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Jeri the Frog - free frog crochet pattern

Earlier this year I decided to have a go at making a pattern for a frog.  I'd started noticing frogs popping up all around, then a friend actually suggested I make one. I remembered making one several years before without writing any notes.  I was in the midst of many other projects so I put off starting this pattern. As always though, I was thinking about how I would go about the design, what's in a frog after all?  (5 minute read) froggie frogs When I'd finally made headspace to look at this project, I was then overwhelmed by options .  I started with sketching them out because I wanted to pinpoint what makes the toy look like a frog, I looked up actually frogs, plushie frogs, toy frogs, and more. Over breakfast on a couple mornings I sketched and doodled and floundered on options some more. I was really enchanted by blobby boy to the top right of with the creepy clear eyes, but I couldn't quite wrap my head around how  I would achieve that, let alone write the patter
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Making My First Shawl Using Excel

I have always been drawn in by pretty shawl patterns, particularly with the gorgeous designs being released all the time. I decided to have a go at writing my own which would be light weight and using basic stitches to making it a more mindless task than the more elaborate designs.  The pattern took a lot of time to complete, as I was learning a lot at the same time as writing it. I would focus on it for a few weeks, make some good progress, then put it off a couple months.  This made the shawl sit in an interesting place in my mind as it developed through some strange times, starting to realise I was unwell, moving apartments, the bushfires starting in Australia, my brother getting married. Such a jumble of emotions and stories woven into this pattern. (10 minute read) It was so lovely to then wear to my brother's wedding, even though it was late Spring by then and fires raging all around.  Shawl's first outing This process started around May 2019, at which point I was teachin

I Ziggy - Zagged my first jumper!

Winter always sneaks up on me with the cold; and every year I plan on making myself a jumper, but by the time I settle on a pattern, it's Spring.  This year, the stars aligned. The season's cold started so much earlier, and hit so much harder. And the perfect introductory pattern popped up. The Ziggy Jumper, by Stitches by Trudy.   (7 minute read) Candid selfies are possible with The Ziggy Jumper (and a Bluetooth clicker) The final detail I needed to start: the yarn.  I've been working through my stash for the last year or so, but with only cottons and limited hand dyed yarns left I needed some thing new for this. A cheeky sale popped up from Spotlight so I went to check out their options. I had looked at their online catalogue, but it's not the same as looking in person.  The moment I saw the Value Ball Rainbow 3 Pack I knew it would be perfect for this jumper. The colour changes were long enough to be nice sturdy stripes, and the colours beautiful. Though I didn't

Door Double Snake - Scrap Sewing Project

It's been a really cold winter this year, and our apartment is draughty as they put wooden flooring throughout and little direct sun. When we moved in in Spring, this was fine - preferred in fact. Now we're in a record breaking winter and can't seem to keep rooms warm.  I had started using a doona (duvet) cover as a door snake in our bedroom as there is an inch gap underneath thanks to the flooring change.  Each day I would wake up and think, okay I need to make a snake for that.  And then when I went to bed, I'd think, tomorrow I will make a snake for that.  Finally the stars aligned and I remembered during the day and ransacked my remnants and scrap fabrics.  I had some left over outdoor fabric which I'm hoping will be a bit more durable. I measured the length of the door from jam to jam, roughly 80cm.  Then the width of the door, roughly an inch. Now, why would I need the width of the door, a snake just gets pushed against it right? Right, except I didn't wan

Announcing #ShinyGiantCat Crochet-Along!

At long last, I can announce the start of my first crochet along! Launching 16 May 2021, we will be making a Hobbes inspired tiger crochet plushie.  Dining out in style The pattern is brand new and will be releasing in line with the craft along free on Ravelry and YouTube!  I have worked incredibly hard on this project for coming up to two years, more details on that on Sunday. The pattern will be available as both written and video tutorial, for your preference.  The pattern has been split into ten parts with a PDF and video per section (plus intro), the schedule: Introduction / Trailer - 16 May 2021 8pm AEST Part One - 23 May 2021 8pm AEST New release every 2 weeks Part Ten / Final release - 26 September 2021 8pm AEST Be sure to subscribe to my channel on YouTube to be notified on releases: https://www.youtube.com/c/shinycrochet The full list will be available on this playlist as they are released:  YouTube Playlist. The PDF will be on  my Ravelry – I will trigger an update email wi

Making Bunnies

 I always intend to make some cute things for Easter, then suddenly it's the week after and I realise it's far too late. Not this year! I set myself a goal and managed to sketch, draft, record and edit a PDF and video pattern in four days.  Here's some behind the scenes of this make, with the pattern linked at the end to Ravelry and YouTube.  The finished bunnies will also be available on Etsy as a one off, if you're so inclined.  I started with sketching different bunny designs, deciding "what makes a bunny?" for what to include.  It can be tricky to know where to start, but I knew I wanted it to be a small and quick make. Both to meet my goal date and because I wanted this to be in my beginner patterns section.  I have been working on larger and more complex projects lately that can be daunting. This one was to use simple stitches that aren't too fiddly or time consuming to make.  Once I had that down, I raided my stash of yarn to start playing with shap