A Good Day for Yarn

Today I bought my first crochet magazines ever. That’s right, you read that correctly! My first crochet magazines EVER! I grabbed the only two crochet magazines on the newsagency shelf, stuffed down in a bottom corner below all the knitting, scrapbooking and patchwork offerings.

So what did I grab? Simply Crochet Hooked on Handmade issue #32 and Amigurumi Collection (a special collection of all things cute and amigurumi also by Simply Crochet). magsSimply Crochet website    Simply Crochet Facebook

Now, I’m not new to crochet toys. I have my own style and unique ideas but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate and admire the work of others. The cuteness in the Amigurumi Collection almost makes one go into meltdown! So…much…cuteness!! This book would be a great resource for a beginner. Not only does it have cute little projects but it includes crochet basics, stitches and conversions. It’s well laid out and has lovely colourful photos. It really is just a pleasure to stroll through.

My copy of Simply Crochet came with a free kit of yarn and stitch markers to make a special little bracelet. Again, plenty of interesting things to read, beautiful patterns with wonderful photos all laid out in a lovely magazine. I may be venturing out for the next issue…

Add to that my afternoon trip to my local op shop where I scored a couple of bags of yarnie goodness for a bargain price and it’s been an all round great day in my crochet, yarnie world!


It really is the simple things in life isn’t it!

♥ Neen


Pattern Testing part 2

Sharing a few more of the patterns that I have tested. Love the designs? Don’t forget to pop over to Ravelry and click on the big heart and add them to your favourites.

Isn’t this little fellow adorable? Yet another gorgeous creation from Smart Apple Creations.

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Find this pattern here.

This flip toy created by Ha Handmade really is unique! Is it a shark? Is it a kangaroo? It’s a Sharkanga! The kids are bound to enjoy the novelty of this one!

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Find the pattern here on Ravelry.

This blanket was my first time doing filet crochet. The pattern was easy for a beginner like myself and it finished a great size for baby. I was disappointed that I didn’t notice until after I had finished that the dye lot of my yarn changed for a ball…I will probably try tea dying it to remedy that, and this picture is prior to blocking too. One of many wonderful designs by Peach.Unicorn.

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Find the pattern for the giraffe blanket here.

Another test I did for Spider Mambo is this beautiful little beanie! I love how the green background emphasises the hearts!

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Newborn heart Beanie is a free download and available on Ravelry.

And, as we come to expect from Cute and Kaboodle, another cute design! This is a handy little organiser to get you beary organised! Get it? Haha! The adorable little bear has moveable limbs too!
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Find the pattern here on Ravelry.

When a pattern has been through testing it helps those who wish to purchase the pattern know that the majority of kinks have been worked out. We all interpret things differently, crochet differently, use different yarns and have our own style that helps to bring patterns to life. Check out the projects attached to pattern designs to get an idea of how results may vary.

And happy crocheting!
♥ Neen