I'm finally able to tell you about a fantastic new crochet magazine that hit the shops last Friday.
I was lucky enough to be invited to design some projects for this magazine. They asked me for a small desk toy amigurumi, some tiny charms and 10 mini pumpkins.
The brief was that they should be small quick projects that can be hooked up in a few hours.
I started with the desk toy. I knew I wanted to make a fox but I wanted it kawaii so I didn't want it to look to dog like. I tried a few things that didn't work and then I remembered the woodland critters I did for Craftseller magazine last year.
Love crochet magazine puppy as the colour was perfect and soon this little guy was ready to be sent off.
Next up was the phone charms. The brief had given me a few ideas f what they wanted but they didn't really fit a theme so when I sent of my sketch I gave them loads of things to pick from.
I had planned on using DMC natura yarn which is 4ply to make them small but they were just coming out far too big. I was a bit stuck what to do, I didn't want to make the shapes smaller or they would lose their detail but I couldn't find a finer yarn in the colours I needed.
Luckly one of the girls I work with a Duttons is also a crochet designer Steffie Glaves and she makes stunning micro crochet jewellery like this
facebook page here. These bunting flags are a work of art and she gave me a great idea.
I've made some crochet jewellery before myself and then I used stranded embroidery thread. I wondered if that would solve my charm problem.
Here they are in the magazine...
Now please don't be put having a go at making these of by how tiny these are. It is slightly more fiddly than normal amigurumi but you'll get you head round it quickly and you'll love it. I would recommend you use a hook with a soft grip so it doesn't hurt your hands. There are loads of diffret ones out there to buy or you can make your own like I did.
Just a little break from crochet. As I type I'm being hemmed in on ether side by my cats and I really want to show you this lovely photo I took of them the other day when I was having a bit of a crochet marathon.
I had them sat as they are how but as I was crocheting they were acting like a tag team to try and get the hook off me. My beautiful devils xxx
Back to #crochet magazine and my final project for this first issue was 10 pumpkins.
I didn't think a sketch was really needed here. I think we all know what pumpkins look like but I did send them this photo I found as inspiration.
I went for the Rico cotton aran yarns for these as they have the biggest range of yellows and orange shades. Orange is a shockingly neglected colour in yarn ranges I have found, maybe I should start some kind of orange support campaign?
It was a bit of a slog to make all 10 of these but I think the visual effect of them all together is really lovely. When they come home I'm going to keep them in a bowl as you can see in the photo above with the fox but I still like the way they have been photoed for the magazine.
Well that's it for my projects in #crochet magazine but its full of lots and lots of other amazing projects too. I would think you'd be able to pick it up from and good newsagents like wh smiths but I'll add a link if you want to buy it online and I'm sure it'll be available as a digital download soon.
In none crochet news I have finally got around to doing a bit of decorating (I've only lived here a year and a half). I have a red wall in my house that I've never been fond of
I have not really had the spare time to tackle it but also I was stuck on what colour I wanted to change it for but then I found this photo.
Here it is my lovely new wall. Do you like my cherry blossom decal? Its super girly isn't it. I'm really happy with it and now just have to sofa to cover with throws and pillows and this is where I will be crocheting away the rest of the day.
Its been a while since I checked it on Handmade monday so I;m heading there now to catch up on my fellow crafty bloggers x