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1  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: Today at 11:49:20 AM

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2  Chicken Lips, with pattern link in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: Today at 11:47:24 AM
Yeah, you heard me.

LOL, ok, not really. I'm just showing how I made the faces of these here chickens.

Using 3 colours you can get 6 variations.

I couldn't sleep last night so I finished them all up then strung them this morning. I gave them a little squeeze in the middle to puffy them out so they are a bit more 3-D and crescent shaped instead of half circles.

Here they are in the kitchen for size reference.  

And another strand hung vertically.

With a matching tassel.

I got the idea from a photo online. I looked for a pattern but didn't find one so made it up, as usual. And, as usual, I repeated it over a dozen times trying to do it the same way twice so I could share the how-to with you here. Failure, lol.
Then I found a pattern!

I tried it their way, sort of.

Crochet chickens method

Skill: Easy
Materials: Crochet Hook Size F, Assorted Scrap Yarns, Craft Wiggly Eyes inch

This is the perfect project to use up all those left over scraps that we all have in our stash! It is easy to adapt this pattern to your favorite colors. Be creative and have fun!

Rooster Body: (You do not have to change colors each row. These look very cute in a variegated yarn or solid for all three rows.)

First row: With color of choice ch4 and 17dc in 4th ch from hook, join to make a closed circle
Row 2: With color of choice chain 3, 2dc in each dc of row 1, join to first ch3
Third row: With color of choice chain 3, 2dc in each dc of previous row, join to first chain 3.
Row 4: With color of choice, ch1. Fold circle in half to form a crescent shape, join the edges of
crescent shape by working a sc into the dc of front and back of crescent. Finish off and weave in
Note: I simply leave the tails of the previous rounds encased in the middle of the crescent shape.
Beak: (use color of choiceI prefer an orange or bright yellow)

At the right point of the crescent, insert the crochet hook and pull up a loop and chain 2. Turn and work a hdc in next sc and then cut yarn leaving a tail of about 7 inches and thread through a tapestry needle and weave in the end into the body of the rooster. Weave in beginning tail of beak as well.

Rooster legs: Use the same color as you used on the beak. Locate the center bottom of the roosters body. You will work the front leg first and then the back. Pull up a loop in the stitch that is to the right of the center and chain 8 (for longer legs ch 13). Slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and next chain, Chain 3 and slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and next chain, chain 3 and slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and next chain. (you will now have 3 chicken toes formed!) Join to the first chain of the first toe and slip stitch all the way up the leg, Turn and sc in next stitch of rooster body and work the second leg in the same manner. Cut ends and weave them in.
Comb and wattle

The comb and wattle: At the top of the beak where it meets the tip of the rooster body, in color of choice (red or orange, or rust) pull up a loop and chain 5, sc in next st, ch5, sc in next stitch, ch5 sc in next stitch. Weave ends into the body of the rooster. At the bottom of the beak, pull up a loop and chain 8, sc in same stitch. Using one of the ends tack the inside part of the loop to the rooster body and weave in the end, weave in the remaining end into the body of the rooster.

And finallythe tail: On the opposite point of the crescent, pull up a loop and ch 12, sc in same st, repeat 2 more times. Cut ends and weave them into the body. Glue a craft wiggly eye on each side of the rooster and attach a hanger for the ornament. I suggest a hanger by making a chain of 45 and attaching it to the top center of the rooster and weaving the ends into the body.


One thing I did differently was to leave a long tail on all my working strands, those I used a crochet hook to pull through at the tail of the chicken/rooster for a shaggy rainbow mess of feathers which I love. If that's not appealing to you follow the pattern above. You can find a photo of the finished chicken in the link I included Smiley.

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3  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: Today at 07:42:23 AM
AIMR your journal cover is beautiful and very special.

Edel, the pillow cases are glorious and such a wonderful reminder of your vacation that you'll see regularly, smart idea!

Wow, yofi, that is amazing! The shawl is lovely but that you dyed it yourself is extra special.
I can't really get good pics of food either. The kitchen light makes everything yellow. Oh well.

Mlsocci74, did you start with a pre-fab journal and decorate it or did you hand make it? Either way it looks great and I like the practicality of it too.

I am working on 2 chicken projects, they are taking a lot of time but super colourful and fun so I am enjoying it.

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4  Re: RRR Craftalong in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by craftylittlemonkey on: August 17, 2017 11:26:37 AM
Look what I am going to repurpose!

My brother found it at a yard sale and brought it to me yesterday...I could use it for it's original purpose of holding sewing notions, but I already have that under control...what else can I use it for?  Ideas?

Should I paint it or leave it as is?

I was thinking of turning it on its side (the legs are missing...) and making it into a mega shrine...hubby said he could mount it on the wall (or else it can't be open using those hinging things...)...What do you think?

Hey, did you do something with this? I have one but it's awkward for sewing things.
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5  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: August 14, 2017 08:26:06 AM
I seriously love clowns, the creepy ones are the most adorable to me. The girl likes them too, you saw Bubbles in my room, right? When that thing came in the mail she tried to steal it, she was only 3 and she knew creepy-dorable even then Cheesy.

A sweater dolly came back to us, a friend's daughter has started to out grow childhood treasures. She'd been loved quite a bit and had some bare spots.

I fixed them with embroidered flowers. Stolen by the girl immediately.

Repairs are not specific projects, I know, but I still count them because they often take a good amount of planning and work.
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6  Re: Felt Twinchies Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: August 14, 2017 08:22:43 AM
I received 4 very nice twinchies from TAOJ:

The tree is my favourite, I'll be collecting that theme again I think.
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7  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: August 14, 2017 07:45:09 AM
AIMR I loved your young self card, so so so cute and adorbs.
fluffypants, that bunting is amazing, I was super impressed with that.
Here's mine:

I''m totally looking forward to the next round, it is my favourite swap of all time!
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8  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: August 09, 2017 11:12:49 AM
Essential oils are about the only scents my sensitive system can tolerate, yay for natural!

I could go on with these but am going to do a forced stop before they become the tribbles of crochet and take over the place, ack!
Mushroom village:

Topic post here:

And a pea pod as requested by the girl child.

We didn't have enough green pom poms so there is a rainbow in there too, ha!
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9  Livin' la vida mushroom! in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: August 09, 2017 11:05:40 AM

I tried to write a pattern, I really tried. As you can see I am just no good at all at repeating anything exactly, lol.

After the multi-coloured ones I started a series of white bottomed rainbow caps.

The trim is all different, there's yarn grass around the bottoms of most, some teeny flower beads, seed beads, flowers and leaves of crochet, felt, buttons.

I got a little carried away  Roll Eyes. We'll have to choose some favourites and then give a few of them away.
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10  Re: Vikings, Pirates, & Ninjas Swap Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftylittlemonkey on: August 08, 2017 03:31:45 PM
Edel's original swap package arrived after I'd started an angel parcel for her so I sent along what little I'd made and collected. It took ages to get there but has finally been received and she's asked if I'll post a photo for her as she's catching up from her recent trip.
It's all here about to be sealed up and mailed off so you can't exactly see all the things but there is the suede belt pouch I started, hopefully Edel comes up with some embellishment ideas to cover the machine stitching and make it look more true to the era. There are lots of rough glass and pottery beads, a whole whack of brass findings, buttons, some metal spacer disks and other bits, also a bunch of fancy glass beads that are very like a necklace in her pins. I really hope to see some jewelry made with those beads Edel, I know you've been taking up that new-to-you craft recently Smiley.

And of course a flamingo stamp because it's Edel!
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