Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dino Class update

Just a quick post today to catch up on the Dino class I did at York makery a few weeks ago.

This was the first time I'd taught a class and we'd decided to go for the dino pattern. I created a simplified version of my original dino patterns and we used the Noodles yarn by James C brett.

I'm stealing The York Makerys photo as I didn't take any on the day. I had a great time and I hope everyone else did. It was really interesting to see how different everyone crochets.


Not everyone finished their dino in the class but we covered all the bits needed to finish them at home. Some of the finished dino are in the photo above.

My next class is in October. We'll be making hedgehogs. The details will be on the York makerys page

Now I know the country is going mad about Pokemon Go. I can't play as I have a windows phone so I can't get the app.

I wanted to make some micro crochet earrings for a friend who was playing and this was the result.


She was very happy with them and has had lots of comments so I've decided to make a few more pairs and pop the in my etsy shop along with some more nerdy micro crochet jewelry I'll be making.

You can follow this link to my etsy shop if you want to see more 

thats it for today. Happy crocheting xxx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Dino Class

Its been a while since my last post. I've a lot to catch up on but that'll take a bit of time. Time is in short supply at the mo. I'm really busy with a really huge project, its really exciting and I can't wait to tell you all about it. That moment isn't now. Its really soon but not today.

Today I'm here to talk about some more really exciting news.

A new craft and all things wonderful shop has opened in York

Its called the York Makery this is there website facebook page go have a look and enjoy

The exciting news is that I have been asked to host a class at The York Makery

Its pretty soon in just 2 weeks on Sunday the 24th of July and I'll be teaching you some lovely different amigurumi techniques and we'll be making one of my all time favorite patterns....

My dinosaurs :)

We'll be using my new favorite crochet yarn Noodles by James C Brett and you will have a complete dino by the end of the class.

For more info head over to the York Makery


So if you fancy some fun  book your place and I'll see you there.

I'll be posting again soon to show how we all got on and I've have that BIG news I was hinting about :)




Thursday, 28 April 2016

Yarn shop day is coming

I know its been a while since my last post. I have been very busy and I'll have lots of very exciting news to share soon.

I'm posting today to talk about Love your yarn shop day.

Run by Lets knit magazine this is a national campaign to celebrate our wonderful yarn shops and have lots of fun.

I was asked to design a crochet pattern that will be given away for free on the day.

I created this monkey and we called him Chris

How even more excitingly Duttons for buttons in York where I work when I don't have my crochet designer hat on have a wonderful wool room and we are taking part in this great celebration.

So on Yarn shop day - This Saturday 30th April I will be in the wool room with lots of yarny fun things to do. We have discounts on wool throughout the day, special offers on toy kits, lots of free patterns and of course there will be cake.

I'll be there to answer all your crochet question and you'll get to meet some of my many creations. I'll also be showing how to create these really cute little bunny's from just a simple knitted square. You can bring a knitted square 6" - 15cm garter stitch if you like but we will have some available on the day



We'll be having lots of fun making pom poms and did I mention there will be cake.

Oh and bunting...

As an additional free pattern I will have copy's of this A-Z pixel crochet bunting available and I'll be showing how easy it is to make.

So please come along if you can
Sat 30th april
10-4pm

Duttons for buttons
32 coppergate
York
UK

tel 01904 632042




Sunday, 13 March 2016

LGC rainbow sheep

 Meet fluffy Flora. She is my latest design for Lets get crafting magazine
This magazine comes with a yarn kit so thats what I get to use when I'm coming up with these designs. This kit was full of wonderful colour and a fluffy fashion yarn.
I was asked to create a colourful sheep. No problem but it did take a while to decide on what the main colour should be. In the end I think it was more by accident than design that I went for the blue. I had made the legs first and started with the blue, then I made the head. I was prepared to make up a few in the different colours to see which worked best. I made a blue one first and it worked so well I didn't bother making up any other colours to try.
I really like the combination of colours and he really rather cute. It seems hes a hit with you guys too as I've seen quite a few of you have already made him. If you head onto lets get crafting facebook page you can see for yourself

If you want to get your hands on the magazine it looks like this and you can get it in any good newsagents or online at the link above xxx

Its nearly the end of another week and this weeks pattern of the week has been my little fox

You can get hold of the pattern for just £1 in my etsy shopI am also running a giveaway on my facebook page where you can win the actual worked model of this fox and the matching raccoon I'll be creating later today in my live tweet crochet along. You can also enter by commenting on this post.

If you want to follow the live tweet follow @lizwardcrochet or #amigurumibarmylive  It'll be starting in at 10.30am and I will post it to the blog later in the week.

Monday, 29 February 2016

spring catch up

It may only be the last day of February but there is diffidently an air of spring about.

I've been out in the garden doing the spring clean and clear. This is this gardens second year so at lot of the plants I put in last year should coming back again this year.

I've added in some early flowering bulbs and corns so this time next year there will be even more colour.



 This is my hellebore its about doubled in size since last year. I have a white and pink one aswell but that ones not looking too good the leaves look like they've been eaten by something.

 The anemones I planted last year are already starting to come up already. These did so well that I'm going to put some more in but I'm waiting to see what plant offer lidl get in.

The pond is a bit of a mess, full of duck weed and dead leaves. Its a full weekend job I think as I want to put some structure from the back of it so the liner isn't showing anymore.

It was nice to take a few days of work and get the garden set up for the spring. I have ahd a awful lot of crochet projects on at the the mo and its been pretty none stop.

In between commissions I've been working on some pt projects of my own.



This idea started as I needed a draught excluder for the back door. Its a bit of an old fashioned thing and I wasn't really liking any I could find in the shops and online. 

I thought I could think of a good crochet solution and after seeing a lot of rows of beach huts and house I thought a row of animal would be a cool idea.

I decided to go for sheep pretty quickly. I wanted a back sheep but struggled to find a fluffy yarn brand that had a dark grey or black. Not surprising really, these yarns are normally in baby colours and soft pastels. Black doesn't sit well in that type of colour pallet.
I thought if I couldn't find a black I could have the sheep all different pastel colours or have one of the sheep facing the wrong way, but luckily I the drop yarn.


The bodies of the sheep are made in one piece, then the heads and feet are sewn on. I had great fun giving each little sheep its own character. The one at the end is asleep,  two of them are kissing and one is chewing a flower :)

If you want the pattern for this it is available in my etsy shop here

I've also been working on some more tea cosys for my pattern collection.
 This first one is an afternoon tea, tea cosy. Its blue striped cobble stitch and covered in cakes.

 On top there is a swiss roll, battenburg cake, strawberry cupcake and bakewell tart.

No pattern for this one yet I've a few to type up and test then I'll be adding them to my etsy shop.

This one is a simple one. Again in cobble stitch so it has a lovely texture this one is cover in lots of pastel stars. For this I developed a new  way of making flat crochet starts. Its ridiculously easy but it makes a perfect little star every time.


I'm debating making 12 teacosys and turning them into a calendar as I have a half finished Christmas pudding one and a bee hive in the making. So I only need to think of another six and its done.
It might be one of those things that doesn't happen for a while as I have some big commission projects coming up and they always push my pet projects to the sidelines.

I have some pics of the few latest magazine projects to share but I'll save them for my next post.
till then happy crocheting xxx

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

seahorse amigurumi free pattern

Here is the free pattern from last Sundays live tweet

see previous post for step by step making guide


Seahorse

You will need:
4ply yarn green and blue
3mm crochet hook
Wool needle
Toy stuffing

Abbreviations
Sl st –slip stitch
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble crochet
tr – treble crochet
st/sts – stitch/stitches
dc2tog – double crochet the next two stitches together

Back fin
Make one in green yarn
Make a magic ring and work 4dc into the ring. sts
Rnd 1: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 6sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 8sts
Rnd 3: (dc in the first three sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 10sts
Round 4: dc in each st to end. 10sts
Fold the circle in half so there is two rows of five stitches. Work the next row through both rows to close the gap and create a decorative edge.
Row 1: (ch3, dc in next st) repeat to end. 5sts, 5 ch loops

Fasten off.

Back fin
Make one in green yarn
Make a magic ring and work 4dc into the ring. sts
Rnd 1: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 6sts
Rnd 2: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 8sts
Fold the circle in half so there is two rows of four stitches. Work the next row through both rows to close the gap and create a decorative edge.
Row 1: (ch3, dc in next st) repeat to end. 4sts, 4 ch loops

Fasten off
Back spines
This part is work along a chain rather than in the round
Make one in green yarn

Ch 25
dc in 2nd Ch from hook, htr in next st, Ch2, sl st in next st, (dc in next st, htr in next st, Ch 2, sl st in next st) repeat to end along ch
fasten off

Head and body
Starts at the tip of the nose and works down. Stuff as you go along.

Make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. 6sts
Rnd 1-3 : dc in each st to end
Rnd 4-6: 2dc in the first st. dc in each st to end. 9sts at end of round 6
Rnd 7: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 12sts
Rnd 8: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 9: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 10: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts mark this round with a stitch marker
Rnd 11: (dc in the first four sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts
Rnd 12-14: dc in each st to end. 36sts
Paus to insert toy eyes on the marked round 14sts apart

Rnd 15: (dc2tog, dc in next four sts) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 16: (dc2tog, dc in next three sts) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 17: (dc2tog, dc in next two sts) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 18: (dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end. 12sts
Rnd 19: (dc2tog) repeat to end. 6sts

Rnd 20-24: dc in each st to end. 6sts
Rnd 25: (dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 9sts
Rnd 26: (dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 12sts
Rnd 27: (dc in the first three Sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 15sts
Rnd 28: (dc in the four sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 29: dc in each st to end. 18sts
Rnd 30: (dc in the first five sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 21sts
Rnd 31: dc in each st to end. 21sts
Rnd 32: (dc in the first six sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 33: dc in each st to end. 24sts
Rnd 34: (dc in the first seven sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 27sts
Rnd 35: dc in each st to end. 27sts
Rnd 36: (dc in the first eight sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 37: dc in each st to end. 30sts
Rnd 38: (dc in the first nine sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 33sts
Rnd 39: dc in each st to end. 33sts
Rnd 40: (dc in the first ten sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 36sts
Rnd 41-45: dc in each st to end. 36sts
Rnd 46: (dc2tog, dc in next four sts) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 47: (dc2tog, dc in next three sts) repeat to end. 24sts eyes
Rnd 48: (dc2tog, dc in next two sts) repeat            4to end. 18sts
Rnd 49: (dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end. 12sts *stuff now*
Rnd 50: (dc2tog) repeat to end. 6sts
Rnd 51-80 : dc in each st to end

Fasten off and sew closed hole in base
Sew on fins and back fins as per photo to finish


We don't have a name for this guy yet so please comment with your suggestions 
thanks
Liz xxx


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

New seahorse design live tweet feed

For this Sundays live tweet I decided to take the pattern of the week and totally redesign it. This is the live tweet feed from sketch to completion.

Link to free pattern x