A Little White Horsey (Ornament)

I started up this blog in order to keep track of all the things I create. I’ve been sewing since I was a little kid, though the first items I remember making weren’t actually “sewn.” (My mom taught me how to cut out ponchos for my dolls. My poor Ken dolls didn’t have anything to wear but red- and white-striped, sash-tied, square ponchos! Oh, the inequality of outfits!)

Anyway, though I’ve been getting better at remembering to take pictures of my crafts before I send them on their merry ways, there are still many, many handmade items that I don’t have pictures of. Maybe someday I’ll be able to post about the sweater I made for my mom, the layered skirt I sewed for my sister, the strange little nesting chicken I crocheted… But today I’m posting about an item I made just yesterday – a little horse ornament for a swap partner many miles away.

I had joined a swap for handmade ornaments, and my partner wanted either a white or gray horse, a deer, or a nativity scene. The first thing that came to mind was the little horse appliqué on the tractor afghan I made for my nephew. However, I decided to search for other, more three-dimensional characters. I found quite a few, but this little guy from Kristieskids won out (scroll to about the middle of the page for the horse pattern).

Mine turned out a bit longer and thinner, even though I was using a smaller crochet hook, but I think he’s pretty dang cute. I wasn’t sure about the colors, so I left the saddle and halter out, but I did give him some eyes made of blue seed beads. I added a silver ribbon for hanging, and sent him on his journey to the UK.This little amigurumi horse pattern could be used for several different things. He could probably be made into a deer if given some crocheted antlers. He sort of looks like a My Little Pony pony, as well – just stitch on a little emblem on his behind and give him a name!

Flashback Friday – Tractor Afghan

I can’t believe it’s getting toward the end of the year, and Christmas, already! It’s time to make some Halloween and Christmas plans…

Last Christmas my family exchanged names, so it was a little different than usual – but much easier. I really enjoy finding perfect gifts for all my family, but some of my brothers can be a bit difficult to shop for. So besides a few small things for my awesome sister-in-law whose name I drew, my pet Christmas project was for my littlest nephew (on my husband’s side).

His mom decorated his nursery with tractors. I looked, and looked, and looked for some tractor afghan patterns, but to no avail. So, as is my custom, I made up my own. However, one thing led to another, and instead of just tractors I ended up adding farm animals, as well. And they were so cute! My favorite was the horse, and my hubby loved the pigs with the curly tails. I tried to put a lot of texture into it for baby-grabbing fun! I wanted to add fluffy clouds, too, but ran out of time.

It turned out pretty cute – if only I could remember all the details of how I did it!

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