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Penelope or When A Picture Doesn’t Say A Thousand Words

DSCN3945It was love at first sight AGAIN when I saw the pictures of this pterodactyl pattern. The absolute cuteness in these pictures was causing me to pick this pattern as my next amigurumi project. Once I got started on the crocheting though, I could see that the pictures didn’t tell the whole story, so I will explain the missing parts.

Excited to get crocheting the pieces for this amigurumi, I easily picked out two shades of purple yarn and a cream yarn from the stash to make this pterodactyl. As I quickly read through the pattern, I could tell right away that is was not going to be an easy or fast pattern to crochet or stitch together. I still wanted to make it thought so I got started on it. I crocheted it from the bottom up, starting with the tail, legs and feet and then moving on to the beak and the body. All was going well until it was time to crochet the head and the crown.

DSCN3947Looking at the pictures in the pattern, there was a stripe of cream in the head and crown, but as I read the pattern it said nothing about a color change. Maybe the stripe was a separate piece that was to be stitched on after the head and crown were crocheted and stuffed? There were no instructions for such a stripe in the pattern. I studied the picture and reread the pattern, only to finally notice in the pictures that the cream stripe was the sun shining through the trees and on to the pterodactyl.

Sadly there were no color changes or a separate stripe on the head and crown, the pictures in the pattern had mislead me in believing there was. The only place the cream color yarn was going to be used was around the eyes. I thought about trying to add the stripe, but then I decided to just follow the pattern and make the head and crown one solid color with no stripes. I was not too disappointed that there was not a cream stripe in the head and crown because the pieces were crocheting up nicely.

DSCN3946When I came to the wings, I faced another picture dilemma. I crocheted the arms and wings last by following the instructions of the pattern. After completing the wings, I held them to the pterodactyl’s body and then looked again at the pictures. In the pattern, there were no real instructions or pictures for stitching this amigurumi together. You just had to figure it out on a wing and a prayer.

Per the pictures, it looked like the wings were attached to the body, but I could not figure out how to attach the wings versus how they were crocheted. I studied the pictures and twisted and turned the wings to no avail. Luckily the husband happened along. He had to study the pictures for a minute as well, but then concluded that the wings were attached to the arms, not the body. Only then did it make sense to me as to how the wings were crocheted versus how they were stitched on. It also explained why the arms were so long.

DSCN3950I started from the top to stitch the pterodactyl together, stitching the crown and beak to the head first. The safety eyes were only snapped on to the cream eye circles. The ends of the safety eye were inserted into the head and the eyes were stitched into place by stitching the cream eye circles to the head. The arms with the wings attached were stitched on next and then the tail.

I started stitching at the top because I wanted this pterodactyl to stand up. And I knew that I needed all its parts attached so that I could balance its weight on its legs and feet. I spent some time decided where to attach the legs to the body to get this amigurumi to stand. After attaching the legs and feet, I can with a lot of help and persuading get this pterodactyl to stand up by itself. There is just too much unbalanced weight between the crown, beak, arms, wings and tail for those little legs and feet to hold things very steadily, but it can stand if it wants to.

DSCN3953With all the pieces stitched together, this amigurumi took on a feminine side and became a girl. The husband and I debated back and forth about names, but finally settled on Penelope. I like the name and think Penelope the Pterodactyl turned out just as cute as the pictures in her pattern were, if not a little cuter. Hopefully, she can find a good home to fly around in.

Until then, crochet forth and fly on!

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Pepper And Piper

DSCN3431 (1)Squeals of delight rang from my sewing room when I saw the pattern for these penguins. They were so cute, and the pattern showed pictures of endless possibilities in colors and variations for making a whole colony of penguins. I could not wait to get the crocheting started. I envisioned making several penguins in a variety of colors and belly spots.

DSCN3439 (1)I decided to start with a basic penguin with a gray body with no belly spot and black feet and beak. Crocheting the pieces went smoothly. When it came time to crochet the different colors of the head, I decided to cut and tie each color change. The last time I made a multi-colored head for Charlie the horse, I carried the yarn across the color changes instead of cutting and tying each color change, and I had to work very hard to keep my tensions even. Cutting and tying the color changes was easier than keeping an even tension, but it was time consuming, so it slowed down the crocheting process.

DSCN3438 (1)Before I stitched the first penguin together, I crocheted the next penguin in the colony. This time the penguin would have a gray body with a white belly spot and yellow feet and beak. Once again, I cut and tied the color changes in the head and now the body. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see a small “birth mark” on this penguin’s belly. I miss counted and did not notice my mistake until a couple of rounds later after several cut and ties were completed, and I did not want to undo all my work to fix that one stitch, so I am calling it a birthmark. It adds character to the penguin and in no way decreases his cuteness. Soon enough, I had all the pieces for the second penguin crocheted and ready to stitch together.

DSCN3436 (1)I picked up the yarn to start crocheting the next penguin in the colony, but then I decided to complete the first two penguins, whose pieces were already crocheted up, before starting another. The stitching together of these penguins was much easier than the stitching together of most my amigurumi’s. Because of the multi colored head, there was no question as to where the eyes were inserted, or where the beak DSCN2730was placed. On the second penguin, I had left a long piece of gray yarn from the head to stitch the head and body together. When I came to the white of the head and the belly spot, the gray stitches stood out badly. I had to stop the gray yarn and start a piece of white yarn to sew the white areas together and then return to the gray yarn to finish stitching the head and body together. On the first penguin, I had left I long black tail for sew from the body. This blended in well with both a gray and the white of the head. The color of yarn I leave for stitching is something I will have to keep in mind when I make amigurumi’s with multicolored heads and bodies in the future.

DSCN3432 (1)Because of the black heads, I stuffed the penguins a little lighter than most of the amigurumi’s I make. Usually, I over stuff my amigurumi’s. They say the stuff settles over time, so to over stuff at first. But, when you’re working with a dark color and white stuffing, the stuffing really shows through as the stitches are stretched by the over stuffing. Although, I really like no stuffing showing through the black stitches of the head, it was very hard for me stop stuffing before I thought the pieces were completely stuffed.

DSCN3434 (1)Feeling his head now that he is stitched together, I wish I had added just a little more stuffing to the first penguin’s head, especially in the back, but the second penguin is stuffed just right. The husband likes the less stuffing. I explained to him about the stuffing settling over time, but he still said that he liked the lighter stuff and he felt that the penguin’s still had enough stuffing to withstand the settling and a lot of be played with. It will be interesting to see if that turns out to be true or not.

DSCN3433 (1)With these two penguins completed, I picked up the yarn for the next penguin in the colony and asked the husband what color beak and feet I should crochet for this penguin and should it have a belly spot or not. The husband rolled his eyes and reminded me about all the fun patterns I have yet to crochet. And, he was right, I had already made this pattern, twice, and it was fun and the finished amigurumi’s were just adorable but other just as fun patterns are waiting in the wings.

I quickly named the two penguins Pepper and Piper and they are now waiting for a good home to go and live at.

I have tucked this pattern close to the front of my crochet pattern stash, and if and when the day comes that I want to complete the penguin colony or I just need a fun and simple amigurumi that turns out super cute, I know which pattern to reach for.

Until then, crochet forth and colony on!

You’ve been a good friend Charlie Brown!

Peanuts Gang Movie SmallThe new Peanuts movie is due to hit theaters in the next few weeks on November 6th, 2015.

Peanuts Movie

And for most of you out there in TV Land you might have heard about it, you may have even seen a movie preview or two, or even seen one of the fun products that have had some of the Peanuts Gang promoting the product with a movie tie-in to cross promote their products.

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Thanks to the dedication of Charles M. Schulz and his estate since his passing, some of you may have even known who Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt,  Sally Brown, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Schroeder, Franklin, Pig Pen, Re-Run Van Pelt and all of the other wonderful characters from the Peanuts universe that have, since 1950, brightened so many different peoples lives around the world before you even knew there was a new Peanuts movie coming out.

For those of you, I dedicate this blog post. It is because of fans like you and I that the Peanuts Universe has continued to thrive and grow over the last 65 years since it’s initial creation by Charles M. Schulz.

Peanuts Movie Strips 2-1

Being a huge Peanuts and Snoopy fan myself, I have over the years created many fun sewing and crafting items because of my love for them since what seems like my birth.

For those other fans out there like myself, shown below is an easy to navigate guide of my Peanuts and Snoopy posts over the years.

Enjoy!

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And don’t forget to go and see the new Peanuts Movie on November 6th!

These Posts are Shown with their original Title first, Category second, Sub-Category third, and are all in date order from the oldest to newest:

Sewing with Mom – 11/18/2007 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

The Corn Shirt – 11/18/2007 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

Dad’s Doings – 12/06/2007 – Latch Hook

The Dog in the Mouse’s House – 01/26/2008 – Fabric

The Snoopy Sheet – 05/02/2008 – Fabric

More Blanks to Embroider on! – 08/09/2008– Embroidery Children’s Clothes

New Jammie for Me! – 08/13/2008 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

Snoopy Designs – 10/11/2008 – Embroidery

New Jackets for Christmas – 12/23/2008 – Embroidery Jackets

Souvenirs from Florida – 02/08/2009 – Fabric

A Stack of Letters – 03/23/2009 – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

Why Fight It? – 05/13/2009 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

My Sewing Machines – Part 2 05/29/2009 – Embroidery

Follow Up #1 – Pattern Making 08/01/2009 – Embroidery Baby Sleepers

I Could See It – 08/27/2009 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

No I didn’t forget about you… – 09/24/2009 – Embroidery Baby Sleeper

Improvising Tip Towels to Make Baby Bibs – 11/13/2009 – Embroidery Baby Bibs

Inexpensive Panel – 12/18/2009 – Crocheted Blanket

Amigurumi Snoopy – 04/20/2010 – Amigurumi Crochet

Almost Again – 07/16/2010 – Embroidery Baby Sleepers

Embellishing Baby Towel Bibs – Part 1 – 08/22/2011 – Appliqué Baby Bibs

Embellishing Baby Towel Bibs – Part 2 – 08/29/2011 – Appliqué Baby Bibs

From Box Number Two… – 10/14/2011 – Embroidery Man’s Shirt

And Last In Box Number Three – 10/22/2011 – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

Hey, Little Birdie, You Cool Cat! – 04/13/2012 – Amigurumi Crochet

Bosom Buddies – 04/26/2012 – Amigurumi Crochet

May Day Giveaway – 05/01/2012 – Amigurumi Crochet

I Can’t See To Take My Own Advice – 07/20/2012 – Crochet Blanket

The foam, it was puffy… – 08/03/2012  – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

Purple Snoopy (But Not Grape Flavored) – 08/13/2012 – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

Extras – 09/28/2012 – Embroidery Baby Sleepers and Baby Bibs

But It’s Too Hot – 04/08/2013 – Embroidery Bathrobes

The Long and Winding Road – 07/08/2013 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

But What About Me? – 08/19/2013 – Embroidery Man’s Shirt

Just Three Inches More… – 05/23/2014 – Embroidery Woman’s Shirt

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 1 – 10/03/2014 – Amigurumi Crochet

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 2 – 10/08/2014 – Amigurumi Crochet

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 3 – 10/15/2014 – Amigurumi Crochet

What About The Scraps? – Part One – 06/20/2015 – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

What About The Scraps? – Part Two – 06/26/2015 – Embroidery Children’s Clothes

WOW!

40 Posts about Peanuts and Snoopy so far and I have a few more scheduled very soon!

I must really like them!

I hope you do too!

Until next time Charlie Brown forth, and Snoopy on!

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 3, Pattern #3

DSCN0215DSCN0153Because I had made this Snoopy pattern before, I decided to try and change it up a little this time and use a heavier yarn, and my 4.5 mm hook. I would get a little larger Snoopy than the first one I made using this method. Snoopy’s pieces crocheted up great and he was easy to stitch together. Since his legs are not stuffed, I stitched his legs to the front of his body so he would have no problem sitting. This pattern did not call for a spot on Snoopy’s back either. I don’t remember if I added a spot to the first Snoopy that I made from this pattern or not. I would have to ask my sister who has him. I doubt that I did though, because at that point in time I would not have dreamed of deviating from the pattern’s original design. This time though I thought that Snoopy needed a back spot. I used the spot pattern that I had used on Paulie the penguin for guidance to make it.

DSCN0272DSCN0269The next thing I changed from the pattern was Snoopy’s eyes. The pattern called for felt eyes and this is what I used for the first Snoopy. But, after just using some yarn for the eyes on the previous standing Snoopy pattern that I had just completed, I decided to use yarn for this Snoopy’s eyes as well. The last change was a smile. Neither the first Snoopy from this pattern or the standing Snoopy have a mouth. This Snoopy does and I like it so much, I may go back and give the standing Snoopy a smile too.

The next step to complete this Snoopy was to make his helmet, googles and scarf. I started with the helmet. Because I am a little more experienced at reading crocheting patterns now than I was the first time I made a Snoopy, I had no problem following the pattern and crocheting the helmet. When I first tried it on this Snoopy, I did not like it at all. Snoopy looked DSCN0213terrible in his helmet! I tried to think of different ways to crochet the helmet to get better results, but with no luck. I just did not like the helmet on Snoopy. I thought maybe if I made the googles that would help by covering up some of the helmet, so I started to crochet the googles, but stopped. I did not like the helmet and I would never put it on my Snoopy, so why waste more yarn and time. I thought about making his scarf still but then I decided on making a collar instead. Just like the spot on his back, Snoopy needs a collar. My standing Snoopy has a collar. So, I quickly crocheted this Snoopy a double crocheted collar with red yarn. And with that my Snoopy was complete! And he is as cute as can be!

My two Snoopy’s and the one Woodstock that I made are great! I would love to make any of these three patterns again and again.

Until next time, crochet forth and Snoopy on!

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 2, Pattern #2

DSCN0621The next Snoopy pattern that I purchased showed a picture of Snoopy sitting down. I was excited to get started with it, but I am glad I followed my rule of making the extremities first before the head and body. I crocheted Snoopy’s feet first. I followed the pattern but I was getting a round ball. Looking at Snoopy’s feet in the picture of the pattern, they were not round balls. They were the typical oval shape of Snoopy’s feet. I read the pattern again and counted my stitches and rounds. I had followed exactly what the pattern called for, but I was not getting the same results that the picture showed I should have.

DSCN0622I then read the rest of the pattern and much to my dismay, I would not be getting a Snoopy that looked at all like the picture. I was very unhappy. I returned to ravelry and look at other crocheter’s Snoopy’s made from this pattern, and sure enough, they did not look at all like the picture. I looked at the round ball foot sitting on my cutting table and immediately decided that I would not be completing this Snoopy and that I had wasted my money and time on this pattern. I am going to write a bad review of this pattern and the lady selling it. She really should have used a picture of what her pattern makes, not a picture of what she would like it to look like.

img_3142Disappointed with this pattern, my thoughts turned to the first Snoopy pattern I had ever crocheted long ago and I remembered just how cute he had turned out. I always meant to go back and make another Snoopy from that pattern. So, I decided that now was as good time as any to make this pattern again to sooth my heart and soul from the disappointment of the last bad Snoopy pattern. This Snoopy pattern came with a pattern for the cap, googles and scarf that Snoopy wears while fighting the Red Barren. When I made this pattern previously, I was new to the art of amigurumi and I was afraid to try and make these accessories for that Snoopy back then. Now I felt ready to take on these accessory patterns as well as the Snoopy himself.

So, next up, another Snoopy but this time with a cap, scarf, and googles.

Until next time, crochet forth and Snoopy on!

Several Snoopy’s But Just One Woodstock – Part 1, Pattern #1

P1040369P1040362Yes I do know that this is backwards. In the Peanuts comics there is only one Snoopy and he has several bird friends that are all called Woodstock. So, I should have made only one Snoopy amigurumi and several Woodstock’s to go along with him, but that is not what the patterns called to me to do. After playing around on Ravelry awhile back, I now own a couple of new Snoopy patterns but only one new Woodstock pattern.

 

P1030854P1030900The first Snoopy pattern I got is for a large standing Snoopy with fingers on his paws and a large head. The pattern is great! It was easy to follow and done with joining rows. The joining rows caught me off guard at first, adding a slip stitch and chain with each round, but soon enough I had the swing of it and it wasn’t long before I had the all of Snoopy’s pieces crocheted up. The stuffing and stitching went smoothly too. I tried to keep Snoopy’s feet flat while stuffing so that he would stand upright. It kind of worked out that way when he was finished. Sometimes I can get him to stand and other times not. His big nose does not help the standing process since he is a little top heavy. All in all I thought that he turned out very cute.

 

P1040374P1040363Woodstock’s pattern was from the same designer as the Snoopy. The Woodstock pattern was also well written and his pieces were fun to crochet. I forgot on his hair pieces that I was supposed to do a joined round and crocheted them in a continuous round instead. I think they came out just fine crocheted this way. Woodstock took longer to make than Snoopy did because smaller does not always mean faster. Woodstock has a lot of details that took time to make and stitch together. But, the extra time was worth it. Woodstock is so cute and I love his details. I would not hesitate to make more Woodstock’s in the future.

Stay tuned for Snoopy pattern #2

Until next time, crochet forth and Snoopy on!

Take Off That Hat And Scarf! It’s Still Summertime out there!

DSCN0243I must have been trying to think of cool thoughts while enduring the heat of the summer when I decided that my next amigurumi project would be a penguin.

Actually, a more accurate reason for choosing it was the purchase of a particular color of variegated yarn. I love the extremes of it. First a bright neon color then the complete opposite, black, then the bright neon color again. What would show off the burst of colors in this P1040325yarn? Of course, an animal with the same contrast, a black and white penguin.

I found the cutest penguin pattern and it included instructions to make a hat and scarf too. The crocheting of the pieces went smoothly, and the pattern was very well written with lots of detailed pictures. The only change that I made to the pattern was the penguin’s white belly spot. The pattern called for just a round white circle for the belly spot, but that looked odd to me. So, I undid the last round and added some double crochets to what would be the top of the spot, making it an oval at the top and round at the bottom. This looked better to me than just the round circle did. The oval top seemed to fill the belly area of the body better.

P1040335Stuffing and stitching the pieces together went smoothly as well. Soon enough, I had an adorable penguin all crocheted up! I actually thought about stopping there, but the whole reason for making this amigurumi was to use the new variegated yarn, so I started crocheting again to make the scarf and hat.

The scarf was no problem to crochet and it was a good length after being tied around the penguin’s neck. The hat was also a simple crochet to make. There is one thing I thought about changing on the hat and that was the color of the last round of the cap. The last round is crocheted in double crochet versus the single crochets of the rest of the cap, to give the cap a finished edge. This edge is lost when made in the variegated yarn. I thought about undoing the double crochet round and chaining the color to black. But I figured that would that just make the double crochets blend with the penguin’s black head and I would lose the edge anyway. In the end, I decided to leave the double crochet round in the variegated yarn, mostly because I love this variegated yarn on the black and white penguin.

DSCN0241The challenge for this amigurumi came with the pompom on the hat. I know how to make a pompom, but I have never had any luck making a successful one. They always fall apart on me. I thought about leaving the pompom off the hat but I really wanted one so I got started on it. After trying a couple of times to make the pompom and having it fall apart on me, I was ready to quit. So after filling the bottom of the garbage can with failed pompoms, I decided that the hat did not need a pompom after all. I showed the husband the completed penguin with the pompomless hat and scarf and his first comment was “Where’s the pompom?” Flustered I showed him the garbage can and explained to him how I had been trying to make the pompoms with no success. He said to let him try. I watched closely as he did the exact same thing that I had done to make a pompom, DSCN0247but when he pulled the yarn to tie the knot, he pulled it so much tighter than I could have had pulled it, I found my problem. The husband’s pompom was a success and I promptly stitched it to the top of the hat for the penguin. It looks great and best of all it did not fall apart. Unfortunately for the husband, he is now the official pompom maker.

This penguin was quickly named Paulie, not a very original name, but a good name. I think Paulie is very cute and was fun to make and I love his hat and scarf from the variegated yarn the most.

Until next time, crochet forth and crochet on.