lots of little crocheted things

A month or so ago, I wrote about how I was going batty trying to figure out a pattern for my not-yet-born niece’s blanket. You might remember that I was crocheting lots of little things just to give me a break from rearranging skeins of yarn on the floor and frogging my test squares. I blogged about the cupcakes and headbands and baby bottles I had made, but I didn’t blog about everything I’d been crocheting, because some of the things I’d made were gifts, and I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s surpise.

lil' alien and a cupcake

I crocheted this adorable little alien dude for Kuky‘s baby boy Nathan, based on this free amigurumi alien pattern (registration required) from Lion Brand Yarn. The cupcake was a big-sister gift for Kuky’s daughter Isabelle. Like the other cupcakes I’ve crocheted, it’s based on a free cupcake pattern from BitterSweet.

two lil' aliens

Annalie saw the alien I was making for Nathan, and was very sad when I told her it wasn’t for her. So I crocheted one for her one too. Annalie named her alien “Prettiest.”

crocheted baby bottle #2

Another crocheted baby bottle. I…made this so long ago that I can’t remember if I started it at the bottom or top. I know I did one with the first one, and then I tried it the other way with this second bottle, and I liked the second way better. I can’t remember which was which, though.

stripey and cratery crocheted balls

I had to send a little care package to Anna after her visit here, because a piece of her stroller fell off in my van. I stuck in these balls that I crocheted for her kids. Annalie chose the colors especially for Apple and J.

stripey crocheted balls

These stripey crocheted balls were a gift for my friend Mike‘s two boys, to include in a package I was sending to their family. Mike, whom I know from 7 Days, is the one who described the show Chuck to me as "Get Smart meets The Hunt for Red October," which convinced me I needed to watch it immediately. The rest is history. To thank him, I wanted to paint him a mug. He suggested I paint one for his wife, too, so I did.

"thanks for introducing me to Chuck" mugs

Mike’s mug, on the right, has a Casey quote on it ("I don’t kid about quiche"). His wife’s mug, on the left, has a less direct Chuck reference. The first line in the Cake song "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" is "I want a girl with a mind like a diamond." An instrumental version of that song is used over the credits of "Chuck." Mostly I just really like that line, and knowing Mike I suspect that it describes his wife pretty well. (There is a photo in Mike’s flickr of him and his wife posing with their mugs in the last run of 7 Days, too.)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to work on the blanket I’m crocheting for my niece.

8 Responses to “lots of little crocheted things (and two dottery mugs)”

  1. Mim says:

    I finally mastered granny squares and want to make one of your blankets soon. My next project after that will be a babette blanket. Have you seen these?!

    I figure it will take me all winter long but I can’t wait to get into it.

  2. I’m actually crocheting a Babette for my niece right now! Or a slightly modified version of one, anyway. I’ve been wanting to try it for ages.

  3. LaurenC says:

    I hadn’t thought of adding chuck quotes to my pottery session.
    Now the mind shall start ticking away with new ideas.

  4. BeachMama says:

    And we love those balls so much. Apple carries hers around with her everywhere and tries to steal J’s. But, he will have nothing of it. Thanks again Bethany, you are so talented.

  5. Jennifer says:

    You’ve been busy! I love the balls. Have you ever made any with catnip inside for the cats?

  6. Katrina says:

    I LOVE the little aliens!! i may have to give that a try!

  7. Kuky says:

    Thank you again for the toys. :)

  8. Sam says:

    Bethany, I am swooning. I love these little creatures! You are seriously amazing. After seeing Brenda’s photoshoot with the afghan, and this fun stuff, I am more inspired than ever to learn to crochet. I think I need a lesson from YOU, the Master…after I make your hat, perhaps? :)