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Pansexual Superhero

I’ve been busy for the last few weeks so have returned to crochet by adding to my LGBT Superhero gang! I’ve kind of fallen in love (a lot) with Donald Glover over the last few weeks so his role of Lando inspired me to make a more inclusive pansexual doll.

I’ve wanted to make my superheroes more inclusive for a long time, but i’ve been concentrating on making more orientations so it’s been hard trying to balance these out, especially when I’m also trying to make other projects and have less time to spend with the superhero gang.

I want to work on this for the future though, and I absolutely love how this little one turned out! il_570xN.1513873196_al6f

I always forget to take a picture of the cape! I’m really happy with this one and he is now available on my store. il_570xN.1561337259_aipj

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I have many more to make, along with a whole list of other projects I have wanted to make for months! There seems like so many things I want to make and not enough time. But that’s something I’m sure we all struggle with so I will just have to prioritise and work hard in the future!

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A little change… Mandrake Root

Just a quick little post. I thought I’d try something a little different. I brought a pattern by Mr Fox on Etsy for a Mandrake Root. I found the pattern a bit hard in parts but overall I love him! I also loved taking photos of him, I think he’s pretty photogenic.

Nothing more too add at the moment. I’m currently busy with work, working on custom and made to orders, and will hopefully be back to planning and making my own patterns again soon.

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Casually hanging out…

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The pot may be a little too big but plenty of room for him to grow into!

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My First Felt Plushie!

As the title says… yesterday I made my first felt plushie!

Plushie’s are something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make but never felt I could. I’ve always hated sewing, and sewing has always hated me. I’ve tried a few times but have given up fairly quickly due to the impossibility of it all.

However, recently I’ve been addicted to scrolling through Plushies on Google, Instagram, Pinterest, and pretty much all kinds of social media seeing what incredible crafters have made. It seems so hard with all the different shapes and pieces that need to be sewn together to make them 3D. I always have a tendency to jump too far ahead of myself. This time I started off with the basics, buying some felt, thread and a little sewing needle.

I’m pretty proud of this being a first attempt…

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I love it! I originally tried to get the sewing machine to work because, like I said, I hate sewing. Nevertheless I’m clearly not good at setting up machinery either. I managed to get it working for five seconds and then it just stopped. So I had to hand stitch, and I think it went quite well! I made sure to use lots of small stitches close together and it seemed to work. As a beginner to sewing and felt plushies, this is a very basic design, but already I’m feeling so inspired to make more and develop on this design.

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This little creature has given me a lot to think about. Surprisingly this has made my idea of what I want to do in the future seem a lot clearer too. I love crafts and creating things. I want to make a difference, and I have so many ideas on how to make a difference with my creations. I still have a lot to improve upon. As you’ve seen by my recent creations I’m still having trouble with embroidery and getting my thoughts down onto yarn, and now onto felt. There’s so many designs in my head and now I’m finding a new medium to try new ideas and see what works best.

Downside is my wrists are killing me! This surely isn’t good. Crochet and needle work isn’t good for the wrists and fingers, especially with repeated use. Maybe I should be focusing on one at a time, but with the amount of ideas in my head it is so frustrating not being able to have the time to make them. I have a whiteboard full of crochet ideas, the last time I checked there were about thirty future projects I need to make! Some I have absolutely no idea how to make them. As an inpatient girl in her mid-twenties it’s so annoying when you feel like time is running out to make something of yourself.

Calm down… It will be okay. One step at a time, right? So back to being happy and proud of my first plushie attempt. May there be more in the future, and with more of a message to send across 🙂

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Keep Going Bear

Adding to the mental health theme, I wanted a bear that gave hope and love to others. This particular project is proving challenging. Is it better to embroider the words straight onto the wool? Is it better to embroider onto felt and then attach this to the body?

There’s been a lot of ideas but I’m still attempting different styles. For now though, this simple little bear is enough. He’s small enough not to take up too much room, but he’s big enough to make a difference.

Sometimes life is hard and we just need to know that it will get better, and that we need to keep going. A bear isn’t going to change that, I know, but maybe it will make a bad situation slightly more bearable. Even the slightest difference can mean a lot.

This little bear is available in my shop. Etsy.com/shop/CrochetWithPride

If you have any thoughts or ideas I would love to hear them!

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Note Pouch Ami’s

This year I’ve really been thinking about development and making things. Any things! Whether it’s writing my novel (which sadly I think will be put on hold with all my current crochet ideas), clay making (a lot more challenging than I expected), making felt plushies (why is sewing so hard?!) or crochet. I was to make something original and worthwhile.

I’ve been thinking a lot about mental health recently. Sometimes people tend to go through touch times and being open and talking about it can be tough. That’s one of the ways I started thinking about these Note Pouch Dolls. What better way to have a message from a loved one when it’s being protected by a cute little creature. The message is in their pouch, safe and close to their heart, and the recipient will be able to read the message as many times as they want. It will always be there.

So this led to the creation of Note Pouch Ami’s. Obviously these aren’t just for the tough times. They can also be used to pass messages along through friends, couples, family, colleagues, anyone!

The gang invloves a bear, cat and dog wearing cute and cosy jumpers.

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Just one of the many examples of notes you can send to that particular someone. Don’t worry, this message won’t leave their pouch! Each ami is fiercely loyal and protective. Faithful too 🙂

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The side of the Cat Pouch Ami. The tail actually does an excellent job of holding him up: IMG_0535

These ideas have only given me more ideas to tackle. There is one particular project which appeared in my mind alongside these little creatures, but that idea is seemingly harder to create. It’s… wait, it’s February now. Okay, so it’s still early on in the year. A lot of months to keep on working on my projects 🙂

One last thing…

I have also created a Pattern for this. My first published pattern! I’m very happy and excited to finally have a pattern in my store. My shop is Etsy.com/shop/CrochetWithPride

 

Do you like them? Any advice or things you would like to see? I’d love feedback!

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LGBT New Additions

I would love to stock up my shop with all different variations of LGBT++ Superheros but I have too many new ideas on things to make and I would never be able to make them all. However, I am extremely glad for people who purchase Made to Order items from my shop. I love making these and I take pride in making them to the best of my ability. I’d like to think they keep getting better.

I won’t write any more in this post, I will let the photos do the talking…

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Non-Binary Superhero / New Addition!

New addition to the gang! Custom Order for a non-binary superhero, and I loved making him. Comes with a little red cape, because every superhero needs a cape, right? These little are guys are really fun to make and I love the thought of people having these to reflect their identity and strength.

The Superheroes were first made for friends and myself, and I have other varieties of LGBT dolls, such as cats and little creatures in hats (I need a more creative name for those ones…). When I first started crochet all I wanted was to make a cute doll that reflected who I was, and I still have my little cat with a rainbow jumper and a red bow on her head sitting on my bedside table. I really love it and that’s why I continue to make these, so that others can enjoy them too.

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Joining the rest of the gang. There have been other custom requests such as a transgender superhero and an asexual teddy bear (see the Sold section in my Etsy shop). 10

And these little guys look like members of a boyband. I made these two years ago, and I need to make these again. It’s crazy seeing how my crochet style has changed even using the same patterns and same sized wool.

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The year is ending and I have reached my goals for my shop, to reach 50 sales. It may seem like a small amount, but this year has been crazy. I have spent this year searching for a full time and future-oriented job, trying to get through interviews and subsequent rejections, having a crisis because I don’t know what I want to do with my life, having RSI due to crochet and subsequent pain in my wrists whenever I crochet (which is the main part that hinders my productivity), moving to a different part of the country for a new job and starting a trainee position which involves numerous exams in a subject I struggle with. My year has had its ups and downs. I now have my own flat by the sea and a professional job. I have my struggles, and it’s hard at times to move forwards, but I honestly think that my crochet projects and my shop have kept me going, at least a little bit. I like making new projects and I love receiving reviews from happy customers. I have so many more ideas and would love to expand my shop, but crochet is a time consuming hobby considering how much I charge for my items.

I have other creative hobbies which I would love to pursue, so maybe that’s something I will be thinking about over Christmas for new 2018 goals. Let’s see.

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Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor!

Ever since I saw the Doctor’s new outfit I’ve been dying to make her! I love the look and the vibe of this new Doctor. Change is always good and I’m all for female lead characters with fleshed out personalities and opportunities to develop. I couldn’t wait to make her jumper, her jacket and most of all, her braces. Here is my amigurumi doll of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor:

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Based on the promotional photo:

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Another photo of the doll. I couldn’t do all of the stripes on her jumper. It would make her body too long so I stuck to yellow and orangey-red. I have included her blue socks underneath her boots, and her trousers are crocheted over her jumper so that I could attach her braces.

(Don’t worry, I’m asking for a lightbox for Christmas! Also my New Years goal will be to get better at photography).

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The hair was a challenge! I usually create characters with ponytails so I can tie the hair up at the back. I have crocheted hair underneath, but the basin bowl cut on her forehead didn’t look right. I added more hair for her on top, making the crochet hair a hair cap instead, and glued the top strands down in place. I’m happy with the outcome!

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So, what do you think? I’m really happy with her, and she’s currently sitting on my fireplace waiting for her time to shine underneath the stars and planets! She might need a friend by her side, so stay tuned 😉

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Merlin BBC Amigurumi

A little break from pirates! I never really watched Merlin, but i see gifs/pics/posts everywhere and i love his look 🙂 I also love Colin Morgan a lot, so i had to make him…

His tunic goes over his trousers and his belt is super cute and fits perfectly around his waist. His jacket sleeves are always too small so i loved making his little blue shirt peak out underneath!

I also had to give him a little fringe too.

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Should his hair be smaller? I’m still debating this, again i hate the thought of cutting off too much, but the good thing about it is that you can slowly cut off the ends to get it how you want it 🙂

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Captain Flint Season 1-2

I recieved a request on Etsy to make Captain Flint Season 1-2 and I love him! He’s a lot better than my previous Flint, especially with his longer coat and longer hair.

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I also really love his cute little ponytail! I tend to get worried about cutting the hair too short but in this case it turned out well. I also think his beard is a lot better than before – i crocheted this one compared to sewing a beard straight on to the head.

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My DREAM crochet goals are to crochet Max and Eleanor, but they seem very difficult at the moment with the plans I have for them. Also I have yet to learn how to permanently keep curly hair, it seems to straighten out after a few hours. I’ll find out how to do it though, i’m still completely in love with this show and am determined to make the whole gang 🙂