Monday, January 19, 2015
I'm thrilled to let you know that my Dandy Lion has won an Industry's Choice TOBY award in the category of miniature friends! His head and tail are made from that wonderful Tissval fur fabric. He stands nicely alone at a whopping 4 inches under that swell top hat!! Thanks to Teddy Bear and Friends magazine for these awards which mean so much to all of us bear (and friends) makers. Voting for the Public's Choice Awards will be later in the year.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Little Marc Andre sits atop this pin cushion I designed last night while watching Downton Abbey!
So how about trying one?
Here we go!!
I've used that beautiful Noro yarn which is probably DK weight and a size 4 crochet hook.
Make a magic loop and then 12 double crochets in that loop. That would be 12 triple crochets if you use Brittish terms!
Close up the magic circle and make one double crochet, one chain, and one double crochet in each of the 12 stitches in round one.
In the next round, double crochet in the first stitch, double crochet in the second stitch, and two double crochet in the third around.
Make two rounds of single crochet in each stitch - which forms a lip on the flower center.
In the next rounds, decrease by doing two single crochets together until you have just a few stitches left on the hook. This can be worked in a spiral instead of rows. It's the underside of the puff!
Stuff the little cushion with some of the yarn you've used until it's as plump as you like.
Now let's make the outside of the flower!
Another magic loop and 12 double crochets in it just like we did on the middle bit.
The third round is double crochet, double crochet, 2 double crochet around.
The fourth round has 5 double crochets in each stitch which begins that ruffley effect.
Pull the yarn through the final stitch and weave the end into the stitches.
Use a tapestry needle to attach the two parts.
And now you can put a little friend on your new little cushion! Of course, you can always use it as a pin cushion, too!
As I made this up as I went along, I'm fairly sure that the pattern doesn't exist anywhere else. Please feel free to copy the pattern, make items from it, sell them, give them away, or do whatever you like!!
I'll try something else when the next episode airs!!
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The new year brings wonderful opportunities if we just keep our eyes ready to see!
Thinking of all the new bears and bunnies and other friends in store for the year, I couldn't pass the yarn store on a recent trip to Virginia Beach without checking what might work for some flower pincushions for those born in the Spring to sit upon! The colors in the Noro yarn I selected are luscious and I think I may just have some fur to match for their outfits!
Check back and we'll make a pincushion sit-upon together!
As I'm from Florida, I'm ready for Soring right after Christmas! Though it will be 70 degrees here in southern Virginia today, I expect we have a lot of cold to get through before we see Soring flowers! Let's just imagine them in our hearts! And crochet one or two!!
Sunday, December 28, 2014
I hope your Christmas was full of everything wonderful!
Around our house, every day is exciting with lots of Kitty adventures, new bears being born and hugs and cuddles galore!
Above, wee Katrina helps me compute next to boxes waiting to be filled with Christmas goodies!
sink is filled with wonderful miniature animals.
Happy New Year from my home to yours!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Happiest of Holidays to all!! with much Love - thanks for visiting!!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Here's a link to this wonderful story: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/florida-everblades-wear-special-teddy-bear-jerseys-as-thousands-of-stuffed-animals-fly--photo-144310456.html