Thursday, January 16, 2014

Love is in the Air Craft-A-Long

Our latest Knit, Crochet, Felt-A-Long is all about LOVE. What do you love? Are you on Cloud 9? Is love hell? How about puppy love?

The only requirements of this craft-a-long are that you incorporate the theme and use a CraftyAlien pattern (free or premium).



Could be as simple as your favorite animal or incorporating Valentine's Day colors like reds and pinks... or as complicated as you want!

The craft-a-long starts today and runs through February 15th, 2014. Post your finished projects on our CraftyAlien Facebook page or on our Craft-A-Long thread in our CraftyAlien Ravelry group.

One lucky participant will win a signed copy of Felted Knit Amigurumi and a $10 (USD) gift certificate for CraftyAlien.com!! (Winner will be selected at random from all participants)

Monday, October 21, 2013

A pumpkin for my daughter

Sometimes (actually, many times) I have to do non-CraftyAlien style projects. This week is my daughter's preschool pumpkin display. For about a week, there has been this pumpkin sitting on our kitchen floor (it's big and I don't have a lot of counter space.) being plain and orange and rather intimidating. The rules of the display are that it cannot be carved (most likely so that zombie pumpkins don't take over the school with the smell of the undead).

The entire previous week from the first hour the pumpkin was in the house was "Mommy, you need to paint the pumpkin."

No ideas, nope, nada. A two-hour search of Pinterest revealed nothing that screamed "preschool," but lots of other distractions like the brownie-in-a-mug.

I turned to my daughter for assistance and got "Dorothy." She's going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Um, okay. Still not feeling it.

Sunday morning and I'm calling my parents for ideas. They're not picking up any of the phones. Panic ensues.

I go to the convenience store around the corner to look at coloring books for ideas... Sponge Bob, Dora... Angry Bird? No, still not feeling it, although I amuse myself on the way home with names like Sponge Pumpkin Square Bob.

A last minute search of my daughter's toy room reveals a book with a cover filled with pumpkin-shaped heads. It's Lalaloopsy!!! I can make a Lalaloopsy. Wait, I can make a Dorothy Lalaloopsy!

Off to the craft store to get some paint. Oh, dear. What to do about the curls? Hmm... yarn... no... pipe cleaners!

I grabbed a jumbo pack of brown pipe cleaners and it's back to the pumpkin.

Now, I had to work out the curls before I made the pumpkin. They had to be to the same scale, but one little pipe cleaner only covered about an inch of curls, so I twisted the ends together and used six pipe cleaners (about 2 and a half yards long) and twisted them around a broken broom stick (I KNEW that would come in handy for something).

Hmmm... it's not enough. Right length, not enough fullness. I made another set of six and retwisted the original with the new ones into a curl and this time, I was happy.

So I painted and painted, and waited, then painted some more. Threw on a bit of varnish because some of the paint ended up shiny and then made some Dorothy bows, opened up two paper clips into a large U and slipped the bow on, three curls (bent at the end to hold on) and jabbed them into the pumpkin.

Done! Yay. And it was only 10:30 pm. Normally, for me, these last minute things take me into the wee hours.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mythbusters Plush...

A while ago, I had someone ask me if I could make some custom plush. And then my mind just went overboard. If I could have any plush, what would a self-professed nerd like myself want? MYTHBUSTERS!!! And STAR WARS and STAR TREK and BREAKING BAD and DOCTOR WHO and... and... and...

So I designed and made Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters!! They're both about 10 inches tall and made from fleece and felt. I'm going to set up a contest where you can enter to win them, but right now, I'm just showing them off. They'll be with me at local events but won't be for sale. I'll post a link here later on, along with some other crafty Mythbusters inspired projects.

Now I'm off to blow something up.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Free Twinkie Felt Embroidery Pattern

 They're back... and we're celebrating that creme-filled snack cake with a few new goodies. Today's project is a felt embroidery craft, so you'll need some felt, embroidery floss and fluff to stuff. You can make these little guys into keychains or gift tags, magnets or even ornaments. Feel free to enlarge the pattern and make a plush or pillow!
Twinkie

Finished Size:
Approximately 3½ inches (7.5cm) wide.

Felt & Embroidery Floss:

Size 9 x 12 inch felt sheets and 6-strand embroidery floss.
  • Gold
  • Black
  • White (Embroidery floss only). 
Other Supplies: 
  • Embroidery needle.
  • Scissors.
  • Stuffing. 
Cut pieces only as needed. Separate and use one (1) strand of matching embroidery floss to attach pieces unless otherwise specified.
1. Cut two (2) Body, GOLD.
2a. Cut two (2) Eyes, BLACK.
2b. Appliqué Eyes to Body (Front).
2c. Using two (2) strands of WHITE floss, make a french knot and straight stitch for each eye.
2d. Using two (2) strands of BLACK floss, straight stitch mouth.
3. Cut one (1) Bottom from GOLD felt.
4a. Cut three (3) Creme from White.
4b. Appliqué each Creme to Body (Back).
4c. Appliqué Bottom to Body (Back).
5. Whipstitch and appliqué Body (Front) to Body (Back), stuffing as you stitch.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Knit Amigurumi Fox

Almost immediately after I made my original felted knit fox back in 2006, I wanted a larger version. I'm a big kid. I admit, sometimes most times I make something it's because I want it. After all, if you don't really want it, then it becomes work. So I always kept a version of this guy in my head. The problem with just doing a larger version is that the pattern would have to be rewritten. Increases and decreases mattered because now they would be showing and each had to be placed to look the best.





I admit, I tried to simply double the original head... it didn't work. And it wasn't good enough the second or third time either. But then it did work. And then it all fell into place. The body, the face, the tail... all worked the first time around. And as each piece was finished and sewn into place, I was like a child showing off a crayon drawing.


Now I have MORE patterns to do! Or I think jumbo yarn is in order... the kid in me would like a monster size knit fox... that kid is just NEVER happy.

The pattern is knit mostly in the round on double-pointed knitting needles. I used size 5 US (3.75mm) and Vanna's Choice (worsted weight in brick, white, soft pink) and got a very nice tight stitch where the stuffing would not show through. That's the important part - use a size needle at least 2 sizes smaller than the yarn manufacturer's recommendation or you'll see the stuffing.


It's available on our website, as well as on Ravelry.com and Craftsy.com.