Stripy Crochet Cuddles!

Hello!

Well i was so inspired after my late blog post i jumped right into a new project 🙂 (is there anything more exciting than that new project buzz?)

I decided to go make I love buttons giraffe pattern which can be found here- http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.html 

Its a nice simple pattern, good for beginners However there are a few mistakes within the pattern but an experienced crocheter will pick them up with ease, or a quick scroll through the comments section will highlight any major issues 🙂 I think she has done a really good job considering its her first pattern!

The only alteration to the pattern i made was to try out Planet Junes perfect stripes techniques (the invisible join & no cut join) they can both be found on her awesome blog here- http://www.planetjune.com/blog/the-cleanest-stripes-in-amigurumi-a-comparison/  i used a hybrid of both techniques as i didn’t want to cut the yarn every round as there were two rows of each colour. They are a bit fiddly to start with but well worth the effort and soon i was doing it without even thinking!

Heres a quick piccy of how my stripes came out-

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See what i mean? Its so nice to have level stripes rather than the staggered rows you normally get working in the round.

The colours i used aren’t exactly the same as recommended in the pattern as i just used what i had. I made him up using style craft special DK (brought from the lovely Sconch textiles– please check her out, fab service and lots of amazing products!) so he came out slightly bigger than the one in the pattern but i like that, just more to cuddle 😉

So here he is-

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And a shot of him soaking up some italian sun-

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What do you think? I am super pleased with him!

I have now started up a Pinterest board just for giraffe inspired things and i am going to make as many for my sister as i can! So please spam me with patterns you have found as i would love to see them 🙂

In other news little wide eyed dude has started walking! He is definitely going to keep us on our toes now, and maybe give his brother a run for his money in the mischief stakes 🙂

He is our little guys toddling round-

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And on that i’ll sign off as i need to go chase him!

Ciao for now

WEM

New baby gifts and an attempt at designing!

Hello! Sorry for the long gap between posts, I am such a newbie to the world of blogging i worry i am waffling to much and can never decide what to write about next lol!

This week i have been scratching my brain trying to decide what to make for my sisters baby who is due in October. I am very excited to be an auntie again and since having the big wide eyed boy was what inspired me to get crafting i always like to make an effort to make something for the new arrival.

She doesn’t know what she is having so i’ve been having a fun time trying to keep things gender neutral though i admit i love the surprise and all the fun of trying to guess the gender (though i’m sure she is fed up of it by now lol)

I made her this little pram blanket as she is mad on giraffes 🙂 its my own design inspired by a picture i had seen online. I appliquéd the giraffes on and backed it with a giraffe print plush.

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I was chuffed with how it turned out 🙂

However in the last few weeks i have been itching to make something else… I am slightly more limited out here as my trusty sewing machine is still back in the UK and i only have a small amount of yarn with me (well small in terms of the overall size of my stash! *shhh don’t tell wide eyed daddy*)

So it has to be crochet… i found a couple of really lovely patterns online.

Firstly this super cute giraffe toy by I Love Buttons by Emma- http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.html The only trouble is i have no toy stuffing :/ hmmm anyone know a good craft store in italy? 😉

Also saw this crochet stacker toy which is just adorable by Handmade by Kitty- https://www.etsy.com/listing/155486038/kirin-giraffe-jungle-stacker-amigurumi?ref=shop_home_active Its like three gifts in one- a stacking toy, a cuddly toy and a teething toy! And although i know its not technically giraffe related i adore these cute dolls also by handmade by kitty- https://www.etsy.com/listing/154782017/dress-up-fluffy-kitty-rabbit-bear-doll?ref=shop_home_active i’m seriously tempted to buy both patterns even with my lack of toy stuffing lol!

This is another adorable giraffe by ZiezoDutchDesign- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gigi-giraf

Moving away from Giraffes i also loved these patterns too-

This is from a non english blog (i think its called Knitted style- apologies if i have that wrong!) http://pinterest.com/pin/389913280209072370/ this little guy is just adorable!

Then what kid doesn’t want a minion??? http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/despicable-minion.html This pattern by Wolf Dreamer if fab and free too!

I also love this pattern by Heidi Bears, the pattern and colours are just stunning! There is a bear version too which i just adore!- http://pinterest.com/pin/389913280208716490/ i wish i could find a giraffe version!

Has anyone seen any other nice patterns? I would love you to share them with me! As you can see my Pinterest board is rather mega lol, one day i WILL make them all… At least thats how i justify my yarn stash to WID 😉

This week i also tried my hand at designing. I saw the most beautiful yarn at Devon Sun yarns, she makes some stunning yarns! I don’t own any YET but i will 😉 this one in particular i could just see as a field of flowers- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=655768397772137&set=pb.634714169877560.-2207520000.1375431693.&type=3&theater So i decided to have a go at writing my own pattern 🙂

this is what i have so far (please excuse the picture, i was using some very bright yarn for my trials which proved very difficult to photograph!

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What do you think? It’s a work in progress but i’m quite pleased.

Well thats it from me for now 🙂 look forward to chatting soon.

Ciao for now!

WEM X