Friday, 16 May 2014

Sea Cow

You'll have gathered by now that most of my makes are for sons and nephews, well this is no exception. My twins littlest beast is a massive 'sarah & Duck' fan (check it out on cbeebies) in which Scarf Lady - crazy old knitting woman - makes many things, including a sea cow.  Little nephew desperately wanted one, so Aunty Crochet over here whipped one up. His thank you movie is the single cutest thing I have EVER seen.

Anyway, here is crochet sea cow, pattern coming soon.

Friday, 9 May 2014


All the beasts, big, medium and small all asked for a crochet Lemongrab from Adventure Time.  Having made Finn and given him away, I couldn't say no, so here he is.  Free pattern coming really soon x

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Mexican Death Duck

Two Christmases ago we got a 'decorate your own flying duck' set and I have literally been agonising for years as to what to decorate them with.  Finally, after all that time divine inspiration has struck: Mexican death duck has been born!

I then got obsessed with the idea of doing other cultural designs, so today Indian Mhendi Duck was made, and now I just have to decide whether the last one is an Eastern European folk design, or something Skandi and simplistic...

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Free Adventure Time Crochet Pattern

As promised, here's your free Finn pattern, this is the big dude, little dude coming soon. Mathematical!

Big Finn
You will need:
White wool
Light blue wool
Dark blue wool
Peach wool
Black wool
Suitable sized hook
Yarn needle
Peach felt
Matching thread
Some black embroidery thread

1. Using white mr 6
2. 2 sc in each stitch (12)
3. 2sc in the next stitch, sc in the next, repeat (18)
4. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 2, repeat (24)
5. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 3, repeat (30)
6. 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in the next 4, repeat (36)
7-16. Sc in each stitch for 9 rows
17-43. Swap to light blue, sc in each stitch for 16 rows
44-50. Swap to dark blue, sc in each stitch for 6 rows
51. In inner loops only sctog, sc in next 3
Stuff with stuffing 
52. Sctog, sc in next 2
53. Sctog, sc in next stitch
54. Sctog til close

1-6. Using black mr 8, sc for next 5 rows
7-10. Switch to white and sc for the next 3 rows
11-28. Switch to peach and sc for 17 rows 
29-35. Switch to dark blue and sc for 6 rows, sl st
Weave in ends, stuff lightly and attach to bottom of body

1-24. Using peach mr 8 and then sc for 23 rows
25-30. Switch to light blue and sc for the next 5 rows, sl st
Weave in ends, stuff lightly and attach to body on either side.

Make 2
1. Using white mr 5 and then sc for one row
Attach to either side of head

Cut out an oval from peach felt and see to head, using black embroidery thread sew in eyes and mouth 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Adventure Time Crochet

My darling eldest nephew is off, away from home for 3 days soon, for the first time. He's a little nervous and doesn't want to take his cuddly in case he gets lost, step in crochet Finn!  Adventure Time is an obsession in our house, and this crochet Finn will keep him company as well a being totally cool.

Will post free pattern really soon. 


Monday, 17 February 2014

Cereal Box Odyssey

A long time ago now I wrote a post about the many uses of a cereal box.  Other materials will always come and go but the cereal box is a staple when it comes to crafting with the beasts.

I haven't shared any of these for ages, but am so in love with the firstborns lobster I'm even considering getting it tattooed on me for all eternity.

So here is Atlantis through the medium of cereal boxes, tadaa!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

My sewing machine valentine

I just want to take a minute to say how awesome my sewing machine is. We've been together for 6 years, and she's never let me down.  We've had our moments, a few tears, some cross words but we always make up in the end.

A complete sticker bombing, curtains. appliqué patches, skirts, shirts, a Viking tabard and one abstract but very lovely moth sketch.  Too many layers of denim at once, a ridiculous amount of velvet and some godforsaken voile, we've been through and we're still together.

Dear sewing machine, thanks and I promise one day I will properly clean all the fluff off you xxx