Scrap-busters incorporated!

Pattern: "Scooped" by Marcie Nishioka, available as a free download on Ravelry
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton (tan and cream)
Needles: US 5 dpns (worked in the round)
Mods: followed instructions to create in one piece (I hate seaming) and altered both halves to accomodate and use up the scraps I had left of both yarns. Fastened the top i-cord to the side of the "scoop" to look like a curl.

Plus: The cone looks so darn cute! This was very simple to do in one piece. I would definitely recommend doing that if you're not adding embellishments like sprinkles or nuts.
Delta: I'm not thrilled with the shaping of the ice cream. It doesn't look as curvy and realistic as the one pictured in the pattern. I've noticed that no one else's on Ravelry looks like that either, except for one woman who rigged it with a running stitch along the decrease rows. Hmmm...

Pattern: "Knit Strawberries" by Pezdiva (available free here)
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Princess (red); Lion Brand Cupcake (pistacio)
Needles: US 5 dpns (worked in the round)
Mods: none

Plus: This pattern is simple, beautiful, and easy to follow. I will make several more with the leftovers of each yarn.
Delta: I wish there were instructions for making berries of different sizes. I would just change the needle size, but the stuffing would start to show if I went any bigger.

Pattern: Bunny Blanket Buddy by Lion Brand Yarn (available free here)
Yarn: Yarn Bee Frosting (hot berries)
Needles: US10.5 and US 8 straights (worked flat)
Mods: I screwed up a lot

Plus: This is sort of soft and cuddly
Delta: I hate this yarn! I hate this pattern! I hate this yarn! I hate this pattern! A pox on both their houses! I can't see a damn stitch in the whole thing, so lose count or drop a stitch and say goodbye! The yarn is so self-loathing, it doesn't want to knit or purl. It just wants to stick to itself and the needle, taunting you. I hate this yarn! I hate this pattern!

Also recently finished scrap-busting projects: two dirrrrty bachelorette party gifts, which I cannot yet reveal. It feels so good to hit the "delete" button on my Ravelry stash for all these seemingly useless odds and ends. Also feels good to give them a good home. The food will go to Micah Moon and her play kitchen. The bunny will likely go to the newest family baby, Marin White.

I've had a hard couple of days, health-wise. My first post-op period arrived, and brought with it some bone-shattering cramps. Day 1 I spent connected to my heating pad and alternating Vicodin with prescription strength Motrin...and STILL felt a lot of pain. Day 2, I felt like I had run a marathon, sore chest and arms and thighs, and I slept 18 hours. Apparently, this is normal for the first one. I wish someone had warned me. Now, I don't hurt so badly, but I'm in an awful mood and am tempted to just shred the above pink rabbit in my teeth like some rabid, starving doberman.

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