Totally inspired by Sammy!

The Sammy TotePresenting the Sammy Tote! A crocheted tote inspired by Sammy and Furoshiki, the Japanese art of folding material. This is different to most totes and not just because it looks like its namesake. This design ensures the tote has a firm bottom which is unusual in the average tote bag. It can be easily changed to look like any critter and is great as a plain tote too. The actual pattern won’t be available until December but I couldn’t resist this sneak preview of the prototype.  Thanks for the inspiration Sammy, they will make great Christmas gifts and hopefully sell well at the Christmas Markets too.  I want a Koala one next. 

 

Story Time.

I have written and made up stories and read stories  since I can remember. I have never read one out loud before so when Bacon suggested we do just that. I thought “what a fun idea” and “why not?” Well,this marks my foray into video taking. It was so much fun and I have a lot to learn but thank you Bacon for giving me the gentle push to get it happening. Without further ado, I give you “Dearie Ewe of Tall Trees farm” I will also link the other stories as they come in. Make yourself a drink, take a break for approximately 3 minutes and get ready for a smile of a time. 😀

More lambs at end of CAL.

2016-cal-participants-finished-pillows.jpThe CAL from Squirrel Picnic is over and I hope you have fun watching the Pillows being built. The pattern is available through The Big Acorn Race book . Dearie Ewe and amigurumi lambsDearie Ewe has some new spring lambs to watch and this week  I am giving yarnit a bit of a plug. A new invention and made in America, as soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to have one. The yarn goes in the dome and eliminates all yarn spills making projects cleaner and more mobile. Really worth having a look as they conduct a launch through kickstarter.yarnit.com
Enjoy the variety of pillows. I love how they are all the same pattern but all different.

Tall N Fast Flower Pillow gets ZZZs

Jack tries out Tall N Fast Flower Pillow.
My contribution to the Squirrel Picnic CAL has been tried and tested by Jack.
He gives it a dog snore of approval. Looks like I will have to make another one for myself!Sherbet and tall N Fast Pillow.
Meanwhile, perhaps you will consider joining me on the 15th June with a piece of your writing? I Would LOVE to hear it. More information HERE!  

Tall N Fast Flower Pillow gets AWARD!

Week five squirrel picnic CAL gentlestitches contribution
Above are some of the examples of week 4 Squirrel Picnic Crochet along and underneath is my week 5 back of the pillow held by Shane.
I also have not one BUTT two rather exciting bits of news.
News one (I will mention it again on yarn along day) is the Gauntlet Pattern is available for a sneak preview and FREE download right HERE!
News two is that The Big Acorn Race (the book) has a shiny award on it’s front cover! nieaseal-2014-winner-200.png
Congratulations Jennifer! This is the second book I have been involved in that has won an award. Everything comes in threes so who knows what will happen next!

Wrangling the Tall N Fast Flower Pillow.

squirrel-wrangler-tom-yum-soup-and-tall-n-fast-flower-pillow.Week four of the Squirrel Picnic CAL and Sherbet and I are almost finished this really fun project.  If you would like a to make a Squirrel friend of your own, checkout The Big Acorn Race for the pattern . Time for some Tom Yum soup in my favorite cup. If you would like your very own Rainbow  Unicorn Wrangling mug (and who wouldn’t!) check out Evil Squirrels Shop HERE!

Now for a rather special invitation to all you poets and storytellers out there.

 I am co-hosting a Read Me A Story day scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2016 with Bacon from piglove and friends

We are asking for all of our friends to participate on this date by video taping themselves reading a story to peeps/anipals here on the blogs.  Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?  It can be a short story, the first chapter, something everyone knows or something new.  And the video doesn’t have to be long, 3-5 minutes would be awesome.  You know long enough for all of us anipals here in blogville to get involved in your reading.  And don’t worry about video taping – it can be of the book, it can be of you reading it or it can be of your anipals while you are reading.  Be creative and have fun with Read Me A Story my friends.

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We hope to see you reading a story next month:)

Tall n fast flower pillow, week three.

Sherbet the crocheted squirrel and week 3 of the squirrel picnic CAL.It is week three of the Squirrel Picnic CAL and this week Sherbet, a cousin of Podge helps me with my progress. If you would like to make your own Squirrely friend, you will find the pattern in the book The Big Acorn Race. Sherbet has her basket with her which is full of crocheted fruit and flowers. A FREE pattern for the basket is here. This week we added a 3D petal row and I am looking forward to seeing my fellow CAL’s progress.  People have chosen a variety of colors and yarns so no two pillows are the same. It isn’t too late either. If you want to join in , contact me on my contact page or click the cushion on my side bar. I will be available to talk you through each part of the project.  Have a great Weekend and join me on Tuesday for the “wags and waves for Forrest”day.Pam and Sammy's Forrest badge.