Updates

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Hey, ghoulz! Man, it’s been a long time since I did a life update!

Well, Master Betty and I have both had a bit of a makeover, but Turtle is still her turtly overlord self. It’s been almost two years since we lost Mizzy Kitty, and we’re finally considering peeking around at the animal shelter to see if any kitties there would like to adopt us. Stay tuned for that!

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and confused about all the different things I have going on online, so I’m trying to kind of narrow down and consolidate some of my blogs and pages. It’s difficult because my interest are just so varied that sometimes the little worlds I create need to be separate. I feel like I’m juggling a lot of lot of things, though, and it’s a little overwhelming.

I’m going to be doing some updates and remodeling to the Craftyghoul blog and Facebook page throughout this year. My crochet skills have gotten better, so I need to go through all the patterns I’ve created and make sure they don’t need tweaking; maybe update the images. Maybe I’ll find some new background images and update our little character images. I appreciate your patience as I rearrange things here and there!

Once I get all my little worlds in order, I’ll toss out an update so you know where to keep up with my personal blog, pet blogs, and writer blogs!

Keep on stitchin’, ghoulz!

Luv,

Starling

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Life Update

Hey ghoulz! 2018 sure was a year of ups and downs! You’ve probably noticed that my hair is blonde now. I’ve been doing yoga all year and was even able to ease myself into leaving the house for tiny bits of time to go to the gym! With the limitations of my illnesses, I started out really slow, only going for a few minutes a day for months, and slowly worked my way up to a 15 to 20 minute ultra-low-key workout. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big deal for me!

I’ve really gotten into watching/listening to ASMR videos to help me relax and sleep at night. It’s really soothing for PTSD. You guyz should totally try it out if you have anxiety or trouble sleeping! If you’re interested leave me a comment and maybe I can throw together a list of my favorite youtubers that do ASMR stuff. I’ve also been working on meditating. So, yeah! I’ve made a lot of progress this year! I’ve even been able to hunt down plenty of FREE patterns for the Craftyghoul Facebook Page and schedule a weekly pattern to share with you guyz for several months!

I’m thinking it’s time for me to really buckle down and try to find a literary agent or publisher for my books. That’s my main goal for this year. Master Betty, my hubby, is gonna help me with my query letters and contacting people. If you know anyone who might be interested in a fantasy novel, (to read, represent, or publish), let me know! If you guyz are curious, you can buy my book under the pen name of Billy Eden on amazon: “Deluge of Sin“. It’s available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE as well!  The hook line for “Deluge of Sin” says, “In this thought-provoking morality tale, Lucifer seeks to blur the boundaries of virtue in his perpetual chess game against the the great Iam while their unwitting followers struggle through one chaotic encounter after another in a desperate attempt to prevent consequences of Biblical proportions!” Oooo, sounds intense!

I guess that’s it! I’ll link to all the regular places so you guys can find and follow me!

Later, my ghoulz!

~ Starling

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If you’re interested in my children’s books or you want to see more about the inside life of Starling and Master Betty, you can follow me on Starling’s Blog.

Oh! And I also know this really good writer named Billy Eden! You should check out the epic fantasy novels here!

 

 

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Really Sad News

 

I have some achingly sad news to share with you that I just shouldn’t put off anymore.

Our Mizzy the Kitty passed away back in May. I haven’t posted about it until now because I was just too devastated to actually type it out and be able to handle the reminders when I get supportive sympathy comments, if that makes any sense. I had been trying to run from thinking about it the best I could, using every distraction available, and I’m still running trying to deal with in short, slow little bursts before desperately grabbing for something to occupy my mind with.

She was entwined in everything in my life, from the children’s book I wrote about her, to her Facebook page of kitty updates. Oh, god…I haven’t even updated her page to tell her fans…I can’t. I just can’t handle the thought of logging into my Facebook feed and seeing those little globes alerting me of all the sympathy comments or sad reacts bringing me back to the realization that I’ve lost her. I miss her so much, you guys!

She was a very old little kitty, and she was comfortable and happy up until the very end with plenty advice from her veterinarian. Old age just caught up to her. She passed at home in my husband’s arms. She didn’t seem in pain, just ready to move onto the next kitty adventure across the rainbow bridge. Turtle seemed to know that it was time, and she came out of her usual turtle-hiding-spot to the edge of her tank and looked out of the glass at my husband, whose heart was breaking. I’m serious. I really think she knew, you guys. Our Turtle knew and was affected. I think she was worried about us. Such a sweet turtly overlord.

She was such a helpful kitty, always doing everything we were doing. She was always down for a nap with us no matter the time of day. She was sassy, she was smart, and she was loved. I will never forget my Mizzy Kitty, and I’m glad she’s immortalized in a book and has her facebook page as a memorial. Thank you, Mizzy Kitty. I will love you forever.

Here are some pictures.

 

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FREE Viking Hat Crochet Pattern

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FREE Crochet Viking Hat Pattern

* I Use an H (5.00MM) hook for the horns and a K(6.50MM) hook for the crown of the hat, strip of the hat, and the lining of the horns, and I use Red Heart Super Saver Yarn.

* My hdc decrease: Yo, insert hook, yo, pull up loop, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through all 4 loops.

*bobble : Five-double-crochet bobble. I have no idea how to describe how to do a bobble.

 

Horn:

Use H hook

Rnd 1: Ch 22. Jn with a sl st in first ch to form a ring. Ch 1, hdc in same ch and in each ch around. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. Fasten off. (22 hdc)

  • Now flip the work so that you will be working in the beginning chain to start round two rather than working from the top of round one. The top of round one will now be the bottom of the horn. This will prevent the horn from looking curved at the bottom from the beginning chain because working both round 1 and 2 in the same beginning chain will kind of make the chain disappear into the work and give it a smoother shape.

Rnd 2: Jn with a sl st in any ch. Ch 1, hdc in the same space, hdc, hdc, hdc-decrease, hdc, hdc, sc, sc-decrease, sc, sc, sc, sc-decrease, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc-decrease, hdc in last 2 ch. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. (18 st if you count the decreases as one stitch)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st. Hdc-dec, sc, sl st in the next 4 st. Sc, (hdc-dec, hdc) three times. Jn with a sl st in first hdc. (14 st if you count the decreases as one st and include the 4 sl stitches in the count.)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 6 st, hdc in last 4 st. Jn with sl st in first hdc. (14 st)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in same st and around. Jn with sl st in first hdc. (14 hdc.)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc-dec, sc, sc-dec, sl st, sl st, (sc, sc-dec) twice. Jn with sl st in first hdc. (10 stitches if you count the decreases as one st)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st and around. (10 sc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1. Beginning in same st as join, sc-dec around. Jn with sl st in first sc. (5 sc)

Rnd 9: Ch 1, hdc in same st, sc-dec twice. Jn with sl st in first hdc. Close with a sl st or two and Fasten off. Weave or tuck in ends.

 

Bottom of the horn:

Use H hook. Make two.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 10 dc in the 3rd ch from hook. Jn in first dc with a sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2sc in the same st as join, 2sc in each st around. Jn in first sc with a sl st.

Fasten off leaving tail long enough to sew bottom to horn and then to sew the horn to a hat if you’re going to do that. Stuff horn as you go.

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Metal Strip to go around bottom of horn:

Use K hook. Make two.

Rnd 1: Ch 22, join. Ch 2, (counts as first dc), dc in next 4 ch, bobble in next ch, (dc in next 5 ch, bobble in next ch) twice, dc in last 4 ch. Jn in top of first ch-2.

Rnd 2: Ch 1. Sc in same st and around. Jn. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Flip work to work in original ch. Jn with a sl st in any ch. Ch 1, sc around. Jn in first sc. Fasten off leaving tail long enough to sew strip around bottom of horn.

 

Bottom Strip of Hat:

Use K hook

You’ll make this strip that will look kind of like a headband and then sew it onto the bottom of the crown of the hat.

Rnd 1: With gray, Ch 70, join with sl st in first ch without twisting chain. Ch 2, dc in next 4 chains, bobble stitch in next ch, (dc in next 5 ch, bobble st in next ch) around. Dc in last 4 chains. Jn in top of first dc.

Rnd 2 and 3rd rnd: These two rounds mirror each other on each side of the strip. For Round two, Ch 1, sc in same st and around. Jn with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. For Round three, Flip strip and join gray with a sl st in the original chain. Ch 1, sc in same st and around. Fasten off.

4th round of strip: With black, you will join in the back loop on any stitch on either side because the 4th and 5th rounds will mirror each other. Working in the back loops only around, Ch 2, dc in the next st and around. Jn with sl st in first dc.

5th rnd: You’ll want to flip the strip again repeat the 4th rnd. Then fasten off with a tail long enough to sew this strip to the top of the hat.

 

Crown of the hat:

Use K hook

Rnd 1: Ch 4, join to form a ring. Ch 2, (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), 9dc in ring. Jn in first dc to close round here and at the end of each rnd. (10 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Join. (20 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in next st, (dc, 2dc) around. Join. (30 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, Dc in next st, 2 dc, (dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (40 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (50 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc, (dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (60 dc)

Rnds 7-9: Ch 2, dc in next st and around. Jn.

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc, (dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2dc) around. Join. (70 dc)

Rnd 11: Optional round if you want your hat longer. Ch 2, dc in next st and around. Fasten off.

Sew crown to the metal strip to complete hat. Sew horns on the sides. When sewing the horns to the sides of the hat, you might want to position them slightly forward toward the face rather than the actual sides of the hat because they will look better. If you put the horns on the exact sides they look kind of funny, so I just move them a few inches forward before attaching them.

 

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I made a Crochet Elephant from a FREE pattern I found!

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Hey my crafty ghoulz! Check it out! I found a FREE pattern for this elephant, (and several other animals) at this link! You should really take a peek and see if you need to make one!

I made this for my Aunt K. for Christmas. I’m working on my Christmas presents early this year. She loves elephants. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t really use the internet much, haha, so I’m safe to go ahead and share this without spoiling it for her. (So if you know her don’t tell!) She also has a green thumb and is sooo talented at keeping her yard a little paradise, so I bet she’ll love the flowers and leaves on it, too! It just seemed a perfect fit! I know she’s grown and all…but hey I love getting plushies! Everyone needs a plushy sometimes no matter your age or maturity level!

The only eyes I have are cat eyes, haha, but I think they look great! I’m considering painting them black, though. I haven’t decided yet. Also, I used an F hook when the pattern called for a 2.0 hook, so I think this one turned out a little bigger than the pattern was meant to, but it’s just more to love!

Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated! I had not been doing well for a very long time. My PTSD was bogging me down so heavily, but I think I’m doing a little better lately, so maybe I can do some posts on the Craftyghoul Facebook page and on here more often for a bit. I scheduled a post with a link to a free pattern on facebook for every Thursday for the next few months, so hopefully that will give some of my ghoulz some inspiration!

Keep on stichin’!

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Crochet Bunnies Everywhere!!!!

I have been so obsessed with this FREE crochet bunny pattern lately! They are the most adorable bunnies ever!!!

I just made a nautical-themed bunny for myself so I can snuggz him and squeeze him! I just made up the hat as I went along and didn’t write it down, but I’m pretty sure you can find a much better one on ravelry or pinterest in a simple search. For the life preserver, I used a hook size a few times larger than I used for the bunny. I used an F for the bunny and a K for the preserver. I chained 10 and joined to form a ring. Then I worked 20 sc into the ring and joined with a sl st. Then I took some red and wound it around four different sides.

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I made another one for Admin Important! She seems to like it! She deserves the bunny snuggz!

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The first one I made was for my Great Aunt DD. We’re pen pals and I lurvz sending her lil’ crochet gifts whenever I can. She’s such a sweet lady! However, I made this bunny and became addicted to the bunniez patternz.

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Now you must design your own bunniez! Follow the link up there to the FREE pattern and make ALL THE BUNNIES!!! Party on, ghoulz!

~ Starling

 

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Mizzy Kitty’s book available now!

Mizzy Kitty’s book is available on Amazon now! We’re so excited, and I’d like to thank you all for your support! I lurvz that you choose to hang out online with me, my Mizzy Kitty, and the whole Craftyghoul gang!

You can get your copy of “No, Mizzy, No!” here! Please share with everyone ya know!

Thank you so much,

Starling

mizzychief today

 

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