Podge says, “I spotted the first flower of spring! I think I’ll sit here awhile and savor the moment.”
Spring, how we have missed you! I put the spring banner back up for the blog header a whole month early because the snow and cold temperatures were starting to depress me. I hope that, wherever you are — even if it is warm there — you have enjoyed the image of Hodge and Podge having a little picnic in their garden.
I get a lot of requests from people around the world for the patterns to make the items in this banner. What better time than the first day of spring to share with you where you can find the patterns to make some lovely flowers, birds, and butterflies. Continue reading
Podge says, “The Dushanbe Teahouse is a symbol of friendship, cultural exploration, and really great brunch.”
Hodge and Podge are helping me to explore my hometown and, in this case, my “work town” of Boulder. I’ve lived in Colorado since 2001, but there’s still so much I want to see and do. I hope that these little squirrels and their adventures will help inspire you to explore your world as well.
The story of how the Dushanbe Teahouse was donated to the City of Boulder by its sister city in Tajikistan is a very interesting one. Visit their website to learn more.
Now with my free pattern, your squirrel friend can join the fun. As an added bonus, if you don’t have anything green to wear today, let your squirrel wear it for you and take them with you everywhere that you go. I bet they’d look really cute with just their head and giant green leprechaun hat poking out from the breast pocket of your shirt or peeking out from a pocket on your backpack or purse.
Share photos of your squirrel friend all decked out for St. Patty’s Day at squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com or on social media. We’d love to see them! Continue reading
“Hey, Sleepy Bear, wake up. There’s someone here who would like to meet you. Sleepy Bear?”
Well, you’ll have to excuse him. He’s a really sound sleeper. Since he can’t be disturbed, I’ll just tell you all about him.
I’ve been working on this pattern for almost a year now. I don’t think I’ve ever fiddled with a pattern that long! And I’ve made almost a dozen bears in the process. The first one I ever made I gave to a friend who had been hit by a car while riding his bike to work. He said the bear, which he named Buster, brought him a lot of comfort while he was recovering. I made another for my cousin’s first child and another for a friend out of yarn she had given me. The rest I plan to donate to the Children’s Hospital of Denver where they can bring some comfort to the patients.
This bear pattern is unique in one key way: the head and body are crocheted together. I have trouble sewing on heads, especially on larger animals like this one. It’s really hard to get them on perfectly straight. Do you have that trouble too? So with this pattern, you crochet the head, do a round in the front loops only to create the neck and then continue with the body. I think you’ll really like this detail.
Another distinguishing feature of this pattern is the way the appendages are sewn on. Each includes instructions to close up the end. By crocheting the arms and legs and ears closed, you are able to sew them on through that row of single crochet loops. It’s easy! I like for my bears arms and legs to face forward when they are sitting down, so I sew the legs on at an angle on the bottom and the arms on the sides so that they point forward. I’ve included photos to show this placement in case you want to make your bear like mine, but feel free to play around with the placement to find the positioning you like best.
I hope you enjoy making a Sleepy Bear. Share photos of your bear with me at squirrelpicnic(at)gmail(dot)com, and I’ll feature them on the blog!