Mouse n’ Teddy

 

Mouse n' Teddy

I recently discovered “Hobby Lobby” aka. “heaven-on-earth” when I was in Florida. (they don’t have the Hobby Lobby chain in Ontario, Canada as far as I know.)  I fell in love with the “Mayberry St.”miniature products and purchased  this little teddy bear.  I wasn’t sure how I’d use the little bear but once I put him in the arms of this little mouse, it was meant to be.  The bow even matched!

I purchased the mouse pattern from sewsillylily on Etsy.  I used a 3.5mm hook and 8mm safety eyes.  I put pipe cleaners in the arms and legs before attaching them to the body.  Instead of stitching on the legs like the pattern says, I crocheted them on as I was completing the 4th round.  (See my post called “Valentine’s Day Dog” for more details about that – it’s a simple technique that saves time and looks seamless!)

For the little pink nose I tried something new and busted out my needle felting supplies!  (a foam board and a single needle felting needle – also from Hobby Lobby.)image-4

I really had no plan in mind for the nose.  I tied a few knots and then stabbed it into a tiny ball shape.  It worked out well.

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I decided to pull one of the pink yarn ends through the project in a way that made a tiny mouse-like line under the nose.

The pipe cleaners in the arms worked well to help him hold the teddy tight.

Sweet Dreams!

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Edmonton Oilers Penguin

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I made this penguin for my friend Diane who I met in Edmonton, Alberta.  She is a big fan of the Edmonton Oilers so I thought I’d use that theme for this project.  I loved how it turned out.

To find the pattern, I googled “Amigurumi Penguin” and a lot of search results came up!  The pattern I chose was  this one by “rheatheylia” but I altered it slightly to make the head/body smaller (I didn’t want to make a huge penguin.)    I used a 5mm hook for the head/body.

Reducing the size of the pattern was harder than I expected!  (If anyone has any tips on how to quickly reduce or enlarge amigurumi patterns please send them my way!)  I didn’t want to reduce the pattern any further so for the wings, beak, and tummy, I stuck to the original pattern but used a smaller 3.5mm hook instead of the 5mm one.  For the feet, I made little orange circles.  It worked out well.  Yay!

For eyes, I used 12mm safety eyes with some white felt behind them.  I ordered the eyes from “Lisa and Ed’s Eyes and More.”

*HELPFUL TIP!:  With most amigurumi projects, you have to do a little bit of hand stitching.  For this project, I stitched on the beak, wings, tummy and feet.  I find “Crochet Dude’s Bent End Yarn Needles” to be a great tool to help conceal the stitches.  The bent end allows me to easily stitch hard to reach places.  There’s also a sharp point on the tip of the needle that helps push through those really tight 3.5mm stitches.   (Great idea Crochet Dude!)  I purchased these at Michael’s.

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Cute Little Cupcake

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I’m sending this little cupcake in the mail for my friend Katie who’s birthday is coming up!  I found a free pattern at Bittersweetblog.com – thanks! (See previous reblog to see the pattern.) I liked the ruffled edge that I recently learned how to do by stitching 5 double crotchets in one stitch.

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I hand stitched on different coloured “seed beads” for sprinkles. I used 6mm safety eyes and stitched on the smile with some black embroidery floss.
I used a 3.5mm hook to complete this project.

Bake Me a Cake

This is the pattern I used to make the cupcake I will post on here shortly. The pattern was nice and easy to follow. Thanks BitterSweet!

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I’ve certainly knit my fairshare of cupcakes since the start of my crafty adventures, but when time is short and I get orders for a half dozen yarn-based miniature cakes, pronto, the last things I would look for are my knitting needles. My blog is now becoming dominated by crocheted objects, but don’t get me wrong, I still love knitting- It just takes much more time in general, and who has any time these days? Why not just bust out that crochet hook and be able to finish off a full dozen in a day’s time?

This rendition is nothing new, special, or unique, but it’s getting harder and harder to follow ready-made patterns, as my hands tend to deviate so rebelliously that I usually end up with something entirely different by the time I cut the last thread. Instead, I figured it would be safer to start from…

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