Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Toy Hammock Pattern

Nicole the knitter gave me another "I want" idea a few weeks back, for a hanging toy hammock. I don't know why, but at the time, I thought she was joking. I mean, she's got one already and it's not even full. :) However, it turns out she was serious because she said she needs a hammock to keep all the crap I make her in. Is she trying to segregate her toys???

I couldn't say no, especially since she gave me a bunch of yarn from the stash she had recently bought while yard saling with her aunt. It wasn't just me she was sharing with either, she had that much yarn! It was a good day.

So, after some searching online, guess where I came across a pattern for a crocheted toy hammock?

Seriously, if you don't know me by now, then maybe you should stop reading and go check out another blog.

I think I'd die if Craftster ever shut down. Jezebel_1982, as she's known on Craftster, or Candice as she's known in her own blog, created this great little hammock for her son's toys. The pattern can be found here. Here's my hammock, made from her pattern.

This sucker's big enough that it could almost double as a shawl! Dual purpose crochet...got to love it!
Because I'm a lazy crocheter, I didn't count out the chains in my first row. Candice said to chain 105. I just did it until I had a chain about 5 feet long and it worked out just as well. She designed it to have three loops for hanging on the corners, which I think is a fabulous, practical design element for easy hanging.

I used a G sized crochet hook. The yarn here looks like all the same but it's actually two different unknown, unlabeled yarns, but in the same colors. The yarn I started with (the first 5-6 rows) was actually softer a little fuzzier than the rest of the yarn, and it came from a smaller skein. I think you'd definitely want a yarn with some stretch to it. I had been thinking about using the ugly twiney yarn from my friend Jan again for this project, but I don't think it would stretch well enough the way this kind of hammock should, although it would have been strong enough.

By the way, when I gave this to Nicole, she did put it on like a shawl and started to shuffle down her hallway like an old lady! :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Anonymous Yarn Bomber Strikes Again!!!!

The Mary D. Pretlow Library in Ocean View has two mermaids out front. This happens to be the one facing Granby.

Someone came along and yarn bombed it recently. It's wearing a cowgirl-type getup. She's got fringed gauntlets with green stars; a gunbelt with an empty holster and another star and a lasso; a single spur around the end of her tail; and a neckerchief, so that she can pull it over her face when there's a bank to be robbed. Or, maybe a boat to be robbed, instead.

The husband of a friend works there at this Library. "I went to the teenzone window to look at it. And these weird homeless people that kind of live in the reading garden were just staring at it confused." He said they now look like their brains are broken over the weirdness of it.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I wonder if this was done by the same person that left a yarn bomb nearby last year.