Joining in with Ginny from small things for the yarn along.
Above are some small crochet motifs I have been working on, I am on a bit of a stash busting mission at the moment so I am making these with all the little left over bits of yarn. Each one only takes 4m of yarn and about 4 minutes to make. When I have loads and loads I will probably sew them all together into and enormous blanket. This is an ongoing project!
Below is the silver sparkly shrug for Faith. I managed to make it without her once seeing it so it is going to be an easter present. I think she'll love it, she is such a sparkly girl.
Finger Puppet Instructions (continued)
So, once you've made the base you sew it up. Just sew up the back using your yarn ends and gather at the neck, add a little bit of stuffing to the head at the last minute. Secure yarn ends.
Cast on 10 sts.
Knit 2 rows
Working in st st (start with k row) do 2 rows even and then decrease 1 st at beginning of next 8 rows (2 sts remaining)
K2tog and fasten off.
Use tail ends to sew hat into a cone shape and then sew onto head.
Cast on 10sts.
St st 6 rows
Decrease 1 st at beginning of next 4 rows (6 sts remaining)
Break yarn and pull through the 6 remaining sts, then use this tail to secure around the gnomes neck.
Weave in loose ends and your done.
In the picture you can see it is stretched slightly over my finger but it fits nicely on a child's finger. Within about 10 seconds of one of these being finished it had joined in a little make believe game that was going on and been introduced to the other tree house residents!
I didn't get a photo of my book this week but it was mudbound by Hilary Jordan. This was such a good book. I read it in 2 days and couldn't put it down. It is about life in Mississippi in the 40's and the ingrained racism that went on. Such a powerful and thought provoking read but written in a really accessible style.