Gourdgeous Pumpkins

My Happy Place

Did you know pumpkins are gourds? And a squash?! Well, google says so. And science. Tasty little tidbit.

I love painting pumpkins, too

And, “October is my favorite color” as seen on a T-Shirt I almost purchased is certainly a vibe, and I’m here for it usually, but it has been unseasonably warm here and I have been whiplashed back into Menopause. Basically, I have been sick.

If you follow this blog regularly, you will know that I intended to present two more pumpkin patterns before end of October. I have encountered a major hiccup in my lofty plans as of late though. Hot flashes, extreme fatigue and general malaise have been completely debilitating for the last week and a half. I sleep during the day, and sweat slash toss n’ turn at night. It’s also a vibe and quite terrible. Just as I was on a roll, my physical health stops me in my tracks.

So, until I finish the “in progress” pumpkin macrame pattern (or is it a jack-o-lantern”) in the crafterroom, just enjoy these images of macrame and pumpkins.

eitm🌚

Three tiered macrame pumpkin hanger (my pattern, never wrote it up ☹️)
My former porch adorned with macrame pumpkin hangers
Macrame Spiral Hitched Pumpkin On Macrame Pattern Swatch
My kiddo last year at the Evans Orchard

Another Pumpkin, Another Day 🍂🍁

Mini Pumpkin Hanger
Read on for the link to the Tutorial

Hello out there! It’s the first truly fall Sunday here, and it’s raining like it’s Spring. Torrential down pour really. All the plans I’ve had for the weekend are kaput. No Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Festival in Louisville or the Annual and Amazing St. James Art Fair. ☹️. Just at home holding my kiddo with his cyclical GI challenges. I’m basically a nurse minus all of the training and tests. And the pay.

Eh, enough “woe is me” and more crafting, the happy part of life. I have a new macrame tutorial ready for you! It’s already on YouTube, too. It’s perfect for a mini pumpkin. Replacing the plants, putting the pumpkins in their place.

Macrame Mini Pumpkin Hanger

This little ditty should take under an hour to make. You will need 5mm cotton rope, and a 5 inch ring. Additionally, T pins and a macrame board on which to work. Here is the link (if you havent subscribed yet to the YouTube 🤓)

What I love about this mini macrame hanger is that it’s kinda avante garde and traditional. You can even customize it further if you’d like by threading wood beads in the middle of the triangle or reverse lark’s heading rope of a different color through the middle.

Transitions nicely thru the season. 😊

Lil’ Pumpkin Patch Macrame Earrings 🎃🍁

Oooh ahhh 😍 new macrame pattern🧶

It’s Sunday, a day of rest for some, a day to post for me <giggle>. How’s about my just poppin’ in to drop a new ‘Pumpkin’ Pattern on ya! How’s about that?

As you can see, I’m in a silly mode which happens when I actually get a good night’s sleep, which is quite rare for me given my son’s health challenges. However, I do seem to get a lot done regardless of sleep capacity. Not sure how. Ihope yinz in readerland are getting your necessary 💤 sleep

Oatmeal Pumpkins

So, these lil’ pumpkin patch macrame earrings are a quick work up. You will need to know how to do the macrame rose knot which you can find on my youtube 📺 channel and it is linked below.

The pattern is basically just 6 rose knots in a upside down pyramid shape. You use 6 pieces of halved cotton yarn. Let me tell you what you’ll need:

Tools:

Macrame or Foam Board

T pins

Scissors

Fine toothed comb or brush

Needlenose pliers (optional)

Materials

Any Cotton yarn 4 ply weight. I used Lily Sugar n Cream in Oatmeal and Tangerine

Small 1/2 inch hoop with fish hook

Cuts: measure out 4 yarn strands measuring 16 inches each and 2 measuring 24 inches.

Pattern: this is a triangle pattern. You will stabilize your hoop onto macrame or foam board with a t pin through the tiny hole in the top.

Next, mount two of your 16 inch pieces and make 4 alternating square knots. After you make these, do a button or rose knot. Video is here (use the back of your t pin to push the middle filler cords thru as video uses a crochet hook)

Next, mount your two 24 inch strands and repeat the above. These should be to the right of the initial two rose knotted strands. Repeat this step with next two 16 inch strands as well.

Row 1 is done. 😀 Yay!

Row 2: skip first two strands, make rose knot with next 4, then, make another rose knot with the next 4 strands as well, then skip last two.

Row 3: skip 4 strands, make a rose knot with middle 4, Skip last 4.

You are done with knotting 👍🏾

Now, measure down 1.5-2 inches and cut across. Throw away scraps. Get out comb or brush and separate the fringed part. You can watch the short video here that shows how to comb out the yarn.

Finally, add fish hook finding and wear!

T pin through middle as you’re working the knots

Quick huh?! I would love to see your creations. Just dm me on IG or shoot me an email.

I like the macrame earring length on the left better. More flowy.

Hope you sell a bunch or make your own!

eitm 🌚

Make: Crochet Bric-a-Basket

Get out your Jumbo Crochet Hook 🧶

Happy Thursday! I have a new crochet project for you! Super quick and super fun to make imho! For all of those crocheters out there who need a quick fix like me because patience can be rough. Haha. You are seen.

Everything you need is down below, and guess what, this pattern is free.99 for you dear reader! Folks who come across it on Etsy, well, not free. And believe me, it took hours to take the photos and write the project eventhough I whipped it up quickly. The best thing about this make is how versatile and useful it is. We all need a little basket to throw our bric-a-brac in.

2 styles, one crochet pattern!

Tools:

  • Large Crochet Hook (size Q, 16mm)
  • 1 skein (108 yards) of 9mm Braided Cotton Rope (Bobbiny brand-I ordered mine on Etsy from AllYarnDrive (highly recommend))
  • Scissors

Time Needed:  This should only take you about 25 minutes if you are intermediate to advanced.  Beginner, maybe 45 minutes tops.  

You will need to be able to do the following techniques/stitches:

Slip Stitch (SS)

Chain (Ch)

Single Crochet (SC)

***for the modified one, you will need to be able to Back Loop Only (BLO) Single Crochet

Skip Chain or Stitch (SK)

Beg = Beginning

Working in a round, Ch 5 and Slip Stitch to Join

Round 1, Ch2, 10 SC’s, sl st to join to beg

Round 2:  Ch3, sk st, then SS in next St, Ch3, sk st, sl st in nxt st, repeat 3 more times, then DO NOT sk next stitch, sl st in it.  Sl St in beg to join

Round 3:  Ch2, 2 SC’s in same Ch3 from Previous Round, and SC in every Slip Stitch from previous round, do this the whole way around til you get back to the beg, sl st into ch2 to join.

Round 4:  Ch2, counts as 1st stitch, SC in every stitch from previous round.  SS to join to beg ch2.  (21 stitches including ch2)

Round 5: ch2, SC in every stitch from previous row, then sl st to beg to join.  Cut excess (there won’t be much if you ordered 108 yards from Bobbiny)

Now, turn your item inside out as this will help it structurally, and drop in your bric-a-brac. Small items will fall out of the bottom unless you line it.  I use it for my keys, nail polish, and my son’s chewelry.

****If you’d like to make the second option of this basket, the version that looks more like knitting and is in green (if you can see the color), then in every SC you see from Rounds 3-5, you will Back Loop only whenever there is a Single Crochet.  So, to repeat, you will not go through both stitches for your SC, you will only SC into the back loop.

Hope you make a couple for your home.  You can also use ¼ Cotton or Braided Rope to make this item.  

Ella in the Moon 

(™) Please credit Ella in the Moon if you make this item. You are welcome to sell it in your shop. Happy Making

PS. I didnt make use a magic circle because it messed up the bottom. It made it wobbly.

Macrame Pumpkin 🎃

Macrame Pumpkin

It’s Saturday night and since I have no social life, why not blog?! Plus, I missed Tuesdays’ deadline to present the second of 5 pumpkin patterns. In the words of Kurt Cobain (rip), “all apologies”.

As you know, I’m all about the pumpkins. I love seeing them and I love making them. I made quite a few crochet ones and a couple knit ones over the years. One of my favorite bloggers (whose work inspired this blog) has some great ones in her Etsy, Megmade with Love. Here are a couple I made from her blog and one pattern I created (I didnt write it down 😣).

Pumpkins I made in 2018. Yellow one was my own pattern. Orange one, megmade with love on etsy.
A crochet pumpkin I made in 2018 as well. Gifted this one to my niece for her dorm.

This little ditty works up in approximately 1.5 hour. You have to make 10 columns of square knots. 9 rows. You will need 18 cords of twine, which means 18/2 x10= 90 square knots. (Math, 😑 ). A foam board or macrame board is essential and 2 T pins. Embroidery needle, burlap, and scissors are needed. Tissue or polyfill (not much) are needed as well. Hot glue gun is optional. Little twig from the great outdoors, necessary. 😊

The pattern

Oh feel free to use extra fabric laying around instead of burlap. It doesnt matter. ♻️ reuse!

The stuffing of the pumpkin is exactly the same as the previous MacCro Pumpkin. Also, seeming the edges is the same to close up the side. You can hot glue or stitch up the side inside out then turn it out.

We’re on the 2nd pumpkin, bottom left.

The most important thing for this pattern is making sure to measure the cords properly when reverse lark’s head mounting them to the piece of 12 inch twine. So, of each halved 22 inch cord, when mounting, Cord 1 has to be twice as long as cord #2. And the same for the halved other cord. So filler cords 2,3 have to be half as long as the working cord to which they are attached. Otherwise, you will run out of working cord (1 & 4) and have an excess of filler.

Basically, the pattern is 1 row of square knots all the way across and for every row after, except in rows 2-9, cord 4 from previous row, joins to the square knot directly to the right and below it and goes under in the first sq knot of the row. Then, moving across the row, the square knot from which you are working will have cord 4 from the row to the left and above and cord 1 from the row right and above. All of this is in the video below. Nothin’ like seeing it!

You will ‘bind off’ to use a knitting term at the end with a finishing row of horizontal double hitches.

After you bind off, stitch around the bottom like the video shows you and pull tight. Then, take the ends of the top, on which the cords were mounted, and pull tight, knot and clip excess. Then, add a topper. 3 candy corns on a toothpick would be cute.

This is a private video. Folks who do not read the blog or who do not check my Instagram can not find it. So “yay, you! yer special! Many more specials to come!

With no further ado, click here for short tutorial video. And as always, I’m just an e-mail or an Instagram dm away for any questions. 🎃

Happy Making

eitm 🌚

Make: MacCro Pumpkin 🎃

Lil’ MacCro Pumpkin

Finally, I have my son to sleep. He went hard in the paint today (basketball analogy), and boy, oh boy, am I completely worn out. We did it all, the playground, Evan’s Orchard and throwing acorns in the backyard. I’m like “child, I need to blog!”

Hope this Sunday has been restorative for yinz (y’all in Pittsburghease). Hope you had the opportunity to spend time outdoors or enjoying something meaningful to you.

So, I am going to present the first of 5 pumpkin patterns tonight. It is part macrame (remember the wave knot?) and part crochet. Both parts go very fast imo. I love doing both of these techniques because I am utterly impatient, which is probably a surprise to readers. Crafting has changed me a little bit though on that front.

So, you will need Twine and Cotton Rope or really any cotton brushed rope 3mm. I purchased the twine for like $1.79 and used most of it. The cotton rope is actually unbraided tricord 1/4 inch scrap but for all intents and purposes, just use 3mm brushed. I tend to reuse to reduce my carbon footprint and out of general cheapness, but you do you.

The twine I used but in brown

This pattern will make a small pumpkin measuring about 6-7 inches around. Want a larger pumpkin? Increase rope by 2 lengths for every 1/2 inch and crochet rows by 2.

Wave knot

Tools: Scissors ✂️ , Darning Needle 🪡, macrame board (or styrofoam cooler lid, three T pins, 5.75mm crochet hook.

Crochet portion (US terms):

hdc=half double crochet

chain 16

R1: in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and insert hook, pull up loop and HDC in every stitch to the end (14), ch 2 and turn

R2: HDC in Back Loop only, skipping first st. Ch2 and turn

R3-R14 repeat row 2 exactly as written, then snip and cut

Next, macrame portion:

Line up a length of twine measuring twelve inches beside crocheted piece with two T pins anchored onto board.

Fold cotton rope and Larks head 12 lengths measuring 36 inches onto a piece of twine measuring 12 inches.

Next, do the wave knot, changing direction every 5 rows for approximately 15 total rows. I basically wave knotted til it matched up in length with the crochet piece. See video for wave knot.

To finish the fringe off, make 1 row of horizontal half hitches along the bottom. Snip excess.

So, now you have a macrame square and crochet square, but they need to link together. Simply get out the darning needle and stich them together. I did an overhand stitch on both sides to match them together. There is no wrong or right side with these two squares so just place one atop another and overhand or running stitch them together. Overhand is bulkier and sturdier.

After stitching together, turn it inside out and follow instructions below and see photo

Now, you will need to cut a piece of twine to do a gathering running stitch to pull everything in and shape. I filled my pumpkin with tissues but you can use polyfill or whatever you have around. A lot of pumpkin patterns use polyfill.

Running stitch below along edge in between stitches

You have to pull quite hard to gather all of the stuffing in and make so that the wholes at top and bottom are closed up to 1/2 inch.

Lastly, find a small stick or twig to act as the pumpkin topper. Insert into 1/2 inch hole at top. I went the extra step and made a crochet I-chord cover in green for a lil extra pizzazz. I basically threw it on over my little twig. It took maybe 8 minutes. Found the video on YouTube. I had forgotten how to I chord so had to do a refresher.

4 pumpkins and 1 squash

I hope yinz make a lil’ macro pumpkin or size it up as the instructions state above. Hopefully, it is all clear but if I know myself, I will edit portions for greater clarity tomorrow after a night’s rest.

Tuesday, I will release the Macrame Pumpkin with video. So, hope to see you then. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube. 📺

Happy Making,

eitm🌚

The Pumpkins are Coming! The Pumpkins are Coming!👻🎃

Hola! Ni hao! Jambo! Konichiwa! 👋🏾 Hi! How about that crafters!? Trying to be more welcoming as I have readers from all over the planet which I find very exciting. Everyone should feel welcome here and I hope you do. Weird sentence. Sorry. Not gonna fix it though. Sooo…pumpkins are coming!

MacCro Pumpkin and Macrame Pumpkin

MacCro: to be both macrame and crochet.

I have patterns coming for free (gratis) right here on Sunday. Both patterns above. Everyone else will have to get them off Etsy if they don’t read the blog (pssst…tell em to read the blog 😉). I am so over-the-ella-in-the-moon foe the season change here and pumpkins. Y’all gonna be so over me talking about ‘em. 🤔 Maybe.

I’ve been on a tear lately in creating. Like right now, I am piecing together a patchwork cardigan. And, I have more granny squares to make for a dress I have envisioned along with filming the squares for my YouTube, which I have my own YouTube link for now! So many wonderful things to share with you readers and thank you for reading.

In the coming month, I am going to re-envision the blog set up, formatting for more ease of use and hopefully, better aesthetically. I am going to switch to a static homepage so that one can click on a side panel to get to old patterns/articles and have them organzied into “DIYs” or “Crochet” or “Macrame”. So excited for what the future holds for this blog and hope you will continue on this journey with me. 😊

How cute, eh? Twine, cotton rope and cotton 🧶

Until Sunday,

eitm

Technique Tuesday 006

Hey folks! It’s Tuesday, almost Wednesday here in US. What else would one expect from me though? Procrastinating is my biggest personality characteristic lately despite best of intentions. I did start a completely different technique tuesday early in my day but it failed due to equipment set up. Anyhooter, this one is a nice palette primer til I finish the rest of it.

With no further ado or words because it’s 11:53 est and I gotta keep it in Tuesday: Macrame Bowl Tutorial Snippet. 👍🏾🌚

What’s Up Monday?

Me lately 🤣

Hiyeee! I’m waving 👋🏾 Forrest Gump style at you all right now! You are Lieutenant Dan. 😊 It feels like it has been an absolute eternity since I posted, but it’s only been a few days, err a week. I started this draft days ago. Maybe it’s because I haven’t posted a how to lately or a “Technique Tuesday” (I totally forgot). Anyhow, Hi Lieutenant Dans!

If you are unfamiliar with the movie Forrest Gump, it just means that I am excessively happy to see you all back here on my blog. I know folks are reading it because I can see the stats. 😂 Stats could be better, but also, I could be better at this. I’m still learning this whole web design/wordpress world. It’s a sharp learning curve even after over a year. I must remain patient with myself. Rome wasn’t built in a day and I have so many roadblocks lately from my son’s constant GI problems to Delta Depression to my general adhd mind. But do not fear! Fall is when I THAAARIVE!

And Yassss Hunty, adding extra vowels because: I LOVE FALL! Imagine me as Leonardo DiCaprio yelling from the masthead (as if I know boats) of the film Titanic “I LOVE FALL!”, instead of the whole 🤴 King thing.

How are you readers? Life is so difficult under COVID, eh? We are all in this together yet not in the same boat. I hope you are safe and not near wildfires or Louisiana-Mississippi-NY-NJ-PA (i miss you Pennsylvania) flooding. I have a friend in New Orleans I havent heard back from yet. 😳 So, I just hope everything is ok.

Just doing some general blog-keeping. For this new month, I am going to finish up two summer macrame clothing how tos (one is done now, check Ellainthe Moon on YouTube, puhlease) and then dive unabashedly into pumpkins and all things harvest! I have some fantastic DIYs in the hopper! I’ll preview them for you all in a story post in a few days. Just think “macrame pumpkin pattern” and “harvest bowl”. Got the fall vibes, yet?

I guess that’s it for now. Gotta get some rope orders in so that I can keep giving you all the DIYs you’ve come to expect. I am making it a goal to post 3 times a week. Woah, right? Can she do it? Yes she can! And if you don’t mind, check out the Ellainthe Moon podcast on YouTube. New one drops later today. 🌚

Happy Making 🌙

eitm

Technique Tuesday 005

Sooo…I am not sure if it’s 005 or 006 🤔, but eh, that’s how pandemic time is. And oh boy, the delta variant and its accompanying life complexities have resulted in a delta depression for me. Hence, hardly any blog how tos or posts lately.

But do not despair, here’s a technique tuesday video for my non YouTubers. I hope you find it useful. I am going to continue adding to it over the next few months and sharing.