A sure fire way to get students interested in crochet is to make fun things in front of them. Since I tend to make fun and whimsical things anyway, my maniacal plan works perfectly. Just recently, I was making something for the prize box that many of the students wanted. A student who never expressed an interest in crochet suddenly wanted to learn the craft. Seeing me crochet helps them to envision themselves making all sorts of things they didn’t think were possible.
The students were all very excited when they saw me making these.
I’m not taking personal requests from the students anymore but I am taking suggestions (they are personal requests that I turn into suggestions) on what to make. So far, I have made an emoji with sunglasses, a YouTube pillow (I had to ask for clarification on that one), and a Pokeball (this was the project that inspired my student). They were all simple to make and worked up fairly quickly. Continue reading →
I’m back in the swing of things at work and the kids have started making crochet request. I decided that I will not be making personal items for individual students this year but I will take suggestions for things I can make for the prize box or for our toy box. One of my students suggested I make a small couch for our doll house. I had her choose the colors from our stash and I whipped this up.
I wasn’t 100% sure about it at first but the kids grabbed it as soon as I was done and were happily playing with it. I guess it looks enough like a couch for their purposes. 🙂
They want a table next so that’s next on the agenda. Oh, and they all want a TV. I forgot the bed, they want a bed too. This isn’t sounding easier than last year at all! LOL
A student (several students actually) announced we needed more yarn for our yarn drawer at work. What, already? I guess it makes sense considering I haven’t purchased any this year and probably not for a few months before the end of the last school year. This was a good opportunity to check out the remaining yarn to see the dregs of what we had.
Green and Orange: what not to get next time!
I can certainly see the colors that weren’t popular! There was lots of orange and green left over with a little brown. I wanted to use some of it up and what better way to use up orange as Halloween is approaching than pumpkins! I was going to just make it up but figured I’d check out how others make pumpkins and came across this cute looking pumpkin (below).
I read the pattern and started with the same stitch count but then veered slightly my own way. I followed the pattern to the third round and got the gist of it and then just did my own thing.
I still ended up with decent results.
My version is not too shabby 🙂
The idea is to do 12 double crochets in a ring and then do some increase rounds followed by some regular rounds and then finishing with decrease rounds. What I really wanted to learn was how to create those indentations. I originally thought that was done through crocheting but it’s done after with a long string. The pattern has a video tutorial as well that is very good at demonstrating how to do this.
The kids thought a pumpkin was great but a jack-o-lantern would be even better so I just had to do it. I made three triangles and sewed them on to the pumpkin. The mouth was a combination of slip stitches between single crochets with picots.
Not so sure about that mouth but the kids seem to like it. 🙂
I think I have enough orange yarn to make another pumpkin this same size or maybe a few smaller ones but I will definitely do it with single crochet. I don’t like the resulting big holes from the double crochet.
Now I have to figure out what to make with all that green. Maybe some green monsters. 🙂
I love crochet challenges. Crochet challenges have been lobbed at me from family, friends, the kids at work and me. A recent challenge came from my hubby. He is a graphic designer and has many samples of products he’s worked on laying around. One of his current projects included a cute toy called Eli the Firefly. His client is a dentist who created a book and a plush lighted toy that inspires kids to brush their teeth properly. Hubby asked if I thought I could recreate the toy in crochet. As if there was any doubt, of course I could! What kind of question was that? And if so, would I? He thought it would make a nice gift for his client. It was a fabulous idea and I accepted the challenge.
I have always been partial to mermaids. I love mermaids and I often wished I could be a mermaid. I love stories and books about mermaids and I’ve even written stories and poems about mermaids. Don’t run for cover! I wouldn’t subject you to my mermaid writings. This is a blog about crochet after all. I WILL subject you to my mermaid inspired crochet. 😉 I’ve made four mermaid dolls (two were cute but the other two were questionable).
One of the benefits of cleaning up and decluttering your space is that you find things you forgot you had. I was helping my son declutter his room and encouraging him to toss or donate the things he no longer needed or no longer had any meaning to him. In the process, we came across some crochet pieces I had made for him years ago. He had them on display in a bookshelf that he hardly ever looked at anymore. There were some things there that went into a donation box. I asked him if we should donate the crochet pieces too.
When he was younger, he was very into a game called Crash Bandicoot. He loved it so much, he asked me to make him a couple of items from the game. There was this box that the main character used to jump on and break. There were Gems as well. He laughed when he saw the crocheted gems and said they didn’t look quite like the gems he remembered from the video game.
This was the type of reference I had for the gems.
Purplicious is done. She is fully assembled and more importantly, clothed.
I’m ready for my debut!
Once finished, it surprised me that some family members thought she looked like my daughter. First thing out of hubby’s mouth was, “She looks like Daughter.” On a different day my sister said, “She looks like Niece.” Why? Because she’s purple? Daughter’s favorite color is purple. My favorite color is purple. No one thinks she looks like me. They both said the doll just does. Works for me. 🙂 Continue reading →
My second attempt at a crochet tooth is more in line with the vision I had for the project. I shall call him Bumpy.
First off, I made sure I had plenty of yarn to finish him. Plenty of yarn! Bumpy was done in a similar way as Prototype but I added an extra stitch to my increases and had some strategic decreases. So instead of two single crochets in one stitch, I had three. To keep the pattern as I did with Prototype, I had to decrease some stitches in the next rounds. This had the added bonus of making the fabric pucker in just the right way. It was looking pretty good. I was falling in love with Bumpy. I added the face, made the chains that divide the head (for making the roots), added some stuffing and then started on the roots. I was still in love with Bumpy. Continue reading →
I’m working on a doll using only shades of purple yarn. I had a light colored ball of yarn that I thought would be perfect for her (why is it always a her?) head and body.
What do you mean there’s not enough yarn for my legs?!!!
She was coming along nicely but in my typical fashion, my ball of yarn was very small when it came time to make the legs. Never daunted by running out of un-replaceable yarn, I opted to mix colors for the legs.
Looking a little raggedy there but she’ll look fine when she’s completed.
In this case, I’m glad I ran out of yarn. I like the legs much better than if they had just been one plain color. 🙂
Running out of yarn keeps my mind sharp! (Yes, I’m sticking to that story. :-))
In looking for ideas to make a crochet tooth for my son’s dentist, I looked over the patterns I found and thought them confusing. I probably could have figured them out if I had invested more time but I was busy (lazy). I watched some videos to see how others made a tooth. I was inspired but decided to go my own way. I wanted to work in the round but didn’t want the rounded look for the molar. What I ended up doing was clustering my increases together instead of evenly distributing them as you would typically do when crocheting in the round. I was hoping to get four bumps on the top but what came out was a more square top with no bumps. I still like it better than if I had just crocheted in the round in the usual way (even though it still looks pretty round in the picture :-)). Ultimately, my tooth looks a lot like the other teeth out there but I think my pattern is simpler than what I was looking at. One video I saw was pretty easy but I thought it was too easy. I’m satisfied with what I created.