Kitty Kitty Pumpkin Eater

Happy Hallowe’en!

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As a special Hallowe’en treat for all the kitties out there–black witches’ cats included!–I want to share a new pattern for a cute miniature pumpkin, the Kitty Kitty Pumpkin Eater.  You can stuff this toy with plain fiberfill, add a bit of dry catnip to the filling, or insert a cat toy plastic ball with bell inside.  Of course, these mini pumpkins would be cute little toy food items for children…or you could string some on rustic twine to make a garland that would be perfect for fall or Thanksgiving decorations.

I used Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook–as you are stuffing them, you want to use a hook that will give you a tight fabric so little sharp claws don’t pull stuffing out!

Please respect my copyright, and do not share the pattern online–just share a link to my Ravelry store, blog, or Facebook page.  If you like my design, I’d love it if you shared your appreciation by adding it to your Favourites on Ravelry–just click the heart! And, as always, if you need help or find any errors, please contact me.  It is usually quickest to write a personal message to me on my Ravelry page.

Keep your kitties safe inside tonight, and have a Happy Hallowe’en!

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Witch, Bowler, and Fedora Fascinators Pattern

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The free pdf pattern for these 3 designs is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Make them in different colours for different purposes and seasons! The witch hat would be perfect as a princess’s or wizard’s hat; the bowler and fedora would be cute summer accessories in pastels or bright colours. They can be easily made larger by using a chunky weight yarn with a larger hook, which would give added textural interest, too.  They are nice little doll and teddy bear accessories for children’s play time.

If you need any help with the pattern or find any errors, please contact me.  It is often quickest to contact me with a message on my West Coast: Super, Natural Facebook Page.  If you ‘Like’ my page and keep it in your news feed by commenting occasionally or just clicking ‘like’ on a post you will see new patterns as they become available, as well as giveaways and more!  Thanks for trying my designs, I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Witch Hat Fascinator

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It isn’t too late to crochet up a bunch of these cute miniature witches hats!  They only take a small amount of yarn and a few minutes of your time.  Tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll add 2 more fascinators–a bowler hat and a fedora/cowboy hat–and offer the 3 patterns in a Pdf Ravelry download.

The little fascinators are so quick to make up that they are perfect to use for ladies fascinators, doll hats, or fall décor. Make them in different colours for different purposes and seasons! The witch hat would be perfect as a princess’s or wizard’s hat; the bowler and fedora would be cute summer accessories in pastels or bright colours.  Make a bunch up for a party, leave heaps of different trims nearby, and let adults or children décorate their own hat!  They would even be cute place cards at a table–just add a little name tag; let the guests take the hat home as a memento.  They are perfect accessories for pumpkins, too!

Please remember that patterns are copyright, even the free ones.  Don’t copy and paste to your own webpage, or any other online source: instead, please share a link to my pattern post on Pinterest, G+, Rebelmouse, Twitter, Facebook, etc.  Sharing photos of your items, made from this pattern or anything else you’re making, and posting comments on Facebook is welcome.  I’d love to see your crocheted and knitted work!

As always, if you find any errors or have any questions, please contact me.  It is usually quickest to send a personal message on Facebook.

This pattern is now available as a free download in my

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If you enjoy the pattern, please show your appreciation by putting it in your favourites, and if you make any hats I hope you’ll link it to my design :) Thanks.

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Geillis Cloth

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Soon I will be releasing a new design: the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  If you are a fan of the new television series, Outlander, you will know that Geillis is a healing woman well versed in knowledge of plants used for medicinal purposes.  In fact, we first see her out in the woods where Claire is gathering mushrooms.  In this scene she is wearing an interesting wrap–part shawl, part vest.  I am designing a Wrap inspired by the one Geillis is wearing.  I am not trying to make it look just like Geillis’s–mine will, however, share a similar style.  The final pattern will have instructions to make the Wrap, a shawl, a scarf, a cowl, and more.  I think matching fingerless mitts would be nice, too!

The Geillis Cloth pattern is a way to learn some of the lace stitches used in the Geillis Gathering Wrap.  You learn the stitches, and end up with a small (about 6 inch by 6 inch) cloth that is perfect to use under your coffee mug, or it would be a nice gift with a couple of small sample size handmade soaps!

I hope that if you enjoy this pattern, you will show your support by putting it in your Ravelry Favourites, and if you make one please link to my design on Ravelry too.  You’re also welcome to share photos and comments on my Facebook page.  If you find any errors or have any questions or need any help with the pattern, please contact me–on Facebook is usually the quickest way to get in touch.

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August Flowers ~ Dahlia

I have had a busy summer of knitting, crochet, dyeing and other fibre-fun, but have not been posting very often on my blog! I have been busier on Facebook, and if you would like to see more of my summer fun, that is a good place to check out some of the posts.  I have been trying eco-dyeing–love it!!! Mahonia/Oregon grape berries, wildflowers, salal…even pennies and beans! some create really interesting fabrics and wool, others do not.  It is an inexpensive way to explore new colours and to enjoy the forests and meadows.

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Tonight I finished a new design to share with you: the first in a series I am calling “August Flowers”: the Dahlia D’Oyley and Cloth.  It is free from my Ravelry store.  I do hope that to show your support for all the hours I spend researching antique patterns, redesigning and rewriting them, working them into new items, etc., you will add my designs to your ‘favourites’ on Ravelry, or comment on a Facebook post or photo–better yet, share some of your own work on my Facebook page :) I love to see what others are making!

 

 

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Asphodel Meadows

Asphodel Meadows Collage

Asphodel Meadows crochet design is offered free to thank all my Facebook fans and followers, to celebrate reaching the Milestone of 1000 “Likes” on my page, West Coast: Super, Natural.  If you look at the top post on my page you will find a link to a HUGE Giveaway that I am participating in; there are over two dozen vendors offering prizes to celebrate “Milestones Madness and More”…just click on the link and you’ll be whisked over to the page where you can enter!  You can also click right here:  Milestones Madness and More Giveaway

Asphodel Meadows was Inspired by:

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Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day

By the streams that ever flow,

By the fragrant winds that blow

O’er th’ Elysian flow’rs,

By those happy souls who dwell

In yellow meads of Asphodel,

Or Amaranthine bow’rs…

                             ~ Alexander Pope

This pattern is for a quick little flower motif that was originally used for a lamp cover in an 1861 French magazine, La Mode Illustrée. I think it would be lovely as a floral shawl or scarf—or, in worsted weight, an afghan. I have tons of photos in the pattern to help you make this 3-Round flower, and how to join the flowers as you go (you could sew them together after you make them if you prefer).  I also show how I made it into a pendant for a necklace.  While it would be nice made in one colour, I would love to see something made with either self-striping yarn or with flowers made in different colours. I hope that if you make something using this motif, you will share photos on my Facebook page, West Coast: Super, Natural, or link to the design on Ravelry: “Asphodel Meadows.”

FREE PATTERN FOR ASPHODEL MEADOWS IS ON MY RAVELRY PATTERN PAGE, CLICK HERE!

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Entwisted Cloth Knitting Pattern

Entwisted Cloth

The “Entwisted Cloth” free pattern, designed to thank all my followers and fans on Facebook for “1000 Likes Milestone Reached” is now available in my Ravelry Pattern Store.  Please take a moment to add it to your Favourites in Ravelry and feel free to share the link on Facebook.

This cloth is knitted with a simple but really effective knitted mesh lace that I found in a Victorian book from 1871. There are a lot of photos–so if you are a beginning knitter you can make this cloth.  All you need to know is cast on, knit, slip a stitch, yarn forward, knit 2 together, and cast off.  If you haven’t done a yarn over or a knit 2 together, there is a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to show how to do them.

Soon there will be another design in “A Victorian Potpourri for Bed and Bath” that uses this stitch pattern, and making a cloth is a really useful way to learn new stitches.  I think this cloth in the size I made only used about 25g of worsted weight Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (with 5mm needles), so you could make a set of 3 from a ball of cotton–a lovely gift for someone on your Christmas gift, if you wrap it up with a bar of locally handcrafted soap!

 

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