Thursday, 20 July 2017

Amigurumi unboxing

Hi

something a bit different today - if I can get it to work.
I got a big box of my amigurumi projects back from one of my magazines Love Crochet.
Instead of doing a big write up I did an un-boxing video. Its not edited, its a bit wobbly and the cats get way too involved, but I think its fun.

Have a watch and let me know what you think. I may do more on this line of thing in the future.

Link to video

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Christmas in July

I feel like a begin every blog post by explaining how busy I've been. I think its mainly cause I feel bad I don't get time to write a post as often as I'd like.

This is actually, my busiest time of the year. I'm working on Christmas projects for the crochet magazines and there are lots of people on Holiday at Duttons so I'm having to work overtime to help cover in the shop.

The above photo is of my mailing pile from last Monday. I can't share any pictures of whats in those mailing bags for a few months but lets do the maths. 3 parcels = 12 crochet commissions = 144 individual components. So thats a crochet rate of 7.2 components an hour to get all these projects done on deadline. You really don't want to see the state of my hands :(

There is some great stuff in these but they are top secret till the magazine comes out. I'll keep you posted as and when I can.

I can share some of the magazine stuff thats come out this month.

This first one is from the latest issue of lets knit magazine.
This was pretty straight forward commission they asked for a sailors cap and a boat toy. It was a interesting design and make. These were shapes that were a bit different from things I've worked on before. I started with the hat. I'd made a beret before so started that way. The rest fell into place pretty easily and I'm so pleased with the finished look.

I'm sure you can guess I went a bit idea crazy after making this one. I could make police caps, solider caps and all sorts of hats. I have nephews who love Paw patrol and they all have uniforms on, I could make hats for all of them...
Needless to say I haven't made any more yet. I still might. I really love the idea but its firmly in the "when I have time" part of my ideas bin, so it might not happen.

The boat was an idea I'd had before so it was lovely to have the excuse of a commission to work on something from my ideas bin for a change. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

I'd also like to say a huge thank you for lets knit for the amazing photos of these project. I don't want to get all political but I was so pleased to see a little girl was used. A lot of what I am ask to do for magazines seem to reinforce stereotypes and seeing a picture like this just makes my day.

 Love crochet magazine have been keeping me very busy with three new projects in the latest issue and a few old favorites of mine in there aswell.

 For my cheeky monkey I wanted to play around with the way I'd done monkeys in the past. Instead of adding on a face patch I used two layers to make the face shape simpler.
I also gave this monkey a bum. Sorry if you are easily offended, but most monkeys I have met do have a very obvious bottom. I decided it was time for us to have an adorable little bum on this amigurumi monkey. If you make it and it makes you giggle then I've done my job.

 This project is a bit bitter-sweet for me. I love Fab lollys but I can't eat them any more. They changed the recipe and now use artificial sweeteners. I taste artificial sweeteners as bitter on my palette so they taste awful to me now. Its a hard life.
 This sunglasses case is so cute. It wasn't hard to design. The imagery of a fab lolly is so iconic I couldn't really go wrong.
This is for kiddy glasses but you can make it bigger if you want an adult one. Just do a few more round of each colour.
 I should defiantly make more styles in these. Woops more for the ideas bin, I'll never get it empty.

 Last for Love crochet is my cactus. This is such an easy design so I went to town with the decoration. He's so cute. I weighted the pot with rice in a knot of tights fabric so it stands up lovely. Its a great, fun project. I'm hoping to see lots of variations being made by you lovely lot. Send me picture. I like getting pictures.


 I'm still working on my little character dolls when I get a few spare minutes. I'm working on a Game of thrones inspired set next (if you didn't guess)
 I'm not sure how big this set will be. I'd love to make them all but that might be a little bit crazy. Its just there are so many big characters that I want to make so its gonna be a lot either way. Maybe I should just commit to make them all. Maybe not.

Who saw ep 1 of season 7? I stayed up till 2am to watch it live as it went out in the US. I was so good :)
First finished doll is the wonderful moody and brooding Jon Snow. Pattern should be live in my Etsy pattern shop later today.

There will also be some collectable dolls pre-made available to buy.

Before I finish I just want to thank everyone who has visited my etsy pattern shop 
Its not just people who buy my patterns that help me out, you all do. Every-time you share or favorite one of my designs it gives my little shop a real boost.
I am just me on my own here, trying to create patterns everyone will love and I couldn't carry on doing it, if it wasn't for your continued support. Thank you all so much.

Happy crocheting
Love Liz xxx

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Friday, 30 June 2017

June update


June has been a busy month. The weather has been lovely. I went to visit my friend in London for a little holiday. I've been working on some really fun commissions for magazines that will be released in time for Christmas.

I've also added to my growing collection of Marvel and DC characters. Deadpool, above was the character that first started me down this rabbit hole of making these designs. I wanted to make a little amigurumi of him just for me, but I got a bit stuck and in doing so I stumbled upon this lovely new pattern shape.
Deadpool got put to one side as I created the Guardians and the Avengers.  He was just waiting for ages to be put together. Now he's turned out one of my favorite of the whole group.  
 
 My plan is to make all the characters that will be in the upcoming Marvel Infinity war film so far rumored to be 32 main characters. Thankfully I've a year before the film comes out to get these made.
I had to do Doctor Strange though and I loved the Ancient one so I thought they would make a really cute duo.
You can get hold of the patterns for these two here or follow the pattern link at the top of the page.

 We have a few films to go before Infinity war and the next big one will be Spider man Homecoming. I will be there opening night. I'm very excited.
 I really wanted my spider man design to be super cute. I spent a lot of time working on this design to get the proportions of the eyes right. I also wondered if I should add the web over the red. In the end I decided to leave it plain. I don't think anyone is not gonna guess that is Spider man. I wanted the pattern to be simple so everyone can enjoy it. I think doing a lot of sewing just makes the pattern messy and complicated.
You can find the pattern for Spider man here

 Not to forget about DC characters I released my Superman pattern last week. you can find it here
I wanted to go for a retro feel with my Superman design so I based it on the original films with Christopher Reeve. I think he turned out just adorable.
I'll be working on more of the DC characters and have Bat man and The Flash coming out soon.

 In other news I'm also working on a simple set of fun classic amigurumi designs. These are made in The James C brett noodles yarn, that is perfect for learning amigurumi. I'm not sure what these characters are yet but they are super cute and really fun to make. The Orange one doesn't have a name yet. Suggestions welcome :)
 The little blue one is called Dash :) patters for these and more coming soon.


I also received an advanced copy of a book project I've been involved with. I won't show pics from inside till the books been published but it's really lovely. I worked on two of the large projects in this book. Its so lovely to see the finished designs all together.


Finally I'm a bit late sharing this one and the next issue is due out shortly but this is my lovely little bride on the cover of Love crochet magazine.
I promised to make her a groom if she ever got published so I have to add that to the list.
Also in this magazine is my little hula bear that you can just see in the photo and my mermaid pattern.
If you have missed this issue I think you'll enjoy the next issue just as much. I'm hoping one of my favorite commissions to date will be on the cover.
 I've also just been asked to make something I've wanted to make for ages for the Autumn issue. I'm going to be having so much fun.

Well thats all for today. I'm going to write up the next newsletter now. It'll have a free copy of the Spider man pattern in. Sign up by entering your email at the top of this page.
Signing up before 2pm GBT 30/06/2017 to get the issue of the newsletter with the free Spider man design.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Newletter issue two coming very soon

Just another very quick post. I'll have a proper update coming on Friday but I wanted to let you know that the next issue of the newsletter will be being sent out on Friday also.

If you want to sign up to the newsletter - look for the box in the top right corner of this blog and enter your email.

I have decided that the free pattern in this issue will be my new Spider man pattern because the new Spider man Homecoming film will be coming out at the beginning of July. He is the most adorable and I'm pretty sure you are all going to love making one.

Remember you need to have signed up to the newsletter no later than 10am Friday 30th of July 2017 UK time to get the free pattern.
If you miss out the pattern is always available to purchase from my Etsy shop

Thats it for today. Happy crocheting love Liz xxx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

London baby

Hi

Really quick post. I'm just back for my little holiday in London. I had an amazing time so much so I forgot to take many photos.
 My friend has recently moved to London from Geneva. I got to stay with him in his lovely flat that looks over the Thames. I could lounge on the sofa and watch the boats go by, it was wonderful.



 This is now my favorite view in London.
This is the opposite of the river looking back at my friends flat. We walked under the Thames to get here.


The main reason for this post is to remind you that the next Amigurumi Clinic is this week. You can find details here


I really enjoy doing these events and meeting everyone who comes along. Hope to see some of you soon.

Told you it'd be short and sweet. Happy crocheting. Love Liz

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Avengers

I am so excited about these new patterns. I have been wanting to do a set of Avengers patterns for nearly two years.

I have done a few different doll shapes before and I knew that they could be adapted to make these designs.
This was the shape I had originally planned to use.

I love this doll shape and it can show a lot of detail. The only problem was, these dolls take a while to make. The arms and legs are long and made separately. It all takes time and its very repetitive.
I knew I wanted a full set of the original eight Avengers and would probably want to expand and make more later. Making them this doll style would take a couple of days to make each doll. I knew I'd get bored making so many, so I've put off making them altogether.

It was by happy accident I worked out the new doll shape design. I mentioned it in my last blog post. I made the Guardians set and I was so happy with how they turned out. The dolls are smaller but much cuter, I could still get a lot of detail in and they would be the perfect size to fit in a hand.


 These are so easy to make aswell. I already had lots of lovely feedback on the Guardians set and I know you are going to all love making these too.

You can make one in an afternoon, easily. The head, body and legs are all made in one piece. You don't even need to use a stitch marker when you make the arms. I'll show you that trick if you come and join me at the next Amigurumi clinic on the 15th June 2017 at The York makery
They also fun to make in a hour or so you got most of it done and just have a bit of detail to add.
They really are super easy to make and they are just adorable.

The link to the pattern for the full set is here.
They are also available as single patterns or you can use my 5 for £10 discount and pick your favorites.
They are all on the new, lovely, printer friendly pattern format and are available in UK of US abbreviations.

Lets go through them, shall we.

Captain America

He is my favorite of this new set. He turned out the most adorable. We have had great fun playing Civil War with his shield and Iron Man. We always make them make up after they've been fight. I am a grown up, honest :)

Hulk. I wanted to do Banner aswell. I still might, but for this set I stayed with the big guy. Hes not scary here, hes far to cute for that.

Thor. Don't let the hair put you off, its super easy to do and I've put a step by step in the pattern. You also have endless hours of fun playing with his little hammer. Are you worthy?

Next up is Iron Man. Couldn't have an Avengers set with out him, could we. Now you can make you own and give him a cuddles, because I think he needs one. I may do an unmasked version of this in an expansion set or the Spiderman home coming set. If that would be something you'd like let me know in the comments.

Vision joined the Avengers in Age of Ultron and I really wanted him in the big eight set. I'm really looking forward to Infinity war and I think Vision is gonna be a huge part of that.


Wanda - Scarlet witch.
I have a friend who is slightly obsessed with Wanda. She does cosplay and Wanda is her favorite character. I had to get this so right or she was going to be upset with me. Think I nailed it :)

Black widow. Shes such a bad ass, I love her. I know you'll all love this pattern. There is a really easy trick to the hair that I take you through in the pattern.

I kinda sucks that are only two girls in this set up. I think we need to find some more from the MCU to add into the next set. Comment with you favorite super lady and I'll add it to the list.

Last up is Hawkeye. Adorable Clint. I needed to get the quiff right and I love how it turned out. There are instructions on how to make the bow in the pattern but you can always get a small toy one if you want to make him look really cool.

That them all. The big eight. More are defiantly coming. I thinking of a Harry Potter set and a Game of Thrones set. I would also love to do all 13 Doctors Whos and the cast of Community, oh and a DC set is coming up next.

You can meet all these guys at the next amigurumi clinic. I'll be showing off lots of tips and how to make hair, its gonna be really fun.

So thats all for today. I'm actually on holiday this week. I have a few magazine commissions to work on, then I'm off to see my wonderful friend in London for  a couple of days. I'm very excited, it'll be my first proper holiday in 5 years and its only because you guys buy my patterns that I can afford to go.

Thank you for all the lovely feedback you've been sending in about these patterns. It is like getting a warm hug

Happy crocheting my lovely geeks xxxxx



Friday, 26 May 2017

Guardians


I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my latest Groot pattern. Well I've got a bit carried away since then. :)

I've been working on a humanoid shape for amigurumi because I wanted to make a set of avengers dolls. I made a few different designs of doll shapes, they were ok but they took a while to make and were a bit fiddly and I just wasn't very happy about recreating the shape so many time to make all the avengers.

I Started again on a different style of doll and starting making a Deadpool doll. This worked ok I had a large head and then a smaller body that worked from the legs up. It was working but I wasn't a 100% happy, so it got put to one side and never made.

After making Groot I had the idea to make some of the other Guardians. I started with Gamora and made the same size head I'd made for Deadpool. Instead of finishing off the head I went straight into the body and made it all in one piece.

After that she was finished pretty quickly. I was so happy with the shape, she just adorable.

Next I made Drax to again test the shape and see it it worked for a boy. I then was on a bit of a roll so I started on starlord. He has sideburns :) The mask was a bit complicated to figure out but I've managed to make it really simple for the pattern.


 It was pretty obvious now that I was going to make all of the Guardians. My original Groot pattern didn't fit with the set though. I was happy to make a new one that did. You can never have too many Groot in your life right. I only have four thats not a lot right... ?

 

 Next I made Yondu. I think this might be my favorite for the set. He does steal the film and I had a good old cry at the end. There is a lot of detail on him and I just love his goatee. 
 Mantis was a very quick make as there isn't as much detail. She is such a cutie though.
I left Rocket till nearly last as my brain couldn't figure out how to use my new shape doll to make the racoon design. I had the idea to use stitching rather than colour work after doing Starlords hair. Its actually a really simple technique and I'll be using in lots more in future. I'm really happy with the finished design its just how I wanted it to look.
 
Finally I made Nebula. She took longer the the rest to make because I wanted to use colour-work on her face but I couldn't do it an a way to make the pattern simple enough for all followers. In the end I made a stripe to be sewn on. I am really happy with the finished doll. Its how I pictured it but I am happy with how she turned out

All together now the amigurumi Guardians for the galaxy.


The best thing about these pattern is they so quick to make. I made all these in one week.

All the patterns are available from my etsy shop link here

Single patterns are £2.50 excluding vat while the movies is in the cinema
the full set is £15 excluding vat

Single patterns will be going up to the normal full price of £3.50 at the end of May 2017
The full set will stay at £15

The Gamora pattern will be available free in the next newsletter which will be sent out mid June 2017

I'm a bit addicted to making these designs now so this blog my become a bit of a geek out place for a while. I have started work on the Avengers, Deadpool has been redone and is nearly finished. I also have a Wonder woman and Spiderman coming soon.

The possibility with these designs are endless. I am defiantly doing another set of eight for the Avenger. I would love to do a Game of thrones set and maybe Harry Potter. Ooh theres so many I could make.

If you are bursting with suggestions to do comment.

Thats all today, happy crocheting. Love Liz xxx