Today's produce item in the challenge was to make a Pomegranate. When I whipped mine up I thought it looked a lot like a baby Digimon. I thought to myself, "Why not add some eyes and a cute little face?"
I have always been a bigger fan of Digimon than Pokemon. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's because Digimon can talk and interchange between strength levels? You're not just stuck with the evolved form of your stronger partner like in Pokemon. There are more intense battles, a heroic story line, and just awesome looking monsters. Eh, I could go on for quite a while on why I think Digimon is better than Pokemon, but this is not that post.
I give you my OC (original character): Pomegranmon! Special attack: Seed Gun >_< Plus she's super cute.
I LOVE apples. On our little homestead we have two enormous, old apple trees. They were one of the reasons we actually bought our house - in my mind anyway. Every year we enjoy the blossoms in spring, watching the apples swell through the summer, and finally tasting the bounty in autumn. We make pies, apple sauce, and even added cider into our repertoire last year! There's nothing better than a good homegrown apple. Absolute perfection!
I set out on Ravelry to find a cute apple patter that I could make up for the apple challenge. I ran across this Back-to-School Apple Coasters & Pouch pattern by Maria Bittner. I thought it was a really cute idea. Her pattern is very easy to follow and can be used as a stash busting project. I made my apple a red one and opted for the pouch. Personally, I think it would be really cute to put small treats in for lunch, used as Valentines, or even a gift for your favorite teacher.
Plums. What do they make you think of? For me it's the juicy, complex flavor that comes in high summer. Or a thick purple jam made from damson plums. Both are fabulous and have me longing for our trees to mature, so I can enjoy more of them.
Of course, there are many of you who might jump to Sugar Plum Fairies from the ballet. You know what I'm talking about! One of the most iconic ballets that is performed around the holiday season - The Nutcracker!
For my plum design I went off that idea and created a Sugared Plum Fairy. I crocheted a dark purple plum and added a stem and leaf, then I lightly dabbed glue all over and covered it with glitter. The glitter I used looks a more like large sugar crystals, which is the look I wanted. The final touch was a set of wings and a hanger made of yarn.
Now I can enjoy seeing it every year on my Christmas tree. I'll be offering them in shop this year, so you can too!
I love mushrooms. They're such an amazing organism! So many different structures and colors. I mean, even some of the most iconic graphics are mushrooms. We all know Mario, right? Mushrooms for health and even little Toad! Adorable.
Ah... I don't, however, like to eat them.
For day 15 of the challenge I made a Mushroom Cap Cushion/Pillow. I don't have to eat it AND it's super cute. Nap time just became that much more awesome. :D
Today will be short, as I'm already posting this late! I had a hot pad in the shape of a watermelon slice from my Great Aunt. It's cute. So, I decided to make one of my own. It turned out alright, but I would have made a few changes to make it look a little more round. Ah, well. Here it is anyway and it'll still be hanging in my kitchen!
Did you know eggplant comes in more colors than just that bodacious purple we have all come to love? If you're the smart readers I know you are I bet you do! Eggplants come in white, stripes, and even orange. Pretty cool. Shapes very as well. I am hoping one year I remember to order seed from some other varieties of eggplant to grow. I'm hoping they have a different texture or even flavor than the 'Black Beauty' that typically adorns my garden.
Today I decided to stick along the 'egg' theme and knit up some egg cozies that look like little eggplants. I must tell you that last night, when I thought of the idea, I had it all planned out and was super excited to knit them up today. Not all went as planned. Below is the process (from left to right) I went through to get the right fitting size for my home raised eggs.
First I made it too big. Then I made it too small for the bottom opening. The first two were knit from top to bottom, obviously a bad idea. I should have known better, as these are almost like little hats for the eggs even though the egg is fully encapsulated in the cozy.
Several hours had passed and I was feeling very frazzled. On the third try I finally got it right. I knit it up in white to look like the more unusual (to most of us) color of eggplant and to be a little more egg-ish. I then knit up a second in a deep purple. Both are spectacular and with these in my home I am now keen to start using them whenever I boil eggs for a meal!
When I was a kid I used to hate eating peaches fresh. Their fuzz bothered my tongue. It only makes sense, right? Thankfully, today I do enjoy a nice, fresh, juicy peach. Last year we planted two lovely peach trees in our orchard and I am impatient for the year that it bears its first fruits. It'll be a couple more years, though. Good things come in time. Especially when it's a peach!
For today's challenge I wanted to try two forms of peaches. A regular type peach shape and one shaped like those donut peaches. Have you ever tried one? I've really wanted to, although I'm sure they really don't taste any different -- minus the nuances that come in different cultivars. I think it's just that novelty shape that gets me! I'm definitely a sucker for something offered in a new form.
I tried finding a pattern for a cool peach online, but I had no luck there. So, I took the time to whip up these two peaches on the fly this afternoon. I am pleasantly surprised at how well each turned out. I crocheted it with a nice peach colored yarn and added stem and leaf embellishes for a finishing touch. I am contemplating rubbing some rouge on them for a pretty blush, but quite honestly I am a little afraid to try. I'm sure it'd turn out okay in the end, but I DO like them just the way they are.
Right now I don't have them written down, so it'll take me some time to do that. You should be able to find the pattern on my Ravelry shortly.
Radishes are one of the easiest and first crops to get going in the spring. I myself don't like eating them alone, but the DH does. I prefer mine as a garnish or added zest to a salad or meal. With my apparent distaste for the root veg on its own you'd think I'd whip up a radish and be done with it.
Well you're very mistaken. I took today's challenge to crochet something that I've been itching to do for ages! Yes, it involves my obsessive love for all things Harry Potter. Yes, it's something that I can wear. Yes, not people get it when I tell them what they are. >_<
Here are the pair of Dirigible Plum earrings that I made for today's Radish challenge. They DO look like radishes as the ones Evanna Lynch wore for her character of Luna Lovegood in the HP films look like a typical radishes as well. Truthfully, Dirigible Plums are orange in color. It wasn't until I had finished that I had remember that there is a gold variety of radish that I really should have styled after. Ah, well. I stayed true to the films and challenge at least.
The earrings are actually clip-on earrings. I don't have pierced ears and do not care to pierce them. I do like to wear earrings, though. I chose to use the blank earrings that did not have the dangle-y feature. I think that style is a little ugly personally (at least with clip-ons) and I could make them dangle just fine by myself, thank you very much.
As you can see, I used a couple rhinestones to cover up a sticky area on the clasp that you would put a normal flat earring or whatever. I'm not a jewelry maker I don't know the terms! Then I wrapped the showing gold bit with green crochet thread, made a long stem like piece to attach the radishes too, and tied it off. On the back side I used a fabric clue to hold the loose ends of thread in place. It all worked very well and I'm SUPER happy with they turned out. :) I shall don them whenever I wear my other HP apparel, or maybe just as I garden. ;)
While at the store yesterday, I picked up a couple lemons. Partially as inspiration for today's challenge and partially as an effort to use up some of the egg glut we are currently in. What do I mean by egg glut? Well, we have 10 laying hens (which we got last year at this time as little peeping fluff balls!). Since the weather has gotten warmer and the light levels have increased we have been getting more and more eggs every day. I decided to give Angel Food Cake a try and with the leftover yolks I made a luscious lemon curd!
I may not have any cake for you, but today is still QUITE a treat. For day 10 of the #marchmarketmedley challenge I present you an awesome new pattern. Complete with an overload cuteness.
I couldn't help but crochet another little amigurumi. This one is a puckered little lemon that you can't help but squeeze! You can find the pattern in my Ravelry Store or my Etsy Store. Either way I hope you pick up a pattern for yourself and make one of these little guys for yourself.
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Avocados are hard to make. I mean knit or crochet wise. The whole thing just wants to fold into itself and it's a bit hard to get the facing to look flat. I made one though!
My initial idea was to have two halves, one with the seed and one without. Then give them little arms and legs so they could *hug* :D Due to my struggles with the design I decided to go another route. I made only half an avocado with the seed, gave them faces, and let them be sit happily together!
I won't be doing up a pattern for this challenge creation, because I don't like how it turned out in the end. I do have the inspiration for a different pattern in the future, though! Hopefully that one will turn out.
My name is Annissa, owner of MissNissDesigns. I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, and all around crafty lady.