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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Staggy The Yarn Bombed Stag

Last year Kmart was selling these cute Stag Clocks for $15.

I bought one and hung it on my wall. I didn't really bother to use it to tell the time, but I loved the shape. One of those useless things you buy because... reasons.

Here is a photo of it taken ages ago when it was a benign random wall thing....

Then disaster struck. It was knocked off the wall. The hook at the back was kind of small and narrow. This broke one of the antlers and the clock mechanism.

Then I saw a picture on the Instabrag of someone's yarn bombed deer.  It was a 3D thing like my Juicy Moosey. I have just spent hours scrolling back trying to find it from months ago. But I can't even remember who made it. Sad face because I really REALLY wanted to show it to you!

And I was always envious of Lucy's wreaths from Attic 24. Especially her winter wreath with that super cute hedgehog! Queen Crochet Amazona Lucy inspires me monthly, weekly and sometimes daily, but her Winter Wreath is especially inspiring.

So I decided to make use of the pieces of my broken stag shape to create something like a cross between a seasonal wreath and Yarn Bombed Stag because I am an inherent hoarder and hate throwing useless crap away. Until I become overwhelmed with useless crap and throw ALL of it away. Which happens about once every 3 years. Or 10.

I glued the antler back on and threw away the cheap clock mechanism. I wasn't really interested in that anyway.

I had an idea for a woodland thingy where the stag shape was like a tree and it's antlers would be filled with leaves and forest-y things!

I started off with a nice oaky brown yarn for the 'trunk' and branches.

I crocheted it to fit adjusting the single crochet stitches for each row as i went along.

When I finished the shape, I crocheted around the perimeter in a double crochet  stitch to fit around all the sides.

I then stitched it to the back. It wasn't in any neat, pretty professional way. The back looks like a bit of a dogs breakfast!

Then disaster struck again! (jeezus this is as bad as an episode of Neighbours. And in bucking the trend of most inhabitants of Kangaroo Land, I don't actually watch Neighbours. Nor do I wear thongs. Although I used to love wearing a thong as in undies in the form of a string until pregnancy made my butt too big if that makes any difference? And I occasionally say 'Crikey'.)

The disaster catalyst came in the form of Sonofagun No.2 and his well meaning efforts to do... actually no. No well meaning sweet 7 year old stuff. He was roughhousing around and knocking things over pretending to be Godzilla or Spiderman. Or both at once, and knocked Staggy off the table.

So the antler that previously broke, broke again.

This time I splintered it and glued the crap out of it. See all that glue?
I then searched the interwebs for bits and pieces.

I made up the grass....

I also made up these cute toadstools which are applique style.  I am completely shithouse at French knots! Those little white dots had to be reinforced with Wonder Womans invisible thread.  I also made lots of small pink and mauve flowers.  They are fairly similar to Lucy's Teeny Tiny Flowers (tutorial here) except for some different stitches and they are made in mercerized cotton with a 2mm hook.

I whipped up these cute little balls to be sort of like berries. I simply used the basic principles of amigurumi to make little spheres.

And I made a bunch of these cute little acorns. They are available as a free pattern from another favourite blogger of mine called Sons Popke. You should check out some of her other cute woodland amigurumi!

The little half acorns in the 'knot hole' (also freestyled) were adapted from this pattern. I made the acorn cap according to pattern, then only made half the acorn but didn't stuff them with polyfill.

The pattern for the leaves below can be found on the Attic 24 blog here.

The leaves on the left below are called Spring Leaves and you can also find the pattern on Attic 24 here. The thing I love about them is the 2 tones. They look so fresh! They remind me of peacock feathers. And they are so quick and easy to make!

The mistletoe, fern and oak leaves came from the book 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet.


I knew I also wanted Hellebores. When I was growing up, the Mothership always had Hellebores in the garden. Last year when I visited the National Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges, there were thousands of hellebores in all the pinky/ plumy colours.

Luce (you don't mind if I call you Luce? It's an Aussie thing where we have to shorten everyones names. EG: Adam = Ads, Lucy = Luce, Brian = Bri. And if they already have one syllable names, we stick Y or O on the end. Dave = Davo, Jack = Jacko, Jane = Jane-y. Don't take offense! It means you're one of the gang!) So Luce has a gorgeous, easy to follow Hellebore pattern which I followed to make some for Staggy. (See what I did there?)
You can find the easy to follow tutorial here.
To assemble Staggy, first I stitched on the grass and toadstools and ground stuff.

I then started the long process of hand stitching on all the bits and pieces onto the branches.
I also wanted some wildlife. I played around with the idea of Australian native animals, but thought seeing as this tree was a little more European woodland style, I'd make some non- Aussie creatures.  I found a free pattern online for this adorable little squirrel.

Because I wanted the squirrel to look like he was scampering up the side of the tree, I only crocheted legs on his left side.

But this little owl I made up myself!  Would you like to make one? Then stay tuned in the coming week or so when I publish the pattern!

Sunny Jim the budgie has developed a habit of trying to get herself into whatever I'm working on or doing.  She loved to fly over, land on my workspace, pick up and throw pieces around. She also decided it was a new fun game to fly onto my cappuccinos to dip her beak into the froth, then turn around and crap in the cup like what she did shortly after I took the photo below. Deviant!
The sweet little toadstools were purchased on a whim a few months ago from The Figtree Forest in Milton.

Do you know that familiar feeling when you're working on something and can see the end? You look at your progress and inwardly think, "Only 5/4/3/2/1 rows to go!" or "I just have to sew on these last leaves/ flowers/ dingdongs on and I'm done!"

It didn't quite work that way for me. I crocheted all the leaves, animals, acorns and most of the flowers. Then I sewed them on and made more flowers. I also had a collection of cute shiny beads and things to sew on.  But I simply looked at it at one point and thought, "I don't think it needs anymore." And that was it. How anti-climactic!

What do you think?

I love it like a fat redhead love cappuccinos & timtams!! (yes I'm talking about me!)

I have hanging on a rather boring wall.  Unfortunately no pretty fireplace to hang it over so it can brighten up this boring part of the loungeroom!

Have you transformed something rather plain or broken at your place with yarn or some other medium? I'd love it to see it! Show me by popping over to me Facie page and posting it! Or tag me on Instagram.

The Red Haired Amazona

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!

If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...

bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)

wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)

amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)

crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)

egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).