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The Two Little Piggies

I love custom requests. I just love them. I love getting to come up with something new - usually something I wouldn't have come up with on my own. But mostly I love the stories that so often come with custom orders.

I just had the pleasure of making a set of custom piglets for a pair of 18 month old twins who are about to be adopted. I don't know much about their story - but I know that adoption is just so beautiful. And I love that I had the honor of being just a small part of their homecoming.

Their aunt requested two coordinating pigs - one purple and one green. She needed a pretty quick turn around - so I decided against making up my own pattern. The testing, the frogging, the re-designing - I didn't want to risk not being done in time. So I decided to use Amigurumi to Go's Pig Pattern. I've used a few of her pattern's before and they're all so cute. She also does video tutorials of a lot of her patterns - so if you are a visual learner, or you're n…

Ollie the Owl - Free Crochet Pattern

Who doesn't love owls? I know there are tons of crochet owl patterns out there - but I'd like to take a moment to add my own little hoot to the crochet owl community.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Ollie.
He's just about 2.5 inches tall and possibly my favorite thing to make. I've been making Ollie's and sending them out into the world since 2008. I used to sell his pattern, but I've decided that the world needs more of these little hoots flying around. So I'm making his pattern free. Lucky you!

This little Ollie above is made of cotton yarn. But I have a soft spot for felted Ollie's. They shrink up to about 2 inches tall and are just the sweetest fuzzy little things.
You want to make one, right? Well here you go!

Ollie the Owl - Free Amigurumi Crochet PatternAdd this pattern to your favorites or queue on RavelrySkill Level: Beginner. Requires basic crochet skills. Finished Size: Felted - 2" tall; Not felted - 2.5" tall

Welcome to Samsqueak

Hi There! I'm so glad you've stopped by my little corner of the blogosphere. I'm new here. So here's a little introduction for you:

My name is Sam. I am small, and fairly high pitched. So that pretty much explains the name Samsqueak and the mouse logo.

I am a self taught "yarnist". That is to say, I don't consider myself an artist by any means. But I make things with yarn. Sometimes I sew. And occasionally I'll pick up a totally random craft - like block printing. But mostly, I just stick with yarn.

I taught myself to knit my freshman year of college to avoid studying for finals. (That's totally normal, right? Doesn't everyone do that?) Everyone I knew got a garter stitch scarf for Christmas that year. The next fall I spent a semester studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. (AKA The most beautiful place on earth.) My host mom thought it was entirely inappropriate that I knew how to knit but not how to crochet. So she took it upon herself t…