But anyway, back to the knitting/crochet. And also a little bit of embroidery, because working round the garden of that big crochet house-related project, I’ve realized that at this teeny scale, some things are just easier embroidered. Yep, despite taking on such a monstrously bonkers, months-long mega-project, I’m all for making things easy when I can.
So. This garden is going to have a lot of veg. I’ve always preferred growing things you can eat to growing flowers, although let’s not discuss how badly I’ve neglected the allotment thus far. It’s got to the stage where I’m anxious about even going up there, thus procrastinating further. Anyway getting back to the crochet. Right next to the cauliflowers, I decided to plant some carrots. And unless I was going to use a 0.000001mm crochet hook and hair’s-breadth yarn, it just seemed easier to embroider the things. Here’s the first row finished, with the second row waiting for its tops:-
Just in case your skillset doesn’t yet include working miniature carrots in yarn (why on earth not?!) I’ll share with you how I made them. Because I’m sure it’s a technique you’ll need soon enough. Hey, maybe you could make a crocheted hat in brown yarn with rows and rows of vegetables growing on its surface. Y’know, I’m almost tempted to start such a project right now. I’ll call it the allotment hat. It’ll be awesome, although maybe some of the saner inhabitants of this village will look at me askance when I wear it out in public.
But back to the housey project. First, use orange yarn to embroider over and over in one place to get a hard little carroty bump protruding from the soil. I used DK-weight cotton. Then take some pale green yarn for the leafy bit on top. I used DK-weight acrylic because I knew it would look fluffy. It took a bit of trial-and-error to get the carrot tops right. At first, I made them far too full and fluffy and they resembled pale green Afros, which isn’t a good look on a carrot.
So I toned it down a bit. Here’s how: sew a length through the top of the carrot, leaving at least 2 inches on either side (to allow for effortless knot-tying).
Then tie a reef knot. This fixes the yarn securely. On top of that, tie a single knot like this, involving looping both strands round together then pushing them through the loop. (Is there a name for this knot?):-
This makes a nice-shaped base for the leaves and ensures that both strands of yarn are pointing upwards. Make sure your knots are tight. Cut your yarn to a vaguely sensible length.
Then use a needle to separate the plies within each strand. Then cut each ply to a slightly different length. And you’re done!
OK, maybe these won’t win best-in-show, but they’re not bad.
Onions can be worked in a similar way, but use pale brown yarn to make a more protruding bump, and don’t separate or fluff your leafy strands. And use a less fluff-some yarn for the leafy bits – maybe cotton? Am I making sense?
And as a bonus vegetable, I made 3 loops of 5 chain stitches to make each of these lettucy thingies:-
More very soon. Perhaps even a finished object…