Tuesday, October 23, 2007

acorns

After seeing Kim's and Tracy's adorable acorns, I knew that we had to make some. Of course, I didn't want to buy the felted balls. I decided we should make them, so I put my kids to work. Last week after school one day I had them roll the wool into balls. Easy enough. Then as Martha suggested, we dipped them into warm, soapy water. The directions then tell you to pass them back in forth in your hands for about 10 minutes. The kids lasted about 2 minutes. I lasted about 3 minutes. I am sure there is an easier way to do this. However, I couldn't figure it out. Maybe Sabrina knows since she made a bunch for her beautiful bobble bag.
Next time, I think I would buy the balls. I think ours just look like balls of yarn with acorn tops. But, I guess there is nothing wrong with that.

51 comments:

KeanaLee said...

AW..yours are cute & they have charcter. I think they are adorable!

kim said...

Nuh-uh! Yours are way more rustic and authentic. I think they are just adorable. And I give you an 'A' for effort on ball rolling. I would have lasted 30 seconds and then given up. I didn't even think of Sabrina's Boblicious Bag, but I'm sure that would have worked too. And you have an acorn dish! Too cute.

--Deb said...

They're adorable!

Kristin said...

What about needle felting? I've never done it but those acorns look like the kinda thing you could make with it.

The_Add_Knitter said...

If those little pals were in my house I would have an uncontrollable urge to draw faces on them with a Sharpie!

sheepish one said...

o.m.g!! too freakin' cute!

So Much Fun said...

Hi Leslie!
The bobble bag's bobbles are knit (cast on one, knit 5, 6, or 7 stiches into that one (depending on desired size), then knit for 5, 6, or 7 rows, BO, then with tail and tapestry needle, run yarn through the edges, pull to pucker into a ball, and then into the washing machine they go).

I think you could probably do a little I-cord number and with a running stitch pucker it into a ball, hit the washing machine, etc...

The other thing I would do is needle felt them!
xoxoxo,
Sabrina

Scoutj said...

OMG! Could those BE any cuter?

erin said...

i have made those balls with warm soapy water and roving....they take WAY longer than 3 minutes! Your acorns are pretty dang cute, though. Love them!

Tanya said...

Oh my gosh, these are darling! I HAVE to make some. DH was walking by and I showed him the picture; he didn't get it. Ah, men! They are awesome - thanks for the inspiration. Now when do I have time to make them...........

Tanya said...

And YES what a way to display them - so cool!

Tanya

Kiersten said...

I think those yours are better! Much more organic and super cute!!

Sarah said...

They are really sweet. I agree that 10 minutes is too long.

tiennie said...

I think they're totally cute!

Yarn It said...

Those are so cute! I like the look of yours also. Plus, it is a nice, fun thing to do with the kids and I am sure they love it (even if only for two minutes)! My kids would have fun with that - if only I could find acorns around my house. We just have a bunch of pine needles.

KnitPastis said...

This is a beautiful piece of art made with love:)
These can be kept as little treasures throughout the years!

Nora said...

I love them!

leslie said...

no.
they look like adorable balls of yarn with acorn tops.
i love them!

Queen of the froggers said...

They are great little acorns! I loved your previous post too.

Knitterella said...

OMG - what a great idea! Those look great! love the colors. Fun that you did it with your kids too :)

Louise said...

These are so sweet. I think I am coming around to the idea of felting. It has never really appealed but those acorns and that bag are fantastic.

Karen said...

I think they came out really adorable the way you made them!! Wouldn't change a thing.

Macoco said...

Those acorns look so pretty, a great fall project! I think I would have lasted about 3 minutes with rolling the balls as well.

Kirsten said...

Love them!
They are so sweet.

TLCknits said...

I wonder if you try wearing 'exfoliating gloves' after you've dipped in the warm water when rolling? Just a thought. :)

TLCknits said...

BTW - I failed to mention.. they came out BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Belinda said...

luv em, great photo!

Meggie said...

Les, you sure do get an A for effort. They look pretty cute to me but if you don't like them.... everything you do can't be perfect...it just doesn't work that way. Welcome to my world! I'm sure those little buggers will still look cute accenting a fall arrangement. You'll think of something...you always do. ciao!

Veronique said...

These acorns are darling! I actually like the non-perfectness of them :)

Stacey said...

those are so cute! I have seen people roll them on bubble paper or something with texture to make them felt better...

lucy said...

CUTE!!! They have so much colour to lighten up autumn days!!

mle said...

No, no! I love how yours have the rustic look! I'm totally going to copy you. I just hope my cats don't think they are kitty toys. :)

2begin2 said...

Adorable and how funny you & your kids created them together!
My girls have put a bunch of acorn tops in a bowl, which are sweet in their own right.My youngest has wild ideas for them...maybe I'll steer her towards the felted or knitted acorns!

Yarnhog said...

Couldn't you stick them in a sock and felt them in the washing machine?

liz elayne said...

oh my goodness, i just want to eat them up! they are adorable.

Natalie said...

I so want some! Not that my home needs added whimzy at the moment. I love your new layout!

Alisha said...

Those are sweet!!

Dorothée said...

Absolument adorable !

Amy said...

I think they're pretty cute! (And all of the other FOs I missed while I was away are fab, to!)

Cinnamonamon said...

10 minutes?! Not a chance! I think they look great the way they are -- the "texture" is fun!

Jess said...

Nope- absolutely nothing wrong with those acorns! And let me just say, if all acorns looked as good, I wouldn't mind almost tripping on them every time I go for a run! :)

Betsy said...

They are still lovely! I totally agree with buying the balls--I had grand ideas of making a tree garland last christmas. Umm, I think I made about 5 balls. There has got to be a better way to make them, but I don't know what it is.

kat coyle said...

they look pretty cute to me! i would last about 2 minutes with the hand felting too.

Dipsy said...

My gosh, these acorns are just the cutest! I guess I haven't seen something as adorable for long! Love them!!!

amandajean said...

adorable!!!

Kaet said...

i love these, so perfectly fun for fall!

Obsessed with knitting said...

I think your acorns look great!! I can't remember the last time I saw an acorn top!!

Ella said...

I think they're adorable! Little yarnicorns. :D

jenna said...

Those are absolutely adorable. I can't stand it. Where does the cuteness end???

tiel said...

i have no idea how to knit, but I could look at your blog all day..wonderful.

kirinlemon said...

If you ever want to make them again, try putting dish soap directly on the wool before dunking them. It makes the felting go much, much faster than just warm soapy water!