Friday, October 14, 2011

Playing with Wire and Clay

Today was a productive day even if I was sleepy through most of it. The weather was nice, nice cool crisp fall day. I made and crafted while watching movies. I watched "The Dutchess" it was better than I expected. It was very inspiring thee's something really elegant about about period movies.

Now onto the fun stuff, I made this octopus pendant today as experiment for some new jewelry I've been dreaming. the process was pretty easy I'm happy it has sort of has a bubblegum look to it. I really love octopi they are so cute!!!! I plan on making amigurumi one. I also finally have a picture of the unicorn horn I promised to make for dear friend of mine who absolutely loves unicorns.

I also played with copper wire and aluminum wire to make some rings, my sister had brought up wanting a thumb ring I don't often make rings from wire, its something I have not experimented with very much. The copper wire I included red heart and I braided the wire and worked on the focal. I like how it came out I think next time I want to use a hammer to flatten the braid. The second which was done in aluminum I used glass pearls and focused more on coiling the wire. The ring I made with aluminum wire fits more on the ring finger than the thumb.

That's about it for what I played with today I'm contemplating my next tutorial project, and possible mask give away or giveaway fo piece of jewelry, My camera is broken so I've been working with what is one hand. My Applejack crochet project is mildly on hold, that much crochet will give me arthritis.  I want to try and get some painting in this weekend as well. Maybe some more hiking if I am lucky.

Take care and Dream big


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is Halloween! Amigurumi Pumpkin

I just love the month of October, Halloween and the smell of Autumn in the air. Fat round pumpkins, gourds, and squash, can be found everywhere along with delicious apples! The smell of warm cinnamon is enough to make any house smell like one of most wonderful places. I've recently been very into Amigurumi, which is the Japanese word for knitted or crocheted stuffed animals or anthropomorphic creatures.

I started crocheting years ago, my mother taught me how. She's amazing what she makes, scarves, warm afghans, and ponchos. I never really had the patience to keep up with stitch count back then. I guess it just took me time to slow down.  This is a little Jack o'lantern I made and have  named Little Cinderella! I am hoping to make white or cream colored friend for Little Cinderella named Lumina. I can't wait to go to the Pumpkin Patch and pick out beauty for this year. I think my Halloween costume might be a bit Pumpkin inspired too we shall see!

Now for the pattern:

Amigurumi Little Cinderella Pumpkin Pattern

Supplies and Tools
Pumpkin Worsted Weight Yaen
Chocolate Brown Worsted Weight Yarn
Light Green Worsted Weight Yarn
Black Worsted weight Yarn
3mm or 3.75mm crochet hook
Poly fill
Yarn needle.
Stitch marker or Scrap yarn

Abbreviations and Symbols
sc = single crochet
stc = stitch count
ch = chain
sc2tog = single crochet two together, this meant as a decrease
sl st = slip stitch
rnd =round
* = repeat
Row =  Row

Pattern notes: I used Impeccable worsted weight yarn. You also do not have join rounds if you prefer working in spirals, that is up to the individual. Also Gauge of the hook does not matter unless you looking for making small pumpkin like mine, if not jsut make sure you yarn and hook match in size.



Rnd 1 : With pumpkin yarn ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from the hook. join with sl st [stc 6]
Rnd 2 :ch 1, sc 2 in each sc,join with sl st, [stc 12]
Rnd 3 :ch 1, *sc in each sc, then 2 sc in the next sc*, join with sl st [stc 18]
Rnd 4 :ch 1, *sc in the next 2 sc, then 2 sc in the next sc* join with sl st [stc 24]
Rnd 5 :ch 1, *sc in the next 3 sc, then 2 sc in the next sc* join with sl st [stc 30]
Rnd 6-10 : ch 1, sc in each sc, join with sl st [stc 30]
Rnd 11: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in the next 3* join with sl st [stc 24]
Rnd 12: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in the next 2* join with sl st [stc 18]
Rnd 13: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in the next 1* join with sl st [stc 12]
Stuff with poly fill
Rnd 14: ch 1, *sc2tog all around* [stc 6]
To enlarge Diagram click here
Rnd 15: sl st all arround [stc 3] bind off and weave in

Rnd 1 : With Chocolate Brown yarn ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from the hook. join with sl st [stc 6]
Rnd 2-3: sc in each sc [stc 6]

Note: The stem you do not have join rounds. simply work in spiral.

Row 1: ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from the hook.[stc 2]
Row 2: ch 1, sc in next sc, then 2 sc in next sc, [stc 3]
Row 3: ch 1, sc in next sc [stc 3]
Row 4: ch 1, sc2tog , sc [stc 2]
Row 5: ch 1 sc [stc 1]
Bind off and weave in

To make the body look like a pumpkin refer to the Diagram. Lastly attach all parts and embroider your own face on with black yarn, or even use beads for eyes. you leave him blank and make a few for nice table arrangement!

I hope this was easy to understand I've never written a crochet pattern before. Thee is plethora of information of how read patterns and how to crochet, and a lot of sites that offer some very awesome patterns out there! If you have any questions leave comment below

I am working on making a mask for a Halloween give away! See you next Time!

Dream Big!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Well the Results are in....

I worked very hard for "Play with Clay" challenge on Instructables. I made two entries of which one was featured my "How to 80s style Earrings" and a second entitled "Glamorous Plumeria /bracelet made from polymer clay." I did not make it into the final rounds of the competition but, I did enjoy competing. I really like how glamorous this piece actually came out. I was very nervous about using myself as a model. I think it would be a lovely wedding piece of jewelry for any bide after I finished making it, which was a side thought after final completion.

 My current projects have been focused mostly on Amigurumi , Japanese style of crochet for making tiny plush toys.  I have made an invincibility star, elephant, teddy bear and currently hard at work on  a "My little Pony: Friendship is Magic" piece. The Star was fun to make the pattern is not mine I found it here .My camera broke on my birthday, in September. working on trying to get funds together to continue sharing my ideas and pieces with my tiny corner of the world. I'm also very busy with trying to my body back in shape at the moment! That's all for quick update at the moment.

To make the choker go here:
Glamorous Plumeria /bracelet made from polymer clay

Keep dreaming!!!