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Summer Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Toys |

The craft project photos have been piling up, and I thought it would be fun to devote an entire post to the things Ginger and I have been making these past few months. I’ll save Ginger’s items for last, as they’re the most spectacular. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

First, a set of crochet fruits and vegetables that I used as props/toys in the preschool Vacation Bible Camp class I taught in early August.

Aren’t they cute? These were a lot of fun to make and also helped use up lots of odds and ends of yarn I had lying around.

I made progress on my knitted sweater vest. You may remember this project from earlier posts.

I cut the steeks, made an alteration to the length, and sewed up the shoulder seams. Now I just have the ribbing around the arm and neck openings to do. I’m dragging my feet a bit, as that will take a good amount of time, but the weather is cooling down, and I’m sure my enthusiasm will return at some point. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to use up other oddments of yarn from my stash. Scarves seemed like worthy projects for the task. Here’s one I made with a skein of Lion Brand “Scarfie”. I used the Back To School #Scarfie pattern.

Here’s another scarf – this one knit from a skein of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Cake. This one was knit using the Windham Scarf pattern.

Both of these were simple and pleasant to work up – a welcome change from that vest!

Alison has been even busier than I have, cranking out toys and even doing some sewing. Here are some House Elves she crocheted at the start of the summer.

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, you may recognize these and the colors she’s chosen to dress them in. Ginger sent a copy of this photo to J.K. Rowling.

Another early summer project – these slippers:

Ginger is looking forward to wearing these once the weather cools.

Ginger took a short break from crochet to squeeze in some sewing. Here she is at work on a quilt. Mr. Wa thought he was helping.

He was not.

But the real star projects this summer have been Ginger’s fantasy creatures, all made from patterns created by Megan Lapp of Crafty Intentions.

First, this “Pony Alicorn”:

Then a pair of dragons.

These are definitely the most challenging things Ginger has crocheted to date. The patterns, though, were very detailed and had lots of photos and help for each step. Ginger found them very clear and easy to follow, so if you’re interested in making something similar, Ginger definitely recommends these patterns.

From the dining room table, enjoying much cooler weather with the windows wide open and the cicadas singing,

Mrs. Smythe

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