Octopus and more

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This octopus I finished today. It is for my baby niece Ellen!

I have a book how to crochet these. Apparently thousands have been made for hospitals in Denmark etc.

It had to be 100 % cotton and the stuffing had to be stuffing for a teddy or a pillow. The arms could not be longer than 22 cm, out stretched. My arms are about 20 cm when they are really stretched out to max. Now the octopus has to be washed in 60 C before Ellen can investigate it. 🙂

These are just a few free kits from cross stitch magazines that I recently made. The magazine (CrossStitcher I believe) earlier gave a fruit themed box. They have the same dimensions, 10 x 7 x 3 cm, if I remember correct. I don’t have a measuring tape at hand. The heart with wings is a brooch, in plastic canvas with black felt and brooch pin on the back.

I do have quite a lot of free kits and I’ll make some of them. Sometimes I just put away the fabric and threads to use for other things.

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Puppy bookmarks

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I finished the one with flowers today. I am not a dog expert, but I think these are a dalmatian and a jack russell terrier. I might be wrong.

They were quite easy to cross stitch. No back stitches at all! From Vervaco as many of my bookmarks.

I have been working hard on another project, but finishing it is difficult, and a bit boring. I hope I can finish it next week so I can show a picture.

I am also knitting socks, but I don’t like the irregular pattern the yarn makes. Haven’t knitted for a few weeks now and the first sock isn’t even finished yet. So I do have some unfinished things I should try to get done over the weekend or next week. I’ll show pictures later.

Off topic, I became an aunt for the fifth time on Monday morning at 8.29 am. My brother’s wife gave birth, via C-section, to a healthy baby girl. 😀 She is now five days. I visited her yesterday afternoon. They were sent home from hospital in the morning yesterday. Very cute little girl! She has an 8 year old big brother.

Squirrel/bunny bookmarks

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Finished the squirrel bookmark today! 🙂 The bunny bookmark was finished actually weeks ago. I had finished that and started on the other. But then I got the bird pictures and made them first, before I continued with the squirrel bookmark.

The animals were a bit tricky to cross stitch with many shades of browns. And in the pattern the browns where all different kinds of circles. The squirrel tail I struggled with.

They are from Vervaco. Many of my cross stitched bookmarks are from there, but I order them from another site.

The blue background is with one strand only, rest of cross stitches with two strands.

And I realized I haven’t posted this yet:

I did finish them February 11th (when I last posted). But I forgot to post a picture of the socks. Blue and pink yarn.

What I got in the mail today

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I wanted to show you what I ordered online from Adlibris (online company) and received today (had to go pick it up from a store).

First, from YouTuber Moriah Elizabeth, her two Create This Book(s). 🙂 I love watching her videos, especially the ones about these books. She has made only three videos about the second book so far.

I can not draw! That’s a fact! But I will try my very best and work hard on them. They will never look as good as Moriah’s, but I hope I will learn new techniques and improve my drawing, just a little bit, if not more.

I think you are allowed to show pictures of what you have drawn. I have seen many pictures online. I might not show you everything, but may be something.

The other book is called The Super Duper, Gigantic Bookmarks Coloring Book. By Alex Man. More than 360 bookmarks to color, cut out and, in my case, cover with book plastic. On the back cover are three bookmarks to cut out.

So yes, it was great to finally receive these and I will have plenty to do in them.

Now I will hurry to the knit- and crochet café. Not sure yet what to do tonight, but we’ll see.

Scratch art bookmarks

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Tonight I made some scratch art bookmarks. 🙂 If you don’t know what scratch art is, it’s a card that is black. You use a tool that looks like a large tooth pick and scratch or draw on the black surface to reveal the many colors that are under the black.

It’s hard! If you make a mistake, you can’t undo it. Once you’ve scratched, it’s there. And I can’t draw! So they look a bit messy, uneven etc. But I did like it.

Parts of the bookmarks were dark purple which doesn’t show so well when you scratch on it. It almost becomes invisible. I took the pictures so that the camera would show most of the dark purple. Some of the purple looks white in the picture. But it reflects from the lamp in the ceiling.

I visited a bookshop the other day. I usually don’t go there. It was there that I found the box with 12 bookmarks and actually 12 of the scratching tools. That was unnecessary, as I used just one to scratch all.

They also came with 12 short red ribbons to add to the holes. But I avoid putting ribbons or tassels or strands on my bookmarks. I just don’t like them. Sometimes I remove them.

After I took the pictures, I covered all of them in book plastic.

Cross stitched birds

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Finished the middle one today (blue mug and yellow flowers). The first one to be finished some days ago was the one with white flowers. They are from the company Svarta Fåret (the black sheep).

I was looking for a winter theme to put on the wall after Christmas. But I was not able to find any on the site I use. So instead I got these birds that can be on the wall all year.

I don’t know what the birds are called or if they are supposed to look like real birds that exist.

Last, a picture of a little blue mouse I crocheted for the cat some week ago.

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It’s quite small. Don’t know what the cat thinks (it’s not her favorite), but sometimes she throws it in the air and chase it. I think I should have made it a brighter color, but at the time I just found the light blue. Didn’t want to make it with a yarn that is woolly. This is cotton, so the cat won’t get any fibers (fluff) in her mouth when she is playing.

I do have a few other projects going on. But I have been reading more this year, so I haven’t had time to craft so much.

Knitted hat and bookmark

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It’s past midnight, but I decided to post this anyway.

Yesterday (as it is a new day now…) I finished knitting this hat with a 100 % polyester fur ball. I just wanted to point out that it is fake. The yarn has reflective thread, so it lights up in the darkness when a light source hits it. I haven’t really tried it, so I don’t know how well it shows in darkness.

It was a Christmas gift  from my brother and sister-in-law. There was a little basket with two balls of yarn (one was not enough), the fur ball and instructions. But no picture of the hat, so I did not know what it would look like.

I started knitting on Monday at the knit and crochet café that started again after the Christmas break.

The bookmark I just finished. Started earlier tonight, so it didn’t take long. Just a little rocking horse to cross stitch. It came with double sided, really sticky, tape, as the bookmark is folded in half vertically. On the backside is printed little horses with pink manes and tails.

Now I need to sleep.