Squirrel Nutkin and Old Brown

Attic24 woodland cal 2018, squirrel motif

Squirrel motif, free crochet pattern

Click on the link for the free Squirrel Motif Pattern – I still have more photos to add, but I’m glad to haveheard from a couple of people who have been able to make a squirrel.

The throw measures 1m60cm, 5’3″ long, and I have decided to stop here (just short of the end of Part5) as this will be just the right size to go on Little Bro’s bed and for him to carry it downstairs to the sofa for snuggling under with his Big Bro. Any bigger and I think it might be too cumbersome for him.

Attic24 woodland Cal, random colour order

We Attic24 Woodlanders eagerly await the intructions for the edging, which will be posted on Friday. I have been loosely following Lucy’s Random Colour Order and have substituted Mocha with Walnut (brown)

Woodland Cal, Attic24, free pattern

Toooo-whit-tooooo-whoooooo-hooo-hooo!

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Kokodama Snowdrops

moss ball and snowdrops

You might already know how much I love all things Japanese. I came across the Art of Kokodama on @tranquil_plants on Instagram and just had to have a go.

The snowdrop moss ball dangles in the window next to the pelargoniums that have flowered for over a year now – ‘Winter says hello to Summer’

kokodama, snowdrop mossball

back lit by a sunny Golden Euonymus outside in the garden.

Joining Cathy with her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme. It is always delightfully uplifting to see what she and other gardeners pop into a vase – or other container – each week.

I’m new to Instagram, not sure how to use it yet, but if you would like to see what I put on there here is a link.

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Silent Sunny Sunday

February afternnon

Joining in with Sunday Trees with Cee and Becca

Hearts

heart candles

My family and I spent Half-Term in a wonderful holiday house in Devon.

ice decoration, Valentines

We combined Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day, another excuse to bring out the ice-bowl I’d made for Christmas – it survived the 1.5 hour car journey, from freezer to freezer, really well.

pancake with powdered beetroot heart

the rice was asking for some decoration but the central stenciled heart did not work, a sprinkled heart worked better

felt hearts

time away allows us all to get creative…

the card my daughter made for her husband

from ma head to ma toes

get it?!

Little Miss M did her version, don’t you just love the toes!

Valentines Cards

and inside

Valentines Card

and the card made by Dad and Little Miss M…..  a love dart to the heart ….

Valentine's Dart

I do hope you had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day, not always easy for anyone on their own.

I’m joining in with Postcard From Gibraltar’s Friday Photo Challenge – I know it’s not Friday, but I hope I can just squeak in.

 

 

Crochet Squirrel Motif

As the Woodland Blanket is being made for Little Bro aged 5, I wondered if he would like a few leaves and squirrels.

crochet squirrel motif

He would!

and so it seems would some of you!

I was pleasantly taken aback by the squirrel-love that poured in when I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram, with lots of people asking for the pattern.

Oh my goodness – creating a squirrel is relatively quick and easy compared with creating a pattern for others to follow.

These mischievous little creatures have led me a merry dance, but at last I have arrived at a pattern.

I will do a more detailed Photo Tutorial as soon as I can, but with Half-Term coming up, I’m not sure when that will be.

For those of you eager to get going on the Squirrels here is the pattern: fingers-crossed you can follow it. It has not been tested so please let me know if you have any difficulties.

squirrel motif, free pattern

Pattern for the Squirrel Motif

Stylecraft Double DK

4.5mm hook

US crochet terms. I am left-handed so the photos will show work from a LH perspective, but the pattern should work just fine for right-handers too. Working with the right hand the squirrels will face the other way.

Starting with the back leg

Make a magic loop, Ch1, 8sc into the loop, pull loop together, sl into the 1st ch. to join.                                                  8 sts

2nd Round

Ch1, 2sc into each st, sl into the first ch. to join.                                          16 sts

3rd Round

Ch1, 2sc, 2sc into next st,

(back foot) ch4,crochet tutorial

sc into 3rd and 4th st from the hook, sc into same st as the 2scs

free pattern, tutorial

sc into the next 4sts.photo tutorial, free pattern

2sc into each of the next 3sts, sc, 2sc into next st, 2hd into next st, 2dcs into next st, 2 tr into next st.

(neck) Ch4 crochet tutorial, squirrel motif

work 4dc into the 4th ch from the hook photo tutorial, squirrel motif

sl into same st of Round 2, 2sl, sl to join.crochet squirrel motif tutorial

 

4th Round

Sl into next 3sts. sl into next 2 loops (back foot) photo tutorial, squirrel motif

2sl into next st, which takes you round the end of the ‘foot’,

Sl into next 9sts, 4sc,crochet squirrel motif

(tail) 4sc into back loops (if you can find another loop lower down, at the back of the work, to work into as well this stabilises the back loop stitches), 2hd into back loops, ch7,squirrel motif

3hd in 3rd ch from hook,

2dc, 2tr, dtr (yarn 3 times round the hook)  in next ch,

miss 1ch,crochet squirrel motif

2dtr, tr in next ch

2tr, dc, in next ch, sl into next st of Round 3squirrel motif tutorial, free pattern

2sl, Work 5 sc in the gaps between the next sts. (also covering the thread at the base)crochet tutorial

free pattern, squirrel motif

At last it begins to look like a Squirrel

(head) ch3, sl in 3rd ch from hook,

sl into one of the ch3 (into, not over), sl into first dc of the neck,

Working into the gap between: 4sc, hd, sc.squirrel motif, free pattern

2sl, hd.

(front foot)

2sl, ch2, sl in 2nd from the hook, sl into the body at base of front foot . Cut yarn and pull through to the front, then take the end to the back (leave a long tail of thread if you will be sewing this on as applique), or sew in the ends

Pin to shape and block.

 

More photos will be added as soon as I can.

 

 

 

13.1 of 500 Miles completed

Today the school my Grandchildren go to had an Inset Day, so my daughter and I braved the icy winds, wrapped the children up and off we went to Arne

walking at Arne

an RSPB Nature Reserve near Wareham, Dorset. Little Miss M (5) and I set Strava on my phone so we could measure how far we walked. We are aiming to walk 500 miles together – you can see the origin of this challenge here.

Now Little Bro (5) is prone to complaining about going on a ‘walk’ at the best of times, and on the car journey there, he was starting to say he wasn’t going to walk as it was too cold, so I asked him if he liked hot chocolate. “Oooooh YES!” he said.

So evil Granny replied, “When we get to the playground you will all be able to have a hot chocolate (I’d packed a flask full), but anyone who makes ANY complaints WHAT-SO-EVER will not be getting any hot chocolate”.

I call this incentive!

As soon as Big Bro and Little Bro met their cousins they were off and running and having a wonderful time following the Nature Trails forgetting they were on ‘a walk’, even before we got to the playground (which was about an hour from the start) Little Bro said, “this is actually quite fun.”

Arne, Poole Harbour, Natrue Trail

Poole Harbour from Arne

The walk takes you through woods, down to the beach overlooking Poole Harbour and then through woodland again to the woodland playground.

By the time we got to the playground my phone battery was getting low so I didn’t take any more photos but this is a photo from a visit last summer

woodland playground

We all had a hot chocolate and the children clambered about happily playing a Star Wars inspired game for about half an hour – then back to the RSPB centre to get stickers for filling in the Nature Trail questionaire.

Little Miss M and I had clocked up 2.6 miles – making our running total 13.1 miles. Little Miss M and the other children covered at least twice that distance with their running back and forth looking for acorns, berries, flowers and shells on the beach.

 

Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Now Challenge.

And today this fabulous quote and picture seen on Alisa Burke’s blog

quote about woods

Warm

Here we are at the first Tuesday of February with our Photographic Monthly Meet Up.

The theme this month is WARM, so join us by leaving links in the comments to any photographs and/or posts both current and archive. Let’s all meet up for a huddle to keep warm – cos ‘baby it’s cold outside’! At least it is here. Any photos of warmer climes will be much drooled over and appreciated!

It might be frosty outside this morning but inside I’m indulging in some cosy hooky time before getting out of bed!

crochet, Woodland Cal, view

I’m loving the warm colours of Attic24’s Woodland Cal and in the 5th week of the Cal the blanket is big enough to keep me warm whilst crocheting.

I’m already thinking of new projects using these scrummy colours.Attic24 Woodland Cal

Going back to February 2013 I found this post – and the colours fit with the Warm theme

crochet cushions

And this post from February 2014 when I was in Abu Dhabi for two gloriously WARM weeks.

In February 2015 I was keeping cosy under the Attic24 Cosy Cal

Attic24 Cosy Cal

In February 2016 I knitted 14 bobble hats to keep my family warm

knitted bobble hats

In February 2017 the Attic24 Cal was once again keeping me warm with my Hedgerow version of Lucy’s Moorland Blanket.

Attic24 Moorland cal, Hedgerow colours

How are you keeping warm?

The theme stays open all month, just leave your links in the Comments.

I’m really looking forward to seeing your take on WARM.

Now I’d better get up!

 

Update:

This photo is of Bentley, a very warm dog, trying to cool off on a hot summers day. Sent to me by my sister, you can see her wonderful paintings and silver jewellery on Instagramgolden labrador, hot dog, #clthistlethwaiteart