Hayao Miyazaki movies. Though I am nowhere near as big a Ghibli fan as they are, I definitely count Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle among my all-time favorite movies. And I had such a great time helping decorate the Wizard of Oz nursery from my first grandbaby I knew this was going to be a blast!
I worked in secret for the most part. My daughter knew I was making a mobile and I had shown her the Ponyo that I finished first. The rest I said absolutely nothing about and just showed up with them on the day of the baby party (Not really a shower since they already had all the baby stuff they needed, but a celebration for family and friends anyway!). Needless to say the big box of decorations I unveiled were a huge surprise, though they were not entirely shocked that I had gone way overboard. I was most proud of the mobile that I had put such a lot of thought into.
So when the umbrella gets here I realize that the vine thing doesn't really work and I am going to need more little things to hang. I didn't want more black, so not more easy pompom Soot Sprites. And the stars, a great pattern from Crochet Dynamite, were super fast to crochet but I didn't much want to do a lot more of hand-sewing they required. I had the idea of the rain drops, but had to look on Google and Pinterest for more ideas. In the end I decided on mushrooms and 2 things that went with the rain- a small umbrella and a cloud. I really love how it came together and especially that it's a little off-balance because the cloud + Sprites are heavier than the smaller parts. It makes it slightly more whimsical, if that is possible.
Soot Sprites - These are just small PomPoms made on a 1.75inch pompom maker. The eyes are felt with yarn pupils and the yarn is Caron Simply Soft.
Stars - From Crochet Dynamite - Mini Wishing Stars. These I made with Bernat Cotton-ish and a D-hook, but you can use any yarn and hook combo to achieve the size you want.
The Vine, which ended up as decoration in the nursery, but just not on the mobile, is from a pattern Leaf Garland by Little Conkers. It is a seriously fast and easy project. I made a vine about 12 ft long in under an hour. It is made with I Love This Yarn and a G6-hook. Again, the hook and yarn is up to you.
The Mushrooms are from a pattern by My Crochet Projects. I altered them slightly to be smaller (by leaving out a couple of the rounds on each. I used Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Econo Baby (which I think is discontinued. I got several skeins of it at a yard sale once,)
The Raindrops I just free-handed- and they are not all the same size. They were inspired by this pattern by Lucia Forthman. Her raindrops were a little too big for the yarn I wanted to use and the page didn't translate well for me, but I definitely learned the basic shape from the line counts of her pattern, so much thanks. Caron Simply Soft and a D-hook.
The Cloud is from Maggie Vassie. I Love This Yarn and a D-hook to get the size down a tad. It turned out just perfect.
And last, but not least, the Umbrella is from a pattern by Kim Lapsley. I sized it down just a tad by leaving out a few rounds and altering the edging to fit the stitch count. The handle I made with jewelry wire which I wrapped in the same Red Heart baby from the mushroom.
And the Small Blue Totoro centerpiece is from a pattern by Lucy Ravencraw. I used another of her patterns that I will show off in another post. I Love This Yarn and an F-hook.