Monday, May 14, 2012

Chicken Update

Our little chickens are growing up fast! We've had them for just over a month now and they have more than doubled in size. Fluffaz and Pixie are the biggest by far, and look very similar. The major difference is that Pixie has a bigger comb that has turned red. Fluffaz also has bluish legs and feet, while Pixie's are still a tan color.

Here is a picture taken of them all on Mike's arm April 17th.

L to R: Rocky, Pixie, Colbert, Fluffaz
And a picture of them on my arm on May 5th. What a size difference!
L to R: Rocky, Fluffaz, Colbert, Pixie

Here they all are roosting on my arm. They get pretty heavy after holding them up for a bit! They are all used to being handled by us, and will come over and hop onto our legs, climb up on our arms, to hang out.

Colbert (above) is starting to get quite the attitude. She loves to start flying and land one the other chickens backs, startling them. I'm not sure why but I think she is saying that she shouldn't be messed with even though she is going to be the smallest of the chickens.

We have upgraded the size of their brooder once already, but they are almost too big for it. Mike has been working on finishing up the chicken coop, and we bought some material to start making their enclosure this weekend. Hopefully we can get them moved into their new home soon!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dice Gamer Bag

Here is a project for your favorite gamer. Do they have tons of dice and game markers lying about with no cool way to hold them? Make them this easy bag, and they will be happy! I made this one for my hubby’s birthday.

Supplies Needed:
½ skein Bulky yarn – I used Lamb’s Pride
Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends
Stitch Marker

Size:  4 ½” Wide by 7” tall

Stitches Used:
CH – Chain
SC – Single Chain
HDC – Half Double Crochet

This pattern is worked in the round. This technique removes the need to sew seams, and makes the edges neater. Do not join rounds. This pattern could be easily adjusted larger or smaller by changing the starting number of chains and the number of rounds worked.

CH 15
Round 1: HDC in 2nd chain from the hook. HDC in next 13 CH. Continue to HDC in remaining loops on opposite side of the chain. DO NOT join with slip stitch. (28 stitches total)
Round 2: Work 1 HDC in first HDC of round one, insert stitch marker to mark new round. Continue to work 1 HDC in each HDC around. The edges will start to curve up to form the bag. (28 stitches)
Round 3 to 17: Work 1 HDC in first HDC of previous round, move stitch marker to this stitch to mark new round. Continue to work 1 HDC in each HDC around.
Round 18: Work 1 HDC in first HDC of previous round, CH 1, skip 1 HDC space, HDC in next HDC, CH 1 and continue this around
Round 19: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch to first HDC of round 18. Fasten off, weave in ends with tapestry needle. (28 stitches)
Drawstring Cord: CH 70, fasten off, weave in ends with tapestry needle. Weave the cord through the spaces left in round 18, starting near the middle of the bag and ending in the hole next to it. Adjust cord so equal lengths show on each side, pull tight and tie bow.

Pattern by: Amanda Sanders @
Feel free to use this pattern as you desire, but please give credit where credit is due. Links back to my blog would be greatly appreciated.