2020, Animals, and More Crochet Animals

Gizmo recharging himself

This is 20-20. My year begins with a bang. My ocean themed crochet animals have made their way home to me. After several months of reflection, I decided to end my consignment and the end of 2019. The last 8 years crocheting hundreds of animals for her shop. It was a great run, now it’s my time.

Here is a sample of a few of them. What you see are the actual animal. Each one crocheted by me. I choose bright colors, it makes me happy. Kids of all ages, adults too, like these animals.

All of the animals I will be listing are from my consignee. All ocean themed animals, with an exception of a couple that were requested. Best of all, they are machine washable and dryable. Place inside a mesh laundry bag, gentle cycle wash, and delicate dry for 15 minutes then let air dry.

Ally the Mermaid. This sea creature was very popular at the shop. The customers did not know it takes about 2 days to crochet. Hair takes 6 hours to attach to her head, each strand one at a time. She stands about 12 inches tall. Three colors of yarn used. My favorite yarn for animals is Red Heart Super Saver. Its acrylic, and holds up to stitches and does not stretch when stuffing the animals. Purchased the pattern on etsy from seller kandjdolls.

Ally the Mermaid

Nemo-like Clown fish. These big, chubby fish are two toned in color. Again, love the bright colors. Does it make you happy? Can you see your kids giggling at those ball shaped tail fins? Fishes measure a whopping 10 inches long and 7 inches tall. Give to your favorite fisherman who can finally say “the one that got away” did not happen.

Stanley the Starfish, one of the first ocean themed crochet animals to go on consignment, this one is a favorite of mine. I love how easy it is to crochet. Just 5 legs and a body, add a couple eyes, a smile and its ready to its new home. Stanley stands at 9 inches wide, the legs are poseable, turn the tips, squeeze the legs to make it stand taller or push down the body to make it lay flatter. The pattern was purchased on etsy from seller DaveyDreamer.

Stanley the Starfish

Norman the Narwhal is a newer crochet animals. The pattern, too cute to bypass. The pattern was a duo. Actually, the whale and narwhal are the same, just add a horn to the whale and you get a narwhal. Purchased from etsy seller TheresaCrochetShop.

Norman the Narwhal

Cleo the Clam, another great aquatic animal to crochet. Elizabeth at DaveyDreamer designed this animal. Her crochet animals have great detail. Extra large big eyes, and a jumbo shell. Lots of fiberfill stuffing, those eyes, 24mm. The possibilities are endless. Solid color, stripes, variegated yarns, many to choose from.

Cleo the Clam

Paddy the Platypus is a “classic” pattern I found over 10 years ago. This little platypus has a big tail, big beak and small body. My version of it uses thick yarn, making it bigger to hold and cuddle. Paddy is an adorable crochet animal. This FREE pattern came from Craftster https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298640.0

Patty the Platypus

These next 3 crochet animals all came from the Lion Brand website. The first 3 animals I ever crocheted. Fifteen years later, I still crochet these animals.

Torty the Turtle the very first animal I crocheted. After participating in a few craft shows, selling blankets, wraps, scarves, I wanted to try to crochet in the round. Not many websites back in 2004 had crochet animals, except Lion Brand yarn. I found several animals to attempt: octopus, turtle, ladybug. Torty was the start of 15 years of crocheting animals. My love of crochet for many turtles have found new homes.

Lulu the Ladybug was the second animal I crocheted. How fun was it to work with 2 colors to create such a cute little ladybug. One thing that I did change with the ladybug, the safety eyes. The original pattern calls for 6mm eyes. They are quite small, and were difficult to place within the stitch. Little fingers could possibly pull out the eye, making it a choking hazard. I use larger eyes, 9mm. Much better, with the special locking disc that goes on the inside of the animal, makes it hard to pull out.

The Party Penguin, a classic crochet animal. Thanks to my choice of yarn, this penguin is the hit of the party. Penguins are aquatic. The Pen stands at 8 inches, 4 inches more for its party hat, total of 12 inches in height. Hat and scarf sewn to head and neck.

“Tomorrow is another day”and so I shall be back to officially list these animals.

The Mad Rush of Holiday Crafting

It’s that time of year where fiber artists make the mad rush to finish off handmade gifts for family and friends, and even to those less fortunate. Where does the time go and how do we get everything finished in time to mail off the packages? Lets start by making a list of what we want to make.

The Mad Rush seems to happen right about now. Every arts and crafts website sending out emails letting you know about some new pattern, new yarn, new crochet hook (or knitting needle). How many emails do you have just sitting there waiting to be opened?

If you are short on time and The Mad Rush has got you pulling your hair out, here are a few of my favorite items to knit or crochet. These items are quick to make, and you can mark them off your list.

  Fingerless Mitts. My mitts are easy for the new knitter, can be modified depending on yarn & techniques you want to add to it. The original pattern uses thick yarn, big needles and just garter (knit) stitch. These mitts are great at keeping your hands warm, and you can still text, you can email and you can drive without taking them off. It is not safe to text and drive at the same time, wear the mitts but leave the phone in your pocket or purse.

Crochet Beanie Style Hat. There are many hat patterns out there, and this is one of my favorite designers to use for her hats. It’s a quick and easy pattern. From infant to adult, you can crochet a hat in less than 4 hours. Worsted weight yarn and a 5.00mm hook (H hook), one skein of about 200 yards of yarn. Add a cute pompom to the top, add earflaps and tassles to accessorize it. Sarah’s patterns are easy to follow, with size changes, additional rows, her cute animal hats are fun to crochet.

  Knit Hat. I cannot leave out knitters when it comes to hats. The As Good As Gold hat uses a chunky yarn like Lion Brand Hometown yarn or Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, size US 15 circular needles in 16 inch length. With knit and purl stitches and some decreases to close the hat, you will have a big chunky hat just like snowboarders wear on the slopes.

  Crochet Scarf. Rolling Along scarf is a quick pattern that uses 1 cake of Sweet Roll yarn, 245 yds, worsted weight and 5.50mm I crochet hook. The V Stitch pattern is easy to memorize, and in no time, you have finished a scarf. The pattern states it is an infinity scarf, no ends to weave in. Modified if you want to add fringe to the ends of the scarf.

  Knit Scarf. For knitters, if you do not want to use worsted weight or heavier yarn, the Light and Lacy scarf will work for you. Knit with #3 weight yarn, YO and K2tog are the stitches used to make a pretty scarf. Cast on more stitches, more yarn and you can have a lovely knitted wrap to wear. Add sparkly yarn to dress up an outfit.

Crochet Animals. What child does not like stuffed animals. I like to give stuffed animals to new moms as part of their baby shower gift. Bright colors, soft to the touch, machine washable. Elephant is my favorite animal to make. One of the first animals I learned to crochet in the round (amigurumi).

 Water Bottle Carrier. This is a fun cozy to crochet for those that do not like to hold a bottle of water. One of the first patterns I designed over 8 years ago. Made with cotton yarn, it will hold a bottle up to 24 ounces, even those metal bottles will fit. Using less than 1 skein of cotton yarn, an H hook and in a few hours you will have finished another gift to give.

The Mad Rush is on, by showing you that there are items that can be made quickly, you will in no time have your list finished. Enjoy your crocheting and knitting, but remember to always take time for yourself. Happy Holidays to you and your family far and near.

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?

        

 

 

Birds Chirping, Bees Searching, Crochet Animals Abound

Yes birds are chirping these days and it seems like our “winter” weather has taken a vacation from us here in So Cal. Bees are coming out of hibernation too. While bees are nice to see pollinating flowers, I do not care for them when they search out our fireplace and enter our apartment.

Gizmo kitty got an up-close introduction to several of them, getting stung on the face and cheek. A quick trip to the vet, a shot of Benadryl and he was back to his antics within 48 hours. Here’s hoping the exterminator’s spray is able to keep the bees at bay and not use our fireplace as a new home.

      

March went out like a lion, so to say, with lots of animal custom orders. Lee started taking a couple of my crochet animals to work with him, and within 2 weeks, 10 animals were sold. With more orders, came more work. While some of my favorites sold; i.e. piggy, party penguin, octupods, new animals were popular like the Happy Car, Big Ear Bunny and Teddy Bear made with Caron Sprinkle Cakes yarn. All in all, March had 22 sales.

April is for my consignor. Last weekend we drove down to her shop in Laguna Beach, about 90 minutes away, to deliver some animals. At that time, I inventoried her current stock and she placed her order for more ocean related animals: octopus, squid, mermaid, seal, walrus, hippo, you get it, water related critters.

Baggy and Gizmo are so thrilled to know my crochet animals are heading to their new homes. They will miss all the yarn tails, ball and strands that were play toys for their entertainment.

Until next time, when the 6th LA Yarn Crawl comes around April 19th thru April 22nd. 26 stores, lots of free knit and crochet patterns, trunk shows, giveaways and miles and miles of driving the freeways.

2017 Spring Arts & Crafts Fairs Update

Here are 2 of my Spring Arts & Crafts Shows I am participating in. I hope to see you at either event. Earth Day is April 22, come out, see some fine crafters selling their wares.

Arts & Crafts Fairs are not only for fall and winter, they are also for the springtime.

I am confirmed for the following 2 local events and I hope you can come out and support my art.

Saturday April 22, 10am-2pm. Anderson Park, 3007 Vail Avenue Redondo Beach, supporting the North Park Seniors. I will have a table outside the center, and it will have shawls, crochet animals, felted wallets and coffee cup cozies.

Saturday May 6, 10am-3pm. Hometown Fair, 600 Main St El Segundo. This event has arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, game booths, music & entertainment, community expo, bake off contest and a Rubber Ducky Derby benefits C.A.S.E. Buy your rubber ducky during the Hometown Fair.

I will have a  canopy full of my products for you to purchase. My new item this year is the repurposed tote bag: made from cotton yarn, its great to use for groceries, the farmers market, beach.

Sorry, Baggy will not be in attendance.