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?
Bilbies at Merri Creek Spiral
Bilbies with Suncatcher black eyes
Bilbies with Suncatcher brown eyes
Bilbies with Suncatcher translucent brown eyes.
Spiral plaque at Merri Creek.
I have had the pleasure of testing out some of these wonderful Suncatcher Craft Eyes products. I have made my Bilbies using my favorite all-rounder, black craft eyes but was a bit more adventurous this time and used brown eyes and translucent brown eyes. The adult Bilbies have the size 12mm and their young ones have size 9mm . The Bilbies were photographed across from my house on the banks of Merri Creek.
The free pattern is available through my ravelry shop or right here. I am sorry Michelle but my honest opinion is “they are all equally my first choice” but I really enjoy the variety. I am going to be a bit more adventurous in the future so keep your eyes on my eyes and noses. What is your opinion? Do you have a favorite I can report on back to Michelle?
An article about amigurumi eyes and eyelids from Squirrel Picnic inspired me to rethink Tatty the Brindle kelpies eyes. I obtained her very unique eyes from Suncatcher Craft eyes and I was happy with them but something was missing even with the black eyeliner I had added with indelible ink. Take a look at this photo of Tatty to see what I mean.
Tatty has a very deep,wise expression in her eyes and I was having trouble capturing it. After I read the article on embroidered eyes I decided to have a go at combining the two and this is what I came up with.
Combination of embroidery and Suncatcher Craft eyes. Tatty’s owner was very pleased. A big THANK YOU to all who share their tips,tricks and techniques so generously online. It is quite inspirational. For more inspiration click on the The Snail of Happiness to read about the perfect Dragon eyes on a rather perfect Dragon.
Photo courtesy of Hands on Bowie. Mr Bowie poses with his fan art sent to him by me. My work is made more beautiful by the lovely Michelle of Suncatcher Craft Eyes work of fine and affordable eyes and noses. I have always had Michelle’s button on the side of my blog because I support her business but today I become an affiliate which means we are now officially working together. Her blog has free patterns too and lots of information regarding craft accessories. I wish you and your family well Michelle!
Mr Bowie seems quite pleased with his fan art. I hope to make more anipals, amigurumis and work on other yarn related ventures this year. I enjoyed making my Mr Bowie very much and I hope you enjoyed the lovely photos his owner Herman took.
Mr Bowie says “meow” and come and visit him over here.