It seems you all enjoyed coming along on the virtual version of my walk in the woods!
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments, it makes me happy to read them all!
Making Funky Toadstools when you can't get to sleep
Yesterday I spent a lot of my time travelling (thankfully the Harlequin Blanket and the Shrug both benefitted from it), but it also meant I was very tired late in the evening.
But for some reason I couldn't get to sleep, so after lying there for a while, I got up again and made myself comfortable at the table. I decided to let creativity take it's own course and have a go just playing with yarn! I was still thinking about my lovely walk and decided I would try to make my own toadstool - I ended up with 3 even! This is the result.
Whenever I stay up during the night like this, I make a point of not turning the computer on. This stops distracting me and I can just make something until my eyes feel tired again and I know I will get to sleep easily enough!
So I began crocheting 4 chains with white cotton yarn and started on the stem of the first toadstool, crocheting in the round and adding 2 extra stitches along the way, then I did some trebles representing the gills, doubling the stitches to 12. Attaching the dark red Cotton from Rico I continued in the round, increasing stitches regularly and then later decreasing. I had left a long tail of the white cotton and used this to add the white spots before closing up completely with red. Likewise, I added some stuffing during this process which helped with the shaping. Finished size: 3.5cm tall with 2.8cm diameter! Tiny and cute!
My next toadstool was to become even more funky as I reversed the 2 colours and added a more pointy shape! Finished size: 5cm tall and 3cm diameter.
The last one took the longest, because it was also the biggest, measuring about 7cm tall and 6cm diameter.
This time I crocheted the white stem first with about 10 stitches in the round. Then I fashioned the top, beginning at the centre with a magic ring and 4 stitches, increasing more and more each round. As I approached the last 3-4 rows towards the edge, I deliberately increased and on occasion, decreased, in a more random fashion. This resulted in a much more organic shape which was not completely round!
Then I worked the underside with the gills, decreasing until I had also about 10 stitches left to match my stem. I added the white spots by sewing with a double strand of white cotton, added stuffing and sewed the stem to the top. I squeezed the toadstool into shape until I was happy with it! (If you wanted to be precise, you might insist on doing the gills in white, I did mine in red and call it artistic licence!!!)
If this inspires you, then why not have a go yourself? The toadstools do not need to look perfectly round and even, in fact the more unusual, the more original! A nice way to practice crocheting in the round, though it does get easier if you use more stitches or thicker yarn! Use your own imagination!!!
|My fresh harvest!!!|
I had collected a handful of nice pebbles on my walk as well. To all my British readers I say this: it might be much easier to find perfect pebbles if you have access to a nice beach somewhere instead of looking for them on your woodland walks! :)
|Pebbles from my walk|
This was a fun way of doodling with yarn, just seeing where it leads to!
|My finished Crochet pebbles made with Katia Jaipur|
|Lovely effect of the yarn|
|Granny square stitch versus mesh stitch|
After that, all I wanted to do is bake a quick cake or tart! I used a few plums which I sliced and placed on top of a layer of Mascarpone cheese spread onto some ready made shortcrust pastry . Sprinkled with plenty of Cinnamon and some Vanilla flavouring! I didn't add sugar, because I like it that way! Baked in the oven as two halves (since we have a very small oven) and voila! Some yummy Plummy cake! (I sometimes vary this simple recipe by using puff pastry instead which also works well. You could use other fruit, too!) It tastes delicious! Of course you can make your own pastry (and some of you would say, grow your own plums even - and I applaud you certainly for that!), but for me this was a quick way to produce something fun and edible without worrying too much about the ins and the outs of things!
PS: Random Health Warning: Do not attempt to add Funky Toadstools and Crochet Stones to your own Plummy Cake - these projects are best enjoyed separately!!! ;D
|Some quick Plummy Cake|
Have a lovely weekend! I am looking forward to it very much since my family from Germany is coming to visit, so there will be less time for blogs! (I'm hoping to catch up afterwards and look forward to find out what everyone has been up to!)
What do you think of my little quirky makes? Did they make you smile a little? Please leave me a message, I love reading them!