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Juniper :)

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Hi there everybody πŸ™‚

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!!!

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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 Juniper 5stopping 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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If you would like to purchase a copy of Juniper’s pattern you can visit my Ravelry storeΒ <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 πŸ™‚

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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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Important Update!!!

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Hi again!

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.

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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The week ahead :)

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Hello! Another week has begun and with it a fresh wave of challenges πŸ™‚ Progress has however been made and Mr. Art Badger is one small step closer to being complete….he now has a head!

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Now the above is just a draft! There are so many things that I want to work on and change; the eyes are definitely not right (they were the only ones I had to hand!), the stitches are ragged and some too lose, and his nose/ snout will be changed completely. I also plan on adding cheeks, to puff his face out a bit. Oh and I also plan on making him bigger, a lot bigger πŸ™‚Β  I think the biggest challenge I face is how to inject personality into him. I know when the eyes are changed it will help, oh and also when the small issue of giving him an actual body is resolved! I think for the coming week I am going to take a step back from Art, let it settle a bit and work on another creation; this one being much simpler, which I am hoping will boost my confidence a little and get my creative juices flowing more. Also I find one of the best forms of motivation for me is seeing a finished product, it makes all the doubt and second guessing worth it.

So that is my plan for the week ahead πŸ™‚ I hope if you are working on your own creative project that you find it rewarding and can overcome any challenges you may face along the way, learning as you go. No matter what you get up to this week I hope it is enjoyable and fun πŸ™‚