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If you’re a knitter or crocheter that has a Ravelry addiction like I do, then it’s possible you’ve heard of Nerd Wars. Nerd Wars is a Rav group that just celebrated its 2 year birthday! Basically it is a friendly competition between fandom groups. I’ve been a member of Team Impala, the team for Supernatural fans, since its creation at the beginning of the second Tournament but there are a lot of other amazing fandoms that participate. Anyway, each Tournament consists of 3 twenty-eight day rounds with 6 challenges in each round. The challenges are always to craft an item based on certain criteria. Round 3 of Tournament 6 just ended and one of the challenges was to craft an item to help you, or someone else, survive the holidays. This challenge ended up being perfect for me since my husband had a particular knitting request for me that was all about survival!

My husband is very into being prepared for anything he does. He loves outdoor activities. Camping is definitely a favorite of his (insert groan from not-a-happy-camper-me) but he also loves hiking, kayaking, canoeing and rock climbing. The list goes on but I’m tired just thinking about it so I’ll stop there. Anyway, my husband can always be counted on to triple check that he is bringing everything he needs for any of those activities and extra for the poor souls who aren’t so well prepared. Lately he seems to have been thinking about emergency situations more and decided he would like a belt made of rope that could be easily unwound should he find himself in need of it. He asked if I could knit one for him so we ordered some rope and I got started. It was actually super easy although I dreaded it for days before getting started imagining the damage knitting with parachute cord would do to my poor fingers. But my fingers made it through unscathed and my husband is now happily wearing a little piece of disaster preparedness around his waist! This was a very simple project but I decided to write up the pattern for anyone interested and looking for a starting point.

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Caroline's Toadstool Pouf

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My husband and I bought our home and moved into it when I was about 8 months pregnant with my daughter, Caroline. To say I didn’t have the energy to decorate a nursery is an understatement. On top of being pregnant during the move we were also lucky enough to be in Georgia in the middle of summer. When we were finished moving everything in I pretty much sat in front of the tv watching Supernatural with the AC set to about 68 while knitting tiny newborn hats. For my August baby. They didn’t get much use.

Fast forward 13 months and my daughter’s room is still a work in progress. We’ve managed to paint and organize a little but that’s about it. I should ‘fess up and admit that Caroline’s crib is still planted firmly in our bedroom right in front of our closet, making it pretty difficult to put clothes away or get them out. My husband rattles hangers around and mutters about it occasionally just to let me know he is displeased with the situation. I do fully intend on moving her into her own room soon. As soon as I’m finished decorating it anyway. I can admit I’m okay with taking my time finishing up. 🙂

I had the idea a few months ago that I would try to make as many things for her room as I could myself. My plan is a kind of Enchanted Forest theme and I have A LOT of DIY ideas for it. But time is my enemy so I’ve really only managed to cross off one project on my list so far. A toadstool inspired pouf for Caroline to sit on. I saw a picture of something similar and decided to try crocheting one myself with a few changes.

Toadstool Pouf

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I’m still pretty new to crochet so possibly the way I made this doesn’t make sense but I’ve written out the pattern for anyone who wants to give it a shot!

This is my first blog post ever! Hopefully there will eventually be a second post!