Wednesday, 28 September 2011

AmBIGurumi

I'm so excited. I just needed to share my latest project striaight away.  I did this simply to see what would happen!!

I've been working  with Tarn a lot recently and I'm a little bit in love with it.  These pictures are my "What if I used super-bulky tarn to make amigurumi ..." 

Well, this is what happens and I really love itJust got to find something to do with them now!

The bunny is what happens if you follow an amigurumi pattern stitch for stitch.  This beautiful pattern is from "Amigurumi (Cozy)" by Lan-Ahn Bui and Josephine Wan.

Leo is my own take on using the yarn in this way. 

To give you an idea of size, they are sittting in one of our garden chairs - human size.
Tell me what you think.




Thursday, 15 September 2011

Trio of hats update

Wanted to share the pictures of the hats on their intended heads.  Don't they look great!!!  I'm so pleased ... although the orange one is perhaps just a bit too big and the button box is on the wrong way round.

Flower Pot


Button Box


Princess

Monday, 12 September 2011

Trio of Hats

I really have a hat fetish at the moment.  I can't stop.  I've just finished a commission of 3 princess hats for 3 little sisters.  They're sooooo cute.  I'll post pics of the girls in the hats asap but for now ... here are the finished objects.  Comment and let me know what you think. 
Ginger Cobbler Flower Pot
Pattern already done and available at:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81618123/ginger-cobbler-flower-pot-hat-uk-pattern
Button Box Beanie

Pink Sparkles Slouchy

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Micro- Crochet

Mini, micro, tiny ...

I'm loving tiny crochet at the moment.  My love affair started with something I saw on Etsy (but more of that later) and I've been browsing to find more examples.  If you make teensy teeny weeny things PLEEEEASE post some pics or links.  I am in awe of the tiny, accurate stitches and the skill and patience that must go into these creations.  I am also itching to have a go and have put micro-crochet on my to-do list ... any tips gratefully received.  Watch this space for my first attempts in the weeks to come.

In the mean-time, here are some examples worth a look:

1    Really cute Winnie the Pooh but my favourites are the tiny yellow ducky and the gingerbread man. Featured on Dolls House Minatures Sites.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/75247218/muffas-micro-miniature-piglet-pooh

2   More dolls house stuff - this time there are patterns!http://www.buttercupminiatures.co.uk/free-crochet-patterns.asp

3   This is where I started with micro-crochet (NB link on Blog does not go to Etsy).  I absolutely adore the work here.  It is AMAZING.  The best thing I've ever seen is the minature whale - it actually has a water spout! - but there are so many brilliant pieces it is so difficult to pick out the best selection.  I highly, highly recommend browsing their Etsy shop.
http://su-ami.blogspot.com/p/macro.html
http://www.etsy.com/listing/68540570/micro-honey-bee-crochet-miniatures?ref=cat1_list_38

4. This crocheter specialises in in small mice  http://www.crochetedgifts.com/mice.htm

5.  A flicker stream of tiny dolls - I recommend page five for the Wizard of Oz - Oh yes!http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbaminis/page2/

This all led me into the parallel world of knitting.  Are there mini-knits to match the mini-crochets???  Why yes, of course there are!  In fact, much much more than there is for crochet.  Behold!

6.  http://www.bugknits.com/gallery/garments3.htm
There are even patterns here ..  I think I might have to knit a  fisherman's cardigan.
7.  This was a real find.  A whole index of mini-knit sites:
http://www.miniknittingstuff.com/links.htm

8.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muce8MVqTaU
and the youtube video of the knitting of Coraline's jumper.  Wow!

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:  
  • That yarn the Coraline knitter is using isn't even fine for most thread-work crocheters - in fact some would count it as quite a thick yarn.  So is there more micro-knit because it is less fiddly than micro-crochet? 
  • Having said that, the equipment for tiny crochet is much more readily available - I have some tiny antique hooks in my own collection - some so small that it is hard to tell there is a hook there.  Why don't more crocheters use their thread hooks to make teeny, tiny things?  I do some thread work but have never used the tiniest hooks - they will now have a job of work because I intend to have a go!!  Join me and post your creations.