Thursday, March 27, 2008

Crocheted Pin Cushion, Free Pattern

This is my little Baby Coral Pin Cushion. She lives in with coral reef creations that I have made recently.

I tried to write pattern as well as I could, but if you have any difficulties, please let me know.

You will need:

-Crochet hook, size 3.5 (E)

-50 gr. skein of lighter ww acrylic or wool yarn, or cotton,

-A little bit of Bernat Eye Lash, in Cool, or any other frizzy yarn, in color that matches

your main color.

-Some Polyester Fiber Filling

- Wiggly Eyes, or buttons for eyes

-Little bit of reddish color yarn for mouth

-Darning needle

-Sewing needle

-Sewing thread to sew eyes on, matching color to main color.

-row marker, as you are not going to join the rows



Ch 2, make 8 sc in the second ch from the hook

Row 1: 2 sc in each of the sc (16 sc)

Row 2: 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in second sc, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, and continue this way to end (24 sc)

Row 3: 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next two, 2 sc in next sc, and continue

this way to end (32 sc)

Row 4: 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, and continue to

end (40 sc)

Row 5: -1 sc in the ack loop (only on this row) of each sc (40 sc)

Rows 6 - 13 -1 sc in each sc

Row 14: 1 sc in first 3 sc, next 2 sc together (dec.), 3 sc, dec. 2 sc tog., 3 sc, dec. 2 sc tog, continue

to end (32 sc)

Row 15: 1 sc in first 2 sc, dec. 2 sc tog., 2 sc, dec. 2 sc tog, continue to end (24 sc)

Row 16: 1 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc, 2 sc the end (16 sc)

Row 17: 2 sc tog, to the end (8 sc)

At this point, make the frilly starting on the loop that is not used. See row 5, where stitches were done on the back loop only. For the frill you will use the unused front loop. Trust me, don't leave this frill edging after you have stuffed this little baby (I did, and it was not easy)

Ok, the frill is done this way: 2 sc in each loop, continue to next row and do 1 sc in first sc, then 2 sc in next sc stitch, then 1 sc, then 2sc in the next sc, etc, to the end, and make another row the same way. Actually to make a big frilly edgine, you can do as many rows as you want. The last row is done with Eye Lash (or what ever you are using), and only one stitch in each sc.

Then you can stuff the head and close it.

Cut the yarn and leave long enough tail to weave into the 8 stitches, and then pull together to close, and then hide the tail.

Eyes, make 2:

Rows 1 - 2 as on head (24 sc)

Row 3: 1 sc in the back loop on this row only

Rows 4 - 7 sc to each sc (24 sc)

Row 8: 1 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc, 2 sc the end (16 sc)

Row 9: 2 sc tog, to the end (8 sc)

Stuff the eyes. Cut yarn, leaving long enough tail to finish off the eye.

Weave yarn end thru the 8 sc's, and close, hide yarn.

Attach wiggly eyes (or buttons), and embroid a mouth with reddish yarn.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter to Everyone!

I have made this little chickie years ago. Since then I've made many others, and some Easter bunnies, too.

Needless to say, I don't have a clue where they are, other than some I've given to our granddaughter. Others have disappeared to a safe and easy place to find at Easter time. I also saw, in a box, two weeks ago, some Easter decorations that I had bought in a store. Did I find them this morning? Nope.

It's time to make some more Easter chickies and bunnies today. I think I have some yellow yarn somewhere, if I can find it. Keep your fingers crossed.

BTW, the crocheted item under the chickie is part of a summer top I am making with my tencel yarn. The yarn is size 10 or smaller, if I can compare it to crochet thread. The top is going to take a long time to finish. I am doing it only when I need a inspirational shot in my system. Free form crochet does that every time.

That little chickie was lonely, so I made a bunny, today, to be with him.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oh no, another coral reef

There is the group of my corals that I have right now.

Well, this time it's just about two additions to an existing coral reef that I made on the weekend.

This is an addition to this topic:

I made another one after. However, I didn't take a picture until just about half an hour ago.

Here is the latest HPCR.

And here is the one I made on Monday, March 24th

And this was done on March 26th night. It is supposed to be white.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


It's been a while since I made any scrumbles. I guess it was around the time when I decided to make a summer top to wear at Manchester Knit and Crochet show. As soon as I decided not to go, I stopped making those scrumbles.

Summer is around the corner, although, when you look at the snow that still covers the ground, you would not believe that it's going to be spring and then summer. Really!

I have been knitting and crocheting obsessively, and not really been myself, that is, if I ever am myself, I don't often know who I am. I sometimes wonder if I will remember anything from this life in my next life. I certainly don't remember what happened in my previous life.
Ohhkay, off the subject, just like my knitting and crocheting.

I made a scrumble with the yarn Sherri had spun. She had made it just for me, in the colors that I like.

In the bad news section, I hate my hoodie. The fabric is loose, the hood joining is horrible, and the jacket itself is tight, and I don't feel like working on the zipper band, to make the jacket looser for me. The yarn is wool, so after washing the fabric might tighten a little bit, but I still have to fix the hood seam. I am not happy.

More Coral Reefs

The purple one is from today.
I was knitting Elspeth doll today, but she didn't turn out to my liking. I was not using the right yarns, and colors. I thought that I would take a shortcut on the fair isle design on the body part, and use self-striping yarn instead. Well, it didn't work out to my liking. I started again, this time with somewhat more correct yarns. I did half the body part. That's it, my attention swayed to some yarns waiting for to be used for an other coral reef.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Coral Reef

I'm not going to get my doll done tonight, since I am on crochet gear. I made this Reef tonight, after I got home from work.

Saturday, March 15th:

No doll work last night; instead another coral reef, this time in color coral.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Another toy

Ok, I've had it with critters. It's time to make some dolls. The first one is going to be Noreen's Eslpeth doll.

However, I am taking a break tonight, after finishing that caterpillar, from Kimberly Chapman's site.

I'm in a toyful mood

Here is one of the next projects I will make.

First I want to finish the Caterpillar, who is still missing a few legs, and the face. Then there is another alien critter on the works. His head is almost done. The pattern is for knitting, but I want to make him for our Saturday Crochet group meeting for "show and tell", so I decided to
crochet my little green alien. I am following the knitting instructions, as well as I possibly can.
I've only made a few mistakes, but my little green critter doesn't seem to mind. The frogs have stayed away, also.

Here is the link for the critter...ooops, it's called robot. Oh, well, since I am creating him, I can call him what ever I want.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Some snow pictures

We still have some snow

Thrifty Critter

Here is something that reminds me of grocery shopping. I go to buy bread and come out with something else, no bread.

I was going to finish the hoodie last night. Instead I made this Thrifty Critter. It took me all night to make.

The pattern is free here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Here we go again, sniping things from Janet's blog

1. How often do you go to the grocery store?
At least once a week, and then the little trips for items that I forgot to buy. Or bread, which
we do not forget to buy almost daily(the fresh Italian one). I had a bread maker, but it died, and now we buy the dang bread.

2. Do you love or hate going grocery shopping?
I like it when I want something sinful, but generally I love it when hubby does the shopping.
Oh, no, I love going to Loblaws, because they have an excellent selection of knitting magazines.

3. Where do you go?
Loblaws, No Frills, Dominion, Food Basics, Fruit stores

4. Are you a faithful list writer?
Not generally, just sometimes, when I have "nothing" in the fridge.

5. Do you write it but never remember to bring it?
Were you reading my mind here?

6. Do you use coupons?
I use coupons to fill my wallet. usually they are expired. I use coupons at McDonald's, and other fast food places (pizza)

7. What is something that you ALWAYS have in your fridge?
Nearly empty marmalade jars, light. Oh, and milk, margarine, cheese, one or two dried out veggies, pickled green tomatoes, some water, some juice, mustard...list goes on

8. What is the thing in your fridge that is a "guilty pleasure"?
right now nothing but it used to be ice-cream, but I have not had that since last September or
so. I'm fibbing, we have dulce de leche in there, and if I don't have anything sweet to eat, I spread that on a piece of bread and that is my pleasure.

9. What is that one or two things that you feel like you buy every single day?

10. What items do your children consume in ABUNDANCE.
My child does not live with me, he's got his own fridge and I have no idea what else is there other than milk and juice for his kids.

11. What's on your fridge?
Magnetic holder for towels, fridgies from places where we have been, a 2006 magnetic calendar,
a little crocheted piece my stepdaughter made, when she was learning how to crochet, a drawing my granddaughter made last year, some magnets with emergency numbers that probably aren't valid any more. There is an opener for milk bags, can/bottle opener, and kitchen scissors (they are in a little box that has magnet and sticks to the fridge wall) I do have to check what really is on it.

Pattern overload

It is rather dangerous to start surfing when one has something special in mind. I was looking for a simple doll pattern, since I want to knit a small, skinny doll. Sure, I would know how to make it, but I thought that if I had a pattern in front of me, it would be easier to change it to my liking.

I found this Kimberley Chapman's Toy Link. Holy, petunia, what a treasure chest, or link, or what ever. I've been printing and saving for the last hour or so. Now I have to make up the lost time, since I am at work. Oh, yes, I do have some made-up time, like 20 hours. I do not feel guilty. Well, a little bit, because I am really busy at work. Let's say this is my lunch hour, so that I would feel better. Guilty feeling is a funny critter. It sits on your shoulder, even when you are not supposed to feel guilty. for example: I am having (not...this is just an example, OK) tummy pains. I feel nauseated, and want to go home and sleep. Well, no, I will not do that, because none of those symptoms show up on my face, and if I tell the boss that I'm not feeling good, and want to go home, immediately I would feel guilty. Isn't that just too sad.

Where was I? Oh, in the toy chest. I have books, I have magazines, printouts everywhere, but no, I still had to print these goodies from Kimberley's site.

How will I ever learn to concentrate on one thing at one time? I really want to finish my hoodie. The weather is going to start warm up, and my hoodie is very warm. I know, because when I work on it, it sits on my lap, and I start feeling so warm that I have to take the hoodie and put it on the table or somewhere where it does not make me feel warm.

I started making another hyperbolic plane last night. I didn't follow any patterns. Well, there really isn't any available, just general instructions for increases. I kept going and going and then I decided to finish the yarn that was in the ball. I still have to do the edging, and the HP is done.

I looked at it, and wondered, what am I going to do with this? What do we do with them? It does not go as a pin, because it's too big, it does not make a hat, because it's not shaped like that. Oh, this one is an open one. I didn't make a ring first, I made a chain link and started from that.
At one point it looked like a rainbow, but not any more. I'll post a picture later, I don't have my camera with me today.
Here is the HP

Now, here at work, I have with me: yarn and needles for a doll, almost finished HP, skein of RH yarn to make a 12" square for charity, and some silk/merino lace yarn for a freeform top.
I also now have a pile of printed patterns, a Crochet World magazine (I bought it yesterday, because it had a pattern for a fashion doll dress, and a nice bookmark), and Woman's Weekly magazine, January, 2008 (from England). That one has a knitting pattern for a Classic Guernsey sweater for a little boy. The smallest size is 3 (years?) which is perfect, my grandson is 6 months old, so by the time the sweater is done, considering the attention I pay on each project at one time, the kid will be perfect for this sweater. I am optimistic. Or, should I make it for a 4 year old?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Celestine Crochet

I finished the 12 point star. Ran out of first yarn, so there are two different types of yarn. I am sure my grandson will not mind at all. He's only 6 and thensome months old.

The pattern is free at Berroco.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

More Coral Reefs

These two are my contribution for the Coral Reef Program.

More information at IFF.

Thank you, Barbara, for all your help!

Punctuation Mark

I came up with "comma"
You Are a Comma
You are open minded and extremely optimistic.
You enjoy almost all facets of life. You can find the good in almost anything.

You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.
You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.

Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.
(But with so many competing interests, you friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)

You excel in: Inspiring people

You get along best with: The Question Mark">What Punctuation Mark Are You?


I call this a toy, because I would not know what else to do with it. I am half way thru with the project, and am running out of yarn. The other side has to be with another yarn, since I don't want to frog any thing on this Berroco star. All the little points are joined as you go, so frogging is out of the question. It's Celestine, because Berroco pattern calls for Celestine yarn, which I don't have, of course. I am using left-over sock yarn.

Here is a picture of mine so far:

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Coral Reef Fairy

Here she is: Coral Reef Fairy.

This is something that I have not done before, and I like it,

at least for now. I have noticed that my inspiration for new things

isn't always long lasting. However, I will try to finish some other

Coral Reef projects, since I can use my imagination to make them.

It is somewhat hard for me to follow a pattern, so I find this method relaxing and inspirational.

Thanks to Barbara, who guided me to basics, and I have been following her "instructions" and continued from those first steps.

Little Cardi

This is a little knitted cardi, with crocheted edging, that I made for a co-worker last weekend.
I found the yarn in my stash. I had bought it at Eaton's store, which has disappeared years ago. It's good to have stash.

The pattern is from Knit 'N Style, April 2008 magazine.

Crochet ideas

Here is another one from Berroco

I started, and didn't follow the pattern carefully (me? tsk tsk) and here is a picture of the first part, and the second one, which is bigger, because this second time I followed the pattern.

Oh, and last night I also started adding an edging to that coral reef I made earlier. I used mohair yarn, which was a little bit too heavy, so I dediced that the coral was lopsided and somewhat broken.

And to keep the momentum going, I started a new hyperbolic plane, but didn't get too far, because the Berrocco pattern was tickling my interest, too. Here is a start for my second HP

Friday, March 07, 2008

Coral Reef

This is my first try on a hyperbolic plane.

I am planning to make some more, and different ones. Perhaps I will make them nice enough to donate for the Coral Reef program.

Here are some pictures of the Coral Reef

And here are pictures of Chicago Gallery.

Aren't these just breathtaking?