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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Yet Another Amigurumi Doll!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I don't know about you, but I'm glad the holidays are almost over. The holidays are wonderful, but it's nice to settle down and have life return to normal...for me anyway!

I'm excited to share my latest amigurumi creation with you. I have decided that although I love making all amigurumi's, dolls are my #1 favorite to crochet. They are just so cute and customizable, and each one is adorable in her own way. After finishing each project, I tell myself I'm going to make something other than a doll next time. But in the end I always end up making another doll!

My latest amigurumi doll is "Emily".

She is only 4" tall, and worked up in a snap. I was so happy with the results...I had no idea she would be so cute!

The flowers on the side of her hat were the perfect finishing touch!

The prettiest flower in the garden!

The pattern for this doll, which I got from KandJdolls, has instructions for the basic doll, with variations to make 6 different 'looks'.

Click here to get the pattern.

I just have to have one of each of these little girls because they are so cute, not to mention fast and easy to crochet. As for what's next on my crochet list? I'm not sure yet, but it's most likely going to be a doll!

Thanks for visiting as always, and I wish all of you a safe and prosperous New Year!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Christmas Angel

Christmas is almost upon us and everywhere you go people are scurrying around trying to get ready for the celebration.  I'm still busy crocheting and just today finished another Christmas amigurumi.  This amigurumi was inspired by something that no Christmas decoration, story, poem or song would be complete without...the Angel.  In fact, angels are one of the things we associate with Christmas the most.  Rarely will you see a Christmas display without angels! 

I recently read an article about Christmas decorations, traditions and symbols, in which there were a few interesting facts about angels.  For instance, it was in the Old Testament of Christianity that angels were first described as having human bodies and wings, which is why traditional pictures of angels, or stories about angels, portray them this way.  Wings are said to be symbolic of Innocence, Virtue, Purity, Peace and Love. The perfect description of an angel!  Many believe that angels protect us, and that we all have a 'guardian angel', and further that these angels are intermediaries between us and God.

So here is my little Christmas angel.  She is a "Kokeshi" style angel.  Kokeshi dolls are handmade wooden dolls that originated in northern Japan.  The main characteristic of Kokeshi dolls is that they are simply a head and torso, without arms or legs.  These little dolls are also popular among amigurumi artists and are very easy to make due to the fact that there are no arms or legs to sew on!


I really love the combination of the hot pink and red together!



I'm having quite a hard time finding motivation these past few weeks, and I'm sure it's just the holiday blues.  Christmas last year, as well as this year have been especially difficult for me since my dad died last year.  Thankfully life right now is not requiring me to do a lot or I'd be in trouble.  So I'm trying to be good to myself and am giving myself permission to 'slack', even though I feel very guilty when I do.  I did however manage to round up some of my free pattern links so that I could share them with all of you.  There are so many beautiful crochet works and some amazingly talented crafters to be found.  I could literally spend hours going from site to site just taking it all in!   






I think all of these are such cute patterns, and I plan on making several of them myself.  I hope you found something that you like here, and I hope that all of you are having a happy and blessed holiday season!
Thanks for visiting!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Crochet Doll for Christmas

Hullo weihnachten.Image by bydo via Flickr

I hope you are all surviving the holiday madness, as you prepare for Christmas this year.  The holidays, while they are a joyous time, can wreak havoc on your mind and body if you aren't careful to make time to take care of YOU.  Getting enough 'down' time for rest and relaxation should be high on your list of priorities, and we've all heard the reports that crocheting  is a good stress reliever.  So make sure your schedule includes some relaxing crochet time!

I just finished my Christmas doll, "Pricilla".  She was a bit different from the other dolls I've made, but in a good way.  First, I gave her braided hair.  I've never done that before, but it was super easy and I thought it looked wonderful when it was done.  

  I really wanted to pay attention to the details, so I sewed tiny buttons on her shoe straps, and a small but fancy button at her collar.  I also loved the look of her hat with the red and white flower on it.  I decided not to give her a mouth because she looked so sweet with just the eyes that I didn't want to touch a thing on her face.  

It feels good to have another project done, and start planning the next one!  I'm deciding between a couple of amigurumi patterns, so I'm not sure what my next project will be.  I'm enjoying designing my own patterns, but sometimes it's nice to take a breather and crochet from a pattern so I don't have to think so much.  I did find several more adorable (and free) Christmas crochet pattern links which I will get organized and post next time. 

Thanks for visiting as always, and  I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

A Crochet Christmas

I'm still busy with my Christmas crocheting and crafting, and I have almost finished my Christmas doll.  I'm hoping to put the finishing touches on her tonight and share her with all of you soon.  But in the meantime,  I thought it was time I shared some more free Christmas crochet pattern links I've found around the web. These little crochet goodies are great for decorating your home or as gift toppers. You could also use them for stocking stuffers, or quick and easy gifts for co-workers, your child's teacher or anyone you want to give a little something to show you care.

Check out PixieKitten's cute little santa hat.  Perfect for your amigurumi dolls, or hang it on the tree for an adorable ornament!  Small Crochet Santa Hat Pattern

Crochet Candy Cane gift topper or cute tree ornament.

Tiny Crochet Mittens gift topper or ornament.

I love this amigurumi angel.  Wouldn't she make a cute stocking stuffer?

 Crochet Christmas Wreath.  What a cute idea!

Crochet Cup Cozy.  Use this drink cozy and even your coffee or hot chocolate cup will be festive!

So there you have it, lots of free patterns to crochet up some holiday cheer!

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