Thursday, 11 January 2018

Happy new year

I'm pretty excited about this year. I have lots of projects planned and I'm helping with a series of crochet books that will start coming out this year. One thing is for sure its going to be a busy one again.

I put together this compilation picture of all the projects that have been published that I worked on in 2017. I did less magazine work last year and it meant that I could concentrate on updating my pattern and creating new designs that I really love.

This year I plan to do more of the same and hopefully they'll be a bit of knitting designing to add in there too.

I've already started some projects that'll be coming out soon. I had to stop playing with them this week as some book projects came in that needed to be put first but I'll be cracking on with them again this weekend and next week.

 First project I'll be releasing will be my new hat pattern. Yup thats me and a pile of hats behind me.
I think this will be a free pattern that may will go out with the first newsletter of the year. be sure your signed up to get your copy.

 I have a new set of character dolls that will be coming out very soon aswell. These just need to be put together and finished. Can you guess who they are going to be? Stay tuned to my Instagram @lizwardcrochet to find out more.

Finally after the huge success of my sheep draught excluder pattern over  the past few months, I've decided to add more designs to this range. First up is this which when finished will be a row of piglet (I know it looks a bit like a row of boobs at the mo).

I'm up for more suggestions to add to this group. I though about doing more animals and a row of beach houses but any other ideas would be great fully received.

Now I just have to finish my proper work before I can play. This is a very seeky peek at what I'm finishing today. Its for the book project so its very hush-hush. Its a lovely stitch but its a bit slow to work. Cal seems happy with it as her blanket.

If you are looking for a new project to start this year then have a look at my Etsy pattern shop 

 Thats all for today. Here's to a great 2018.
Happy crocheting
love Liz xxx

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing day sale

Link to pattern sale

Love Liz xxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish all who celebrate a very merry happy Christmas.

Today I'm going to see the new Star wars film with my lovely friend who is up from London for the holidays.
 This aft I have cooking and wrapping to do while and singing and dancing badly to cheesy Christmas pop music and quaffing chocs and mulled wine.
 I am a proper, happy little Christmas fairy today, I'm so excited.

Thanks to all who follow this blog, support me and enjoy my crochet patterns. You are all so amazing, thank you. I hope you all have a great weekend doing what makes Christmas special for to you.

Its time to celebrate, we made it, half way out of the dark. A new year and spring is on its way :)

Have a photo of Cal doing bunny feet
A very Merry Christmas
lots of love
from Liz
and Cassi and Cal xxxxxx

Just a quick add on the Christmas sale in my etsy shop ends today if you want to treat yourself head there now xxxx

Friday, 24 November 2017

Bureau of Balance bracer free pattern

Quick post

A fellow crafter and MBMBaM fan over on facebook was looking for a crochet pattern for the

Bureau of Balance bracer. We found a pattern for a knitted version on Ravelery but there didn't seem to be a crochet version out there.

I had a spare afternoon so I made one up.

I thought I'd post up the pattern so that any other MBMBaMinos and Adventure zone fan can make one if they want.
**** please note this is written in UK abbreviations to change to US abbreviations swap the dc for sc****

Bureau of Balance bracer
By Liz Ward – Amigurumi barmy

Skill level: easy 
Time: 1-2 hours
Size: 15 x 9cm
Tension: Tension is not critical for this

You will need
Yarn:  50g Dk (light worsted) weight yarn in grey
4mm (f/5)
Wool needle

Abbreviations (UK)
Ch – chain
Sl st –slip stitch
dc – double crochet
st/sts – stitch/stitches
dc2tog – double crochet the next two stitches together

Bottom cuff
Make one in grey yarn
Ch 5
Row 2-34: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end

Turn and work along the side of the cuff. Dc in each row end, sl st to form circle. 34sts

Work continues in the round.
Rnd 1-20: dc in each st to end

Fasten off. Sew closed the small seam on the cuff. Weave in any loose ends.

Top cuff
Make one in grey yarn
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st to end. 4sts
Row 13: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 14: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 15: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 16: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 17: ch1. Turn, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to end. 7sts
Row 19: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 6sts
Row 20: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 6sts
Row 21: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 5sts
Row 22: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 5sts
Row 23: dc in each st to last two sts, dc2tog. 4sts
Row 24-34: ch1, turn, dc in each st to end. 4st

Fasten off. Sew the top cuff to the bottom cuff so that the open seam is at the center back. Sew up open seam

Make two in grey yarn
Ch 31
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each st to end. 30sts
Fasten off.
Pin in place.

The short sides are five stitches long and the diagonals are ten stitches long.

When happy with the design sew in place.
Weave in and cut off any loose ends to finish.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Avengers set two

I have finally finished the second Avengers set. Don't they look great.
I am so pleased with how they turned out. This being a pet project, its been put off a few times when real crochet work has come along, its great that I've managed to finish them now.

As ever, I've done all the hard work so that the patterns are really easy to follow and re-create your own little member of the team.
The full set can be found here in my etsy shop

 I'm trying not to have favorites but Ant-man was a late addition to the team. I didn't think I could make his helmet look cute or be an easy to follow pattern. I was so wrong. I love how it turned out and you would n't believe how easy it is to make.

If that wasn't enough to convince you to give this pattern a try, then I'll add that you need to eat chocolates to make this. Yep, the eyes are made from the cellophane that wraps the strawberry Quality Streets choc.
Save the other cellophane wraps if you buy a box, I've got plans for the other colours on future dolls  :)

 Now I can put the first four sets of Marvel character amigurumi patterns together and don't they look amazing.

The patterns are all available here
The more you buy the cheaper they get.
Its £3 for each individual pattern. I have a few duo sets at £5 each and the sets of eight are £15, the full set of thirty-two patterns is just £30. All prices are excluding VAT
You can also use the Five patterns for £10 discount and pick your favorite team. 

I have lots more plans for these designs sets coming up. I have a batman set that I'm working on at the moment. After that it'll be Justice league and them Black Panther.
I may also do some sets that are really just me geeking out about stuff I love. I'm tempted to do a Bill and Teds bogus journey set (maybe, possibly, probably...)

 I have also released the pattern for my fancy crochet baubles. This is a two pattern pack for £2.50 its a bit of a special offer for a nice Christmas make. Available here 

You can also get any of my pattern via any of the links above or via my new website 

I know I put this on every post now but I really want to thank everyone who has been buying my patterns and leaving such lovely feedback. Every pattern you buy from me make me really giddy. I get a sound like an old fashioned cash register from my phone and I do a little cheer every time. Thank you for making me happy.

In other news I when metal stamping at The York Makery
They do drop in sessions, so me and my friend Ashley- Rae went also to have a go.
You get a short tutorial and full use of all the tools and then you can make what you like.

 Its great fun, if a little loud with all that hammering.

 It was lovely to do a craft so different from what I usually do. Being a bit wonky in crochet adds to the cuteness but here I kinda need my letter to go in a straight line.
I decided to make something based on the podcast I'm listening too most at the mo My brother, my brother and me.
 I loved it and we'll be going back. The York makery are running all sorts of drop in craft sessions in the run up to Christmas so check out their website to find out more. Its a great way to make Christmas presents that are personal and pretty.

Finally I'll finish with a little pic of my Funko pop collection. Current count = 18. This is just the Thor Ragnarok ones. I should add that I have Thor but Santa has taken him and I have to wait for Christmas for him to come home. I also now, have Valkyrie, she arrived after this photo was taken.
I would like to get hold of the final hulk pop, the one without the helmet, but it was a con exclusive so I may never get it. Seeing these together really makes me what to do a Banner amigurumi doll. (That might have wait for the infinity war set )

Bit of a favor before I finish today. My Pinterset is playing up since firefox updated and I can't post pics. If anyone could post the pics from this post for me and tag me, so I can add them to my boards, that would be amazing. Thank you in advance.

Happy crocheting and collecting. Love Liz xxx