Yarn review for FLUFFIEST SOFTEST YARN EVER! – also a hat and fingerless gloves

It wasn’t all amigurumi all Christmas 2014, I also knitted a couple of presents too. Although I pushed myself a bit, trying patterns with unfamiliar techniques and features, it was a new kind of yarn that made it really exciting.

Drops Air

Two things really drew me to Drops Air: its high alpaca content (72% with the rest 21% polyamide and 7% wool) and its unusual construction. Most yarn is spun, either by hand or machine, but Drops Air is described as “blow yarn”. Continue reading

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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Craft fair, bunting, cute and smelly (in a good way!) little owls, WIP and socks.

Suddenly it’s Wednesday and I still haven’t updated my blog! I can’t blame it all on recovering from the Briar Patch craft fair on Saturday, although I was exhausted after spending the day chatting away with both customers and fellow stallholders. A steady stream of compliments more than made up for the slow sales, and it was a fantastic opportunity to network with other creative people locally. There’s not a lot of crochet at this particular craft fair, and what there is is mostly hats and scarves, so my stuff really stood out. I was lucky to be given an extra table to fill at no additional cost due to a last minute reshuffle by the organiser!

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Crochet owl keyrings, pincushion rings and lovely hearts

My next craft fair is less than a week away now, and I’ve stayed more or less to my target of making something to sell every day.

Owls are still very popular, and an easy shape to crochet, so I improvised these cute little amigurumi keyrings. I could happily making dozens of these in all different colours, but I’ve just made a few to start with to see if they sell first.

Crochet owl keyrings. Small, cute, and hard to photograph because they won't sit up and behave!

Crochet owl keyrings. Small, cute, and hard to photograph because they won’t sit up and behave!

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Life getting in the way

It’s felt like so much has been on hold recently, mostly because my mister had to fly out to South Africa for a couple of weeks to tend to his mother after a heart valve operation. All went well and the mother-in-law is now in good health, but I procrastinate at the best of times so you can imagine what having the love of my life 9,000 miles away did to my best intentions! I carried on with various little projects but updating my blog and my online shops fell by the wayside. I still have plenty of catching up to do but I thought I’d do a little rundown of what I’ve been up to since my last post.

I’ve joined the Knitting for Victory group at the Redoubt Fortress Military Museum on the Eastbourne seafront. They meet every other thursday and they specialise in knitting vintage patterns and squares to make up blankets for charity. Although I can knit, I decided to stick to crochet, focusing instead on making things that they can sell on their Christmas stall. I’m hoping to work out a design for an amigurumi Spitfire, but to start with I made this trio of gnomes using a pattern from Simply Crochet magazine. There is something quintessentially English about garden gnomes, and although I wouldn’t give them space in my garden, the crochet versions are quite cute!

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Owl inspiration

Owl inspiration

I love owls. I’ve crocheted them, painted them and embroidered them, but this weekend I got to see the real thing up close at the Hastings Town and Country Show at Alexandra Park.

This big guy is an Eagle Owl and I love his big tufty eyebrow feathers. You should have seen the size of his claws! I was telling my husband to make noises like a struggling mouse to get the bird’s attention, but when I saw the size of its claws a suggested he upgrade to a dying rabbit! That got the response you’d expect, from both the bird and my husband. I got much better results singing “Who Are You?” by the Who. I can only conclude that either the owls are used to people making twit-twoo type noises, or they are CSI Vegas fans.

I’m rooting for CSI.