The transition through the seasons is never a straightforward one here in England. The weather can pretty much do anything at anytime but there is usually an overall trend that can be easier to see in retrospect. True to form, the weather has been unseasonably warm one day and then unseasonably cold the next over the past few weeks.
I have enjoyed a splendid autumn and thanks, in part, to spraining my wrist – which has made amigurumi-ing a bit of a challenge to say the least, I’ve found other crafts and activities that aren’t so taxing to take it’s place for a bit while my ligaments heal and right themselves ready for a new start in the New Year. Heaven forbid I should sustain permanent damage and never be able to make amigurumi again! My heart truly sinks at such a thought.
I’ve started running to fill the gap and have rediscovered my love of the great outdoors.
Sunshine or frost, it’s feels fabulous and energizing to get outside and see what’s going in the big wide world on a much more regular basis.
It’s all too easy to stay tucked up inside but I have to say I feel so much better for making myself get up and go!
I took an expedition to find some conkers and stumbled on a bumper crop thanks to a storm the day before.
A walk or jog around the river is always a tonic and sunny autumn days are my favorite kind.
The colours are so beautiful and I love the crunch of crispy leaves underfoot.
I feel so lucky to have all this practically on my doorstep.
Of course it’s lovely to get tucked up indoors too, and feels even better after a good foray outdoors.
We’ve been carving pumpkins for the hearth…
…and making and displaying my crocheted pumpkin collection too…
These crocheted gourds were not very taxing to make and I spent quite a few cosy October evenings sewing up the flat rib sections to make little three dimensional balls of autumnal loveliness. Check out the free pattern here.
Rubick is very proud of my handiwork and was very happy to lend his innate Halloweeniness to the photos.
What a handsome chap <3
We’ve had plenty of snuggle time with my recently completed Persian Tiles project and so I thought I’d get busy on another cosy throw. There can never be too many blankets. That’s one thing the cats and I can always agree on.
While tight little amigurumi stitches are a challenge right now I’m not experiencing the same problems with granny blankets, so that seemed one of the obvious ways to channel my creative energy.
I began this grey tone blanket sometime last year but ended up shelving it when life got too busy. I didn’t actually remember just how many hexagons I’d made so I was pleasantly surprised by the larger than anticipated amount when I eventually dug them out of the old pillowcase into which they’d been stuffed.
It’s been blissfully therapeutic joining them all together. I usually go for brighter colours but have to admit there is something serenely soothing about a palette of greys. And very wintry too so it’s a perfect project for a frosty November/December.
And what do the Mojo and Rubick think?
They think it’s mighty fine of course!
Though Rubick prefers the basket with all the yarn in if the truth be told.
Or sometimes a shopping bag is just as nice, especially if your human is planning on leaving for a trip to town with it right at that very moment.
As well as blanket making I also gave a class on amigurumi to a group of lovely ladies. They made some snowmen and even the absolute beginners made good progress over our hour and a half session. I’d like to do more of these next year as it was such fun and so nice to get to know a bunch of new people and teach them all the basics and not so basics depending on their different skill levels. I even learnt a few new tricks myself off some of them!
I thoroughly enjoyed making up these cute little kits to take to the lessons. There is something very satisfying about getting a production line going and seeing it all come together.
My free pattern for the Mini Snowmen is here if you need a few for your tree or as cracker gifts, present toppers, party favors, keyrings or any other uses that spring to mind.
Because one project is never enough, alongside my winter hexie blanket I am also working on a poncho design picked out of an old magazine I was browsing. I can’t resist a pretty poncho and as I had a bunch of gorgeous yarn in beautiful mottled shades just waiting for their moment to shine this seemed to be the ideal marriage.
These big loose granny shells in double crochets are bliss to make. And so fast with a chunky hook. It’s a super simple pattern consisting of two large triangles joined together so it’s perfect the car journeys and bus journeys and really just anytime at all where too much concentration is a tall order.
Sculpey crafting has been another fun revelation and addition to my craft catalogue. I’ve made a few Christmas presents with this oven bake clay. I’ll reveal all once the intended recipients have opened their pressies on Christmas day, but in the mean time I can show you some little buttons I’ve made.
Some of them are a little rough and ready, but not bad for a first attempt. I see great possibilities here. It can be tricky, and expensive too, to find just the right colour, size and shape of buttons to adorn my amigurumis so I’m thrilled to have discovered a fast and easy way to make my own.
With all these other projects going on, and still mostly trying to avoid any large doses of amigurumi while I’m on the mend, I decided to have a go at tidying my studio. When I decide to have a sort out things always get worse before they get better – as you can clearly see below!
I wish I could show you the finished heavenly bliss of a fully functioning immaculately tidy studio space but let’s just say I’m not quite there yet. Maybe next time I’ll be able to reveal what it would look like in a perfect world (if I haven’t messed it up again by then!).
I’ll leave you with a hint of a project that I began working on a while ago…
I’m hoping to write up a free pattern for it very soon. It’s Christmas related, as you can probably guess from the twinkles in the yarn, so I really need to get a move on with that one.
If you’re in the mood for some festive crochet you could always make a Penny the Pine Tree.
She’ll add a bit of seasonal charm to your creative space and transforms from pine tree to Christmas tree with the addition of shiny decorations in the form of pins.
In any decor scheme there’s always room for one more tree. Especially a little one like this!
December 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Ooh love your hexie blanket (and kitties)! Think your star buttons are great too. Wish I could get to a workshop.
December 24, 2018 at 11:00 am
Think I’ll have to try and make some video workshops one of these days, then anyone could join in!
December 17, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate you as an artist and crafter. You are always inspiring and always brighten my day.
December 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Penny looks so adorable with those cute pins – thank you for sharing. I enjoyed all the photos and seeing what you’ve been working on. k^^
December 18, 2018 at 4:39 pm
Beautiful pictures, I also like sculpting with the clay.
December 24, 2018 at 10:58 am
Yes it was a lot of fun. Think I’ll be trying more of that in the new year!
December 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm
I love your newsletters! Thank you so much for sharing the free patterns. You are so wonderful and creative! Your studio is messy because you use it so much AND you need time to pet your kitties 🙂 Thank you!
December 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Lol! I wish my family was as understanding as you are when it comes to my mountains of crochet related clutter (that isn’t confined only to the studio by the way!)