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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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Wool Street and LivSimple Farms

LivSimple Farms logo

This Christmas craft show season, LivSimple Farms will be hosting my hats, baskets and bags all the way out in Enterprise, Ontario, near Kingston.

Liv specializes in handmade goat milk products including soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions. I’ve personally used the soaps and face mask so I can say they’re pretty great products!

Goat’s milk is amazing for your skin – it contains a lot of vitamin A which helps to repair your skin, the lactic acid helps to remove dead skin cells AND to top it all off, it’s super moisturizing.

Check out her website so see all the things she makes.

I’ve been busily working on getting some inventory made up this summer in preparation for the craft show. There will be mom and baby matching hats, cat baskets, market bags and more. Can’t wait! Thanks Liv!

craft show hat
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Summer Stitchin’

Summer is a time for sipping drinks, sitting by the lake and soaking up the sun. I try to do this as often as I can because I know it’s not going to last forever. Soon the winter will be upon us and I’ll be back to curling up under blankets and knitting sweaters.. but enough about the cold.

I’ve been keeping my hands busy this summer making purses and beach bags. My latest adventure has been making market bags. We all know how important taking care of the planet is and with one simple change we can make all the difference. I chose super soft cotton yarn to make these, it’s so soft and dreamy.

Taking just one of these bags to the grocery store or farmer’s market can save up to 30 plastic bags a year. So you can imagine how many you save if you use 2 or even 3!

I made 3 crochet style bags and 2 knitted ones to far. Head over to the shop to see my knit bags- you will have to visit ReStyle in Brampton to see the crochet ones 🙂

3 Crochet market bags pictured with 3 different coloured bottoms. Aqua, turquoise and purple.
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Woolstreet and ReStyle Beauty Boutique

ReStyle Beauty Boutique with Woolstreet Crochet Purses
ReStyle Beauty Boutique with Woolstreet Crochet Purses

A quick update to announce that I’ve teamed up with ReStyle Boutique in Brampton- they’ll be carrying my purses and bags ! Hooray! This is super exciting to say the least and I’ve got a bunch of new ideas coming your way. Stay tuned!!

ReStyle Beauty Boutique with Woolstreet Crochet Purses

ReStyle is a local consignment and beauty shop. They take gently used name brand items for reselling. They sell new items as well from pillows to handmade kimonos which are quite stunning. Also on their list of offers are group calligraphy nights, yoga, and beauty services and treatments like EyEnvy and Makeup Forever.

Head to downtown Brampton to check em out!

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School’s Out For Summer!

10 key-chain pencils on a wood board

These lucky little pencil keychains are going to elementary school teachers for their end of school gifts. I hope they love them as much as I do! I lucked out in that I had just enough key-chains to make them all. These were a blast to make because I love stationary and pencils so one obsession kind of leaked into the other. I think for my next project I’ll make some pencil crayons 🙂 🙂

Head over to the shop to pick up your own pencil keychain.

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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!

wool street logo

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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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.