Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 This week, is going to be a bit different. I have several almost finished projects that I want to share with you soon, and even more ideas that I have not even started yet, but nothing fully finished. I was rushing to try and finish one of them, but I won’t be able to do it in time, and I would rather not ruin the project by rushing, so I was looking around the house at ideas to share with you this week. I have found several toys that I have made in the last few years, most of them free handed with no patterns, so rather than having too much text or patterns this week, I am going to do a gallery of past projects.
Most of the pictures will speak for themselves, so I will just caption them. There are no patterns for most of these and I’m not sure that I could write down what I did for most of them, so this is mostly a look and enjoy week. I will as usual link any patterns I have used. I hope you will enjoy the cheapest Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture 2016 crochet gallery and I will be back next week with a new design and finished pattern for you all.
This week I finally got around to working on a couple of smaller where can i buy Adobe InDesign CS5 crochet toys I had been wanting to make for the children. Lily loves watching mermaids on TV and I had wanted to make her a proper mermaid. Earlier on in the year I had noticed a pattern released by Featherby and Friends for a mermaid doll and after taking part in their birthday celebrations I had been given a coupon for money off one of their patterns and so I purchased the mermaid pattern. I didn’t have access to the wool used for the hair so I asked my sister to bring me some home from America and the pattern was set aside. This week I finally had time, the wool had arrived and I had the pattern so I started to make the mermaid. She didn’t take me long at all, even considering I took her apart as I wasn’t happy with the effect using the 8mm hook recommended, her gaps were way to big in the stitches.
She’s larger than I expected although she is made using chunky blanket wool, but she was super easy and quick to make and she is very soft and cuddly. Her hair took the longest to add on but it was totally worth it. Her hair is so soft and the colours are perfect for a mermaid. Since Lily is still young I had tied her hair up so it doesn’t get completely knotted and a mess but when she’s older we can take it out. Lily loves her and she now lives on her bed when she isn’t being dragged around! The pattern is a paid one, but she’s definitely worth paying for. If you want to make your own mermaid then you can find the pattern at this link.
Also this week I was able to make Oliver the snake he has been after for ages. Whenever we go to a toy shop he loves the super long snakes, and he is always playing with the dog’s toy snake at his grandparents house. So this week I decided it was time to make one for him. He choose his colours of blue and green and I set out to make it. It didn’t really take long, I just increased stitches in a magic circle until I got to 36 stitches in the round and then I tried out some tapestry crochet techniques using the green to create triangle patterns in the snakes skin. It worked up really nicely, although it did take me a while to find a good rhythm where I wasn’t constantly tangling the two balls of wool up! I used some left over Caron Simply Soft wool I had from another project and the colours are great. Its not a super long snake but Oliver wanted it done immediately and he wasn’t patient enough to wait for me to make it any longer. I stuffed him when I finished the length and that was a nightmare, I should have stuffed as I went along, but I finished with the tail in blue and added a yellow kinder egg filled with beads to give the snake a rattle sound. So far he is holding up to the beatings of a 3 year old throwing it around!
I didn’t really use any kind of pattern to make him, and its not overly worth creating one as it was so simple to make, but if anyone is interested in creating their own snake, then I will add some directions below. When working 2 colours, carry the colour you are not working with underneath each stitch and change colour on the final yarn over of the previous stitch. Stuff the snake as you go and if you want to add a rattle, add it in the tail to make a rattle snake! It only uses a couple of stitches, single crochet (sc), single crochet increase (sc inc), single crochet decrease (sc dec), ch (chain) and slip stitch (sl st) to make the snake and once you have gotten used to the changes of colour is easy to work up. I am now looking forward to making something more detailed using the tapestry crochet.
ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch to end, ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch to end, sl st into original st then ch 5 and sc in 2nd ch from hook and every ch to end of ch, sl st into starting st and cast off. Attach to snake between rounds 10 and 11 in between the eyes underneath the snakes body.
Last summer when my daughter turned one I decided to make her a doll she could play with. I wanted to make clothes so she could dress it up and allow it togrow with her. After a lot of searching I found the little sister ebook (paid pattern) by Featherby and Fiends which contained the pattern for a doll and several outfits for her. Pattern purchased I went off in search of Wool and unfortunately couldn’t find an exact skin colour I wanted so she ended up a bit pink!
She was quick and easy to make up (although the hair does take a while) and I made her the fairy outfit. Lily was a bit young when I made her so she mostly just sat around for a while, however, I enjoyed making her. A few months later lily really enjoyed watching mermaids on TV and so I decided to make the mermaid outfit for the doll. Again this was quick and easy to make, and although it didn’t really capture lily’s imagination my niece did enjoy playing with her a couple of times.
This week I decided to get the wool toys out I have made (including playmats which I will show in another post) for the children and this time the doll was actually cuddled and played with. I thought I would make her a dress so I quickly made the Princess dress. This has become a definite favourite and she has now been cuddled and played with and even taken to bed.
My son saw me making the dress for lily’s doll and asked me if it was for him. He has had no interest in dolls or babies so far but I asked him if he wanted me to make him his own doll. He said yes so I made one from the bag of scraps based on the same little sister pattern. Oliver helped me picked out the colours of the dolls hair and eyes as well as his outfit and was very excited to see him finished. I didn’t manage to finish him before bedtime but he was there waiting for Oliver in the morning.
He really loved his doll and gave him a cuddle as soon as he saw him. He took him to nursery and showed everyone. He came with us today to collect the car from the garage and he showed everyone there and told them all `mummy made him for me. He hasn’t really given him a name yet mostly just calls him doll or occasionally Oliver but he definitely likes him.
As we go through the year I’ll probably make more outfits for them too. The ebook has several other outfits including a pumpkin outfit and an elf outfit which will be great for Christmas.
Thanks for reading this week’s post. See you next time