Teddy Bear Time

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yarn baby – teddy

how great is this little guy… I think I might love my octopus more, but still, this little guys is just soooo dang cute… and so easy to make… just like with the octopus, you use a loom…

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since I wanted the teddy bear to be small, I used my next to smallest loom… one that most people would use for socks … and then I tried it out with my smallest… one used for bows…

you wrap you yarn around the loom twice, pull the bottom loops over the top, push the remainder down, and wrap your yarn around again, and repeat… when you have a length that would equal your head and your body, then you cinch the yarn… you do this by taking your yarn needle and threading it though the loops (they will come off the pegs as you go) and on the last peg you pull it tight…

for a boy bear, I cinch the yarn tub inside out… so the bear is bald, but for a girl I go ahead and cinch it like it is as it comes off the loom.. and then add some knots and frayed strands for hair… and of course … use the needle to add some ears…

next you add some stuffing (less for the head, and more for the body) and then cinch the bottom and add a tail… now you just need to add some legs…

the legs are easy if you don’t mind them curling… you just use three of the pegs on your loom and loop left-to-right, not using the entire circle… once the leg is the desired length, use the needle to put a knot in the last loop so your work wont unravel, and then sow it onto your bear… and ta-da… you have your bear… I am thinking of adding some eyes and a mouth next time, but his little guy was destined for a house that would have a toddler and I didn’t what her eating the eyes…

good luck and happy wordage… tracey

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Octopus Doll

I love this Yarn Baby… lol… and it is soooo easy to make… Even the Octopus legs are a breeze…

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now, I have at least a dozen looms for my knitting… but I couldn’t get to mine at the moment because they are in my currently destroyed basement apartment… lol… but pinterest to the rescue…

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for the yarn babies, I used my round loom… the one sized for socks… but remember when you are picking your loom that the yarn will pull together once you are done… on the loom your project might look as big around as a softball, but once off the loom it will be more like a baseball… this is very important when you are making socks or hats…. yarn babies not so much, but still… remember to guesstimate the size of doll you want when finished…

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once you have the yarn woven about six or ten inches, depending on the size of octopus head you want, cinch the top by running the remaining yarn through the top loops of yarn on the loom and then pull it like you are cinching a bag purse… see easy… and then do the legs… in varying sizes… use about three or four of the spokes that you loop the yarn around (no circles here) and loop the yarn back and forth until you have your leg as long as you want… when they come off the loom they will curl… and you use a yarn needle and some of your yarn to attach… and you have a yarn baby… wooo who…

and for anyone that doesn’t know how to use a loom, you loop the yarn around the pegs/spokes twice… wrap around all the pegs you are using and then do it a second time… then pull the bottom wrapped yarn up and over… push the remaining wrapped loop of yarn down and once you have done that to all your pegs, wrap them all again and pull the new bottom loop up and over, and so on and so forth until you have the length you desire…

later guys, and happy wordage, tracey…

 

Yarning away… :P

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I have to admit… I’m not that good at yarn games… lol… this little outfit looks cute, but it ended up looking more like a premy garment, or maybe doll clothes… My friend Debbie and her wife ended up with a very healthy, very non-premy baby… lol… I still gave them the outfit… maybe their little Junebug will want to put it on a doll baby, if it doesn’t get lost… years are a bit long to ask the small outfit to stick around… I can’t even keep track of all my socks throughout the year… how the heck can one little outfit last even longer…

Still… it was a fun experiment… I saw the little booties and sandals online (YouTube) and just loved them… I had to try to make them… but sadly, I suck at the rules of knitting without cheating… I have about a dozen looms, in different sizes… I have made scarfs, hats, afghans, and hand warmers… I even managed a few dolls… they looked like teddy bears, and one octopus… I love that octopus… I will make sure to show everyone how I made him… 😛 there is so much that can be created when you put your mind to it…

just go HERE if you want to watch the YouTube video that showed me how to make the little flip flops… I would love to see what everyone ends up with… 😛 see ya next week, and happy wordage