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Fluffy… the Alligator?

Sunday night, I finally finished a specially requested knit alligator.  Q wanted "a green alligator with an open mouth and teeth, and green spots."  After much searching, I was finally able to find said alligator, minus the spots, in the book  Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor.  



This alligator (he’s listed as a Snappy Crocodile in the book, but Q. calls him an alligator…) was fun to make, but he took me way too long.  I wasn’t very focused, I had to rip out the first side because I lost count… BUT, he was easy to make once I focused.  The only thing I wasn’t too incredibly impressed with was the fact that a few important directions were left out in the book when it came to finishing.  I wish I’d known to sew the ridges before I spent an hour trying to figure out how to stuff them.   Really, all it probably required was common sense, and Miss Zoe Mellor probably thought the knitters reading her book would be smart enough to figure it out.  She didn’t realize she’d have goofballs like me, who are relatively good at knitting.  But NOT good at sewing it all together. Can I pay someone to do that for me? 

As promised, here are some pictures of my baby brother and his alligator…. named Fluffy.

     Fluffy’s awesome Jaws like smile.


Laying in his owner’s lap, like all good fluffy alligators should…




Time out for Fluffy.


I’m not sure what I’ll be knitting next.  I’ll have made my decision by next Wednesday… I think. :)

Back to the land of the living… and blogging.


How many of these "I’m sorry, I know it’s been a long time…", or "I am a blogging failure" posts can one girl write??

I’m not sure… but maybe I’m trying to find the answer… yeah, something like that.


In other news, several things have happened since I last wrote.  Here’s an update:

(a.) ~ Our school-building-turned-church is scheduled to be open for it’s first service November 7th!  We are super excited, but a little unsure if it will be done on time.  God does amazing things though, so we’ll see what happens!  The coffee bar is on hold until we see how things work and run at the new building.   We are holding J.A.M every Wednesday at the new building.  It’s for Kindergarten – 5th grade.  I am leading the Surprise Station, which is awesome! :)   Last Wednesday, I taught the kids a math trick/riddle that always ends in the same number.  Kind of a reflection on how God is always a constant.  It involved counting paper clips, and the kids were divided into two groups – K-2nd, and 3rd-5th.  Which group do you think did a better job at counting?

(Hooray for k-2nd!)


(b.) ~  The eBay business is incredibly slow.  I remember when I used to complain about having to wrap packages all day, and being worried about not having all of them done by the time UPS got here to pick them up.  Now, I’m worried I forgot to call UPS to tell them they don’t need to come because there aren’t any packages.  :(   I miss the days of 50-70 shipments leaving our house.  Meg, come back!!  John, throw us a friggin bone here!


(c.) ~  I’m not married… sorry Grandma.

Does anyone want to guess how much I love this ring?  (Just not sure about all the stuff that goes along with owning it….)  Maybe someday I’ll grow up.


(d.) ~ We are making giant leaps in the sport of cleaning the basement… (yep, I’ve officially declared it a sport.)  Because it’s that exhausting… and because I’m that cool.

(e.) ~  I finally finished knitting a "green alligator with an open mouth, and teeth, and spots."  (Well, I didn’t add spots, but Q loves him anyway.)  I’ll post pictures next time.  Q named him Fluffy, which is pretty funny, because his mouth makes him look like Jaws.

I’ll post some real pictures of Fluffy next time.  My camera battery is dead.


I think that about sums it up…


We have new Internet… (much better than our band-width limiting, not very nice… etc satellite.)  We are on Virgin Mobile.  It’s incredibly fast, and we have unlimited downloads. 


Well, unlimited as far as The Queen allows it to be…

Which reminds me….

The Queen has a secret… You should ask her about it.

Fab-u-lous Yarn That Makes me Drool

I'm almost finished knitting this rabbit for A:

(Really, he has taken me too long to complete… I should be finishing him right now…)

BUT, rather than finish the kitchener stitch weaving that is required to finish his feet, and then moving on to the tedious job of stuffing his head, and placing his eyes…

I'm looking on Etsy…

shh.. Don't tell A…

I'm going to finish it tonight… but right now, I'm getting inspiration for the next project. After Q.'s alligator of course.  I haven't found a pattern yet…

Sometimes, I see yarn, and it makes me giddy… 

I LOVE this yarn… it is wool, and think how awesome it would look felted! This yarn would be perfect for making the woven, felted purses the eBayqueen taught the Girl Scouts to make.  You can find it here.  Seller: MySweetSpot2

This one is called "Before Midnight"… hand-dyed superwash merino… I'm not sure what I would make with this, but I LOVE the color!  You can find it here.  Seller: pigeonroofstudios

Knitting Harry Rabbit, required me to learn how to knit in the round on double pointed needles.  I love knitting in the round, and I am convinced I can make socks now.  I've considered making socks for my favorite leprechaun (P-Tricky), and what better yarn than this Lucky Leprechaun hand dyed merino?  You can find it here.  Seller: spinningtheweb

I could spend hours, and hours just browsing Etsy…  but I've gained a little inspiration… and I'm going to go finish Harry Rabbit.

Monkeys in Kansas

Recently, I knit a scarf for my second to youngest little brother, C (7).  He had been asking me to make one for a couple of years, but I never could find quite the right pattern.  On my last trip to Barnes and Noble, I finally found the perfect one in this magazine:

Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009

This edition has several knit animal scarves, a bear, monkey, zebra, and pig.  These are all knit in garter stitch, so it's incredibly quick and easy, and a good project for beginners learning to shape.  (I think the most difficult thing for me was stitching the mouth, and making up… but then again, I hate sewing up the projects!  I wish I could pay someone to do it for me…)

  I chose the monkey scarf for C.. The eBayQueen calls him monkey, and he's always loved them.  I used a very soft dark brown acrylic for the scarf body, and a ball of ecru cotton for the mouth and ears.  The pattern calls for felt eyes, but I decided to use buttons instead… (I had originally wanted to use some vintage buttons, but A, C, and Q all thought the particular buttons I had chosen looked too creepy. )

Here is a close up of his face. :)   He is stitched onto the scarf so that the top is open for pockets!

I hope C. loves his scarf… Right now, I'm making a bunny for A. (pictures later… lots of knitting in the round…)  as for the next project…

The shorter little goofball (Baby Q.) has requested an alligator… and it needs to be bright green… and it needs to have spots… and it needs to have an open mouth… and….

Criminal Minds, I Would Like to Thank You for my Nightmares…

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am afraid of doll people. Thanks to an incredibly frightening episode of Criminal Minds "The Uncanny Valley", I have decided to steer clear of all dolls and doll related items. I kind of hope we never sell another doll on eBay either… At least not until they make it mandatory to have some kind of doll license or something… You know, like a gun license. I want it to involve a psychological screening. Wait… If you watched last night's episode, you might have doubts about the psychological screening too! Scratch that: If you know how to sew a wig, like to put lots of makeup on other people, and occasionally have tea parties with your "friends" who are in a drug induced stupor: DO NOT BUY FROM US!!!

Yes, those are women… dressed as dolls with sewn on wigs and lots of makeup… in a drug induced stupor… having a tea party.

All joking aside, I visited a discussion board on eBay devoted to this episode here, and I love the real life doll collectors. Their take on this whole thing was pretty funny, and they all seemed sane. Thank you for being so kind, doll people! After all, we all know who you really have to watch out for… those knitting people… with their sticks and needles… ;)


If you are game for a few nightmares, and can sit stationary for one hour, I recommend watching this episode. It was very well written, and will creep the average person out. Maybe I'm just a pansy… what did you think of it?