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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. 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!


  3. 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!


  4. 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 ;)


  5. 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! ;)


  6. Amigurumi Icecream – AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

    August 27, 2012 by Peter

    I wanted to started this blog post with a sentence like: “While it’s still summer, try out my icecream pattern!”

    But with the possibility that my readers are from all over the world, some of them will be thinking: “Well it’s winter here so huh?!”
    Nevertheless, I wanted to show how cute my Amigurumi Icecream pattern is!

    Amigurumi Iceream - AmigurumiWizard crochet pattern

    It’s an easy to crochet pattern, which you could whip up in a short period of time. I think he is sooo cute! :)
    You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop for only $3.00!


  7. AmigurumiWizard

    August 23, 2012 by Peter

    You may have the question; why AmigurumiWizard?

    When I started crocheting Amigurumi, I used books and the internet to learn it AND keep getting better at it. Once I was confident enough, I started to sketch characters to eventually turn them into Amigurumi toys. It was hard at first, but it went pretty well. I learned how to write them down so I could turn them into real Amigurumi patterns. That just felt like magic, being able to go from a sketch to an actual toy, and even write a pattern how to achieve it.
    At that point, I wanted to keep growing in Amigurumi, and I wanted to share my patterns with the world. That is where AmigurumiWizard was born.

    Like I said, begin able to dream about cute characters and ideas, sketch them out and crochet them feels like magic. So I came up with AmigurumiWizard which felt like my own little “brand”. I started to work out some more sketches to patterns, to sell them on Etsy. (You can find my shop here) It’s not my goal to get a lot of money out of it. It’s my goal to keep being able to buy supplies like yarn, filling and safety eyes and support other designers like me to buy cute patterns from them too!

    I also decided for myself, I wanted to turn AmigurumiWizard in some sort of platform where I could talk about Amigurumi. Like projects I’m working on, patterns I’ve made (paid and free. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Coming as soon as possible!) and patterns I’ve found (again, paid and free ones). Also sharing tips I find. When I started crochet Amigurumi I learned so much from the internet, that I wanted to pass that knowledge. :)

    So, here you are, as you might understand already. ;)

    As you could read in my first post, I expanded my “platform” a bit so I could talk about some more things than Amigurumi. But now you know what you can expect crochet / Amigurumi wise! :)


  8. Big pear & new projects

    August 15, 2012 by Peter

    Normally, I’ve got a lot of projects going on. Not only Amigurumi, but the biggest part is. Some of them I’ve been working on with full enthusiasm, but then I found a cooler/cuter/better project to work on and go work on that. Sometimes it’s just that I’m not totally satisfied how a projects turns out so I put it away.
    But, I’m making progress the last few months. If projects really don’t turn out how would like them to do, I trow them away. If it’s just a small piece that’s have to be crocheted before I can sew it and finish it up, I just do it.

    Currently I’m working on a few projects as well. I have some random Amigurumi that needs some eyes and a mouth before I can finish them, but I will do that some day. What I’m more enthusiastic about, are two bigger projects. One of them I will highlight in an other blog post soon, they other one I will be talking about now!

    About a year ago, I ran into pictures from large Amigurumi pears. But, I was crocheting for just a few months. They where out of my league. As I became better and better, the idea of crocheting such a huge pear came closer. But I overworked the tendons in my hands with crocheting so much, it became clear I could only crochet little bits at one time. Such a huge pear would take weeks to finish, so I decided to not make them in the near future.

    Well, just a week ago, the big Amigurumi pear came back into my mind. I had to find a way to make me one… they are to darn cute! So, I thought about it and decided to enlarge the pear pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli out of her first book “Amigurumi World – Seriously Cute Crochet”  with some chunky yarn! So, I went to the store where I usually buy my better quality yarn for special projects (I normally use cheap worsted weight yarn, which I will be talking about in an other blog post). I bought some not to expensive but very nice yarn, and it was chunkier than the yarn I usually crochet with.

    Back home, I started right away! I did some math on the pattern from Ana Paula, and multiplied it with 2.5. Well, roughly. Normally you can’t just multiply a pattern, but with some tweaking it went well. I still got to pause to give my hands some rest, but after a few days it was finished! I couldn’t believe it went so quick. :)
    Here is a picture of my finished large Amigurumi pear, with a normal apple (also a pattern out of “Amigurumi World”) next to him so you have some measurements.

    Large Amigurumi Pear
    Isn’t he the cutest?!

    Well, after finishing him… I was craving to also make a large apple, so he would have a friend. :)
    That’s why today I went shopping again…

    Apple wool
    I bought me some red yarn from the same brand (although it seems to be just a little thinner, but I think it would be fine) the make me a large apple! :) Again, the plan is to enlarge the pattern from Ana Paula.

    The green yarn on the picture is for my other project, which I will be blogging about soon!