Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hello Dolly!

Well, here is our newest edition, Dolly.  She is a three pound, two-year-old poodle shih-tzu mix that was recently rescued from a puppy mill.  We are fostering her – and possibly adopting her – depending on how the “old lady” of the house takes to her.  (The old lady of the house, is, of course, little Nan, my shih tzu, who will be 16 in May.)  So far, Nandy is ignoring the “problem” and quite frankly, probably hoping “it” will go away, but for now we press on in hopes of a blossoming friendship.

Dolly had never been out of a puppy mill cage until just a few days ago.  Everything is new to her and it’s so funny watching her figure out how life works on the “outside.” 
She was rescued and then had major surgery:  three dew claws removed (because they were long and infected), a complete hysterectomy due to all of the back-to-back litters of puppies, and dental work done.  She almost didn’t survive the surgery, but the vet was able to keep her going and now she is with me recovering.  She stays on my lap whenever I sit and if I can’t hold her she finds someone to take my place.
She has such a sweet spirit about her and I’m really hoping that Nandy warms up to her.  I would love to keep her, however I have a lot of folks volunteering to take her if it doesn’t work out.  :0)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Amigurumi Lion

I made this little guy for my little nephew, Caleb.  I followed the pattern in the Vanna White's Easy Crochet Critters amigurumi book.  I hope he likes it!

Brady’s Crocheted Football

This was quite an ambitious project for me.  I started a crocheted football for Brady just three days before Christmas.  I thought it was going to be small, like a nerf-sized ball, but it turned out to be full size.  You crochet it in rounds with single crochet, so it has to be worked pretty tight.  My poor hand was cramping up so bad!  But, it was worth it – as you can see, he really liked it!  :0) 

Kip’s Christmas Amigurumi Penguin

Here is Kip’s homemade Christmas present for this year.  We bought him a penguin Pillow Pet, so I crocheted a baby penguin for him.  :0)

Stay Warm Ice Scraper

Okay, so I didn’t have a homemade gift for my dad (aka Pawpaw) so I worked this up the night before Christmas Eve in about an hour.  I bought an ice scraper at our Dollar Tree and crocheted a tube to fit over it.  Now he can scrape ice off of his windshield and his hand will stay warm.  Okay….silly idea….but you don’t know my dad.  He loved it!  :0)