Bride & Groom: The Next (crocheted) Generation

I finished this project a couple of weeks ago but needed to wait for the big day to pass before I shared my handiwork.

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At the beginning of September, I was asked (by a colleague) to crochet another bride and groom. I was a little apprehensive as I was crocheting the amigurumi from my last post and was uncertain if I’d have the time. However, I agreed and began work on the figures as soon as I’d finished the minions I had been working on.

With the brides and grooms I’ve made previously I used no patterns and this project was no different. I had a couple of photos and some very much appreciated details to work with such as colour schemes, hair styles and flower choices.

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I’m especially pleased with with the hair on the figures and built it up using lots of repeated stitches. When I compare the hair in this project to the hair on the previous brides and grooms I’ve made I can see so much progress.

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Also, the bouquet of sunflowers turned out well. I used a 1 mm crochet hook and embroidery thread. Whilst it was quite fiddly I think the effort was worth it.

I think the body shapes turned out great and was constantly comparing the two dolls as I crocheted. This definitely helped to get the proportions right. I really like the shaping on the bride and think the addition of the antique lace edging to the dress sets it off; aswell as creating more definition between the bride’s skin and the ivory wedding dress.

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Two Mischievous Minions

I finished the two amigurumi minions I was crocheting. To say I’m pleased with how they turned out would be a massive understatement. Best of all, the friend I was making them for loves them too.  :-)

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I used a pattern by Stephanie at http://www.allaboutami.com/post/11585794742/minionpattern as a starting point. The pattern called for facial features made of felt but I must admit I’m not keen on doing this, There’s nothing wrong with using felt it’s just a personal preference. As a result, I created my own crocheted facial features… the trickiest of which being the mouth and teeth.

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I particularly like the hair on the purple minion which I created by crocheting into the head and chaining 15 repetitively. The yarn was unusual with fibre coming from a central strand (called Brazilia from Schachenmayr).

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I’ve already been asked to make another minion and have several other commissions to make too. It;s good to keep busy :-)

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Still here

No, I’ve not been abducted by aliens nor have I fallen of the face of the earth. It’s been quite a while since I last posted on my crochet blog but I finally feel like projects are pulling themselves together.

I’m crocheting a couple of despicable me minion inspired Amigurumi. Oh my how I’ve procrastinated!

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These amigurumi are quite large and I’ve found the bodies quite taxing. Not because they are complex- they couldn’t be simpler. However, there are about 45 even rounds; I’ve found that really quite boring.
But I’ve done those bits so I’ve got more variation to look forward to now :-)

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Crocheted to completion

Isn’t that moment when you finish a project (or projects) lovely? Even quick projects hold a sweet satisfaction upon their completion.

I finished the scarf I mentioned in my last post a couple of days ago. It’s got a lovely light but warm feel to it and was so easy to crochet. All I did was use double crochets (US terms) chains to create a grid/net to the length I desired. :-)

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I’ve also crocheted a hat using the same Patons Colour Works Aran.

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The hat has ribbing created  through alternating front post double crochets and single crochets. The pattern is free; designed by Nancy Smith, and available from www.nlsstitches.com.

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So now onto my next project… Minion (from despicable me) inspired amigurumi!

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A simple scarf

I managed to get my hands on quite a lot of Patons Colour Works Aran at a bargain price. Better still the colors are gender neutral (not that colours should be gender specific, but that’s getting off point).

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I’m making some accessories for when it turns colder. Some of them may be destined to become Christmas gifts.

I’ve started with a simple scarf consisting of double crochet (US terms) and chains to create squares. I’m using a 10mm crochet hook so it has a very loose, mesh like and soft look.

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I think I’m about two thirds of the way through; I’ll share a picture of the completed project within the week.

After this, I’m planning on a hat and fingerless gloves using the same yarn. That said, I’ve also got a couple of Amigurumi minions to make for a friend… we’ll see what I’m inspired to crochet first. :-)

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An Unconventional Bride and Groom

Yay! I can talk about one of my recent projects. Yesterday, I received a message from my friend saying the recipients of my latest project loved it… or rather them.

I was asked by a friend to make another crocheted bride and groom. This is the same friend who asked me to crochet a bride and groom previously. She asked if I could add a few embellishments such as having the groom wearing a football shirt with a Nottingham Forest logo on it, and the bride holding a bottle of wine.
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I certainly gave it a good go!

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No pattern, I just made it up as I went and am pleased with how the figures turned out.

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The trickiest aspects I found were the bride’s hair and the logo on the grooms top. The logo was produced using several chains of white which I pinned into shape. The bride’s hair was basically embroidered on, this took a long time but worked well. :-)

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Picking up where I left off

I’ve two finished projects that I’d love to share but can’t. As soon as the projects have reached their owners I’ll reveal. :-)

Schools have broken up so I’ve got some time off. Although I’m part time (by choice), I’ve been teaching nearly full time for the last few weeks. I’m pleased I can now dedicate some time to other things I love to do :-)

And the first thing I’m working on?

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I’ve picked back up a shawl I started ages ago. I’m finding I can only crochet in small bursts with the kid silk yarn though; my hands get far too hot!

When it’s complete it will definitely need to be blocked but I’m liking the way it looks and it’s softness to the touch is wonderful

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The hungry caterpillar

Here is my last big project modelled by the latest addition to our family, my nephew Elijah. :-)

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I think everyone will agree that he looks  absolutely gorgeous! I’m now wondering if I could make an adult sized one for winter :-)

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The Big Reveal

I teased with pictures of a project and said I would share the finished project once the tiny human it was destined for had arrived. :-)

Well arrived he has; the tiny human in question is my nephew Elijah :-)

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I saw photos of a crocheted sleeping bag and hat that looked like the hungry caterpillar months and months ago. Very much inspired by the photos I set about crocheting my own version.

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I didn’t use a pattern and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I wonder whether I could make an adult sized one :-)

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I made two hats as I have no clue about the size of babies heads. It’s nice tho as Elijah now has one to grow into :-)

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A new blanket

So I’m working on a new blanket. I’m using a similar colour scheme to the one I made for the back of my sofa (because it’s going to go on the back of the other sofa).

However, this time I’ve decided to make it out of nine granny squares rather than one large one.  I’m also being all geeky and matching the numbers of rows of each color to the Fibonacci sequence, so  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.

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