Welcome Back Pookie Pals

Pookies in Crochet Now.jpgI have always had a secret (or not so secret) obsession with crocheting cute, tiny things. It’s often a way of destressing after a difficult or complicated design project. Sometimes I just get the urge to crochet something that is quick and allows for some creativity.

That’s how the Pookie Pals were born. The original template patterns (for pig, bear and bunny) appeared way back in issue 9 of Crochet Now magazine and the plan was to add to the collection with embellishments and new animals. I submitted drawings for foxes, bears, rabbits and even a festive Rudolph.  But, as is often the way with publishing, a new editor, new book commissions and life in general meant that they never appeared.

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Now the book is done and dusted, I find myself returning to those cute crochet Pookies (names for the book character). Last week I tried out an updated Pookie Bear, which even Mr T agreed was a “cutie”, even though he thought it looked like he was wearing a cyclist’s bib shorts (the man is obsessed with all things bike!)

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In my mind, there are at least a dozen of these Pookie Pals and as a little project for the coming year I will be making and sharing a new one every month.

Do you enjoy crocheting cute, tiny things? Would you be interested in the patterns for these as they appear? I’ll pop the original Pookie Pals pattern online shortly, if anyone reading this would like an advance copy to before it goes on sale, send me a message and I’ll pick a few of you at random to get a free copy before it goes on sale. The pattern is written in UK crochet terms, suitable for anyone who has mastered double crochet, increasing, decreasing,  working in rounds and feels confident to follow a written pattern without a photo tutorial. Look out for Pookie FOx next month – he’s already on my hook!

Happy hooking xxx

Personal Project: Mouse House

20150614_094244This fabric Mouse House sits in an upstairs bedroom at my Mother in Law’s house. She made it over 20 years ago  and all the grand children have loved it. I have often said I would love to make a crochet version, but time and inspiration never seemed to allow the opportunity to sit down and really think about doing it justice. I have seen lots of versions on Pinterest, but none really appealed. They didn’t seem to have the cute, cottagy charm of Jean Greenhowe’s original.

20150614_09442720150614_09434720150614_094352I have searched online for inspiration, thinking how nice it would be to sit and follow someone else’s pattern, but there are very few examples on Pinterest or Ravelry (there are some gorgeous crochet toadstool houses, which are lovely, but not really what I’m looking for. I have seen this one (and versions of it) on Not on the High St and I like the idea of a “proper house”, but what seems to be coming off my hook is something a bit different, a bit quirkier.

Image from Loulou and Deer, finished house for sale on Not on the High St

It would be very easy to translate this traditional doll’s house into crochet. Meanwhile I have been sitting with my notebook and sketching little ideas, so that as I finish up work on the book and magazine commissions slow down for the summer, I can give some time to personal projects such as this. I’m not making it with the intention of writing up the pattern or as a gift for anyone in particular. It’s just a whimsical idea and I’ll keep you informed of progress.

Over on my Pinterest board “Crochet Inspiration” I’ve been pinning ideas which may find their way into the “Modern Mouse House”, do pop over and take a look (you may even find something to inspire your next project.

If I were to try and recreate a sewn toy house, I would definitely be looking at this on from UK Lass in US – the instructions look so easy to follow and the end result is beautiful. The idea of using plastic canvas for extra strength is brilliant – I may try that with mine. In fact, if I could sew as well as I crochet, I would just make this. I doubt it can be beaten for creativity.

PS: Jean Greenhowe’s pattern is sadly out of print, but you can read about the original design here.