Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Miss Maggie Rabbit


Oh JOY! Miss Maggie Rabbit, you are my most recent delightful distraction!

This beautiful felt/fabric kit comes from Posie: Rosy Little Things. If you haven't seen her work you MUST visit her shop. Then, if you like what you see there, you MUST subscribe to her blog, Posie Gets Cozy. Such lovely things! Oh that baby girl, Amelia! 
The garden, the home, the colors, the PICTURES! You will love it!

But I digress...back to Maggie.

The kit comes with full pattern instructions, your choice of fabric/yarn, some amazing wool felt, and a generous packet of embroidery thread. The fabric is Liberty Tana Lawn cotton all the way from London. I had to do some research to learn about "lawn cotton" and it's pretty fancy stuff. Here's a link to Wikipedia if you'd like to be on the up and up. 

That Liberty Tana is pretty fancy stuff. The softest, smoothest fabric I've ever felt. It's a joy to work with. The yarn is a lovely wool yarn in Posie's traditional chalky, muted color. It's an interesting feel. A little rough, but buttery. I enjoyed knitting with it. The wool felt is SUPER nice. I've always worked with the acrylic felts. They are inexpensive and easy to find where I live. But, this wool stuff is where I'll go from now on! It cuts like a knife through butter, doesn't fray or pill while you're working with it, and stays in place when you sew it. LOVE! The embroidery floss is DMC floss which I already work with and love, so I stayed happy.

The pattern is so well written. Posie is quite meticulous in her writing and pictures. They reach a broad audience of beginners to well-versed felt crafters. I have done enough projects using felt and blanket stitching so I would count myself as a well-versed crafter, but I still benefited from her thoroughness. If you are shying away from purchasing this kit because you have never done this type of thing before, you are in good hands. You WILL be able to do this one!

In this version, Maggie comes with a pattern to make the doll, her little dress, two darling boots, and a small capelet. The capelet is quite easy knitting. It is knitted entirely in garter stitch (knitting every row) and short rows (turning mid-row). As a more experienced knitter, it was very easy for me, but quite accessible for the beginning knitter. You may just need a few YouTube videos to learn the basics and you're set. Posie does offer some other patterns for more knitted clothes as well. The tiny knitted dress and hoodie was purchased for me this time. I have completed the dress and am half-way through the hoodie. Both are beginning-intermediate patterns. They will take a few more YouTube videos, but you can do it! I'll have pictures of them very soon.

Below is a picture of the completed pieces before stuffing:  


I prefer to keep my stitches close and tight. You can see them in the photo. That way the stuffing will not pop out of the seams when it's done. I agree with Posie about her stuffing. Nice and firm.

Here's Maggie after stuffing, embroidery, and ears on:


I haven't made her dresses yet so she wears her capelet to maintain decorum. =)
Here's a picture of the boots:
These are my FAVORITE part, next to the knitting! So amazingly cute! I did use size 10 crochet thread for the laces. The DMC floss just separates terribly. For little fingers, this would be incredibly frustrating to tie. I also left the laces long for easy tying. Since her feet are just long tubes, her toes only drop down inside the boot's upper part. She doesn't have any toes in the "toe area", so the boots can be a little flat up there. But, the wool felt supports itself and keeps it looking nice. 

Here's some close-ups of the capelet:
You can see the "short rows" near the top of the capelet.

Next comes the dress. In the picture below, the Liberty Tana lawn cotton is the third from the left. But, every girl needs more than one dress. So, I went to my LFS (local fabric store) and purchased some quilt quarters to use for more dresses. The quilt quarters are the perfect size! I haven't started on these yet, but wanted to show the colors "before" so I could do an "after". There are 6 dresses in all. 

Then I went to my LYS (local yarn store) and got some yummy Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light yarn (sport weight). It's a delightfully frothy mixture of alpaca and peruvian wool. It's even more delightful to knit with.

Here's how the colors break down:
One: Pink yarn, capelet/ purple yarn, dress/ blue yarn, hoodie
Two: Pink yarn, capelet/ purple yarn, dress/ green yarn (from kit), caplet
Three: Pink yarn, capelet/ purple yarn, dress/ blue yarn, hoodie, green yarn (from kit), capelet
Four: Blue yarn, hoodie/ green yarn (from kit), capelet
Five: Pink yarn, capelet
Six: Green yarn (from kit), capelet

Each dress has its coordinating yarn. Each yarn cake will be made into either a hoodie, capelet, or knitted dress. If I have the time (before the birthday deadline) I will make one in every color! I love it THAT much!

Here's a couple of pictures of the knitted dress in purple.


 It's perfect for layering. So Maggie can wear her fancy Liberty cotton lawn dress 
with her darling knitted dress over it. 

See:
Little Knitted Dress for Rabbits Knitting Pattern
Courtesy of Posie: Rosy Little Things
More pictures coming soon. I've got knitting to finish and dresses to sew.
 This is gonna be one finely dressed rabbit!

~ S

Monday, June 17, 2013

Taco - a "So So Happy" Luckee

Look who I found in my garden today.

Lift up your arm so we can see your tail, Taco.

Oh, a side view. Very chic.

Lovely little Taco.

Another wonderful creation based off of this fantastic company's characters
You can find her other friend here.
Enjoy!

Taco – a “So So Happy” Luckee
Notions:
A: Hot Pink WW yarn
B: Black WW yarn
C: Green WW yarn
Size G-6 hook
Size E-3 hook
Poly-fiberfill stuffing
Size 12mm eyes
White and black felt
Fabric glue
Sewing pins
Yarn needle

Large horns – make 2:
With E-3 and B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: Sc in each sc around. – 4 sc
Rnd 3: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in last sc - 6 sc at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 5: Sc in first 2 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc - 8 sc.
Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 7: Sc in first 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in last 3 sc - 10 sc.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Set aside.

Monster Body:
With G-6 hook and A, ch 2. 
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; place a marker at beg of rnd. Move marker as each rnd is completed. – 6 sc.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc. 
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 18 sc. 
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around – 24 sc. 
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around – 30 sc. 
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc; rep from * around – 36 sc. 
Rnd 7+: Sc in each sc around. Continue until body measures 5” tall.

Add legs…From beg of rnd marker, count out 12 sc, place marker, then make sure you have 24 more around. These last 24 sc will be divided into 2 more legs.
Begin 1st leg:
Rnd 1: sc in next 12 sc (this includes the st with the marker in it), remove marker, pinch body together so that the 12th sc and the beg of rnd marker meet, sl st in 1st sc where beg of rnd marker is. This will connect the body and create the space for the first leg. From here you will be crocheting around only one leg.
Rnd 2: sc in same sc as sl st, then sc in each of the remaining 11 sc around (Do NOT sc around other sts yet) – 12 sc.
Rnds 3 - 6: sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnd 7: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 8 sc.
Rnd 8: sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc – 6 sc.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Before beginning 2nd leg, stuff body and first leg firmly. You will want to leave a little space around the 2nd and 3rd leg to work your stitches.
After stuffing first leg, use the long tail to sew the foot closed.

Begin 2nd leg:
Row 1: Sl st in first sc on front of body and sc in same sp, sc in next 6 sc, skip next 12 sc, place marker in 12th sc. – 6 sc.
Row 2: Reaching across gap, sc in first sc after marker, sc in next 5 sc around – 12 sc total.
Rnds 3-6: Working in the round, sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Finish stuffing body and 2nd leg. Continue stuffing after each of the next 2 rnds.
Rnd 7: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 8 sc.
Rnd 8: sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc – 6 sc.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew foot closed.
(If it bothers you, take a small length of hot pink yarn and sew up the small hole that forms between the legs as well)
Begin 3rd leg:
Rnd 1: Sl st in first sc on front of body and sc in same sp, sc in next 11 sc  – 12 sc.
Rnd 2: Reaching across gap, sc in first sc, sc in next 11 sc around – 12 sc.
Rnds 3-6: Working in the round, sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Finish stuffing body and 3rd leg. Continue stuffing after each of the next 2 rnds.
Rnd 7: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 8 sc.
Rnd 8: sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc – 6 sc.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew foot closed.
(If it bothers you, take a small length of hot pink yarn and sew up the small hole that forms between the legs as well)
Body finished.
4th leg – made separately:
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sc.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Rnd 3-9: Sc in each sc around – 12 sc.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Stuff and set aside.

Arms – make 2:
With G-6 hook and A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch; place a marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed. 
Next rnd: *sc2tog, sc in next sc; rep from * around – 8 sc.
Stuff arm lightly.
Final rnd: sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sc in next sc – 6 sc.

Tail:
With G-6 hook and A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 5 sc in 2nd  ch from hook; place a marker at beg of rnd. Move marker as each rnd is completed  – 5 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc – 7 sc
Rnd 7: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc – 11 sc
Rnd 9: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc – 13 sc
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Stuff and set aside.

Tummy oval:
With E-3 hook and C, ch 7.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 5 chs. Do NOT turn.
Row 2: 2 sc in same sp as last sc. Working in back loops of ch, sc in next 4 loops, 3 sc in last loop.
Row 3: Sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, 3 sc in next sc – 9 sc.
Row 4: Sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc. – 10 sc.
Row 5: sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc – 11 sc.
Row 6: sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc – 13 sc.
Row 7: sc in next sc, sc in next  10 sc, 3 sc in next sc – 14 sc
Row 8: sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, 3 sc in next sc – 14 sc
Row 9: sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc – 16 sc
Row 10: sc in next sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc -  16 sc
Sl st in next 3 sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Set aside.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Back Spikes – make 4:
With E-3 hook and C, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 4 sc.
Rnd 2: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * around - 6 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc; rep from * around - 8 sc.
Rnd 5: Sc in each sc around.
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc; rep from * around - 10 sc.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Flatten and set aside.

Claws – make 6:
With E-3 hook, and C, ch 2.
Row 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 3 sc.
Row 2: 2 sc in each sc around – 6 sc.
Row 3: sc in each sc around – 6 sc.
Sl st in next sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Stuff lightly. Set aside.

Assembly:
1.  Gather your body piece, horns (2), tummy oval, tail, 4th leg, arms (2), claws (6), and back spikes (4).
2. Horns: Pin each horn to the sides of the head 6 rows down from the top. Sew using the long tails from each horn.
3. Tail and 4th leg: Pin the tail so that the bottom of the piece lines up with the top of the left hand (facing you) leg. Sew in place using the long tail. Pin the 4th leg under the tail piece and right next to the left hand (facing you) leg. Sew in place using the long tail.



4. Arms and Claws: Pin each of the claws onto the tips of the arms. Sew in place using the long tail. Pin the first arm onto the body so that the arm covers the tail/body join. Sew in place using the long tail. Pin the other arm directly across from it on the other side of the body. Sew in place using the long tail.
5. Make the face:
Left and right eye:  cut an oval from the black felt, about 1” long x ½ “ wide.
Mouth: cut an oval from the black felt, about 2 ½” long x 1/2” wide and two small “teeth”. I cut out small W’s and then rounded the tops.
Nose:  cut one tiny oval from the black felt, about ½” long x ¼” wide. 
Cut the “eye” oval and the “nose” oval in half. Glue on the mouth oval. Glue on the “teeth” to each side of the mouth oval. Glue one half of the “eye” oval to the left side (facing you) of the face. (It’s a good idea to pin the edges of this half oval down until the glue is dry.) Cut the other half of the oval in half at an angle. Glue this half to the right side (facing you) of the face. Cut two small circles out of the white felt and glue to the left eye. These are highlights in the eye.
6. Tummy oval: Place and pin the tummy oval to the middle of the body.  Sew in place using the long tail.
7. Back Spikes: Flatten each spike. Beginning at the bottom closest to the tail, place and pin each spike, one on top of each other. Each one should touch the one before it and will be crowded. Sew each spike using the long tails.  
Finished!


Lovely, just lovely..