This Was Not Stuffed With the Heart of an Orphan

1.15.2012



Oh my god. That thing is so cute my brain just melted into a puddle of baby bunnies.

This is Hoo-Ratio. He got that name because he's an owl and he likes math. And also cause I'm a giant nerd.

You may recall from this post that I've been itching to try my hand at amigurumi, which is Japanese for "crochet that turns vital organs into fuzzy baby animals." No, I did not just make that up. Also, Hoo-Ratio has the heart of a stray orphan sewn into his cute little belly. So he's cute, but also probably evil. I didn't make that up either. Also, today I might be full of nonsense.

He was surprisingly easy to make. I started off using this pattern, but really I only paid attention for the first 2 stitches and then my ADD kicked in and I just hooked and hooked and hooked while watching Indiana Jones bitch about snakes until I decided I was done.



Then I stuffed him full of something soft (can't remember what. oh wait yes, orphan heart) and sewed the top shut, making a few extra, tighter stitches where I wanted his ears. Then I cut out circles of felt and sewed them on, then used french knots to make his pupils, then sewed his beak. Oh and I gave him some little pink felt wings, too. Because he wanted to fly and is comfortable with his masculinity.

He was really easy to make. All in all he took maybe an hour. And I didn't know what I was doing; I imagine some of you could whip him up much quicker.

Since I made him last week when I was staying at the cabin on vacation, I decided to leave him behind for whatever small adult wanted to take him. I was a little sad leaving him, but he'll hopefully brighten someone's day unexpectedly; if only for a few minutes. I wrote my email on the card, so hopefully I'll hear from his new family!

I swear we really did hear bigfoot. There's some weird shit in those mountains.

Please follow me. I am insecure and need minions. There is a shiny brand new facebook like box up there for my shiny brand new facebook page, too. I'm also on Pinterest and Twitter and probably also hiding in your garden.

Your plant garden. Not your lady garden. That would be weird.

Also I don't usually use the term "lady garden." Eww.



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67 comments:

  1. Aw....Hoo-Ratio is ADORABLE! What a cool thing to do to leaving a treat for the next visitor.

    Way back in the day, I used to leave notes inside library books all the time, just to say hello or share a cool quote.

    ...and yes, those mountains do have wild and crazy noises. I grew up in the Appalachians around the Tri Cities in TN. :)

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    1. Did you really?? The man is from Bristol! We were in Johnson City last weekend :)

      And yeah, I love leaving little notes in books, and i love finding them even more!

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    2. GAH! I'm from Kingsport and went to ETSU in Johnson City!!!

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    3. I personally don't know the area too well (I'm from CA), but I'm always awed by how pretty it is out there, with all the trees and green grass. I'm not used to seeing green grass in summer; CA is brown most of the year. That's why it's called the "Golden State," because everything turns brown by the end of Spring. And also because there was gold. ;)

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  2. Aww Hoo-Ratio is very cute. And he is off on a big adventure.

    I love your approach to patterns. I do the same myself. Read the first couple of lines and then forget to go back and look again.

    --Denise at Sly Needle

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    1. I hope he is off on a big adventure! That cabin allowed pets (which is AWESOME) but I keep imagining him ending up as some chihuahua's chew toy. ;)

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  3. I think I like you. I like minions, you like minions. You have pattern ADD, I have pattern ADD. You have a stash of orphan organs, I have a... wait, my dog ate those. Oh well!

    I'm a new follower, if you happen to make it out of my *plant* garden stop over and check out my blog

    http://chickenscratchny.blogspot.com/

    PS. It's really cold here, circa 6 degrees, if you get cold in the garden go in the barn and pet the cows. They are really warm.

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    1. I like cows. And I like you.

      Not necessarily in that order, either. :)

      Although I think it's fair to say I liked cows first. Did you know (if you did know this then you need an exorcism) that when I was a kid I nursed a newborn calf with a gigantic bottle? He hated me. True story.

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  4. You are the most entertaining and genuine blogger I have read in a long time, no...wait - EVAH! I too have crochet pattern ADD - perhaps we are soul sisters. I sure hope the next owners for Hoo-ratio let you know how he's doing - being made of orphan hearts and all he's bound to lead a tragic and therefore quotable life. Also, please sleep a little easier tonight - you have one more follower. Though not as funny as you, I think of myself as a somewhat entertaining blogger - check my stuff out at www.cameronhomemade.com (I just can't bring myself to type profanity . . . must be my Catholic upbringing).

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    1. "Tragic and quotable life..." Awesome! I couldn't have said it better! Is it cruel that I hope he does have that? oh well. As his creator I'm entitled. Although I do hope a chihuahua doesn't get him. I love dogs but they have snarly little teeth, little assholes.

      Thank you so much for the kind words! It really makes my day and just makes me want to disgorge more crazy into my blog... uh, that means I find it encouraging :)

      I'll stop by!

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  5. WooHOO!!...another ADD blogger! I find it is best to just embrace the parts of ADD that make us awesome...like multi-tasking better than any other human can possibly imagine. By the way, I love the owl and I have to try one. I'm a new follower too cause' I have to try and keep up with you...LOL! Stop by anytime, Lori

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    1. Multitasking! Yes!! That's what I'm going to call it when the man is berating me (kindly) for jumping from thing to thing, lol.

      Thanks for following!! :)

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  6. I'm a new follower too...I just had to do it when I saw that you used "fuck" and "crochet" in the same paragraph. I don't think I am or have ADD but I do jump around alot. I have an artist friend who named it "monkey mind". Whatever it is, it alternately keeps me entertained and worried. I always look forward to your posts.

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  7. One statement: I wish I knew how to crochet! My friend makes the most adorable animals for her daughters and swears it's easier than it looks. ?? Well, you certainly inspired me a little bit more. Just so cute.

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  8. I love this little guy!! I am trying it myself, today. Love your blog, I'm a new follower!! :)

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  9. So cute! I have not really attempted amigurumi (I couldn't even spell it so I copied and pasted from your post) but i love owls. Funny post!

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  10. I love it! I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-twenty-two.html

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  11. Adorable, and what a wonderful surprise for someone!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  12. Love this post! I'm having a linky party, and would love for you to join! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-3 Thanks for sharing!!!

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  13. OK , now I'm not just a follower, I'm a stalker! I have read and commented on 3 of your posts! You crack me up ! I rarley comment on blogs I read and I read a LOT of blogs! Haven't figured out Twitter yet but I am a FB nut so I will stalk you there too :)
    Please keep making me laugh ! Lady Garden! bahahaha !
    Dawn @ Making Home

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  14. so cute! I am trying very hard not to learn crochet or I will have a huge mountain of fabric & sewing supplies gathering dust just like all my other previous craft crazes like knitting & scrapbooking/cardmaking!

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  15. I heart you. I can't crochet for shit, and you make the cutest little minion friends. Coffee with you please. I want to jump in your brain, like a fat kid with no shame in a pool on a hot day.

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  16. He is just too cute!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

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  17. This owl is just adorable! I love it!

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  18. I love this little bugger. Had I known he was hiding out in a mountain retreat, I would have whisked him away and transported him to my nephew's owl-themed nursery.

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  20. RrrraaaaAAAH! Jamie! I love that little owl! He's so cute I just want to gobble him up. Your blog is great fun to read, I can hear your voice in it. LOL! I, for one, would very much like to hear your Bigfoot story. If you remember, I had an experience once myself and ever since have had more than a passing interest. There is actually a Sasquatch hunters group here in TX that goes on weekend expeditions around the state, I may have to go sometime.

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    1. It's actually not much of a story. It was just a lot of really weird, unidentifiable screaming all night one night. I looked up online what kind of weirdness is out there, and apparently there is some kind of Bigfoot-type creature that roams around near where we were staying. Who knows? I'm sure there's stuff out there. You should totally go with the Sasquatch group, and then tell me all about it!

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  21. Thank you everyone for your incredibly nice and motivating comments! I know I haven't responded to everyone individually, but I have in my brain. And since I often can't tell the difference between what's happening inside my brain and outside of my brain, I think that counts. :)

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  22. I love the little owls! I want to take one home and be my friend! I would love is you shared with my Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party. http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-stalking-thursday-24.html

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  23. Ha, Ha, I mean Whoo Whoo! What an adorable owl Can you tell me where to find an orphans heart? I would like to make one too! Do I need to contact the authorities on that orphans heart thing? LOL!

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  24. That is the CUTEST owl I have ever seen! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  25. I love it! Thanks for sahring!!!!

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  26. This is awesome. I have a friend who created REAL SMALL ART LEAGUE and does something similar. You should check out her site: Real Small Art.
    Please link up your FB page to my linky @ Not Your Ordinary Agent. I also have a food blog that I'd love your feedback on Not Your Ordinary Recipes Thanks!

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  27. so cute!! and your last few comments made me laugh so much i almost chocked on my cup of tea!!

    Pinning

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  28. Your owl is so adorable! I have seen this pattern a number of times and always thought it was pretty ugly and not worth the time...but then you made it. I am definitely making an army of these little guys. I will definitely be coping the way that you used felt instead of safety eyes for the face...much more adorable that way. love love love them

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  29. that is the most adorable little owl EVER. I love that you left it behind to find a home and to make a friend with tiny hands !! :)

    and yes, big foot does exist.

    www.justcallmej12.blogspot.com

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  30. That's a lovely little owl, but what I really enjoyed most was your entire post! I loved your unique blogging. I'm following you,for your eyecathing crafting, but also for having fun here! Keep up, you are great! Feel free to pass by my place whenever you feel like! Cheers!

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  31. Oh my your owl is to adorable. Saw you at Craft. Besides my weekly anything goes fri-monday linky, I am hosting a Valentine contest. Hope you will stop by and link up for a chance to win.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

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  32. Oh I love him and want to put him in my pocket and take him home!! So sweet. Saw you on the Southern Institute. Hope you can visit me at www.actfastchef.blogspot.com

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  33. Owls are just too darned cute! Love this one! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  34. You were featured on this week's Refresh Your Nest Friday!

    http://makinglemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/is-it-really-friday-already-my-mom.html

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  35. I love owls myself and HooRatio is Adorable!!!

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  36. How CUTE! Gotta learn to crochet.
    Bernadette @ www.b3hd.blogspot.com

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  37. That is so cute, I squealed when I saw it! I am dying to learn to crochet so I can make these!

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  38. Very cute little owl. I love the idea of leaving him behind for someone to find. Such a sweet idea. HooRatio will be a sure hit.
    Ruth

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  39. That is a wonderful idea and I bet the person "whoooo" found him loved it! Your story made me smile- I am glad I stopped by from Tip Junkie.

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  40. love the owl! i love owls! stopping by from tip junkie. :) thx for sharing!

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  41. too cute and too funny! I'm your newest follower and I'd love for you to drop by Moose mouse Creations and follow me too!

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  42. This is very cute! I really love the yellow color and soft yarn.
    My daughter would love this!
    Ana
    http://createald.tumblr.com

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  43. This is so cute. I love the felt details. Would you please share with my readers on Made for you monday? https://tippr.com/i/ojSRT4As/l/

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    1. Oh, so sorry, that is not the correct link. Hit "publish" button too soon. Here it is: http://www.clipwithpurpose.com/homemade-wooden-tops-made-for-you-monday-link-up-3/

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  44. Cute!! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_23.html

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  45. Hi Jamie, I'm Jaimie too, isn't it weird how many bloggers out have that name? Anyway, I found your post on Friday Favourites and you're writing is awesome so I reckon that I'll go home and immediately try to crochet an owl, so fingers crossed that it will look like an owl, and I hope that you always post such cute crafts to try!

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  46. Luuuuvvvv this little owl. I'm going to try and whip some up for my daughter's baby shower. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Hi Jamie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  48. can you please tell me how to make one?

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I'm not always great at replying to comments but I DO read every single one of them and I always reply in my head. So in my mind we've had this deep conversation about the meaning of life or whatever, and we're best friends, and we craft together on Sunday afternoons while drinking Mojitos and watching old Indiana Jones movies. So thank you for your comments. And now I want a mojito.

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