Knitting this week

In order to prevent boredom, I decided I would try something new and/or different at least once a month. The new projects will cover knitting, weaving, cross stitch, etc. Hopefully, I will be a touch more consistent with posting.

This week I started the Antarkis shawl by Janina Kallio. The pattern is available on Ravelry and you get updates as she changes the pattern. I’m still working from the original because I like that one.


If you look close you can see the sparkles in the yarn. Obviously, this hasn’t been blocked yet as it is still on the needles. The yarn has been in my stash for a long time and I’m glad to finally get to use it for something.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for updates to what I am doing and working on. I am also trying to add more kits to my Etsy shop so make sure you check in.

Final Part of the MCAL

Have you figured out which 80s character the MCAL is? It’s from an old video game.

Here’s the last part.

SNOUT  – in orange neon

When you make your initial chain stitch, use a long string.

Ch 2,

Round 1:  6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook [6].

Round 2: INC in each stitch [12].

Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times [18].

Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].

Round 5: SC in BLOs [24].

Round 6: (2 SC, INC) 6 times [18].

Rounds 7-8: 2 rows SC [18 stitches per row].

Round 9: (SC, DEC) 6 times [12].

Rounds 10-11: 2 rows SC [12 stitches per row].

Round 12: DEC 6 times [6].

Round 13: SC row [6].

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Pull initial string down to make the nose concave and secure it down.

Sew to the body.

Here’s a picture. img_1338

Yep that’s Q-bert. He’s so cute. I just want to squeeze him.

I’m glad I did this, so I could fix the problems with the pattern. I’ll repost the Q-bert pattern with the errors fixed.

Did you make one? Did you figure it out? Let me know. Post pictures.


Mystery Crochet a-long part #1

My apologies. Work went a little insane last Friday right when I was getting ready to post this first part of the pattern. Then it kept going until today. Actually, I am still supposed to be making phone calls, but I needed a breather.

What are your thoughts on pictures? I don’t want to give it away, but I would love to see progress posts. I’ll put mine on Facebook.

I’ve already made some edits to the pattern. Please let me know if there is anything you think needs changing or clarified.


Parentheses indicate a repeat. Repeat the stitches in the parentheses for the number of times indicated.

The bracketed number [] is the number of stitches at the end of each row.


I spread my increases out so there isn’t a seam on the finished piece. If you do not like this method, you can do regular increases.


Crochet section is worked in partly in the round. Use a stitch marker or a scrap piece of yarn to mark the beginning of each row. Then you don’t have to count every row. Do not join unless instructed to.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at


EYES (Make 2) – in white

The eyes are made by doing an oval increase. Sometime it helps to mark where your increases are going to go with a spare piece of contrasting yarn. Just note that the first row is worked on both sides of the starting chain.

Ch 4

Round 1: SC in 2nd Ch, SC in next  stitch. 3 SC in last stitch. Working in the unused loops from the chain, SC 2, 3 SC in last chain. [10].

Round 2: 2 SC, 3 INC, 2 SC, 3 INC [16].

Fasten off. You will insert your 10.5 mm eyes through the white eyes and through the orange body when you insert them and sew them down. Posts of eyes will be off center.


BODY – in orange neon

Ch 2

Round 1:  6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook [6].

Round 2: INC in each stitch [12].

Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times [18].

Round 4: (SC, INC, SC) 6 times [24].

Round 5: (3 SC, INC) 6 times [30].

Round 6: (2 SC, INC, 2 SC) 6 times [36].

Round 7: (5 SC, INC) 6 times [42].

Round 8: (3 SC, INC, 3 SC) 6 times [48].

Round 9: (7 SC, INC) 6 times [54].

Rounds 10-23: 14 rows SC [54 stitches per row].

Insert eyes 6 stitches apart between rows 14-15. Sew down the whites of the eyes.

Eevee with modifications


I had a friend request some Pokémon for his wife. They are quite the Pokémon Go players. He wanted Eevee, Polliwag, Vulpix, Jigglypuff and Ponyta. We decided Ponyta might not translate to stuffed form. Not being one to recreate the wheel, I checked the internet for patterns for these Pokémon. If you haven’t gone to Wolf Dreamer’s site, I highly recommend it. There are some great patterns there. I used this Pattern as my starting point for Eevee. I don’t use a lot of felt (I never have it at home), so I added crocheted eyes. I changed the legs to a simpler version. I also didn’t line the ears with felt, leaving them simply crocheted. Finally, I made a small modification to the tail.

My colors:

I Love This Yarn in Toasted Almond, Ivory, Brown, Black and a tiny bit of White.

The only other supplies I used are polyfiberfill and a Size E crochet hook.

Using a Size E hook my finished Eevee was about 6 inches tall and 8-10 inches long. She is super cute which doesn’t really translate in the picture.

Modifications to the pattern.

Feet (Make 4) – work in round don’t join

Ch 2
Round 1: 6 SC in 2nd Chain from hook (6)
Round 2: INC in each stitch (12)
Round 3: (SC, INC) 6 times (18)
Round 4: SC in BLO (18)
Round 5: SC row (18)
Round 6: (DEC) 3 times, 6 SC (15)
Rounds 7-11: 5 rows SC (15 each row).
Fasten Off. Stuff and sew to bottom of the body.

Eyes (Make 2) – Start with Black

Ch 4
Round 1: SC in 2nd Chain from hook. SC in next stitch. 3 SC in last chain. 
On the unworked side, 2 SC, finally 3 SC in last stitch, Change Colors to Brown.
Round 2: (Continuing around the Oval) 2 SC, (INC) 3 times, 2 SC, Slip Stitch.
Fasten Off. 
Embroider a highlight in each eye with the white. 
Sew to head and embroider face with the brown.


Round 10: Instead of fully changing colors to Toasted Almond alternate Ivory and Toasted Almond every other stitch. Switch to Toasted Almond at the end of the row and continue with the pattern as written.



Pikachu Hats for Cats – and sometimes dogs.

Pokémon Go fever has taken over, at least in our house. I got an odd request over Facebook. “Can you make a Pikachu Hat for a cat for a gift?” Not one to back down from a challenge, I happily accepted.


It looks a little silly without a cat in it, but it ended up working really well.

Here is Lucky. IMG_1771

She’s exceedingly unimpressed with this. I’m lucky she didn’t bite me.

My Chihuahua wanted to join in on the fun.


Then he kept trying to shake it off. Silly Weeble.

Would you like to make a hat for your cat or possibly a small dog? You are in luck.

I typed up the pattern. Make a hat, put it on a cat and send me a pic. Here’s a link to the pattern: pickachu-hat


Exploring creativity in other ways

I love to knit and crochet. I love the feel of the fibers moving through my hands. It is fun for me to see the completed objects form as I try different techniques to get the creature/scarf/hat to turn out like my sketch. It is a long process and a lot of trial and error.

Painting is a bit different for me, especially abstract paintings. Sometimes I need a fast project that gives me quicker results. The shapes and colors are a great way to experiment. These often are applied to my fiber projects as I see what colors I like and try to replicate them with crochet or knit projects.

Friday afternoons are usually spent with my mom playing with canvases. I try to go into these days with no pre-conceived notions.

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My abstract painting with red, yellow and purple
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My mom’s painting playing with textures and brush strokes

Things I’ve been up to.

I wanted to come up with a Valentine’s Day themed item. I love double knitting and working with bright colors. I came up with a chart and swatched it to see if it would work. I had some really fun red variegated yarn from Knit Picks that was on clearance. After swatching, I realized that it wasn’t enough to make a full project. I started toying with the idea of a scarf, but finally decided on a reversible cowl that could be worn many ways. I also am quite partial to lime green and hot pink. (I must be channeling my inner pre-teen.)

Hot Pink and Lime Green cowl shown three ways.

I haven’t posted the pattern yet, as I still need to test it.

After this time intensive project, I wanted to do something small and fun.

Rainbow Unicorn

How cute is this? The pattern is from ahookamigurumi. Check out her blog. There are tons of versions of this cute little guy.  As you can see, I have a new photo area that I am really liking right now.

Finally, I working on kits. Remember Mr. Sniffles, the cold virus that is simply adorable? Now he is available in a kit.  The pattern will stay free, but if you are having trouble getting the yarn or don’t want to buy extra eyes when you only want one set order the kit.

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Mr. Sniffles completed and ready to be made.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for other kits that I should hurry to get in the shop.

Hope everyone is enjoying this January.


Happy New Year

Welcome to 2016! Christmas orders are finally over. I was challenged with creating a couple of interesting animals.


One of the biggest challenges was this rather large Hippo/Rhino Push Me Pull Me. I’m excited to make them into their own creatures instead of the combination. Check out those super cute toenails.

The Rhino head went through no less than 4 different versions until I settled on this one. One day, I’ll post a picture of my rejected body parts basket.

Right now I am trying to come up with a couple of Valentine’s Day patterns. Here are my swatches for what was originally supposed to be a knitted scarf.

After working on it for several hours, I decided it would work better as a cowl. The first one will be in hot pink and lime green. It is still in progress. After 2 days, I’ve finished about 5 rows. I don’t know if I will finish it in the next two weeks.

I am using a double knitting technique for the color work so it will be reversible.

New for this year will be kits. I’m working on packaging the yarn and notions to make it easier for people to make their own yarn creatures. Just add stuffing.

The first kit will be Mr. Sniffles. The pattern will remain free, but a make it yourself option will be available in the Etsy Shop.

Bonnie and Clyde – new monster pattern

Crocheted monsters

Here’s how this works. This pattern will be up for 2 weeks for testing. Please let me know if you find any errors or anything is unclear or hard to follow.

Meet Bonnie and Clyde. They are monsters in love. Bonnie still isn’t done in these photos. She will have the same mouth as Clyde.

I think they are super cute and super fun. Let me know what you think.

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update 7/24/15 Thank you to every one who tested the pattern. I’m still open to hearing any issues that might have been found while testing. The pattern is no longer free and is available for sale at Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy.

Revamping the Site

Logo in Radiant Orchid

I am working on new patterns and revamping the blog. The current plan is every other Friday, post a pattern for testing purposes. I’ll leave it up for two weeks, please send me comments letting me know if you found any errors. Then after two weeks, it will be taken down and a new pattern will be put up for testing. The patterns will have more photos (hopefully – I really hate stopping to take pictures), and more color options. I like making things in more than one color scheme to see how they work.

I am hoping to start making kits as well to purchase everything you need to make your own DrunkenAuntWendy creations.

The first new pattern is set to go up on July 10th. It is a fun, funky little monster that I have really had fun making.

I can’t wait to see what you think.