Choly Knight

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New Crafting Challenge pattern for November!

Hello all!
I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween yesterday! I spent a lot of it sewing in front of the TV, watching silly scary movies and eating mouthfuls of York Peppermint Patties 😀 It’s so nice to move into another month and get one step closer to winter – or the closest thing we have to winter down here in Florida. I wasn’t very active here on the blog during October because of all the Halloween orders I was filling. It was a ton of fun getting to make others’ costumes, but hopefully this month I can move into making some more personal projects!

To kick off November I have a new plush pattern you can earn!
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A Chocolate Gato!

This pun is multilingual again ^-^ and I love it! It’s based of the Spanish word for cat: gato, and the French word for cake: gâteau – which sound very similar. So together it’s a petit little cake with an adorable kitty head popping out the top. Little icing roses in brown and red finish it off.
Sewing up the cake and the kitty head are pretty simple, but putting it all together takes a lot of hand sewing, so just be prepared for that ^-^ It might be a pain to position everything just right, so basting the pieces in place first before going back and doing the real seams can be a big help.
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★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, this pattern is my one time only FREE gift to you! Just sign up for email updates between now and November 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern ONE TIME for THIS MONTH ONLY.
Give it about 24 hours for your new pattern to arrive after signing up. But if it doesn’t, or you have other troubles, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re NOT new to this site? ★
If you’ve already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from October when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for August!

Hi everyone!

Well, July is finally over and in that time I reached another milestone! I made it to 150,000 pageviews on my deviantArt and I’m holding a plush giveaway to celebrate 😀 Stop on over to the dA page to check it out if you haven’t already 😀 My store also got a small update with just a few plushies last month. I’m hoping this month will allow me to introduce even more!

But anyway, down to plushie business! We have a new pattern that you can earn for the month of August and it’s:
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A Neapolitanuki!

I think this guy might actually be my favorite out of the bunch! I mean look at him ^0^ he’s so fat and huggable! This pun is a mix of Neapolitan (the ice cream flavor that’s a collection of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla), and Tanuki, the Japanese raccoon-dog that shows up in lots of fun folklore. So combined we have a deliciously striped little raccoon! I like to think of his magic leaf as a mint leaf to finish off the dessert :3
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Assembling this guy is not too bad ^-^ If you’ve made plushies before the body is nothing surprising. The tail might be a little tricky, what with all those curvy stripes. I made sure to put lots of markings on the pattern so you can match up your pieces easily.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and August 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from July when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Plush Pattern for July!

Hello all!

June is over and done with, and although it went quickly for me it’s still been fun 😀 I’ve been preparing a load of new products to reveal in the coming weeks and we’ll likely be having another giveaway! I’m nearly at 150,000 pageviews on deviantArt and I can’t wait to celebrate with some free stuff!

And speaking of free stuff, I have a new plush pattern you can earn this month!
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It’s a Dragon Fruit!

I was so excited to get to this month because of this little cutie 😀 It’s probably one of my favorites out of the collection. The pun of course is based on the Asian fruit that’s beautifully colored pink and green with a white speckled flesh. So together we have a tiny dragon with green wings, spikes, and white horns.

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Sewing this guy up is a little more complicated, since there are a lot of details. Between all the spikes, horns, and wings that need to be placed correctly, there’s also the head, which can get misaligned. Not to mention all the French knots that make up the speckles on the horns, but those can be replaced with fabric paint if you like. All in all, basting is your friend here ^-^

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and July 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.
If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.
★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.
★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from June when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for June!

Hello everyone!

June is upon us! I can hardly believe it 😀 Prepping for Metrocon really made the time fly, but I’m super excited for when it arrives. Just so you all know, Metrocon is in Tampa, FL from June 11th-14th (Thursday-Sunday) this year. I’ll be in the Vendors’ Area, booth E11. It’s near the middle, but just a smidge back and to the left. There I’ll have loads of plushies, aviator caps, fleece hats, and hoodies, including some new designs I’ve been working on for the past few months. I hope if you’re in the area you’ll be able to stop by!

Anyhow, on to more pressing, plush-related business! For the month of June there’s a new punny food animal sewing pattern to earn:
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A Beary Ice Cream Cone!

This of course is kind of a classic pun: beary = berry. I thought a cute little bear face on top of a waffle cone would be too cute to pass up so I combined the two. It’s that much more fun when you consider all the color combinations available – raspbeary, strawbeary, bluebeary, blackbeary, etc. 😀
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Overall this one is pretty simple and relatively quick too. The troublesome parts are the ears and the scallop edging, which requires a bit of maneuvering in case you’re not used to it.

★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and June 30th (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re NOT new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from May when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Crafting Challenge Pattern for May!

Hello all!

I can’t believe April went by so fast! I was still doing made-to-order hoodies for a while there, but now I’ve switched gears and am entirely in prep-for-Metrocon mode! It’s going to be in Tampa, FL from June 11th-14th and I just know it’s going to be a blast, so I’ll be sure to remind you with more updates as the time gets closer 😀

In other news, I’m also starting to get close to another kiriban goal! If you hop on over to my Deviant Art page you’ll see you guys have nearly gotten me to 150,000 pageviews ^0^ So in the next few months I wager I’ll be doing another giveaway! I hope you’ll stay tuned to find out what it is ^w^

But anyway! Onto plushy business :B For the month of May the new punny food animal sewing pattern you can earn is:

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A Root Beer Stoat!

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This pun is another one of those that I thought was too silly and cute not to do :3 Of course it’s a combination of the root beer float dessert and a stoat – the adorably crazy cousin of the weasel. So merged together I created a tubby little stoat with root beer float features: including a brown body, vanilla head, whipped cream tail, and all with a cherry on top.

All in all this little guy has a lot of tiny details, so the placement of all those little arms, legs, tail, cherry, ears, etc. can make a difference. So just be warned if you’re taking on this project 😀 Double check your placement as often as possible so you’re happy when the final seams are done.

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★ So how do you get this pattern? ★
If you’re NEW to this site, start off by signing up for email updates between now and May 31st (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). This will earn you the pattern for THIS MONTH ONLY.

If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

★ What if you’re not new to this site? ★
If you’re already signed up for email updates, that’s where the CHALLENGE comes in. You can also earn this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook.

★ Also, bonus! ★
For today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from April when you sign up or send in project photos. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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New Freebie Challenge for February!

Happy February everyone! I’ve had a busy January xD I was actually working on more books! And hopefully some that you’ll get to see very soon. Luckily things have slowed down a bit and I’m able to brainstorm for more stash-busting projects – maybe even get back into making some more hats or plushies! We’ll see how things pan out this month.

Either way, as a nice break from the craziness of the past month, there’s a new Monthly Crafting Challenge freebie on the horizon! As I mentioned last month, this month’s theme is punny food animals. January had an adorable Cinnabunny plush, and for February we have…

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A Red Velvet Cupkit! (or, Red Vulpine Cupcake x3)

This one is a cross between a red velvet cupcake, and a red fox kit (kit being a baby fox of course ^-~). Being February with Valentine’s Day coming up, a lovely red cupcake just seemed fitting. It’s sized like a nice big over-sized cupcake, has scalloped frosting edging, perky little ears, and of course a sweet foxy face 😀 You could of course leave off the face and ears and have a darn good cupcake pattern of your own as well.

So how do you get this pattern?

If you haven’t already, start off by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right sidebar above “My Books”). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

So what if you’re already signed up for email alerts?

That’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep sending me photos every month and you’ll get a new free pattern.

Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from January when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!


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2 Year Blogiversary & New Monthly Crafting Challenge!

Happy New Year everyone! My blog is 2 years old today 😀 2014 really went by quickly, likely because I was so busy writing books. Since the beginning of this blog in 2013 my first goal was to share my adventures in destashing my fabric collection, which is actually still going after all this time! I still have a decent amount of quilting cottons, some knits, satins, fleece, and a smidge of heavyweight fabrics. Call it a recipe for disaster, but I’m thinking I might actually get my fabric stash down to a manageable amount this year. I’d even be happy with just nearly full boxes of everything x3 no more overflow! As of today, I’m up to 66 free projects I’ve collected ^-^ it’s been a real wild ride, but I’m hoping I can get that number up to at least 100 by this year or next year to really bring my stash levels down.

In other news, today starts a new year of the Monthly Crafting Challenge! Back in 2013 I made a set of sushi plushies and challenged you all to earn and make them throughout the year, and 2014 was a set of Japanese snack foods in plush form. Now that 2014 is all over, you can now purchase all the patterns together at a huge discount. I have to say 2014 was successful because I got nearly 3 times as many project photo submissions as 2013! Thank you so much to everyone that made something and sent a photo in 😀 It’s really the highlight of my day to see your work ^0^ just keep ‘em coming!

Now, in 2015, I have a whole new set of 12 plushies to earn for you all…

Wait for it…

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Punny food animals!

So the story behind this is the projects from last year like the Kitty Donut, the Takoyaki octopus ball, and the Usagi Manju were some of my favorite projects to make – and I get the feeling they were some of your favorites too! I mean, combining cute animals and awesome food, how can you go wrong? So to do more of these foodimal combinations I thought it might be more fun to include a pun in every way that I can. I’m sure you can get my meaning: hush puppies, corn dogs, porcupine-apples, etc. But I have a set of different ones, ones you may have never heard before, and hopefully much funnier! (Though I’ve been told I have a weird sense of humor – prepare for a silly ride :3)

For January, it all starts with this adorable Cinnabunny!

In case it’s not obvious, Cinnabunny is a combination of cinnamon bun and bunny but with twice the cuteness of course ^-~ It’s a very simple plush that’s a rolled up bit of fabric to make the distinctive pinwheel shape. Add to that some perky ears (dripping with cinnamony goodness) and an adorable blushing face and you’ve got the first of 12 punny food animals. Of course for January I picked a cinnamon bun because winter just seems like the perfect time to cozy up with a warm bit of doughy goodness like that.

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep sending me photos every month and you’ll get a new free pattern.

Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from December when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy 🙂 You’ll have to purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

So don’t forget to check back next month for a new punny food animal plush pattern, and keep sending me photos of your amazing creations!