Happy Crafting and Happy Easter everyone!
We have finished the mystery CAL just in time for Easter! Look at all the great bunnies that were created by our lovely participants! I think they’re all adorable.
Starting from the top left corner and going clockwise, you can see bunnies by n8kpl, CordeliaSerene, UraniumBOMBS, tmb99, lkhill01, Kimmycup, harnish408 and elmerkitty. All of them were made from my newest pattern – April the Bunny.
It’s available for sale now, so you can make your own adorable bunny, too! She’ll make a great friend also after Easter;)
But that’s not all! I also remade my first pattern – Easter Bunny and the update is available now.
Posted on : April 18, 2014 | No Comments
Anyone would like a CAL?
If yes, take a moment to find your best option in the flow chart below:)
If you chose a Mystery CAL, you’d need to follow this link. It’ll require logging in to Ravelry, but believe me, it’s worth it – not only because of the CAL. I’m sure you’ll love this website as much as I (and 3 million others) do!
If you chose a Spring CAL, you can choose between these three patterns:
April Hen and Chickens
Hope you’ll decide to join us!
Posted on : April 1, 2014 | No Comments
March is an International Crochet Month, and although it’s almost over, I think it’s never too late to celebrate:) And what would crochet be without amigurumi? They’re cute and quick to make and they’re the only projects that can smile at us when we’re done!
Also, I’d love you to share your favorite photos of the amis you make – you can link to it in the comments, post it on my Facebook page or Ravelry group. I also started a Pinterest group board that you can pin to, if you’d like – let me know your username and I’ll add you as a pinner.
To show how I love amis, and hopefully encourage more people to start making them, I started a special series of tutorials. They’ll be all posted in the Tutorials section of the website. The newest ones cover the wide topic of eyes used for amis. See part one here and part two here. And the next ones will appear soon, too!
Our celebration will also include starting another crochet-along, so keep your hooks ready!
Posted on : March 26, 2014 | No Comments
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
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