We are in Kindergarden countdown around here. I have become school obsessed. I wanted to make something fun for myself, since I'm getting ready to start a new class too!
Remember my Fancy Pen covers? Well, I made a fun version:
The Pencil (Pen) Cover!
Embroidery floss in 4 colors (I'm going to give you the DMC floss color numbers to make a classic yellow pencil, but you can use any color for the body of the pencil. The colors for the ends are what sells it as a 'pencil')
Wood: 437 (light brown)
Body: 972 (yellow)
Metal: 415 (light gray)
Eraser: 3326 or 894 -they both look good! (pink)
Size C crochet hook
Ballpoint pens (I used a Papermate Eagle, but I think a Bic Stic would work too. Make sure you get one that has a black plastic tip holding the ink in... Which means that you're going to have to get a black ink pen...)
R2-3: (from now on, the rounds are going to be done amigurumi style, continuously in one long spiral without joining) sc in each stitch (6 st)
R4-?: Change to Body color, sc in each stitch (use the entire skein - you'll know it's long enough when you run out of embroidery floss) (6 st)
R?+1-4: Change to Metal color, sc in each stitch (6 st)
R?+5-8: Change to Eraser color, sc in each stitch (6 st)
Sl st in next stitch. Fasten off. Leave the Eraser and Wood ends, but weave in any other loose ends.
The tube is going to be very long and skinny. It isn't easy to slide the pen into it, but I'm going to quote Julia Child here and say, "You just have to have the courage of your conviction" and shove it in. I promise, it will fit, and if we made it bigger it would be too loose and wouldn't stay on.
Once you've got the cover on your pen, use your tapestry needle and the loose ends to really snug the cover onto the pen as you wind the ends in.
The 'pencils' would look great in a Pencil Case...
Okay, now I have some business I need to ask you about. Jake and I have been knocking this idea around for a while, and we can't make a decision, so I thought I would ask YOU, Dynamos, for your opinion. Quite often, for my posts, I make several versions of the item that I'm making. I have to make the extras to pattern test before I unleash the pattern-y awesomeness on you guys. (For example, I have 2 of these pens earmarked for a present, but the rest??!) So my house is starting to fill up with unused crochet goodness, and I'm running out of room. I was thinking of starting an Etsy shop to
Please do me a solid and leave me a comment with your opinion about what I should do with my leftover crochet goodies (to Etsy, or not to Etsy), and the color Pencil Pen that you'd like if you're selected. (I will ship anywhere, international shipping is no problem)
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll select the winner next Friday, September 7th.