amigurumi bunny

I’ve been hooking rather than knitting these past few days as we’re having something of a heat wave.  Tackling another pattern from the first in the “Zoomigurumi” series.

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Working on this pattern.

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Pattern called “Wasabi the bunny” by Little Muggles.   Is made up of 9 parts.  I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Duck Egg and Sage.  And a 3mm hook for this project because I felt tension could have been tighter on my tiger.

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This is the final result – bunny measures 15cm high, in this sitting position to the tips of his ears.

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His nose didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped  and ended up looking more like a koala nose than a bunny nose . . . not to worry.  He’s still presentable.

And, just for fun, because I wanted to see the progress I have made since beginning this amigurumi crochet lark in February . . . a group photo of some of the critters I’ve made.   These are the ones which haven’t been given away (yet).amigurumi group

I will now be flicking through the pages of my book . . . wondering which critter to make next.  It could be the monkey (of the cover photo) next.

“weekend” beanies x2

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Do you remember my mad yarn buying of April?  And how I immediately hooked up a beanie in that lovely Katia yarn on the left?   Well, I got out my hook and used the colour in the centre to hook up not one, but two, new beanies!  I have to say that I did grab another 2 balls of that particular colour on a return trip to the shop lol.  So I used approx 120g per beanie.

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And here’s what that centre yarn looks like when crocheted.  Label said to use a size 7mm hook.  Beanie on the left was therefore done with a 7mm hook.  I started off with my circle, hooking in a spiral with half treble stitches until I had the correct diameter for head circumference.  Carried on with half treble until I had the required depth . . . and then did about 5 rounds in double crochet to make a “cuff”.

For the second beanie, on the right, I used an 8mm hook and simply did half treble all the time.

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Here they are with the one I made in the more blue/purple yarn (also “Katia – weekend”). With the cuff folded, and then opened out to show difference in depth.

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And modelled on two of my dummy heads.

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I think I prefer this finish with a “cuff”.  It gives the beanie a much better shape and makes them look less like a skull-cap.   

knitting & sewing

We’re having something of a heatwave in our corner of France.  Which makes me appear slightly mad, since I’m busily knitting my first sweater . . . as if it was sweater weather!

Here’s where I was up to last time I showed you.

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Well since then, I have a back!

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Sorry about the colour in second photo, which makes things look so grey.  True colours are like in the first photo.  Anyway, I managed my decreasing and casting off as instructed to shape the neckline on back.  I’ve now begun work on the front.

Realising however, that even if I finish this sweater soon, I won’t be wearing it until the autumn . . . and that summer clothes are more what’s needed at this time of year.

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I pulled out one of my favourite patterns (NewLook 6086) which I have tried and tested several times.  Chose a “difficult” piece of fabric though.  No idea what it is exactly.  Suffice it to say it’s very light, floaty and slippy.  I did French seams and also made my own binding for neck and armholes.

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And voilà the result!

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A lovely simple sleeveless tunic.  Long enough to cover my bum.  The perfect match for my new trousers (couldn’t resist: bargain price at our local discount store, Noz).  I have another tunic in the making, in an equally floaty, slippy fabric . . . so stay tuned.  Gibbs approves, but I’m a little worried about his playful antics and teeth.  He does like to tug on my clothes . . . let’s hope he doesn’t tug too hard on my new tunic!

amigurumi – Roary the tiger

A while back, I showed you a crochet project in progress

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And am now very proud to show you the finish . . .

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There he is . . . very well camouflaged, and hiding in the wild poppies . . .

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I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn, and a 3.5mm hook.  On hindsight, I could have used a 3mm hook for a tighter weave, but I am rather pleased with my little tiger.  He sits up nicely, all by himself, just like he’s supposed to, with the rear legs & tail to make sure he doesn’t topple over.  While making him, his head seemed HUGE, which it is, but . . . that’s all part of his charm.  He measures 15cm high, in this sitting position.

Anyway, in case you’re interested, this pattern is by A Morning Cup of Jo and is one of the 15 designs in the book “Zoomigurumi” (the first in the series).

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unbirthdays in May

Two packages were posted this month, to far away.  Each containing something handmade, and something else.

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Now, this “K” could have been for quite a few of my blogging friends . . . who was it for?  For Kathy of Sewing etc in the United States.  I finished the monochrome K off as a fabric tray, all in blue because I think that’s one of Kathy’s favourite colours.  I also sent her an old copy of “Création Point de Croix”, thinking she might like to see the kind of designs French stitchers like to sew.

Second package was for Kate of by the babbling brooke in Canada.

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To Kate, I sent one of my monster felt zippy pouches – he could be used as a thread catcher, perhaps?  And a semi- kit (no fabric) with some farm embroidery designs and 4 skeins of DMC.

So happy unbirthday to both Kathy and Kate.  Who will be celebrating their unbirthday in June, I wonder?

such fun!

Since I discovered the joys of crochet, only very recently . . . I’m spending lots of time, having fun with my hook.  I think it’s like with any new thing – I’m feeling so enthusiastic, and I would hook all day if I could!

This post is going to be very full of photos . . . so make yourself a cuppa and continue scrolling.

First of all . . . a photo of the finished owl purses I made just before Easter, using a free tutorial by Moji-Moji Designs.

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I had shown you the purple one finished – he was my first attempt.  I then hooked up two more (on a smaller hook) which were gifted (filled with chocolate coins) as Easter presents.

As with any craft, I am always on the lookout for new supplies . . . and jumped for joy the other week while shopping in our local Noz.  They had a wonderful supply of yarn in.  Noz is a shop where, if you don’t grab it when you see it, it won’t be there next time.  So . . .

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And, of course, I had to prove to hubbie that all of this was absolutely necessary, and not just an excuse to over-shop . . . so . . .

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This beanie is for me.  I followed the myboshi pattern and it literally only took a couple of hours to make.  I love the way the yarn changes colour so subtly.

Something less subtle . . .

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This was just a practice swatch to see how colours changed with this yarn, and to mess around practicing different stitches.  I reckon it’ll look a lot nicer when hooked in the round, and colour changes will give a more striped effect rather than splodges . . . so more beanies to come.  No idea if anyone would actually wear a beanie in this yarn, but what the heck!  I’m having fun.

And . . . even though chunky yarn is fun, and quick to work with . . . I haven’t forgotten why I wanted to learn to crochet in the first place.

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Am busy working on this project, using Stylecraft DK yarn.  He looks a little spooky at the moment, with a massive head, but I’m confident I’ll end up with something that ressembles the photo.  Roary the Tiger is by A Morning Cup of Jo, and is one of the designs in “Zoomigurumi”.

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happy un-birthdays in April

Three more padded envelopes were posted this month, each containing a little card and surprise un-birthday gifts for three blogging/crafting friends.  Three home-made gifts, all on the same theme . . . but each one totally different.

To Angela, aka Wisher, in Singapore

oops; I forgot to take a photo!  This is one Angela took, when the package arrived.

 

To nanacathy in the UK

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And to Lynn, aka Tialys, in France

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The little “books” contains pin, crochet stitch markers and beaded knitting markers.  Assorted to the colours of the “book” each time. For example:

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So something pretty, and useful, I hope, for crochet and knitting projects.  Blackwork designs on the front were all freebie designs. The first two found on Blackwork Journey but I can’t remember who the designer of the Easter egg is.