Crochet Critters: owls, chickens and cats.

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I found some brads shaped like EYES in the scrapbook area at Hobby Lobby for a few of the owls.

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I used circle and swirl paper clips from the office supply store to use as ornament hooks.

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I needled felted the eyes and beaks on a couple of the owls.

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And the cats… I used embroidery floss for whiskers and some simple dots of puff paint for the eyes. 

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Any of these could make great ornaments, key chains or vehicle mirror pets. 

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Oklahoma Shaped Key Chain Ornament Doo-dads

 

 

I’ve recently been interested in tiny things. This new obsession instigated the creation of some ornaments or key chain sized versions of the great state of Oklahoma.

Different versions of sock yarn give them a primitive, patchwork appeal. Combine them with some needle-felted wool and you have some fandom art.

I also embellished some with heart shaped buttons, but only got one pic.

If any one is interested, I can write up the pattern.
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Agent Skully Crochet Scarf

Sold several of these this month.

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Custom Crochet Photography Props

There is some great talent here in Oklahoma City. Alex at www.alexrosephotography.com has a great eye for composition and color. I had the privilege of creating some hats for her tiny clientele this year.

Every one loves the Oklahoma City Thunder, so Tatonka, has found a new home with Alex’s photography business.

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And then there are the owls. They’ve been trending quite a bit the past few years. The one I created for Alex is truly a one-of-a-kind design. I’ve made similar, but it is the only one of it’s design and make. I love the contrast of the specialty fur yarn and the simple, smoothness of the purple acrylic. As cute as the hats are, the baby is still the star of this shoot. cottonginowlportrait cottonginowllandscape

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July Projects

Made some girly-girl baby flops and took them out to Funky Trunk Marketplace West in Yukon today.

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And finished up my first Skull Scarf for a friend.

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And in other big news, I’m working on getting into another gift boutique here in the city that features local artists. Can’t wait to post pics of the items I’ve been working on for this new venture!

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Baby boy button flip flops

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April’s projects

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Nothing fancy, just a few photo props and a knight’s helmet for a young lady of the realm.

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Tatonka

Here’s a new creation for a very special basketball fan of Oklahoma. The hat is named Tatonka. This the Souix word for buffalo. This is my design, but I have to give credit for the idea to a great photographer for whom I’ve had the pleasure to create several crochet props.

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Lindsey, at LKW Photography is truly talented. Her vision and skills are enviable! Go visit her facebook page.

This particular beanie, was created using partial skeins from my stash from these brands: I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Super Saver and Lion Brand fun fur. I used a Boye G sized crochet hook. I followed my own pattern for a Half Double Crochet Beanie with Ear Flaps.

The horns… well, I need to write a tutorial on how to make a matching pair without pulling one’s hair out!

Here’s one more shot without the sweet, sweet model.

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Baby Sandals

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I’ve been spending the past few weeks avoiding my taxes, by focusing on new techniques for baby flip flops. I’ve come up with a few new designs, but the new techniques or tutorials and patterns will have to wait for a while. For now, these are all new born in size or 0-3 months. I’ve discovered that all I need to do is add on stitch to the beginning foundation chain to achieve a 3-6 month size. You can find the original post with tutorial and pattern chart here.

Most were made with Bernat Handy Crafter Cotton yarn. The gray pair is I Love This Cotton, by Hobby Lobby.

Hope you like the new designs. Now… go make something!

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Helmet Head

I had a several orders for Helmets this past Christmas. Here’s the style I ended up with. The pattern was improvised but based on my version of a Half Double Crochet Beanie. It was created with Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn, and an I crochet hook.

The face mask was an improvised piece combining back loop only half double crochets, alternating black stripes, a loop on each end and a simple crochet “button.”

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One of these days, in my spare time… hahaha… I’ll write up the pattern with the face mask, ridge and neck.

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Answer Me This:

What do you think of yarn bombing? Quirky, funny, creative, annoying, bratty, wasted-time and effort?

I found this great image over at http://pointeshoespunkrockandpurl.com/2014/01/17/yarn-bomb-friday-37/

I love the concept of  yarn bombing and I love the awareness that it brings to handmade, buying local and staying creative. Let me know what you think.

 

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December Doo-dads

Here are few  things I’ve crocheted this week.

Lots of things have several names, like these new goodies.

Headbands or earwarmers, scarf, scarflet or infinity scarf.

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The blue and white headbands were single crochet, back loop only projects, approximately 12 stitches wide and 45 rows. They are a mix of I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby and Red Heart Super Saver yarns.

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The scarflet is an example of diagonal box stitch worked in the round. It is approximately 5″ wide and somewhere between 60 and 72 inches long. I call it a scarflet or infinity scarf because it isn’t an ordinary, row by row scarf. It is actually a large loop, that can be doubled when worn around the neck and has the appearance of a cowl.

All of these items work up quickly. The headband/earwarmers took less than half hour each to complete and the scarflet only takes a little over an hour of uninterrupted time. It seemed like it took more time, but when you factor in the pit-stops and trips to the kitchen, plus a few moments of figuring out the plot line of some TV shows, it was actually a quick project, even with the color changes.

 

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