As Promised in my previous post #AmiguruMay – Part One, here is the second installment of pictures and musings from the latter half of the merry month of May.
This challenge was set by Ilaria of Airali Design and the idea was to post a photo inspired by pre-determined prompts for every day in May. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!
Day 16 – Stash
This is my wall of yarn where I keep all the stuff I use the most. As I’m currently in the middle of designing multiple new patterns a few gaps have opened up in my stash. The baby monkeys have made themselves quite at home in the extra spaces 😁 🐵 They’d better make the most of it while they can as I’ll be going yarn shopping soon to plug the gaps 🤗
Day 17 – Textures
I love adding a bit of loop stitch into my patterns when fluffyness is required. Pandora the Poodle and her friends just love their bouffant hair-dos 🐩🐩🐩
Day 18 – The Cutest
This is Hamish the Hamster. He’s so darn cute he gets away with regularly raiding the strawberry patch even though he’s rather greedy and usually makes off with the whole crop. As well as grabbing a good armful of these juicy treats he’s always sure to stuff his cheeks as well!
(This photo is different to the one I used on Instagram as it was too few pixels for my blog).
Day 19 – Creative Goals
My creative goals at the moment are to finish off ALL my WIPs (it’s a nice dream anyway) and then start on some brand new patterns with a clean slate. Oh, and to get my desk all tidy again would be a bonus!
Day 20 – Favorite Book
One of my favorite pattern books is Amigurumi Monsters by @amigurumipatterns . I love designing monsters and letting my imagination run wild. My Jeepers and Creepers are featured in this one and I would love to make all the other monsters in this book if I ever get the time. Another thing to add to the wish list!
Day 21 – Mark Your Rounds
I mark my rounds with a good quality plastic stich marker – colour coordinated to the project in hand where possible 😊❤🧡💛💚💙💜
Day 22 – Photography
I take all my own photos and it’s been a real learning curve over the years. I now have a dedicated photography area in the corner of my studio with a great lights set up so I can take my product shots day or night. Trouble is the warm lamps attract all my cats like moths to a flame so they’re often photobombing my attempts at getting the perfect pic! Basking in the limelight here is Minnie, who sadly passed away last year 😔. Lovely memories of her though 😻
Day 23 – Dreaming Of…
With all this lovely sunshine around I’ve been dreaming of a trip to the beach. I could really do with a holiday and I might even meet a mermaid or two 😉
Day 24 – Ami Friends
Papa Penguin and Baby Pierre have made some great friends at the local toddler group. What a mess those babies make with all their toys though!
Day 26 – Sewing Pieces Together
Sewing pieces together is my least favorite part of the amigurumi process. In the hook versus needle showdown the hook comes out top every time! Still, it has to be done and it is rather satisfying to see your ami creations come to life, bit by bit. I like to use mattress stitch for sewing on the arms, legs, heads, tails etc. and for flat patches my favorite method is backstitch.
Day 25 – Stuffing
Oopsie! I missed this one out and fell behind with. I blame being away on a Hen Weekend and coping with a nasty tooth abscess at the same time (ouchie)
My favorite stuffing is any brand of high loft polyester fibre. I always use tweezers to stuff the smaller pieces of amigurumi such as arms, legs or tails. Tweezers are also good for adding extra stuffing to larger pieces to add in some more subtle shaping.
Day 27 – For…
For ‘the love of it’! I fell head over heels for this art form as soon as I saw some examples on the internet. Now I just can’t stop crocheting. I’m even happy making multiples of the same pattern – which is a good job as I do all of my own pattern testing, which requires quite a few copies to be made as I sift through the patterns line by line searching for mistakes and dodgy stitch counts.
Day 28 – Favorite Stitch
Apart from the standard single crochet – which I love for its simplicity and essential usefulness for making amigurumi my other favorite stitch is loop stitch. I’ve used it for Lion’s manes, chicken nests, hedgehogs and poodles, to name a few. I also enjoy making furnishings with it. I have so far made a round cushion, a couple of footstool covers and am currently working on a loopy tote bag.
Day 29 – Proud Moment
I’ve felt rather proud of all my book and magazine features. I never dreamed that anything like this would happen when I first started out on this wonderful journey. It was a proud moment indeed when I was asked by Crochet Now magazine to make four seasonal character patterns along with some accessories for the 2017 diary planner. Little fox was very pleased to see himself and all his friends in print too!
Day 30 – Not Only Amigurumi
…but still crochet. When I’m not amigurumiing I’m usually making a blanket or a shawl or maybe some gloves or a scarf. I’m never happier than when I’ve got something on the hook and these easy repetive projects are great for when I’m too tired or distracted to concentrate on designing my own patterns.
Day 31 – Amigurumi Shelfie
I always like to keep a few monsters hanging around to brighten up my life. This is my dedicated monster shelf. I’d fit more on if I could but I’m so short of storage and shelf space is at a premium!
Thanks @airali_gray for organising this event. It’s flown by and been lots of fun! x
That’s all folks! I’m really glad I made the effort to join in. If you want to see more of my Instagram posts you can find me here @mojimojidesign
I’m not guaranteeing I’ll be posting every single day without fail but I am going to mostly try and keep up this momentum. Hop on over and see if I can be true to my word! It would be great to hook up there 🙂