Happy Tuesday everyone!
One of the reasons I enjoy Summer so much is that it is the perfect time to use up my yarn stash on FUN projects that float into my head to create.
I recently killed 3 more plants that I had growing in these whimsical pots I found at Lowe's for $3 each, and decided to make some crocheted plants that will never die to fill them up!
The first pot I filled up with succulent plants that I made from Planet June's wonderful Succulent Pattern.
I love making these little plants!
They are so fast and fun to make!
I like to "plant" them in dry coffee grounds and pebbles to make them look real.
Here is a link to the first batch I made earlier this year. :)
For the second and third pots I thought it would be FUN to not follow any patterns and create freeform crochet bonsai plants to "grow" without risk of killing them. :)
Freeform crochet is so whimsical and freeing.
I find it refreshing sometimes to just see what shows up instead of following a pattern stitch by stitch to create art.
Last Summer my freeform project turned out to be an underwater world with sea creatures and corals!
I think it is great that this years' project is to create earthy plants!
Here is my ficus bonsai complete with a sprout coming from the trunk.
...and here is my money tree with its braided & twisted trunk!
To make it, I single crocheted my favorite Lion Brand Amazing Yarn around a pipecleaner so that I could bend it.
I also pulled out my french knitter and made some I-cords to weave into the structure.
I love how big and willowy it turned out!
Here is a 3rd bonsai I made to fill yet another empty pot. :)
I decided it would be fun to use the technique I learned with the wool roving vessels to make a smaller one and stuff it and shape it to look like a tree base.
I think it turned out wonderfully organic and life like!
...and last but not least, I made this little cheery flower to put in the last tiny pot in "my empties collection". :)
What a FUN Summer project!
I have a few more Summer projects I am working on before sweater vest, dog hat and neck warmer season begins.
I am so excited to show them to you as I finish them this month.
I am also designing a new Fall Collection of vests, hats and neck warmers to show you that I know the pups will be proud to wear!
What FUN things are you doing for these last doggie days of Summer?
Are you traveling or enjoying some needed time at home?
Please leave us a note and let us know!
We cannot wait to hear all about it!
Melissa & Archie