Friday, 22 September 2017

September update

 Hi guys.
Sorry I've not posted for a while, I've had a lot on.
First up I need to postpone the giveaway. So few people have entered it and I can't make You tube content at the mo. I hope I'm not upsetting too many people. I will be doing it again at some point and if you have entered you will be automatically put in for that one. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

Here's what I've been up to.
My work is in a couple of magazines this month. You can fine my hedgehog wreath in Love Crochet magazine.

Thats not mine, thats Lucy's from Attic 24. My editor sent me this picture as inspiration for my design. She though it was mine as she recognized the hedgehogs. That is of course because Lucy used my hedgehog pattern in her wreath design.
I figured it was fine just to use the same hedgehogs again. It is mine after all. We were hoping to get three in there but they didn't fit. I also wanted to incorporate toadstools and acorns.
I had some flower and leaves patterns that I've created already in my locker and I used these as bases to design larger flowers to fill out the wreath.
I felt that if I added sunflowers it would be too close to the look of Lucy's wreath. I created the orange flowers inspired by dahlias. They look complicated but actually they are very simple and quick to make.
I thought this project would take weeks to put together but actually I managed to simplify the elements so it can be created in a couple of evenings.

I'm very happy with the finished result. I'm looking forward to getting it back from the publishers so I can have it on my wall throughout Autumn. I'm inspired to make more of these through out next year.

 Next up is Lets Get crafting magazine. This month I've come up with some decorative crochet baubles. I know its getting to that time of year again when we start crocheting for Christmas.
I'm really happy with these designs. They are fun and easy to make. I'm slightly addicted to making them myself. It great for using up scraps of left over yarn. I like trying out new colour combos. I've made loads, so many that I'm gonna start selling the pre-made ones in my etsy shop
They'll be £15 for a set of three. I'll be listing them from Sunday 24th September but I have an album of them on my Facebook page where you can reserve them first.
Heres some pic of just some of the ones I've made so far.

 Peacock colours.
 Coral, mint green and grey. I love these.
 Jewel colours mustard, purple and bottle green.

 Thats just a taster I have made loads of these. I now know the pattern by heart and have worked out some variations. Its so nice to make something pretty, relax with my cats on my knee and switch off my brain for a bit.

Aww they look so cute when they aren't fighting...  It never lasts long.

I have a few other patterns coming out for Christmas. I'm getting these together now. I know I've mentioned to extension for the nativity, that may not happen, fully this year. Its not really coming together and I'm running out of time.

I do have this pattern for a full size tasseled Stocking ready. It'll be coming out next week. Its made with a chunky yarn. If you want, you'll have plenty of time to hook up these for the whole family and fill them with more crocheted goodies, before Santa sets off on his travels.

 Next up - I have released the second of the next set of Marvel characters. Bucky is ready and you can grab the pattern and make him now. Also available as a two pack with Captain America.

More of these coming very soon.

 Couple of little things to finish on.
If I haven't already mentioned The kingkiller books by Pat Rothfuss are some of my favorite books. I re-read them every year and recommend them to everyone who loves a good read.
One friend loved the books so much she made me this wonderful Tak board as a thank-you gift when she left the place we worked together.
If you don't know Tak is one of the games played in the books and is now a real thing. I am really looking forward to giving it a go. I have not played yet but if anyone out there is in York and up for a game give me a shout.

As you may have guessed, I have a thing about paying homage to things I really love. They have given me so much I feel the need to give something back. This is one of the reason I started making my film character dolls. I have also made pieces to celebrate my favorite podcasts and other geeky fandoms. I'm currently working on a new set of hand-warmers that celebrate Lore podcast to replace the ones I made last year for 99pi. You can see the pic on my Twitter @lizwardcrochet

I am a massive fan on My brother, my brother and me podcast
It gives me so much joy every week. I unashamedly will sit on the bus listening, crying and shaking with laughter, and getting weird looks from the other commuters. I am currently going through the whole back catalog of shows. Only 7 years worth, shouldn't take me too long.
I love these guys so much I wanted to create something to show my adoration.
It was a bit of whim to make the dolls of themselves but I think they turned out great.
If you are also a fan of the show let me know what you think.
Lovely, lovely brothers xxx

Right thats it for this week/month. You can keep up to date with things more regularly on my Instagram, twitter, facebook and new website 

Happy crocheting
love Liz xxx