other fun things

I’ve been only posting about the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures for the past month! But you know me, that wouldn’t be the only project I’ve been working on — here are some of the other fun things that have been keeping my hands busy :D

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About a month ago I made a couple of stool covers for my awesome friends as a wedding gift, following this pattern by We are Knitters. Yes! The loop stitch! It’s just so fun to make! But after making hundreds, possibly thousands of loop stitches to make the 2 covers I think I will give it a rest for now… I think the covers will also make nice padding for regular chairs or extra floor seatings!

I also made these very cute (and very easy! Instant plush!) knit square rabbits following this patter from Lebenslustiger, for my niece and nephews to celebrate the arrival of the new baby brother :D

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They have white pom poms for tails.

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One day I went out to gather the last few dandelions and filled a few small bottles with the seeds.

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As you can see I’ve attached a head pin to the cork — they turned into necklaces and are now in my friend’s shop, amongst other things…

new shopThat’s right! I’ve joined my friend Jessica’s shop again this month :D It’s a shop in downtown Toronto that rents out spaces to local artists/artisans. Please visit if you’re in the neighbourhood :D You might recognize some of the pins that I made earlier (see better pictures of them in this post) for an outdoor craft show (which was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather), and the hedgehogs and owls!

AND! As you may have noticed on the right sidebar of this blog I’ve also reopened my Etsy shop. I took a break from both the physical shop and the Etsy shop last year because of a very packed schedule of school and work. But since I’ve graduated (yay!) I’ve got more time on my hands :D

So one item I recently listed – and I’m quite proud of it – is the BYOBLT stackable magnet set!

BYOBLTMike designed the packaging for it — isn’t it so professional-looking? Here it is in action!

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And because the bacon was a lot of fun to make, I made a few smiling bacon magnets for the physical shop as well (plus some very festive candy corns for the season!). Maybe I will list them on Etsy too.

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I have definitely been enjoying more time to craft and be creative!

Wishing you a wonderful Friday and weekend!

 

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badger badger badger

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The final pattern in our 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project!

Badger’s favourite thing might be mushrooms! According to this (ridiculous and kind of hilarious) video.

I googled “badger” and quickly learned that it’s got grey fur. But I’ve always imagined it having brown or tan colour fur. Maybe I’ve been confusing it with gophers :S But anyway, this is why my badger is tan-coloured. Strangely, it doesn’t look right to me in grey. But of course you can make yours in grey or any other colour you like :)

Badger has a chubbier body than the fox and the opossum (so I have been told by Wikipedia). It also has a tail made of loop stitch but less fluffy and shorter than the fox’s.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in white, tan and grey (for nose)

3.5 mm hook

Small beads for eyes

Needle and thread for sewing

Pattern:

Head

Head is worked in rounds and also back and forth, i.e. turn at the end of each round, so that the stripe pattern on the badger’s face doesn’t start to slant.

*IMPORTANT*

*To switch colours in an sc row: in the stitch before colour change, insert hook and draw up a loop, then drop the current colour of yarn you’re using, attach or pick up the new colour of yarn, yo and pull through both loops on hook to complete the sc, then make the next stitch in the new colour.

*When switching colours on the wrong side (WS), move the strand of yarn currently in use to the front of the work (the side facing you) before making the next stitch with the new colour.

*Carry the strand of colour not in use with you as you crochet the front of the head, wrapping the strand not in use in the stitches you make, but drop the strand of tan colour yarn when you crochet the back of the head in white.

Round 1 (right side): with white, ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 2 (wrong side): ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 3 (RS): ch 1, sc in first sc, attach tan yarn, sc in next sc with tan, sc in same sc with white, sc in next sc with white, sc in next sc with tan, sc in same sc with white, *sc in next sc with white, 2 sc in next sc with white*, repeat from * to * once more, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 4 (WS): continuing with white, ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next sc with tan, sc in next 2 sc with white, sc in next sc with tan, sc in each sc with white till end of round, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 5 (RS): ch 1, sc in first sc with white, 2 sc in next sc with tan, sc in next 2 sc with white, 2 sc in next sc with tan, sc in each sc with white until end of round, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 6 (WS): ch 1, sc in first sc with white, sc in next 2 sc with tan, sc in next 2 sc with white, sc in next 2 sc with tan, sc in each sc with white until end of round, sl st in first sc to join, turn.

Round 7 (ears): press head flat with working loop in the right top corner of head. Crocheting through both front and back layers of head, ch 1, sc in next sc with white, switch to tan, ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 1, sl st in same st as last dc just made, sl st in next sc, switch to white, sl st in next 2 sc, switch to tan, sl st in next 2 sc, ch 1, dc in same st as last sl st just made, ch 1, fasten off tan, switch to white, sc in last sc, sl st in same sc, fasten off, weave in ends.

Body

Round 1: with tan, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around, do not join (18 sc).

Continue with 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 3/4″ tall.

Decrease round: *sc in next sc, 2-sc-tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * around, do not join (12 sc).

Continue with 1 sc in each sc around for 2 more rounds of 12 sc in each round.

Last round: *2-sc-tog over next 2 sc* 6 times. Leaving a tail for sewing, fasten off.

Tail

Row 1: with tan and leaving a tail for sewing, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 loop stitches (lp st) in first sc, lp st in next sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, lp st in each st across, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, lp st in first st, skip next st, sp st in last st, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, lp st in each st across, fasten off, weave in end.

Assembly:

Sew on eyes and embroider nose. *Tip: when sewing on eyes, insert sewing needle and tie off thread in the bottom part of the head where it will be covered by the neck part of the body when attaching the head and body together.

Sew head on body, sew tail on body. Weave in ends.

 

The badger is feeling very honoured to conclude our 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project :D

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Thanks so much for journeying along, everyone! I think I will make a photo collage of all the creatures and things in this project, and will post a call for photos so there can be a photo collage of your creations as well. Stay tuned! Have a great start to the week!

 

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foliage garland

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We’re at the 11th pattern for the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project! :D

But first, apologies for the recent delays of posting these patterns! My computer had died a week ago, so it’s been challenging to re-size and upload photos for the blog. As Mike is helping me set up a replacement computer hopefully there won’t be as long of a wait for the last pattern of the series!

As mentioned in my first post for this project, I’m making all these creatures and their favourite things for a baby mobile. And I heard through the Ravelry CAL group that there are others who are interested in making mobiles too! That’s awesome!

For the foliage, I chose oak for strength, ginkgo for peace and wisdom, and vine for the resilience and tenacity to overcome the challenges that comes his way. All my best wishes for the young one.

SO! My plan for this garland is to attach it around the wooden hoop that the other creatures and things will dangle from. (I might use an embroider hoop if I can’t find a plain wooden hoop or ring, I envision it to be about 6-7″ in diameter.)

But it can also be a regular garland for decorating the walls. And it can have other creatures added to it, like this adorable bat by Lucy Ravenscar that I just spotted today :D And again I spaced the leaves rather closely in preparation for the mobile, but you can adjust the lengths in between leaves in any way you like.

The construction involves crocheting the oak and ginkgo leaves separately, and then making a chain of vine and smaller leaves, and attaching the oak and ginkgo leaves as you crochet the vine. You can attach other creatures to it in the same way.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in orange, yellow, dark green, bright green, and blue-green (but I’m sure other colour combinations will look fabulous too!)

3.5 mm hook

Pattern:

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Oak (make as many as you’d like)

The oak leaf is created by first crocheting half the leaf down the middle chain, then making the stem, then crocheting the other half of the leaf, going up the same middle chain.

First half: ch 12, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 2, dc in next ch, ch 2, sc in next ch, ch 3, 2-tr-tog over next 2 ch, ch 3, sc in next ch, ch 2, dc-sc-tog* over next 2 ch, ch 1, sl st in last ch, do not fasten off.

*dc-sc-tog: yo, insert hook in next ch, draw up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, insert hook in next ch, draw up a loop, yo and pull through all loops on hook.

Stem: ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, do not fasten off.

*you can make the stem longer or shorter by making more or fewer ch.

Second half: crocheting in the remaining loop of the middle chain, sl st in first ch of middle chain, ch 1, sc-dc-tog* over next 2 ch, ch 2, sc in next ch, ch 3, 2-tr-tog over next 2 ch, ch 3, sc in next ch, ch 2, dc in next ch, ch 2, sl st in next ch, fasten off, weave in ends.

*sc-dc-tog: insert hook in next ch, draw up a loop, yo, insert hook in next ch, draw up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all remaining loops on hook.

Ginkgo (make as many as you’d like)

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For the ginkgo leaf we are crocheting in the front loop only.

ch 9.

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 ch, turn.

Row 2: sl st in first sc, sl st in next 2 sc, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: sc in first sc, sl st in next 3 st, sl st in next ch in the beginning chain, turn.

Row 4: sl st in first st, sl st in each st across until last st, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: sc in first sc, sl st in each st across, sl st in next ch in the beginning chain, turn.

Row 6: sl st in first st, sl st in next 3 st, ch 3, turn.

Row 7: sc in second ch from hook, sl st in next ch, sl st in each st across, sl st in next ch in the beginning chain, turn.

Row 8-10: repeat rows 4-5, then row 4 once more.

Row 11: sc in first sc, sl st in next 4 st, turn.

Row 12: skip first st, sl st in next st, sl st in next 2 st, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Row 13: sc in first sc, sl st in next 3 st, sl st in skipped st in the row below, sl st in remaining unworked st in 2 rows below, sl st in the first ch of the beginning ch (the ch 9 in the very beginning), don’t fasten off.

Stem: ch 7, sl st in second ch from hoo, sl st in each ch across, sl st in the first ch of the beginning ch (the ch 9 in the very beginning). Fasten off, weave in ends.

Vine

The vine is made of chains, and you can crochet the leaves as frequently as you like between chains.

Small leaf: ch 4, dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just made, ch 3, sl st in same ch where dc was made. Continue ch for vine.

When you want to attach an oak or ginkgo leaf, make sl st across the back of the leaf. Here’s a back view of the garland to show how the leaves are attached.

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It might even make a nice leaf crown :D (silliness is absolutely necessary)

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Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

 

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possum opossum

Opossum Blog

Do you say possum or opossum?

“The ‘O’ is silent, I think,” suggests Mike.

Or we can say, “possum, o-possum” all poetic-like. Which reminds me of the wonderful voice-acting of William Shatner in Over the Hedge as Ozzie the possum, especially in the “Rosebud” scene.

Here’s the 10th (!!) pattern of our 12 Days of Woodland Creatures project! A possum!

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in white, grey and pink

3.5 mm hook

2 small beads for eyes

Needle and thread for sewing and embroidering

Pattern

Head

Round 1: With white, 4 sc in magic ring, join in first sc.

Round 2: ch 1, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around, join in first sc.

Round 3-4: repeat round 2.

Round 5-6: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, join in first sc.

Round 7 (ears):

Change to grey, fasten off white, press head flat so that the working loop on the hook is on the right top corner of head. So there would be 1 stitch at each corner of head, and 6 stitches in between on both sides (14 stitches around altogether). Crochet through both layers of head.

ch 2, hdc in next sc through both layers, ch 2, sl st in same st as the hdc, sc in next sc, skip next sc, 3 sc in the stitch directly below next sc (in the row below), sc in next sc, sl st in next sc, ch 2, hdc in last sc, ch 2, sl st in last sc, fasten off, weave in ends.

Body

Round 1: With grey, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Continue making 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall.

Next row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * 3 more times.

1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1.75″ tall. Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

Tail

With pink, ch 12, sl st in second ch from hook, sl st in each ch to end, fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

Assembly

Embroider nose with pink yarn. Sew on eyes. *Tip: insert sewing/embroidering needles from the lower (or chin) part in the back of the head and tie off threads/yarn there, because it will be covered by the neck part of the body when it’s attached to the head.

Attach body to lower part of the head on the back of the head.

Attach tail to lower bottom of body.

 

Possum is wishing everyone a very happy week! :D

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squinty fox

 

squinty fox

Presenting… squinty fox!

9th Pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures project :D

A very special thank-you to Kate of Signed with an Owl, who left a comment on the owl pattern post about using the loop stitch to make a squirrel’s tail, which gave me the idea to try the loop stitch for the fox’s tail. It makes it extra fluffy!

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in orange, white, black and brown

3.5 mm hook

Tapestry needle for embroidering and sewing

Pattern:

Head

Round 1: with white, 4 sc in magic ring, sl st in first sc to join.

Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, sl st in first sc to join, switch to orange, fasten off white. (6 sc)

Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first st to join. (12 sc)

Round 4: ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, sl st in first sc to join. (18 sc)

Round 5-6: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join. (18 sc)

*Note: As I’ve mentioned in the first woodland creatures post, I’m making these animals for a baby mobile so I’m making them flat, but all of the patterns are designed with double layers for sturdiness, and you can always slightly stuff them so they’re a bit more 3-dimensional and plush-like. For the fox, now would be good time to stuff the head before the ear row.

Ears

Press the top opening of the head flat so that the stitch on the hook is on the top corner edge of the head. We’re now crocheting through both layers of the head.

ch 2, 2 dc tog over the next 2 sc, ch 1, sl st in top of 2-dc-tog just made, ch 2, sl st in the second st of the 2-dc-tog, sl st in next 4 sc, ch 2, 2 dc tog over next 2 sc, ch 1, sl st in top of 2-dc-tog just made, ch 2, sl st in last sc on the top corner edge of the head. Fasten off.

Body

Round 1: With orange, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Continue making 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall.

Next row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * 3 more times.

1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1.75″ tall. Now is a good time to stuff the body if you’d like.

Next row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc* twice.

Last row: 1 sc in each sc around, fasten off, leave a tail for sewing.

Tail

*Note: Loop stitch is worked on both sides of the tail. Though all of the designs in this project are flat and can be used for applique, they are all designed to be viewed on both sides, so they will also work as ornaments :D

Tail is crocheted in rows.

With orange, leaving a 6″ tail for sewing, ch 3.

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in next sc, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), lp st (loop stitch) in each sc across, turn.

Row 3: repeat row 2.

Row 4: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, turn.

Row 5: repeat row 2.

Row 6: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, lp st in last st, turn.

Row 7: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, lp st in each st to end, turn.

Row 8: switch to white, ch 1, lp st in first st, skip next st, lp st in each st to end, turn.

Row 9-10: repeat row 8.

There will be 2 loop stitches in the end, fasten off, weave in all ends.

Assembly:

Embroider the white inner ears, nose, and eyes.

*Tip: Insert sewing needle into the white part of the head on the back when embroidering, and always tie off in that part, because it will be covered by the neck part of the body when attaching the body to head.

Attach body to head by sewing together the top row of the body to the first row of orange (after the white part) on the back of the head, sewing through all layers of the body to the head.

Attach tail to bottom of the back of the body.

Mr. Fox is complete! :D

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Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, everyone!

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tiny wings

tiny wings

8th pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project!

When we have a bee, we must have a bird. The bird also shares the same wing pattern as the bee :D

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in lavender, blue and tan (or other colour combinations you like).

3.5 mm hook

2 small black beads for eyes

Pink embroidery thread for rosy cheeks

Needle and thread for sewing

Pattern:

Head and body (make 2)

Head is crocheted in rounds, while body is crocheted in rows.

Round 1: With main body colour, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc), do not join.

Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around (18 sc), do not join.

Now we start on the body.

Row 1: continuing from the head, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, turn.

Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next two sc, turn.

Row 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each of next two sc, hdc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc, turn.

Row 4: ch 1, hdc in first dc, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 5: ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in last st, turn.

Row 6: ch 1, 2 dc tog over next 2 st, 2 dc tog over next 2 st, hdc in next st, sc in last st, turn.

Row 7: ch 2, skip first sc, 2 dc tog over next 2 st, leave remaining st unworked, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Repeat pattern for the 2nd side of bird, but no need to leave long tail for sewing.

Wings (make 2)

With wing colour, 4 sc in magic ring, ch 2, work 2 dc tog by working 1 dc in magic ring and 1 dc in first sc, fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing when finishing one of the wings. Securely tie off the loose end of magic ring and weave in ends.

Assembly

Sew eye and embroider rosy cheeks to each side of the bird. Sew the 2 sides of bird together. Sew wings to body. Weave in ends.

Beak

Attach beak colour yarn to 5th stitch from the stitch where head and body meet, in the “chin” area of the bird.

Inserting hook through both layers of the bird, ch 1, 2 sc tog over same st where yarn is attached and next st, ch 1, sl st in the top of the 2-sc-tog just made, sl st in the 2nd sc of the 2-sc-tog. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Bird is ready to take flight!

 

Have a fantastic week ahead, everyone!

 

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the long awaited mushroom workshop

So, the show that I prepared a long time for is cancelled today :( because of unstable weather (cold, windy, 40% chance of rain – it’s an outdoor market).

But I suppose it’s for the better, I’m really thankful for a day off after a busy week. AND! I now have time to show you pictures from the mushroom identification workshop that Mike and I attended last weekend! The workshop was put on by the High Park Nature Centre. I’ve been wanting to take the workshop for the past 2 years, but it was always during mid-term time. This is the first year in a long time that I don’t have papers to write on a weekend!

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Our day started with an extremely informative and animated lecture from our friendly instructor, Richard Aaron (he does lots of mushroom/fungi workshops throughout Ontario and sometimes in the U.S. too, you can check out his website if you’re interested). It wasn’t a foraging workshop so we were not eating the specimen we found. Armed with hand magnifying glasses and field guides, we were ready to explore!

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Mike examining some blood foot mycena, which have red liquid inside their stems.

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Found a piece of bark with the mycelium of the mushrooms exposed. I used to think that mycelium are like the roots of mushrooms but they’re actually the vegetative parts of fungi, like underground branches, I guess. And the mushrooms that are above ground are the fruits or “fruiting bodies” of fungi.

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Like a sculpture. So beautiful.

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Our group gathering around a fallen tree. We could easily spend hours looking at all the different kinds of fungi growing in the nooks and crevices of the trunk. Like this slime mould here.

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And this troop of fuzzy feet mushrooms.

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These are bioluminescent!

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And I can’t remember what these ones are :S But they are beautiful nonetheless.

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A pig skin puff ball. Unlike the edible giant puff ball mushrooms, this one is deadly poisonous, full of poisonous spores inside!

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Don’t eat it, bear! This one is definitely poisonous.

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Not sure if I can identify many mushrooms after the workshop, but it was a lot of fun! :D and I did learn that:

1) Mushrooms are a kind of fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms.

2) Toadstools mean inedible mushrooms.

Hoping to get a mushroom field guide and do more exploring before snow starts to fall! Maybe in the meantime I’ll just download a mushroom identification app…

And if you live in the Toronto area, the High Park Nature Centre runs a lot of other workshops for adults and kids throughout the year. Check them out if you’re looking for a fun nature activity on a weekend or evening!

Hope you’re having a good weekend! We will return to our regular programming of 12 Days of Woodland Creatures next week, stay tuned! :D

 

 

 

 

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buzzing around

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The 7th pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project!

It’s been a very busy week (hence the delay in posting this pattern, so sorry about that!). I’m frantically making as much stuff as possible for my booth at a show this weekend (more below!!), at the same time preparing for a research presentation and trying to meet other deadlines… *deep breath* so I thought a bee pattern would be a perfect representation of this busyness!

He’s very quick to make. The body consists of only 6 rows of 6 stitches around. But because of the colour change and his tiny size it can be a little tricky. The good thing is that because it’s such a small and quick pattern even if one has to start over it’s not such a big deal. It took me a couple of tries to get the joining seam neat and tight, so don’t be discouraged if your first try doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d like, the bee will come along with just a bit of practice :) Those tiny wings are pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.

I used:

Worsted weight yarn in yellow and black

Sport weight yarn in pale blue

3.5 mm hook (for body)

2.25mm hook (for wings – you can probably use a hook size from 2mm to 2.5mm, it doesn’t have to be exact)

2 small seed beads for eyes

Needle and thread for sewing and embroidering

Pink thread for embroidering mouth

Pattern:

Body (use 3.5mm hook)

Row 1: with yellow, 6 sc in magic ring, sl st in first sc to join.

Row 2: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join, change to black yarn, carry yellow yarn up as you go.

Row 3: repeat row 2 with black, change to yellow, carry black yarn up as you go.

Row 4: repeat row 2 with yellow, change to black, carry yellow up as you go.

Row 5: repeat row 2 with black, change to yellow, fasten off black.

Stuff body with some scrap yarn.

Row 6: ch 1, *2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * two more times, fasten off, leave a 6″ tail.

Weave yarn tail through the remaining 3 sc, pull tight, fasten off, weave in end.

Tiny wings (make 2, use 2.25mm hook)

With pale blue, 4 sc in magic ring, ch 2, 2 dc tog in magic ring and in first sc made in ring, fasten off, leave a 6″ tail.

Securely tie off the loose end of the magic ring, weave in and cut end.

Assembly

Tie both wings to one stitch at the top of body.

Sew on eyes and embroider mouth, hiding thread ends and knots in the black stripes at the back of the body.

And buzzzz!

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Here’s the bee with my fingers holding it as size reference.

AND if you’re in Toronto or nearby, and looking for fun things to do on the weekend, come by the Weekend Vendor’s Market! It’s at 1630 Dundas Street West.

I have a booth in the market tomorrow. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a booth so I wanted to make something new. And guess what, it’s woodland themed! :D

Here are my fancy stealthy friends: city bandit, ninja cat, garden rabbit, and white squirrel (not picture, because, stealth!)

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And an assortment of mushroom and acorn pins and magnets.

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And as you may recognize, owls and hedgehogs too!

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Plus! Mike has also made a series of delightful greeting cards! Would love to see you if you’re in the neighbourhood! :D

Nuit Blanche is also happening tomorrow evening so it’s a good time to come exploring in the city!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend of rest and fun!

 

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wee bear

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6th pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (and Their Favourite Things) project. Can you believe we’re already half way done? Fun times go by fast :D

For this bear I used:

Worsted weight yarn in blue, light blue and brown

3.5 mm hook

Small black beads for eyes

Needle and thread for sewing and embroidering

Pattern:

Head

Round 1: With blue, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around, do not join (18 sc).

Continue working 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall, ch 1.

Now we make the ears. Press head flat, insert hook in next sc and the sc before the st on hook, like so…

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Make 1 sc in these sc, then make 2 hdc and 1 sc in same sc, sl st in each of next 5 sc in both layers, ch 1, [1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 sc] in next sc, sl st in last sc on the edge, fasten off. Weave in end.

Snout

Row 1: With light blue, 3 sc in magic ring, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc, sl st in magic ring, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Embroider nose on snout with brown yarn.

Face

Sew snout to head. Sew on eyes. Sew french knots on the ears with light blue yarn.

Body

Round 1: With blue, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).

Continue making 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall.

Second last row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * 3 more times.

Last row: 1 sc in each sc around. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Arms and legs

Arms are attached between first and second rows from the top of body, and legs are attached between last and second last row of body.

Attach yarn to the st where the arm/leg would be, like so.

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Draw up a loop, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 2 sc, sl st in the st where the yarn is attached, pulling up a length of yarn about 24″ long as you complete the sl st…

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Cut yarn. Insert hook through the stitch where the 2nd leg will be AND the stitch where the first leg is attached, and pull the yarn through.

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Insert hook in the stitch where the 2nd leg starts and make 1 sc in the stitch. ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in the st where the leg is attached, fasten off, weave in ends.

Do the same for the arms, except use sl st instead of sc when crocheting down the arms.

Using long tail from body, sew body to head. I also made a french knot for a tiny tail.

And we have a bear! :D

Have a happy rest of the week!

 

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mushroom 2 ways

5th pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures (& Their Favourite Things) project!

So, we’re going to a mushroom identification workshop at High Park tomorrow, and Mike thought it would be a really great idea to make a mushroom pin on his own for the occasion. And so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make up the mushroom pattern while teaching him how to crochet :D

Apparently, hedgehogs really like mushrooms. So do Hobbits – “It is said that Hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People” (source). Anyway, I digress.

Here’s Mike working hard to master the ch, sc, hdc…

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And here’s what he made :D I love the whimsical different sizes spots on it.

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And here it is with the other two I made.

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These mushrooms are flat, great for applique, brooches and ornaments.

There are probably dozens of mushroom applique patterns written already. But I thought what I can offer is two super quick, super easy ways of making mushrooms – a rounder, more plump one (red and blue) and a narrower one with vertical texture (brown).

Materials:

We used chunky weight yarn for the red and blue mushrooms, with a 5 mm hook, because Mike wanted to use a specific colour of yarn and I only have it in chunky weight. But worsted weight yarn and a 3.5 mm hook will also work well.

Also, tapestry needle for sewing and embroidering.

Patterns:

Round mushroom cap

ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd st from hook, do not join.

*2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * two more times, do not join (9 sc in round).

Continue in rounds working 1 sc in each sc until mushroom cap is about 1″ tall. Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

Stem

ch 6, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in each of remaining ch. Fasten off.

Assembly

Embroider spots on mushroom cap with french knots.

Place the narrow end of the stem into mushroom cap. Using yarn tail from mushroom cap, sew the opening of the mushroom cap together along its width, sewing through the stem when you come upon it.

Narrow mushroom cap

Make a magic ring, ch 4, 8 dtr (double triple stitch) in magic ring, sl st in the top of beginning ch 4. Fasten off, leave tail for sewing.

*the dtr may take some practice to master as it has a tendency to become loose between stitches, but once you’ve done all eight of them then that’s it! You’ve finished the mushroom cap!

Stem

ch 8, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in each of remaining ch, fasten off.

Assembly

Same as round mushroom.

There will be big gaps between the long dtr stitches, but embroidering on the spots and sewing the opening of the mushroom cap closed will help keep it in shape.

 

Hope you enjoy the mushroom patterns!

Also want to give you a heads up that the next couple of patterns for the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures project may get delayed a bit. Things are becoming busier than I have anticipated. I’m making stuff for a craft sale next weekend, and then several school/work related meetings and deadlines also suddenly got scheduled for this coming week… here’s a look at my couch, in the midst of pre-sale rush, with Filbert the cat looking on, full of concerns…

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But it’s exciting! The coming week is full of exciting opportunities. It just took me by surprise, that is all.

I had planned on posting a pattern every 2-3 days, and I will still try to do that, but if the next one comes out a day or so later, please bear with me >_<

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!

 

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