An Apple…. or is it a Yoda for the Teacher?

As the majority of my friends think I’m slightly eccentric with all the knitting and crochet I do, sometimes they set me interesting commissions that challenge me a little. The latest, a set of 3 teacher /  lollipop lady gifts definitely comes into that category!

My friend has 3 children, 2 of whom are school aged. Her daughter –  the eldest – had a sci fi mad teacher for her stay in year 3 and wanted to have a special present for him. So she was sent on a mission to subtly interrogate him to find out which movies and characters he like….. the answer was Yoda from Star Trek.

So I duly went on a hunt for images of Yoda, including some stunning amigurumi and hats on Pinterest for inspiration and came up with a few ideas for facial features and his cloak and staff. I then set to with hook and yarn from my stash and got creating. I had the most fun making his feet and ears! I wanted his face to have some features so used a combination of crochet circles and free hand embroidery to build his face and voila:

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The teacher said he was “stupendous” and was over the moon, so one happy customer so far!

Child 2, a little boy wanted a thank you message for his Year 1 teacher, so after a bit of collaboration with Mum, I came up with a canvas. I knitted the blackboard and edged with with crochet to make a “wooden” frame. Next step was to embroider the words Thank You in a childlike script -which works well with freehand embroidery. I felt the finished item needed something else so crocheted a little apple to add to the corner of the board:

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Then the toddler decided he wanted a present for the lollipop lady as she’s his friend! So could I make a World’s Best Lollipop Lady Badge says Mum…. so again I did a mini hunt on pinterest to make sure I got the colours etc right and this is my design, all in crochet, with freehand embroidery. I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t find an orange heart button but the pink works ok:

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And finally the whole end of  the school year collection:

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Handmade Monday 125 – Teachers and Sun Hats

Before I start blogging, I first must apologise to all who commented on my last post for not getting back to you. in the last few weeks my daughter has had a threatened miscarriage – fortunately Junior is safe and happy and kicking well now – and for reasons I can’t discuss, needed to move home, so we’ve spent alot of time getting her sorted out, registering with GP’s, booking midwives and finding out about our local SureStart – who are brilliant!

Plymouth HoeI’ve also had a few tight schedule makes to do including a very special gift canvas for the former youth pastor at our church and his wife, as they’ve moved up North to take on their own church. So most evenings I’ve been flopped in the chair either crocheting or sewing following a mad day of juggling teaching and home. But we did have 3 lovely days in Devon staying with my brother and his wife and visiting my Dad. Dad’s still doing well and even walked with us to the pub in the village. Dad and I have identical walking frames and look a bit like a mad convoy coming along the pavements though lol!

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Anyway moving on, here’s this week’s Handmade Monday- pop over to Handmade Harbour to either join in or spend the odd hour or two enjoying yourself viewing crafts from around the world, including some from well known names in the crafting industry.

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I’ve been really busy making teacher gifts too. I decided to experiment with foam sheets and see whether its possible to crochet into them with a fine hook…. the answer was a big yes! So I got some shapes cut out and proceeded to add edgings, embellishments and words to them. I wanted ribbon that said something about teachers but despite searching Hobbycraft and the Range from top to bottom found none, so I chose one ribbon that said thank you and another that said Handmade with Love. I made alot of them in the garden last week and ended up selling a few to neighbours and friends. I’m also going to pop them over on Facebook and Folksy this week and see if the few I have left sell. I want to try a few other ideas out now with foam and plan to write a tutorial too. Here are a selection of the gifts:

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Sun Hats

I’ve been doing some more Hobby Craft Demo’s and was asked to crochet sunhats. I have another coming up on Wednesday and plan to work on a boys baseball cap style one as my neighbour’s son is most miffed I only have little girly hats! I also have another on the hook at the moment using a spiral pinwheel pattern which I’ll be writing up for sale next summer.

The blue / lilac  hats are my own design and made from Smoothie – I think this is a lovely yarn, very light and airy despite being acrylic but I need to find a shop with a bigger colour range or start buying it online, I’m also making a pair of baby sandals to go with the “bluebell” inspired newborn hat:

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This little newborn hat is made in James C Brett dk in a beautiful colour way. Its crocheted in v-stitch and is from an Annie’s Attic pattern Hobbycraft sell, with a few embellishments of my own, such as a slightly smaller brim and the flower. I’m also making the spiral pinwheel hat in this colourway and would love it if “junior turns out to be a girl so she can model it for me 🙂 :

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Its been suggested by a couple of people who have fallen in love with this hat that I make it in adult sizings for the winter, possibly felted, using “victoriana” type colours. I’m thinking that a small spray of felted crochet flowers would add to the victorian feel -what do you think?