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Creativity

Along with getting my crochet mojo back I’ve also been getting my art on. In actuality I started drawing before crocheting; I think the drawing rekindled my creative spark.

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I’ve been exploring an abstract style I first started developing when I was a teenager. I might share more of my artwork here if there’s interest; tho I’m looking forward to sharing more of my crochet soon.

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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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Fleeced!

Just a quick post to show the fleece I’ve started to put on the sheep.
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I’m crocheting the white snowflake yarn on to the surface of the sheep using single crochets and chains. It feels lovely and looks like a little skirt 🙂
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Marky had a little lamb

This weekend I wasn’t sure what to crochet. Then I remembered an Amigurumi sheep I’d seen in issue 13 of simply crochet.

 I tweaked the pattern slightly to make the arms a little shorter. Also, I added a little more shaping to the ears.I think it’s coming together quite nicely. 

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The pattern was nice and straight forward.  The tail didn’t say it was stuffed but I added a little. It gives the sheep a little more stability when sat. 

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Now, I think he looks pretty good as he is but the pattern explains how to add a fleece. It involves surface crochet and chains; creating loops all over the cream body parts.

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Hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll be able to show a fleecier sheep. I’m going to try using sirdar’s snowflake yarn.

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The Tunisian Exploration

My Tunisian crochet hooks arrived just after Christmas and thankfully my husband didn’t decide to with hold them till my birthday on the 12th of January.
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I started looking at written tutorials initially but quickly found a range of tutorials by The Crochet Crowd that I could follow more easily.

At first I used a 3mm hook and ended up with a  tight stitch and fabric that rolled up like a scroll.
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I’ve since learned that this rolling is quite common. Mikey’s tutorials have some tips on how to reduce the amount the fabric rolls up. These include using a hook 3mm larger than you would ordinarily use; after the foundation row crocheting a purl row ,and crocheting a border/edge around the fabric.

My second attempt, with a larger hook, yielded a looser fabric which didn’t roll up quite as much.
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I’m liking this method of crochet and have learned the standard stitch, Tunisian purl stitch and Tunisian knit stitch.
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The knit stitch really does create a knitted look.
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Giraffigirumi

Earlier this year I was asked to make a giraffe amigurumi by a friend  I found a lovely pattern by vampireweasel. It worked together nicely and I was pleased with end result. I’d love to try this again with some tweed yarn 🙂

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Creativity saves lives

A good few years back I hit a rough patch and sank into depression.  I’m not going to talk about the reasons why, as I’m not about to go back to that place and relive things that I’ve left behind. What I would like to write about is the wonderful transformation that I went through that has led me to where I am today.

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Drawing was something I always wished I could do. My parents are both incredibly creative and both can paint beautifully, I was of the opinion that I hadn’t received those particular genes. I have doodled for years and my doodles did have a sort of artistic quality. However, to me they were just doodles.

On the day I was signed off work I felt really low and I started to draw. I quickly realised that I wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact I wasn’t bad at all.

I drew this on the night I had been signed off work.

I drew this on the night I had been signed off work.

But more than this I realised that when I was drawing I zoned out of the world around me and got a much needed break from all the feelings and thoughts that I was stuck with. Creating artwork soon became a therapy, an escape. Creating things allowed me to heal. Without finding and fostering that creative ember that smoldered within me I could still be in that sad dark place. 

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Creativity is such a big part of who I am now. I’m happiest when I’m making things. Exploring my creativity led me to crochet… and I love crochet.

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Hyperbolic hooking

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Yesterday I made this. I have no idea what it is but it was fun just letting it manifest in front of me using hyperbolic crochet principles.

I began with a short  tube of single crochets and  then switched to single crochet increases in each stitch. Waves began to appear much more quickly than before creating a very ruffled effect. The tube was then turned and I worked the other way; experimenting with double crochets in a chain 5 loop, with added Single crochet increases to follow.

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It was nice not having a pattern and just going with my gut.

I’ve now been challenged by Shana Rae to create a dragon with hyperbolic elements… best get my thinking cap on 🙂

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A Fierce Little Dragon… who’s not fierce at all :-)

 

 

 

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Here’s an amigurumi I made some time back. I’ve only made this once but really liked the pattern ( free and available here) and how some of the parts were crocheted. This fierce Little Dragon (pattern name) can also be found over on Shana Rae’s blog NYAD Designs http://nyaddesigns.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/ongar-the-dragon/.

I love how they body is one shaped piece of crochet; beginning by joining two small circles for the nose. The legs have shape to them and join nicely to the body. The spines are formed using a simple repeating pattern and look really effective- I’ve used these spines on some of the snow dragons I’ve made.

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Spines and wings inspired by those on the Fierce Little Dragon

But the wings! These took me a while to grasp and were quite fiddly. This was my first try at frontpost stitches and perhaps the reason why I had so much difficulty. They look great though and I was really pleased. I’ve adapted (shrunk) the wings to fit some of the snow dragons I’ve made.

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Sadly, this fierce little dragon disappeared shortly after I made him :-(. I took him to work to show off and I think one of the kids I teach accidentally took him home and took a liking to him. Or maybe …. maybe he flew away and is having some fantastic adventures somewhere (I like the thought of that more 🙂 )

Talking about this amigurumi is making me want to make another… watch this space 🙂

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Dipping a toe in a hyperbolic pool

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So last night I began a piece of hyperbolic crochet. Playing around but intrigued by all the amazing organic shapes I’ve seen.

At first my work looked like little more than a disc… (1sc, Inc) repeated over and over. But then the edges began to lift and form rolls. 🙂

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I’m now recieving a steady flow of amazing ideas. Ways I can use these forms in interesting ways 🙂

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