Tag Archive | crochet

Bear Crazy

In June I took a trip to the local library. While looking through the crochet books there I saw a crocheted bear. He looked so cute I had to go home and start working on some bears. I have had a few doll joints in my stock for awhile, so decided that I would make a jointed bear. Her arms, legs and neck aare jointed.



Then I decided that I would do a string jointed bear. That is when you use a doll needle to use yarn or fishing line to attach the arms and legs to the bear so that they can move up and down. This little bear is made out of simply soft yarn and is soooo soft.

Then a  pirate bear seemed appropriate since I’m currently in the Tampa area.

Then I had the idea for this cute little cuddle brown bear. He by the way sold within a few minutes at the next show I did.

Then there was this cute little purple bear.  She was only 5 inches tall and she too sold very quickly.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of her and it is not very clear.

I am sure there will be more bears, hopefully I will be able to post a few patterns soon. Just seems like not enough time to accomplish all I want to. I am sure we all have that same problem.

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Fall is Hunting Season

The place I grew up and most of the places I’ve lived the fall meant time to get ready for hunting.  So as fall is approaching naturally my mind turns towards hunting.   Some of these hunting items I already had in my collection, some are new.  Over the next few weeks I plan on adding more items, 2 more versions of the deer hat and thinking of a duck hat or two.

What do you think of when you think of fall?  Halloween, pumpkins, bats, hats?  All of these things can be found in our store Babbling Hook Creations  We also have a Facebook Store with Rhino’s Emporium and Mad Frills.  The hunting outfit and the pink camo boots were special requests.  I love custom orders, they allow me to create something just for you!

Rhino’s Emporium and Our Soap Savers

Rhino’s Emporium (www.rhinosemporium.com) makes these wonderful soaps.  We decided that maybe those wonderful soaps could use some soap savers.  So we’re going to make the soap savers and you can purchase them both on our site at www.babblinghook.com or when you purchase soaps at www.rhinosemporium.com you can purchase the soap savers there.

They have a special dead man’s soap available for halloween, haven’t figured out which is the appropriate soap saver for that one yet.   They also have an really good dog bar soap with natural flea repellents and a good cat soap.  They even have a pumpkin pie soap – I wouldn’t suggest nibbling on it though.

Custom Orders – Creativity Unleashed

I love doing custom orders when someone says for instance “I want a hunting outfit”.  That gives me the freedom to be creative, to start to design a pattern based on the wish list they gave me.  I have found that some customers have such creative minds and can think of things for me to crochet that I would have never thought of.  One of my most popular items came about from this process.  It is a hunting outfit with a deerstalker hat.  I love it and I love making them.

The hat was the first billed hat I had done so it took a few tries to get it the way I wanted it to be.  I didn’t want to have to use stiff material to make it stand out, and finally I figured out how to crochet it so it would stand out on it’s own without having to put plastic or cardboard in it.  The side flaps were fun to make and then I added 2 snaps to hold them on top.

The boots were a little more trying.  I went looking for patterns for these.  I found several patterns that I liked portions of and started to combine them for the perfect look.  These boot booties are very roomy and look awesome on little feet, they give you that clunky look that hunting/hiking boots usually have.

The diaper cover I wanted to make adjustable, because all little bellies are different.  I accomplished this by adding a row of double crochet (triple crochet on larger sizes) this allows for the cover to be buttoned at any position around.

A special shout out to Janel Dick of Crafty Vine.  She was the one who originally requested this item.  She is such a creative person and was a joy to work with her on this and several other outfits.  This one is still my favorite though.  This item can be purchased at www.babblinghook.com

Several More Dog Sweaters Completed

Have been working on alot of things lately. Here are a few of the dog sweaters that I have finished. I have also finished Halloween and Christmas sweaters I’ll try to get put out here in the next few days along with the collars and leashes my husband is making out of paracord.   Will also be showing you some of the hooded dog coats that I have been sewing, some ice skate booties. Hope everyone is doing well out there and having fun. These dog sweaters were made by modifying a red heart pattern that you can find here http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dog-sweater-0 I did not however use the super saver yarn, but some softer yarns I had lying around.

purple short sweater 1

Short Purple Dog Sweater with Ruffles

green variegated dog sweater - 9

Natural Tones Variegated Dog Sweater

purple dog dress 1
Purple Dog Sweater Dress

Adding Pet Items to Store

We received a request to do a craft show to benefit a humane society.  The event is going to be held at a dog park, so decided this was the perfect time to add some pet items to the store.  I’ve made sweaters for my dogs, but until now not for others.   Rhino makes dog collars and leashes out of paracord and  has decided to start making cat collars (the fact that a kitten was added to the family could have something to do with that).

dog sweater one - 1 cat and cat collardog sweater one - 5  cat collar