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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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