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Meet Ms. Milly!

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Hi there!

Fanfare please….Meet Ms. Milly Mil, my latest amigurumi creation ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Imagining Paudie

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Hey there! I hope everyone is well since my last post ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 veryย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey there! I hope every one is having a great Monday ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I just wanted to quickly post a sneak peek at my first ever amigurumi pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 digitizingย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Shhhhhh…….. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here he is, almost ready to make his debut into the world, he tells me he can’t wait!

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The week ahead :)

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Hello! Another week has begun and with it a fresh wave of challenges ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

And now for something completely different…

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Hey there ๐Ÿ™‚ Another week almost over, and here in Ireland summer has officially begun! This week has seen only minor developments in Mr. Art Badger, but a minor development is still a development, right?! Today I was inspired to take a trip back to my past, my younger self, and as a result I have decided to take a leap of faith and post a poem that I wrote roughly 8 years ago! It was the first poem I ever wrote and seen as this week has been one of endings and beginnings for me I thought it a good choice. I don’t consider myself a poet, I just love to open a blank page and write whatever comes into my mind (although I regretfully haven’t done this for some years now, but I would like to start again). This poem was inspired by a relationship between a man and a woman, the woman holding back and never completely giving herself to the relationship, the man being called to war and never returning and the woman living with the regret of never telling him how she truly felt. It would appear my thoughts were a lot darker in my younger days! A big departure from crochet & amigurumi, but what is life without variety?!

 

Down by the river and the willow treeImage

she weeps and cries and thinks of him.

For what is now and is to beย 

is bleak and twisted as the willow tree.

For he is gone and will not return

but still she waits and waits forlorn.

To hear his voice, to see his face

still images of him she cannot erase.

She loved too much but never said.

Her soul was his but now it’s dead.

Down by the river and the willow tree

she weeps and cries and thinks of him.

For what is now and is to be

is bleak and twisted as the willow tree.

Musings on the moon (by a badger) :)

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My friend Mr. Art (Artie to his friends) Badger has a new blog post up explaining the reason behind the name of his blog http://www.moonofarann.com. This is a photo he took from his sett door the other night of the full moon shining through the trees. I think it’s very nifty and quite arty (no pun intended) for a badger ๐Ÿ™‚Image