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Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurimi Patterns for Sanrio Friends
Nothing will prepare you for the cuteness of this blog post, so if you think it might hurt you, please look away. If, on the other hand, you love Hello Kitty, and you love to make adorable crafts, then keep reading!
Hello Kitty Crochet, by Mei Li Lee, is a new book that teaches you how to crochet Hello Kitty, her friends, her family, and lots of other characters. There are instructions for making over 20 cute and cuddly crocheted characters. And each one is seriously adorable!
What do you think? Are you crying from the cuteness? Leave a Comment!
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This class was kind of funny too. I came up with the idea with older kids in mind, but the way it worked out we were a group of 6-9 year old's. I had had great plans of room size fiber installations and free form crochet/knit/weaving projects, but for these smaller people we took it down a notch.
These snakes were knit on an oversized "knitting Nancy". Although a few of the kids grumbled a bit about the time it took to make them, as soon as the eyes and tongues were added they were in love.
The girl faces were embroidered on a hoop, then hand sewn into little pillows and stuffed.
By the end of the week everyone's patience and attention span had magically expanded and they were crocheting fools. (picture of the "magic tree" installation to follow later)
Some people have crafty squares or hexagons or recipes using delicious materials. I have that dwindling - thank heavens - stash of crocheted squares.
Do you remember the Mug Shrug?? (See above) Well, I've redesigned it. Forget the pesky buttons. Here is the New! Improved! Mug Shrug! (patent pending or whatever).
Yes! Now, all you have to do is slip the Mug Shrug over your mug, slide the handle through the opening and fold back the top for an insulated drink!!! Or leave the top up if you have to abandon your mug for a while and your drink will stay warm even longer.
Get it?? Hahahaha I crack myself up. The latest addition to the gallery of rectangle creativity is above - buttoned fingerless mitts.
And here I am, modeling one of the mitts. I am having a great deal of fun with this pile of rectangles. Whatever will I do when I have used them all up?
I get Artizen Magazine in my inbox. It is very artsy. I found some conical knit alien thingies in one of the recent issues and they reminded me of my rectangles. Remember those crocheted rectangles? The ones that I don't know what to do with?
Today I did something with three of them - something so simple and so commonplace that I am embarassed it took me so long to come up with this plan.
My son called me today to tell me that I kept calling him. I was purse calling him, it appears. That happens when the outside pocket of my purse - where I put my cell phone - bumps against my hip as I walk and my phone calls someone. So, I decided to move everything to my Fall/Winter purse and I decided to make a cell phone cozy to protect my phone! So simple! Here it is.
That only used up ONE rectangle. The blue stripe was already on the rectangle. But it looks like I did it on purpose. Just a bonus.
My Fall/Winter purse is big. Actually, it is capacious! So capacious is this purse that more than once I thought I lost my wallet because it slid to the very bottom of the purse. I wanted to get something to hold my wallet and pens and my calendar and change purse - those things I need to find in a hurry. Rectangles to the Rescue!!
This little purse-in-a-purse used up two rectangles, one of which was two-toned, sort of.
Those knit conical aliens were so cute, I wish I could make something like that
with my rectangles. Hmmm, I must work on that.
I made this little amigurumi bird for my Nana. At 91, she no longer crochets. But her many years of crocheting blankets and lovelies for me and her own love of birds had me whip this little yellow guy up. That's about what I've been up this week. And for those of you you haven't seen this gem, a little Portlandia 'Put a Bird on It' should give you a chuckle.
My love affair with all things Waldorfy continues. I’ve been smitten for a long time with these animals in my son’s classroom. Unfortunately, replicas are not for sale at the spring bazaar. I wonder how they were made and if I could learn to make them, because I think they’d look awesome in the living room. And oh yeah, the kids might like to play with them, too.
The kids in the kindergarten love to tie up the animals into a team and then tie them to chairs, creating a kind of buggy.
When I asked the teacher who made them, she said, laughing, “Your grandfather, probably!”
Here’s what they tie up the beasts with:
It’s called a schneckenband (snail band), and they have a whole basketful in the classroom. They are hand-crocheted. When my kids received one as a gift, at first I thought, what on earth?
But then I saw them in action. As usual, the simple, open-ended toys are the best. The kids use them as animal harnesses, belts, fire hoses, and even to wrap “wounds” like this:
Here are some other beasts (wildschweine, or wild hogs) from the playground in the forest near our house:
Oh, and here’s some homemade jelly I bought at the Waldorf playground the other day. I think it’s student-made. The students have a little cart with various seasonal items they bring out once or twice a week. Most of the stuff seems to be from the school’s large garden in the back.
The label reads, in English, “Grape Jelly with Mint.” It’s got this lovely pink color, which I thought was kind of strange until I stopped to think about it. Is it really natural for grape jelly to be as purple as a crayon? In this case, anyway, no. Germany, believe it or not, does not approve of artificial colors or flavors. I think they’re actually outlawed.
It’s been a slow few weeks creatively. I had planned to get a lot done but sicknesses have intervened. Thankfully we’re all feeling better now.
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Here's news from my local yarn store, That Yarn Store. If you don't live in the area, they have a website and amazing yarns. Be a pal, help them stay in business. Sign up for their newsletter, visit them in the store and one the web, read my recommendation of them on LinkedIn.com. That Yarn Store customers are big readers and support the local bookstores. Let's return the favor.
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Now you have two flavors of sock classes, and a few sock
yarns to choose.
Frannie teaches her sock class on Saturdays at 1:30
Julia Hiser will be teaching a two-part class covering all your
sock-knitting basics - Heels, toes, the whole-shebang!
First-timers and the newly sock-conscious all welcome.
Learn to make a pair of lovely foot-coverings or improve upon
Items required: Set of size #3 douple-pointed needles and
Sport weight yarn.
Bring them, or buy them here.
Thursdays at 7 pm $45
You have to pre-register for this class.
Learn to Knit Lace, Tuesday nights at 6. $30
Atelier Zero is an email newsletter that lists cool Los Angeles
events and shops. Even if they hadn't listed That Yarn Store
events we would still love the list.
Check them out at http://atelierzero.com/
Here is the link for our Ravelry group:
Knit in Public Day, June 14th
Knitting in public is a wonderful way to spread the craft and
inspire all those would be knitters and crocheters to join in.
Beverly, Suzanne, and Deborah have been kind enough to
make suggestions on what we can do to celebrate the
World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 14th
Help us make this a memorable event please send us your ideas!
We're thinking about sitting outside at SWORKS,
and a Pic-Knit under the trees at Eagle Rock or Yosemite Rec Centers
Spring Craftaganza. May 10, 1 to 5 pm
Thea from across the pond, and Mila, one of the 15 or so vendors,
have been planning this year's biannual event. Please come!
We've made an Evite,
so you can send it to friends.
What: Spring Craftaganza, a hand-made craft fair
When: May 10, 1-5pm
Where: That Yarn Store - 5028 Eagle Rock Blvd
Why: Handmade is better! Plus free refreshments.
Spring Craftaganza is our yearly arts and crafts event where you
can purchase funky and unique handmade products created by
local artisans and crafters.
They offer everything from jewelry to clothes to handspun yarn.
Pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for your Mom (the next day is Mother's Day),
start your holiday shopping early, or snag something cool for yourself.
We’ll have free refreshments.
We have a space at the Los Angeles County Fair in September.
We can't sell our goods, apparently, but we can show them off,
including our knitting and crocheting samples and even give lessons
and demonstrations. You are invited to help us hang out and show
stuff and answer knitting questions.
Other things where you can participate – submitting your projects for a
blue ribbon, and a fashion show.
Free admission to volunteers, a hefty perk for participating.
You've asked for them….
Beginning Sewing *
Learn use a sewing machine and sew in straight lines
and curves. Bring home a pillowcase you’ll make yourself.
~~Thursday, May 6, at 7pm~~ $30
Beginning Sewing, Part 2: pattern reading*
bring a simple pattern and your own material and supplies.
~~Thursday, May 29, at 7pm~~ $30
~~Saturday, May 31, at 11:30 am~~
Skirts Without Patterns*
Bring in measurements,
and your own fabric, thread and tools.
~~Thursday, May 1, at 7pm~~ $30
~~Saturday, May 3, at 11:30 am~~
*Please note that we have limited space and limited
sewing machines available for these classes.
When registering, please tell us if you will
need to borrow one of our sewing machines.
And please sign up early.
Since we keep eccentric hours, we'll always include..
Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:07 to 7:35
Closed 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 to 8:30 ish
Closed 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 to 7:00 pm
(we will often be open evenings)
Friday 11:30 to 8:00 ish
Closed 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 pm
The urge to craft has come back with a vengeance. I am totally besotted with amigurumi right now and have been itching to create a design of my own. So here's my first one which was inspired by the birds from my blog banner.
Introducing my chubby little bird, Tweedle.
He was created in the traditional ami method of single crochets worked in rounds. His wings were a little more complicated, using half, single and double crochets. Mum helped me design them while she was here at Christmas.
Emily is asking for one in pink so I'm going to be make one for her room that is scented.
I finally made Emily's Tweedle and she was really happy with it. This one came out larger than the first one which tells me I need to sit and write a pattern for myself. There was so much time between this one and the first one that I forgot how I did it.
Anyway, it was a lot fun. I added some scent to this one. Emily loves anything vanilla so this little guy smells like ice cream.
BTW, if anyone knows of a good tutorial on switching colors in a spiral, I'd appreciate it. I couldn't get the yellow stripe to line up at the yarn change (it's hidden in the back). I tried slip stitching between yarn changes but that didn't seem to help. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.
If you enjoy crochet and haven't visited this blog - attic24 , head on over there right now. Lucy works in such vibrant and joyful colors! SO inspiring. I must start a blanket like this (the one with the raised flowers) for myself. Just looking at it makes me smile. Everything on Lucy's blog makes me smile, actually. Especially since Spring has sprung a leak and is looking more like winter again.
You know when a piece of art just speaks to you and you really can't explain why? Well, that's what happened to me with this adorable little fellow named Gilroy designed by the talented Elizabeth Doherty
. Something about his blissful expression took my breath away and I knew I had to have him. And finally I can! I've been saving my pennies and now Gilroy is mine- all mine and I am so tickled. =o))
(photos by Beth)
I'm doing it again. I'm sipping a latte and thumbing through gorgeous little books at Barnes & Noble, daydreaming about making these cuties through the winter. I did the same thing last year. Bought lovely craft books and guess what ? I never did a single project. So, I'm trying very hard not to get this. But on the other hand, is it so wrong to have books around simply for the pleasure of looking at them? Decidedly no! But not today. If I receive a bookstore gift card for Christmas this is on the top of my list. And so is this one. Another amigurumi book that I won't use. =o)
1. Pin Cushion Swap - Spring, 2. Viva a Primavera!, 3. Turquoise and Lime Crochet Applique, 4. crochet pillows...
1. Calor, um projeto colorido, 2. half blanket...., 3. Granny A Day blanket, 4. 073 - Finished sunburst afghan
1. Cupcakes, 2. Fuzzy Sundae, 3. MINI TORTINHA, 4. sushi_front_small_unmarked
Anche se non ho la minima possibilità di sferruzzare un po' in questo periodo, posso sempre ammirare queste meraviglie! ♥
E resistere alla tentazione!!!
Along with the fairy paintings currently on display at Sovereign House are other fairy finds. There are the fairy purses of course, and now another one of Avril's crochet inventions, a little blue-finned mermaid with cascading golden hair. Like the fairy purses she is made of the finest, silkiest cotton thread, very beguiling to the touch. She fits charmingly into the palm of one's hand.
Some weeks ago I found a pair of child-sized chairs in my favourite charity shop and brought them home to sand down and repaint with a fairy motif. The weeks have slipped by with so many things to have ready in time for the show, but this weekend I finally finished the chairs and brought them into the gallery.
Here is the signature motif under the seat,
and here are the chairs, with daisy seats and winged back rests.
One of our young visitors pulled up a chair to sit and paint with me for a while. Working on scraps of watercolour paper we came up with these (fairy with a flower vine, fairy flying over a golden ship) and other miniatures, making up stories to go with each one.
On a table in the middle of the room are books, cards and ornaments.
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Here are some other things that amused me.
Last week at Comic Con, Michelle and I met the guy who made this winning Steampunk Iron Man costume! [Agent M]
Hey Philadelphia! Hollerado’s single-take music video for “Americanarama.” [YouTube]
Have books? Then you need bookshelves. 35 of them. 35 awesome, incredible bookshelves. [Francesco Mugnai]
Your Ad Here. (Hopefully not.) [eConsultancy]
Gritty, gorgeous photos of broken neon signs. [Slate]
Crochet animal sculptures. Heck yes I said it! [My Modern Met]
If you’re an unknown band trying to gain popularity, this is not the way to do it. [AV Club]
You know what’s cool?
How far will your dollar go? These photos will show you. [Jonathan Blaustein]
Phonebook art! [Inventor Spot]