From the authors workbench
For my future loom knitting books I have created a simple template for writing patterns. It’s free on my website as a pdf download.
I thought I’d show an example of pattern writing by writing up some simple hearts I’ve been making for the Peyton Project. Bullying has been a big issue over the last few years. I like the idea of making a simple heart, adding a message, and leaving it for a stranger to find. I enjoy wondering who find’s the heart’s that I leave. Here’s a pattern for my hearts. Check out the Peyton Project, make a few hearts, and enjoy my template!
The download for the template is on my Tips page: http://myyarncraftsplus.weebly.com/tips-and-suggestions-for-crafting.html .
Size: One size fits all. About 2 ½ inches across and 2 inches tall.
Tools: 12 peg loom, hook, yarn needle.
Gauge: Doesn’t matter on this project. Keep your stitches smooth and even by smoothing them as you make them.
Supplies: 2 strands of sports yarn. Color: your choice.
Abbreviations and explanations:
WY Working yarn
K: Knit P Purl FS Flat Stitch
Pattern: Cast on with a long tail. Double e-wrap all the pegs, knit off bottom loops. Turn. Flat stitch across. Turn. Flat stitch across. Do not turn. Flat knit around. Cut a long tail. Pull the tail through each stitch and pick off the stitches. Pull the circle closed. With the ending tail over seam the center hole closed. With the yarn needle, weave each of the tails to the top of the heart. Use the yarn needle to pull one tail through the center hole so it tightens the top closed – revealing more of the heart shape. Then tie the top of the tails into a figure 8 so you can attach your message.
The Ship in A Cloud is free for this weekend (04/14/17 - 04/16/17). There are many homeless animals on the planet Earth that need love and care. The little planet of Mxbury lost a whole bunch of animals in an earthquake. Farmer Clare, from Mxbury, travels to Earth to get some animals and bring them home. Read the story.
In my first post I forgot to include the link. Here it is. On Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Ship-Cloud-Pamela-Murrey-ebook/dp/B00CVITB6S/ref=la_B004WGWXMG_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492181615&sr=1-11
What can you do for all those unloved animals on this planet? Make a few toys? Donate a bag of kitten chow to the local animal shelter? Volunteer? It doesn't have to be overwhelming or depressing. Do what you can and be proud of it.
Annie is loved...
I made a crochet galaxy last week. Guess I was thinking of Clare traveling from Mxbury. But he wouldn’t find the planets so close together! I used the first foam circle I could think of and it turned out to be too small. So I looked around and found a piece of cardboard instead. Much better. Now there’s room for my rainbow, cloud, moons, and black hole! I’ll add them next.
I’m not an adventurous person by nature. But I think it would be fun to float around in space, looking at stars, planets, moons, and all the beauties of space. While I was writing “The Ship in A Cloud” I had fun imagining being alone on a spaceship hurtling through space.
I just finished a small rewrite of “The Ship in A Cloud”. I added a map of Mxbury and a glossary of the people and places of the story. It still tells the story of Clare, a farmer from the world of Mxbury, looking for animals to replenish his planet. Then I crocheted our galaxy.
Maybe the best part of this project? After I have fun with it I will disconnect it, toss the pieces in a baggie with catnip and come out a winner for my felines! They are stuffed with catnip! Clare would approve…
I am an office worker by day but a writer and crafter in my free time. My books can be found on Amazon in print or on Kindle.