CROSHADES for Australia day

I just got back from Australia Day Holidays and getting ready for a productive year writing crochet and knitting patterns and making amigurumi critters. I would like to share our fun with you and I will start with the youngsters modelling the one and only CROSHADES  from SQUIRREL PICNIC .  You can crochet your own croshades  using Jennifer’s free pattern! Croshades at Erskine falls for Australia  Day
Preparing for our big Barbecue with family and friends.

preparing for our gentlestitches Australia Day Barbecue










Lily Models her Australia Day top hat and Tricky shows off her new collar.Tricky and Lily dogs show off their Australia Day top hat and collar









Erskine Falls. More fun than an adventure park. No queuing, no tickets needed just BYO rubbish bag.children applying garbage bags as the get ready to tackle Eskine falls

Wheeeee! Don’t slide too far children.

children sliding down the Erskine falls










Just joking. We were a long way from the lethal drop.

Erskine Falls great Ocean Road

Look Mum, no hands!












On the way home we stopped at Torquay  for some kite flying.gentlestitches kite flying at Torquay









Swimming at Geelong. Bollards art by Jan Mitchel the same artist who painted our Barwon heads Bollards.Geelong Bollards

Cousins taking a break from jumping on the giant thong.

Children and giant thong at the beach on Australia Day

The end of a big six week break and back to school and work for everyone except Jack who finds a sun puddle and takes a well earned break from all the action. 

gentlestitches dog Jack in a sun puddle

Time to get serious about 2015! :-D




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Knitted dog and cat toy


I have been working on my free speech pencils, amigurumi Owls and of course foxes. For a change of pace I decided to design a anipal toy. I wanted it to be fun, safe and versatile. My little boy ,his dog Jack and my dog Tricky were more than happy to road test it.

crochet toy for people cats and dogs

hours of fun for the whole family!











Introducing the anipal foxes.

knitted fox dog toys

knitted anipal toy foxes!











Lily the very beautiful and much loved Terrier barks “yes” to the toy.

Lily the Terrier trials toy

Lily the Terrier trials toy














Jack thinks this is a great game!


Jack the dog plays tug o war with crocheted toy and boy

You are MINE!












Jack is so pleased with his toy he runs outside to bury it!      

knitted fox dog toys

Jack decides he is tired of sharing.











I am still working on the design and will share it when it is completed. Meanwhile I am lucky to have so much keen quality control.



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a brave little pencil.

a movie made by my son and staring amigurumi pencil. If you would like an amigurumi pencil for yourself, go to my ravelry page and download a FREE  copy of the pattern. A FREE pencil for FREE SPEECH.

Amigurumi pencil is tough and never gives up.brave amigurumi pencil






He loves you all and wants to make you smile. :-D

We are wise we are kind we are many.



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Happy New Year from Squirrel Picnic and gentlestitches

A Ripper Aussie New Year’s Party

January 1, 2015

Each year, Mayor Snack Frog hosts a New Year’s Eve party at his pad and invites all his friends from the picnic and beyond, including you! This year, special guests flew all the way from Australia to attend. These delightful amigurumi characters by Sharon Pridmore of included a bushy-tailed possum, 3 foxes, a crocodile, dogs, and zombie bunnies. Australia is filled with dangerous creatures, so Sharon sent along some Easter brown snakes and a red-backed spider as well, all of which we found to be very well-behaved despite their reputation.  You can find patterns for Sharon’s crochet creations on her website or Ravelry. We were also very excited to see that she sent along MEAP2, which she made with my cuddly robot crochet pattern, so MEAP had a girlfriend to dance with all night.

We hope you enjoy this very amateur stop-motion animation, and we wish you plenty to smile about in 2015!



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my amigurumis visit America for a party!

Are you ready for the festivities?

December 31, 2014

Mayor Snack Frog's Welcome

Happy New Year! I’ll be ringing in the new year with the Squirrel Picnic gang and special guest amigurumis from Australia for as long as I can keep my eyes open. I’m super tired after a very difficult work week, so I probably won’t make it to midnight. In fact, I might just pass my phone over to Mayor Snack Frog now to take photos for you. He’ll be posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagramthroughout the evening. You won’t want to miss it. The Aussies from are sure to show us a ripper good time!

Then don’t forget to stop by the picnic tomorrow for a special (and truly amateur) film documenting the night. Have a great time and see you in the new year!


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