ScrapHappy #August (and a crochet happy dance)

I’m linking up with Kate and Gun, our two hostesses for the monthly ScrapHappy post.  Idea being to post on 15th of each month, showing a project made since last time, out of scraps.

My scrap project for this month is rather small.  In fact, it’s sort of doll-sized.

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A teeny tiny apron (or pinafore, if you prefer).  Two rectangles of fabric, a bit of leftover lace, 2 odd buttons, and (not strictly scrap) a length of bright pink ribbon.

Who’s it for?  Well, I made the most of ScrapHappy to have a full-flung happy dance with a crochet project.  Do you remember the Crafter Granny I began, way back in April?  Apron is for her.  Except I didn’t bother making pockets like the other examples I’ve seen.  My granny can’t look after my scissors or tape-measure for me, but she can look after pins, bobbins, needle threader and crochet stitch markers.

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She also has a little headband, made of the floral fabric, with a white lace heart attached.

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This crochet pattern can be found free (in several languages) thanks to Zhaya Designs.

So a small scrap project, and a finished Granny!  I’m now linking up to other ScrapHappy people: 

Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne,Jon,Hayley and Dawn

And hope to be back on 15th September with something else to share with you.

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getting better, and . . . how’s Crafter Granny coming along?

I wanted to say two big thank yous, to two French crafting friends who sent me some post to wish me a speedy toe recovery.

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Thank you, to Monique for this lovely card and bookmark . . .

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and thank you to Stéphanie who sent a lovely cross stitched card, with a haul of bookmarks.  Neither lady has a blog, but they follow me over on my French blog, and often surprise me with some thoughtful snail mail.

I’ve been making some more crochet progress. Crochet being an easy craft to do, while lounging with both feet up on the sofa.  However it did also require some sitting in the kitchen earlier on, to prepare a small freezer bag with weighting materials, and cut out a cardboard base, to slip inside the bottom. 

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My “Crafter Granny” can now stand up, as long as Ducky doesn’t mistake her for a skittle, and try knocking her over!  He’s more interested in the long tail of yarn, waiting for the hair to be attached. 

Anyway, here she is, not looking like much at the moment, since she also needs arms an a pretty apron, but I’m very pleased with her so far.  This pattern, in case you fancy making your own Crafter Granny is a free pattern, generously created and made available on-line in pdf, by Zhaya Designs

Just so you know what she’ll look like . . . here is the photo I posted last time.

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I am actually toying with the idea of making 2 little aprons.  One in crochet, and one in a pretty cotton floral fabric.  I think it might be fun to combine crochet and sewing in the one project.  What do you think?

best layer of the month # April

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81 fresh eggs this month in the coop!  Oh yes, indeed!  With Miss Plumpton being the best layer yet again.  She laid a total of 25 eggs, followed by Mauricette and Miss Moneypenny in joint second place with 21 each, and Miranda laying only 14.

Egg count is likely to go down in May . . . weather has been unseasonably warm and Miss Moneypenny is broody.

And in case you’re wondering if they’ve started laying funny eggs this month . . . no, that was just me, messing around with my crochet hook lol.

resting feet not hands

As you all know, I’ve been having to keep my feet up since foot op.  The first few days of complete bed-rest actually whizzed by.  I was rather zonked out with painkillers and content to just vegetate and snooze while watching DVDs in bed.  However, the surgeon had said I could get up after 3 days and put weight on my foot as long as I wore the following.  So get up after 3 days I did!

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A very elegant (not) pair of clumpy shoes with velcro straps for fastening.  They do the job of keeping foot supported, not allowing the foot to bend or flex, but enabling me to walk around without crutches.  My foot still looks huge, partly because it’s still swollen but mainly because of the bandages. Oh, and I even have to wear the right shoe in the shower (protected by a plastic bag of course).

Elegant or not, I’m going to have to get used to them as surgeon has said I’ll need to wear them for approximately 6 weeks.  To be honest, I’m not really that fussed.  I never wear anything elegant or fashionable anyway . . . so I’m just pleased to be able to get around (crutches being rather difficult to coordinate when trying to go up and down stairs).

Anyway . . . before my op, I had gathered together several crafty WIPs all within easy reach, and in preparation for the enforced bed-rest.  As it turned out, the only crafting I felt like doing was crochet. 

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This fun 3-eyed monster is something I had actually begun in March, but it was awaiting arms, legs and assembling.  So, while looking at my own swollen toes, I crocheted 4 sets of 3 blue toes for this monster and sewed all parts together.  This is a design by Moji Moji Designs, and published in

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I had also printed out a free chart from the internet, and prepared a shoe box with the necessary yarns to start a new crochet project.  New project being

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A “Crafter Granny” and the design generously offered by Zhaya Designs.  If you click on the link you can download the instructions, available in several different languages.  As you can see, my Granny has a head already, and I’ve begun work on her hair. 

whhoo whhoooo!–or happy unbirthdays in April

Another month, another excuse to celebrate some happy un-birthdays  . . . for April, I decided to send out something “fun” and “silly”

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Yup, two of my little amigurumi owls have flown off to new homes where, I hope, they will bring a smile to someone’s face, despite their obvious imperfections.  These little fellows crocheted following a free pattern by Moji-Moji Designs.

The green one, flew to Corinne of Passion Broderie, who loves owls and has quite a collection, I believe.  She is also a cross stitcher, so I added two skeins of DMC thread.

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And the pink owl flew to Sandrine, also a cross stitcher, so also posted with 2 skeins of pretty  DMC thread.

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I kept the nest, as my remaining two owls do like somewhere to snuggle up together, when they’re not out hunting mice at night. 

a treasure trove of patterns

I expect most amigurumi-crocheters already know of the site Amigurumi Today but am linking to it because: credit where credit is due and all that!   

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I had lots of fun crocheting this little fellow.  Didn’t sew his eyes on terribly well, and they’re no longer perfectly round, but hey ho . . . it gives him character, don’t you think?

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There were a few learning curves with this project: namely the way the legs were worked as part of the body, rather than being made as separate parts. 

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I made this using Stylecraft Special DK in “turquoise”, on a 2.5mm hook as I wanted to keep bunny as small as possible.   He was finished a little late to be a genuine Easter Bunny . . . but better late than never. 

a Parliament of owls

Very recently, on a French forum, several ladies were showing an interest in my little crochet projects and wanted to know if I would organise a CAL.  Now, these ladies can all crochet, but have been making things like blankets, shawls, etc, and never taken the plunge to follow an amigurumi pattern. 

My followers know that I only started crocheting in February of last year, and am self-taught:  watching videos on youtube and closely following instructions in books.  Being a left-hander, I learned the left-handed way, using UK and US terminology.  Basically learning by trial and error. 

Anyway . . . I said I was up for the challenge of leading a CAL, and we decided to use the lovely free pattern by Moji-Moji Designs “Nesting Rainbow Owls” because this one had a French translation and I didn’t feel I had the strength to translate a pattern.  Yes, I’m completely fluent in French, but crochet terms and abbreviations are a different matter. 

I can’t show you photos of what the forum ladies made, since they haven’t finished yet, and besides, they won’t be my creations to show off.  I can show you my Parliament of owls though. 

None of them are perfect, and I’m still on a learning curve with colour changing (for the eyes) but there was definite improvement as I progressed.

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Here is the first little owl to fly off my hook.  Followed by

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A pretty pink one, in Pomegranite and Shrimp – eyes could have been better, but I still think she scores quite high in the cute department.

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On a roll, a third came to join the party (in Sage  and Duck Egg) . . . and I just couldn’t seem to stop.

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This last one, in Mushroom and Soft Peach is my favourite.  Not only have I got the hang of colour changing for the eyes, but I also love the softer colours.

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I didn’t sew the wings on as the pattern suggested, just stitched along the back on mine, so the wings are open.  But that’s the lovely things with crafting – we are free to make a few changes along the way if we choose.

So, there you have it . . . my little Parliament of owls in their nest.  I can almost crochet these with my eyes closed now which means . . . it’s time to move on to a different project. 

A huge thank you to Janine, aka Moji-Moji Designs for her incredible talent and gorgeous patterns.  You’ll find the pattern for these owls, and the nest for free on her blog.