Wednesday, December 5, 2012

25 Days of Ornaments: Crochet mice

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house/Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Those are the famous opening lines of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and the only justification I can think of for ever thinking of a mouse as a Christmas creature. And yet, how cute are mice when used as Christmas ornaments? I have a cute childhood ornament of a little mouse tucked into a walnut-shell bed. But I digress...

These little crochet mice were actually the first Christmas ornaments I made this year, back at the end of October. I bought the pattern a few months ago on Etsy -- initially, I was using it and its bigger cousin to make fun cat toys.

The only change I made was on the green mouse -- as I was stitching the nose at the very end, with 3-strand DMC black, I realize that it would be really easy to give him whiskers. When I started with the nose, I left a little bit of the thread tail out on one side, stitched the nose -- which held the thread in place -- and then when I was done, took my needle out the opposite side to create the other set of whiskers. (Did that make sense? I hope so.)

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