Sea animals!

The whale is made from Spin A Yarn Crochet’s free pattern. You can find it here.  It was a fun, fast pattern. I like the look it has from crocheting a front and back and single-crocheting them together. The pattern doesn’t give you much guidance on the face placement but she had good photos. I just try the eyes in a few places and then secure them when I am satisfied.

The octopus was also from a free pattern. It is by Sarah Hearn and you can find it on ravelry.  This pattern also worked up fast. I liked how the tentacles were made. She made them off of a circle so it was easy to sew on to the body. Her pattern has a lot of pictures but at the very end the pattern is written out. That is easier for me. I don’t usually need pictures so I like having both options.  As you can see in the last picture, Jet was thinking the octopus was his new toy.

Flowers!

For Mother’s Day, I made a bouquet of flowers out of cotton yarn. The pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me. The pattern is here.  She had the flower stems in a mason jar. The mason jar was actually a zip lock heavy bag. Michaels carried them last year.  I picked some up intending to use them for this project but it didn’t look right. She had a white canvas background and a white frame. I couldn’t find anything like that so I used a wrapped canvas I already had on hand. I had got it on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics a long time ago.  I glued the flowers to the canvas. I think it turned out pretty nice! 🙂

Yarn Scraps

I hate throwing things away. I ended up with yarn that wasn’t long enough for any projects. I decided to crochet cat beds for my mom’s cats. I had chunky yarn in my scraps so I used a 9mm hook. I doubled up my worsted weight yarn to keep the same thickness.  As you can see in the pictures, Buddy approves of the first one. The other one I need to make a little bigger for Kita to have. As you can see below, my cats prefer to sleep on tissue paper.

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Bunny Lovey

The other week I was able to test this pattern for a bunny lovey. I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn for the bunny and some mill-end yarn I had on hand for the blanket. The pattern is free and by Victoria Stewart. Her business is called “Once Upon a Hook.”  I really like her designs and am excited to become a tester for her designs. I love crocheting and have a passion for well-written patterns. I have no desire to design so I like being able to contribute as a tester.  You can find her pattern here. You will not be disappointed with her patterns. They are well-written with really good pictures.  You can check out her other patterns on ravelry here.