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Making a toy sushi set

Sushi toy play setMy 3 year old son loved playing in his toy kitchen and has recently become obsessed by sushi. So what better way to be an enabler by making him his own set!

I tried crocheting a sushi roll, and it kind of worked, but still managed to look misshapen (probably the kindest description I can think of).

So I had vague notions of cutting up a length of dowel and painting it, and so was on the lookout for this. Around the same time I found myself in the stationery section in Kmart and discovered you could buy washi tape there! Kmart goes fancy! Anyway, they had this little plastic container of coloured paperclips for $1, so into my trolley it went.

Then a few days ago, on that wonderful day I like to call daycare day, I dragged my youngest to Reverse Garbage in Woolloongabba and discovered little felt discs – like these discs, only smaller. From memory they were 20c or 25c, something like that.

Felt discs

The first time, I glued the discs together and then thought it would be pretty easy to just sew on the coloured pieces of felt by sewing through all 3 discs. Bah-baum. No. That didn’t work, and left me with a broken needle that required some nifty tweezering out by my husband. (using nail clippers, because he couldn’t find any pliers!)

Sushi with a broken needle

I came to the realisation that it wasn’t going to work, so prised them apart and sewed the felt pieces to the single discs and then glued them back together. With my pinking shears I cut some strips of black and glued them around the sides and held them all together with pins.

Play sushi

Then into the box, with a few soy fish filled with black wool – lovely!

Play sushi in a box

It was an instant hit, and here’s Miffy waiting patiently for her sushi with soy sauce!

Miffy waiting for her sushi


A pink puppy rattle

If you ask my son what colour he wants of anything, the answer is always “pink!”. Pink milk, pink paint, pink socks. Which is why he thinks this latest little rattle is for him and not someone else!

Pink dog rattle

With the stripes I’m attempting a seamless join, which sort of works – at least it looks less obvious than usual.

The downside to the stripes of course is taking 3 balls of cotton with me and having to untangle them every 5 minutes because I am uncoordinated like that.

I have one more rattle on the horizon, and then there will be a break from them for  a while. Though really I should continue making them in reserve, as even though the actual rattle only takes a few days, I seem to take months on end getting to complete them.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in pinks and grey

Crocheting a Mini Hoot!

Like all mums of young children, I quite enjoy watching Jimmy Giggles sing and dance, and my son quite enjoys watching Hoot. So it’s a nice match really.

Of course the minute I saw mini hoot I knew I had to make one. I saw this pattern but wasn’t prepared to double crochet the whole lot – it would take so long! I’ve been on a bit of a treble crochet bent lately – it’s slightly more interesting and it feels faster as the height of the stitch makes you feel like you’re progressing further. Plus, mini hoot actually is treble crocheted so I felt justified in doing it my way.

Unlike the six mice pattern, I started from the top, and here’s what I did as a guide.


Using magic circle, 6 stitches.
r1: 12 tc in ring (12)
r2: ch3, then 2tc in each stitch (24)
r3: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next stitch * repeat, until there’s 1 stitch left and 2tc in it
r4: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 2 stitches * repeat, until there are 2 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next stitch
r5: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 3 stitches * repeat, until there are 3 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 2 stitches
r6: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 4 stitches * repeat, until there are 4 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 3 stitches (60)

next 8 rows: tc each stitch

then start reducing for his lower body
ch3, then *tc 1, tc2tog* repeat until the end
tc for 6 rows
ch3, then *tc into next 7 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 6 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 5 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 4 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 3 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 2 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 1 stitch, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc2tog* repeat until end.
thread your tapestry needle and loop through remaining stitches, pulling tight. tie off.

The eyes I did as per the pattern and sewed on black felt circles for the pupils. The little heart I actually used this pattern.


I followed the pattern, but I found the eighth row didn’t really make any discerning curves for me, so here’s what I did instead:

ch 3, tc, htc, dc, sl st, dc, htc, tc, tc, htc


The feet I did flat rather than round, mainly because by this time I was just so over it and wanted to finish so I could get started on the next project. Story of my life really – no staying power and easily distracted by bright shiny things. So the feet are very very simple:

Chain 4, turn, dc into second loop, then 2 more dc (3).
Ch1, turn, dc into second loop, dc into next 2, x 4 rows
Ch 1, turn, into second loop, 2dc into each for row (6)

Now we’re splitting for the toes (which are 2 stitches each),
Ch1, turn, * dc into 2nd loop, dc into next loop, ch1, turn* repeat for 4 rows. Tie off.

Sew everything on, and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over 🙂


After 2.5 months of loving from a small child, Hoot is a little worse for wear. While I preferred the treble crochet, it seems that a tighter stitch would keep his stuffing in. So unless you want to make a lining with muslin and the stuffing inside, then the double crochet stitch is probably the better one. Even though it takes so much longer!

NB: Something I learned at Spotlight the other day – what Australians call calico, Americans call muslin – I’m talking about the christmas pudding fabric. What Australians call muslin I’m not sure what the American name for it, but it’s the fabric used for baby wraps or for decorating weddings 🙂 The Spotlight lady had had a woman in who’d used an american pattern to make a rag doll from muslin.. it didn’t end well!

Hoot from Giggle and Hoot by Krystal Higgins
5.0 mm
8 ply acrylic from Spotlight and Lincraft

Will the dog rattles ever end?

Friends, stop having babies! Yet another baby was born, this time back in April, so I’m quite late on this rattle.

I don’t think my sanity will let me make too many more of these – if any at all. Currently there are another 2 babies on the way, with another possible 3 lurking in the curtains. By which I mean they’re friends who are likely to have a baby in the next year or two, whether they realise it yet or not!

I did give a pair of booties as a 2nd child present, as the family already had one of my rattles. These booties are awesome, and so ridiculously quick to make. So something to think about.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Hook: 3.00mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in purpley plum

Taggie toy

For the past few weeks I have been watching my son fondle all the tags on the various toys and jumpers he has… which eventually led to the lightbulb above my head going “Ping!”. There’s a reason I’ve saved all the ribbons off all the presents that I’ve ever been given.

First, collect all the ribbons together.

Then, grab 2 pieces of fabric in any shape you like. I did a triangle, and each side is about 15cm long. Some of the ones I’ve seen on made it are up to 35cm, but I thought I’d start small.

I actually put a plastic layer inbetween the 2 fabrics, to give it that crackly noise when it moves. All I did to get this was find an especially crackly shopping bag and cut it the same size as the fabric pieces.

Pin all your ribbon bits to one of the fabric pieces, making sure the pieces all point inwards.

Often people forget this and end up with the ribbons on the inside of their finished toy. You might like to add a little ribbon loop that you could slide a plastic loop through, so that you can clip it onto something so the thing doesn’t always fall on the ground, with you endlessly having to pick it up.

Sew it all up, leaving a gap to turn the toy right side out.

Top stitch all the way around, and sew through the middle, just to keep it flatish.

Ooh scary!

I have a number of things on the go at the moment – the 5th avenue infinity scarf, a jumper for my son, another dog rattle, a long term plan to knit and crochet some xmas decorations and I’m sure there’s something else I’ve forgotten.

So when I sit down to craft, do I actually work towards the completion of any of these?


What I do is start a completely new project (a monster) – one that has no deadline attached to it at all.

Once finishing it, do I return to the others? No. I make another alien.

So, let me introduce to you, my monster:

Pattern: Baby Monster Beginner Amigurumi by Allison Hoffman
Hook: 4.5mm
Yarn: Scrap yarn

More crochet balls

I have discovered another use for the crochet covered balls – dangle toys for the bouncinette!

Just add a round of double chains using the second last round and then make a chain about 10cm long and rejoin to the base.

If you’re still making the ball, instead of the final row of decreases, just dc each stitch, then start the chain.