New year, new projects

It’s been almost two months since I updated my blog – but one of my new year’s resolutions is to get back into updating regularly and finding some new crafty blogs to follow.

Lots has happened in two months.  I’ve worked hard, run lots, got a new job (which I start in three weeks’ time), had a lovely Christmas and most importantly for this post, done LOTS of crochet.

Here’s a round-up:

A bear hood from Simply Crochet magazine:

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A shawl for my grandma for Christmas, using an Erika Knight pattern…

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Someone commissioned me to make a giraffe…

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And I had a go at making my first proper doll, red riding hood style…

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Closely followed by a better doll, with better hair and clothes…

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At the same time, I was making a cowl from Inside Crochet magazine using Malabrigo yarn…

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And now I’m making the unicorn from the film Despicable Me – another commission, halfway through…

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Making it up as I go along

Last weekend I had a little trip to the big John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway near Bristol, and treated myself to a few new yarns for making Christmas presents and various other bits and pieces.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying out new shapes and ideas lately to try to expand my repertoire a little… So I thought it would be good to try out some of my new yarn (Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Cotton) with a bit of free form monster making…

When I told my other half what I was doing, he said it ought to have stripes, three legs, one floppy ear and one normal, one arm longer than the other and tufty hair on the top. And that’s exactly what I’ve done – he was brilliant fun to make and due to his wonky nature, he’s been christened The Wonkatron.

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A new twist on an old classic.. Red rabbit

A good few months ago I made a couple of red bunny rabbits as commissions for friends at work.

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So when another friend in the office asked for a similar red rabbit, I was quite pleased to go back to an old favourite. But as I’ve got a bit better at crochet and how to create different shapes, I’ve modified the design a bit. I wanted to try different ears with a less flat design, and also a body and legs that are a bit more flexible. I wasn’t 100% sure it would work, but this one actually sits up on its own (with a little bit of help from the little bobtail stitched on the back of it).

I’ll be getting the pattern for this one typed up and on to Etsy soon (I have signed up but not yet found time to upload any patterns), so watch this space if you fancy making your own.

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Hello, Hello Kitty

My crochet seems to have slowed down a lot lately, mostly because I’ve been so busy with work. Late nights of trying to get crochet projects finished have been replaced by early nights in bed with a book. But hopefully things are settling down again now so I should have a bit more in the way of crochet time. Just as well, as I still have a few commissions outstanding.

Speaking of commissions, I’ve just finished Hello Kitty. It has been a bit of a tricky one, largely because I seem to get super-perfectionist when trying to recreate a well known character (remember how long it took me to get the Gruffalo right?).

This little kitty was originally going to have a crocheted dress, but by the time I’d finished the crocheted dress I’d already decided I didn’t like it. So that went in the bin and she’s got a fabric dress to match her bow. It’s a bit basic, as tiny miniature dresses for Japanese cats go, but it seems to look quite cute. I’d like to get better at creating mini clothes… But we’ll see.

Here she is:

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A new commission: Hello Kitty

There hasn’t been much time for crochet lately, unfortunately. But I thought I’d post a little update on my latest commission. I was asked a while ago to make a Hello Kitty – and I’ve finally got around to starting it. It lends itself well to amigurumi and I’m looking forward to making a cute little dress and of course, her trademark red bow.

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And yes – those are my space themed pyjamas in the background. Super cool.

Darren’s commission: finished

It’s been a good week or so since I last blogged. Work has kept me pretty busy but I also ran my first 10k race and have been quietly getting on with the little toys I’ve been making for my late friend Darren’s niece and nephew. I just put the final touches to them last night, so will be sending them off to their new home very soon. It’s taken me a while but I’m happy with them… and I have a few new commissions to move on to next.

Here are the finished little creatures, in progress and finished:

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A special commission

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that in August my friend and colleague Darren sadly passed away. When I first started making my little crochet creatures a few months before he died, he asked me to make some personalised toys for his niece and nephew so that he could give them as Christmas presents. He reminded me about it all the time – and made me write down the spellings of their names so I didn’t get them wrong.

Obviously, I wanted to still make them, even though Darren isn’t here to double check my spelling or remind me to do them before I make anything for anyone else!

I’ve just finished the first one and both will be going to his family when they’re finished.

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Once these are safely sent to their new home, I have a few commissions waiting for me – more characters from TV and books to follow on from Octonauts and Gruffalo. It’s a good job I like a challenge…