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Ferne’s Year In Review

Posted: December 21, 2012 by getstitcheddesigns in Ferne's World
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Because I had WAY-HAY-HAY to much fun in college, this really isn’t a normal year in review.  It’s really more like a Christmas Season review.  My memory is bad enough that I can really only focus on a day at a time, so I feel the need to go ahead and write about Christmas, and it isn’t even Christmas yet.  Go figure;  Go team Appalachian State!

This could mainly be summarized as a Friday Photo Dump from my instagram account, but it mostly includes our adventures with our new Ambassador of Awesome, our Elf on the Shelf, “Cary.”

cary 8

I’m assuming you are familiar with Elf on the Shelf.  If you aren’t participating in this Christmas tradition yourself, you know someone who is, thanks to Facebook.  This little elf, Cary, is also the reason my blog posts have been zero lately.  He’s been keeping me busy.  First world problems.

First, you have to name your elf before it comes to life.  Will named him “Cary.”  I’m not sure Will didn’t want to name him “Carrie” considering he wasn’t sure if it was a girl or a boy elf.  Homophones.  The sheer androgyny of these elves actually gives you some creativity with the names and makes it so much fun.  We figured he was going with Cary Grant, even though Will has no idea who that is, so there you have it.  I love it when children name things/people/animals.  They come up with the funniest, most original names.

I’m also going to tell you that we read the book to Will the night before Cary showed up.  This freaked Will out.  He was actually petrified and didn’t want an elf to come to the house.  I think he just doesn’t like being ratted out.  He’s cleaned up his act for real.  Who knew a little toy could bring so much joy to mommy and daddy?

Cary flies to the North Pole every night to report to Santa how Will has been behaving and listening.  The next morning, he flies back home and lands in funny places after having crazy escapades.  It’s cute, and of course I’m having way too much fun with this as a parent.  I obviously am one of those moms that takes it to the max and has been going a little crazy with the story lines.  Judge me all you want…this shit is awesome.

So, without further adieu, here’s some fun times with Cary.

Cary was too "busy," so Will wanted him to "Relax."  So did Frankie.

Cary was too “busy,” so Will wanted him to “Relax.” So did Frankie.

Santa's Super Helper

Santa’s Super Helper

Cheering for Christmas with his Nutcracker friend.

Cheering for Christmas with his Nutcracker friend.

Missed Curfew

Missed Curfew

The force is strong with this elf.

The force is strong with this elf.

Vanna White

Vanna White

Winning big in Vegas after "borrowing" money from Will's piggy bank.
Winning big in Vegas after “borrowing” money from Will’s piggy bank.

Cary will be headed back home to the North Pole in a few days, so I have to work up a really good “Finale” landing on the 24th.  Not sure what I should do yet, but I’ll actually be sad when he leaves.

From our house to yours, have a Merry Christmas!  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you just have a really kick ass day that day.


Halloween is in the air….so get a big Whiff!

Once Will realized that I was pretty handy at making his costumes, he has INSISTED from that point forward that I do so, even if I could buy it.  Last year for Halloween, he begged to be Shaun the Sheep, and I wasn’t able to buy a costume for him since it was not super mainstream, so I feel I managed pretty well.  He was happy!

If you’ve been following my posts, you now know that my child is fully obsessed with anything and everything Super Mario.  Yoshi is his favorite, so guess who we are this year for Halloween?

I’d like to say that I came up with the hat idea all by myself, but I didn’t.  I found inspiration here, and I dare say that this yarn artist, Handmademonster, kind of kicks my ass in the Yoshi department, but I’m happy I was able to muster a knock-off almost worthy of theirs!

Now, here come the patterns for the boots and Mario’s saddle all you crochet nerds like me out there…

For Will’s little Yoshi boots, I purchased this really cool pattern on Etsy.

As for the saddle, I winged that, and I’m sharing it with you all for your little Yoshi monsters!

Mario’s Saddle for Yoshi


SC (Single Crochet)

Ch (Chain)

BLO (Back Loop Only)

STS (stitches)


K Hook:  for the Red Saddle

J Hook: for the White Saddle Brim

G Hook: For the Green shoulder straps

Stitch Markers (if desired)

Polyfill (to stuff the saddle)


Red Heart Super Saver in Red (Color A)

Bernat Baby Boucle’ in White (Color B)

Vanna’s Choice in Fern in Green (Color C)

*For the saddle (Color A,) you will hold two strands of yarn together throughout.  Also, gauge does not matter.

*Use a stitch marker as necessary.  There is no joining while working on the saddle.

Saddle (Color A) & K Hook MAKE TWO

Ch 2

Row 1:  7 SC in 2nd Chain from Hook (7 sts)

Row 2:  2 SC in each SC (14 sts)

Row 3:  1 SC in 1st SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (21 sts)

Row 4:  1 SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (28 sts)

Row 5:  1 SC in next 3 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (35 sts)

Row 6:  1 SC in next 4 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (42 sts)

Row 7:  1 SC in next 5 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (49 sts)

Row 8:  1 SC in next 6 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (56 sts)

Row 9:  1 SC in next 7 SC, 2 SC in Next all the way around (63 sts)

Row 10:  1 SC in each SC all the way around in the back loop only (BLO)  (63 sts)

Slip Stitch to first SC.

Fasten Off and weave in ends.

Hold two red saddle pieces together and Switch to J Hook and attach Color B.  You’ll be working through both saddle pieces all the way around.

2 SC in each SC around the red saddle to create a white border, leave a small space in order to stuff Polyfill, then continue 2 SC in each stitch until you can slip stitch to first SC.  (126 sts)

Fasten off

Switch to G Hook and Color C for the straps MAKE TWO

Ch 8 (8th ch is the turning chain)

SC in the 2nd ch from hook and across the row (7 sc)  Ch 1, Turn.

Continue to do this same step until your strap reaches about 20 inches in length (or longer if necessary for sizing.)  Fasten off.

Sew straps to the saddle as seen below

And….Voila!  Mario is ready to hop on!

If you have any questions about my pattern, ask someone else because I have no idea what I’m talking about….KIDDING!  I’m happy to help in any way that I can!  Happy Halloween, and have fun playing dress up!