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FO: Grace Doll

As some of you will know in my day job I work for a pretty amazing program. We bring occupational and physical therapists, special needs care providers, etc. to Australia to help families with kids with special needs. These young men and women are incredible… I support them in their time here, and feel like their mother hen. So, what do you think would happen when one of them found and married her Aussie husband and didn’t waste any time to have a baby? I got busy! This doll is just one of the things I made for her daughter.

I used a new to me pattern by stunning designer Julia Litvin. I had pinned the pattern a while ago on my Pinterest. Of course I customised the pattern and changed up the colours of the doll’s dress.

And I love the end result. It’s a wonderful pattern, very well written and easy to follow.

I love the details of the hair and the ruffles of the dres, the little socks with their lacy tops. Just brilliant!

All together a happy little girl!

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FO: Hop, hop, hopping Kangaroo

Do you know how much fun it is to make amigurumi animals? And even better when they are one of the national animals of the country I have chosen to call home!

This little guy I made for my very good friend back in England, for her son’s 1st birthday.

He’s based on the brilliant pattern by Belle & Grace Handmade Crochet. Amanda designs some incredibly lifelike and fun amigurumi patterns and I have made a fair few of her guys. She’s got a real knack for writting patterns that are easy to follow, which means you end up with a result you can be proud of.

While you have the option to make a pouch for a little joey, the pattern doesn’t come with a joey included. so I just went ahead and made my own little due to fit in Mama Kangaroo’s pouch.

I think it passes as a baby joey…

I made sure to attach the little guy, so that he wouldn’t be lost! My friend tells me her son loved his gift!

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Finished Object: Turtle

Simple and straightforward, this little turtle is a joy to make. In fact this little guy is my second one. I made this for one of my eldest sons school friends back in 2019.

I love the roundness of amigurumi and I always stuff them good. They need to be firm and not too flimsy!

I had made a version of this for a good friend and she loved him. When everyone else saw the little dude, they wanted one also! I call that a great success!

And whenver I am making an amigirumi toy/animal, I have soooo much fun! Makes me smile.

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Friday Finds

Easter is just around the corner and while I have never tried baking Hot Cross Buns, this lot from Tom over on the Kate Davies Design blog makes me want to try!

A great overview of how to make i-cords…and not just by knitting them!

The formidable hat architect Wolly Wormhead has started her own Teachable school and I am here for it! If you haven’t knitted any of her incredibly hat designs, I urge you to try them! They are stunning!

Colourblocking can be so wonderfully dramatic. Like some of the patterns in his book, Vertex from KnitPicks.

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Friday Finds

Easter is almost upon us… we are going to be away, but every year we make sure to dye some eggs (it’s tradition). I love the 40 different ideas from Mollie Makes.

I just adore these embroidery make your own jewelry kits from Alicia Paulson…stunning!

Have you ever wondered what the right knitting needles or crochet hooks are? Check out Vickie Howell’s guide!

Simply Maggie’s knitter-specific key chains are to-die-for!

Oh this basket (maybe not just for Easter) is perfect!

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Finished Object: Toadstool Seat

When I found a Steiner playgroup in Berrima in the Southern Highlands a couple of years ago, I couldn’t have imagined what incredible friends I would find through it and how much pleasure I would get out of driving down there. First to enjoy it with Max, then when he was at Steiner pre-kindy last year as a helper. It brings me so much joy, it’s like coming home.

When the beautiful soul that runs the playgroup asked me to make a cover for a little toadstool seat, I knew it would be a wonderfully whimsical project!

I was able to use up some of my DROPS Muskat that I still had stashed away. And those eagle eyed enough can see that the colour of the red changes ever so slightly at one point, that was a different dyelot…..but it’s not too noticeable in real life.

It was such a fun make, and this type of project, where I am basically winging it, often takes up way more yarn than I anticipate, but I didn’t run out all together, which is a bonus.

Of course before I handed it over my boys had to give it a try!

STATS
Pattern:
No pattern, improvised design.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat.
Needle size: 4mm
Crochet time: 16th – 29th November 2020.

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The Magic of Ravelry

Any fibre artist, yarn wizard or knitting/crochet master will know about Ravelry…if you don’t let me enlighten you!

Ravelry is an inclusive, friendly website for knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and dyers. We are made up of millions of yarn lovers from all over the world. Ravelry provides a personal notebook for fiber artists to keep track of their projects, yarns & fibers, tools, and pattern library, a rich database of patterns and yarns, and a community with thousands of forums and groups to connect with other Ravelers over any interest you could think of.

Everything on Ravelry is user-driven: we all help to make the site useful and fun. We are happy you are here! There are three main areas of Ravelry for you to explore: The Database, Your Notebook and the community.”

Whenever I look for a pattern, my first visit is always to Ravelry. There are so many patterns (free and paid for) for anything knitted or crochet or fibre related, it’s incredible! I am ashamed to say that my queue is about 15 pages long…but whenever I find a pattern I really like that I know I want to come back to, the easiest way to do that is to queue it and bookmark it on here. Genius!

I have also added almost 1,000 projects to the my notebook section…. and I am considering a little givewaway when I add the 1,000ths project. What do you think?

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Finished Object: Sweet Sausage Dog

There are some amigurumi projects that are just cute…this sweet little sausage dog was one of those. This was actually the second one I made, after a friend’s friend saw me post the previous one on Instagram. How great is that!

It’s a very straightforward pattern from Herriet at Stip & Haak. I had seen it on another Instagram and my friend who I made the original one for really loved it.

I crochet this little guy in just a couple of days…often the stuffing and sewing up takes longer than the crocheting. I like to stuff my amigurumi toys really well, as I feel they need to be really stiff and stand up properly.

STATS
Pattern:
Teckeltje Sam by Herriet van de Wiel
Yarn: Schachenmayr Catania Cotton
Hook size: 2.5mm
Crochet time: 6th-7th December 2019