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. 

 

Amigurumi Lambs at last.

crochet amigurumi lambs by gentlestitches
I am feeling very grateful today. After a barrage of unpleasant tests, I have been found to have had no more than pulled muscles in my upper body. The treatment is rest and to lay off the heavy lifting or intense exercise and it will resolve itself. I plan to stick to walking and bike riding for exercise and leave the other type for the more athletic. The relief that it was nothing sinister makes me want to do cartwheels. Except, of course, cartwheels are definitely out. My son has just mastered the “aerial cartwheel” which is a cartwheel without using hands. I am proud of him.
This post is not just about cartwheels. Following on from my Dearie Ewe, Lamb story I am happy to offer this FREE amigurumi lamb pattern. It is a great pattern because the math translates into ANY size yarn so you can make a teeny, tiny or super, huge lamb for yourself, young people in your life or as a critter toy.
Use a size smaller hook than normally recommended for your yarn and the pattern will translate perfectly. I can say that with confidence because I tried out many types of yarn with excellent results.
Many of the amigurumi I make are gifts and I am very particular about the eyes and noses I use. If using safety eyes and noses, I only use Suncatcher Craft eyes. This isn’t just because all the eyes are fabulous and cost effective it is also about safety. Suncatcher Craft eyes are made locally ( by Michelle) and are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.
I am grateful to report I am still here, still writing and still making things.
Tell me, what are you grateful for today? 

 

Yarn along Gauntlets and Poetry.

Joining Ginny from Yarn Along this week, two lovely young women show my Gauntlets and a very wonderful book of poetry by Cynthia Jobin entitled “A Certain Age”. I love this book and I am enjoying it very much.crochet gauntlets, poems by Cynthia JobinI am happy with the way the Gauntlets turned out and think they look very “Gauntlety”The pattern will be available on my next post and will be FREE! I am also working on some amigurumi sheep that are going to be involved in our upcoming storytelling day on June 13. If you would like to participate in this story telling day, it would be great to have you. Find out more here.

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.

amigurumi fox pattern

Pattern for amigurumi foxes.

mother and young amigurumi fox by gentlestitches.a group of foxes getting ready for a pop up marketgroup of amigurumi foxes by gentlestitches

two foxes showing off their tails.2 amigurumi foxes by gentlestitches.

This fox is ready for his closeup. Visit ravelry.com for this pattern and many others. one amigurumi fox by gentlestitches.

Jack the dog and I disagree as to weather or not my wool carding basket is WAY too small for him. Plus he has his own bed(s). gentlestitches dog jack in small basket. gentlestitches dog jack in far too small basket.

You look very uncomfortable and just a bit silly, Jack. Just saying.  😀

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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. 😀

We are wise we are kind we are many.