Remember those cherry tomato containers I had asked for your input on? Well, I finally did something with them. It involved a Krazy Glue failure, some wood, and help from my new Mad Crochet Lab assistant, Igor.
This is what the containers looked like once I succeeded in getting them the way I want them:
At first, I tried to just Krazy Glue those little pieces of dowel into the containers. And even though the glue basically claims to bond dissimilar items like plastic and wood together, for some reason, it just did not work in this case. After several frustrating attempts, Igor used the big machines in the lab to screw the dowels in from the bottom of the containers. That seems to have worked.
Now why did I go through all this trouble? Because this is how I imagined those little containers in my mind:
Yup – little UFOs driven by little alien finger puppets! The problem was that the aliens needed a “seat” on which to sit when they were navigating their vehicles and not on somebody’s finger. So that is where the wooden dowel comes in. At first, I considered just cutting a hole into the bottom of the container, but since I am not a carpenter, I figured the edges would be too sharp to risk putting a human finger through the bottom. But now the aliens can be seated while they navigate and be removed to be played with.
Now I have two little UFOs with aliens flying around my crochet lab. It is tough enough to work here without that distraction so of course I am going to have a giveaway for these little guys. There is a disclaimer though – the plastic containers are pretty fragile. They can be opened very delicately. But they can crack and need to be handled with care. I cannot be responsible for that since I did not make the containers. Also, as I mentioned, I am not a carpenter and although I did lightly sand the dowels, it is possible that they could snag or splinter, so I would not recommend the UFO as a plaything – more like just a display box for the aliens. The aliens, on the other hand, are made with acrylic yarn, polyester fiberfill, and felt eyes which are sewn on, so those are probably fine for little people.
So the way this contest will work is that all the people who commented on the Tomato Container Challenge post will get to comment twice (Peter Parkour, Annebella, and Melanie this means you). MacBros gets to comment three times since he was thinking along the same lines as me when he suggested that the containers looked like UFOs. Anyone else who wants to, may comment once. There are two UFOs so there will be two winners. Comments number 12 and 21 will be winners. I will also be posting a link to this contest at the Mad Crochet Lab facebook page. Contest ends on Monday,
June July 23 so I can start preparing myself for my crazy crochet challenge. Please remember that the comments will be in moderation so it will appear that there are no comments on the post during the contest! Now you know the drill and can start commenting!
This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold, but credit must be given to me as the designer.
Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
Alien Finger Puppet Pattern
Small amount of worsted weight yarn in your favorite alien color
Size F (3.75mm) hook
Stitch marker to mark last stitch in each round when working rounds
black or invisible sewing thread
small amount polyester fiberfill
small amount black felt
Head and Body
Rnd 1 – SC 6 in Magic Circle
Rnd 2 – Increase in each SC around = 12 SC
Rnd 3 – *SC in next SC, Increase in next SC (repeat from * around) = 18 SC
Rnds 4-6 – SC in each SC around = 18 SC
Rnd 7 – *SC in next SC, Decrease over next 2 SC (repeat from * around) = 12 SC
Rnd 8 – *Decrease over next 2 SC, SC in each of next 3 SC (repeat from * around) = 8 SC
Rnd 8 – *SC in next SC, Decrease using next 2 SC, (repeat from * around) = 8 SC
Rnd 9 – Increase in next SC, SC all remaining SC = 9 SC
Rnd 10 – Increase in next SC, SC all remaining SC = 10 SC
Rnds 11-13 – SC in each SC around = 10 SC and finish off. NOTE: I made the alien body a bit short to fit on the dowels in the tomato containers. Here is where you will add some rounds if you would like to make the body a bit longer to fit your favorite person’s finger, if necessary. Stuff polyester fiberfill into just the head area. No need to close it up, the stuffing remains pretty well where it is unless someone purposely wants to remove it. Plus, it provides a nice cushion for the fingertip when used as a finger puppet.
Arms/Hands (Make 2)
CH 8 (one is to turn). SS down back bumps of next 3 CH. CH 4, SS down back bumps of next 3 CH, and CH 4 once more and SS down back bumps of next 3 CH (3 fingers made). Next, SS down remaining 4 unworked CHs which brings you back to where you started. Leave long tail for sewing and finish off. Sew or tie to sides of alien.
Legs/Feet (Make 2)
CH 12 (one is to turn). SS back down back bumps of next 3 CH. CH 4, SS down back bumps of next 3 CH, and CH 4 once more and SS down back bumps of next 3 CH (3 toes made). Next, SS down remaining 8 unworked CH which brings you back to where you started. Leave long tail for sewing and finish off. Sew to bottom front of alien.
NOTE: Pattern was revised to make it much clearer and this way the feet will look more like the hands, not wider as shown in the photo. If you prefer wider feet, you can substitute SC for the SS when making the feet. (July 18, 2014).
Eyes (Make 2)
Cut teardrop shape from black felt and sew onto face using black or invisible thread.