Archive for September, 2007

I did it!

I finally know the excitement that everyone feels as they finish their first amigurumi! Thanks to encouragement and inspiration from the ladies here, i finished the “Scott the Bear” free pattern from the Lion Brand website. I am waiting on my friend’s camera cord to post a picture, and in the meantime I am working away on the free bunny pattern from the same site. Working in the round/using a stitch marker isn’t scary after all! ūüôā

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How about making some Christmas-related ornaments or decorations this year? Here are some snowflakes I made last year:

snowflakes by planetjune

I’ve added a new ‘Christmas’ category in the sidebar with links to a few great patterns, but there are hundreds of other ideas out there – here are some directories¬†of Christmas¬†patterns.

Thanks to Tracy for these links – please let me know (craft@planetjune.com) if you find any more great links we should add to our list!

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Only a couple more days and we are starting on a brand new crochet along. I am so excited I can hardly wait! Anyway here is some inspiration… (all the links are in the sidebar)

The Amelia Bag by Roman Sock or our very own Brie. I love this bag so much!! It does look rather complicated hopefully I can ask you for help along the way. ūüôā

Pretty Coral Necklace at Berrocco. If I make this in cotton with nice summery colors I can still give this. (Christmas in New Zealand is in summer..!)

I love the idea of this rag rug. Has anybody ever made something like this? It seems quite quick to work up and working with strips of fabric is new to me too.

This comfort pack was found on Crochet Me here looks like I am going to make a few of these. Go and have a look at the *re-newed* Crochet Me anyway. They have changed the look of the site.

And¬†this Crop Cardigan might be¬†a nice project to sneak in for yourself… ūüėČ

And I have not mentioned any of the crocheted and felted patterns you can find on the net. Heaps of inspiration also on Whip-Up Craftzine (thanks for the link Jaime) and Craftster.

Good luck everybody with the new theme I am really curious what you are making, hopefully we get to see an enormous variety of projects over the next 8 weeks.


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Hi Everybody,

With the new theme only a couple days away, I have to ask you all for some pattern help. Please e-mail us (eve: land_office@xtra.co.nz¬†or June: craft@planetjune.com¬†) your¬†best free pattern links. It is always nice to get some new inpsiration…

Thanks Eve & June

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I finally finished!

Okay, with major help from Eve (and from somebody else who suggested using a stitch marker – thank you!), I finally finished my Basic Birds. I had to redo the first one I made about five times, but the second one went much more smoothly.

I am still in shock that I made something round…it makes me feel that I could go on and tackle bigger things!

Anyway, here’s the picture:

basic birdies

My husband named the one on the right Hector. We’re not sure what the pink one’s name is.

**One question for those who made Basic Bird — I haven’t attached the felt beaks yet. How did you attach them? Thanks!

Thanks for the help, Eve! You’re the best; I couldn’t have finished these without you. ūüôā

Holli Jo

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Are you ready?…

It seems that we are almost done with the amigurumi theme and I was thinking it might be a good idea to start our next theme “Christmas-Along” 2 weeks early. This gives people that are still working on their Amigurumi a chance to post them.

Please leave a comment whether you would like to start the next theme on the 1st of October or not.

I think the first theme was a huge success and I am already very excited to see what everybody comes up with for the Christmas gifts…

Thanks Eve

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Here it is! My entire breakfast meal.

I would love to make more pieces, but I think it is time I start on some of my Christmas presents.

Thanks for all of the great patterns. I have printed out a lot of them, and will try them whenever I find some spare time.

I can’t wait for the Christmas crochet along to start¬†mid October.

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Look who joined in…¬†

Well thats them…i need ur guys help in nameing one more member.. let me tell u about him a little..he love to accecarise…but if being confranted about how cute he is .. he becomes Shy….¬†¬†

He made made with reg red heart yarn…so now for sure..i know my pattern is good to go…but need to put it in good formet….thank you everyone….sugest a name for him?! thank you…

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Cytrus anyone?

They go to my kitchen, and I love them!


 I’m just doing the second one to be a pair.


You can take the pattern from the side bar (orange slice potholders).

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A cup of tea

I finally finished my tea cup to go along with my little egg.

Only one more thing to go until my breakfast is complete.

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pick a boo..Pick a Booo!!! I C U!!


¬† hi everyone but as little as nelly know she was barking on wrong tree….

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† she is my second creation…as soon as i fix my mistkes..i will post my pattern plz let me know wht u think of her??

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My keyring apple

Taking the idea from Eve.


 I just made the apple for my keyring.

 I can see myself making a lot of them for everyone J

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My Little Amigurumi Kitty

Here is a kitty I made up Pic should be clickable.


My pattern can be found here: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=60307

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I wanted to design something that made people smile so here is a little tree frog…

I have added a tutorial for this little guy. He is really easy to make:

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Name My Dragon!

Okay, finished a dragon…the pic on the left shows the colors better, but I wanted to show off the wings too!

I added a little gold embroidery thread to his spiney bits, although not to the wings (couldn’t see it anyway)… I also omitted the ears, because they made him look like a demented aardvark. ūüôā

Now he needs a name… ideas? Mine were all lame, like Draco or Mean Greenie or That Thing That Gave Me Carpal Tunnel.

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Amazing Apples

Number 3 on my list were definately these apples. (see pattern in the sidebar under Bushels of Apples.) They are so very easy and quick to make you really want to make a whole lot. I already got suggestions from people what to do with them; keyrings, napkin holders etc etc So go on and make yourself a few.

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For Crochet Day

I was inspired by my Gram to¬†learn to crochet. The single colors afghan was made by my Gram¬†back in the late 30’s-early 40’s.¬† And actually it was made from yarn that was originally knited into¬†a two piece outfit by my¬†mom¬†when she was about 18-19. When my mom no longer wore the outfit, Gram reworked it into the granny afghan.¬†It was always the one I remember being covered by as a small child.¬†It’s very special to me, and I do have it.¬†Gram had taught me to sew clothing for myself as I grew up, and just out of the blue¬† one day I asked her to teach me granny squares. I was a stay at home mom when my kids were little and I wanted to do something¬†more than¬†sew. Gram was a good teacher and I was able to learn in no time. That’s when I made the multicolor granny for myself. Gram’s gone now but I have more fond memories of her than I could ever count.grams granny¬†She was so important to me, teaching me to crochet, sew, cook, and alway to love me. I can still remeber sitting at her house and here hands helping me to make that first granny square.

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Crochet & June

For my International Crochet Day post, I thought I would share a photo of my afghan. This was both my crowning glory and my reason for abandoning crochet for almost 2 years:

afghan by planetjune 

I taught myself to crochet (from a book) when I first moved to Canada. My first project was a very simple small afghan¬†with all the squares¬†done in single crochet. It worked up very quickly,¬†and I felt so great after finishing it that I thought I was ready to move onto bigger and better things… Hence the 63 Squares afghan (above).

Yes, it was certainly bigger. And yes, it was a lot better than my first afghan (every square of the afghan is worked in a different stitch). But I got through 20-something squares and then became disheartened – it was so slow! It took ages to figure out the stitch pattern for each square (remember, I was still a beginner), and then as soon as I’d got the hang of it, the square was finished and I had to learn another new stitch… The upshot is, I put my squares away in a box and abandoned crochet altogether.

When I began my blog, I hoped it would encourage me to do more crafting… and it certainly did! I started up on the afghan again, and finally managed to finish it. I feel so proud of this afghan – for me it’s a testament of what you can accomplish if you persevere and don’t give up.

Happy International Crochet Day, everyone, and keep on crocheting!

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My Gran knits, she actually knits beautifully and has tried to teach me all through my childhood. But I am an abysmal knitter, my stitches are too tight and I just don’t have the patience!

But in May this year I started crocheting and I love love love it.  I went to visit my Gran in London recently and she told me her mother loved to crochet and was totally addicted… so it all makes a bit of sense now. She also told me that her grandfather had five wives and kept a hat from each as a souvenir and that her grandmother was buried between her husband and her boyfriend, but that’s beside the point.  

That said, here is the first thing I crocheted, a little dragon…

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My First Amigurumi


Here’ a pic of my first amigurumi ever,¬† my¬†punkin.¬† I’m not going to say much this time just want to get this¬†posted. You can read more about my amigurumi adventure at my blog “Fabric and Yarn Stasher.”¬† As a first timer to¬†Word Press and Flikr, this was a whole new experience. I just have¬†settled in with my site at Blogger and¬†am amazed at what I’ve learned to do.¬†Never thought i could learn to blog, let alone post pictures. I¬†really didn’t think I could learn to¬†do this since I didn’t even know about URLs.¬† A BIG thanks goes to¬†Eve for walking me through.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

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My mother taught me everything I needed to know about crochet (and knitting, and weaving, and sewing a zipper, and…) So I would very much want to dedicate my day to her.

And this is my crochet day story:

When I arrived home after being away in school for three years, the first thing I did was dig out all the cool craft stuff and old pattern books in my mothers’ bins. One lovely afternoon, I opened a box filled with hundreds (I am not kidding!) of doilies. All uniform in size and design. It was the remaining stock from my mothers’ trade booth days.

So there I was, wondering what to turn them into! I needed a make-up bag that very instant (LOL,really), so I sewed two doilies together to form the bag, and joined the edges with soft pink crochet thread and a simple edging design.

doily purse

-D And there is still so much of that left. Maybe next time a bed cover. Or a curtain. Or a parasol. I would love to share some with you all if there was a way! It would be quite nice to see what can be done with doilies (aside from being a doily ofcourse!). LOL Well, if ever a need for a doily arises, I’m just here.

Happy Crochet Day Everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day.

P.S. I enjoy waking up each morning and checking out Crochet Along to see all your wonderful amigurumis!

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Crochet Day!

Good morning everyone!

Crocheting always makes me remember my Grandma.¬† She was great at crocheting, and was always making crochet gifts for the family…I had an entire wardrobe for my Barbies and cabbage patch dolls (I especially remember my cabbage patch cowgirl outfit and a cute red Barbie dress).¬† I still have a ton of doilies, pot holders, and afghans that she made.¬† The big gift was the afghan, and my Mom kept ours in her cedar chest until we were grown up.¬† Mom teases me because I always said I would get my afghan when I became “a person.”¬†¬†

Grandma tried to teach me to crochet¬†one summer when I was a kid, and I made a pot holder that only a mother could love…it¬†got so tight that the last rows were about 2″ shorter than the first rows.¬† ¬†Needless to say I was discouraged and gave up pretty easy.¬† But Grandma kept crocheting (she was 89 when she passed away, but always kept it up).¬† She had made my son and my step daughter their afghans.¬† But after she passed away, my Mom and aunts gave me all of her craft supplies as well as a ton of yarn.¬† Then I found out that I was pregnant again and felt bad that my daughter wouldn’t get a Grandma afghan of her own, so I decided to learn again.¬† I bought a beginner’s crochet book and have been slowly learning ever since.¬† I’m still not nearly as good at it as my Grandma, but at least my daughter has a baby afghan, and someday I will start on the big afghan that she will get when she becomes “a person.”¬† ūüôā

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Crochet & Eve

I will probably be the first one to kick off International Crochet Day-story telling, since I am in New Zealand and it is September 12th here first.  Happy International Crochet Day!

So here is my story; I have always been a crafty person but never really tried knitting and crocheting. My Mum (hi Mum! I know you are reading this) tried to teach me to knit on many occasion but I did not have the patience when I was young and always ended up with another half finished scarf.

That was untill October ’06 when I stumbled over this blog¬†by Futuregirl and saw this bag. I thought that if crochet could look this good I¬†really wanted¬†to learn it.

So I went to the library, got some books about learing how to crochet and started. The internet was a great help too, there are so many excellent websites with photo tutorials available. This¬†was my first ever finished project all made in, I thought, Single Crochet but having a look at it later it was in Slip Stitch… So that’s why it took forever to make…. ūüôā

Almost 1 year later I still really love the simplicity of crochet with just 1 hook and a skein of yarn!

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Little Fried Egg

Here is my version of the little fried egg.


I didn’t have black eyes, so I used embroidery thread instead.

For some reason I keep picking the food patterns ūüôā

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I finally got batteries in my camera to take this little guy’s picture.¬† I’ll admit that I don’t have much experience crocheting in the round….if you need a scarf, or squares, I’m you girl.¬† But for some reason, the times that I’ve done rounds, my projects end up leaning as if they are taller on one side than on the other.¬† Which is why my poor little chicken looks kinda crooked and lumpy.¬† But that’s okay, I still love him!¬† Has anyone else ever had the problem I have, and if so, what am I doing wrong?¬†


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