Crochet Cat Inspiration

We have been donated oodles of yarn for the yarn bombing this year so a huge thanks to all our patients for their support. From the stashes that have been brought in these two felines have been created.
Crochet Cats with Stripy LegsThe inspiration came from a pattern bought on Etsy, I loved the mixture of knitting and crochet on the original pattern but sadly my execution was less satisfactory so I ended up adapting the knitted parts for crochet.

Crochet Cat with Stripy LegsThe pink pussy cat was first off the hook and was such a pleasure I just couldn’t resist making another.

Crochet Cat Blue with Stripy LegsUnfortunately I was not able to find the pattern again as Etsy is displaying ‘pattern not available’ but the link is below just in case. It is possible that our internet that is playing up this evening and you may be able to access the pattern if you want to make your own kitties at some point.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/59420476/crazy-cat-crochet-knitting-pattern

Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom

One of our patients, an avid supporter of the Charity Yarn Bombing asked if we would make a merecat bride and groom for her grandaughters wedding.

Crochet Meercat Bride and Groom She dropped into the surgery a knitting pattern book and some yarn and left it with us. My colleague, who is a much better knitter than I, kindly took it all home to make them.

Crochet Meercat Bride 1Unfortunately my talented colleague wasn’t happy with the finished item, the fine yarn was not easy to work with and a strain on the eye at the end of a busy day! So I had a look for a crochet version and found this pattern from Planet June. it was much easier to execute that the knitted version so we made amendments to suit our patients request and came up with this Bride and Groom.

Crochet Meercat Bride

Crochet Meercat GroomWe send our congratulations to the happy couple, or should we say couples!

Rolo and Roxy

Meet Rolo and Roxy, my friends are the true masters of these lively furry bundles of joy but I wanted to surprise her with woolly versions.Crochet Rolo and Roxy Best friends 1They are couple of characters who love nothing more than playing together in the garden, that is when they are not on work duty with their Dad in the van.

RoxyRoxy obviously loves the camera but you can just make out Rolo in the background.

Edwards Menagerie Jack Russel Rolo Edwards Menagerie Jack Russell RoxyI know that many of you will recognise the pattern as one from the Kerry Lord collection in the wonderful book titled Edwards Menagerie. I have made quite a few of the animals now and can highly recommend this book. The patterns are very easy and quick to work up and each completed animal is a delight. I can’t wait till September when Kerry’s next  book of bird patterns Edwards Menagerie Birds is being released, judging by the cover it looks set to be a huge sucess and you can pre order here.

 

Charity Yarn Bombing 2015

It’s coming round again, I can’t believe it is June already. Where does time go?

This years Charity Yarn Bombing at the surgery will be on 29 and 30 August 2015Charity Yarn Bombing Banner

Last year patients, friends and family and crafters from around the globe helped us create a woolly fantasy garden in the grounds of the small GP surgery where I work raising over £1000.00, the proceeds were shared between our local hospice and the hospital.

We have commenced our regular Saturday meetings to plan and share our ideas and creations for this years woolly display. We wanted to challenge ourselves so the themes are different as listed below, although we thought it was appropriate to keep a seaside theme again as we are on the coast.

  • Dinosaur park
  • Teddy Bears Picnic
  • Down on the Farm
  • Jungle Capers
  • Beside the Seaside

Read last years post here and see the three posts showing what was acheived for last years event in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

If you would like to join in everyone is welcome, any contributions will be most gratefully received and put to great use. Just leave a comment or drop me an email if you would like any further information. Alternatively please stay in touch and we will share our progress with you in the coming weeks.

You may have already guessed that Stan the Stegosaurus and the crochet cave kids Magnar and Sadiki are for the Dinosaur Park and I look forward to sharing further makes with you all.

 

Crochet Cave Folk

May I introduce you to Master and Miss the crochet Cave Kids, named Magnar and Sadiki respectively. I wanted some company for Stan the Stegosaurus and found the pattern for these and was instantly inspired to make them.

Crochet Cave Folk 2Magnar goes out each day armed with his club to capture food and drag it back to cave for  Sadiki to cook.

Crochet CavemanSadiki’s a little vain and is always trying new hair styles, today is a simple ponytail with a polished bone clip.

Crochet Cavegirl

Crochet Cavegirl Bone Hair clip

If you want to make your own cave folk you can buy the pattern here.

Happy hooking.

 

 

Amish Puzzle Ball and Crochet Boots Swap

I was reading through posts one day and came across some lovely crochet slippers made by Simply Hooked with an offer I could not resist. A swap request, offering a pair crochet slippers in exchange for an Amish Puzzle Ball, “well” I thought to myself “I have made these puzzle balls before and I would love those gorgeous slippers”. So here it is ready to be shipped off.

Crochet Amish Puzzle BallAnd here are the said gorgeous slippers!

Crochet SlippersWe exchanged emails and Simply Hooked agreed to my swap offer and chose the colours for the Puzzle Ball. If you haven’t seen one before I will try to explain how it works. You make twelve triangular pouches and three rows of lids. Each row of lids is attached to four pouches stuffing each pouch before finally closing it off.

So you end up with these.

Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball Pieces

First you interlock 2 of the finished rounds.

Amish Puzzle Ball Connections

Then the last round fits into the gaps to make a round ball.

I love this pattern so much, they are quite quick to make and there are animal versions too. I made an Elephant shown in a previous post here.

If you fancy making your own puzzle ball you can download the free pattern from Ravelry Amish Puzzle Ball Pattern, there is also a flower version which is delightful. These two  patterns are kindly available free thanks to Dedri Uys.

The Elephant Puzzle Ball pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry too. Dedri is obviously quite dedicated, I talked in my post about how struggled a little with the elephant head and Dedri was kind enough to contact me and advise that she had altered the pattern and asked if I made one again would I let her know if it was better. How kind was that?

Mollie and Claire’s Lace Leaf Shawl KAL

Yes please I thought when Claire from Mollie and Claire offered to do this KAL.

Lace Leaf Shawl KAL 1

I am a little behind but wanted to show that I have started and will be focussing on catching up over the next few days.

It was rather lucky that I had this colourful yarn in my stash and have been wondering what I could use it for. It is rather fine for me to knit with but I feel it is perfect for this KAL. I hope Mollie approves.

Yorkshire Beard Day

Do you remember I told you about Yorkshire Beard Day? My friend had a stall full of crazy knitted beards. I made one too here and was so happy when it sold!

The lady who bought it kindly allowed me to take a photo of her wearing it.

Crochet Woolly Beard Then a friend came along with a matching real beard!

Crochet Woolly Beard sold

 

 

 

Stegosaurus

Heidi Bears Crochet African Flower Stegosaurus

Meet Stan the Stegosaurus. Yes this is unmistakeable as another pattern from Heidi Bears design catalogue.

Basket of yarn coloursThe making up part of the Stegosaurus pattern is different from the Bluebird of Happinness, you make the outer edge of each hexagon as you put him together. It took me a while to appreciate quite how this would work, but neverthelesss I set to and made all the flowers. It was very satisfying sitting with all the lovely colours in a neat row like little soldiers whilst I worked down the line selecting each colour in turn to create the flower centres ready to create my historic creature.

Making Stan the Heidi Bears StegosaurusIt has to be said, the pattern is huge, I started to print it out and the pages just kept on coming off the printer, I started to wonder if I had asked the printer for several copies! Eventually it stopped and I browsed through the umpteen pages feeling more daunted by the page!

But don’t be put off, this story has a happy ending as you can see. Once I got started it was so easy to follow, it takes you step by step with great photo tutorials for every hexie you join. Starting with the tail………..

Stegosaurus Tail

……………. then the hind legs……………

Stegosaurus Hind Legs……………..the back, belly and fore legs…………

Stegosaurus Fore Legs………………… finally the neck and head.

Then once the body is completed you make the spikes for along his back.

Crochet Stegosaurus Complete

Once fully assembled Stan the steg took a little break on the stool before heading out for a forage in the garden.

Heidi Bears African Flower Stegosaurus 3If you fancy making a Stegosaurus yourself you can purchase the pattern from Heidi Bears

 

 

Large and Small Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosies

Tea cosies to brighten any afternoon tea party.

I found the Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosy pattern on Ravelry amongst a myriad of designs. It was hard to decide which one to make there were so many, there were flowery ones, plain ones, tea cosies with just about every kind of animal either crawling out of or sitting on top.

Crochet Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosy Large

This one shows the smaller of the two a little better but it is before the flower was attached to the top.

Crochet Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosy Small

This is such a clever pattern, the braiding effect is so simple to do yet so effective. The tea cosy is made in two halves as many of them are, you work along the stripey rows adding chain stitches periodically between the single crochet.

Braiding the Tea CosyThen you thread them through each other from the bottom to the top and secure them whilst doing the decrease rows. You can see above I have looped the vertical braids on the far left and the far right hand sides leaving the two centre rows so you can see the chains.

How simple is that?

Once both sides are completed and sewn together you can make and attach the flower for the top. It really finishes it off nicely.

Crochet Flower Atop the Tea Cosy

I made the larger of the two in a couple of evenings then a friend asked if I could make a cosy for her little one cup tea pot, the only stipulation was could it include yellow to match her little tea pot. I picked out thses colours and got straight onto making a second one.

Small Crochet Tea Cosy Colours

The pattern kindly incldes instructions for both the large and small sizes. So here they are side by side until the little one goes to it’s new home.

Crochet Hot Hibiscus Tea Cosies