I wanted to invite you to make and donate something, too! And get a chance to win a free pattern! There are lots of possibilities as many founadtions accept handmade items like toys, blankets, hats, etc. If you need inspiration, here’s a list of organizations accepting handmade donations:
Contagious Hope – accepts all kinds of items for kids – toys, blankets, clothing
Knit for Kids – accepts sweaters, hats and blankets
Mother Bear Project -accepts bears for children affected by HIV/AIDS (bears are made from the same pattern, so be sure get the right one from the site)
Stitch for a Cause – accepting a variety of items
Knit-A-Square – accepts “8″x 8″(20cm) squares and helps keep a cold AIDS orphan warm”
Project Linus – accepts blankets for children in need
Angels4Preemies – accepts gowns, quilts, baby afghans and blankets, burp cloths, comfort toys, booties, socks and many more
Carewear – accepts all baby items and provides patterns, if you need some
Threads of Love – accepts “clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants”
Tiny Stitches – looking for volunteers to help them prepare packages for hospitals, they also accept yarn donations
The Preemie Project – accepts Bboties, hats, blankets and bereavement items
Snuggles Project – accepts security blankets for animals (you can find patterns for knitting, crochet and sewn blankets on the website).
SPCA Wildlife Program – accepts crocheted nests for tiny animals (remember to crochet tightly!)
- any animal shelter will probbaly accept blankets, cat toys and dog sweaters. Just find your local kennel and ask. I know the one in my city does!
- homeless people shelters and nursing homes for the elderly will probbaly accept shawls,clothing and blankets, too
- you can donate things for charity auctions – many fo those can be found via Facebook Events
- sharing information about charities helps a lot, too – posting about them on your blog, sharing their FB post or just telling your friends about it helps spreading the word
It’s simple – just donate something for the charity of your choice – money, items, time – whatever you want and tell me about it. You can post on Facebook, Ravelry or comments section of this post. On Monday Feb 17th I’ll send you a new pattern never publihsed before! Be sure to check the website often to see the clues about that new release! So, can we count on you?
Posted on : February 8, 2014 | No Comments
You probably more or less know what happened here last year, so I’m not going to repeat myself. But do you know what a mini me was doing? As you may know, she has begun her around the world journey last year (she’s still travelling) and here are the highlights from her adventures! She’s met some wonderful people and visited amazing places! Here’s a quick look back on what she saw. I chose only one photo from each trip, but I saw so much more!
First I went to Israel to visit Linda! I was amazed by the architecture there.
Then, it was time for Finland, where Cordelia Serene was my lovely host! Just look at that nature!
From Finland I flew to the Netherlands where I visited Iris, who showed me the hunebed…
…and Ilona with whom I admired some lovely churches (among other things, of course!).
Later, I spent some lovely time in Belgium where I saw this amazing cathedral with Sandra…
…and got a lovely mini Nrgwenya shawl from LadyAurian.
Then it was time to go to Switzerland, to Aisha. I admired some beautiful watches there!
Finally, I went to England, where I had lots of fun with Debbie! Can you tell, I love old churches?
I hope to post photos from my next journeys more frequently this year:)
P.S. I’d like to once again thank all my wonderful hosts, not only for taking me to those amazing places, but also for taking all these awesome photos!
Posted on : January 11, 2014 | No Comments
New book release!
I’m thrilled to announce that my book 12 months in Amiland has just been published!
It’s available in print and in the e-book version. It contains 12 unique designs – one for each month of the year. Apart from the patterns, you’ll also find a helpful tutorials section that describes all the techniques needed to make the toys. More details here.
Posted on : December 5, 2013 | No Comments
I hope you’re more familiar with the charts right now, so let’s have a small experiment. I’ll post the chart for the bigger (and last! – well, almost last, there’ll be just a tiny little thing left) part today, but won’t post the explanantions. I’ll add them tomorrow, and you have the whole day to try and make this part on your own. Ready for the challenge?
The color change section is optional again. If you have changed the color before, do it now also. If not, skip it now, too.
Place safety eyes between rounds 8&9, 4-5sts apart, and nose between rounds 9&10 (I used 6mm eyes). You can also play with the eyes and nose placement for many different moods and personalities.
Start stuffing and continue adding more as you go.
Fasten off, but don’t sew the opening closed. You need only one part like this.
UPDATE: Written instructions
And here’s the written version of the last part of the pattern. I felt that you don’t need more wordy explanation this time, but if you do, please let me know.
Round 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from the hook (6)
Round 2: inc x6 (12)
Round 3: (inc, 1sc) x6 (18)
Round 4: (2sc, inc) x6 (24)
Round 5: (3sc, inc) x6 (30)
Rounds 6 – 11: 30sc (30)
Round 12: (3sc, dec) x6 (24)
Round 13: 1sc, dec, (2sc, dec) x5, 1sc (18)
Place safety eyes between rounds 8&9, 4-5sts apart, and nose between rounds 9&10. You can also play with the eyes and nose placement for many different moods and personalities. Start stuffing and continue adding more as you go.
Round 14: (dec, 1sc) x6 (12)
If you want to make a T-shirt on your ami, change the color now and continue working with it till round 19. From round 20 work with the basic color again.
Round 15: (3sc, inc) x3 (15)
Round 16: 1sc, inc, (4sc, inc) x2, 3sc (18)
Round 17: (inc, 2sc) x6 (24)
Rounds 18 – 21. 24sc (24)
Round 22: (2sc, dec) x6 (18)
Round 23: (1sc, dec) x6 (12)
Round 24: dec x6 (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing. Don’t sew the opening closed yet. You only need one piece like this.
Posted on : July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments
Time for another chart! Prepare your contrasting color for this one. It’s optional, though and if you don’t feel like changing the color, you don’t have to.
The beginning should look familiar: 2 circles, so ch2 and we work in the 2nd ch from the hook.
Round 1: Let’s count the x’s in the first round. Ready? So make as many stitches as you counted all in the second chain from the hook.
Round 2: Count the x’s again – same number as in the previous round, right? And look at their positions – each x is right above the x from the previous round. That means we’re making 1sc in each stitch from the previous round.
Round 3: We start with 2 x so 1sc in each of the next 2sts, then decrease over the next 2sts, then again 1sc in each of the next 2sts and decrease over the next 2 (6 in total). Start stuffing and continue as you go.
Round 4: And here’s something new – rounds 4- 6 are in a different color. This means that we need to change to the contrasting color and we’ll use it till the end of round 6. Let’s have a look at the symbols in round 4. We have 1 sc above each of the symbols from the previous round, so let’s make 1sc in each stitch (6 in total).
Round 5 -6: As you can see in rounds 5 and 6 there are no increases or decreases and each x is right above the stitch from the previous round. So, for each round, just make 1sc in every stitch from the previous round.
Fasten off, sew the opening closed, leaving a piece of yarn for sewing. Now make another part like this.
You should now have 6 elements of your ami (2 from each charts). You probably know what they are and what part we’re waiting for, right?
Posted on : July 15, 2013 | No Comments
Time for Chart #2 of our mystery amigurumi!
Charts showing patterns worked in the round naturally use circles (or ovals), but with every round the circle gets bigger and bigger and, as we know, the number of stitches sometimes goes down with every round. That would mean that on a huge circle, we’d only have 6 sts and it may be difficult to show which stitch is made in which, as the spaces between them can get really big. I’ll show you what I mean:
Let’s imagine that these are the last 2 rounds of a pattern that ends with 5sts that need to be further decreased to only 3 (dec, 1sc, dec). A simple /\ will not be enough as its “legs” need to point directly to the sts, so that you know which stitches to work together. Of course, we can make /\ a (so much wider), but it sometimes may not be enough (just imagine the circle is twice as big and we still have the same number or stitches…).
To solve this problem, you may sometimes see a chart that is partially round and partially “flat”. This doesn’t mean that a part is worked in the round and part flat – it’s just a solution to the problem I presented above. And this is what our next chart will look like.
We see 4 chains, so we ch4 at the beginning.
Round 1: There’s 1sc above the 2nd ch from the hook and that’s what we do – 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. The next x is placed above the next ch, so we make 1sc in the next ch. Then, the last ch has 3 x around it = 3sc in the last chain. You can also see that there are some stitches on the other side of the chain (I circled them with orange). So you turn your work and make 1sc on the other side of the middle chain and finally 2sc (increase) on the other side of the last chain (8sc in total).
Round 2: Increase in the first sc, 1sc in the next sc, increase in each of the next 3sc, 1sc in next sc, increase in each of the next 2 sc (14 in total).
Round 3: We can see that there are only x signs here and that they are positioned each above a stitch from the previous round = 1sc in each sc from the previous round.
Now we move to that “flat” part. And this is where you can start stuffing (and continue as you go). Remember that despite it being presented in this way we still work in the round. You can see that there are two lines going from 3 x on the oval part to 3 x in round 4. This shows you which stitches correspond to which, in other words, that the first 3 stitches from round 4 are above the first 3 sts from round 3 (and so on).
Round 4: 1sc in each of the first 3sc; decrease over the next 2sc. The next sign is a decrease also, only it has 3 “legs”. This means you sc 3 sts together. Then another sc2tog decrease and 1sc in each of the next 4sc (10 sts in total).
Round 5: Just check what the signs mean and do it:) What do we have? 1sc, sc2tog, 1sc, sc2tog, 1sc, sc2tog, 1sc (7 sts in total).
Round 6: 1sc in each of the next 3sts. The next stitch is an increase also, only it has 3 “arms”, so it’s 3sc in 1 (rather than 2sc in 1). Then again 3sc in the next sc and finally 1sc in each of the next 2sc (11 sts in total).
Round 7: 1sc in each of the next 5sc, decrease (sc2tog), 1sc in the next 4sc (10 sts in total).
Round 8: We have only decreases here – sc2tog 5 times (5sts in total).
Remember to make a second one like this, too!
Posted on : July 11, 2013 | No Comments
The title I came up with for this call is “If you said A, you need to say B…” and it has a double meaning!
First of all: If you said A(migurumi) you need to say B(ears)/ B(unnies)
My all time favorites are bears and bunnies (and sheep) – I just love making them in difefernt styles and shapes, so I thought it would be great to have a crochet-along especially for them! See how many I made already?
So, for this CAL, you need to pick up one pattern of mine that is a bear or a bunny, make it and show it either in the Ravelry Group or on my Facebook page. You can also leave a link to it in the comments for this post, if you prefer.
But that’s not all! I prepared a special coupon code (20% off) for all bears and bunnies patterns in my Ravelry store: BBCAL20.
For those of you who’ll use one of my paid patterns (feel free to use the code, of course) I’ll also have some great news – when you post your finished ami here, you’ll be automatically included in a giveaway and will have a chance to win a safety eyes sampler! A total of 20 pairs of safety eyes in different colors and sizes, so that you can try some new things!
Secondly, for some of us reading charts is not a problem, but for some it’s a real challenge. So in the sprit of “if you said A, you need to say B” take a step forward and tackle those charts, finally!
Staring today, I’ll post a chart and the description for it and we’ll make one part each day, taking the chart apart as we go. It’ll have some traits of a mystery CAL we enjoyed so much with the dino, but you’ll know that the ami we’re making fits the overall theme of the CAL. After the CAL is finished, the pattern will be oficially published (in both – charted and written version, so you’ll be able to make one even if you don’t like the chart fighting idea (or make more if you like the design:)).
In the center, you can see 2 chains (the circle and the oval). And this is how you start – ch2. You can see that the chains have different shapes. The first ch from the hook is more vertical, as it sits right between the sts, the second one is more centered and it’s this chain where all the sts from the first round seem to be pointed at. That’s why we’ll be working our first round in the second chain from the hook.
When you have your 2 chains done, you look at the first round (marked with number 1).
Round 1: Count all the x in this round – 5, right? So we make 5 sc in the second ch from the hook. Ok, we’ve got the first round done. As you can see, there are no other chains on the chart – this means we don’t join and ch1 at the end of each round, but rather work in continuous spiral.
Round 2: In this round, we can see five v-signs. A v is an increase, so we make 5 increases (2sc in 1). Where? Well, have a look at the diagram. Each increase is positioned right above the sc from the previous round, this means that we work 2sc in each sc from the previous round. This gives us 10sts.
Round 3: This round gives us five different symbols: /\ This symbol is a decrease, so we work 2sc together. How many times? Five of course, as there are 5 decrease symbols. Not that hard, right? And yay, you’ve got the first part done! Now make another one and leave both for later.
Posted on : July 8, 2013 | 4 Comments
The CAL is now over! Thank you for taking part:)
It’s my first mystery CAL and I’m very excited!
Here are a few rules that we’ll follow. Hope you’ll decide to join!
- Starting from tomorrow (7 May 2013), every weekday I’ll post a part of the pattern (a few lines at once). Please note that the instructions will be available for limited time only (about a week), so you’ll need to follow. I understand that some of us can’t be online every day, so I’ll leave every few lines visible for a few days, but it won’t be possible to join two days before the end and make the whole thing. I want to reward those who visit me often:)
- If you’re on Ravelry, the pattern page will be created today, so that you can link your project from the very beginning. You can also grab the badge for your project page – simply rightclick the photo below and “save it as…”.
- Instructions will be avialable here or in my Ravelry group, here.
- As always, if you have any questions, just let me know!
- And have fun! I really hope you’ll like the CAL!
A few additional notes:
A CAL is short for crochet along. We choose a pattern (or a few patterns) and crochet it together, sharing our progress, helping each other and then watching how everyone’s result is different and great! A mystery CAL is a bit different as you get the clues/instructions to crochet, but you don’t know what you’re actually making:)
And that’s it! If you’d like to show us our dino, feel free to post in on my Facebook page or include a link to yours in the comments to this post.
Posted on : May 6, 2013 | 14 Comments
I love the idea of travelling toys and wanted to send one around the world for some time now, and here it is. And it’s me! Well, a mini me, that is:)
The rules are simple. You can reply to this post if you’d like to host her(me!) and once I have all participants, I’ll plan her journey so that she doesn’t have to travel from a country to another and than back again.
You don’t have to be a member of this group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/cute-and-kaboodle to take part.
There’s plenty of time to decide if you’d like to be a host – till Monday 22nd of April.
If you decide to be a host I’d love you to take at least a few photos of her during her visit. Also, when she arrives at your place and you post at least one photo of her in this thread, you’ll be sent a 25% discount code to my Ravelry store as a thank you:)
You can also help her fulfill her travelling dreams, here’s the list:
- Visit a very old church
- See the Great Canion, Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, Chinese Wall, Statue of Liberty, ancient monuments in Greece, a Dutch windmill, Cologne Cathedral (again because it’s SO beautiful), moors in Scotland, Swiss mountains, Yellowstone, Spanish beach, a cactus in Arizona
- Ride a double decker and have a 5 o’clock tea in England
- Eat local food
- Meet another amigurumi
- Meet one of her designs in an amigurumi form
- Talk with an Italian (to check if I still remember something…)
- Meet an animal characteristic of the particular region (like a kangaroo in Australia)
- Meet a knitting/crochet celebrity
- Visit a huge LYS
- Visit a used bookstore
- visit a museum
- Join a club of any kind for one day (like a crochet group, for example)
- go for a walk to the local park
You don’t have to do anything from the list to take part and we’re well aware that this is not at all possible to fulfil them all, but that’s the nature of a dream – you can have as many as you want, even though some may not come true.
Also, some of them can be done several times!
And finally, if you help her send me a postcard from the city you live in, you’ll take part in a raffle and will have a chance to win a surprise package from Poland:)
The raffle will take place after all the postcards are here, so you can definitely send it with economy mail.
Posted on : April 15, 2013 | 4 Comments
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