I'm not sure how many of you guys read my blog and don't follow my facebook posts, but if you are a blog reader, then this is for you! I am having a sale this week in hopes of saving some money to get my daughter into Pre-K in the coming weeks. So, in honor of that, I am having a sale. This sale will include the following:

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All hats with a face are on sale for $20 

This is down from the normal price of $25

Not including shipping, should be around $3.

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All Hats without at face are $15

This is also down from the regular price of $25

Not including shipping, should be around $3

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Brand New Bob-Omb Amigurumi $15

This is a brand new item that I would have priced at $20-25.

Not including shipping, should be around $3

All orders are greatly appreciated! Contact me at hookinmouthcrochet@gmail.com or facebook.com/hookinmouthcrochet87 for more details and ordering information!
 
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Sorry about the long time between blog posts again. We have had a few personal things going on within the past couple of weeks, so the crocheting has slowed down a little. I'm sure it will pick right back up again soon, and if it doesn't I will have plenty more to crochet in the near future...that's all I'm going to say. I am also currently working on a couple new amigurumi for my fiance. But to hold you over until then, I added a picture of our adorable new kitten Felix playing in my yarn!

 
To begin, I apologize again for the long wait between blog posts the past couple of weeks. I finally got a memory card reader for my camera. So I have a temporary fix until my camera decides to completely stop working. It seems like hats are the popular thing the past couple of weeks. I made two for the contest winners from The Perfect Knot, and I also made the custom hat for the winner of my contest. That winner chose a Black Spiderman Earflap Hat, in case anyone was wondering. In addition to that I made a few other custom hats including the Tardis one up above. The Tardis hat was really fun to make and also brought up some new challenges I have not faced before, like so many color changes within the same row on a hat.
Another hat that I just finished up within the past couple weeks is the Custom Totoro hat pictured above. It is funny that even though I use the same basic pattern for all my hats, they all end up turning out so differently. Something as simple as changing the shape of the ears makes a hat that is completely different. 
Lastly, there is this Custom Mickey Mouse Earflap Hat. I wanted to do something like this because the Mickey Mouse face itself would be kind of difficult to replicate in crochet. I figured going for more of a mouse ears hat style but with aspects more related to Mickey would look better. I did the puffballs on the bottom yellow because I thought it looked cute to have the shorts, the long black spindly legs and then the puffballs are like Mickey's shoes. I also made this hat with a different stitch, which I may do from now on with my hats. I used hdc to shape the hat rather than dc, which I normally do, and I think it looks a little neater and tighter. I also used hdc for the Tardis Hat. Not sure if anyone other than me can tell the difference. 
 
Hey everyone, I just wanted to provide you with a quick update. Don't think that I have forgotten about you. I haven't been able to upload any pictures to my computer recently. The input for the wire for my camera is really loose, so my computer is not detecting the camera. I apologize for the lack of posts. I will be purchasing an SD Card reader on 
 
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One of my most recent projects is a custom Eeyore which was very fun to make. I also decided with this one that I would take some pictures as it was progressing just to make it a little more exciting and show some more of the "behind the scenes" action. There were definitely some new challenges with Eeyore which were fun to overcome. I had never made an ami of this type before, never made a tail, and never had to attach the neck the way I did with Eeyore, so it was a bit different than some others. 

Here are a couple of pictures of Eeyore's head. I normally do not close off the head and have it as one piece, but since I needed the neck to be attached differently because body isn't facing the same direction as the head like others I closed it off. I was worried that it might not look quite as neat, but the little crop of hair at the top tidied it up nicely. 
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Here is a quick picture before I connected the head and body and added the finishing touches like the tail and hair. Below this is the final picture of Eeyore. He is now in the mail and happily on his way to his owner.

 
Although it is a small step, I thought that it would be nice to give something away to one lucky winner to celebrate getting 100 likes on Facebook. This year has turned out to be great so far in terms of crochet for me. I thought that selling anything once the winter months were over would be impossible and yet people continue to prove me wrong. So here is me saying thanks to everyone for your support and I hope that you all will continue to pay attention to my ramblings and order custom items that will confuse me at times! 
So, I am going to give away a Custom Earflap Hat in Any Size!!! Did that get your attention? Because I was kind of hoping it would. So how do you get it? If you are not already a fan of Hook in Mouth Crochet on Facebook, then like the page for goodness sake!!!! After you have done that share your favorite Hook In Mouth Crochet picture to your Facebook wall then click on the link below and comment on the picture! 
That is all you have to do. I will randomly choose a winner Monday July 2, 2012 at 5pm AZ Time! Good luck!
 
This last week was a fairly busy one. I finished up a few projects and started on a few more things. I have been finding so many adorable patterns on Ravelry lately that I want to try. So don't be surprised if you see me using a lot of patterns in the near future, but I will always provide a link for them for others to try out, or to at least let you know what is not my own original design. The first couple pictures up above are of a Panda Earflap Hat I made. I made it for Daniel's  (my fiance) cousin. She asked me to make it for her a while ago and I finally got around to it. Not that there really needed to be much hurry on it, as it isn't going to be cold enough to wear an earflap hat in El Paso for quite some time. I really like how it turned out. I wasn't sure whether or not I should add the little pink cheeks, but I thought they would be very cute! I kind of want to make one for myself now. 
Above are a couple pictures of the Barefoot Sandals I made for myself on a whim last week. I keep seeing all these pictures of Barefoot Sandals all over the place and I wanted to try my hand. Then, when looking at some pictures on Google, I saw a picture where somebody was wearing heels with their's and I thought that was an amazing idea, so I decided to try it out for myself. These were so quick and easy to make that I also decided to write up a pattern for them, so look out for the pattern in the Patterns section of the site. 
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Lastly is one of the items that like I said, I found a pattern for on Ravelry. I found this pattern a while ago and had been wanting to try it out, but I dont buy cotton yarn as often...not really sure why, it is inexpensive, super soft, and shows off the crochet work nicely. Regardless, it was very easy and quick to make and turned out quite nicely. I cannot wait to bring it to yoga and try it out. Here is a link to the pattern for anyone interested: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spiral-ladder-yoga-bag

Thanks for those of you, if any that are actually keeping up with me and my blog. There should be a lot more things coming up in the near future. I have a few amis as well as a few more hats that I am working on, so stay tuned!
 
I have been working on a whole lot of items lately, and have a whole lot more coming in the very near future. I am also working on a bunch of different halloween items, so stay on the lookout for those! I am hoping to do some items such as a kitty costume, complete with kitty hat, mittens, and tail for infants and toddlers. I am also hoping to do a line of pumpkin hats and matching candy totes, as well as many other mystery items! Pictures to come soon.  Other than that,  I have just been working on an array of other items for family and a few custom orders. 
The first two pictures are of a Brown and Tan Basketweave  baby blanket for my cousin Sean's new addition to the family! I wanted to do something a little less traditional and more fun. I made it once again with Caron Simply Soft yarn, as I pretty much always do for baby blankets. 
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This next blanket I did as a custom order for an old friend from high school/junior high school who is also expecting a little one. It is similar to the Pink and Yellow Bobble Stitch Blanket I made a while back, but this one is obviously Gray and Pink and it is Carseat/Stroller sized rather than Crib Size. 

And finally, here are a few of the other things I have made throughout the past couple of weeks. It seems like so much.  On the top left is a newborn sized monkey hat I did as a custom order. I just posed it on the skull because it fit nicely and filled out the hat, so it looked better than when it was laying flat.  Next to the that on the right is a purse I just finished for myself yesterday. I used a pattern for that which I got on Ravelry. Here is a link to the pattern  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hey-sailor . I dont think the detail looks quite as nice on my purse in the yarn I used. I may make another in the future using the cotton yarn they suggest rather than the Red Heart Super Saver I used this time. Finally on the bottom is a skirt I made myself. I made it so I could use it as a swim suit cover up. The pattern is available here  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/emmajeans-minty-green-skirt . As you can see if you look at the original pattern, it is quite a bit longer than I made it. I figured it would be a little too hot and heavy for me since I live in AZ, so I modified the pattern to only go up to Row 20, then added the first 4 Rows of fringe in the pattern. I also made a skirt in black but did not take a picture. 
That pretty much sums everything up, I think. This post was once again very long and drawn out, I need to get on here more frequently to make posts rather than waiting a month between each post and writing a novel. I hope you guys stuck with me the whole time, and once again, look forward to some sneak peaks of some Halloween items very soon. There may even be some free patterns ;).
 
I've been working on a few new things lately, that will come up very quickly in a couple more posts sometime next week. But for now, I have made a couple more pairs of booties. They are a variation of the pink and yellow ones I made before. I think the next thing I want to try is a T Strap sandal. I have seen a few of them and they are adorable. I also tried hand painting the buttons for these booties since I couldn't find suitable buttons this time around. Both of the pairs of booties are about an infant Size 1. I basically just compared them to one of my daughters old shoes. I hope you guys enjoy, and check back next week for a few more things!
 
Sorry about the long hiatus I took from my blog, I have surprisingly been very busy with my crochet work lately. There are a lot of things that will be coming up in the future, such as: a couple pairs of booties, a matching monkey hat and blanky, another baby blanket, and a pattern for my cupcake potholders. With so many things going on, I just haven't had a whole lot of time to take pictures of things and update my blog. 
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Besides all of that, I have been working on a knitted bunny replica. The way the bunny was originally made was so different than the things I normally do, so it was a little difficult to figure it out at first, but I think it turned out quite well. The legs especially where very different from how I normally do legs on an ami. Rather than making them separate and sewing them on, I crocheted the head and body as one peice and then made a chain in the middle of the hole at the bottom. From there I worked on both sides of the  chain to create the legs. If you are familiar with making amis, you will see what I am talking about.  Below is a side by side comparison of mine and the original. Mine is on the left and the original is on the right. Obviously, there are some differences, but one was knitted and one was crocheted, so I would like to think I got as close as I could.  Either way, it was something fun and challenging that I thought I would share, enjoy!