Come april, tons of photos and a link to my learn to crochet videos!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crochet Knight!

I have finished yet another adorable doll from the book Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden. I love that book so much, you have no idea. This little guy was a gift for my friend Karen.

kind of ominous looking isn't he? But under that helmet, he's a pleasant fellow...he is a knight after all.

I could have sewn the helmet on permanently, but I wanted to give him a cute smile too! I'm really happy with how he turned out, so I'll be making one for myself in green next time.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Crochet Octopus!

I think I'm in love with this crochet pattern. It speaks to the lazy, impatient, good for nothing in me....the me that demands instant gratification! I made this octopus using a free pattern called All In One Octopus by Rachel Crowthers. Click the link for the free pattern. I made mine a little differently....I created stripes by alternating between teal blue and green, then to get super chunky tentacles, I held the two colours together when I made the legs. I've included a picture of the underside of the octopus too, so you can see that working with two colours at once creates a realistic look. Finally I added some bulging eyes, and stuck a starfish on his head. Thanks so much for sharing your fun pattern Rachel!

Ok, so it's a little undignified to have your derriere flashed all over the net, but when it looks so dang pretty, I just couldn't resist.... therefore, I give you my octopus' bottom in broad daylight....

I Knit a Cable!

Here it is, my first successful cable. I squeeeed with joy when it was complete. Laugh if you must, but truth be told, it' s very, very exciting for me. I just had to make it in neon green didn't I? Well, I can do things the hard way if I want to...that and I have a lot of scrap yarn in funky colours that I have to get rid of. This design is pretty simple as far as cables go. Amanda, I finally just gave in and bought the Teach yourself Visually Knitting second edition by Sharon Turner. Really awesome if you get a real life human to teach you the basics of cast on, knit, purl, knit 2 tog, decrease, etc....I think I can sucessfully learn from a book this time around!

On another note, I had visitors the other day....

A cardinal and a finch were out and about enjoying our backyard. We are very bird friendly at my house, and we've made about four bird boxes in total to let them know they are welcome.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Free Crochet Patterns: For Just About Everything!

Hey all! Just thought I'd share this link to a really awesome site that features countless amazing amigurumi crochet patterns. If you choose to take a look right this minute, be prepared to spend a lot of time on here, it's addictive. I can't believe I've never come across this site before, but that's what happens when life gets in the way of living. Now that I am off for the summer, I am unstoppable with my needles and hooks. This blog is going to be featuring some knitting projects very soon, because yours truly finally learned to knit cables. Is it sad that I was super excited about it? Thank goodness I'm speaking to other crafty people who can sympathize.

Here is the link for your enjoyment:

it really is oodles of fun, so much so, you may neglect other obligations! Let the harvesting of free goodies begin! Seriously though, thanks a bunch to all you awesome people that share your amazing work with us every day! You rock!