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Shark Week, All Things Toothy But With No Bite

Shark Week is upon us. Well, actually Discovery Channel has expanded its annual event to 2 weeks this year —which is always in July, the height of vacation season and when sharks come out to hunt, er,  play in the waters. Here you will discover fun projects to knit and crochet all things sharks.

With many species of toothy sharks on the planet, fiberistas have taken it in their hands to create softer and more cuddly versions of aquatic  sharks. The internet has exploded with patterns of all shapes and sizes from little ball shaped to very large sharks. Here are a few samples of sharks that I have crocheted. If interested, you can purchase the patterns on Etsy and each photo tells you the designer name.

I have crocheted each of these sharks, all are easy. Chum the shark is small, Shawn medium size and Sam the shark is large.

Shawn the Shark, etsy, Theresa Crochet Shop

 

Chum the Shark, etsy, Critterbeans the designer

 

 

Large Shark, pattern on etsy.com/daaveydreamer

 

Once you have the shark plushie done, you might want to move onto shark shaped bags. These are fun to make, and are a great conversation starter. I have crocheted this bag in 2 sizes, kid size and adult size. I lined the adult bag with fabric to make it sturdy.

Shark Bag, by The Cookie Snob, on Ravelry

 

The Shark Bag is also a fun, easy pattern to follow. Go Ravelry, where you will find the FREE pattern by Erin Sharp.  I banged this out in less than a day, pretty easy.

How about a shark hat? Not just for babies, kids of all ages can wear one too.

Shark Hat, Free Pattern

 

Repeat Crafter Me, is the designer of the shark hat. She has great detail with instructions, many photos, and many sizes. The link provided will lead you to the FREE  pattern on Ravelry. The photo here shows you 2 different size hats made from her pattern. I added a little fiberfill stuffing to the dorsal fin.

And let’s not forget about “Fluffy.”  Your cat may hate you, but it is good for a laugh.

      

(Sorry, no link available for these cat costumes.)

 

Then there are the slippers, slipper socks, sleep sack, shark can cozy, shark oven mitts. The possibilities are endless. What can you come up with?

        

 

 

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Bags, Bags, Bags

I cannot believe how fast January has come and gone… with lots of rain too! All the sources say we got between 40% to 75% rain replenishment to get those lakes and reservoirs filled. But they are not filled up completely, so I am hoping February brings us more rain. And why not? I tend to crochet and knit more when it rains. So, why not wish for more, right?

I have been trying to create practical items to fit various needs. As many of you know, California has become a “No Plastic Bags” state. That means when going to the any store,  you need to bring your own bag, or be charged ten cents for one of the store’s bags.

Taking inspiration from my favorite designers, I have been using up cotton yarn to make these bags. I like to mix up colors, whether it be solids and stripes or solids and variegated yarns. Lily Sugar & Cream, Bernat Cotton Soft and Lion Brand Cotton Ease are yarns I have been working with to create these bags.

Multicolor market bags

 

Thanks go out to: Cre8tion Crochet for her Hobo Style Market Bag (photo with 3 bags); The Stitchin’ Mommy for her large Summer Fun Market/Beach Tote (purple green, white) and Simply Collectible for her Sturdiest Ever Market Bag. You can find the patterns on their blogs or Ravelry.

Baggy here: If you would like one of these featured bags, they are $25 each and will be in the shop no later than February 2nd. Even I have one, and goodness knows why…