Friday, November 23, 2012

Black or White?

After I finish this blog post, I am going to fix myself a cup of coffee, get out my hooks, and make a little mouse (Neville the Nibbler) for one of my nephews for Christmas.   You can see him up in the left hand corner of the collage above; his pattern is under "Crochet an Outdoor Setting."  

Patterns for all of the dolls and toys pictured here are freely available on this blog.    Along the top are a mouse and turtle, a Free Spirit doll, a Crochet Bleuette, and a Basic Amigurumi Doll.  Next row is a Beagle from " Links to my Animal Patterns," and a Knit Waldorf Style Doll.  Next row is a Prairie Flower Cloth Doll and a Pocket Spirit with a simple bed made from a picture frame and wood turnings.  Along the bottom row is a Free Spirit, Mini Free Spirit, and Labrador puppy (around the Christmas tree), two Teacup Spirits, a Prairie Flower cloth doll, and a littler of Kitties.

You can find all the patterns by scrolling down the left sidebar, looking for the header, or a picture of the type of doll or toy you want to make.  Links to all of the patterns are listed there.

We can all make this Friday a White Friday, and give the gift of handmade love.  It just takes a little time, and a little yarn.

However your day, have a good one!

UPDATE: Saturday 11/24/2012

Meet Neville, Ernie, and Trevor :-)

 My White Friday Mice!

24 comments:

  1. I love this post!!! My friday was also white! And i love your patterns - everyone does.
    hugs
    rux

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    1. Thanks so much, Rux, for your always good words!

      Beth

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  2. Hello from Australia! I love your website and have knitted several things (can't crochet!). Thank you so much for sharing with everyone.

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  3. Hi Beth, can't take the time to sign in, sorry, busy working this Christmas season.
    This is an AWESOME post. I love your work.
    Hope you enjoyed your cup of coffee and anxiously awaiting, to see what you have to share next. By the way, Thank you for all of your free patterns.

    If I don't get back here;
    I want to wish you and your family the Merriest of Christmas' and the best of the coming New Year.

    til' next time

    Connie

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  4. Mary Jo and Connie, thanks so much for your good words and Christmas wishes! I hope both of you have a wonderful, Holy Day season :-)

    Beth

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  5. How very darling! :) I just love your creations. :) So cute!

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  6. Beth,
    I love the post as usual but I can't find the mouse pattern can you direct me to the link please.

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    1. Look on the left sidebar, and scroll down until you see the heading "Crochet an Outdoor Setting;" under this will be patterns for 'stump, log, and meadow,' 'tiny turtle,' 'tiny mouse,' and 'mushrooms,' I made my mousies above a bit bigger, using worsted mohair yarn and a size D crochet hook.

      Beth

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  7. You amazing!!!!! I mean it!!! You really are.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words :-)

      Beth

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  8. I never saw your site before; it's lovely! After seeing it, I remebered that the pattern at http://www.knitheartstrings.com/bitsoflace/a-bit-of-lace-dolly-shawl.php is free during December 2012.I thought that maybe you could use it for one of your dolls.

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    1. Thank you for your good words, and for the free shawl pattern link!

      Beth

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  9. Magnifical,,,,,I love very much your creations!!!!!

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  10. How beautiful your site is! Dolls and crafts are my two hobbies. Sadly, being a left-hander, nobody had the patience to teach me to knit or crochet when I was small and, though I taught my self to knit by watching my grandmother when she was too engrossed to notice, her crochet hooks flashed too quickly for me to follow.
    Guess which of your many gorgeous dolls I would love to make --- the crocheted ones, of course! I just love the texture of their 'skin.' But I shall try out a knitted one instead. Thank you for your generosity in sharing them.
    Jenni

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    1. Hi Jenni, Thank you for your good words. You know, I felt this way about knitting for about 40 years. I found a doll pattern that I just really wanted to make, that was knit, so I taught myself to knit! You can do this too, with crochet. Or maybe someone you know, at a yarn shop or at church, can show you how to crochet.

      I've found online tutorials to be really helpful in teaching myself to knit. For what its worth, I do think crochet is easier than knitting :-)

      Best of luck!

      Beth

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    2. I'm determined to try.... have asked Santa for a set of crochet hooks and we are usually snowed in for a few days in January - the Welsh weather is quite determined to make us rest and have time for indoor hobbies - so I should have time to concentrate on a new skill. I just fear producing some poor, unrecognizable little doll that will be disabled for life!
      Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas
      Jenni

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    3. Jenann, keep your very first doll! She will mean so much to you, and show you just how far you have improved. Don't expect perfection with the very first try; it will still be a work of heart :-)

      Beth

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  11. I am left handed and was fascinated at 11 by crotcheting. I read in a 'how to crotchet' book that if you put the book against a mirror the reflection shows you what to do. I didn't look back after that.

    I love your site, Beth. So far I have made 25 mini tea cup spirits (modified as a 'Brave Doll' for my 8 yo daughter's birthday favours, your Waldorf pattern doll (with crotchet clothes of course) and your full size Free Spirit doll.

    An Avid fan in Western Australia
    Samantha

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    1. Samantha, thank you so much for your kind words :-) It is such a joy that the internet lets us touch kindred spirits we would never otherwise connect with.

      Beth

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    2. A brilliant idea, Samantha! Thank you. I'll give that a try.
      Happy holidays,
      Jenni

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  12. Your mice are adorable! They look soft and fun to play with too. The black one looks a lot like my guinea pig, Rufus. :-) Happy new year! Here's to more creativity and fun in 2013! xo Jennifer

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    1. Thank you for the good words, Jennifer; the mice were a hit with the nephews!

      Have a healthy and creative New Year!

      Beth

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  13. Hi Beth, Thank you more than words can say for your generosity in publishing your patterns. I'm just now posting on my blog the variation I made using your Prairie Flower Cloth Dolls patterns. I have such a looong list of other projects on your site that I want to tackle. And I have plenty of young ones on which to bestow the final products. Thank you again! Your work is truly art and love.

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    1. Cyndy, your mini Prairie Flowers are a delight! I dearly love pocket dolls, and love the idea of reducing this cloth doll pattern as you did. An enchanting gift for any child :-)

      And thank you so much for your good words.

      Beth

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