Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cupid Cherub and his Heart Pouch

   

Cupid and Heart PouchOver Christmas, while I was relaxing with my husband’s family, I was suddenly struck with some inspiration. Good thing I always travel with a notebook, hook, and yarn – albeit, usually too much yarn! I jotted down a quick sketch and thought about portions. I wanted to design a Cupid doll, but not just the doll. I wanted him to feel more special, more for Valentine’s Day. He needed a heart. A heart-shape pouch for his home. The doll designing was a painless process, but not so for his heart-shaped pouch.

The main issue was the size and fabric thickness of the heart. I normally try to make my patterns quick enough to make in an afternoon for an experienced crocheter. Also, Cupid was making the heart a bit lumpy. I needed to create a thicker fabric. To make crocheting the heart quicker and thicker, I decided to use two strands of yarn held together while crocheting.

I’m very pleased with the result. A couple of the finished dolls and hearts along with the pattern in currently available on Etsy, and the pattern is also available in Canadian dollars on Ravelry. The pattern is 6 pages long (my longest pattern to date) and includes a short tutorial on joining parts together without sewing.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Mermaid Quartet

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This week I finished working on a special Etsy order that is currently en route to West Coast of Canada: four mermaids! Three mermaids are for triplet sisters and the fourth is for a best friend.

Other than the hair lengths and colours I was free to pick the colors. Normally I have the most trouble choosing colours for the red heads….well, the mermaids with red or orange hair. Maybe I pay more attention to those shades, since with the exception of a few white hairs, I am also a red head.  There is just so much variety in the ginger spectrum, from strawberry blond to orange to auburn (me).

I began this quartet with the strawberry blond, orange yarn haired mermaid. I love this shade of orange yarn  (pumpkin from Red Heart) with the purple lavender yarn. Next I moved to the blond mermaid. The request was for short hair - a first for the loopy hair. Third was the red yarn hair mermaid and finally the brunette.

I have never studied the colour wheel, but most of the colors feel somewhat cool in their undertones. I really wanted the group of mermaids to feel cohesive yet each one needed to be unique and beautiful on her own.

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