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While/why I was gone

I noted that it has been a good while since I’d made any posts, in my last blog entry. This has been due to a lack of inspiration but also, I think, because of quite a big lifestyle change. [Please note this post is not meant as any form ofย  judgement except maybe of the industries involved… and of myself]

Last year I became Vegan after becoming aware of practises which deeply upset me. I’d been vegetarian for 21 years but failed to realise the part I was still playing in the cruel treatment of animals.

Part of this change entailed me no longer using wool and yarns containing animal products.

I’d always been of the mind that obtaining the fibres necessary to produce wool was a simple (and perhaps kind) shearing of sheep – no need for death. However, I discovered the process of shearing is not always kind due to industrial demands (fast hands can become careless). I came to learn that the sheep used, may have strips of skin removed; the wool that they have been breed to overproduce might otherwise matt. And when no longer producing wool in abundance, or of a high enough quality, these lovely animals are slaughtered for cheap meat.

Silken fibres involve the death of the silkworms… Again not something I realised before I went Vegan.

I felt guilty and angry with myself for not knowing.

I’m now using up any animal fibres I have and am not buying anymore. There are many alternatives I can and am using such as cotton, bamboo and synthetics.

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A Snood

I’ve wanted to crochet but it has been hard recently. There’s really no reason, as far as I can see, for the lack my lack of inspiration; I’ve found it really difficult to pick up a project. Putting pressure on myself wasn’t working so I decided it was ok to take a break.

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Then this week I felt an urge. I rummaged though my boxes of yarn and choose some wool I need to use up (more about that later) and thought about how I could use it.

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I’ve started making a Snood. I’m modelling it on a knitted one I purchased a few years ago.  I’m not doing anything complicated as the yarn is so pretty as it is.

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It’s lovely to want to crochet again.

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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 beย a massive understatement. Best of all, the friend I was making them for loves them too. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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I used a pattern by Stephanie atย http://www.allaboutami.com/post/11585794742/minionpatternย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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The hungry caterpillar

Here is my last big project modelled by the latest addition to our family, my nephew Elijah. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I think everyone will agree that he looksย  absolutely gorgeous! I’m now wondering if I could make an adult sized one for winter ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well arrived he has; the tiny human in question is my nephew Elijah ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Loving my blanky

I posted a picture of my green and pink granny square blanket the other week. However, it was being blocked and I wanted to show it on the back of my sofa.

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I apologise for the lighting but it was a beautifully sunny day so a slightly overexposed photo doesn’t seem so bad.

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This is the only granny squares blanket I’ve made and I really like it. When I look at it, it reminds me of starting it on the train to Matlock and building my confidence to crochet publicly. 

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I’ve realised that as lovely as these long projects are I need shorter ones too. I love that feeling of completing something.  To that end I’m currently crocheting my third (slightly larger) hedgehog ๐Ÿ™‚

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Another hat

I’ve finished my second “Where’s Wally?” Hat. These are for costumes (pictures later this month).

My second attempt is a little more pleasing as the sides are a little tighter but both will do the job. No patterns just went with my Gut ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crochet Obsessed

Considering I only started my blanket a week ago I’m pleased with how much it’s grown. This is mainly because I’m ever so slightly obsessed!

Every spare moment, I seem to have the blanket on my lap and a crochet hook in my hand. It’s lovely that being so simple I can just crochet without having to keep looking at a pattern. At one point I wasn’t having to look.

Then last night, I realised I’d missed a space and had to frog a round and a half- and now these rounds are getting big! Overconfidence?  A bit gutted, I’m giving myself a night off from the blanket.

But a night off from crocheting?

Never!

Tonight I shall start my “Where’s Wally?” hat. There is a purpose to this that will be revealed in due course. Here’s the wool I’m going to use.

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Amigurumi wedded bliss

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A week ago I started to crochet two amigurumi figures, though I’ve only worked on them during the weekends. Someone I work with asked me if I could make a bride and groom. I said I probably could and set about looking for patterns. There are a few nice pins on pinterest but nothing that really took my fancy so I decided to design my own.

I’m pleased with the finished figures. I’m especially satisfied with the small flowers that I used on the groom and the bouquet (thanks Pinterest); the colour changes for the shirt, and the brides hair (which took most of last night). ๏ฟผ

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The parts that I found the most difficult to do were the faces. I’ve used wool for features in the past and it made the faces look ridiculous. This time l used thin thread which has worked much better. However, I do think that embroidery thread may have been the thread to have used… next time!

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