Monday, 15 April 2013

Getting my groove back.

Sorry I haven't blogged much lately, I've been snowed under with deadlines for book and magazine work. As I can't show photos of what I'm working on for them till they are published its a bit tricky finding time to work on my own patterns or make other things to blog about.

My latest deadline was this Friday, so I planned a weekend of carefree crafting to celebrate. I've had so many ideas that I've been waiting to get cracking with but when I actually sat down to start work nothing when my way. Every stitch was a struggle, the patterns weren't working and I just wasn't feeling the love.

I realised that I've been pushing myself and working so hard on the book that crochet now seemed more like work than play.  I thought I'd have to take a break from crochet until that urge to pick up a hook came back but I still wanted to finish what I'd started so I battled on. 

This bunny is the first thing off my hook and is for a new set of traditional amigurumi patterns these will be Bunny's, bears and other things in jumpers and dresses.

 While I'm quite happy with this pattern but I don't love the bunny yet. He is sweet and he is growing on me now hes finished and I'm sure by the time I've made all his friends I'll love them all.
The blue arms and legs are for his friend who is a bear in a blue jumper. I have completed him yet so there will be more pictures to come soon.

Next up I started work on another pattern set woodland cuties. I've been wanted to start this set all year but I just haven't had chance. This set will be owls, squirrels, deer, raccoons and every thing cute that lives in and near a woodland. I knew I wanted to start with a hedgehog and I wanted to make the spikes out of crochet not by using fancy eyelash wool or a loop stitch.

Experimentation, a lot of maths and a truly brilliant brainwave (if I do say so myself) and a day later I had this....

It was time consuming, fiddly and with boring coloured yarn but oh my it was fun to make :) This adorable little hedgehog flew off my hook, I was so excited about crocheting again and I couldn't wait to meet her. I'm happy to say I have my crocheting mojo back and I'm looking forward to creating more woodland creatures so she can have some friends.

Now I just need to think up some names for them :)

Well I'm a bit late but I'm sure I can squeeze in on handmade Monday why not have a wander over yourselves and see what the lovely craft bloggers have been up too


  1. Having had a go at amigurumi recently I can see why you love it so much. Ech one of your creatures have such lovely individual personalities. That hedgehog is amazing. I look forward to seeing more :)

  2. I love the bunny's ears - and the hedgehog is so cute with her little flower.

  3. Love them all! nearly woke the hubby who is asleep next to me by squeaking when your page loaded! LOL! So fab!

  4. The bunny is so cute. Can't wait to see his friends too.

  5. That hedgehog is adorable! What are the chances of getting a pattern for that?

    1. It'll be in my etsy shop as soon as i write it up.