Friday, February 23, 2018

Fashionable Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains

I love tying these wonderfully intricate knots.  They look complicated but once you start, you just can't stop!  These key chains come with a 1 inch key ring and a 1.5 inch blue metal carabiner. Never lose your keys again!  These key chains can be clipped to a belt loop, purse or backpack.


Rainbow Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain



The monkey fist or paw knot is an ancient knot used by sailors and climbers. The monkey fist or paw knot s a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack.

It has also been used as a weapon, but none of my Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains are meant for such a use.  Most of my key chains have a felted wool ball at their center.  A few have a small wooden ball inside.

Red Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain




If you love purple, this purple Monkey Fist Knot is just for you!

Purple Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain




And for the guys, Green Camo Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hand Felted Leaf Shaped Amulet Pouch


















 Hand Felted Leaf Shaped Amulet Pouch


This amulet pouch is constructed from hand felted wool in a leaf shape. The wonderful swirls of purples, orange, yellows, and green evoke a walk in the forest.

This amulet bag has 3 silver leafed leaf charms, hand made polymer clay beads, and I have used a 26 inch piece of recycled sari silk to hang from your neck.

Wear this leaf shaped amulet bag near your heart and filled with your favorite talisman, whatever you use to bring you good luck... a gem or stone, coins, drawings, dried plants or herbs, even words or prayers.

If you know someone who is going through a tough time include a prayer for them in your amulet bag. You will be reminded to include them in your good wishes each time you touch the bag. The bag can be worn inside your clothing and so be closer to your heart.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Flannel Mouse Plushie With Heart

Do you love Plushies?  Here is an adorable Stuffed Flannel Mouse Plushie that will enchant both you and your child.  Hand crafted from soft white flannel, this little guy is 14 inches tall.  He has embroidered black eyes and an embroidered pink nose.   He is filled with hypo-allergenic fiber fill and all parts are securely stitched.  This toy is not recommended for children under 3 years old.

This little guy is $18.95 USD plus $4.50 USA domestic shipping.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cat Butt Coasters


Materials:
1 ball of Peaches & Cream 100% cotton yarn (enough to make at least 4 of these coasters.)
US size G crochet hook
Small amount of pink yarn
piece of scrap yarn to use as a marker

Rnd 1:  Using pink yarn and magic circle method, 5 sc in ring. Pull yarn tight and cut pink yarn and weave in ends. (5 sc)

Rnd 2:  With main body color (in coaster pictured, I used a color called psychedelic), attach MC to pink center,  Work 2 sc in each stitch around.  Do not join (10 sc)

Rnd 3: Place scrap piece of yarn, after your last stitch to use as a markers, work 2 sc in each stitch around,  Do not join.  Move scrap yarn to beginning of next round. (20 sc)

Move scrap yarn to each new rnd.  This helps you keep track of where each rnd starts.

Rnd 4:  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st *.  Repeat from * to *  around. (30 sc)

Rnd 5:  1 sc in each st around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7:  *1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  (45 sc)

Rnd 8: 1 sc in next st.
 (Tail)  Ch 8, working in the back loop(nub) on each ch st, skip 1st chain, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch st, dc in next ch st, 3 dc in next 3 back loops, I dc into side of beginning  sc, dc into same st as beg. sc.  Skip next 1 sc and sc into next st, to attach tail to body.

Counting joining sc for tail as one stitch, 18 sc,*Ch 4, working in back nub of chained st, skip 2 st and dc in next 2 chs, Dc into side of last sc, and 1dc into same space as starting sc.  Skip one st, sc in next st.*  Leg made.  dc in next 3 sts.  Repeat from * to * for 2nd leg. 

Sc along to beginning base of tail.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Monkey Fist Knot Key Chains

I'm not  big on the outdoors or sailing  but I've fallen in love with the monkey fist or paw knot.  It's an intricate looking but surprisingly simple knot that is fascinating and satisfying to tie.

The monkey fist knot or monkey paw is a type of knot, so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist. It is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot. It was also used in the past as an anchor in rock climbing, by stuffing it into a crack.

I've started using this knot to make key chains and zipper pulls.  My key chains are lightweight because I use a hand felted wool ball as the center.  When researching on how to tie the monkey fist knot, some tutorials recommended a metal ball for use as the center but I prefer the felted ball.  The felted ball is lightweight and so will not add a lot of extra weight to your pocket, belt, purse or backpack.

Rainbow Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain
 
Camo Green Monkey Fist Knot Key Chain
Rainbow an Neon Yellow Monkey Fist Knot Zipper Pulls