Starting Again... Posted by vandisar on May 07, 2015
Hello all,
I am a long time puppet fan and collector who has never quiet taken the plunge into performing. I have amassed a decent collection of puppets, made quite a few, and written several plays geared toward puppets, but I usually balk at the next step.
In my ordinary world, I am an author, stay at home mom, teacher and as such, incredibly busy, but I've always got time to crochet. A few weeks ago it hit me that I could combine a couple of my "loves" and I've been crocheting hand puppets like a mad woman ever since. Writing another play... because really, that's my comfort zone, and begging my cast of talented/performy type friends to consider slave labor as my puppeteers.
In a far more benign way than that sounds.
All that aside, I am very happy to have found a hub or two of puppet friendly people and I'm hoping to learn and possibly share, and maybe eventually put together something lovely to share back.

Re: Starting Again... Posted by Chris Arveson on May 07, 2015
Welcome, and I for one, would love to see some pictures of your crocheted puppets!
Re: Starting Again... Posted by Shawn on May 08, 2015
Welcome to PandS!  Make yourself at home. Took a look at your gallery and some of your puppets. They are really fun!  Did you have a pattern or did you figure it out on your own.  I never got to good at crocheting my self. About all I can do is a single long chain stitch.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by Chris Arveson on May 08, 2015
I didn't think to look for your gallery. How very cute! I'm not sure if I like any more than any others, they are all very creative.

I'm curious about what part of Washington state you live in. I was born in Yakima, grew up in Kirkland, went to college in Bellingham and briefly lived and worked in Spokane. I'm long gone now, but my heart will always be there.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by vandisar on May 09, 2015
Thanks so much. It took me a bit to work out how to get photos up.
I made the pattern up. There were some puppet patterns floating around on the crochet sites, but none that had the structure in the face that I was looking for. I'm still tweaking it here and there, doing variations like the blunter nose for the unicorn (or a shorter snout for a pig) It was a lot of fun to play around until I liked the look of them... and I can't pick a favorite either, though the gargoyle is growing on me a lot.
I am smack in the center of WA. Grew up on the west side, then moved north and now have landed in the Columbia Basin. Pretty isolated, but I love it just the same.  I lived in Kirkland for a few years right after college.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by Gail on May 22, 2015
I love crochet, it is more forgiving than knitting I think. I love Annie's Attic crochet patterns they are so creative. Those puppets could pass for some fun, warm mittens too.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by vandisar on May 22, 2015
I'm with you there. I technically CAN knit, but keeping all that yarn on those pointy sticks gives me fits. Annie's Attic has great patterns. Yes! I've seen some scarves made with puppet mittens on the ends for kiddos. Really cute stuff.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by Gail on May 27, 2015
Oh I like the puppet mitten scarf idea!  Puppets make everything better.
Re: Starting Again... Posted by Starship Sassafrass on Jun 03, 2015
Re: Starting Again... Posted by pagestep007 on Jun 04, 2015
ooooh , what a cool idea to have puppets on the ends of your scarf! It wouldn't work so well here though, as we are in the tropical zone and it is very HOT. It would go great down in New Zealand though. You could put one of your Unicorns on one end , and say a pig on the other.. imagine the stories your kids would invent in the  car or elsewhere, with two characters tethered so.

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