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Free Crochet Pattern: chubby striped bear amigurumi (and bunny!)

Alright, time for a new crochet pattern! This time it’s for this cute little striped bear, which is actually a revamp of an old pattern from maybe 5 years ago.

Unfortunately I can’t find any pictures of it, but this new version is way cuter anyway!!

I made 2 different critters with this pattern & they’re identical except for color changes and the ears. Let’s get started!

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I knitted up a couple of shawls earlier this year and only just got around to blocking them last week. The finished products have been such a joy to wear this spring and I look forward to many more years of use!

I love the colors in this one, especially, and the different textures provided by the panels or garter, stockinette and lace stitches. Overall, I’d say it was an easy item to produce, though my middle seam is a bit wonky with my misreading of the lace panels. Most of it blocked out, though, and my roommate would still steal this piece from me given her first opportunity. 

Arya was always meant to be a Water Dancer. That was always her path. 

DredgenWard posited a great theory/argument that could be revealed in the upcoming episode.

I’ve always had a problem with the way the Faceless Men seemed to reward Arya for failing to follow orders by advancing her to the next stages of training. It wasn’t until the other day when I rewatched S6E06 “Blood of my Blood” that Arya never stopped her water dancing lessons with Syrio Forel/Jaqen H'ghar, and just completed her final test.

“Just so. Opening your eyes is all that is needing. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes see true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth.”

“Just so,” said Arya, grinning. (Arya IV AGOT)


This is a water dancer’s greatest tool, but also the hardest to learn to use. Arya’s blindness allowed her to learn how to uses these physical senses to understand the world around her. The montage with the Waif fighting Arya in the show was a good depiction of Arya learning to use her senses to compensate for the lack of sight, but Blind Beth in ADWD also provides an example of the way Arya has begun to use all of her senses together to make sense of her world.

The blind girl rolled onto her side, sat up, sprang to her feet, stretched. Her bed was a rag-stuffed mattress on a shelf of cold stone, and she was always stiff and tight when she awakened. She padded to her basin on small, bare, callused feet, silent as a shadow, splashed cool water on her face, patted herself dry. Ser Gregor, she thought. Dunsen, Raff the Sweetling. Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn, Queen Cersei. Her morning prayer. Or was it? No, she thought, not mine. I am no one. That is the night wolf’s prayer. Someday she will find them, hunt them, smell their fear, taste their blood. Someday.

She found her smallclothes in a pile, sniffed at them to make sure they were fresh enough to wear, donned them in her darkness. Her servant’s garb was where she’d hung it—a long tunic of undyed wool, roughspun and scratchy. She snapped it out and pulled it down over her head with one smooth practiced motion. Socks came last. One black, one white. The black one had stitching round the top, the white none; she could feel which was which, make sure she got each sock on the right leg. Skinny as they were, her legs were strong and springy and growing longer every day. She was glad of that. A water dancer needs good legs. Blind Beth was no water dancer, but she would not be Beth forever. (The Blind Girl, ADWD).



The purpose of training potential water dancers in the guise of the Faceless Men is to find out if the student’s personal identity is strong enough to keep true to who you are despite what face you’re wearing and who you’re pretending to be. The result of each of Arya’s attempts to become “no one”, is an even deeper connection to her true identity.

Winterfell, she might have said. I smell snow and smoke and pine needles. I smell the stables. I smell Hodor laughing, and Jon and Robb battling in the yard, and Sansa singing about some stupid lady fair. I smell the crypts where the stone kings sit, I smell hot bread baking, I smell the godswood. I smell my wolf, I smell her fur, almost as if she were still beside me. “I don’t smell anything,” she said, to see what he would say.

“You lie,” he said, “but you may keep your secrets if you wish, Arya of House Stark.” He only called her that when she displeased him. “You know that you may leave this place. You are not one of us, not yet. You may go home anytime you wish.”

“You told me that if I left, I couldn’t come back.”

“Just so.”

Those words made her sad. Syrio used to say that too, Arya remembered. He said it all the time. Syrio Forel had taught her needlework and died for her. “I don’t want to leave.”



Arya believes she needs to become “no one” to become a Faceless Man, but what she doesn’t realize is the Faceless Men are called “no one” because they are the dead bodies whose faces are added to the Hall. Her teacher is displeased because Arya refuses to say what what she’s thinking instead of what she thinks he wants her to say.

“Watching is not seeing, dead girl. The water dancer sees. Come, put down the sword, it is time for listening now.”

She followed him over to the wall, where he settled onto a bench. “Syrio Forel was first sword to the Sealord of Braavos, and are you knowing how that came to pass?”

“You were the finest swordsman in the city.”

“Just so, but why? Other men were stronger, faster, younger, why was Syrio Forel the best? I will tell you now.” He touched the tip of his little finger lightly to his eyelid. “The seeing, the true seeing, that is the heart of it.

"Hear me. The ships of Braavos sail as far as the winds blow, to lands strange and wonderful, and when they return their captains fetch queer animals to the Sealord’s menagerie. Such animals as you have never seen, striped horses, great spotted things with necks as long as stilts, hairy mouse-pigs as big as cows, stinging manticores, tigers that carry their cubs in a pouch, terrible walking lizards with scythes for claws. Syrio Forel has seen these things.

"On the day I am speaking of, the first sword was newly dead, and the Sealord sent for me. Many bravos had come to him, and as many had been sent away, none could say why. When I came into his presence, he was seated, and in his lap was a fat yellow cat. He told me that one of his captains had brought the beast to him, from an island beyond the sunrise. ‘Have you ever seen her like?’ he asked of me.

"And to him I said, 'Each night in the alleys of Braavos I see a thousand like him,’ and the Sealord laughed, and that day I was named the first sword.”

Arya screwed up her face. “I don’t understand.”

Syrio clicked his teeth together. “The cat was an ordinary cat, no more. The others expected a fabulous beast, so that is what they saw. How large it was, they said. It was no larger than any other cat, only fat from indolence, for the Sealord fed it from his own table. What curious small ears, they said. Its ears had been chewed away in kitten fights. And it was plainly a tomcat, yet the Sealord said 'her,’ and that is what the others saw. Are you hearing?”

Arya thought about it. “You saw what was there.”

“Just so. Opening your eyes is all that is needing. The heart lies and the head plays tricks with us, but the eyes see true. Look with your eyes. Hear with your ears. Taste with your mouth. Smell with your nose. Feel with your skin. Then comes the thinking, afterward, and in that way knowing the truth.”

“Just so,” said Arya, grinning. (Arya IV, AGOT)


When Arya goes to see the play to kill Lady Crane, she is up close to where Cersei’s monologue lamenting the death of Joffery takes place. Just off stage, the other actress that paid to have Lady Crane killed is mouthing the causing Ayra to start thinking about her own reasons behind wanting Cersei dead.

After the play Arya runs into Lady Crane ends up asking Arya how she would change the part where Cersei reacts to Joffery’s death. Arya’s answer make her understand that she has experienced the same loss and pain that Cersei did. Her final lesson from Syrio is showing mercy to those who have already suffered enough for what they’ve done. The important truth Arya figures out was even the ones we hate still suffer the same way we do, and taking a life is just as important as know when to grant mercy.

This will give Arya the water magic to change her face at will without the need of a mask, and she will kill the Waif before stepping onto a ship to Westeros.

Syrio sets up Arya being a futre sword of Braavos the first time we meet him in A Game of Thrones too.

“Boy, girl,” Syrio Forel said. “You are a sword, that is all.” He clicked his teeth together. “Just so, that is the grip. You are not holding a battle-axe, you are holding a—”

“—needle,” Arya finished for him, fiercely.

“Just so. Now we will begin the dance. Remember, child, this is not the iron dance of Westeros we are learning, the knight’s dance, hacking and hammering, no. This is the bravo’s dance, the water dance, swift and sudden. All men are made of water, do you know this? When you pierce them, the water leaks out and they die.” He took a step backward, raised his own wooden blade. “Now you will try to strike me.” (Arya II, AGOT)

Another interesting reference:

Arya lowered the splintery point toward the ground. “How did you know I was here?”

“A man sees. A man hears. A man knows.”

She regarded him suspiciously. Had the gods sent him? “How’d you make the dog kill Weese? Did you call Rorge and Biter up from hell? Is Jaqen H'ghar your true name?”

“Some men have many names. Weasel. Arry. Arya.”

She backed away from him, until she was pressed against the heart tree. “Did Gendry tell?”

“A man knows,” he said again. “My lady of Stark.”


Syrio Forel’s wooden sword is splintered in two when Arya last saw him, and now Arya has a wooden sword with a splintery point, she lowers it to the ground after seeing Jaqen like the broken piece that fell from Syrio’s wooden sword. (similar to the piece missing on the Titan of Braavos statue “Arya” was staring at in the last episode).

Jaqen H'ghar is from Lorath as such, he always refers to himself in 3rd person.

The only time he refers to himself in the first person is when he uses a first person possessive pronoun expressing a personal connection to Arya.

“My lady of Stark.”

Week 28 of the #YearOfStitch : Linen Stitch

Ok get ready…this one is HOT and a little tricky. Once you understand the concept it’s easy to get in the flow. I decided to color code this weeks tutorial since it can be tricky. That said, this stitch looks most like a linen weave if you work it in a single color. 

The photos should help clarify. 

First work the dark blue stitches from top right to the bottom left. 

Then work the next round of stitches from the bottom up (this will make more sense as a strategy when you are working with one color). Come up in the center of the dark blue to create a T shape. Come down under the dark blue stitch.

As you make your way back up, your light blue thread will cover some of your dark blue stitches.

Working back down from the top, you are recreating the same pattern you just did but you are locking this row with the first row (under the light blue vertical stitches).

Work the green from the bottom to the top just like the light blue row

See the pattern? Purple row is just like the red row.

Black row is just like the blue and green row. 

This is how cool it looks in all one color:

Did that work out for you? Fill me in!

Shannon

This Is Halloween

This is based off a prompt I found “Everyone thinks we came to this party as a couple because our costumes match what’s your name” I just wrote it and haven’t really looked over it so any feedback you have would be wonderful! I’ve also got my first request (eeeee!) so i’ll hopefully get that up as soon as possible.
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“C’mon y/n! We’re already late” Jamie’s voice boomed through the bathroom door as you rolled your eyes. Adjusting your red wig you looked in the mirror one last time, sighing before swinging the door open to reveal your best friend.

“Are you sure this isn’t lame? Maybe I just shouldn’t go.” You mumbled straightening out the skirt of your dress. You heard Jamie giggle and looked up.

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Lucky the Monkey -Free crochet pattern

It’s the first day of Chinese New Year’s today, i suppose to feel happy but now i only hope my families and friends in Tainan, Taiwan will be safe after this bad earthquake that hit my hometown 2 days ago.SO, i name this cutie LUCKY, wish Lucky will bring some luck to everyone who needs it

Materials

  • crochet hook size 2.6mm
  • pink and beige felt cloth
  • 12mm plastic safety eyes
  • pipe cleaner & hot gluegun
  • Poly-fil/Wool to stuff the doll
  • stitch marker ,sewing needles, embroidery thread in white
  • 4ply yarn in dark red and beige. The yarn I use is Red heart comfort.

Abbreviation

X: single crochet

Ch1: chain one

St: stitch

V: single crochet increase

/\ : single crochet decrease

MR: Magic Ring/an adjustable ring

For example :

x,v : repeat the pattern  ” X, V ” ( single crochet, single crochet increase)  till the end of that row

2(x,v): repeat the pattern  ” X, V ” ( single crochet, single crochet increase) for  2 times

Finished Size   about 4~5 inches tall

Notice

Always use the stitch marker to mark your first stitch each round.

Head (in Dark red)

Rnd1— MR 6X (6)

Rnd2— V (12)

Rnd3—X, V (18)

Rnd4— 2X, V (24)

Rnd5—3X, V (30)

Rnd6—4X,V (36)

Rnd7~12—X (36)

Rnd13— /\ , 4X (30)

Rnd14—/\ , 3X (24)

Stuff as you go from here to get ready to the end

Rnd15—/\ , 2x (18)

Rnd16—/\ , X (12)

Rnd17—/\ (6) Close off. Fasten off the weave in the yarn.

Ears (in beige) , make 2

Rnd1— MR 6X (6) , chain 1, turn the work.

Pull the tail to tighten it up, the tail here means the short end of the magic ring.

Turn the work to the back, you will start your first stitch right on the 6th stitch of Round 1 in Round 2, I hope I did not make this too hard to understand.In the picture below, i mark the LAST STITCH to help you to see what stitch you are working on in Rnd 2Left picture is the front when you are done Rnd1 of the ear should look like, then you just turn the work to the back and it should look like the picture on the right.

Rnd2— V (12), ch1 , turn the work

Rnd3— 2X,  4( V, X) , 2X   (16)

Leave a long tail to sew to the head.

Legs (in dark red), make 2

Rnd1— MR 5X (5)

Rnd2— V (10)

Rnd3~5— X (10) Fasten off the weave in the yarn

Merge 2 legs together

Rnd6— X (20)

Rnd7~14— X (20) Stuff

Fasten off , leave a tail for sewing the head to the body later

Hand(in dark red), make 2

Rnd1— MR 6X (6)

Rnd2— X,V (9)

Rnd3~7—X (9)

Fasten off , leave a tail for sewing to the body later

Tail , in dark red

Cut the pipe cleaner into the length you want, mine is about 8~9inches ( about 21 cm ) and I just insert it into the tail when I am done. You can make it longer/shorter as you like

Rnd1— MR 5X (5)

Rnd2~30—5X (5)

Face & heart on the belly

I did not make the template of Lucky’s face and heart so you will have to draw it yourself. Make sure you  draw the  shape onto the paper first then adjust the size to match the head and body you make. You can make the one shaped like mine or you can just improvise to your very own style. Once the size is right, cut it off from paper and place it on top of the felt cloth to cut the shape you want from it.

Eyes

Use pencil to locate the position of the eyes on the face felt first, you can easily make a light mark on the felt, but do not make it too big and too hard.  You can sew the eyes to the felt cloth first, then decide where do you want the mouth.

Mouth

After the eyes are done, then you can use pencil to draw the mouth omto the felt , but make sure just to make the mark, not really drawing too hard on it. Then you just sew the mouth simply follow the trace you just draw for the mouth , remember to cover the pencil trace.

After you are done the eyes and mouth to the face felt cloth, make sure you place the face to the bottom of the head, where you close off and weave in the yarn. By doing so, you will have a beautiful and clean shape of the head and you get to cover the hole.

You can either hot glue or sew the face to the head, i sew mine to create a curved edge. Pick some white thin embroidery thread to sew the felt to the head.

Final Steps

Sew the ears to the head , sew the hands and tail to the body. Sew the head to the body at last

Blush on the face and inner ear if you want, some old blush can be useful on this.

May Lucky the monkey bring you the good luck in 2016.

Feel free to share the picture of your Lucky with me!!

Enjoy the pattern!!

Tote Bag

Yarn weight: 4 (Medium). Make sure it’s cotton

Ch 40

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and 1 sc in each ch. Don’t turn the work in the usual way. Ch 3, then, keeping your work facing you, turn it clockwise through 180 degrees and make 39 sc in the bottom st of your ch sts. Ch 3 then join with sl st to the first sc you made, this point marks the start of the next round, so place your stitch market here

Round 2: Sc 39, 3 sc in ch 3 sp; sc 39, 3 sc in ch 3 sp {84} Don’t join the round, just keep going in a spiral

Round 3: Sc 39, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sc; sc 39, make 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts {90}

Round 4:Sc 39 *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Repeat from * twice {96}

Round 5: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc next 2 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. Repeat from * twice {102}

Round 6: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc. Repeat from * twice. {108}

Round 7: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc. Repeat from * twice. {114}

Round 8: Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. Repeat from * twice. Sc 39 *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc. Repeat from * twice {120}

Round 9:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from * {126}

Round 10:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from * {132}

Round 11: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from * {138}

Round 12: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from * {144}

Round 13: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from * {150}

Round 14: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from * {156}

Round 15: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from * {162}

Round 16: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from * {168}

Now to start the lacy pattern. From now on you’ll be joining each round rather than working in a spiral.

Round 17: Ch 2, make 1 dc in each sc around. Join with ss.

Round 18: Join colour B and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 19:  Join colour C, ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 20: Still with colour C, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Round 21: Join colour B and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 22: Join colour A, ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 23: Still with colour A, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Repeat the pattern of round 18-23, until you reach the end of row 58, which is the final row of the lacy patter.

Round 59: This would normally be a Round 23 style row, but instead of the usual pattern, continuing with colour A, ch 1, 2 sc in 2 ch sp (place marker in 1st of these 2 sc to mark the beginning of the round), sk sc, 2 sc in s ch sp, sk 1 dc, then continue all round and on to round 60 without joining the round and remembering to move your marker.

Round 60-63: sc in each sc around

Now you’ll be doing the shoulder strap.

Row 64: Sc 26. Ch 1

Row 65: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 20, ch 1

Row 66: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 15, ch 1 {19}

Row 67: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 14, ch 1 {18}

Row 68: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 13, ch 1 {17}

Row 69: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, ch 12, ch 1 {16}

Row 70: Turn sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 11, ch 1 {15}

Row 71: Turn sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 10, ch 1 {14}

Row 72: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 9 ch 1 {13}

Row 73: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 8, ch 1 {12}

Row 74: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 7, ch 1 {11}

Row 75: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 6, ch 1 {10}

Row 76: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc 10, ch 1.

Row 77-85: Repeat row 76

Row 86-90: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 91-95: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 96-111: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 111-118: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 119-122: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 123-138: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 139-143: Repeat row 76 using color C

Row 144-148: Repeat row 76 using color B

Row 149-158: Repeat row 76 using color A

Row 159: Still using color A, turn, sk1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, ch 1 {11}

Row 160: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 7 sc, ch 1 {12}

Row 161: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, ch 1 {13}

Row 162: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 9 sc ch 1 {14}

Row 163: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 10 sc, ch 1 {15}

Row 164: Turn sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 11 sc, ch 1 {16}

Row 165: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc. 12 sc, ch 1 {17}

Row 166: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 13 sc, ch 1 {18}

Row 167: Turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 14 sc, ch 1 {19}

Row 168: Turn sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 15 sc {20}

Fasten off. Leaving tail to stitch shoulder strap to the other side of the bag using a yarn needle.

stitched bag