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Eco Farm and Hand Puppets

This past week I’ve been busy whipping up a special order for an Eco conscious company in Ontario!

I was asked to make a few farm themed hand puppets and a couple of other eco themed items. I quickly jumped at the opportunity and started looking for patterns.

We landed on a farmer girl hand puppet, a rooster and raven puppet as well as a globe and a head of lettuce.

Handmade knit and crochet puppets and imgurimi
Farm gang

Having never made hand puppets before, this was really fun for me.

I could see myself making more of these in the future if the opportunity comes up again.

My favorite piece to make was the globe (however UN-geographically correct it may be!) and I learned a new technique of color work. It was also really fun seeing how cute the world is with a smile 🙂

I took a few creative liberties with the original patters, which worked out great in the end. The braids and a hat were added to the farmer girl and I created the red pieces for the rooster drawing from my inventory of crochet stitches that I know.

The lettuce turned out to be life sized which I thought was hilarious. I can picture the kids throwing this around like a football.

Overall this was a great commission project and I hope to have more like this in the future.

See you next time, thanks for reading.

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Crochet Cat Basket Pattern

The Crochet Cat Basket storage pattern is a simple pattern than can be crocheted in an hour or two and is a great stash buster.

This is a little twist on a crochet storage basket that I thought would be cute for cat lovers. Use it for cat toys or kids craft items or bathroom storage!

The yarn is held double to make the basket sturdy.

Materials used:

-10 mm crochet hook
-125 grams of Cozy Wool™ Yarn By Loops & Threads- held double in the colour of your choice (any chunky wool can be used in place here )
-Worsted Weight yarn for nose and whiskers in the colours of your choice
-Tapestry needle
-Scissors

*This pattern is crocheted in spirals except for the ears.

Pattern:

  1. Holding yarn double, sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  2. *inc * repeat around (12)
  3. *sc, inc* repeat (18)
  4. *sc 2, inc* repeat (24)
  5. *sc 3, inc* repeat (30)
  6. *sc 4, inc* repeat (36)
  7. sc tbl all around

8-16 sc all around.

DO NOT FASTEN OFF

Ear 1:

  1. sc 5, ch 1, turn (5)
  2. sc 5, ch 1, turn (5)
  3. dec, sc, dec, ch 1 turn (3)
  4. dec last 3 stitches together (1)
  5. FO

Ear 2:

Skip 5 stitches starting from bottom left of Ear 1.
Connect yarn using slip stitch and repeat instructions for Ear 1.

Finishing:

Holding a single strand of yarn, starting in the bottom left corner of Ear 2 (left ear), slip stitch all around. As you reach the ears, single crochet 2 in the points of each ear.
FO and weave in all ends.
Embroider nose, whiskers and eyes if you wish.

Happy crocheting!

Please comment below and show me your finished cat baskets!

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Here is a downloadable PDF version for easy use:

You can also see it and other great patterns at yarncanada.ca

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Yarn Family

A friend of mine recently commissioned me to immortalize his 3 kitties in yarn form. It started about mid December and he asked if I could do it as a Christmas gift for his wife. My first thought was AHH it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas! So I committed to 1 for the Christmas gift and then I would knit the other 2 later since it was so close to Santa time. So then I set about searching for a pattern.

I started looking on Pinterest and Ravelry ( a knitter and crocheter pattern database) and nothing was sparking my interest but then I remembered I had bought this pattern from Mochimochi Land a couple years ago and thought it would be AWESOME for this because the pattern included 3 different sized cats.

The pattern was called ‘Stackable Cats’ and it was purrrfect.

I set to work on the middle cat Sammy first because he was the first of their brood. I busted him out in a couple weeks and saved Christmas! Just kidding I’m sure he had something else to give her if I didn’t meet my deadline.

Not gonna lie… Sammy ended up a little crooked cause I got confused with the pattern. He was my guinea pig kitty. But all worked out in the end. After Sammy came giant Flossy and then tiny Josie.

I learned a new stitch (duplicate stitch) when I was adding Flossy and Josie’s features, a little time consuming but I think it turned out great.

So without further ado, here they are in all their glory!

Three knit cats stacked on top of each other. All a different size and pattern.


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Spring has Sprung

Photo by Dei R.

Ahh my second favourite season has arrived (nothing beats fall :D). The snow is on its way out and the sun is unpacking and moving back in. As soon as that time change goes through, the whole world seems to change. It’s still light out when I get home and not just until 5:30 but for a couple hours after that. It’s wonderful.

All the little animals are coming out of hibernation and the songbirds have started singing again in the morning. I’m sure we’ll be seeing little bunny rabbits very soon as well.

Speaking of rabbits, I’d like to share a project from a few years back- this was one of my first crochet amigurumi projects. Crochet amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting little stuffed animals. The possibilities are endless with thousands of little creatures to make.

It happened to be springtime when I got into amigurumi and I had decided to make a little bunny! I don’t remember exactly what happened to her, I must have given her away to somebody. I did end up making 3 of this pattern, one white, one brown and one pink.

Here is little bunny foo foo, thanks for reading.

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The Creation of Owl

Hoot hoot. hoot..

These little crochet owls are so fun to make, they just whip up real quick so I end up making a whole bunch of em. These were a hot item at the Christmas Craft show this past December so I thought I’d make a few more.. this time with COTTON! The first time I made them with acrylic but this time I wanted to use something different.

The cotton is simply so much squishier than acrylic and such a joy to work with. Cotton is also plant based material rather than synthetic based- I’m trying to be a little more environmentally friendly these days.

I had to enlist my other half to put on the eyes because they were almost impossible to put on myself. I was actually bruising my thumbs. I did one owl and gave up- good thing I’ve got a someone with strong thumbs around.. I guess that makes them SUPER safety eyes 😉

Check out the progress below !