Friday, August 30, 2013

Golden Snitch Crochet Pattern

Okay, so for those of you who aren't aware I'm a pretty big "geek." I absoultely LOVE Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and of course Lord of the Rings. As you can imagine I have done a fair bit of crafting involving all three of these realms of geekery. I have found that my Golden Snitch has been one of the most popular items at various conventions and amoung my friends. So, I have decided to share this very simple pattern with the world - please enjoy!
- Worsted Wieght Yarn - gold and off white
- Hook - 4mm or G/6
- Polyfil fiber stuffing
- Large Needle for sewing
Stitches & Techniques:
- Magic Ring/Adjustable Loop
- Slip Stitch
- Chain (CH)
- Single Crochet (SC)
This ball is made in the round, this means you will not join between rounds but just keep going continously around. Please use a stitchmarker between each round so you know where to start.
*Use gold yarn.
To begin make a magic ring/adjustable loop
Round 1: SC 6 in ring
Round 2: 2SC in each SC around (12 stitches total)
Round 3: 2SC in first SC, then SC in next SC - repeat around (18 stitches total)
Rounds 4-8: SC in each SC (18 stitches total)
Round 9: SC2Tog, SC in next stitch - repeat around (12 stitches)
Round 10: SC2tog 6 times (6 stitches total) SlSt into next stitch and tie off leaving long tail.
Finishing - with the long tail weave it through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight, tie and weave in remaining yarn. Viola - you have your ball!

Wing (make 2):
*Use off white yarn
To begin CH2 (make sure you leave a long tail, you will use this to sew the wing to the ball), Row Row 1: 2SC in second CH from hook, CH1 Turn
Row 2: Sc in first SC, then 2SC in second SC (3 stitches total), CH1 Turn
Row 3-8: SC in each SC (3 stitches), CH1, Turn
Row9: SC in next 2 SC, CH1, turn
Row 10: SC in next 2 SC, CH1, turn
Row 11: SC in next SC, tie off, weave in tail.
Take your wings and sew them midway down your ball. Be sure to position the wing so that it points up slightly to give the look of "flight."
So many people have really enjoyed my Snitches and I hope you do too! I have found these make great Christmas gifts! Just thread a string through the top and you have an ornament perfect for any Harry Potter fan! Kitties love to bat these around the house too, espeically if you stuff a jingle bell in the ball.
Please let me know if you have any questions by sending me a private message.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I'm back!


Wow! What a wild summer! We did our share of travel, vacation, beach, swimming, mountains, markets, garden, and had great visits with family and friends. Altogether it was an amazing summer.... 

                                                         Summer Grilling! Yum!
The biggest milestone of the summer was Ernie turning ONE!!!! He had a great party! He loves Micky Mouse so we had a Mickey themed party.

               Above is the Mickey garland I made to decorate his high chair ... turned out great


I was a total sentimental wreck before his birthday ... Staring at his newborn photos wanting to hold my tiny baby again .... Crazy huh? I think most parents probably go through something like that, but he now nearly 13 months and I'm enjoying Ernie the toddler. 
 Happy to report that we will be settling back  into the normal hum of life in our happy little hollow. . . 

I have contemplated selling my handmade items online for awhile and after a big push from several friends I have decided to give it a go! I'm quite nervous but very excited! I now have a Facebook page and an Etsy Shop. I'll post more info on those soon I promise! I'm so ready to be creatively productive and now that we are easing into Fall/Winter I think its a good time to bring out the hook! Boy have I been busy! 

                                                    Latest Baby Owl Rattle for a Friend

I also have a few more fun patterns to share with you! Yay! I promise I have returned from my summer off and I plan to be visiting the blog much more regularly. Until next time!