Tag Archives: Amigurumi

Very long time, no blog

Well, it’s been a year since I last said ‘I haven’t posted here for ages, I should definitely start again’ and then totally failed to do so.  My excuse is that last year became something of a crazy year…  shortly after my new blogging resolution, I started an exciting new job (with a 90-minute commute), then my boyfriend proposed and we had a mad few weeks of wedding planning before he left in March for four months serving in Afghanistan.

He duly came back in one piece after four eventful months, and we got married three weeks later.  Shortly after that we moved into a married quarter (eliminating the massive commute), adopted some kittens, made our new house into a home and went to New York for a Christmas honeymoon.  That brings us almost up to now, and the revelation that yes, like I said a year ago, I really should start blogging again.

2015, thankfully, looks set to be a far less eventful year than the last one, and with more time to devote to messing about with yarn, I genuinely do want to start keeping the blog up to date again.

Since last January, there have been many crochet projects (most of which were wedding related), and a few knitting ones too (mostly because I was sick of crochet after all the wedding projects), which I will probably post about in the coming days and weeks.

But for now, here are my current works in progress:

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A doll I started making to cheer myself up while recovering from the flu

cowl

A herringbone knitted cowl using yarn from Purl Soho, NYC.

wristwarmer

A pair of wrist warmers, again using a pattern and yarn from Purl Soho, NYC.  I started making the second one after this picture was taken, only to have it unravelled by two cheeky kittens…

Three works in progress is too many, so my next job is to get one of them, any of them, finished.  Before the kittens can get to them, that is.

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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Two finished projects… A double whammy

Just a quick post tonight ahead of a Sunday in the office tomorrow. There hasn’t been much time for making things this week as work has been super busy, so I’m pleased that I found time today to finish two creations.

Firstly, the granny square blanket I started when my friend Darren died in August is now finished. It’s been a comforting and relaxing thing to make, and once the ends are weaved in and it’s been blocked, it will be winging its way to his baby nephew Elliott.

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I also finished my chunky monkey in a jumper – which I’m really pleased with. He’s been fun to do – a bit complicated but fun. He now belongs to my other half (who has already had far too much fun bending him into all kinds of entertaining and inappropriate poses). Knitwear may feature in future amigurumi creations of mine – I enjoyed getting the needles out again.

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Monkey in a jumper

This week I have picked up my knitting needles for the first time in months. I decided the big monkey I’m making needed a woolly jumper (obviously). And he now has one. But before the jumper, I gave him a heart:

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All he needs now are some legs. Long floppy legs to match his long floppy arms:

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My other half likes this one so much he’s claimed him for his own.

Trying something new

I’m halfway through a good few days off work and lots of crochet has been helping me to unwind and relax.

The blanket I’m making for Darren’s little nephew is growing at a super fast rate now I’m really into it, and it’s not far off being complete:

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But I like a bit of variety so I wanted to get cracking on a few new bits and pieces as well. With my bunny person pattern now released into the wild (in this month’s Inside Crochet magazine), I wanted to do something slightly different. I have a full set of Clover Amour hooks but have never used the smallest ones in the set – so I fancied doing something with finer yarn. Same goes for the bigger ones in the set, which need chunkier yarn.

So one trip to John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway later, and I had a lovely bag full of beautiful colours of Rowan Siena 4 ply and Rowan Softknit Cotton. I know Rowan’s expensive, but it’s nice to treat yourself every once in a while:

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So this evening, with a 2.5mm hook, I’ve started making a little blue amigurumi monkey. You probably can’t tell from the picture but it’s quite a bit smaller than my usual characters… And I’ve enjoyed working with different yarn.

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Tomorrow I’m going to make a bigger, snugglier creature with the chunky cotton. Little and large.

My first published pattern – in Inside Crochet this month

When I first started crocheting back in November, I never thought I’d design anything myself. So I was super excited this week to see my first original pattern in print in the latest issue of the gorgeous Inside Crochet magazine. It landed on the doormat on Friday – something to make me smile on a real day of mixed emotions. Friday was a sad day because my lovely friend and colleague Darren was laid to rest. Such a surreal and difficult day, but one which ended with dancing into the night with good friends and brilliant workmates – a send-off Darren would have loved.

This week has been a busy one, with long days at work and a weekend in the office too, but I have managed to keep my hands and mind busy with plenty of crochet too. I finished the latest in my little collection of people dressed in animal suits, and have made lots of progress on the granny square blanket I’m making. Since I started it as something therapeutic to make when Darren passed away, it will be going to his little nephew Elliott, who was just 10 weeks old when Darren was taken ill. I’m so glad it’s going to a good home.

Here’s the week in pictures…

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A day of finishing things (and starting others)

This weekend I have three lovely days off work so I’ve been catching up with a couple of projects that needed finishing. I’ve been close to finishing my quilt for a week or so but sewing the binding with my mini sewing machine was proving tough. It’s for ‘light’ fabrics only so it didn’t like battling through one layer of binding, one of cotton, the wadding and a layer of flannel all in one go. I also took up a pair of jeans on Friday night and two layers of denim was almost impossible. So I bit the bullet and bought a new sewing machine yesterday. I’ve only upgraded from the red John Lewis Mini to the blue John Lewis full size model, but it’s a lot better. The mini was a great starter machine, but it was definitely time to upgrade.

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So with my shiny new sewing machine, I whizzed through the remaining binding (before hand sewing it on the other side to hide the machine stitching from the first side). I’m really happy with it – one of the most satisfying projects I’ve done. It’s taken a while but it was nice dipping in and out of it a bit at a time. I will almost miss working on it – but I’ll love curling up under it. Here it is modelled by my other half…

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…and by me:

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When the quilt was done, I started making some cushion covers (purely as an excuse to use my sewing machine some more:

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Today I also finished off this previously armless bunny:

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