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Amigurumi Mr Drippy

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This odd looking creature – Mr Drippy – is a character in the video game Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch, one of my son’s favourite games.  The character has a Welsh accent that my son tries to imitate, he’s so cute and funny!  My son that is, though I’m sure many think Mr Drippy is cute too 🙂

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The pattern is from Kitten’s Craft Blog, Linky.

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I enjoy making knitted and crocheted toys, but I’m always nervous about embroidering the facial features.  One good trick I’ve learned over time is to view the toy in a mirror when placing the eyes, or anything else really that you want to be symmetrical.  It’s weird but it works!  Even with this though, I’m never completely happy with the finished result…  How about you, is there anything in the final touches stage of your crafts that you dislike?

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Amigurumi Butterfly

It took me less time to make this than it did to be able to pronounce the word ‘amigurumi’!

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This is one of many lovely patterns from the book (Cozy) Amigurumi by Lan-Anh Bui & Josephine Wan.  If you plan to buy this book, try to get a recent (say 2012) reprint since the original, printed in 2010, has many errors.  The publishers were good enough to send me a link for all the errata, but the book just isn’t the same with yellow post-it notes all over the pages :-/

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Crochet Collage & A Little Makeover

I’ve been unhappy with the name of this blog for a while now, so I finally took the plunge and changed it.  (It was formerly called scouseaspie.)  Just to confuse you further, I changed the theme as well 😛  Maybe one of these days I’ll actually get as far as adding a gravatar too and maybe a more detailed ‘about me’ page.  It’s only been on my to-do list for about eight months!

My crochet course finished this week – it was a lot of fun and well worth doing, we learned so much more beyond the basic stitches.  The tutor is a lovely and very talented lady and I really wanted to thank her by crocheting something for her classroom, though seeing as I’m still a beginner and not that good not as quick as I’d like to be, it had to be something small.  So I thought maybe a collage of some of the techniques I’ve learned…

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Some of the pieces are ‘free-formed’, some are from patterns.

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I discovered that novelty buttons are excellent at hiding dodgy stitches!

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(Can you tell that I’ve been trying to experiment with different camera settings?!)

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Hanging Crochet Flower Decoration

I seem to have a LOT of WIPs at the moment, mostly gifts that are almost done but just need those finishing touches.

That doesn’t mean I’m unfocused – I’m having so much fun working on each a little at a time.  Learning to crochet has opened up a Whole New World of Things To Make.  And I’m loving it 🙂

I do have a Finished Object to share though.  This is the Happy Flower Decoration designed by Lucy at Attic24.  Do check out her blog if you haven’t already, her patterns are so very, very pretty, beautifully illustrated and easy enough to follow even for a beginner like me!

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I could quite easily become addicted to making these flowers!

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Frogs, Frogging & Learning to Crochet!

Well, one frog anyway – this is Alan Dart’s Frog Prince which I finished a few weeks ago. One of the things I like most about Mr. Dart’s toy patterns is that he lists approx yarn weights required rather than 1 x ball of such a yarn, so you can use up your leftovers rather than having to fork out for more yarn. Hence why my Frog Prince is blue rather than green – a real stashbuster project! And my son seems to prefer him blue anyway 🙂

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Other knitting projects just don’t seem to be taking off for me lately…  I was in hospital from the 15th ’til the 19th and found knitting Hard Work with a cannula stuck in the back of my hand.  What little I did do had to be frogged, the tension was awful.  I haven’t got back into the swing of it yet – a few projects cast on, then frogged after a few rows… Very unproductive!

On a brighter note, while in hospital feeling useless trying to stay cheerful, I found and was lucky enough to book the last place on a Crochet for Beginners course.  I’ve wanted to learn crochet for a Very Long Time, and just didn’t fancy learning through books and/or youtube videos.   Some things are just better taught face-to-face.  And I couldn’t have hoped for a better teacher – the lovely and extremely talented Ildiko Szabo.  We had our first lesson and here I reluctantly present my very first flower made with a crochet hook.

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Ok, I know it’s dire and that in years to come I will cringe about it.  But right now I feel just a teensy bit of affectionate towards it!  The first week was all about the basics – choosing yarn, holding it, making a magic loop, etc.  We also learned the chain and slip stitch, and it was fun practicing getting the tension right while forming random shapes with just those two stitches.  It was a nice, gentle introduction to crochet and I found the pace perfect – not too fast or too slow, and I’m really looking forward to the next lesson 🙂

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The best thing about all this though, is that I’ve finally motivated myself to learn something I’ve wanted to do for so long.  The only thing that was holding me back was me.  Perhaps it will motivate me to do all the other things I keep putting off – like learning to knit in the round, and de-cluttering the house…  Maybe…  🙂

Is there anything that you’ve been putting off and feel it’s finally time you did something about it?