Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#MandalasForWink

Yesterday, the crochet world was hit with the extremely sad news of Wink (a creative being) passing. Now, I read about this early in the morning and it absolutely broke me.  I didn't know Wink personally but I've followed her for a few years.  In the crochet community it's very easy to feel like you know someone based on interacting via social media.

As many of you know, I am bipolar and part of the illness is depression.  I fall into dark holes that are so deep, I can't see the light sometimes.  So this really hit home.  I wish I could've done something to help Wink. I wish that I could have held her hand to help her get to the light at the end of her dark tunnel.

Many in our crochet community are creating mandalas and using #mandalasforwink in her honor.

Last night I took a break from my project and used one of Wink's patterns and crocheted a mandala.  I gave my mandala to my mum this morning as my promise to her that I won't let the darkness take me.

It's hard sometimes to continue when you're a prisoner of your own brain, but I owe my life to my faith.  I'm not a traditional Christian by any means. I don't believe in organized religion but I have an unbreakable bond with God. Trust me, if I didn't have that, I wouldn't be here.

Please take a moment to cherish those you love because we never know what will happen.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mini Turtle has arrived!

Hi there!  As promised, I'm giving you the mini turtle pattern here.  I hope you enjoy.

photo courtesy Stephanie Mascarenas

Mini Turtle

Really, I'm not going to get all crazy on the gauge... this is a small turtle. I used an F hook. What you want to do is make sure you have tight stitches so the stuffing doesn't show through. Use whatever hook will do that for you. I crochet really tight so an F is just right.

-You will be working in continuous rounds (mark the first stitch of each round with a stitch marker)
-Stitch count for each round will be in brackets[]
-Size 8 or 10mm safety eyes work best, but you can use whatever you think looks best!

Definitions:
MR- Magic Ring
sl st- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
BLO- Back Loop Only
Dec- Decrease by either using invisible decrease or by using SC2TOG (SC 2 Together)


Turtle head:

Round 1: MR with 6 SC

Round 2: 2SC in each stitch [12 SC]

Round 3: * 2SC in next, 1SC* (repeat from * to * around) [18 SC]

Round 4-7: 1 SC in each stitch [18 SC]

-either place safety eyes or embroider eyes here before starting decrease. I like to place my eyes between rounds 2 and 3 or 3 and 4, depending on your preference you may place wherever you like. Also you can stuff your head after the eyes are placed.

Round 8: * Dec, 1SC* (repeat from * to * around) [12 SC]

Round 9-11: 1 SC in each stitch [12 SC]

Fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Shell:

Round 1: MR with 6 SC

Round 2: 2SC in each stitch [12 SC]

Round 3: * 2SC in next, 1SC* (repeat from * to * around) [18 SC]

Round 4: * 2SC in next, 1 SC in next 2 stitches* (repeat from * to * around) [24 SC]

Round 5: * 2SC in next, 1 SC in next 3 stitches* (repeat from * to * around) [30 SC]

Round 6: * 2SC in next, 1 SC in next 4 stitches* (repeat from * to *around) [36 SC]

Round 7-11: 1 SC in each [36 SC]

Round 12: This round will be worked in BLO * Dec, 1 SC next 4 stitches * (repeat from * to * around) [30 SC]

Round 13: * Dec, 1 SC in next 3 stitches * (repeat from * to * around) [24 SC]

-Begin stuffing here.

Round 14: * Dec, 1 SC in next 2 stitches * ( repeat from * to * around) [18 SC]

Round 15: * Dec, 1 SC in next stitch * (repeat from * to * around) [12 SC]

Round 16: Dec around [6 sc]

Leave a long tail and weave in each stitch to close up hole. Weave in end.

Feet (make 4):

Round 1: MR 5 SC

Round 2: 2SC in each stitch [10 SC]

Round 3-4: 1 SC in each stitch [10 SC]

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Tail:

Round 1: MR 4 SC

Round 2: * 2SC in next, 1 SC in next * (repeat from * to * around) [6 SC]

Round 3: 1 SC in each stitch around [6 SC]

Dots (make 5 or 6):

Round 1: MR 6 SC, sl st to first SC and fasten off.

Putting your mini turtle together:

Sew head to shell.

I like to use pins to place my feet but really, it is your preference. You can also stuff your feet before you start sewing with a little polyfill or right before you finish sewing to bottom of shell.

Sew the tail to the opposite end of shell from head.


Last, but not least sew dots to your turtle. I just placed mine randomly. You can place as many or as little as you'd like. Make it your own! Make sure to secure the dots and weave in ends.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Crafty Blog?

Yes!  I am now going to be using this as a crafty blog... there is not much here, but I will remedy that soon.  I will be posting recipes, free patterns, pretty much all things crafty that I am working on.


I look forward to reading future comments!

Thanks all,
Jessie