April 11, 2010

Forest Friends Baby Mobile

A baby mobile to spark the imagination of Lincoln, the 3-month old son of Susanna's friend Heidi. The gnome is at the center of the forest, surrounded by his friends: snail, mushroom, bluebird and owl.

The Gnome-y and his "friends" are attached to the hanging mobile with jump rings. The idea being that once Lincoln is too old for a mobile, the toys could easily be removed and played with.

The pattern for the leaves is from Crochet Bouquet (plain vein leaf pattern). I used two colors, and adapted the pattern to make a smaller size leaf as well. Since the leaves were curling a bit, I also used a little spray starch to get them to lie flatter.

This is my second hard-working gnome, and I've made a few changes from Mr. Gnome, #1:
- Added ears and changed the hat shape.
- made the overalls higher, in the hopes that it would make his belly look fatter.
- made his feet more pronounced, and made the pants legs a little differently.

This little dotted mushroom is also my own design. Sure wish I'd taken notes.

This was a great pattern from Leslie Robinson Stone. It is the best bird pattern I've made so far, and is available on Ravelry (called Amigurumi Dove).
(there were a couple of mistakes in the pattern, though: rounds 16 & 17 should repeat 3 times, not 2 times. And there are actually a total of 24 rounds in the head/body/tail portion, not 23).

I improvised this owl pretty quickly. Next time I'll take notes on this one too.

This happy snail is from Ana Paula Rimoli's Amigurumi World. It's the second time I've followed this pattern, and it's one of the quickest and easiest.

The word from Susanna is that the mobile was well-received.
Happy 3 months, Lincoln!


The Mighty RandR said...

Love it! Great job, Abby!

Saffron Panda said...

Hi there! That mobile is absolutely darling! You did a wonderful job with all the different elements, pattern mistakes or no.

What kind of yarn did you use and how long did it take you?

Gnomes rock hard, for sure!

Never Done Project said...


As for yarn...

The brown yarn for the "branches" is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick "Wood".

I used Red Heart Ltd. Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool for the leaves.

The "skin" color for the gnome is Patons Astra "Apricot", his overalls are Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids & Heathers "Blue" and the rest are various colors of Red Heart Ltd. Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool.

The mushroom uses Red Heart Ltd. Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool and TLC Cotton Plus Sold "Cream".

The snail is Elsbeth Lavold Bamboucle "Warm Red" and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids & Heathers "Mushroom".

Bluebird is TLC Cotton Plus Solid "Medium Blue".

Owl is Lion Brand Cotton-Ease "Plum".

More than you ever wanted to know about what type of yarn I used?

As for time, it's hard to say for sure, since I picked at it over a couple of weeks. The gnome took the longest because I was trying to create a pattern at the same time. The bluebird is a quick and easy pattern, maybe a couple of hours. The owl, mushroom and snail are about an hour to do. The leaves are the most tedious, but I probably had them all done in a couple of hours.

I hope to make some more gnomes in the near future - just as soon as I finish up some other projects!

Saffron Panda said...

Haha. I love the thorough response. I am pretty obsessive when it comes to yarn so I appreciate all the info!

The gnome turned out really well. Do you sell your patterns or post them on the blog?

Never Done Project said...

I haven't shared any patterns yet, but hope to in the future. I learned to crochet without patterns, and only learned to read patterns in the last 6 months; as a result, I'm still learning to write patterns.

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