Friday, April 26, 2013

I went to the woods...

...and what did I find? 
Little Sylvie's mushrooms all in a line.


They stuck out their heads, they were timid at first.


They stared at me, wondering? 
What could possibly be worse?


They came close together, staring right in my eyes,


Then posed for their pictures, 


like little wise guys.


Enjoy!

Sylvie’s Mushrooms (French: from the forest) ~ Free Pattern

Notions:
Size 6mm eyes

A: WW yarn – Stem color
B: WW yarn – Cap color
Size F hook
Poly-fiberfill stuffing
White felt or alternate color felt
Yarn needle
Fabric glue
Lightweight cardboard (like from a box of soda)


Stem:
With A: Ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 single crochet (sc) in 2nd ch from hook - 6 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc
Rnd 3: * sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 18 sc
Rnd 4: * sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 24 sc
Rnds 5-9:  sc in each sc - 24 sc
Rnd 10: * sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog, repeat from * - 20 sc
Rnds 11-12: sc in each sc - 20 sc
Rnd 13: * sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog, repeat from * - 16 sc
Rnds 14-15: sc in each sc - 16 sc
Rnd 16: 2 sc in each sc around - 32 sc
Rnds 17-18: sc in each sc - 32 sc
Slip stitch into next sc.
Fasten off, leaving a 16 inch tail. (You will use this tail to sew the cap on.)

~ You will need a circle of lightweight cardboard to place inside the bottom of the stem. This will keep the mushroom from falling over.  Cut a 3”x 3” square from the box and set the mushroom stem on top. With a pencil, LIGHTLY trace around the stem and cut INSIDE the line. Place the cardboard down inside the stem and proceed with stuffing the stem firmly.


The Pointy Cap:
With B: Chain 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around – 12 sc
Rnd 4: *sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 18 sc
Rnd 5: sc in each sc around – 18 sc
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 24 sc
Rnd 7: sc in each sc around – 24 sc
Rnd 8: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 30 sc                                                   
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around – 30 sc
Rnd 10: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * - 36 sc
Rnds 11-13: sc in each sc around – 36 sc
Fasten off. Weave in end.


The Tall Cap:
With B: Chain 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around - 12 sc
Rnd 3: * sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around - 18 sc
Rnd 4: * sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around - 24 sc
Rnd 5: * sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around – 30 sc.
Rnds 6-19 : sc in each sc around – 30 sc
Rnd 20: * sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * around – 36 sts.
Slip st in next sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff firmly.

Crochet Polka-Dots:

SMALL (make 4)
With C, ch 2.
Work 6 sc in first ch. 
Slip st in next sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail.

LARGE (make 3)
With D, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st around - 12 sts.
Slip st in next sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Finishing:
1. Place eyes on stem just under stem top. Add cheeks by gluing felt on with craft glue or use blush. Embroider mouth with black size 10 crochet thread if desired. Embroider eyelashes if desired. (It is much easier to embroider when cap is not sewed on.

2. Sew mushroom cap to stem using stem long tail. (see pictures below)




3. Do NOT stuff the empty space between the cap and stem. This space between the cap and stem should NOT be filled with stuffing. This space allows the stem to go up into the cap a little making the typical mushroom cap hangover.

4. Sew large and small polka-dots to cap if desired or glue on felt spots.


~ S

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just in "Slime"!


Minecraft Slime

As I said before in the Enderman post, the characters from Minecraft are SUPER easy to construct once you have a solid square pattern. This Slime is a great example. The construction is exactly the same as the Enderman head, you just don't need a body this time. 

Nice! 

Minecraft Slime Pattern
Notions:
A: Worsted weight yarn - Lime Green
Crochet hook size F
Yarn needle
Light-weight cardboard or plastic canvas
Scissors
Polyester fiber-fill stuffing
A small bit of black felt
Fabric Glue

Body:
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 20 sc
Rnd 4: *sc in 4 sc; 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 28 sc
Rnd 5: sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc around TBL – 28 sc
Rnd 6: sc in ch-1 sp, then sc around as normal – 28 sc 
Rnd 7 – 12: Repeat Rnd 6 – 28 sc
Fasten off with sl st . Weave in end.
Body Lid:
Repeat Rnds 1-4 above – 28 sc
Sl st to fasten off,  leaving a long tail to sew to head with.

Finishing Body: 
1.  Using the Body Lid as a pattern, cut out 6 squares from light-weight cardboard. (I used a soda box. You could also use plastic canvas.)
      2.  Place one square inside the Body on the bottom. You may need to trim your square’s sides a bit. I also rounded the corners by snipping off the pointy tips.
      3.  Begin stuffing the Body. As you stuff, slide the 4 side pieces in as the stuffing gets to the top. The stuffing will hold the squares in place.
      4.  Take the Body Lid and begin sewing it to the top of the larger Body piece. When you get to the final side, slide the last piece of cardboard into the Body on top of the stuffing. Finish sewing the Body lid on. Weave in end. 
      5.  Cut out 3 squares of black felt. (Two will be as tall as 2 ½ rows of single crochet and as wide as 2 ½ single crochets. The 3rd will be as tall as 1 row of single crochet and as wide as 1 single crochet.)
      6.  Place the black squares as shown in the picture or however you’d like.
Finished!


Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Minecraft and Mojang Co. 
I have not been compensated for this creation. 
Please do not sell this creation for profit. For personal use only.

~ S

Monday, April 15, 2013

Entering the "End"




Here's the first of many Minecraft inspired creations. The best part about Minecraft is that once you have a solid square form to make the head and bodies, you can make just about anything in the game. My kids LOVE it! More to come. 
Let me know if you find any problems.

Enjoy!

Minecraft Enderman

Notions:
A: Worsted weight yarn - Black
Crochet hook size F
Yarn Needle
Light-weight cardboard or plastic canvas
Scissors
Polyester fiber-fill stuffing
A small bit of white felt
A small bit of purple felt
Fabric Glue

Head:
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 20 sc
Rnd 4: *sc in 4 sc; 3 sc in next sc; repeat from * around – 28 sc
Rnd 5: sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc around TBL – 28 sc
Rnd 6: sc in ch-1 sp, then sc around as normal – 28 sc
Rnd 7 – 12: Repeat Rnd 6 – 28 sc
Fasten off with sl st . Weave in end.
Head Lid:
Repeat Rnds 1-4 above – 28 sc
Sl st to fasten off,  leaving a long tail to sew to head with.

Finishing head: 
1. Using the Head Lid as a pattern, cut out 6 squares from light-weight cardboard. (I used a soda box. You could also use plastic canvas.)
2. Place one square inside the Head on the bottom. You may need to trim your square’s sides a bit. I also rounded the corners by snipping off the pointy tips.
      3. Begin stuffing the Head. As you stuff, slide the 4 side pieces in as the stuffing gets to the top. The stuffing will hold the squares in place.
      4. Take the Head Lid and begin sewing it to the top of the larger Head piece. When you get to the final side, slide the last piece of cardboard into the Head on top of the stuffing. Finish sewing the Head Lid on.
Weave in end.  Set aside.

Body: (pattern begins at bottom of Body)
With A, ch 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5 ch to end. Do NOT turn.
Row 2: In same ch, make 3 sc. Working in back loops of foundation ch, sc in next 4 loops. In last loop before end, make 3 sc – 16 sc.
Begin working in the round.
Rnd 1: sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc – 20 sc.
Rnd 2: sc through back loop (TBL) in each sc around – 20 sc.
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around as normal – 20 sc.
Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 3 until body measures 2 inches.
Fasten off. Weave in end.
Body Lid:
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 above, then repeat Round 1 above – 20 sc.
Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew to body with.

Finishing Body:  Stuff large body piece firmly. Sew body lid to top. Set aside.

Arms and Legs – make 4:
With A, ch 42.
Single crochet in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
(These Arms and Legs will curl around. If you’d like them to be straighter, try knitting I-cord or get each arm/leg wet with a spray bottle, stretch until straight and allow to dry.)

Finishing Enderman:
 1. Center Head onto Body. Sew around to secure.
       2. Sew Arms onto sides of upper Body.
       3. Sew Legs onto bottom of Body.
4     4. Cut 2 thin rectangles out of white felt. (Each rectangle is about as wide as a row of single crochets and about 4 sc long.)  Cut 2 small purple squares out of purple felt. (Each square is as wide as the rectangle and 1 sc long.)
       5. Glue the purple square onto the white rectangle and then onto the lower part of the head. (I centered mine on top of one row of single crochet.)

PS - You can even make a Ender-woman. Just add a bow from my tutorial found here and fancy it up!
Not so scary now are ya??!!



Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Minecraft and Mojang Co. 
I have not been compensated for this creation. 
Please do not sell this creation for profit. For personal use only.

~ S

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Honeycomb Blanket




I usually don't like starting a project without an end goal in mind. 
It leaves me feeling scattered instead of focused. But, this time it's different.

This is the beginning of  "The Honeycomb Blanket". 

It started with a desire to create a crocheted blanket using a hexagon motif that would bust my stash of yarn ends. It then moved into a belief that I had no idea what I was going to do with all those hexagons when I had finished the stash yarn. After wondering what I wanted to do and not coming up with anything, I stopped for a while. I needed a plan before moving forward.

Vanishing-of-the-bees.jpg
Wikipedia
Recently I watched this documentary on the epidemic striking the honey bee. They are leaving their hives en masse and never returning. No one knows why. Scientists are calling it "Colony Collapse Disorder" and it is troubling. These bees are telling us something...

So, I found my plan. A tribute to the humble, hard working honeybee.

Each hexagon cluster symbolizes a grouping of honeycomb. The surrounding "comb" centers radiate a colorful energy outward to the world, the center "comb" remaining neutral and at peace. A symbolic prayer that God may grant us another chance with these creatures if we respect their contribution to our world and allow them to have peace.

Another sweet blanket idea surrounding bees is the Beekeeper's Quilt designed by tiny owl knits. Oh how I love this quilt! I just have too much on my plate to take this on right now, but it's in the "queue".

Courtesy of tiny owl knits
I love all the tiny puffs! It reminds me of a Yo-yo quilt! Ooooo I love those too! I have a yo-yo maker...

But, I digress...

I'll keep you updated on the progress of the Honeycomb Blanket.

It's sure to be the bee's knees. 

~ S

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Comfort Ye

Courtesy of helpwolverton.com
I do not know this family personally, but I am quite a fan of their father's work.

Their father is David Wolverton aka David Farland, the author. 
He has written one of my favorite series of books: "The Runelords"

Last Thursday the Wolverton's son, Ben, was in a terrible long-boarding accident that left him with some massive mountains to climb. They are now asking for donations to help with medical costs and treatment for Ben.

Courtesy of Amazon
Courtesy of Amazon



You can donate money two ways.
Purchase "Nightingale" or "Million Dollar Outlines" written by David.
He will get a portion of the sales.
Or a monetary donation on this website.



I cannot make much difference in the lives of this family. 
My money speaks weakly in times like these, but I know that it is necessary to help Ben recover. 

However, I believe in One greater than all of this. One who is the greatest Comforter of all. One who can make all the difference in the life of this family. In faith, I pray to Him. 

May God Bless You All!

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
~ 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 ~


~ S

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hooky Rolls






I used to keep all my yarn crochet hooks, thread crochet hooks,
 and double pointed needles in Tupperware bowls.

Well, (eyebrow raised), not anymore!

These handy, dandy rolls of squishy, squashy crochet now hold everything 
wrapped up in a neat little square knot. 

You can find the pattern here.
Here's my posted project on Ravelry.

They do end up being a trapezoidal shape. But when it's just for you, meh, who cares, right?

~ S