From the authors workbench
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.
Little loomed elephant bookmark
I’m trying to make up fun stocking stuffers, including for my Samaritan’s Purse Operation Shoebox’s. So I made an elephant bookmark on a loom.
With a 12 peg loom e-wrap 1 peg. Knit flat 20 rows. E-wrap all the pegs. Knit in the round for 3 rounds. Purl 1 round. Knit 3 rounds. Pick off all stitches with tail running through them, pull closed. With beginning tail, pull first row closed. Secure face circle and trunk.
For ears e-wrap all pegs, knit 1 round, purl 1 round, knit a round, pick off all stitches with tail running through them, pull closed. Sew 1st round closed. Make 2 ears, sew to upper sides of head. Sew button eyes or make buttons to suit yourself.
A Holiday train on the loom
I’ve been working on holiday projects, as I’m sure most of you are. I thought I’d produce something a little different for the season. Well, actually I decided on something that’s popular, on a loom. So I made a train set.
Here’s what I made so far.
The locomotive is made on a twelve peg loom. I used a small gauge 12 peg loom but the flower loom can work as well – the locomotive will be larger on the flower loom.
Beside your loom, you’ll need a loom hook, a large eyed needle, a piece of flat foam, and stuffing.
E-wrap all the pegs and flat knit in the round for 4 rounds. Purl 1 round. This makes the back of the locomotive body.
Flat knit for 15 rounds. Purl 1 round.
Flat knit for 5 rounds. With a large eyed needle pick the stitches off and pull closed. Use the tail to sew around round 25 to create the nose of the locomotive. Or is it the lamp?
For the top – e-wrap all the pegs and flat knit 4 rounds, purl 1 round and flat knit 1 round. Use the large eyed needle to pick off an close the last round. This makes a flat top. Use the beginning tail and large eyed needle to pull the 1st round closed and seam to the top of the locomotive body on round 16.
For the grail e-wrap 6 pegs, flat knit 4 rows, knit off all stitches. Seam to front of locomotive body. It will hang over the front of the train bed.
For the smokestack behind – cast on all pegs, knit 4 rounds, purl 1 round, knit 15 rounds, knit off all stitches. Insert stuffing.
Use a contrasting color for top. Cast on all pegs, knit 5 rounds. Pick off the stitches of round 5 and pull closed. Sew the top to the body of the smoke stack. Be sure to leave an overhang around the top.
Make the bed – e-wrap all pegs and knit for 25 rounds. Knit off all stitches. Stuff with foam, sew edges closed.
Make 4 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. Sew wheels to bed. Sew locomotive on front end of bed, sew the smokestack behind. Weave in all loose threads.
Notice the loose thread on the grail? I didn't before the picture! Oh, well, I have it weaved in now.
In my “A Looming Lady” series, Kate is a designer of loomed things. She does much of her looming based on need. To supply her house and give gifts she must make them. She is a fictional character. However, I suspect some of her basic instincts are built from my own knowledge, skills, and abilities. I like looming because I can create fun and useful things. These little loomed bears are more fun than useful, of course.
I get a lot of looming ideas from needle knit and crochet projects. I can do both, and enjoy them. But it’s fun to try doing them in a different method. So I made the pink crochet bear, then the blue loomed bear. The patterns will be posted on my http://myyarncraftsplus.weebly.com/charity-patterns.html page because I hope to make a batch for charity – to put into shoeboxes. Do you know of any good charities for these little bears?
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.