux pas, as soon as I saw this painting I said... 
..."That gate looks totally 'shopped."

Though I have to admit that my friend said something equally funny, when we saw this altarpiece...
 ..."There's a bird trying to steal her hair!"

I love how the two of us did extremely well in Art History class, I got a 5 on the AP and I think she got a 4... if not a 5.  And now, 3-4 years later, we're in a museum poking fun at altarpieces. Hey, we did appreciate some stuff! They had some great impressionist works (I'm sorry that the Renoir exhibit wasn't open yet, because that will be AWESOME!) and some cool non-western art as well. Here's my top three (besides the Van Eyke, but photgraphs can't do that stuff justice, it's like Dali or Color Field paintings, you have to be there.)

Lotus spent the weekend at her grandmother's.  I'm such a typical teenage mom, dropping my hedgehog child onto her grandmother.  Both of them like it, though, I think.  At least, Mommy's never complained and Lotus has a whole room of her own, with a bed with piles of blankets to dig in.

  She was sooo happy last night, but she got grumpy as soon as I tried to get her under the light to take her photo.  I asked her "Don't you want to be famous on the internet!?" and she only replied by curling up into a ball and hissing.  She wouldn't stop, even when I put her back on her mountain of blankets.  So I decided she was done with playing and she went back in her cage, where she knocked her bowl over and then had me put it back, knock it over, put it back, until I finally gave up and went to bed.

Well, now I'm going to go back to work, then home to go to bed. Have a great week!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Time to Guard Your Stash

What better way to scare those evil spirits from your stash than a gargoyle? Knit up this one from Devon Monk and rest easy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Free Pattern: Wooper

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Silken Teddy Bears

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means, amigurumi!
Also, I will be making some changes to the layout sometime today (probably after five) so if you visit around then and things look... off... I'm experimenting!

Anyway, this cute teddy caught my eye when I saw mildawg's finished project here.  (Hers looks much better than the photo, I think).

Know of some cute free knit amigurumi or toys on a blog, website, or ravelry? Send me an e-mail and I'll feature it!

Friday, April 30, 2010

We're having a party, there will be cake.

Specifically, this cake from bad metaphor.  Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You'll never roam alone!

... With this travelling gnome pattern, by Raynor at Knitted Toy Box (adopted from the Simply Gnome! pattern from this lovely blog here. )

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The tortoise and the... elephant?

I saw this turtle on ravelry and felt sad because I have a policy to not do ravelry links (out of courtesy for those that don't use/have/want it)  So hoe psyched was I when I found out that he's on her blog, along with a cute elephant! From knittybutton.

Monday, April 12, 2010

For those in your life who like to make noise.

What a great idea! A Bottle Rocket shaker toy made from yarn (of course) and a plastic soft drink bottle! From Running Jack Knits. Too cute :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Look familiar?

I think this bear seriously resembles something designed by Rebecca Danger, what do you think? Yet another addition to the Lion Brand Pattern Library.

In other news, I'm at McDonald's and not knitting much due to getting Pokemon HeartGold as an Easter gift. I'm 19 years old, okay!? That's young enough to still play pokemon...