As I found I didn’t have time to knit 3 dolls like Young Elsie I wanted to find something creative for my kids. I decided to try my hand at hats. My son loves the movie Despicable Me so I went onto Ravelry.com and found a pattern for the minions. It looked relatively easy which was good as I’d never knitted a hat before. As I’ve forgotten how to crochet and have never done it in the round before here is how I got round that bit.
After I knit the hat I had to come up with a cunning plan. (Yes, I watched Blackadder last night but my plan actually worked) I bought bits of felt for the goggle eyes. I didn’t have any patterns to cut out so I used household items to get the size right and cut it out of paper.
So once the felt is cut out you should have pieces to do this:
Using matching thread you want to sew the black to the white, white to the grey.
For the band, I tried crocheting and I am just so out of practice I decided to garter stitch until I got the length right. I used 5mm needles and cast on 5 stitches.
I did however manage to single crochet the mouth! Small victories. Sew it all onto the hat to complete.
My son got a kick out of this Christmas morning.
Happy New Years everyone! I hope that 2013 is a great year.
I posted about knitting Young Elsie at the end of August. My plan was to make 3 dolls for Christmas. It was down to the wire on one doll! I finished a couple of days before Christmas. Not that it was difficult but it was time consuming given all the details.
I loved all the components that went into this doll and I got to try out a lot of techniques to make the various toys and accessories. I needed a bit of stuffing, paper, straws, and cardboard to bring it all together.
This was for my niece and the poor thing was wary of it as she was very tired and the doll is 16″! In time I hope she warms up to it though my sister was thrilled. My kids are each picking a doll out for themselves so I’ll be working on that this year.
When Rich and I were in England earlier this year I was introduced to Jean Greenhowe’s patterns for knitted doll figures. They are really adorable so when I got back I looked for them here. I was able to order a few books online and they came this week.
I am making this one for my 3 year old niece:
Turns out this is a lot easier to knit than Aran jumpers! Given that it’s mostly st-st go figure. My kids love them too so hopefully I can get this one done quickly then make one each for my kids. There is a pirate I can do for my son and a cooking one I can do for my daughter.
I’ll post a picture of the finished project when completed.
Anyone living in New England knows that one of the most successful harvests are rocks. So what to do with them all? Well, I found an idea on Pinterest that would be fun to do with the kids. So I sent them out to the garden to harvest some good rocks for this little project:
We spent an hour or so painting our markers for our veg garden. After they dried I sprayed a clear coat of acrylic paint onto the rocks.
Now for the fun part….
We then painted designs with glow in the dark paint! The kids got such a kick out of this. It is very easy to do so we’ll definitely do more of this as we have time since we plant so many different kinds of veg.