Of ducks, dolls and no time left to blog

kenny-duck-and-molly-the-dollyI am now deeply suspicious of anyone who claims their creative career is the result of “just something I started when I became a stay at home mum”. Madam, not only are your pants on fire, but there appears to be an au pair with a freshly bathed child sleeping under each arm trying to silently indicate that dinner is on the table. These women either have an army of domestic staff or they keep their children in cages like battery chickens!

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I guess by this point I thought I’d be past the sleep-when-baby-sleeps thing and on to that magical time of getting-things-done-while-she-naps stage. Claudia had her first birthday last month but didn’t seem to get the memo about weaning off milk, so still wants to be breastfed 3 or 4 times a day (in addition to consuming a startling amount of solid food), which is exhausting, and naptimes are very unpredictable.

That said, I have somehow managed to keep going with my crochet and knitting, even sneaking in the odd bit of sewing too, I just haven’t had much chance to blog about it all! Continue reading

Crochet puzzle ball

puzzle ball close up 1My daughter is nine months old (already?!) and I’ve only just finished crocheting her a toy. This is nuts, as toys are some of the most fun things to make with crochet (anyone for Cthulhu? dragon? piranha plant?), but I suppose when she was still small and sleepy I was naturally preoccupied with making her things that would keep her warm, like blankets and cardigans.

With my usual level of indecision and poor planning I started making a mobile (which will have to hang somewhere other than over her cot as she is getting to the age where she might be able to pull herself up and grab it), a doll (with small parts and details that she is bound to bite, chew and potentially swallow), and finally an age appropriate ball. Continue reading

Time for a little dolly – and a blanket in progress or two

After finishing two large WIPs in quite a short space of time, progress on my other numerous projects feels a little slow. There seemed to be only one way to go after such large and unwieldy blankets, and that was smaller, a lot smaller! Fortunately the perfect pocket-sized project turned up in the form of the kit attached to May’s issue of Let’s Knit magazine, a little dolly called Daisy May.

Let's knit Daisy May DollyI was very pleased how well she turned out! Continue reading

More crocheted amigurumi presents for kids – the dragon and the penguin

amigurumi dragon and penguinIn the week before Christmas, and only three days before I was due to see one of my best friends I realised I had yet to make a present for her little boy. To make matters worse, it was his 3rd birthday recently so it had better be something good! I knew one of his latest little obsessions was the cartoon Mike the Knight, which featured a dragon, so all I had to do was find a suitable pattern. 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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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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