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  1. Finally a update!

    April 2, 2013 by Peter

    Yes, it has been a bit quiet on my blog lately. In January was my last post, which is just way to long ago.
    Besides I’ve been busy the last months, my arm muscles are acting up again. Meaning, I’ve got to take a lot of rest. Especially in things like desk work (like updating my blog) but also crocheting. It’s not very intensive, but they are repetitive movements which can be irritating. So I didn’t crochet much, but start reading more (which I also really like to do), watch series I wanted to watch for ages and crafting other stuff which are less irritating for my muscles.
    But, I did crochet some things the last few months, and I while watching some photo’s of my finished project I thought it was about time I updated my blog.

    Because writing my own patterns is much more intensive than following a pattern, I only crocheted things by following patterns. Here they are:

    First of all, with being the Year of the Snake, Stephanie by All About Ami created a cute snake pattern.
    I love the way Stephanie designs her Amigurumi patterns, and it’s so kind of her to share them for free on her blog. :)
    It’s a very easy pattern to follow, although I needed some attempts to get the tail part right, it’s a little bit tricky. But if you follow the photo’s, you should be able to do it. :)

    Here is how it turned out:

    Year of the Snake

    The pattern is available on her blog for free. You can find it here.

    Next up, Sheldon the turtle from Little Muggles. It’s a free pattern as part of the crochet-a-long Amy from Little Muggles set up.
    I adapted it a bit, and I used some sparkly yarn that I had lying around. I also added some bells, so when it was finished, it was a perfect gift for my little niece. <3

    Here is how he turned out:

    Sheldon the Turtle

    The pattern is available on her blog for free. You can find it here.

    Next up, is one of the patterns I bought a while ago, but didn’t crochet yet.
    It are the hippo mom and baby from Ana Paula. I think it’s one of her cutest patterns, so I really enjoyed making them!
    I recently bought some bright colored yarn which is perfect for the baby hippo. <3

    Here is how they turned out:

    Hippo's

    I looove how they turned out. <3 I’m planning to make another baby hippo, in pink, so he got a little sister to play with. ;)

    The pattern is available in Ana Paula’s Etsy shop. You can find it here.
    Be sure to check out her Etsy store; not only her patterns are very cute, but she got some combo deals where you maybe can save some money with. :)

    Last but not least, another pattern from Ana Paula which I bought at the same time I bought the hippo’s pattern.
    He is also one of the cutest creations from Ana, so I really had to crochet him. :)

    Here is how he turned out:

    Dinosaur

    The pattern is available in Ana Paula’s Etsy shop. You can find it here.
    The same thing I told you with the hippo’s; be sure to check out her shop for some possible combo deals that save you money. :)

    I think I already said it a hundred times before, but I love supporting fellow Amigurumi creators. I love designing my own Amigurumi, but I really can enjoy making free or paid patterns from fellow designers. :)

    Well, that was it for now.
    Hopefully I will be able to update the blog much sooner next time! See you then. ;)


  2. Felt hand warmers… Aww, cute!

    January 14, 2013 by Peter

    I know I promised to blog about my London trip, but I really want to add pictures which I didn’t have sorted out yet. But I will blog about it, eventually. :)

    As I already told before, besides crocheting, I love to craft in general. And I’m also really into crafting with felt. You can make such different cute things with it!
    Like the hand warmers I created! :D

    With sometimes having really cold hands, the idea came to me to craft felt cute looking hand warmers, so I did! :)
    You just have to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, and they will keep warm for minutes! I also added some lavender (still researching for other possibility’s!) so they will smell amazing. :D

    Currently, three different hand warmers are available in my Etsy shop, under the new “Felt hand warmers” category. They’re only $7,- each which isn’t really that expensive for such a cute hand warmer which is crafted with much love. <3

    Meet the apple, pear and sun:

    Apple hand warmer
    Pear hand warmer
    Sun hand warmer

    Order them today! :D


  3. Christmas is coming! :)

    December 16, 2012 by Peter

    It’s quite some time ago that I seriously updated my blog. I’m sorry for that, but I was really busy with a lot of different things, so I had to split my time. Here is some quick summary of some things that I did:

    • One of my patterns, the Winter Bear, is mentioned in the “top 3 Amigurumi Patterns we love” of the UK magazine “Let’s get Crafty”. It’s not a big entry, but I’m so happy that one of my patterns made it into an abroad magazine! :)
    • I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo 2012, like I mentioned before, and as you can see on the right side of my blog: I MADE IT!
      Well, I’ve now got 50.000 words, but as I was typing my storyline grew, so to really finish my book I guess I need 50.000 more. But hey, I accomplished the challenge, and have great start to write further!
    • I went to London with my boyfriend Jordy! :) I will be blogging about this soon!

    And ofcourse some more things happened, but not something really mentionable… Although…. I’ve got a little surprise for you. No, I don’t. I’ve got TWO! :)

    Allow me to have a little introduction first.

    At the beginning of this year, I started a new project. I wanted to crochet a lot of Amigurumi ornaments for the Christmas tree. I started with the Teddy Ornaments from Stephanie that is free available at All About Ami.
    Intended to make all three kinds of Teddy Ornaments, I ended up with just one and a lot of ideas to make ornaments.
    I made a few mini versions of my own patterns, made some mini versions of the apple and pear patterns from Ana Paula Rimoli, but also made some of the smaller patterns from Ana’s books and just added a loop made from yarn so you can hang them in the tree. :)
    The little jellyfish which is also available for free on Ana Paula’s blog is also a great and cute Amigurumi ornament to decorate your tree!

    I originally planned to make about 50 ornaments, but with other projects stopping by I crocheted about 25-30.
    As I blogged before, crocheting is sometimes a bit irritating my hands. A book with cute felt toys came on my pad which made me have a new hobby besides Amigurumi (and already have so many! ;) ) which is a lot less irritating my hands. So, when I can’t crochet, I’m making felt toys and of course ornaments for the tree!
    I still don’t have my planned 50 ornaments, but with mom crocheting some snowflakes I think we crossed the 50 ornaments mark.
    In the Netherlands, it’s not uncommon to decorate the Christmas tree when Sinterklaas is leaving the country. (Don’t know what Sinterklaas is? Read about it here.)
    So you can understand I was really excited when Sinterklaas was out of the country again and it was time to decorate the Christmas tree, with of course my ornaments! :D

    Here are some pictures of the finished tree! :)

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    Well, as you can see on the last picture, there is a felt Matryoshka ornament I made (and some more across the tree).
    So, with that said comes surprise number 1! It’s my own pattern that will be available for free!
    They are not that time consuming to make, so you could at least make an for in your own Christmas tree! :) You can find the pattern on the free patterns page!
    Please mail me some pictures if you made a Matryoshka using my pattern! I will show them here on my blog!

    My second surprise needs less introduction. Every year I send out Christmas cards together with Jordy. Sometimes we send some real cards by mail, but we’ve also had a year where we couldn’t afford the stamps and made an online card.
    This year, we did have the money for stamps, and I had a really nice idea for a handmade Christmas card!

    Here are some pictures of the Christmas cards I made!

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    snowman1

    (I’m sorry they are not the best quality. I got some great pictures but they got lost. :( )

    I think you already see surprise number two coming… I also made a pattern for the Christmas card that is also available for free! I don’t think it surprises you that you could find the pattern on the free patterns page too!
    And same thing here… Please mail me some picture if you made Christmas cards using my pattern, so I can show them on my blog! :)

    Everyone I send a Christmas card to was very enthusiastic about them! It’s such a great feeling to make the cards myself (and I made all different colors so everyone got a different one!) and make my friends really happy by sending them one!

    Have fun with my patterns, and I will be blogging again soon!
    Happy crafting! :)


  4. Amigurumi Winter Bear – AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

    November 12, 2012 by Peter

    As with my previous pattern I posted here on my blog, it’s a bit early for winter themed Amigurumi, although it’s time to start crocheting those wintery critters if you want to gift them to family and friends when winter arrives. :)

    This Winter Bear is so cute with his big head and small hat. :)
    You can find this picture in this months “Let’s Get Crafting” magazine in the UK, in the top 3 Amigurumi toys they love. :)
    It’s possible you came here because you saw it in the magazine, and now you question where you can buy the pattern…

    Amigurumi Winter Bear - AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

    You can buy it in my Etsy shop, for $4,00 (which is approx. £2.51)
    But, as a reader of my blog and the Let’s Get Crafting magazine, you can use this coupon code which works on all the patterns in my shop, till the end of this month: LGCNOV2012
    You will get a 15% discount on the totall price you spend in my shop! :)

    Have fun!


  5. November: National Novel Writing Month

    November 5, 2012 by Peter

    Or, NaNoWriMo for short.

    NaNoWriMo started off in 1999, with only a few participants. It’s a internet challenge to write a novel within a month. You didn’t thought that when you read the name, did you? ;)
    Through the years the project grows and grows. More and more people are trying to achieve writing a 50.000 words novel. It sounds not that hard, but you’ve got to write 1667 words a day. Count out the ‘damage’ when you skip one day…

    Well, I know of NaNoWriMo for several years now, but I only tried to participate once. After two days I abandoned the project with the lack of time.
    This year, I’ve got some more time on hand so I accepted the challenge again.

    With a bit of a hard start, it’s going okay now. Not good, but I guess nobody participating NaNoWriMo says it’s going just fine.

    I didn’t blog about this yet, because I was going to do so as soon we planned the things we want to do on our trip, but we (my boyfriend and me) are going to London for 5 days later this month. That’s 8335 words I’ve got to catch up when I’m back, so already spreading them to the days I’m still at home and able to write. So, my word count every day should be 2000 words

    Wish me luck. Going to write my words for today. And yesterday, because I didn’t have the them then. And some of the day before, because I was tired. So, day goal: 4587 words, here I come.
    I think I need some coffee.

    EDIT: I now have a word counter at the right of my blog! So you can keep track of my novel journey. :)

     


  6. Amigurumi Snowman – AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

    October 29, 2012 by Peter

    Here in The Netherlands, autumn officially started at the end of September, but after days of really warm weather for the time of the year, it turned colder really fast. I’ve got this wintery feeling now, although it will be autumn for a while. I start thinking about crocheting for the winter, maybe some of my Amigurumi Snowman as wintery gifts? :)

    Amigurumi Snowman - AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern
     It’s an easy to crochet pattern, which you could whip up in a short period of time. He is so cute with his little carrot nose <3
    You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop for only $3.00!


  7. Baby Claire’s gifts

    October 15, 2012 by Peter

    This blog post has been on waiting to be written quite a while now. As mentioned in this post, it will involve some projects I was working on. Why I didn’t blog about it earlier? Well, it where gifts for my new born niece! :D

    She was born on the 6th of September, and her name is Claire. Because I’m not sure if her parents will appreciate it if I post photo’s of her, you just have to believe me on my word that she is VERY cute. ;)

    When her big sister was born, we gave her a “My Life Story” Journal, to keep track of everything mentionable happening in her future life. So, for Claire we did the same. But of course I HAD to give her some hand made stuff! I will talk you through ;)

    #1 Sea animals mobile

    Sea animals mobile

    It was hard to take a good picture, but I think it turned out okay. :)
    Inspired by Ana Paula’s books, I combined some of her patterns to make a sea animal mobile. I made two before which had some “flaws”, so I mental noted that and fixed those flaws within this third mobile. :)

    For the base ring, I used the pattern for the branch mobile out of Amigurumi Two. With my previous mobiles, I found it hard to evenly fill the ring up when sewing it together, so that resulted in a very wobbly and uneven ring. So, with this mobile I bought a styrofoam ring in a craft store, and used that to fill the crocheted ring. Because the measurements of the ring are completely different from the one in the book, I started by crocheting a chain that would fit around the ring. Then I followed the technique of the pattern by joining the ends of the chain (being sure it didn’t twist) and then crochet around till it was long enough to fit around my styrofoam ring, and sew it together with the ring inside. Because you’re not decreasing, it will not fit perfectly around the ring, but if you divide the “folds” a bit, It looks fine! :)

    The attachment strings, connected to a ring, are made the same as the branch mobile. Only a bit longer. :)

    For the sea animals are also patterns from Ana Paula.
    The fishes are also out of Amigurumi Two. It are the “Little Fish and Her Daddy” pattern. Instead of switching two colors to create a scaled effect, I used a blended color yarn. I created a mommy fish by adjusting the colors of the daddy fish pattern. Mom’s are always pink. ;)
    Before attaching the top fin, I sew on a small split ring. I used these to attach the string which is attached to the ring. I did these, because I saw with one of my previous mobiles, the string was getting thinner by the weight of the fishes. So I hope this will solve it a bit. Also, if you really want to wash the toys, you can detach them (because it’s a split ring).

    The big jellyfish is from Amigurumi Toy Box. I’m such a big fan of that pattern, so this was a great opportunity making one. ;)
    The baby jellyfish is a pattern which you can find on Ana Paula’s blog. It’s over here. I adjusted the pattern a little bit, so the top of the jellyfish is a bit more egg shaped instead of rounded. I added a round between round 2 and 3, where I crocheted 12 sc. Because it is an extra round, I skipped round 10. The rest of the pattern is the same! :)

    The algae is again from Amigurumi Two, from the stroller toy “fish in the sea”. I adjusted it a bit; I made different lengths, and stopped at the point where you’ve got to chain and crochet again (so, a single algae instead of two in one).

    While assembling toys and the mobile, I first attached the fishes to one half of the ring. On the other half are the jellyfishes. But, because they weigh less then the fishes, I added a tiny bit of rice in a pantyhose between the stuffing of the big jellyfish, so the total mobile would not shift to one side! :)

    #2 Fish plush

    Fish plush
    I was sure I wanted to give my little niece a soft plush to cuddle with. So to fit with the mobile, I made the “daddy fish” out of Amigurumi Two, but with the chunkier yarn I showed you in the same previous post. He turned out so cute, bigger than normal and very soft. :)

    #3 Teddy bear cake

    When Sophie, Claire older sister was born, I made a special cake to gift and celebrate. Here is a picture of it;

    Sophie cake

    So when Claire was born, I just had to make another cake. Because my cake decorating skills have grown, I decided to do something more complicated, but I still needed some inspiration to do so. That’s why I bought “Debbie Brown’s Baby Cakes”. I really love her work (that’s why I have a lot of her books, so buying this one was an easy choice) because she works a lot in 3D which most of it’s base is still cake. I wanted to do more projects like that, it’s why I started cake decorating in first place. :)

    I really got inspired by the cover of the book (which of course is also a project in the book) so I decided to base my design on that cake.

    This is how it turned out:

    Claire cake
    Like I said, I based it on Debbie Brown’s design, but adapted a few things. For example, the heads where recommended to make from crispy rice, which I don’t prefer using, so I used cake truffles. That made them a bit heavy, but it worked out. :) And of course the color scheme and decoration is completely different. ;)
    The inside was pink butter sponge, and it was covered with a layer of buttercream and fondant. The cake for Sophie had a special filling, cream cheese with “Muisjes”. If you are not from the Netherlands like I am, you really should read this Wikipedia page about “Muisjes”.
    So, with this cake for Claire not having a filling, I added crushed Muisjes to give it the same yummy flavor. :)
    Well, that was it! Claire’s parents where very happy with all of the gifts. And so was Sophie, but Claire has to grow a little older for she understands it ;)


  8. You’ve met big pear…

    October 11, 2012 by Peter

    ..now meet big apple! (and me!)

    Big apple, Peter and big pear

    Well, actually I named them Mr. Pear and Mr. Apple. And of course Ms. Worm. <3

    As I explained in my earlier post, I used the apple pattern out of Ana Paula’s first book, and enlarged it. I used some chunkier yarn, but it was a bit thinner than the yarn from Mr. Pear, so instead of multiply the pattern 2.5 times, I did it 3 times. It’s a bit of a challenge to get I right (for example, Ms. Worm had a earlier version where she had eaten a bit to much of Mr. Apple, if you know what I mean. ;) ) but I think they turned out great!

    After I finished Mr. Apple, the large Amigurumi toys can’t leave my mind… I’m already working on another one, which I will post about as soon as I finish it. So stay tuned! ;)


  9. Cozy crochet project

    September 10, 2012 by Peter

    With autumn and winter coming up soon, I felt like doing a autumn/winter crochet project.

    So, I decided to make a cup cozy! Well, four to be exact.

    Cup Cozy

    It keeps you from burning your fingers and your tea, coffee or hot cocoa will stay warm longer! :)
    They are easy to whip up with some chunkier yarn, but they shouldn’t take to long with “normal” yarn!

    This is how I did it:

    I made a chain that would fit around the cup. Don’t join it together or anything, just fit it. Then I started crocheting. Feel free to experiment! I crocheted one with only sc, but another with one row crocheted with sc, and the next row with dc.
    When if fits around your cup, I joined it with a slip stich. Then I went down on one side with slip stiches, and joined the bottom together with a slip stich. Fasten off, weave in the ends and there you have it!

    Easy, isn’t it? :)


  10. Amigurumi Book: Zoomigurumi

    September 6, 2012 by Peter

    Although I love to design Amigurumi and write patterns myself, I fully support other designers! I still buy Amigurumi books and buy patterns on Etsy now and then.

    My “colleague” Joke from Amigurumipatterns.net collects Amigurumi patterns from designers all over the world. You can buy the patterns on her website and the full amount that you pay will go to the designer from the pattern.

    She got this amazing plan to make a book called “Zoomigurumi” out of some of the best patterns she could gather. But for the book to be printed, she needs to raise $7500 USD with a fixed funding campaign. That means you can order the book and you will receive it somewhere around October for just $22 USD! That includes shipping, where ever you may live. :)

    Zoomigurumi

    More info can be found here. That includes which cute patterns are in the book, so you will know what you’ll get. :)

    EDIT: The target of $7500 USD is reached! Everyone who has ordered or will order will receive the book. :)