Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

There was an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand a couple weeks ago. I was really blown away by the amount of destruction, but, being low on funds, I figured there wasn’t much I could do. Then it occurred to me: people want me to sell my crochet critters all the time. So, I figured, if I sold a couple, I could then donate some money to the Red Cross, which is my favorite charity. Rather than selling something random, I scoured the internet for this specific pattern. I later found out that a lot of people don’t know what it is. So here is your chance to learn about the Kiwi.

Kiwi are flightless birds that are native to New Zealand. The kiwi is the national symbol of New Zealand, and if you’ve ever known anyone from there, you’ll know they call themselves Kiwis. That’s because of the bird, not the fruit. Of course, now that you know what a kiwi looks like, you know why they named the fruit.

So, I made three kiwis that I am going to “sell” so that the proceeds will go to the Red Cross. This is where YOU come in. Rather than get money, and then turn it back around, I decided it would work best to have you donate the money yourself. (This way, you get your donation receipt for your tax records!) Because I really want this money to do some big things, the minimum donation is $20. For more information about the Kiwis and how to become the lucky owner, keep reading.



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Very soon, I will have ironed out the kinks in my plan. And then I will post the three kiwi birds I made. And then three lucky people will get the opportunity to buy said kiwis. And the money will ALL go to the Red Cross in New Zealand for the ChristChurch earthquake recovery.  And it will be fabulous.

Alas, I am still working out how to go about that. If you have any suggestions on how best to get the money where it’s supposed to go, I’d be very open to them. I was thinking maybe something along the lines of how the Fandom Gives Back stuff worked.


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angry bird

I found a pattern online that I was positive some of my friends would go nuts about. I was right. I present to you, the Angry Bird – Cardinal:

Details: He took about 5 hours to complete. He’s filled with a mixture of half fiberfill, half pony beads. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Solids. And my Angry Birds Addict friends love him to pieces.

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We have a contest at work every Valentine’s Day. Everyone (well, the cool people anyway) decorates a bag and then we give out valentines just like in elementary school. It’s super fun. This year I was on the committee, so I decided to make my bag crochet-style. The theme of the contest this year was Cartoonastic. Here is the result:

Details: I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Red, White, and Black. I improvised a pattern for a bag I found in a book, but enough was improvised that it’s not really worth mentioning. It’s about 11 inches tall, not counting straps. And, aside from being a seriously cute bag, it’s really soft.

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berry sweet scarf

My favorite scarf to date, was the Berry Sweet Scarf. It’s really pretty, really soft, and the owner wears it constantly (which means it’s a fan favorite).

The details: It’s about five-and-a-half feet long, half double crochet with about two inches of fringe. I used Loops & Threads Charisma yarn. All in all it only took about three or four hours to complete. I made another after this with the blue-green color and it is also pretty awesome.

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