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Juniper :)

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Hi there everybody ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you would like to purchase a copy of Juniper’s pattern you can visit my Ravelry storeย <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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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