Thursday, November 21, 2013

Airplanes in the Clouds

Wow! It's the start of another round of Alphabe-Thursday -- it's hard to believe that Jenny has been hosting this for eight rounds! And this is my fourth round! It's like chips -- you can't have just one.... or the Energizer Bunny -- it just keeps going and going and going :)

I've been working on a special order for a new-mom-to-be who is doing her nursery in vintage airplanes -- and she asked me to crochet airplanes and clouds for a mobile. She has the wooden hanger part and is going to assemble it herself.

My first attempt at this airplane was huge! Way too big for a mobile... a kid could practically ride on the thing!!

So I began again with a smaller hook and ended up with this, and I'm well pleased with it. It will definitely make an appearance in my shop! It's still pretty big for a mobile but could be the middle one that hangs the lowest.

This is what the other airplanes will look like -- they are just over 4 inches long and just right for a mobile! I had to work with this pattern too and ended up pretty much redoing the whole thing. When I used my original pattern, they came out so tiny they looked like butterflies! Weird butterflies, but still.

The others look like this right now -- kind of alien buggy looking without their wings! (But they're big enough this time!) I've got the little pieces parts done (and I do mean little!) and ready to be sewn on. Each airplane body will have wings and tail in another color.

Since I think the big plane is too big (she said if it was she would just use it on a shelf until playtime comes around) so I'm going to do another plane for the middle of the mobile. I think a red one and the wings will be blue, the middle tail will be black and the side tails will be white -- so using all her colors! Since it will have all the colors on it, it will be different from the others and good to use as the middle airplane. She wanted five each of the airplanes and clouds and has four colors so mixing them on this plane will make everything come out even! I stressed over that for a while (OK, for days) and when I came up with this solution it put my mind at rest :)

That way she can decide what she wants to do with the big plane!

She wanted off-white clouds to go on the mobile above each airplane -- these were fun to made but I really had to keep close count to make all the little ups and downs, hills and valleys come out right!

I've enjoyed making these airplanes, once I got through all the figuring and ripping out and doing again parts! I love the way the big plane came out, and the little ones are going to be so cute! I like the one little plane that I've finished -- it helps me to see the cuties they will be instead of some buggy weird thing!!

Sharing airplanes over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter A



Sue McPeak said... crochet cute!!! You've done such a great job in adapting the size and shapes of both the airplane and clouds. How very special for a special baby. I too am a crocheter as well as knitter and quilter. I've been in the crochet mode making scarves for my ETSY Shop. I will visit yours and give it a FAV Heart.

Thanks for visiting CollectInTexas Gal for Letter A in Round #8...Jenny's amazing, huh?
Sue CollectInTexas Gal

Granny-Guru said...

You are so creative. Crocheted clouds! I have to have help just to follow a pattern and you are making creations with crochet. Love it!

Lmkazmierczak said...

How the results♫

Anonymous said...

Adorable and lovely needlework ~ so creative ~ they will love it ~ thanks for visiting ~ carol, xxx

fredamans said...

Very cute lil airplanes!

Memories for Life said...

These are adorable! They will definitely be a cool addition to your shop. Have you considered making complete mobiles for your shop?

Splendid Little Stars said...

impressive! You make the cutest things!
An airplane to ride on would be fun.

Duni said...

Oh my goodness, the planes are incredibly cute! I didn't think the top one was that big. I agree with Margaret - riding on it would be fun :)

Along These Lines ... said...

Do you offer perks for frequent buyers?

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Aaah! Those are adorable! Do you mind if I pin those images for later? I have two little nephews who always need new things for their room... :-)

Sue said...

What a darling gift! I love it!!


Natashalh said...

Wow, you make so many different things! Do you have to create a lot of the patterns, yourself?

Almost Precious said...

Wow, I really admire you for being able to "wing" it and be so creative. I have to follow a pattern step by step and if I try to change things or deviate from the pattern just a little bit, I would end up with a big mess. But that's what separates a professional crochet artist, like you, from a novice, like me. :)
I hope your customer will send you a photo of her finished mobile as I'm sure your sweet little crochet airplanes and clouds will make for one fantastic and unique children's mobile. :)

Kc W said...

They really are cute and isn't it wonderful you get to spend your time doing something you enjoy!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh my goodness! Your planes and clouds are!!! I 'd love to see it all put together hanging up.

Blessings & Aloha!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Jenny said...

Now they don't have to pretend that airplanes in the night sky are shooting stars!

They can share this amazingly cute mobile with their sweetie!

I love the cleverness of this idea!

You, my dear, are astonishing.



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