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Free Polar Bear Pillow Crochet Pattern – Leap Year BOGO Sale – Xtreme Bulls

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San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo

Rodeo is an annual ritual for my family; this year we attended the Xtreme Bulls competition with the concert afterward by Whiskey Myers. I have to admit, I bought the tickets based on the bulls and had never heard of Whiskey Myers. They are a southern rock group from Palestine, Texas, and their concert was amazing! If you like good southern rock and awesome guitarists, definitely check them out. Their sound was obviously influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, but I could also hear hints of CCR and the Beatles, along with a bit of country music. Tony Kent playing cowbell – WOW!

Xtreme Bulls with Whiskey Myers

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Crochet – Texas Style Book

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I am super proud of my latest book containing crochet patterns with a Texas theme. Over 30 patterns cover a wide range of Texas, including travel, industry, symbols, wildlife, and Christmas in Texas. To see a slideshow of pattern photos, visit Crochet – Texas Style Patterns.

The book is available as a PDF download at My Fingers Fly. With over 30 patterns included at only $15.99, that’s less than 50 cents a pattern. Increase your savings this week with my Leap Year Sale through March 2 – Buy 1, Get 3 Free patterns. All these patterns are also available separately from 99 cents to $5.50 each.

Crochet – Texas Style is also available on Amazon as Kindle download or paperback book. Amazon

Polar Bear Pillow Crochet Pattern

February 27 is Polar Bear Day, so I have designed a quick and easy pattern for polar bear fans. PDF Download

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Materials: 

  • Bernat Beyond super bulky yarn  –  10 oz. white, 10 yards black
  • Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiberfil (7 oz.)

Gauge: 3 sts = 1”, 3 rows = 1”

Finished bear measures approximately 12” diameter.

DIRECTIONS:
BACK:

Rnd 1: With white yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnd 11: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (66 sc).

Rnd 12: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (72 sc).

Rnd 13: *Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (78 sc).

Rnd 14: *Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (84 sc).

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (90 sc).

Rnd 16: *Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (96 sc).

Rnd 17: *Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (102 sc).

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (108 sc).

Rnd 19: *Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (114 sc).

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (120 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off.

FRONT:

Row 1: With black yarn, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in sc (2 sc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st (3 sc).

Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn,  2 sc in first st, sc in next st, 2 sc in last st. Turn to work 3 sc down side, 2 sc in unused loop of starting ch, 3 sc up the other side. Join with sl st (13 sc). Fasten off black yarn.

Rnd 5: Switch to white yarn. Ch 1, working in BLO, sc in next 5 sts, (2 sc, sc, 2 sc) down side, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, (2 sc, sc, 2 sc) up other side. Join with sl st (18 sc).

Rnd 6: Ch 1, working in both loops, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (21 sc). Do not join. From this point on, work in continuous rnds.

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (27 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (33 sc).

Rnd 11: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 12: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 13: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 14: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 15: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnd 16: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (66 sc).

Rnd 17: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (72 sc).

Rnd 18: *Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (78 sc).

Rnd 19: *Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (84 sc).

Rnd 20: *Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (90 sc).

Rnd 21: *Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (96 sc).

Rnd 22: *Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (102 sc).

Rnd 23: *Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (108 sc).

Rnd 24: *Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (114 sc).

Rnd 25: *Sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (120 sc). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

EYES: (Make 2)

With black yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Sew eyes to face above the snout.

EDGING:

Pick up yarn where you left off on front. Holding front and back together with wrong sides facing, sc through both thicknesses with white yarn, stuffing as you go. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

EARS: (Make 2)

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.   Sew ears to top of head using photo for placement.

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London Trip Part II – Toy Soldier Cuddler – Pumpkin Pie Earrings

Day 2 of our London adventure included a tour of Westminster Abbey, The Royal Mews (stables), and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. I have always loved poetry, so visiting Westminster Abbey has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is the first thing you see when stepping inside, and it is truly a magnificent site. (Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside.) During World War I, an army chaplain saw a grave marked by a wooden cross, and he wanted to do something to honor this soldier and the many others who were not identified. He contacted the Dean of Westminster in 1920 about honoring these soldiers “amongst the kings.” Four unnamed soldiers were exhumed, placed in coffins draped in Union flags, and taken to a church in France. Brigadier L.J. Wyatt entered the chapel and placed his hand on one of the coffins. A tomb was built just inside the entrance of Westminster Abbey, and King George V personally chose one of his swords to cover the casket with the inscription “A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914–1918 for King and Country.” The soldier was interred on November 11, 1920 – now known as Remembrance Day. It is surrounded by red paper poppies and is truly a stirring site. It is the only tomb in the Abbey on which it is forbidden to walk. For State ceremonies, the red carpet is laid around the tomb so as not to disturb it. Royal brides lay their bouquets on the tomb at the end of their wedding ceremonies.

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Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk

We then walked through the Green Park along the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk on the way to Buckingham Palace. This marker brought me to tears again – such a beautiful person, gone much too soon.

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I grew up in Galveston County and have seen my share of pelicans, but the size of these guys amazed me!

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Buckingham Palace

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You really have to see Buckingham Palace in person to comprehend its size – 775 rooms including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. This is the Queen’s primary residence and place of business. It is considered “The Office” by the Royal Family. Next week I’ll post about our tour of Windsor Castle, the Queen’s weekend residence and childhood home.

Changing of the Guard

Stunning! Spectacular!

Changing of the Guard (YouTube)

I was so looking forward to this tour, I had to make a little Royal Guard crochet pattern.

Toy Soldier Cuddler Pattern

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Day 1 in London

Pumpkin Pie Earrings

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Here’s a fun pattern to start off your holidays. Earrings measure approximately 1.5″ each, but you can use this pattern with #10 thread to make them larger, cotton worsted to make coasters, or double cotton worsted for potholders.

Materials:

DMC Cotton Perle #5 thread:

Color 351

Color 738

Blanc

Steel hook size 3

Crewel needle

2 Earring hooks

Directions:

Rnd 1: With color 351, 2 sc (or magic circle), 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (14 sc). Do not join.

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (21 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off color 351.

Rnd 4: Using color Blanc, *sc in next st, popcorn in next st,* repeat around. In last sc, work sc, popcorn (11 sc and 11 popcorns). Join with sl st. Fasten off Blanc.

Rnd 5: With color 738, *2 sc in sc, 2 sc in ch-1 behind popcorn,* repeat around (44 sc). Join with sl st.

Rnd 6: Reverse sc around. Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 4” length. Use length to attach earring hooks. Weave in all ends.

Texas Horned Lizards

I want to thank SA Monthly Magazine and Texas Hill Country for their article on my Horny Toad crochet patterns.

Horny Toads

National Days

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Next Week:

Until then, happy crocheting!