sky scarf

Now I can post this, because my sister has received it :D

Sky neck warmer :D

 

Based on Leafcutter Design’s sky scarf knitting project, I crocheted two rows every day based on the colour of the sky that day from end of August to mid October. I thought this would make a great Christmas present for my sister because she loves cloud-watching. I know that there isn’t enough time to make a long enough stretch of fabric for a scarf, so I decided to make a neck warmer instead. I started on the day my sister left for Hong Kong to attend graduate school. It was a grey, rainy day :(

But it seems she’s really adjusted to living in Hong Kong, made friends, done well in her first semester and enjoyed exploring different parts of the city. So I’m happy about that :D

I used six different shades of blue, grey, and white, crocheting each row with two strands of yarn held together. (The picture below was taken at the beginning rows before I incorporated the fluffy-cloud white and fall-blue-sky)

 

And if you’re interested, I crocheted every row with slip stitch in back loop only, with a 6mm hook. In hindsight I’d probably use a larger hook because the neck warmer turned out a but stiff. I carried all the strands of yarn up in the beginning of each row, you can tell by looking at the right side of the scarf below. And I made a button hole when the neck warmer was nearly long enough.

 

It’s a really enjoyable project in itself. Makes me take time to look at the sky and crochet a bit every day despite having lots of school work and other work. I might start another one soon.

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

’tis the season for great poems!

Check out my sister-in-law Beth’s new website, Tosh Poems, for customized poems!

Not a great writer myself, but I can imagine incorporating customized poems in artworks, collages, embroidery and such — would make such a meaningful, memorable, absolutely one-of-a-kind gift!

Oooh, maybe something that looks like this, with a custom poem?

 (Effer Dares

 

Take a tour of Beth’s website and see how she does customized poetry! Maybe it will inspire some exciting gift ideas :D

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

 

super quick penguin tots!

Inspired by a dear friend of mine who loves penguins :D

Remember the tater tot pattern? It’s just adding a few things to the tots to make them look like penguins.

Super quick to make and hardly uses any yarn!

 

You’ll need:

A bit of yarn in penguin colours (blue, black, teal?)

A bit of felt in penguin colours

A bit of felt in white

A 3.5 or 3.75mm hook

Small round black beads for eyes

Sewing / embroidery needles

White, black, and penguin colour sewing thread

Orange embroider floss

Stuffing (I use yarn ends)

Jingle bells (optional)

 

Sorry for some of the blurry photos due to low light conditions. It’s been difficult trying to take photos in full day light since daylight saving time with the sun going down at 4pm :( If you need clarification please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message!

 

First, follow pattern for tater tots up to row 5 (before decreasing). Remove hook but don’t fasten off.

With white felt, cut a small rounded trapezoid-like shape for belly and sew it onto the penguin body. Then sew on the eyes with the black beads and embroider the beak with orange embroidery floss. (Now that I look at it, it might look even cuter with some rosy cheeks with pink embroidery floss!)

 

After all sewing/embroidering is done stuff the penguin. I also threw in a jingle bell. The jingling is muffled by the stuffing but it still makes a fun noise.

 

Continue onto row 6 and the rest of the tater tot pattern

Then, using the penguin colour felt, cut out two small teardrop shapes for wings, and sew them onto the sides of the penguin.

 

And guess what? Now you have a penguin! *jingle jingle jingle*

To make it into an ornament, I didn’t want to just attach the yarn to the top of the penguin because it might pull it out of shape. So instead I hooked a piece of silvery yarn right through the length of the body. This might be a bit tricky with the jingle bell in it, but it’s possible to maneuver through.

 

Pull the piece of yarn from the bottom of the penguin and out through the top. Then pull the one end back down through a different stitch from the top and out through a different stitch at the bottom. This diagram here may make it easier to understand…


Through different stitches at the top…

Through different stitches at the bottom…

 

Now make a knot at the top…

 

And tie the two ends together at the bottom…

 

Then weave the ends into the body.

And our penguin is ready to dangle!

Cheers!