Presenting the Sammy Tote! A crocheted tote inspired by Sammy and Furoshiki, the Japanese art of folding material. This is different to most totes and not just because it looks like its namesake. This design ensures the tote has a firm bottom which is unusual in the average tote bag. It can be easily changed to look like any critter and is great as a plain tote too. The actual pattern won’t be available until December but I couldn’t resist this sneak preview of the prototype. Thanks for the inspiration Sammy, they will make great Christmas gifts and hopefully sell well at the Christmas Markets too. I want a Koala one next.
I am feeling very grateful today. After a barrage of unpleasant tests, I have been found to have had no more than pulled muscles in my upper body. The treatment is rest and to lay off the heavy lifting or intense exercise and it will resolve itself. I plan to stick to walking and bike riding for exercise and leave the other type for the more athletic. The relief that it was nothing sinister makes me want to do cartwheels. Except, of course, cartwheels are definitely out. My son has just mastered the “aerial cartwheel” which is a cartwheel without using hands. I am proud of him.
This post is not just about cartwheels. Following on from my Dearie Ewe, Lamb story I am happy to offer this FREE amigurumi lamb pattern. It is a great pattern because the math translates into ANY size yarn so you can make a teeny, tiny or super, huge lamb for yourself, young people in your life or as a critter toy.
Use a size smaller hook than normally recommended for your yarn and the pattern will translate perfectly. I can say that with confidence because I tried out many types of yarn with excellent results.
Many of the amigurumi I make are gifts and I am very particular about the eyes and noses I use. If using safety eyes and noses, I only use Suncatcher Craft eyes. This isn’t just because all the eyes are fabulous and cost effective it is also about safety. Suncatcher Craft eyes are made locally ( by Michelle) and are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.
I am grateful to report I am still here, still writing and still making things.
Tell me, what are you grateful for today?
Happy Wednesday! It’s time to share what we are reading and making with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.
I have been rereading David’s Bridge this week by Pamela June Kimmel.(I love this book)and I finished attaching the crochet collar to my cardigan. I have a few books on my kindle now and find it a convenient way to transport books particularly when I am on public transport. Have you embraced virtual books or do you prefer hard copy?
I have written and made up stories and read stories since I can remember. I have never read one out loud before so when Bacon suggested we do just that. I thought “what a fun idea” and “why not?” Well,this marks my foray into video taking. It was so much fun and I have a lot to learn but thank you Bacon for giving me the gentle push to get it happening. Without further ado, I give you “Dearie Ewe of Tall Trees farm” I will also link the other stories as they come in. Make yourself a drink, take a break for approximately 3 minutes and get ready for a smile of a time. 😀
Item one. My “Golden Lambkin” another amigurumi lamb which will be part of my story on the 15th June poses beside a ball of yarn destined to become “Lawrence the Ram” (who will also be in the story) and the lamb pattern will follow.
Item two. A close up of a new stitch I learned from Karin from amilovesgurumi who used this stitch to make these dog beds for the amigurumi dogs. Click on the link to be transported to “The crazy universe behind the horizon”
Item 3. My dogs Jack and Tricky went to a party and went totally wild! Read about it here. Thanks Easy and Easy’s staff and thanks too for fozziemum and Dad for manning the bar and serving up “the rough end of the pineapple!” How come my critters get to go to more exciting parties than I do?
If there is weekend left where ever you are enjoy! and if not there is another coming soon.
Joining Ginny for yarn along this week I would like to introduce to you a mature Ewe called Dearie. Dearie Ewe is a character from a story I wrote for my son and the lamb beside her is not her lamb but one she is watching for another sheep. I plan to tell the whole story on the 15th June and I would love for you to stop by and check it out. There will be other stories from other people on that day too and you might even like to share one yourself. More information about the storytelling day here. This week I am still reading the Manuel Rivas book and enjoying it. Manuel Rivas writing style reminds me of John Steinbeck. I think it is how his characters are so much larger than life ,how they manage to shine through gloom and how they stay with you after the book is put away. Now it is back to my own story and I am looking forward to hearing the others.