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I have moved!

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I have Moved!

Howdy! It’s been a while since I last published anything on this site 😦 But I am with news, and it is good πŸ™‚ I now have a new home (on the internet anyway) and it’s http://www.moonofarann.com πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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/ πŸ™‚

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Midsummer and Competition :)

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Hi there!

I hope everyone is doing well πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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

  1. head to http://www.facebook.com/moonofarannamigurumi
  2. “Like” the page
  3. Find the Ms. Milly Mil Midsummer Sale post
  4. “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 πŸ™‚ So if you would like to have your very own Ms. Milly to enjoy the summer sun with, be sure and enter πŸ™‚

That about wraps everything up for today. Until we meet again I wish you the very best of everything πŸ™‚

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Meet Ms. Milly!

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Hi there!

Fanfare please….Meet Ms. Milly Mil, my latest amigurumi creation πŸ™‚ 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/

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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 πŸ™‚

Imagining Paudie

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Hey there! I hope everyone is well since my last post πŸ™‚ 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 latelImagey 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, Imagereminding myself that it is the finishing touches that often bring a piece together and I am veryΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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I did it!

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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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!”

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Hey there! I hope every one is having a great Monday πŸ™‚ Today I just wanted to quickly post a sneak peek at my first ever amigurumi pattern πŸ™‚ He is almost finished and is dying to get out there and meet everyone! This guy is going to be a free pattern and I am currently working on digitizingΒ  my notes and researching the best way to make it available here on my blog for anyone who would like to have a go at crocheting him.
When everything is done and ready to go Mr. Art Badger tells me he will be writing a blog post all about his friend and that will be available on http://www.moonofarann.com.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or hit the “Like” button for Facebook (links in the side bar) if you want to stay updated on the latest goings on πŸ™‚ I am also on Instagram and the link to my profile is also in the sidebar. Hope everyone has a great week, bye for now πŸ™‚

Shhhhhh…….. πŸ™‚ Here he is, almost ready to make his debut into the world, he tells me he can’t wait!

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Are you meditating?!

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Are you meditating?!“……that was the question my brother asked me a couple of weeks ago while I was busy crocheting!!! Let me set the scene a little.

We have a small kitchen and like most homes it truly is the heart of the house. In this kitchen there is a really comfy and much coveted armchair, which just happens to be positioned beside our range (a fact that also adds to it’s desirability!) and this armchair is one of my favorite spots to crochet in. Now as anyone who has ever even attempted amigurumi knows, counting is a vital component πŸ™‚ Counting stitches and making sure you are on track is inherent to any well finished piece and I for one take this aspect of the craft very seriously! Everyone in my house now knows not to talk to me or even acknowledge me while I am counting, lest they run the risk of incurring my wrath!!! Also I feel it is important to note here that I like to count out loud (not too loud though, I am always respectful of other people in the room).

On this particular day my brother and mother were having a chat and I was crocheting (& counting) and dipping in and out of their conversation. After a little while of this my brother asked me “Are you meditating…..?!” I looked at him in a puzzled manner until he made an attempt to clarify the question (I had just finished a round and was taking a little break). “It’s just while you are crocheting, you make this weird sound and it sounds like Om, or something like that and I was just wondering if it was some weird way you have of meditating?!” That made me laugh πŸ™‚ I explained that I was only counting the stitches but it got me thinking all the same.

I am a big believer in mindfulness, and try every day to live as much in the present moment as I can. I rarely achieve this, but I like to think that every day, even in some small way I am getting better at it, as the saying goes “Everyday in every way I am getting better and better”, right?! I am also a big believer in meditation and try to practice it for 10mins each morning and night. I have read many books on these subjects and I am slightly aware of the Zen concept of turning every single action, not matter how big or small, into a form of meditation. The interesting and ironic fact that I discovered through my brothers observation is that I actually achieve this state when I am crocheting, without even trying! Isn’t that one of the frustrating aspects of practicing mindfulness though, you have to be aware of what you are doing, but not so aware that you start stressing out and focusing too much and worrying if you are doing it right…..or maybe that is just me?! Phew!

I think ultimately this is one of the greatest pleasures we can have in life; to find something that occupies our minds, and our bodies to the point where we enjoy doing it so much that we relax, let go and just flow along with it’s natural rhythm. Nine out of ten times, crochet does that for me, and I am very grateful that I discovered it. Does crochet have the same effect on you?! Or maybe it’s knitting or drawing or just spattering paint onto paper πŸ™‚ Whatever it is I hope you get to spend some time on it this weekend and that you remember to be mindful…..but just not too much πŸ™‚

P.S. I always like to include a photo of some kind with my posts, so here is a design sketch of what I have been working on this week. I almost have the first prototype made and when I am happy with the pattern I hope to post it here for anyone one that wishes to give it a go. Can you guess what it might be????? I know so difficult, right?!

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