Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Bounty!

Carmen and the Fall Bounty
              In the last week I have become completely obsessed: with making stuffed food!!! There is something about these small food items that make me happy to knit them! They do not take long to make, take little to no effort, and make me smile. After I am done with each piece I take them to my older sisters house to keep as a collection. Her grandchildren love seeing what I make and if my sister would let them: would love to play with them! Sis thinks they are "fall decorations" but I have knitted them in sturdy cotton and washable acrylics (not to mention reinforced bind off, did extra sturdy weaving in of the ends, and put NO edible parts like eyes on them) so that the kids can play with them. The only problem I have is that I keep forgetting to take pics as I am making these little cute foods up (mainly because they are sooooo quick) so I have tried to make up for lack of "construction" pics by adding pics of my great-niece and nephew as models! As I add pics I will try to also add links for the patterns...all of these can be found on and are free patterns! ***Disclaimer-I just switched to the new Blogger interface and my pics and text are coming out in weird angles and places. Please forgive me while I work out the bugs and figure out what button does what!***
Leaf is my own pattern!

A is for APPLE!
Made with glitter Xmas yarn-cotton

This apple pattern was so fun and easy. Here is the link to my new favorite knitter....I have not found a pattern on this blog I have not loved!!!
More apple love:
This really shows the leaf pattern off!

Just to be clear though: I only made one...I just like taking pics of all sides of the apple. Also as I mentioned in the captions, I designed my own free hand leaf pattern for the apple. The pattern had one already but I forgot to write it down and was tooo lazy to turn on my computer to look for it! I will post the leaf pattern as my first freebie pattern!!!

C is for Carrot (and cherries)

     This carrot is the reason I became obsessed with making food....I bought last month's issue of Simply Knitting Magazine and in the middle of the issue are these little "postcard projects" which are quick and easy projects for people like me! The issue had eggplant, carrot, beet, and an ear of corn. I checked my stash and no purple (so eggplant is out), no deep red (so beet is out), and the ear of corn was filled with bobbles (difficult on DPN's when you are a newbie!) sooo I made the carrot! The "stalk" of the carrot is not the one from the magazine but one I found on the Internet. All I did was run a few single strands of green yarn and then tied a knot in the top. Easy as pie!!

The bottom has some laddering but the kids shouldn't care!!

     These cherries can also be found on the same  blog as the apple. As I said: my new favorite knitter!! The cherries, the stems, and the leaf are all knit in Xmas glitter yarn. 100% cotton! Here is the link: 

G is for Garlic....I mean, a Gourd!!!!
This pattern started out as a clove of garlic! I messed up on the pattern and it became: A GOURD! Paired with the mini-pumpkin I also made it makes a lovely duo. It is knit in some type of lightweight yarn that had no ball band when I bought it at Goodwill. Here is the link:

M is for Mushroom!!!
I made this mushroom right after I made my solidified my desire to make more food!!! Unlike the pattern though I skipped making eyes. Too many toddlers in my family who will enjoy this little nugget of cuteness as a tasty little toy. Do not want to be responsible for choking a toddler or two!! Here is the link to the pattern:    
This is made from 100% cotton yarn!!!

Next to my tapestry needle to show size!!! Excuse the scarred up table top!!!

P is for PUMPKIN!!!!
Close up of pumpkin
This little pumpkin is actually made from the same pattern as the gourd above....with some modifications to the pattern. I will not post the modifications on this blog post because it is already a little long and I want to add pics but feel free to contact me here on this blog and I will send you the modifications...if you want or need them. Also, it is the same pattern as the Garlic/Gourd above so I will not re-link it here. The leaf pattern, once again, is my own creation. Here are a ton of pics!!!! 
Side view of pumpkin
Top of pumpkin showing leaves!

So this is it for this blog post! I am going to post more pics about the "Fall Bounty" tomorrow! Look for Summer/Yellow Squash, pics of Gourd and mini-Pumpkin pics, and the free mini-leaf pattern!!!!!