Baby Dragon Rattle – finally!

Well here it is…finally…if it took me much longer to finish it would not have been ready for the baby shower on Saturday!  I have been busy, really I have, just not with things anyone wants to hear about, like mucking out the ducks and chickens cages and my normal, everyday life.  So I’ve had this Baby Dragon Rattle pattern saved for a quite a while now and knew, one day, I would get to try it out….someone I knew was bound to get pregnant during this long, cold Winter!  I decided to go with Spring Green (0672) for the body and Paddy Green (0368) for all the spikes, both yarns are Red Heart, Super Saver acrylic.   I used a 3.25mm/D/10 sized crochet hook.  I thought since we are expecting a little baby boy, green would work nicely.  Here are some shots of how my version of  Baby Dragon Rattle turned out.


I’m pretty happy with how my dragon rattle turned out.  It took patience to attach all the spikes but they fell into place and the pattern was easy to follow and worked up nicely. The pattern’s creator, Kristi of Sidrun, also included helpful hints and photos, very nice. 🙂

You may ask; why does he look so different from the originals in the pattern?  Well that is because I could not follow the directions precisely.  I didn’t have a “Kinder Surprise plastic egg” as called for in the materials list, in fact, I do not even know what that is but I had an idea of my own to try.  A while back when my husband was taking his daily medication, the sound his bottles made reminded me of a baby rattle, so I’ve been saving his empties for just such an occasion!!  The pill bottles have locking, child-proof lids so I figured that is a safety feature, right?  I peeled off the label and put some beads inside and wrapped the bottle in Duck Tape and voilà a safe, somewhat waterproof center for a crocheted baby rattle!


It worked perfectly with this pattern’s body circumference, however I did have to add four rows to the body section at Row 14 making my dragon a bit taller than the pattern originals.  Since my dragon was so tall, I rearranged the spikes to run straight down starting from his head, giving me an extra spike to add to his back.  All-in-all this pattern worked up quickly, it was just my distracted life that made it take so long!   I plan on making another one of these babies in blue for another new baby, so many baby boys lately!

Until next time, have a great day and happy hooking!

Flock update

My, my how the chicks and ducks have grown in such a short while. They are around 4-5 weeks now and are growing like weeds. I keep hoping the snow will melt so we can get their outdoor coop set up, but no such luck yet as we just were dumped on again! However, today the temperature is reading 50 degrees F (10 C) outside so hopefully we are in for warmer days now.

We decided having the chicks and ducks together was not a good idea anymore, the ducks are like little T-Rex’s and tower over the chicks and they are quite a bit messier! So separation time was neigh! During the set up of the new duck residence we let Agatha and Bert take a practice swim and boy did they enjoy that!





Those two really enjoyed their little wading time and I think we will be letting them do that a little more now that they are getting bigger.

The chicks are feathering nicely and seem to enjoy are company once they get past being spooked! They are having little chicken fights now, apparently establishing a pecking order. They are not cute fluff balls anymore, but they are still adorable in a sparsely feathered way.


All-in-all our flock is healthy and happy. Growing a bit big and stinky for the basement but alas this is the U.P. and you just have to roll with the weather Mother Nature decides to send us. Here is my back yard yesterday, all snow covered (see my chair swing all buried down there?), at least it was sunny and warm-ish.

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Well my crochet project is taking shape and maybe I will have pictures for next time, I keep getting distracted by cleaning up after birds and what not! What I’m making is a baby shower present and I should have completed this already if not for distractions, maybe I should change my blog name to Laura B Getting Distracted? The project is this Baby Dragon and I should finish it up shortly if I remain focused! Until next time have a great day and happy hooking!

A Beautiful Spring Day

So after an extremely long winter, it seems the weather is finally starting to break.  This weekend I’ve seen more sunshine than I have in a very long time.  My husband wanted to check his traps and invited me along to enjoy the beautiful day.  We hopped on the sleds and headed out into the sunshine.  These pictures were taken with my phone, so they aren’t showing the spectacular beauty of this day.


My husband, Paul, striking a pose!


Riding on the frozen river.


What a nice surprise,  rabbit!


Me, waiting for Paul to check the last trap.

The traps didn’t produce more than the one rabbit, and since it was in a tree, it was an unexpected catch to boot!  It was a fantastic day to get out and enjoy the beginnings of Spring.  I hear there is a winter storm heading our way, so I guess it’s not quite over yet, but we got our first melt so it’s a start. 

I made a rabbit stew for Sunday dinner.  I should have taken a picture of the stew (I will get better at this blogging, I hope) it was fantastic with yummy dumplings on top.  The only difference I will do next time is make it in the slow cooker, the rabbit was too chewy with the shorter cooking time.  Something to remember for the next time!  I was impressed I was able to feed five people on one rabbit, most times you want at least two.  The stew was chock full of potatoes, carrots, celery and dumplings that it was a veritable feast. My husband had caught a fish, while ice fishing on Friday, so he cooked that up just in case there wasn’t enough, but really we didn’t need it for dinner and snacked on that later.

As far as crocheting goes, there was a bit of a mishap with my latest project.  While my husband was vacuuming he accidentally sucked my work and half the skein of yarn up!  Oh what a mess that was that was!  But it was extremely funny hearing him vacuuming along and then screaming “Help…..Laura!”  I think he thought I would be upset but, really, how could I be…he was vacuuming!

So I will get back to work on that project and get a post on that as I am trying something new.  Until then, have a great day and happy hooking!

Spring Babies

Over the evening we got what is hopefully our last snow storm of the season!  It was annoyingly beautiful this morning with snow clinging to all the trees limbs.  This winter seems relentless, but I know it will eventually come to an end….unless this is the start of the new ice age! PLEASE NO!   I have been trying to get myself into a more Springy mood so when I went into town to shop I stopped by the Tractor Supply store to look at Spring’s new arrivals.  The peeps and ducklings are so adorable and can always make me smile!  This year my husband finally agreed that raising our own chickens would be a good idea.  So we picked out some babies and went home with a small flock of six chicks and two ducklings!

They are kept under heat lamps so every picture came out red.  So I decided to take some black and whites instead.  So here is our little flock of Spring cuteness! Image


We’ve named the ducks Bert and Agatha, but since it’s harder to tell the chicks apart they remain nameless for now.  This undertaking will be a lot of work but I do look forward to eventually having fresh eggs daily.  The coop will be brought in once the snow melts.  It’s a second hand coop so I’m sure it will need some work, but I had intended on having to build one so this is a much better alternative.  I can’t wait to get that cleaned and set up for them.  Right now they are living quite comfortably in a pen in my basement torturing the cats and dogs with their peeping and pecking at them through the openings.  Once they get a little bigger I will integrate them more with the household pets to ensure that everyone gets along nicely.

I haven’t crocheted much more than an Easter egg or two this week which is really rather fitting since we now have chickens!  I have a couple projects that I need to do for an upcoming baby shower so I will be back at it now!  Until next time, Have a Great Day and Happy Hooking!



Not much going on here

This week has been uneventful. I feel I am getting cabin fever and really need a dose of Springy weather so I can get out in it! I heard from my daughter and she surfed the California waves! I’m so happy she is getting out to do some things she will remember forever. Unfortunately it’s a much nicer climate and I fear she won’t ever want to come back here. 😦

Anyway this is what I ended up making this week. Some dishcloths for my friend who really loves the homemade type more than the store bought.



Another little thing I made was intended to be a toothpick holder but I thought it didn’t look as nice with the toothpicks in it! It will work nicely as a pin cushion though.

Well at least it makes me think of warmer places and I like that!

My friend will be arriving in just a few minutes we are refreshing our minds by watching the last season of our show. The new season starts next week and we are just getting in the right mindset for it!

I hope everyone is having a glorious day and until next time, happy hooking!

Crocheting while I impatiently wait for Spring

While it’s nice to see photos of Springtime sunshine and flowers, I am getting rather impatient for it to hit here!  If things don’t turn soon I may be forced to relocate to a warmer climate just to spare my sanity, it has been an extremely long and cold winter.  At least today I was warmed up with a corned beef and cabbage lunch in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Mmmm what a warming comfort food!


No more snow please!

The above photo was taken just a couple nights ago when I was so discouraged to see it snowing yet again! I snapped this shot when my little dog, Loki, was dashing for the door.  We had a nice warm up for two days and then right back to freezing!  It seems relentless this year.  So with being bundled up inside, I was able to get a couple little things crocheted.

I tried my hand at crocheting a Minecraft Creeper key chain for my nephew.  I have never tried a square before, so I looked to the Internet for inspiration and found a few sites to get tips, this is the end result, which could have been a whole lot better had I used something to reinforce the walls.  My son tells me that Creepers are pillars and I’ve managed to do just a head, but an entire body would be entirely too big for a key chain!  This site has a full pattern to follow if you are interested in making a Minecraft Creeper.  Mine did not turn out quite as nice but here it is all the same:


Minecraft Creeper

I was unsure what to make my niece and my daughter suggested “any cute animal” as girls love cute things!  So I thought what’s cuter than pandas or baby seals?  Not much I tell you!  So I tried both.


Panda Front


Panda back

This Panda is based on this pattern but mine came out differently due to the thicker yarn weight.  Still cute though.


Baby Seal’s face


Side view

The seal I just whipped up from looking at photos, however in retrospect I would have chosen to do it all in single crochet instead of double.  I just wanted to try something done with double crochet but I did not like decreasing in DC as it left such a gap.  Turns out I should have looked up decreasing in double crochet instead of assuming it was done the same as single crochet!  Oh well crocheting is a learning experience, right?!  So this baby seal will be a keeper added to my growing basket of misfit toys! I guess my niece will be getting a panda!

Right now I’m working on some dish cloths as a friend asked for a new one, she loves the one I gave her for Christmas and uses it all the time.  It’s so nice to know you can make a gift for someone that is useful and appreciated! 🙂

Enjoy your sunshine (if you are getting it) and hopefully some is heading my way!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Until next time, Happy Hooking and Have a Great Day!

Allergies and a lack of inspiration….

Not so busy this week. I’ve been fighting what I thought to be a cold/flu and it turns out seasonal allergies have wreaked havoc on my head. I’ve been put on steroids and allergy medication for a time to help relieve me. I really thought the snow would have to be gone for it to be allergies. Not a thing is budding, blooming or even thinking about turning green yet! Oh well, I just want my head to stop feeling like a weird leaky bubble that’s ready to pop and get back to doing more productive things.

My niece and nephew from Florida will be visiting soon so I’m trying to crochet up something for them. Alas it has not gone well. I’ve been working on a couple different ideas and don’t like how either of those are turning out.  These two are teenagers and a little harder to figure out than small children. Maybe since it is still literally freezing here and they are used to a warmer climate, I should make them both hats? Although not much use when they get home, it could work out for their visit. Oh crud, that’s what my mother-in-law makes (hats) and I am fairly positive she is already working on something like that for them, now that I think about it. Drats!

What to do? Any ideas? Maybe it’s my foggy head, but I’m finding it hard to come up with a teen friendly idea.