Brian the amigurumi bear and crocheted air raid warden owls

Crochet really lends itself to working in 3D in a spontaneous way, especially when you work amigurumi style, in a spiral. There are some wonderful amigurumi patterns out there, and I’ve tried a few, but honestly I’m much happier making it up as I go along!

In one of my earliest blog posts I featured a captnip filled octopus that I made for my cats out of string, which was one of my first improvised amigurumi creations. Then came a dog for my niece, and Punkey the Monkey for my nephew for their respective birthdays, so of course their older sister requested a teddy for her birthday too. Well, I got as far as the head and the torso… and then I stalled. When I finally realised it was almost birthday season again I found that poor armless and legless bear and finished him! (As in gave him arms and legs, not taking him out back and shooting him…)

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Lovely linen crochet sunhat

It’s been too long since I had a post that is just about showing off a finished crochet project, and guess what… I have one to show you!

This is my lovely linen crochet sunhat! As modelled by the old Christmas tree in my neighbour’s garden that has been taken over by a particularly luscious passion flower plant. I was a bit naughty and picked one of the flowers for the picture. Shh! Don’t tell anyone! It was missing a petal anyway!

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Shopping and drooling at Fibre East

How is already a week since I went to Fibre East with my mum and lil sis Katie?

This annual two day event celebrates every aspect of British fibre and craft, literally from the sheep to the finished jumper! it’s not just about spinning and hand knitting wool, although both those crafts are strongly represented. It also covers crochet (yay!), felting, weaving, rug making, machine knitting, button making, and… I can’t actually think of any more, but I’m pretty sure I’ve missed quite a few! Continue reading

July photo a day challenge

I often wish I’d taken more photos, not just of the obvious events like birthdays and family events, but of the simple, everyday things too. It always helps me to have a target to work towards, and having seen Fall From Grace Crafts blog about taking part in Fat Mum Slim’s photo a day challenge, I decided to give it a go. Continue reading