Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Spice Weasel Pattern!

Alright, my latest invention: spice weasel lip balm cozy! That's right. Now, while I don't necessarily see the use of a lip balm cozy, who can object to a spice weasel lip balm cozy? It gives you an excuse to shout "BAM" really loudly, in any case. Here's the pattern.


Materials:
Spice Weasel colored yarn
A scrap of white/beige yarn
Size 10 pink crochet thread
One keyring
Googly eyes

TAIL:
With white/beige yarn
ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in 2 ch from hook
Row 2-3: even sc
change to spice weasel color
Row 4-6: even sc

BACK LEGS: Make two
With spice weasel color
ch 2
Row 1: 6 sc in 2 ch from hook
Row 2: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) twice, 2 sc
Row 3-5: even sc
BO, leave a long tail to secure to body

FRONT LEGS: Make two
With spice weasel color
ch 2
Row 1: 4 sc in 2 ch from hook
Row 2: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), 2 sc
Row 3-6: even sc
BO, leave a long tail to secure to body

MAIN BODY:
With spice weasel color
ch 2
Row 1: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) until you have about 17 sts (or as large as it needs to be to fit your chapstick--I used Burt's Bee's as a measurement)

Around Row 4, sew in the tail, it will be easier to sew in now than when the body is complete. Make sure you secure the tail very tightly, because this is where the keyring will go.

Crochet even rows until the body is about 2-2 1/2 inches. BO. Sew in the two back legs and the two front legs.

HEAD:
With the pink crochet thread
ch 2
Row 1: 6 sc in 2 ch from hook
Row 2: (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) three times
change to spice weasel color
Row 3: even
Row 4: increase until you have the same amount of stitches as the body--in this case, it was 17 sts.

Continue with even rows until the head is about 1-1 1/2 inches long. Attach the head to the body.
I attached it at the top of the head, so that his neck opens to reveal the chapstick. I just whip stitched the two pieces together, spanning an area of about 10 sts on the top of the head.

Now it's time to attach the eyes--this is how I did it.
I cut out two very small pieces of black felt, which I stitched to the head using invisible thread. I then used Gorilla Glue to glue the eyes onto the pieces of felt. You can just use black felt if you want, or you can try and glue googly eyes directly on the yarn, although I'm not sure what the effect would be.

Details:
Cut three small pieces of yarn to use for his little tufts of hair. I poked these through the neck; they just have a knot on one side.

Use a tiny piece of black thread to make the nostrils, secure with a knot inside the head.

Attach the keyring to the tail.

You should be done! I'm sorry if this is kind of confusing, I was trying to be as detailed as possible, but with so many small pieces I know it can get a little messy. If anyone makes one, I hope you post pics!


15 comments:

IdaDown said...

The sheer whimsy of it appeals greatly. A friend of mine never leaves home without her chapstick. I think I will have to make her one...

Anonymous said...

do you use a size 10 needle? I really want to make this I <3 futurama

Geek Central Station said...

I use an F hook. Thanks!

Tim said...

Good Job! :)

Anonymous said...

thank you!! i'll send a picture if i manage to get it right!

Megan said...

This is great! Do you give out the Zoidberg pattern to? My friend and I call each other SW (Spice Weasel) and Zoidberg and I wanna make a little pair for us because he's moving away.......

Heather Wardell said...

Fantastic! I miss Futurama greatly (although the occasional movies are nice!) and a spice weasel might ease the pain.

Unless someone blasts one in your only eye, of course. :)

Thanks!

droz5 said...

Brilliant! I'm always impressed when people actually make something and not just say they are fans.

An idea - make a slightly larger one so it can hold pepper spray (or other self defense spray).

droz5 said...

Brilliant! I'm always impressed when people actually make something and not just say they are fans.

An idea - make a slightly larger one so it can hold pepper spray (or other self defense spray).

droz5 said...

Brilliant! I'm always impressed when people actually make something and not just say they are fans.

An idea - make a slightly larger one so it can hold pepper spray (or other self defense spray).

Geek Central Station said...

@droz: I'm actually in the process of making a life size one (well, you know, about the size of an actual ferret or so) that holds an actual shaker in it's nose. It's a lot of straight crocheting though, so it won't get done unless I have the patience for it! I'm about halfway through though, so I'll try and tough it out.

Anonymous said...

hahahhahaha EXCELLENT !
Spice Weasels are so cute

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Tanja

Lottes said...

Fabulous! <3 <3

Clare said...

I need a spice weasel!