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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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I made this happy face few weeks back following this pattern Smiley Happy Face Free Crochet Pattern

My Happy face is little bigger than what I expected. I have a happy face ball and expected the amigurumi to be of that size but what I got was more bigger than palm size.
My finishing is very bad, but I did attempt to make it neat, but I could not. Anyways I have got a Big Happy Looking face. Happiness enlarged 🙂

Happy Face

Happy Face

Wishing you all a very happy new year.

Love
Sangheetha.

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Crochet Bower Bird

Hi All,

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Here is my version of Crochet Bower Bird.
If you see, 80% of the patterns from this blog will be from Attic24.
They are colorful, simple to understand and attract you immediately.
Believe me they are very easy to make but they also need assembling which is little time-consuming and boring.
It happens with all the decorative items and especially when there are many colors. So needless to say the many joins and the slow finishing.
That is what happened to me with this bower bird. The pattern has 4 pieces sewn to make a bower bird.
Very easy things, one large strip of crochet, ( I missed few stitches and spend half a day thinking whether it will make any difference after stitching.I could have ripped it back and made 2 strips in that thinking time)
One simple heart,( which is nothing but 2 teeny tiny hearts sc’ed together),
two small stars stitched together ( I forgot how I did the stars) and a
teeny tiny ball ( this is really fun, I’ll be making more of this)

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Regarding the pattern, I’m very sorry that it is not released. How I made it then? By seeing the Crochet Bower Bird of Attic24 in closeup and taking notes.

For the Bird pattern,I took closeup look of the pictures the body, wings and the tail.Later converted them to sc’s and dc’s and made it. But I made a mistake, while joining, I must have joined few stitches of the circle and then joined the belly part, instead the belly started right from the nose.( sounds weird now, but I had no doubts while sewing), so my birdie is nicely fat and plump.

About the beak, my daughter kept mentioning it as tongue. She is only 3 yr old, so I was teaching her that it is Beak and not tongue and now when I see the pics, it actually looks like the bird has put the tongue out 😀 LOL.

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The process was simple but took time and lots of cutting, stitching, hiding yarn bits etc.
I used an embroidery hoop for the ring and stitched the long crochet piece.I stuffed the bird, heart, stars and the balls with polyester stuffing.Then stitched the bird to the ring. I was doubtful about this stitching first, but once started, it got over soon. Then arrange the heart, stars and balls as per my wish and sewn them in place.
I used beads in my Happy Flower Decoration , but they make the small crochet pieces turn( Don’t ask me how), so this time, I did not use much and directly attached the pieces.

There is another bird pattern which is kinda similar to the bower bird (sewn version) which you can have a look before trying out.The pattern and the projects looked familiar,after googling, I found Attic24 lucy herself has tried it out here.
Good Luck if you are venturing to create one.

I made this with the Laura Knitting Cotton. I’m becoming a fan of this yarn, especially for the stiffness and neat look it gives for the finished project. I have made decorative items with Acrylic, even after washing, starching and ironing, there will always be a curled look either front or back. But with the Laura knitting cotton, the look of the finished product is different.
Another thing is with the colors, the colors of Laura Knitting Cotton runs. So if you are making it, make the individual pieces, soak in water, apply fevicol or other starch mix and then sew together. The sewing is little tough after u apply fevicol as it makes the crochet more stiffer. But if you are using a tapestry needle( the one with blunt tip), it will be easier.
The photos are taken in outdoors with less flash, so the colors u see are the colors of the yarn.

Ravelry Project Page:Bower Bird.

Thanks for reading
Cheers,
Sangheetha

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Aloo Tikki & Angry Bird

Hi All,

Pls let me make it clear in the beginning.I did not make Aloo Tikki and there is no recipe in this post.

So Long long ago, there was “Hello Kitty” sticker in the bathroom & Harshini whenever she gets in sees the sticker & yells “Hallo Tikki”. We did try to change the pronounciation from Tikki to Kitty. But u know kids right, the more u insist, the more they rebel.
So it remained “Hallo Tikki”.

And I made this for her. A kitty 🙂 A pink kitten.
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We named it “Hello Kitty” and spontaneously it became ” Hello Tikki”. She became happy with the long tail. She holds to it and spins the kitty. And in all the huff puff, it became “Aloo Tikki”.

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And thus Aloo Tikki came into this blog post.
Now to the crochet details,this is my second Ami and I paid little attention to the number of stitches. The pattern asked for steady decrease with color changes, since I did not change color, I did not decrease also :-). Later when I found the mistake, I compensated for all the decreases and made it as 1 decrease. I finished it after the pingu, as I did not have fiberfill at that time.

The buttons are added for fun, it is supposed to look like flowers & leaves, but looks like incomplete V’s. And I got the stuffing from Mahendra Novelties in Raja Market , Bangalore.
If you are a Bangalore based crafter, you should visit the place at least once. I went there for the first time and loved the place. 🙂 Do not imagine dangerously, I bought only the fiber fill, though there were many things tempting to make a giant hole in the wallet.

Ravelry project Page: Hello Kitty
Pattern Link :Crochet Cat
Yarn Pink Acrylic 4 ply from stash
Hook 4.00 mm

And the next one is Angry Bird. No name change for it. But there is a color change.

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The actual pattern is for the Yellow bird but I did not have the yellow yarn and I did not like the Blue Bird. So I made this. And even the blue got over so finished it with White.
I’m not able to understand how to fix eyes which will be expressive. All my Ami’s always have a confused look 🙂 very similar to mine.

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Harshini loves the Head feathers & spins the bird holding it.

Ravelry project Page: Not so Angry
Pattern Link :Yellow Bird
It is available as free pdf download in Ravelry. But you should have a login.
Yarn Blue color Acrylic 4 ply from stash & white is Vardhaman Millenium.
Hook 4.00 mm

So my Ami love continues. I was telling that I’m going to make an elephant or pig next. Ppl at home say “make a tail without fail for Harshini wants to only spin ur toys” So what, I’ll have fun making it, she will have fun spinning it.

Have a nice day & Take care
Bye
Sangheetha.