Sunday, April 20, 2008

Amigurumi of Consiquince

Okay - a little background information.

Years ago, one of my dearest friends introduced me to the often-misunderstood fruit called Quince. This odd little fruit became an inside-joke between us, sparking a plethora of word games (like in my title, for ex).

Anyhoo, I modified a pattern from my amigurumi book. I think it could use a little tweak here or there but basically I am satisfied with the results. Quinces are often misshaped but basically look like a cross between an apple and a pear. This might look a little too pear-ish but I can't bear frogging this little cutie to satiate my inner perfectionist. This is part of my friend's housewarming gift and he is going to love it!

Does anyone remember this book? It took me forever to figure out what the title was when all I could recall was something about "bunnies going down the road" to go visit "old man toad". Finally I found it - I grabbed a second-hand copy. Such a cute little book. I love the story and the detailed pictures.

i love how the little girl has her own toy stuffed bunny. (see way over to the left) And the mom with her hat and high heels.

A toad would wear a vest and smoke a pipe, no?

I love the mole with the shaw, apron and slippers.

home is indeed where the heart is.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Washie Wash and WIP

My current WIP is going to be a baby's hat. I am using a lovely naturally-dyed organic cotton yarn by Mirasol called Sampa. I like crocheting (and knitting) in the round but I am having some tricky moments with the 'ruffle' factor and the 'beanie' factor. I've been adjusting as I go. I'm not using a pattern for this so wish me luck! I'm using some guidelines by the wonderful "yarn harlot" Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in her book "Knitting Rules".

My last project was 4 dishcloths/washcloths for part of a housewarming gift for a friend. All the same Mirasol Sampa yarns.

These two are simple single crochet:

This one I alternated single with half double for a little design:

This is a single crochet but only grabbing the front of the "V"s instead of both of them. This creates a line or ridge in your project. I have found it also allows the fiber more give, more stretch.

I did a little edging on this one.

I would have made them frillier - putting picot and shells around the edges, which I was dying to do but they are for a guy so I had to resist.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy April


Mr. Biddles says happy April and doesn't he look cute!