Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crochet Patterns for a Happy Holiday Trio


[caption id="attachment_888" align="aligncenter" width="300"]crochet pattern of reindeer, christmas tree and snowman       Holiday Fun with Yarn and Hook[/caption]

Crochet patterns have been a great help to me in my crochet journey.
I just love having a written page of instructions in front of me as I crochet, and I have been intrigued by the creativity  of so many crochet pattern designers.  I wanted to give it a try myself so I began designing my own patterns about a year ago and have been busy ever since creating crochet patterns for others to enjoy!

These crochet patterns started with a rather obscure idea that evolved as I worked on them and I still have ideas swirling around in my mind.   These patterns are original one-of-a-kind creations that are designed for use as decorations or toys.   The patterns are intentionally simple to  crochet so even a beginner should be able to understand and crochet them.

I crocheted these patterns from yarn I had in my stash, so you can see that very little yarn is needed.  Each one takes just a bit of yarn and a handful or two of stuffing.  The tree was make from yarn left over from a crocodile stitch project, and I was so happy to be able to use more of it. The black and white yarn are some that I always keep on hand.  And the brown and tan are also  pretty much a constant in my yarn closet.

These holiday varmints are so cute, and your little ones will love playing with these fun characters!  They also  make adorable decorations for the mantle or the tree.  Add a hook or loop to the top and hang them as ornaments!

These crochet patterns can be purchased individually or as a set (read bargain).  And the original crochet creations can be purchased as well.  Check out the Varmint Market for listings of all of my whimsical original designs and patterns.  Start early to finish your holiday projects in time for Christmas!



Friday, October 21, 2016

The Varmint Market.....The Sweetest Little Store !

Hello Friends!  I thought I would take a moment to explain  the Varmint Market.  All the varmints in my market are handmade originals designed and crafted by me.  The varmints themselves are the prototypes which I created for the patterns.  If you wish to buy one of these Varmints, the price  includes all shipping and handling costs.

The patterns in the Varmint Market are downloadable PDF's with instant delivery.  They are designed to be easy to understand and if there are any questions, I am always happy to help.  Just email me.

[caption id="attachment_96" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Varmint Market includes varmints of all shapes and sizes to crochet.' Adorable little Varmints for your little ones![/caption]

Since Christmas is fast approaching,  I want to offer an additional gift with each Varmint purchase from now through November.  I will include one 'Giggle' monster with each varmint purchase!  (This does not include pattern purchases.)  Your 'Giggle' will be a variation of one of these pictured.  If you have a preference, just message me and let me know and I will  create a 'Giggle' in the colors and style you like.

I also want to remind you that when you sign up for my monthly newsletter,  you will receive my free 'Giggles' E-Book which includes the pattern to make these cute little 'Giggle' monsters.

The holidays will soon be here and you don't want to be caught desperately trying to get your crochet projects finished at the last minute.  Plan ahead, and make your holiday season a time of joy and peace!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tigger in His Crocodile Costume!

I love the way 5 year old boys think!  They have fascinating minds.  My Grandson, Paul, is no exception.  Watching me stitch the crocodile stitch at a recent visit to his house he was intrigued!  Now this boy loves costumes!  He's Batman!  He's Spiderman!  Now he's Ironman!  Next, the Hulk!..And sometimes all of them at once.  So to him, a crocodile stitch simply means another costume.

My plan was to make him a crocodile blanket perhaps for Christmas, so I started it during our visit.    As he played at the table where I was working, he noted my progress.  After I had completed several rows, he disappeared briefly and then returned with his stuffed Tigger.

"Tigger needs an alligator costume,"  he informed.

"Well, I think you may be right, Paul."  I replied.  So I added ties to the already perfectly sized crocodile stitch cape and tied it around Tigger's shoulders.  Need I mention that Paul was thrilled?  And so was I!  That crocodile stitch blanket was going to be a time consuming project, but Paul just let me off the hook (no pun intended) at least for the time being.

So here is Paul in his Batman hoodie holding the batman "made out of yarn".


And here is Tigger in his new costume.


I think they are both just too cute!



Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Gloves......

Here's a perfect gift idea for the ladies on your Christmas list this year!   Fingerless gloves or wrist warmers as they are sometimes called are cute, warm and cozy and leave the fingers free for driving, texting ( not while driving please.) or doing little tasks like crochet or what have you, that requires fine motor skills.


I purchased this pattern from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocodile-stitch-fingerless-gloves-2.  It is a great pattern that works up easily.  I tweaked it a little in the length of the gloves to make them a little longer. (My sister wanted elbow length) but done up just as the pattern directs makes a perfect size to the wrist.


If you don't know how to make the crocodile stitch here is an excellent tutorial to show you how.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4in7seykYc

Once you learn this awesome stitch there is no end to the beautiful things you can create, from house slippers to mermaid tails to dragon blankets!  So treat yourself to a new stitch this week and add a whole new dimension to your crochet artwork!

I would love to hear from you and see pics of your projects!  Just post in the comments.  If you have questions, feel free to email me.