This year we made our own Christmas decorations. We (Mia and me) went to the woods to pick some pine cones. We couldn’t find any really beautiful examples, most of them were rotten with missing scales… But we picked some. We cleaned them and painted in different colors, then covered with glitter in the same color. To ensure glitter stays on, we sprayed the cones with some clear spray paint.
Then we made elves out of small cones. For heads and arms we used wooden beads bought years ago when I was exploring crochet jewelry (never actually used them).
The hoods are cut out of felt sheets and blanket stitched at the back. Arms are leather bands tied around the neck with wooden beads attached to each side and knotted ends.
The sweater was crocheted directly around the deer’s body. I didn’t enjoy that much as I had to keep it tight to the body and my fingers were aching.
But the result is nice. The sleeves do seem too big, though.
Our old amigurumi friend, Santa Claus, is our Christmas tree topper this year.
Elephants are known for many things. They are great babysitters, an adult elephant can keep track of up to 30 family members at any one time. They are social creatures. They take care of members when they fall ill by physically supporting them and bringing them food. But this little elephant has a very strange passion for hats. Here are some pictures of her in her favorite outfits.
The instructons for first two hats are explained in the pattern (available here). To make the 3rd hat follow the instructions below.
With magic ring and yarn of your choice:
Rnd 1: 8 sc into the ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (16)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around (24)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around (32)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) around (40)
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) around (48)
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st) around (56)
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st) around (64)
Rnd 9: (Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st) arund (72)
Rnds 10-23: Sc in each st around (72)
Rnd 24: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around (108)
Rnds 25 & 26: Sc in each st around (108)
Fasten off! Make a pom pom and attach it to the top of the hat!
My latest pattern, Baby Devil. I hope you like him.
If done with sport category yarn and a 2.5 mm hook it is approx. 5.5” (14 cm) tall when sitting and 7” (18 cm) when standing. If done with worsted weight yarn and an F hook, it is 14 inches long (not including tail), and the head is nearly 7 inches wide, not including ears.
Baby Devil is available for purchase here.
Happy birthday my little sweatheart ♥
Little guy from the pattern that I got to test for the upcoming book. Designed by Josephine Wu from A Morning Cup of Jo Creations. I had so much fun, the pattern is easy to follow and the result is a very charming little bear.
To get the book printed we have to raise $7,500 by September 29th. You can find out more about the book and the project at: http://www.indiegogo.com/zoomigurumi
Zoomigurumi – a crochet book by Amigurumipatterns.net is featuring 15 cute amigurumi patterns by 12 designers. My little Johnny the Monkey is not just in the book, he made it to the cover page! I’m very excited about it! The book is available in presale now!
It will be a soft cover book of 72 pages in full colour including large pictures and clear written out instructions of all the amigurumi you want to make. The book is available both as ebook or as a printed edition. As a little extra there is also a cute tote bag that is perfect for storing your yarn!
It’s a Fixed Funding campaign. Find out more at http://www.indiegogo.com/zoomigurumi.
This chair cover is very easy to make, although a bit time consuming. If you have a chair that would need some make over you can give it a try. You can really cheer up the space if you make 4 pieces in different colors (that’s what I intend to do).
Here is how to make it:
Rnd 1: Chain 72, sc in second ch from hook and in next 69 chs, 2 sc in last ch, working back across foundation ch, sc in next 70 sts, 2 sc in last st. (144)
Rnds 2 – 40: Sc in each st around (144)
Rnd 41: (Sl st in next st, sc in next st, (hdc, dc) in next st, ch 1, (dc, hdc) in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st) around.
That’s it. If you decide to make it let me know how it turned out
Some wonderful days are behind. We’ve been visiting my sister’s family in Germany in order to meet our new family member, adorable baby girl Milla. Mia tried to ride a horse and now we have the house full of horse posters, calendars and horseshoes (and she’s still collecting, help!!!).
Then we took 6 hrs drive to Paris, visited Disneyland and some other popular sites. Love for all things French… I understand that now.
I had an idea of crocheting big amigurumi head some 2-3 years ago, while working on Amigurumi Fawn pattern. By the time I finished little fawn I was so fed up with all fawn/deer/moose/reindeer-like creatures that I forgot about the idea. It came back to me just recently and I decided to give it a try. It turned out great, I love the way he looks at me over my entrance door. It’s been there now for the last 3-4 days and I’m still quite (pleasently) surprised when I see it hanging there.
I enjoyed working on this piece so much that I can’t imagine anything else on my list of future projects than another animal’s head. I’m just not sure which animal it will be………… A mouse? A bunny? An elephant? I’d love to make them all… and maybe I will, I can never be so sure what will inspire me next.
We were very busy today. This year we used regular food coloring instead of natural dyes which I actually prefer. I love the marble effect!