Happy Friday Friends! I hope everyone has exciting crochet plans for the weekend. I know it has been a really long time since my last post and I'm sorry about that. Things have been a little crazy around here. Work has been a pain--it's always something, you know?
We've been doing a biggest loser competition at work and my goal was to lose about 10 pounds. Well, the competition ends on Monday and I am nowhere near my goal. I think I've lost about 6. In my defense though, we've had a lot of social events going on. One week we had a party with some friends which entailed a lot of wine, chocolate and delicious food. Then we had a birthday dinner for my husband with family which entailed wine, delicious food, and sopapilla. I have no idea if i spelled that right, but it doesn't matter because it's very high in calories. Then it was a big birthday for my husband and I planned a surprise birthday party for him with a few of our friends. Again, wine, chocolate, delicious food and cake. Plus you throw Mardi Gras in there and I guess I'm lucky I lost 6 pounds--and to be completely honest, I've only lost 6 pounds if i don't gain an ounce between now and Monday at my final weigh in.
Oh what a week it has been! I am so glad it's Friday. Well, I'm always glad it's Friday, but this week especially so! Where to begin...Well, the surprise birthday party for John was Saturday. We went out to a latish lunch around 2 or 3 o'clock. We were supposed to be at the restaurant for the party around 7:15. Well we went and did a few things and then went to the restaurant. He was very surprised--which that part was great, but just as we all sat down and started enjoying one another's company, he gets hit with food poisoning and spends the bulk of his party in the restroom violently ill! Then I had to deal with a nasty seller on EBay this week--I won't even get into that, but suffice it to say that I will not be purchasing anything from her again! EBay made things right though even though the seller didn't! Then my credit card company called me and there were over 1000 dollars in charges placed on my card on Tuesday and did I make them????? UMMMM NO! So I've been dealing with them. They've called every day since then to ask questions even though I've told them multiple times that I work during the day and don't have time to deal with them at that point and they need to call in the evenings. Hopefully that is all resolved now and I won't have to deal with them any more until I get my new card. So that has been my week my friends. As i said, it's been crazy, frustrating, aggravating, and most of all very, very long!!!!
This weekend I have very minimal plans. I'm supposed to have Audrey on Saturday for another sewing lesson and then Sunday I don't have any plans at all and I'm really hoping it stays that way! :-)
Now today's free pattern is this really cute sweater and hat set for a teddy bear. Not just any bear--this sweater and hat is made to fit a 16 inch bear from that incredibly expensive bear factory in the mall. You know the one--you can get the bear for about 16 bucks, but if you want to buy it any clothes, you're not getting out of there for under $50!!!!!
So here you go friends--enjoy! Have have an amazing weekend!
16 Inch Bear Sweater
Designed by Lori Baker
3.5 ounces worsted weight yarn
Size I crochet hook
Row 1: Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)
Rows 2—30: Working in BLO, sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn. At end of row 3- do not ch 1, turn so that you will be working along ends of rows.
Row 1: Ch 2, work 30 more hdc evenly across, turn. (31 hdc)
Rows 2---4: Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn. (31 hdc)
Row 5: Sl s across first 5 hdc, ch 2, hdc in next 22 sts, leave rem sts unworked. Turn. (23 hdc)
Rows 6&9: Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.
Row 10: Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts. Fasten off. Sk next 9 sts , rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts. Fasten off.
Work rows 1—7 of back.
Row 8: Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts. Turn.
Rows 9&10: Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 10.
Skip next 9 sts on row 7, rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, turn. Work rows 9 & 10 of first shoulder. Fasten off.
With right sides together, sew together at shoulder and at side seams. Turn right side out.
Rnd 1: Join with sl st st bottom of armhole, ch 2, work 24 more hdc evenly spaced around. Join to beg ch 2.
Rnds 2—4: Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join to beg ch 2.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc.
Rnds 6—7: Working in BLO, sc in each sc around, join. Fasten off at end of round 7.
Repeat for other sleeve.
Rnd 1: Join with sl st at center back of neck, ch 1, sc evenly around, join to back loop of first sc.
Rnd 2: Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Join to first sc. Fasten off.
Row 1: Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 & turn. (24 sc)
Rows 2 & 3: Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each rem sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn. (20 sc)
Row 4: Sc in each st across. Ch 1 & turn.
Rows 5—9: Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across to lst 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn. (10 sc)
Rows 10 & 11: Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 12—18; Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Ch 1 and turn. (24 sc)
Row 19: Sc in first 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, rep from * across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 sc)
Row 20: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Ch 1 & turn. (30 sc)
Row 21: Rep row 20. (32 sc)
Begin working in rounds
Rnd 1: Sc in each st across row 21 and in each st on opposite side of foundation ch, join to black loop of first sc.
Rnds 2 & 3: Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Fasten off at end of round 4.