Howdy! It’s been a while since I last published anything on this site 😦 But I am with news, and it is good 🙂 I now have a new home (on the internet anyway) and it’s http://www.moonofarann.com 🙂
I decided a little while ago, that it made far more sense to have one central location for all of my work, writings, etc. and so set about making that happen. I am still working on fine tuning everything and setting things up exactly the way I want them to be, but I am very pleased to be able to say that I am really enjoying the experience and I am learning a ton at the same time 🙂
So if you feel like following me over to my new hang out I would be delighted to see you there! If not, then I wish you all the very best 🙂
P.S. I have just today written a little post about my new site. If you would like to read more then here’s the link http://moonofarann.com/2014/08/18/endings-beginnings/ 🙂
Hi there everybody 🙂
I hope everyone is well today. Things have been a little all over the place lately, (sometimes I wish I could revert to my super organised nine year old self!) but I am so proud to show you my latest creation; Juniper Faery the Fairy!!!
She is made using the crochet style amigurumi and is guaranteed to brighten up any one’s day. Mr. Art Badger has written all about her and you can read that by clicking http://moonofarann.com/2014/07/09/juniper-faery-the-fairy/
I really enjoyed designing and making Juniper, and one of the hardest parts personally, was stopping myself from making the design too complicated! I started off by using some graph paper (5mm square) to work out the basic shape and number of stitches, and then wrote out a draft pattern. Lots of times along the way I wanted to increase here, or decrease there, thinking that the piece wouldn’t be big enough, or the shape wouldn’t be right, but I persevered with my original notes and turns out that about 90% of it was bang on 🙂 Of course I did have to alter some elements, but I found having an actual 3d first draft already made, made this process much much easier.
I think in the future this is the way I will design all of my pieces. I have tried just picking up my hook and yarn, with an idea in my head and winging it, but that process doesn’t seem to work out for me and only leaves me deflated and frustrated 😦 Being still relativity new to crochet and amigurumi I would be really interested to hear how any of you design your pieces? Do you work out every detail first, or just dive straight in and work it out as you go? Feel free to leave a comment below, or either on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/moonofarannamigurumi or Tweet me @HlovestheMoon. I would love to hear your methods and ideas and what works best for you and why 🙂
If you would like to purchase a copy of Juniper’s pattern you can visit my Ravelry store <a href=”http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/moon-of-arann/221108″>buy now</a> or my Craftsy store http://www.craftsy.com//user/3980437/pattern-store?ext=craftlet-pattern
That’s all from me for now, hope everyone has a really great week, talk to you soon 🙂
I hope everyone is doing well 🙂 My posts here have been a little erratic lately, for which I apologise , but I have been trying to find the right balance between frequency of posts versus quality content. It is something I want to really get right, but like a lot of things in life it is a new learning experience for me, so please bear with me while I find my feet 🙂
Last Saturday (the 21st of June) was the longest day of the year here in Ireland (and a lot of other places of course!) and thankfully the weather was beautiful and I am happy to say that I had a really lovely day. All things faery have been on my mind lately, partly because of the time of year but more so to do with the fact that I am currently reading “Faery Tale” by Signe Pike. It is a lovely book, about Signe’s search to find enchantment in this modern world, which is something I have also been searching for for the past while. So because of these influences and a few other more personal ones my next amigurumi design is going to be a faery 🙂 I have started work on her, and so far it is going well! Also Mr. Art Badger tells me he will be writing a few words on the Summer Solstice, so keep on eye out for that 🙂
To celebrate the solstice I have reduced the price of the Ms. Milly Mill the Bumblebee pattern on my Ravelry store by 50% for one week only! (June 23rd to 30th inclusive) and you can avail of this offer by clicking here http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/moon-of-arann?sale=23929
I am also delighted to announce that I will be giving away 5 free pdf versions of the Ms. Milly Mil pattern to the winners of my Midsummer Competition. To be in with a chance to win simply
- head to http://www.facebook.com/moonofarannamigurumi
- “Like” the page
- Find the Ms. Milly Mil Midsummer Sale post
- “Like” the post and leave a comment
The competition is running from June 23rd to midnight (GMT) on June 29th and I will be notifying the lucky winners on Monday June 30th 🙂 So if you would like to have your very own Ms. Milly to enjoy the summer sun with, be sure and enter 🙂
That about wraps everything up for today. Until we meet again I wish you the very best of everything 🙂
Fanfare please….Meet Ms. Milly Mil, my latest amigurumi creation 🙂 Ms. Milly is a bumblebee and as usual Mr. Art Badger has written all about her (better than I ever could!) on his blog http://moonofarann.com/2014/06/11/meeting-ms-milly/
Ms. Milly is available to download on Craftsy (link in sidebar) or on Ravelry <a href=”http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/moon-of-arann/216819″>buy now</a>
So there you go! If you decide to welcome Ms. Milly into your home I hope she brightens up each and every day for you, just as she has for me!
Pssst: If you like the look of Ms. Milly don’t forget to hit “Like” on Facebook (link in sidebar) or http://www.facebook.com/moonofarannamigurumi to get updates on what she and her friends in Arann have been up to 🙂
It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.
I love this quote and find it very apt most of the time. Being a great lover of books and reading and trying bit by bit to expand my knowledge, I find I fall down the most on getting out and putting all that knowledge to good use. So from now on when I want more roses, I will go out and plant them, literally and figuratively!
Hey there! I hope everyone is well since my last post 🙂 As promised, today I just want to write a little about the concepts behind my most recent (and first) amigurumi pattern. After doing a little research on the Kerry Bog Pony I knew that I wanted to try and capture it’s cuteness in wool! So it was to the drawing board I went. Graph paper is proving to be my best friend lately and with a fresh page and a sharpened pencil I got to work.
Initially I knew I wanted to focus on a couple of main features, to try and capture the personality all Kerry Bog Ponies seem to have; curves in the right places, a cute dished face and a beautiful mane and tail! Once the main shapes and proportions were worked out adding shape was relativity easy. Although it is worth adding here that my first physical draft looked no where near what I had hoped, in fact it was likened to a manic reindeer, I will leave your imagination to fill in the rest!
The manic reindeer did however give me a great jumping off point and with a few revisions the pattern was good to go. Even while I was crocheting my pattern I had serious doubts that it was all going to come together, however I stuck with it, reminding myself that it is the finishing touches that often bring a piece together and I am very glad I did. The defining piece as it turned out was the mane, it’s addition really helped Paudie to look more like a pony and less like a pony-kangaroo hybrid! It was worth the time it took to unravel each strand of yarn and fluff up his locks, and with that done the rest was as simple as putting everything where it was meant to be 🙂
I really hope anyone who tries the pattern feels free to experiment with the colours, mane etc. and I would be really excited to see the results. Feel free to post any pic’s of your creation on https://www.facebook.com/moonofarannamigurumi. Also why not google the Kerry Bog Pony to find out a little more info about this beautiful creature?!
Until next time, happy crocheting from Heather & Paudie 🙂
I have discovered an error in Paudie! Or rather in his pattern 😦 In the legs section, rounds 07 through to 15 should all be 12 stitches, not 18 as was stated in the original pattern. I have amended the pattern and the correct pdf can be downloaded here; Paudie the Kerry Bog Pony, or on my original blog post.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Hey there guys and gals! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The sun was shining for one day here in Ireland so that really made my weekend 🙂
I am with news! I have finished my first ever amigurumi pattern and I am so proud of the finished result! He is sitting on my desk smiling at me now as I type 🙂 I have typed up all the instructions for the pattern and now my task is to make it look pretty before I unleash it to the world on Wednesday. However I am feeling slightly daunted by this. Why? Well I am not too sure exactly. I think maybe it is because it is the final step, and once that is taken that is it and there is no going back. It may sound a little silly but hey, our emotions can be silly things right?!
One thing that I have definitely learned from the past couple of weeks though is how important it is to have fun with what you are doing. I went through a stage of putting so much pressure on myself, everything had to be just so before I would even put pen to paper, but now I am more, “let’s just do this and see how it goes”, and I have to say I am really enjoying it and I have a finished product that I am so proud of 🙂
So the lesson for today: Have fun! Let go! Be creative! Life is so much better when you take things from a sillier perspective. And if all that fails just “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”
Mr. Art Badger has written a new blog post “The Young and The Restless” http://www.moonofarann.com Check it out, it may not be what you think! Hint: The drawing is a clue 🙂