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 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.
I’ve finished a project! Yes it was simple.Yes it was quick. But its finished… even the ends have been woven in!
In actuality, I’ve finished two projects because whilst I was crocheting I could see I would have enough yarn for gloves or mittens. I opted for Wristers which I have made lots of times before (see here). I did however tweak the pattern slightly, so that the ribbing on the cuffs was more pronounced I alternated front post double crochets and back post double crochets (US terms)
I’m rather pleased with how it’s all turned out turned out. I used a 10mm crochet hook and created a round of about 64 stitches. I then worked a spiral (like amigurumi) using double crochets (US terms) forming a tube til it was about arm length. I worked in a spiral as I’m really not keen on seems left when joining rounds and chaining up; others may not see it but I do. 🙂
The colours are really autumnal and I’m not convinced the photographs do the pieces justice. Also, lacking a more glamorous model I had to do the job myself. 🙂
I finished this project a couple of weeks ago but needed to wait for the big day to pass before I shared my handiwork.
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.
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.
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.
Whilst sorting through my yarn stash, I dug out all the magazine’s I had hidden away. Flicking through the pages I’ve found some lovely patterns that I could make, now my skill levels have increased.
Perusing the pages, I’ve stumbled upon a lovely triangular motif. I’ve started to crochet it but haven’t finished yet. I think you can see where it’s heading though. 🙂
I’m now thinking of ways I could use this motif. Any ideas?
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. ￼
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. ￼
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.
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.
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. 🙂
I’m now recieving a steady flow of amazing ideas. Ways I can use these forms in interesting ways 🙂
Yesterday, a friend described a motif that was in a blanket belonging to her daughter. The crocheted blanket has seen better days but her little girl loves the pattern in it.
So after I’d done all the Work I needed to do at home, I had a go at creating the motif… I’m quite pleased with the result and am pretty sure that only minor tweaking will be required 🙂
Motif with supervising cat