Friday, 3 November 2017

October news

 The latest issue of Love crochet magazine is out now. I have found my copy in Tesco. I do usually get a copy from the publishers but if I haven't got that yet and I see it, I have to get.

Its a really lovely issue this month. Full of great makes for Christmas.
I have two projects featured and they are both big ones.

 Following on from the success they had with my Autumn wreath, I was asked to create a Christmas one. I decided with this one to go for a bit more modern look. So I only covered half the wreath this time. I've used pom-poms to cover the bottom half (how much fun are pom-pom makers, someone was very clever thinking those up). It looks all snowy and white but I did use some glittery yarn so its a bit sparkly too.
The snowmen are very simple to re-create if you have tried any crochet in the round before.
The result is a lovely wreath that looks like it takes forever to make but really can be done in a couple of days.

 The next project is a Christmas stocking. I'm so happy with how this worked out. I designed a small stocking a few years ago but never thought of scaling it up. I used a chunky yarn so it actually doesn't take as long as you might think to whip these up.
The reindeer head is slightly stuffed so its not just flat on the stuffing but looks really fun.
I added a big white cuff so that names could be easily added on with felt letters or embroidery.

I can really recommend these as fun and surprisingly quick projects to get you feeling festive. I imagine they would be big hits a festive craft fairs aswell.
Let me know what you are crafting for Christmas in the comments below.

Another fun project for Christmas crafting is my Nativity set. Its now two years since I created this set and the copyright for the pattern has come back to me from the publishers. This means that you can now buy a copy of the pattern from my pattern shop and help support me continue to do the work I love.
I have had such lovely comments from you guys about how much you love this pattern. I do read every comment, every review and every message that I'm send from over all my social media and try and respond to all. It gives me a lovely warm heart to get them, and when you tell me how much you are enjoying following my patterns and creating things you never thought possible. Lots of crochet love to you all xxx

 Side bar. I'm having a little difficulty typing at the moment. Cassi seems to think my hand is her cushion and that writing a blog post should not be my main concern at the moment. If I do move my hand she looks up and me and squeaks. I'm trying just to use my fingers and my left hand so I don't disturb her. Honestly who'd have cats :)

 While we are still on Christmas projects. I have some of my lovely crochet baubles still available in my Etsy shop  (clink link). These are so pretty and colourful. I have made everyone of them and they are all unique. I don't think they'll last long once people start thinking properly about Christmas. I'm giving those who read my blog the heads up, to get in there first if you want some.
I will try and get some more made over the next few weeks as I really love making them. However, I've signed up for a chunk of crochet work for some books (I can say no more but its making my very smiley), I'm gonna be busy, so it may not be possible.

Right lets forget about Christmas for a while and talk about the most exciting event at the moment. Guys... Thor Ragnarok is finally out :)
I have been so excited about this film since I saw the trailer nearly a year ago. I love the marvel films and I knew this was gonna be a good one.

So I took myself here on opening day. It was a very wet afternoon but it seemed perfect for a trip to the cinema. I had a great time. The film is amazing and you don't have to be a massive geek like me to enjoy it. It fab, its fun, its beautiful.. I love it.

 Of course I was going to make a set of my character dolls for the movie.
I've talked before about how much I love this doll design. It is so great to customize to make into the different characters. I planned to make a set of the main four characters but after seeing the film and loving it so much I had to make a full set of eight.

The full set is available from my etsy pattern shop (click link) and for a limited time it also comes with the Doctor Strange pattern. If you've seen the film or the trailer you'll understand why :)

This set was a joy to create. Although I did have moments of stupidity. Heimdall the character in the photo below has gold eyes. I don't want to admit how long it took me to work out how to make this work. I Finally came up with an idea, I knew I has some white paint and I though I could get them white, then colour them in with my artist markers.
 It was only when I looked in my box of paints and :/ I felt very silly.

 Korg is one of the charterers that steals evry scene he's in, in the film. It was mainly wanting to create a doll of him that pushed me into making a full set of eight. He's a stone warrior so I wanted the texture of his head to look different. My mind drifted off on an idea how to do this while I was watching the film and I missed a critical moment of the plot. It was worth it though, this guy looks just great. I'll be going to see the film again soon so I'll see anything I missed.

 I am going to be working on more of these sets. I have the second avengers set, Justice league and Batman coming up. The best place to keep up to date if you are interested is on my Instagram - I'm lizwardcrochet  (click link) you can follow me on there if you click the link. Its where I post the most often now, so you can keep up to date and join in the fun.

I also share more of my geeky side on Instagram, including my steadily growing collection of geekery, collectable figurines and Funko pops.
I have a long shelf and many fandoms I follow. Collecting these is great fun.

Finally I have had a little change of craft. I've been asked to design a knitting pattern. Not something I do very often but I practically bit their hand off when I found out it would be creating something with this wonderful super-super chunky yarn.
The balls of yarn are huge. Cassi thought all her Christmas's had come at once.

 The massive knitting needle needed provide you with a full body exercise as you knit. I honestly felt like a borrower as I was knitting with this yarn. I'm a tall lass so I do enjoy feeling small every now and then, this was some much fun.
 Those who know how much I love to play with scale in my crochet work will already know how much this'll appeal to me .Its really very additive once you get started. The finished look of the knit is stunning and its so soft and warm and everything good.
I've order some more of the yarn to have more of a play with.
So that was October.
Thanks again to everyone who reads this blog and supports my little crafty business.
Its only cause of you buying my patterns, commenting and sharing my photos that I can keep doing what I love everyday.

Happy crocheting. Love Liz xxx

Sunday, 1 October 2017


Thought I'd do a quick post as I've finished all the baubles and wanted to share how pretty they all are.

I ordered 50 polystyrene balls so that was my limit for how many I was gonna make. If they sell out I might order some more balls but for the moment these are all I'm going to make.

 It took two weeks to cover them all in beautiful crochet. Here they are all together in their loveliness.
I love this photo but try and imagine what it took to take it, these are round, I had to arrange them on the floor and my cats wouldn't leave things alone.

A lot of these have already sold so if you want some I wouldn't hang around. You can find them here in my etsy shop

These are all the new sets that weren't shown in my last blog post.

 Traditional Christmas
 Brights - There is a pattern coming for this one and the one above coming soon. Plus these will be a free bauble pattern in the next newsletter. To sign up for the news letter see the link to join the mailing list at the top of the page.

 Cath Christmas - based on Cath Kidson colours
 Moorland Christmas - I'm meant to be using up yarn by making these but I ran out of the purple half way through and then ended up doing a full wool order. Not good.

 Scandi Christmas

So thats baubles for a while. Its been great fun making them, so relaxing.
I was trying to think of something else I could make to sell that wouldn't end up being too expensive. Amigurumi dolls take a long time to make and they are not very cost effective to sell. I do have some dolls available but they are made to order.

I kept thinking about a set I made for Inside Crochet a few years ago.
 Of all the things I have ever made as a crafter this has been the most useful. Over the years the tape measure has gone walk about (I know they are somewhere in the house but tape measures hide from me). I never really used the pin cushion as my mum got me a lovely one thats always in use. The needle book however, I have used constantly since it came back from the magazine.

It really is the most useful thing I have. I can use the soft crocheted cover as a pin cushion is I'm on the go. I have a full selection of needles and pins inside. Admittedly mine doesn't look as neat as now as it does above. There are lots of lengths of thread still threading in needles hanging out of it and some skeins of embroidery wedged in there but it is a much loved thing.

Last year we did a handmade secret santa at Duttons work and I picked my friend Christ who does a lot of cross stitch. I decided to make her a needle book as she always commented on how nice mine was whenever she saw it.
I don't have a picture of the one I made, but she loved it. She still comments on how much she loves it and uses it all the time every-time I see here.

Got me thinking maybe I could see how long it would take to make some and maybe they'd be a good item to add to my etsy shop
I started by making a batch of five. I think they have turned out great. They are mainly made in the same style as mine but I branched out a bit with the top two and came up with some new patterns at the same time.

 I have hand embroidered the Needles tags and they have vintage mother of pearl or glass buttons for the loop fastenings. Inside is felt pages that will hold many, many needles and pins.
They'll be going in my etsy shop in the next few days. I think they'll be around the £18 mark. you can contact me direct if you want to reserve one before them give me a shout at my facebook page amigurumi barmy or comment here.
 I will probably make a few more of these as i have more designs I want to try out. Cherries and balloons perhaps :) defiantly not 50 though.

I'm gonna be adding a few more things to buy that are pre-made over the next week weeks.
This weekend I'm working on the next set of avengers doll patterns but that might not be released till the end of October in time for Thor Ragnarok

Thats it for today then. I'll leave you with a picture of Cal not sleeping next to me as I work.
Happy crocheting
love Liz

Friday, 22 September 2017

September update

 Hi guys.
Sorry I've not posted for a while, I've had a lot on.
First up I need to postpone the giveaway. So few people have entered it and I can't make You tube content at the mo. I hope I'm not upsetting too many people. I will be doing it again at some point and if you have entered you will be automatically put in for that one. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

Here's what I've been up to.
My work is in a couple of magazines this month. You can fine my hedgehog wreath in Love Crochet magazine.

Thats not mine, thats Lucy's from Attic 24. My editor sent me this picture as inspiration for my design. She though it was mine as she recognized the hedgehogs. That is of course because Lucy used my hedgehog pattern in her wreath design.
I figured it was fine just to use the same hedgehogs again. It is mine after all. We were hoping to get three in there but they didn't fit. I also wanted to incorporate toadstools and acorns.
I had some flower and leaves patterns that I've created already in my locker and I used these as bases to design larger flowers to fill out the wreath.
I felt that if I added sunflowers it would be too close to the look of Lucy's wreath. I created the orange flowers inspired by dahlias. They look complicated but actually they are very simple and quick to make.
I thought this project would take weeks to put together but actually I managed to simplify the elements so it can be created in a couple of evenings.

I'm very happy with the finished result. I'm looking forward to getting it back from the publishers so I can have it on my wall throughout Autumn. I'm inspired to make more of these through out next year.

 Next up is Lets Get crafting magazine. This month I've come up with some decorative crochet baubles. I know its getting to that time of year again when we start crocheting for Christmas.
I'm really happy with these designs. They are fun and easy to make. I'm slightly addicted to making them myself. It great for using up scraps of left over yarn. I like trying out new colour combos. I've made loads, so many that I'm gonna start selling the pre-made ones in my etsy shop
They'll be £15 for a set of three. I'll be listing them from Sunday 24th September but I have an album of them on my Facebook page where you can reserve them first.
Heres some pic of just some of the ones I've made so far.

 Peacock colours.
 Coral, mint green and grey. I love these.
 Jewel colours mustard, purple and bottle green.

 Thats just a taster I have made loads of these. I now know the pattern by heart and have worked out some variations. Its so nice to make something pretty, relax with my cats on my knee and switch off my brain for a bit.

Aww they look so cute when they aren't fighting...  It never lasts long.

I have a few other patterns coming out for Christmas. I'm getting these together now. I know I've mentioned to extension for the nativity, that may not happen, fully this year. Its not really coming together and I'm running out of time.

I do have this pattern for a full size tasseled Stocking ready. It'll be coming out next week. Its made with a chunky yarn. If you want, you'll have plenty of time to hook up these for the whole family and fill them with more crocheted goodies, before Santa sets off on his travels.

 Next up - I have released the second of the next set of Marvel characters. Bucky is ready and you can grab the pattern and make him now. Also available as a two pack with Captain America.

More of these coming very soon.

 Couple of little things to finish on.
If I haven't already mentioned The kingkiller books by Pat Rothfuss are some of my favorite books. I re-read them every year and recommend them to everyone who loves a good read.
One friend loved the books so much she made me this wonderful Tak board as a thank-you gift when she left the place we worked together.
If you don't know Tak is one of the games played in the books and is now a real thing. I am really looking forward to giving it a go. I have not played yet but if anyone out there is in York and up for a game give me a shout.

As you may have guessed, I have a thing about paying homage to things I really love. They have given me so much I feel the need to give something back. This is one of the reason I started making my film character dolls. I have also made pieces to celebrate my favorite podcasts and other geeky fandoms. I'm currently working on a new set of hand-warmers that celebrate Lore podcast to replace the ones I made last year for 99pi. You can see the pic on my Twitter @lizwardcrochet

I am a massive fan on My brother, my brother and me podcast
It gives me so much joy every week. I unashamedly will sit on the bus listening, crying and shaking with laughter, and getting weird looks from the other commuters. I am currently going through the whole back catalog of shows. Only 7 years worth, shouldn't take me too long.
I love these guys so much I wanted to create something to show my adoration.
It was a bit of whim to make the dolls of themselves but I think they turned out great.
If you are also a fan of the show let me know what you think.
Lovely, lovely brothers xxx

Right thats it for this week/month. You can keep up to date with things more regularly on my Instagram, twitter, facebook and new website 

Happy crocheting
love Liz xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

New website

I have a lovely new website.
You can find it here

 Please go and have a look and let me know what you think. y pattern shop is on there and my blog. My blog will be updated on the new sight so add me to your favorites if you want to keep up to date. Anyone who follows on blogger/blog lovin' will automatically be updated when I make a new post.

The giveaway for the newest omnipom doll and pattern is going on all through August. See how to join in my previous post.

The next amigurumi clinic is coming up on Saturday 27th at The York makery
Its a chance for me to meet you guys and share lots of amigurumi tips. I have some fun demos planned and I'll bringing lots of my creations to play with.
This is a free event and its a lot of fun but we are asking people to book or show an interest on the events page if you would like to come along. You can click on this link here to find out more

Last up today.
I'm trying to raise some money so I can visit my friend, so I'm going to I have a promotion on the full sets of Guardians and Avengers doll patterns. They are reduced from £18 a set to just £10 (excluding VAT) or £15 for both sets.

This is a limited offer and they will go back to full price on Monday 21st August 2017

The first ten people who purchase will also get a free surprise pattern as a big thank you from me

You can find the patterns here 
Or on my new website here 

Happy crocheting

Thursday, 3 August 2017

August Omnipom giveaway


I thought I'd do something a bit different this month. I've started a You-tube channel so I'm able to do little video blog post aswell as the usual ones here. This should mean that I can post more often.

In a way to promote this I've decided to do a giveaway of my latest Omnipom pattern Oswald

 So here are the details:


 First prize: The actual Oswald the Omnipom doll as pictured above.

 Runner up x 5: The Oswald the Omnipom pattern and an Omnipom accessory pack (all you need to make the doll except the yarn)

All entrants will be given a discount code for 25% off my etsy pattern shop 

How to enter

Subscribe to my You-tube channel LizwardCrochet (Your subscriptions must be public for me to be able to see you and add you into the giveaway PM me if I don't message you your discount code) = 1 entry

Comment on any of my You-tube videos (use #Giveaway to be added to the giveaway) = 1 entry

Follow me on Instagram Lizwardcrochet  and PM me for discount code = 1 entry

Comment on this post and let me know what crochet videos you would like to see = 1 entry

Subscribe to my mailing list = 1 entry

Giveaway is open till the end of August. You can enter in any or all ways and will get one chance per way of entering max 5 entry's.

If this goes well I will be running regular giveaways on here and the You-tube channel.

If you would like the pattern now and don't want to be involved in the giveaway the Oswald Omnipom pattern is availble for instant download here