Christmas bookmarks and a little owl

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Late last night I finished the snowman from Vervaco. They were easy to cross stitch. I know it’s barely autumn, but as soon as I got them I wanted to stitch them. I stitched the Santa first.

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This morning I finished crocheting a little owl! It’s about 7 or 8 cm, a few inches. I haven’t measured it, but that’s what it says on the box. This owl I have crocheted during the last two lessons of the knit and crochet class that I take on Monday evenings. I almost finished it at class yesterday. So I just made the beak and the ’eye fluff’ today and a little more stitches on the wings. A few more pics.

The box contains almost everything you need (not needles or scissors). I have finished a fox and a sloth in the same series. And I have a dragon and an elephant in the series to do later.

Well, I guess I will try to finish another unfinished project next. 🙂

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Wild animal bookmarks and more

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I finally finished these bookmarks! I struggled with the little cat below the rhino. So many different colors. Three stitches here, two there and lots of cutting the yarn and moving to a new location and changing color and looking closely at the chart. There is actually two stitches that went wrong! They should be swapped! But I am not going to say where the mistake was made, because it doesn’t affect the result. 😉 I prefer stitching larger areas of the same color, as in the background. I don’t know if it is a leopard or a cheetah or some other large cat in Africa, but I think he is cute! My favorite is the lion, though. They are Vervaco bookmarks.

Here is a card I made for my niece’s baptizing, June 1st. 🙂 I forgot to take a picture of it, but I had mum send me pictures a few days later when she visited the family. I am the niece’s god mother, by the way. Her name is Ellen. She is so cute, around two and a half  months now. It seems the dark purple on the front page is not glued properly. I have never managed to find a glue stick that is good. They always make the paper wrinkly and unstick the pieces after a while. But I hope the mother will keep the cards safe somewhere. And after all, it is the thought that counts.

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Also, my aunt asked for three wasp nests for my cousin. I made all three nests on Saturday and then I made the wasps on Sunday. The nests are filled with shredded paper from a news paper.

Next I will probably cross stitch some small pictures. I do have several bookmark kits waiting, but I want to do something else before starting the next bookmarks.

 

Wasp nests

I made some wasp nests (crocheted), three for my sister and one for my sister-in-law. My sister asked for the three and mum thought I could make one for my brother’s house too.

Wasp nests are supposed to scare off wasps, thouse nasty insects that sting. Last summer there were lots of them. The idea is to put them where nests have been found and when the wasps come, they should see these and think, ”Oh, that space is occupied, let’s go somewhere else!”

I am sceptical, but we’ll see if it works. I struggled making the wasps (four per nest) and they look kind of ugly, to be honest, but seen from a distance they can look like wasps, without wings.

I made two on Sunday evening, almost two yesterday. Today I finished the fourth and made all the wasps. They are filled with shredded newspaper. It was just something I read on the internet.

Going to my brother’s house today (it was his birthday yesterday). I’m bringing with me one wasp nest and the octopus that was washed this morning. It’s not dry yet, but just a little moist.

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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.

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.

Crocheted sloth

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I had this set, which is the same series as the fox. This sloth was missing for a while, but I found it and today I crocheted most of it. I made the eye patches and the white in the face a few days ago, and the rest today.

So, here is my sloth!

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The arms and legs are long! On each arm/leg he has two little claws. Obviously it can not hang from its arms and legs. For that I would need to add velcro or something. I don’t even think metal wires inside would help.

I still have two figures in the series; a dragon and an elephant.

Freehand crochet doll

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This is my crocheted doll that I finished today. Let me tell you how she turned out like this. 🙂

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In May I crocheted this, during an extra knit and crochet café that they had at the end of the spring season. Then it was in a plastic bag, until Monday! (September 10)

On Monday I decided to take it to the class. I struggled to think of how to dress it. I mean, really. I had no idea or inspiration. So I thought, if I bring it to the class, I will have to do something about it. I just can’t sit and not do anything during the evening. I first made the shoes and then the dress.

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Today (Wednesday), I decided to finish it. Because I thought there was too much ’skin’ between the neck and the dress, I crocheted a strip and attached it to cover her a bit more.

The hair was next. I am not good at attaching hair. I know there are different ways, but I should may be watch on YouTube something. I glued the hair on this doll, strands of yarn horizontically and vertically.

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I wanted to make a little fringe on the forehead, so I cut the yarn short there.

I thought something was missing, so I added a little flower and a green band around the hair, to make a ponytail. I cut the strands somewhat evenly.

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I have only crocheted a few flowers and I am still not good at it. But I guess you can see a flower shape. The yellow part is a little too big. The green band can act as long leaves.

Finally it was time for the face. I thought about googly eyes, but ended up putting black half beads (that are flat on the other side). I tried a red mouth and different styles, but I have difficulties crocheting mouths.

I did spend quite a lot of time on the doll, so I should be happy with the result. But it is not my favorite. I like the ponytail with the flower better than the face. But, as they say; practice makes perfect! So I just have to keep practicing to get better. 🙂