Time flies when we work or play… or simply enjoy the life! For the past moth I have been working and playing with my work a lot!

Finally, and yes, finally have managed to finish Flip the grasshopper pattern, one from the series of already started (Maya & Willy), and yet not all finished patterns (ants, hornets…) from Maya the Bee movie.

Finishing the pattern was disturbed and prolongated by various toys I had to make to order, and here are some of them you can see.

Made to order toys by AmigurumiBBLeonardo from Teenage Ninja Turtles and Laalaa from Teletubies are my own creations. With Olaf was running out of time so I took a shortcut and worked based on pattern created by  www.kasiulkoweprace.blogspot.com

Children who received them were over excited and really enjoying their time with new friends. Have to say that Olaf is on his vacations at the sea and is enjoying Mediterranian sun these days 🙂

Flip the grasshopper patiently waited for his pattern to be done, and finally I’ve managed to finish him today. He ended up as one remarkable toy. I am more than pleased with the outcome.

Flip, The Grasshopper by AmigurumiBB

This is  my second Flip. First one is already at my nieces hands, who was the initiator and has ordered all these characters from Maya the bee movie 🙂

I don;t think you’ve seen my first Flip finished, so let me  show you

Flip by AmigurumiBB Flip by AmigurumiBB1There is slight difference and variation of colors used in each of Flips made, but this will just give you the idea on what to expect if decided to start working on one of your own.

Working with 2 mm crochet hook and cotton yarn in sport weight, your Flip will end up of some 50 cm (20 “) tall (from foot to top of the hat).

Pattern is edited and prepared for you to download and use. The link you can find here

Violin or better say guitaoline Flip is holding is something I’ve done at the very last minute.

It doesn’t make part of the pattern!

As I have hard times keeping my patterns to myself, and I didn’t have time to write the violin pattern in details, I’ve decided to offer you basic violin shape pattern, I used, and make it possible for all of you to create violin by yourself.

Here is plain violin pattern :

Violin is made from three pieces. Bottom part, cover and neck.

Bottom part

Start with making ch12

R1     sc10, sc 3 in the last chain stitch, continue working around chain, sc9, sc 2 in the               last chain stitch

R2     ch1, to alter the stitch, inc hdc, hdc in the next 2 sts, sc x4, hdc, dc x2, inc dc x3, dc           x2, hdc, sc x4, hdc, x2, inc hdc x2, sl st to ch1 made at the beginning of this round

R3     ch1, hdc, inc hdc, hdc x2, sc x4, hdc, dc x2, inc dc, dc, inc dc x3, dc, inc dc, dc x2,           hdc, sc x4, hdc x2, inc hdc, hdc, inc hdc, hdc, sl st to ch1 made at the beginning of  this round

R4      sc around working in back loops only

fasten off leaving long tail for sewing later.

Cover part of violin

chain 12 and repeat from R1-R3

To make violin sides strong, you can add some cardboard inside. Cut out the shape that fits your violin and place it inside the top and bottom part of your violin. Thread the needle with tail yarn of the base violin part and sew around both part. Before closing add some stuffing. Do not overstuff! You need to keep the violin shape!

violineViolin neck:

R1     ch6, sl st last to first st to create circle and continue working in rounds

R2-R5     sc6

R6          dec1, sc4

R7-R9    sc5

R10       flatten the top round and make two sts across (working through both side stitches of your flattened piece) Make 2 sts. Continue working in rows (ch1 and turn after each row)

R11      inc2

R12-R14     sc4

R15      dec2

fasten off leaving long end for sewing. Roll the top (flattened part worked in rows) and sew it just a little so it keeps this rolled shape.

The bottom of your neck, sew on top of your violin.

Use your imagination to add details. I used toothpicks and beads for string curlers, added tiny little wooden piece to hold the strings on violins top.
Chin holder and pieces you see black are crocheted.

Bow is made from wooden stick wrapped in yarn.

violine2Making violin is fun and I hope you will find this basic pattern useful to come up with some extraordinary ideas and make your violin beautiful and Flip happy 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed your time with all these news and most of all you will enjoy your time making Flip!
Cover2Hugs to all

Vanja

Valentine’s Card

It is still not late to make a card!

One of dear blogger friends Karin from Ami loves gurumi, came up with great Valentine’s day envelope.

Here are few photographs of what Karin came up with:1071241132

 

Each photo will send you directly to Karin’s blog and link to the page and pattern. If you have missed it, the link is here:

http://amilovesgurumi.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/valentines-day/

Based on this wonderful and easy to follow pattern I have made one envelope myself. Also added tiny card to go with it.

Envelope-frontEnvelope-backEnvelope & card-frontEnvelope & card-back

Love letters you can see in front of the envelope is the pattern I used from here:

http://makemydaycreative.com/2013/07/24/love-card/

Lip applique I found here:

http://patronesparacrochet.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/patrones-de-adornos-variados.html

and little birds here:

http://damnitjanetletscrochet.blogspot.com/2012/01/bird-applique.html

Making envelope and card is fun! 😀

Really is!

You can use it all year round, not only for Valentine’s day! Make a personalized card to give with present or send to an old and far away family or friend.

Use it as a key holder or business cards keeper. I am sure you will think of something more to use it for.

I am going back to work. Have zombi Vanja to finish 😀  Yes, working on a zombi doll pattern from Jennifer and  SquirrelPicnic blog.

Here is the link to her pattern, http://squirrelpicnic.com/2014/02/07/make-it-challenge-8-zombies-in-love/ , but more about it on my next post.

Just a sneak peak to what I have done so far. 😀

Zombi Vanja♡ Vanja