As promised, here is the rhino that comes from the same site as Lavender Lenny. Dendennis amigurumist. What a wonderful site filled with fabulous free patterns and some fab paid for patterns (I thought very reasonably priced).
I chose different colours from Dendennis because I am on a mission to use up my stash before I move house. The next creature I make, may well end up being a patchwork style 🙂
P.S By the way his name is Morris
I love this bunny so much. I made a sleeping version for a friends toddler a while back (looked a little sinister, and was swiftly name Donnie Darko Bunny!) Decided I needed to have another go and follow the pattern properly and give him proper eyes. It is a Dendennis pattern. Love this guy, he has several free patterns which are great, see my previous crochet baby snuggles. I purchased this pattern by clicking the link on his site which takes you to Etsy but I believe you can also purchase via Ravelry too.
All his patterns are really straightforward and he includes lots of progress pictures so you can compare. I did mess up the ears a bit, missed out a couple of rows. Would suggest that if you need to wear reading glasses that you should in fact wear them!! lol However I think they look fine and maybe even add a little character.
Was so inspired by this bunny that I have purchased a few more of his patterns. Watch this space for dragons and rhinos soon 🙂
In the beginning
As many crocheters know, we all seem to have at least one or two extra projects on the go. I am often making crochet creatures of some description. I managed to make six penguins before christmas and have sworn never to make another again. Crocheting with black yarn is a special kind of torture when your eyesight isn’t what it was! My favourite finished crochet items have always been the blankets I have made. They can take an absolute eternity to make, especially when you make ones that are destined to cover a double bed 🙂 So worth it though.
The blanket I am currently making has been inspired by a conversation I had with my very good friend Hazel who pointed me in the direction of Attic24. What a gloriously pleasing blog this is. A very positive place to visit and truly inspirational. I loved the raindrops pattern that Lucy created for a cushion cover. Loved it so much that I thought somewhat optimistically that it would be great as a bedspread plus a handy way to use up my half balls of various dk yarn. It is a great pattern to use up your scraps as you only ever do two rows in the same colour. I love crocheting items like this in every colour I own 🙂 Crochet seems to positively love the riot of colour approach, well I think so anyway. This pattern would work equally well with a more understated approach or the rainbow look that Lucy uses in her cushion cover on Attic 24. What has proved particularly pleasurable with this pattern is it’s an easy one to do whilst you while away an evening in front of the telly. Yes the first row or two you need to concentrate but after that you can slip into the effortless rhythm that is one of the main reasons I love to crochet.
So far, it is about half the size it needs to be but loving the look and weight of it.
Four out of Six Penguins
Cannot wait to see how it turns out, photos of course to follow.
I was on the hunt for something different to crochet. Although I am always happy to while away an evening making a giant bedspread (been making the same one for months now) I do like to have one or two other projects on the go, can get a teensy bit bored of doing the same stitch over and over.
I was reminiscing as one does, about the inside out dolls that we used to have when we were kids. I turned to trusty Ravelry for some inspiration and hopefully a pattern. You can get free and pay for patterns here, brilliant site that I use a lot. There are several topsy turvy dolls to be found, the one I chose can be found here and is called Magic Cinderella. The pattern is American so all sc, single crochets are in fact UK dc, double crochet. Lots of conversion charts online, the one I use a lot is on an Aussie site and can be found here. Very, very nice blog, lots of lovely patterns as well as handy hints to be found too.
Well as ever,me and mine planned to build a gingerbread house for Christmas. Apologies as ever for the lateness of this post, I decided to be poorly for most of the festive season 😦
This year though after trawling through the internet I found some templates for miniature houses and decided that we would make a gingerbread village. Normally it would just be me and the offspring doing this but this year we had help from wonderful friends, Annabel, Claire and Cat. We had a wonderful morning and as you can see it was very serious work!
Serious concentration – promise, everyone had fun!
My daughter and I purchased a range of sweeties including jelly tots which seem to prove harder and harder to get hold of each year and then I spent the day before Christmas eve making the gingerbread bits. The templates I used came from Miniature Gingerbread House Template 1 and mini mini gingerbread house template 2 . You can of course google away as I did, there are plenty online.
A dusting of icing sugar
I used the same recipe that is featured in my original Gingerbread House article but the BBC good food one is also pretty good (you can find that one on the first template link.
Very, very pleased with the end result just don’t know what we are going to do next year to top it 🙂