It was supposed to be a heart emoji puppet. I made it a little differently than the other puppets. I’m trying out different mouth techniques until I find one I really like. I want it to feel comfortable in the hand and open nicely.
I messed up on the heart eyes. I wasn’t getting it right so I had the brilliant idea of tracing a heart directly on yarn as a guide. The plan was to embroider the eyes and cover up the marker. Yes, I used a marker. Foolish. It bled through the yarn! Anyway, I digress. That didn’t look right either so I went back to the drawing board and crocheted the hearts, but now there’s an outline of the marker! I pretended it wasn’t there and the kids haven’t mentioned it so I’m going to keep pretending I don’t see it. 🙂
He started looking less like an emoji and more like Pac Man and then morphed into a yellow frog with red heart eyes. Can’t win ’em all. The kids still like it though. I know this because they keep grabbing it, running away and squealing. So into the ultimate prize box it goes.
I had gotten busy making yellow crochet emojis when one of my students asked me to make a heart emoji. I love hearts anyway so I said sure, why not. It had to be easy, though, and quick. I’ve made plenty of hearts over the years and was going through the catalogue in my mind, sorting through all the hearts in there, looking for the perfect one for an emoji. When that failed, I remembered an easy heart I saw on Instagram that would be perfect. It was so easy. So easy, I couldn’t remember how to do it! I couldn’t find it, either. Failing at that, I just went for the path of least resistance. I made a square with rows of single crochet, with double crochets on two sides to make the heart shape. It couldn’t get any easier than that. I made two, made a face on one, and then sewed it together. No stuffing needed because I used two strands of Caron one pound yarn. The kids loved it and it was done lickity split.
This is definitely a project the kids can make. Working in the round is hard for some of them, but for those who can single crochet, this one will be a piece of cake.
Lately, I’ve been making quick projects that I know I can finish in a work day. Now that the life-sized doll is done, I want to take a break from the big projects. I like showing the kids the different items they can crochet, from the big elaborate ones, to the quick and easy ones. Here are some quick and easy ones I made this past week.
We have a star-chart as a reward system in our after-school program and the very last section has morphed and changed over the year. At first, I tried gift cards as the last gift, but it being a new incentive, I hadn’t worked out all the kinks. Later, I only gave certain, nearby choices or instead of that, the option to get two items from the prize-box. Then, it morphed again when I saw that many of the students were still asking me to make things for them (even though they knew I wasn’t doing that anymore). Instead, I started crocheting the items they were requesting and putting them in what I started calling The Ultimate Prize Box. The emojis are always popular and the kids started picking those pieces right away even though I don’t have many items yet. But I hope to have a spike in inventory now that the projects are quicker and easier. Continue reading →