From the authors workbench
My newest book continues the saga of Kate, who is not homeless anymore. She has rescued 3 cats and 2 dogs. Since the holiday season (Christmas) is coming up she wants to make some gifts for them, for their buddies, and for the local animal shelter.
She accepts a job assignment to generate some income. Then she has a bad fall and ends up in the hospital. Worse, her little dog Coco gets lost.
Will Kate and her pets be together for the holidays? Will she get to give her gifts away? Find out, and enjoy 10 simple patterns for small animals.
The formerly homeless looming lady is returning with some cat and dog projects. The Looming Pet Lady has a small disaster and ends up with a broken leg. But it's the holidays and Kate has a seasonal job. She also has 3 cats and two small dogs. It's time to break out the loom and make some gifts for pets and their people!
In this book will be patterns for collars, leashes, frisbies, balls, footballs, treat bags, bowl mats, cat necklaces, cat pillows, and more.
Watch for it this week, probably this coming weekend. It'll be on Amazon as an e-book and paperback.
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…
Megan Mcdonald is asked by her nephew Ian for a crochet chess set. They want to play chess in her garden with it when he visits. After Ian is run down by a gang of boys Megan works on the crochet project as a sign of confidence in his recovery. She is already dealing with an early retirement. After 34 years at the same company she is ready to retire. But she is also afraid.
Now she must be there for Ian and her sister, Anne. Meanwhile, a jewel thief is trying to fence his goods and the gang that left Ian in a ditch bleeding wants to finish the job. Can Ian and Ann survive the efforts of the gangsters to kill them? Can Megan complete her crochet chess set? Why would her first few pieces be stolen from her car? She might make a cuter set yet, to fit the setting of her garden.
You, too can make two sets of chess with crochet. The patterns are in my new book. Enjoy the mystery and then make your game!
This book is the first of a series. I hope you enjoy it.
I've been playing around with my cat pattern. It works well, but I decided to try something different. So I made a stand up version. He turned out cute, didn't he? These little buddies hope to make some child smile. I'll post my second pattern on the yarn cats page. Make a few for someone (old or young) who loves cats!
It’s the Christmas season. Make a wreath for advent! Add some candles that you don’t have to light! Since they’ll be made on a loom with yarn, definitely don’t light them! Plus, they save from year to year. Here’s how to make it.
For the candles, you need a 12 peg loom, loom hook, and yarn needle. Also, you need 5 small balls of yarn. I used white, purple, and pink yarn for the candles, green for the wreath, and orange for the flames.
Double e-wrap all the pegs on the loom and knit row 1. Use the flat stitch to knit one more round. Purl one round, this makes the flat bottom.
Knit flat stitch around for 10 rounds. Purl one round. Flat stitch around for 5 more mounds. Cut a long tail, pull the tail through each stitch and pick all the stitches off, drawing the tip closed. With the yarn needle and tail, weave through the tip and sew the tip mostly closed. Leave a large enough hole for the flame.
Stuff the candle. With the beginning tail, pull the bottom closed and sew it closed. Weave in all threads.
With orange, make a slip stitch on one peg of the loom. E-wrap and knit off twice. You have 2 chains on the peg. Cut a tail, pull the tail through the peg on the loom and lift off the peg. Pull the tail tight. With the yarn needle and the tail, sew the flame onto the tip of the candle. Trim the “wick.” Weave in all threads.
For the wreath, I used a 31 peg loom, loom hook and loom needle. I also used small amounts of 3 colors of yarn.
E-wrap all the pegs of the 31 peg loom with dark green, or your color choice. Knit in flat stitch for 4 rounds, purl a round, knit in flat stitch 4 rounds. Bring the stitches from the first round up onto the pegs and knit all the stitches off. Use the tails to tie a bow.
E-wrap all the pegs of the loom with color one, flat stitch knit around 2 rounds. Change colors by attaching a slip knot and continue knitting for 5 rounds. Cut a long tail, pull it through the stitches and pick off all the stitches, drawing the circle closed. Sew the hole closed and trim your threads.
Lay the first piece around the outside of the circle and sew around, sewing the circles together. Cut all threads.
If you have never held family advent services, try it. This is a holy time, a joyous time, a time to celebrate. God loves you so much he sent his son to earth to live and die for you and me. Praise him for that. Amen.
locomotive and car
Two weeks ago I showed how to make the locomotive on the loom. But you may also want something to display candy, decorations, or gifts.
Next, you need a candy or toy car for the locomotive to pull. Make 2 or more. Use a 24 peg loom for this. E-wrap all the pegs.
Alternate flat stitch rounds with knit rounds for 12 rounds. With tail and yarn needle pick off all stitches and pull closed. Draw the bottom closed in a flat line and seam. See diagram below. Fold down top two rounds.
Make the bed – e-wrap all pegs and knit for 25 rounds. Knit off all stitches. Stuff with foam, sew edges closed. Be sure not to pull it tight, like a circle. Sew it lengthwise.
Make 2 wheels – with black, e-wrap all pegs and knit 1 round, purl 1 round, knit 1 round. Use large eyed needle to pick off all the stitches and pull closed. Sew 1st round closed. Sew wheels to bed.
Hmm. Wonder if there are more parts we can add? We'll have to test and see.
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.