Thursday, 22 September 2016

The big reveal

I have mentioned that I've been working on some new designs for James C Brett and finally they are all finished and I can show them off to you.

The first are all super sized amigurumi made in the James C Brett flutterby chunky.

The first is Sunshine the giraffe

Named by my nephew Hector. I had made Sunshine to take with me to my meeting with James C Brett and he did look a bit funny sticking out of my bag on my way there.

Thats my bag full of samples. I'd only made one toy as I was asked to design more home-ware patterns.

Sunshine worked his magic and I was asked to create three more large amigurumis to go with him and two Christmas amigurumis. I was very happy about this.

So next I made Rory (also named by Hector Morrison).

 I had seen this multicoloured flutterby chunky when I'd been given a tour of the Brett factory. I knew as soon as I saw it that I was going to use it for a lions mane. It turned out just how I wanted it. Its not in my nature to have favorites but Rory has a very special place in my heart.

Well we had a lion and a giraffe so of course next we needed an elephant. Meet Elle.

 This is the simplest of these large amigurumi patterns but she's still adorable and lovely to make.

The last of the group was more difficult to decide and on the day of the meeting we couldn't decide. I thought panda, snake, turtle... Then I saw a flamingo in my head and that was that.

 This is Flo. I'm pretty in love with this design. I had so much fun making it. It is huge, nearly life size. It looks lovely standing up in this photo but if you every meet her she is a big floppy cuddle monster.

Next are the Christmas designs. I don't think its too early to mention the C-word now, we should all be get are Christmas crafts on now and these will make great presents and they are easy and fun to make.

Rudolf the reindeer.
 Jamie from James C Brett was very excited about wanting a reindeer. I wanted it to be really cute and I actually changed direction on this a few times. I was going to do the head so it was more realistic but I'm glad I when this was in the end. I think he's lovely and I hope he will be a popular design for Brett.

Last but not least is Frosty the snowman.

A simple traditional design, I'm happy with this one. This is such an easy one to make but it looks really impressive and its so soft and large. It defiantly worth a go to get you in the Christmas mood.

These patterns are available from any good yarn shops as paper pattern rather than digital downloads.
Purple Linda are stocking them all and if you follow this link it will take you straight to them.

I didn't just make toy designs as I'd been asked for home-wares.

Before I when to the meeting with James C Brett, Jamie sent me a huge bag of their yarns "to play with" :)

  I got a ball of every colour in the Noddles and this made me very happy as I was itching to "play" with this new yarn perfect for crochet.

The result of my messing around was this set of cushion designs.

This picture doesn't really show how lovely and bright the Noodles yarns are. You only need one ball of each colour and a few more of grey to make all the cushions. These feel really nice too and they won't snag or go fluffy and bobbley  so they will last and look good for a really long time.

The next set of patterns started with me wanting to make a bunny snuggle blanket.

 I loved all the colours in the Baby marble and as I was making the blanket I got the idea to make the cardigan. I've added scallop edging to each item in the set to tie it all together. Cardigan sizes from baby to 12 months and the flower can be sewn to the cardi or the hat.

Well I'd made one blanket and I was really enjoying playing with the colours of Baby marble DK so I made three more to form this set.

 The blue one is a mix of a granny square and a full square to create what I call a granny cross. The yellow is a 12 pointed star blanket. I know there are other star blankets out there but I don't think anyone has done a 12 pointed one before so I pushed the boat out. Plus you now have a reason to buy a pom pom maker. Last is a very traditional granny with a bobble edge which gives it a little twist. each of these blankets take three balls of the Baby marble DK.

 Last up is my magic monsters.

 This was designed along with the blanket to be a set. You buy the yarn for the blanket and you will have enough left to make all the toys.

 The blanket is made using pixel crochet and is made in squares that are then sewn together so its a lot simpler than it looks and is a really enjoyable long project.

So thats it. Thats what I've been up to for the last 4 months. I'm very proud of my designs, so I hope everyone else likes them and they sell well for James C Brett.

If you want to see more of my designs you can check out my etsy shop by following this link now

This weekend is Yarndale and if your going I'll be hanging out the knit and natter on and off on Saturday afternoon, so if you spot me do say hello, its always lovely to meet people who like my work :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


I very short post. I have been hinting for a while at my BIG news and it looks like I'm gonna be able to tell you this next week.

Till then I'll just leave my Duttons bear here to give you ideas...

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dino Class update

Just a quick post today to catch up on the Dino class I did at York makery a few weeks ago.

This was the first time I'd taught a class and we'd decided to go for the dino pattern. I created a simplified version of my original dino patterns and we used the Noodles yarn by James C brett.

I'm stealing The York Makerys photo as I didn't take any on the day. I had a great time and I hope everyone else did. It was really interesting to see how different everyone crochets.

Not everyone finished their dino in the class but we covered all the bits needed to finish them at home. Some of the finished dino are in the photo above.

My next class is in October. We'll be making hedgehogs. The details will be on the York makerys page

Now I know the country is going mad about Pokemon Go. I can't play as I have a windows phone so I can't get the app.

I wanted to make some micro crochet earrings for a friend who was playing and this was the result.

She was very happy with them and has had lots of comments so I've decided to make a few more pairs and pop the in my etsy shop along with some more nerdy micro crochet jewelry I'll be making.

You can follow this link to my etsy shop if you want to see more 

thats it for today. Happy crocheting xxx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dino Class

Its been a while since my last post. I've a lot to catch up on but that'll take a bit of time. Time is in short supply at the mo. I'm really busy with a really huge project, its really exciting and I can't wait to tell you all about it. That moment isn't now. Its really soon but not today.

Today I'm here to talk about some more really exciting news.

A new craft and all things wonderful shop has opened in York

Its called the York Makery this is there website facebook page go have a look and enjoy

The exciting news is that I have been asked to host a class at The York Makery

Its pretty soon in just 2 weeks on Sunday the 24th of July and I'll be teaching you some lovely different amigurumi techniques and we'll be making one of my all time favorite patterns....

My dinosaurs :)

We'll be using my new favorite crochet yarn Noodles by James C Brett and you will have a complete dino by the end of the class.

For more info head over to the York Makery

So if you fancy some fun  book your place and I'll see you there.

I'll be posting again soon to show how we all got on and I've have that BIG news I was hinting about :)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Yarn shop day is coming

I know its been a while since my last post. I have been very busy and I'll have lots of very exciting news to share soon.

I'm posting today to talk about Love your yarn shop day.

Run by Lets knit magazine this is a national campaign to celebrate our wonderful yarn shops and have lots of fun.

I was asked to design a crochet pattern that will be given away for free on the day.

I created this monkey and we called him Chris

How even more excitingly Duttons for buttons in York where I work when I don't have my crochet designer hat on have a wonderful wool room and we are taking part in this great celebration.

So on Yarn shop day - This Saturday 30th April I will be in the wool room with lots of yarny fun things to do. We have discounts on wool throughout the day, special offers on toy kits, lots of free patterns and of course there will be cake.

I'll be there to answer all your crochet question and you'll get to meet some of my many creations. I'll also be showing how to create these really cute little bunny's from just a simple knitted square. You can bring a knitted square 6" - 15cm garter stitch if you like but we will have some available on the day

We'll be having lots of fun making pom poms and did I mention there will be cake.

Oh and bunting...

As an additional free pattern I will have copy's of this A-Z pixel crochet bunting available and I'll be showing how easy it is to make.

So please come along if you can
Sat 30th april

Duttons for buttons
32 coppergate

tel 01904 632042

Sunday, 13 March 2016

LGC rainbow sheep

 Meet fluffy Flora. She is my latest design for Lets get crafting magazine
This magazine comes with a yarn kit so thats what I get to use when I'm coming up with these designs. This kit was full of wonderful colour and a fluffy fashion yarn.
I was asked to create a colourful sheep. No problem but it did take a while to decide on what the main colour should be. In the end I think it was more by accident than design that I went for the blue. I had made the legs first and started with the blue, then I made the head. I was prepared to make up a few in the different colours to see which worked best. I made a blue one first and it worked so well I didn't bother making up any other colours to try.
I really like the combination of colours and he really rather cute. It seems hes a hit with you guys too as I've seen quite a few of you have already made him. If you head onto lets get crafting facebook page you can see for yourself

If you want to get your hands on the magazine it looks like this and you can get it in any good newsagents or online at the link above xxx

Its nearly the end of another week and this weeks pattern of the week has been my little fox

You can get hold of the pattern for just £1 in my etsy shopI am also running a giveaway on my facebook page where you can win the actual worked model of this fox and the matching raccoon I'll be creating later today in my live tweet crochet along. You can also enter by commenting on this post.

If you want to follow the live tweet follow @lizwardcrochet or #amigurumibarmylive  It'll be starting in at 10.30am and I will post it to the blog later in the week.

Monday, 29 February 2016

spring catch up

It may only be the last day of February but there is diffidently an air of spring about.

I've been out in the garden doing the spring clean and clear. This is this gardens second year so at lot of the plants I put in last year should coming back again this year.

I've added in some early flowering bulbs and corns so this time next year there will be even more colour.

 This is my hellebore its about doubled in size since last year. I have a white and pink one aswell but that ones not looking too good the leaves look like they've been eaten by something.

 The anemones I planted last year are already starting to come up already. These did so well that I'm going to put some more in but I'm waiting to see what plant offer lidl get in.

The pond is a bit of a mess, full of duck weed and dead leaves. Its a full weekend job I think as I want to put some structure from the back of it so the liner isn't showing anymore.

It was nice to take a few days of work and get the garden set up for the spring. I have ahd a awful lot of crochet projects on at the the mo and its been pretty none stop.

In between commissions I've been working on some pt projects of my own.

This idea started as I needed a draught excluder for the back door. Its a bit of an old fashioned thing and I wasn't really liking any I could find in the shops and online. 

I thought I could think of a good crochet solution and after seeing a lot of rows of beach huts and house I thought a row of animal would be a cool idea.

I decided to go for sheep pretty quickly. I wanted a back sheep but struggled to find a fluffy yarn brand that had a dark grey or black. Not surprising really, these yarns are normally in baby colours and soft pastels. Black doesn't sit well in that type of colour pallet.
I thought if I couldn't find a black I could have the sheep all different pastel colours or have one of the sheep facing the wrong way, but luckily I the drop yarn.

The bodies of the sheep are made in one piece, then the heads and feet are sewn on. I had great fun giving each little sheep its own character. The one at the end is asleep,  two of them are kissing and one is chewing a flower :)

If you want the pattern for this it is available in my etsy shop here

I've also been working on some more tea cosys for my pattern collection.
 This first one is an afternoon tea, tea cosy. Its blue striped cobble stitch and covered in cakes.

 On top there is a swiss roll, battenburg cake, strawberry cupcake and bakewell tart.

No pattern for this one yet I've a few to type up and test then I'll be adding them to my etsy shop.

This one is a simple one. Again in cobble stitch so it has a lovely texture this one is cover in lots of pastel stars. For this I developed a new  way of making flat crochet starts. Its ridiculously easy but it makes a perfect little star every time.

I'm debating making 12 teacosys and turning them into a calendar as I have a half finished Christmas pudding one and a bee hive in the making. So I only need to think of another six and its done.
It might be one of those things that doesn't happen for a while as I have some big commission projects coming up and they always push my pet projects to the sidelines.

I have some pics of the few latest magazine projects to share but I'll save them for my next post.
till then happy crocheting xxx