When my dear friend Vickie Howell asked me to be a part of her blog tour to help promote her new line of yarn Sheep(ish) I said “hells to the yes” and then gulped about what I was going to make. My crochet skills are minimal at best and I make clocks out of knitting needles. What was I going to do with yarn? Once I got my hot little hands on a stash and saw all the fabulous colors my mind started churning. Caron sent this cute little embroidery hoop with “yarn swatches” from the line. I kept staring at all the colors and then I started waving the embroidery hoop in front of Baxter and he seemed to enjoy it even more than I did. Clearly I was not going to be whipping up a pair of booties with the yarn so I thought of another way Baxter could enjoy looking at the yarn – a mobile! All I needed was an antler and I was ready to roll. Yup, I said antler.
The first thing to do is drill holes in your antler. I recommend doing this outside as it can be kind of stinky. If you have issues with using an antler you could also use a branch. I drilled a hole in each of the points of my antler.
Using the short yarn samples from the embroidery hoop I started wrapping and gluing them to my antler using Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. The Fast Grab part is important or you could be holding yarn in place while your glue dries for a very long time.
Using 4 different colors of Sheep(ish) yarn cut at 4 different lengths I strung them through the holes in my antler and tied a knot on the end. I used a large eye plastic needle for stringing. I gotta tell ya at this point I was tempted to just keep this on my kitchen table as a centerpiece it looked so colorful and arty.
You can find Sheep(ish) at select JoAnns stores and the Caron website. As you can see from the mobile it comes in a slew of fab colors all of which are 70% acrylic and 30% wool which makes it washable. I do own Baxter a blanket since I crocheted one for Tallulah. When I finally find the time I will be using Sheep(ish).
P.S. I’m in the Skip to my Lou Link Party!