Monday, 28 February 2011

Summer Garden Granny Update

After patiently crocheting away every day my granny square total is now 70.  Over half way to my goal of 120 squares.  Here's a sneak peak at the work so far.  Look at the colours! I've mixed and matched with abandon.

OK, so the more observant of you may notice that there are in fact 80 squares.  What can I say, my daughter kindly re-drew the Granny-O-Meter, then I laid them out and 10 had appeared from nowhere.

I am very excited about completing the project, well worth the perseverance.

Nellie P

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Who would have thought it...

Here is Whaley starring in a Make Cute Amigurumi poster.  In the front window of Forbidden Planet London Megastore no less!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I just wanted to quickly share my home-made Valentine Gift.  The hearts are from PlanetJune by June Gilbank and were quickly completed in acrylic DK yarn using a 3.0mm hook.  A very basic frame from Ikea, some table confetti and voila!  More satisfying than a shop-bought card any day.
Nellie P

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Summer Garden Granny Square

Just so you know that my cravings extend beyond amigurumi, here's my latest project; a blanket of Attic 24's Summer Garden Granny's. It's been in progress for a month and so far I've completed 40 squares. My goal is 120 squares to make a family blanket. My daughter has drawn a brilliant Granny-O-meter to illustrate my progress.

I'm using Stylecraft DK acrylic yarn (and a 3.75mm hook)as recommended by Attic 24 and, in fact, purchased the 17 ball bundle from Masons. The yarn is very good value and great to work with, all the colours complement each other so I mix and match colours as I like. When the blanket is finished I'd like the kids to snuggle up and play 'pick your favorite square'.

At this rate I hope to be finished by Easter. I shall have to ask for regular updates of the Granny-O-Meter and will let you know how I get on with joining the squares together.
Nellie P

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

On the Beach

Welcome back to Whaley.  This time he's with his pal, Squiddly Dudley, at the beach.  My whole family got involved and had lots of fun assembling this diorama.  Thank you to the children for their sea shells and their directorial skills and, well, everyone has a boat lying around don't they?

Squiddly Dudley was crafted by my best crocheting friend,  using a pattern from super-cute Crochet by Nicki Trench.  

I own this book myself and would recommend it for any level of crochet skill.  I liked that each amigurumi character came with a background story.  The book also includes patterns for tiny crochet dresses and accessories that could be used with other projects.  This book uses UK crochet terms.