Happy New Year!
I’d like to say I’ll be posting more this year. Maybe I will! I certainly want to; we’ll see. As the title says… Life gets in the way… sometimes.
In December, I finished another amigurumi doll that I designed myself again adapting the lalylala Dirk the Dragon pattern (it’s so inspiring- well worth buying).
I designed a cow/calf. It’s half the size of the original Dirk doll and has horns, different ears and a simple tail. The scarf is a nice loose stripey you crochet that was quick to make (apart from the weaving in of ends!).
I’ve realised I’ve not shared the half sized sheep I made last year. I will as I was really pleased with how it turned out. The calculations when halving the original pattern all happened then and I just applied to this project.
I’m in the middle of rewriting the pattern for my sheep. Hopefully it will be about half the size of my larger sheep I made a couple of weeks ago. I’m happy with the way it’s turning out though it did take three attempts to get the head the right size. Resizing a pattern certainly isn’t a straightforward process.
I’m making it bit by bit as I write. My hope is that I’ll spot mistakes and problems as I go. It seems to be working so far.
Crocheting the fleece as I go has been much easier than leaving it until the end. Adding it to the legs before I joined them together proved much less fiddly; fleecing the body not having arms attached made the whole process much more manageable.
Now I need to make ears, a tail and the all important arms. 🙂
I have finished the sheep I’ve been crocheting; it looks marvellous.
I’ve previously been referring to sheepy as a he but I’ve recently seen a female sheep name that I really like. I’m open to suggestions , any ideas?
The fleece really finishes him/her off. It was a great deal of work and I did have to take a break from it for a while but it works so well.
My sheep was very much based upon Lydia Tresselt’s Dirk the Dragon pattern from ravelry. Its a lovely pattern that provides a great body shape. The idea for the fleece was one I’ve used before on a previous sheep crocheted using a pattern from Toft’s Edward’s Menagierie.
I crocheted the scarf using the simple Tunisian crochet stitch. I like the addition of the scarf it just adds that little extra something. The yarn used is Sirdar Snuggly Snowdrop Chunky. Its a really attractive yarn but can be tricky to work with as the stitches can be a difficult to see if you are using a smaller crochet hook.
Ironically, the sheep contains no wool all yarns being synthetic or cotton blends. This was an intentional choice as I move away from using yarns and fibres from animal sources.
Just an update on my crocheted sheep. The fleece is definitely getting there. Surely I’m will over half way.
I’m a little concerned that yesterday I started to talk to him as I was crocheting- stir crazy perhaps?
So I think I mentioned before I’m in the middle of making a doll… Inspired by another pattern I have.
The original pattern was for a dragon but I really liked the style and body shape. I’ve decided to make a sheep doll.
It all crocheted together quite quickly but then I decided to give him a fleece! It’s one of those ideas which sounds good but you very quickly realise was baaaaad(sorry couldn’t resist).
I’m single crocheting into the surface of the doll, chaining 8, missing a stitch and repeating up the body. I’ll have to do the other leg later.
I think it looks awesome but it’s taking a long time… Such a long time! I’m doing a baby blanket at the same time so I can flit from one to the other when I’ve had enough of the repetitiveness.
I have no doubt that my sheep will look great when he’s done though. 🙂
[Insert apologies for lack of posts]
Last week I decided I wanted to crochet a sheep or cow in the style of Dirk the Dragon by Lydia Tresselt (follow link to ravelry). I’ve used her lovely pattern to create a basic body shape to which I’m planning to add different ears, feet, hands and tail. I’m also planning on adding a surface crocheted fleece.
I’ve got quite a lot done in a short space of time and will add some updates as I progress!
I felt like crocheting up something quickly. So, I decided to look for inspiration in a magazine given to me by a student I taught last year (thank you Leah).
Simply Crochet: Amigurumi Collection Summer 2015
I came across a pattern for small Japanese dolls called Kokeshi dolls (though it’s my understanding that these folks are traditionally made of would and ornately decorated).
The pattern was very easy to follow and I finished my doll in a couple of hours (whilst also watching TV).
The next time I use this pattern, I might stitch the hair on rather than crocheting a wig cap. I will definitely make sure I stuff the body more firmly and perhaps the head less so- my little doll is a little top heavy and is prone to toppling. 🙂
A few weeks ago I started an amigurumi Sea horse from Vanessa Mooncie’s book “crocheted Sea Creatures”.
There are 12 wonderful creatures to make. However the creatures that really caught my eye and persuaded me to buy the book were the Sea horse and the Octopus (which I’ve yet to start).
I love the way my sea horse has turned out. It is just over a foot tall which was longer than I expected it to be. The crocheting involved was relatively easy involving simple increases, decreases and a fair amount of colour changing.
The pattern uses UK terminology which wasn’t a problem. However, I must admit that the wording of the pattern was not always straight forward. There were several points where I was left a little stumped. I persevered and I’m glad I did so.
I used Paton’s DK Smoothie and some old Navy blue acrylic yarn I had left over from another project.
This should have been written about a month ago … Sometimes life happens! Never mind better late than never.
Here is another piece of my attempts at freestyle crochet. I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out.
I made use of my amigurumi skills. Also, I used my double ended crochet hooks in continuous rounds producing an impressive effect.
The Tunisian simple stitch with two colours created a great look with a really flat surface texture.
Currently I’m finishing off a commission and will finish off another Afghan soon.
Last week, I decided that to boost the number of likes on my Facebook page I’d hold a give away. I’m really pleased with the results. I’m not quite at my target of 200 likes but very close. I also discovered that you could change the name of a page; I did this and Mark’s Crochet page became Guy Who Crochets page. 🙂 Streamlining my brand.
I made this hedgehog during the Summer. I particularly proud of this amigurumi as I completely designed it myself. The spikes were an adaptation of the surface crochet I’d used on the TOFT sheep I’d crocheted.
If you use facebook feel free to drop by and like my page. I’ll pick a follower randomly once I hit 200 likes and get her/him posted off to their new home.