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Hat Mod - Pink Shells  

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I used the same basic Bobble Beauty pattern from the last post, but modified it to make it a little more dramatic. I used shells instead of bobbles to really make them pop out, and also added more of a brim (is that what you'd call it?).

Shell Beauty Pattern


*1 skein Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (or other worsted of your choosing)
*Size K/10.5 crochet hook

ch: chain
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
( ) : repeat what is in parenthesis

Specialty Stitch:
*Shell Stitch: work 6 dc in next stitch

NOTE 1: beginning ch does not count as a stitch
NOTE 2: when join rounds, ignore the beginning st and join in first real stitch. Join with slip stitch.
NOTE 3: numbers in ( ) at end of row depicts number of stitches you should have for that row.

ROW 1: ch 4, 12 dc in first st, join in first dc. (12 sts)

ROW 2: ch 3, 2 dc in ea stitch around, join in first dc. (24 sts)

ROW 3: ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, 1 dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st) around. Join in first dc. (36 sts)

ROW 4: ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, 1 dc in next 2 sts (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts) around. Join in first dc. (48 sts)

ROW 5: ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, 1 dc in next 3 sts (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts) around. Join in first dc. (60 sts)

ROW 6: ch 3, 1 dc in ea st around. Join in first dc. (60 sts)

ROW 7: repeat row 6. (60 sts)

ROW 8: repeat row 6. (60 sts)

ROW 9 Shell stitch row: ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, sc in next st, (shell st in next st, sc in next st) around, join in chain of first shell.

ROW 10 Shell stitch row: ch 3, 2 dc in same st as join, (sc in 3rd st in shell below, sc in 4th st in shell below, shell in next sc stitch [after the shell stitch ends]) around, join in chain of first shell.

ROW 11: ch 1, sc in 3rd st in shell below, sc in next sc below, sc in next sc,
(sc in 3rd st in next shell, sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around, join in chain. (90 st)

ROW 12: ch 1, (sc in next sc, skip next st), around. (45 st)

ROW 13: ch 3, (dc in next sc, dc in each sc around. (45 st)

ROW 14: ch 5, dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc) around, join in chain.

ROW 15: ch 5, dc in next dc, (ch 2, dc in next dc [skip the ch 2 in last row, only dc in dc]) around, join in first dc. (45 st)

ROW 16: ch 1, sc in each dc around, join in chain. (45 st)

ROW 17: ch 1, sl st in same st as join, ch 1, (sl st in next st, ch 1) around, join in first st.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

There it is! My first pattern. It might be a bit crazy, but I am still learning.

Edit: Hopefully this fixes the problem. Thanks for the heads up CrochetWitch! <3

Blue Bobble Hat  

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It's hard to see the bobbles in these pictures, but I really like the way this came out. I used multicolored Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and a size K hook.

Texture, you can sorta see the bobbles.

Pattern by Dot Matthews, found at Patterns by Dot - Bobble Beauty.

Crocheted Nintendo DS Case  

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I've been crocheting for a little over a month now, and I've finally come up with my first original, 100% Megan pattern. I made this cute little pink case for my (well...Benny's) Nintendo DS.

It kinda looks like a little monster or bunny when it's open....

Texture. The stitches came out surprisingly uniform.

Such a snug fit for the little guy. Now he's safe from my purse and the hazards of Greg's cleaning.

Inside pocket for games.

It's a pretty basic design, but I'm proud of it anyway.

I'll write the pattern out and post it later.

Feeding the Birdies  

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Dozens of little chubeete finches came to feast on my bread. Even a fat little squirrel showed up. I want to catch one and snuggle it!


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Today I re-knitted one of two mitts. The first one came out a bit too big and wasn't shrinking enough is the new, revised version of the fingerless mitts:

Lace pattern. Pretty easy design. I used this really cheap, vintage fingering weight cream alpaca. It only took a few hours to knit with a 3.5 mm crochet needle (two smaller than the pattern, I have really tiny hands.) Hopefully the second one will come out as nice.

Pattern from Stitch N' Bitch, The Happy Hooker: Ladylike Lace Gloves.

Central Park and Baby Birdies  

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Yesterday Greg and I went to Central Park and froze into little tiny icicles. We got a couple hot dogs from these two girls who weren't qualified to run the shack they inhabited. They didn't have any change, and they didn't know what relish was. That's right, they work in a hot dog stand and have never heard of RELISH. Anyway, we waited for some other character to bring our $2 change. By then our hot dogs were frozen. We sat down to eat, but our hands were too numb to enjoy anything. We had to keep our hands in our pockets, and then attack the hotdog for a bite quickly before our fingers got numb again.

After that unpleasantness, we walked around the park looking for squirrels and birds to feed. They were hibernating. Smarter than us. We found this little guy:

Then I made a life-threatening mistake. We climbed up one of those big jagged rocks that juts out of the ground. As we were descending the rock, I started slipping slowly to my doom. My boots had no tread, and my coat was slippery. I was hanging sideways by one hand, telling Greg "leave me here to die. Go back to the apartment and live a good life. I'm Falllllinnnn!" I looked like a little starfish slidin down a slope. Just as I was about to plunge into the abyss, Greg pulled me up by my hood (like a miniature pup). I looked death in the eye. Haha.

Me with some ice skaters. Greg wouldn't let me do it.

He also can't take pictures. The smart guy would turn the camera to fit in some buildings. Not Gregory. Noooo way.

Lookin cold and old:

We walked through the rest of the park and then went to Starbucks where we somehow got 3 hot chocolates for the price of 2. WHAT A DEAL!

Ze Apar-te-mon!  

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I woke up this morning, and it's ZERO DEGREES INSIDE THE APARTMENT! Well...maybe not zero, but close. This is sabotage! Even Greg is freezing.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the apartment, cleaned by our Roomba. It's funny to open the door and see the little robot whizzing around cleaning.

A view looking down from the loft bed. Greg set the table for the shot because he is a loser. See that paper plate in the back? I made cookies :)

The futon. Greg's penguins are on the right.

See how cool our hanging utensils are? My superior design of course.

Coat hooks, another genius move by Megan Moulos.

The bed, which Greg calls "upstairs." Underneath is my office.

My very awesome new desk fits perfectly under my very awesome new bed.

Fireplace nicknacks:

Bookshelf, complete with Gregs' African Man and fishing rod. You can see how terrible he is at stacking (evidence in bottom right corner).

Our new apartment is tiny and a little cozy, but I really miss home. I miss Mom and her crazy shenanigans. I miss hanging out with Dad and watching him harass Brutus. I miss Ron and his zoo full of animals and baby birds. I wish I could have been there for Cocoa in her last days :(. I miss Nana and Gabby and Donna...and everyone. Oh well, I'll be home soon :)

I miss Cocoa :(  

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I miss my little chubby puppy. Cocoa was a great dog. She had such a personality. In her old age, she would give you sly sideways looks and ignore you if she didn't feel like doing what you requested.

I gave little Cocoa a lot of love in the many years she lived with me. I think Mom and Ron made the right decision to have her put to sleep on Saturday instead of suffer until I could make it home to see her. Greg said that he knew exactly what happened when he saw my face on the phone with Mom. I felt like I was getting punched in the stomach. It feels like Cocoa has always been with me. I am terribly sad that she is gone, and will miss my little fat Cocoa. Love you pup.

"Well Ja Rule..."  

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I thought I would be updating this blog every day after the big move to New York. Didn't happen. The first few days were far to hectic, and then there was just too much clutter, no

But let me take you back in LAST SATURDAY. (((((bllloo dooo dooo))))).

I flipped out all morning. Leaving home seemed like the most terrible, irreversible decision I could make at the time. After numerous false starts and one really pissed off Mom, I got to Ft. Lauderdale airport. Greg and his mom were already waiting, and hustled me right along. Mom parked to say goodbye. Thank goodness for Xanax, I would have probably ended up exploding or turning into a jackal from the anxiety. We left Florida at 8:50 and arrived at JFK at 11:30 am.

Greg let himself get hustled into taking a ride into the city from a guy that looked like this:

But luckily he didn't murder us or take any of our things. He jabbered in Spanish into his headphone cellphone for the whole ride. He told his (probably convict) friend how he "picked up some Germans" (us) and complained about our bags. We got to the realtor's office, got the key, and hopped in another cab for the rest of the ride to Cornelia.

I walked into the apartment and....had a total nervous breakdown. The room looked like a closet, and the last tenant decided she didn't have to clean up the dirt and scum on the floor, walls....ugh. I had a nice little freakout and was convinced I was heading home to my nice cozy room in Florida. The next few hours were a blur. Dad got in and made me feel 100000% better. He took us to dinner and made me a happy little girl.

We decided to break the house rules (badasses!) and sneak a few things upstairs. We were being really sneaky and vigilante when some jerk ruined our fun. He came and stood in the doorway and watched our every not-so-sneaky move. So, Dad had to drive out to Brooklyn to transfer the rest of the goods to Tweety's truck. Somehow, he picked up a nail in his tire in the process, but enjoyed an extremely fast "racket"/operation who fixed his tire in a few minutes.

Dad had to leave early to get to Delaware :(

I'm getting tired of this play-by-play recount, so...we built the bed and the wardrobe...

Got some complaints, slept on air mattresses, built the bed, got the rest of our things on Monday, built the table and chairs...

Built the cabinets, stools, and the futon...

And then decided our building days were over. The rest of the week was spent slowly unpacking boxes, cleaning, and eating at cheap restaurants. We finally have everything unpacked, and the room looks pretty good. Somehow, it looks bigger with things in it...nonsense?