Monday, July 11, 2016

Petting Zoo Knit AND Crochet Patterns

First off, this post is very picture heavy!  That's because I have been super busy designing and writing knitting AND crochet patterns for my Petting Zoo.  If that weren't enough, I even designed little houses for them.  More on that in a moment.

Petting Zoo is a set of three patterns in one bundle for $5.00.  The goal was to design a toy, set of three, knit or crocheted in one piece.  All three must have the same body, for the advanced knitter/crocheter or better.  Use worsted weight scrap yarn and make the set in a weekend.

I love how they turned out and had so much fun designing this squishy trio!

Love the "paws"!

Simple collar....

and face.

Not too big and not too small.

Here is how the knitting pattern listing reads:

Squishy trio of pet animals ready for loads of hugs and love.

Super easy and perfect for the advanced beginner or better knitter. If you have knit a hat in the round, you can master this! The head and body are knit in one piece and the ears are worked separately and sewn on.

I've also included YouTube links that show you how to cast on a small number of stitches AND a link on how to embroider the faces!

Great way to use up your worsted weight scrap yarn. All you need is 5 yards (7grams) for the head and body. Some black or brown yarn for the face and “paws”, fiber fill for stuffing and you’re done.

Lion Brand Heartland was used for all three, but you can use any worsted weight yarn you have. Needle US size 6 dpns (you need 4 of them).

You get all three patterns (dog, kitty and bunny) so you can make one or all three!

Perfect baby shower gift. You can knit one in about an hour or so.

I would suggest washing just like any stuffed a pillowcase, tumble dry.

And if that weren't enough, I designed little "houses" for them!

Dog House, Cat House and Rabbit Hole.

Easy I-cord handle for toting around.

Matching ears and collar.

My thought here was a dirt hole with a grassy top.  Little carrot charms on the ends of the I-cord.


The houses are a separate purchase, sold as a set....all 3 houses for $5.00.  This is how the listing reads for the houses:

If you have my Petting Zoo Pattern, here are some delightful "houses" for them! I would rate this as a very confident, advanced beginner and easy for the intermediate knitter.

You get all three "house" patterns (Dog House, Cat House and Rabbit Hole) so you can make one or all three!

Not just for toting my Petting Zoo buddies, kids can carry whatever they like in them. Cars, legos, crayons and paper, action figures or even a store bought little stuffed toy.

Perfect baby shower gift.

Yarn for all three patterns:
I used Lion Brand Heartland medium (4) worsted weight; 5oz/142g; 251 yds/230m; 100% acrylic

You can use whatever worsted weight (4) yarn you have in your stash.

Needles for all three patterns:
US 6 16” circular
US 6 double points (4 of them)

Tuck your pup in his own, cozy dog house where he’ll be safe and warm!
Knit from the top down with an I-cord handle for easy tote ability or sharing a nap.
Measurements: 7.5” H x 6.5” in diameter

Tote your kitty is his or her very own cat house!
Knit from the top down with an I-cord handle, to match the collar, and ears on top of the garter stitch border.
Measurements: 8.5” (21.59cm) from the cast on edge x 6.5” (16.51cm)in diameter.

Tuck your bunny in their own, cozy rabbit hole. Brown “dirt” with green “grass” and little carrot charms on the I-cord ties.
Measurements: 8” H x 6.5” in diameter

As I know most knitters can crochet, not all crocheters can knit.  Keeping this in mind, I've added a crocheted version of my knitting pattern!

Same squishy goodness in a crochet pattern!

Here is the information as it reads on the crochet pattern store listing:

Squishy trio of pet animals ready for loads of hugs and love.

Super easy and perfect for the advanced beginner or better crocheter. The head and body are crocheted in one piece and the ears are worked separately and sewn on.

Great way to use up your worsted weight scrap yarn. All you need is 10-14 grams for the head and body. Some black or brown yarn for the face and “paws”, fiber fill for stuffing and you’re done.

Lion Brand Heartland was used for all three, but you can use any worsted weight yarn you have. Hook size D (3.25mm).

Measurements (see last photo):
5” H x 3” W (12cm x 8cm)

You get all three patterns (dog, kitty and bunny) so you can make one or all three!

Perfect baby shower gift. You can whip them up in a weekend.

I would suggest washing just like any stuffed a pillowcase, tumble dry.

 Find all the patterns in my pattern shops in the heading at the top of this post or on


Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

Purls of Wisdom:
Perfect size to hold sewing/tapestry needles!  Yeah, grown woman still gets car sick...*blah*

Monday, June 20, 2016

Super Easy Toy Knitting

5-23-16 UPDATE!!
Pattern is ready in all my pattern stores!
 Find the links at the top of this page or
click the "Buy Now" button.
I'm also on Craftsy

Happy Monday all!  It's scorching hot in the middle of the USA, just the way I like it.  The painter finished up with a fresh coat of paint on the house and it looks marvelous.  Simple white house with black shutters, like before, but looks fresh and new.  

We found some hail damage on the roof, flashing and gutters while all this was going on.  So, that might mean some $$ coming our way!  Yippee!  

I've been working on some knitting toy pattern sets.  One set called "Knitting Zoo"  another called "Petting Zoo" and another, "Baby Zoo".  

("Petting Zoo" dog and cat,  minus the bunny I'm still working on)

Here's the goal:
*knit in one piece
*all must be the same body
*advanced beginner or better
*worsted weight scrap yarn, 7grams
*knit one in about an hour
*sets of 3

Every one has the same head and body.  Different faces and ears.  The ears and tails on the animals are knit separately and sewn on. The "paws" are just long stitches and I think it really adds that little something.  I'm really loving how they all have turned out. 

I added a collar to both the dog and cat.  A rhinestone button is cute, but would have to be removed if giving to a baby.

("Baby Zoo" minus the face and hair on the non-Caucasian baby)

I'd love some feedback on what color yarn to use on that one.  Black for the hair would be fine, but what color to use on the face?  Black yarn won't show up too well.  Would beige do it?  I really want to get it right and I surely don't want to offend. 

I love these little ears, which are knit on the side of the head as you go along, and not added on later.  

 Good size.

I found this little Mercury scale on Amazon for about $12 I think.  So handy.  The felted Polar Bear pin cushion was hand felted and gifted to me from my bestie!

Ok, so I need to get back to finishing up, write up the pattern, take more photos and so on.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
Need some short, straight needles?  Get out your double point needles and put a point protector on the end of each one.  Voila!

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's All About Presentation

I hope your June is going well.  We have many things on our summer list....
get house painted, new driveway is needed, hubby needs a new car, Sheila (that's me) needs to clear off the dining room table of 3 patterns she's designing, which have no business being on that table in the first place....I do have a studio for that!  Painter comes today, new car was purchased on Saturday, driveway will have to wait until August, so that leaves the dining room table!!
So, on to more fun things! I gift many a knitted or crocheted project, especially for babies.  I love making blankets, but it's far too hot in the summer months to have my lap filled with yarny goodness.  Hats are perfect!  Great project, but rather dull for gifting, unless....
you have great packaging.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I visit many thrift stores.  I'm always on the lookout for great boxes to gift baby hats.  This is one of my finds, a little "tree box" and I think very gender neutral.  Even if you do know the sex of the baby, it still works.

I think I paid $2.00 for it.  Perfect size, quite realistic looking and great for storing bits and bobs in a nursery.

Sometimes, hats are a bit dull.  I like adding pom poms, flowers or feathers, but not everyone is into that.  I saw these sweet owl iron on appliques at JoAnn Fabrics.  It's difficult to see, but each owl is a little bit different.  Cute, gender neutral, three hats in graduated sizes.  Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months.  I used one skein of Lion Brand Heartland and US size 7 16" circs.

Pop them in (I think I'll add some tissue paper), there you go!

Ok, the painter is due any time now.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


Purls of Wisdom:
Can't quite get your cast on stitches to the tips to knit in the round?  Just knit back and forth, like you would on straight needles, for about 5 rows, and like magic, the two ends will meet!  Sew up those 5 rows with your cast on tail when you've finished.  The plastic thingy is a bread bag tie.  I wind my cast on tail on to it to keep the tail out of my way as I knit.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Pattern - Knitted Boot Cuffs

As warmer weather comes to the USA, we start to look for projects that are small.  I'm working on low cost items for our church youth group.  They are having a Gift Shop in the fall to raise money for themselves and fingerless mitts, crocheted dishcloths and boot cuffs are the perfect thing to work on over the summer.

I found this FREE pattern on Craftsy by Codi Hudnall.  Super simple and a very fun knit.  I'm going to be making loads of these in 2 different sizes.  

I used Lion Brand Heartland in Mammoth Cave.  The one in the photo is a size medium and used about 3/4 of the skein.  I'm rather "fluffy" and they fit me fine.  My grown, 23 year old, daughter is petite and these were far too big for her.  She'll need a small so, I'll be making those two sizes for their gift shop.

It's supposed to be raining all week in the Heartland, which also means tornado weather.  So, I guess I'll be quite happy to stay indoors and knit away!


Purls of Wisdom:
Speaking of sizes.....Need to keep track of sizes, especially if you make holiday gift giving goodies?  Use plastic bread ties! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Some Thrift Store Finds

If you follow me on Instagram (the link button is on the right sidebar) you might have seen these already, but they are worth another look!  I don't often buy, but I like to share!

I love shopping in thrift stores and have been doing it since I was 12 years old....I'm 57 this month! My house is filled with "thrifting" treasures.

My mom and I went to a sale at a Jewish Temple, decades ago, and we were both instantly hooked.  That led us to Goodwill/Salvation Army stores and THE most amazing treasures.  Back then, thrift stores were filled with china, crystal and silverware.....shelves and shelves of it!  Lennox china sets, Waterford crystal stemware, silver pitchers and cutlery sets.  Gorgeous tablecloths, beautiful cloth napkins and china tea sets. Racks of cashmere sweaters, vintage clothing, purses, shoes...the list goes on.  We figure that children were giving away all these goodies after their parents passed away because none of it was their style.

Then in the 1970's or so, Barbara Streisand ruined it for us and fellow hunters.  She spilled the beans that she was also a Thrift Store Junkie during an interview.  Suddenly, it was all the rage.  

Well, my mom who is 86 years young and I are still going strong and still finding goodies!  We don't find so much of all the luxurious, expensive crystal and china because so many young people aren't into it and don't register for any when the get married.  They register at Target and Lowe's.

Anyhoos, here are some things I spotted this week.....
(the sheep, ceramic planter pictured above)

This interesting mug with a dribble coaster!

Someones beautiful embroidery and sweet crocheted hat!

Two needlepoint treasures.

A lovely baby pram for $50.  If only I had a grandchild.  My Scottish mother had one of this type when my 2 brothers and I were little.
Funny definition, but it works...

(pram 1 |pram|
short for perambulator .
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: contracted abbreviation of perambulator .
pram 2 |präm; pram|
a flat-bottomed sailboat.
• a small, flat-bottomed rowboat for fishing)

That's it for now.  Have a great week.


Purls of Wisdom:
I turned a small Lazy Susan and a stainless steel candlestick into an outer pull yarn buddy!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Embroirdered Mitts, and Other Fun Stuff

Not crazy about my leaf embroidery,  but they're good enough for who they're!

Thank you Lion Brand and Craftsy for the squishy goodness!

A great find, at the grocery store no less, reversible bag for $9.00.  Perfect for projects on the go.

New sew in labels for my knitwear from

Cosmetic bag makeover. 

Adding embelishments to store bought legwarmers.  Could be arm warmers too!

LOVE my hair tie bracelet so much, I bought one for my daughter and niece!

Have a great weekend!

Purls of Wisdom:
Turn a restaurant straw holder into DPN holder!

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