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YAY I found tips on an invisible decrease I knew there must be a better way to make a crochet decrease without the inevitable bump and gap. It really is annoying when you can see the wadding through these little holes. I realized that folk that make  amigurumi must have this problem so asked Mr Google. He is just so handy at teaching you all sorts of stuff. Crochet isn’t something I have spent a lot of time on but now I don’t have a craft room with everything to hand I have spent more time on this craft.

Now my crochet items that need to have stuffing will look a lot more professional, not that they didn’t before but some items like the recent anatomical heart needed a better solution to this problem. No one else would notice but being a bit of a perfectionist it annoyed me. So might make one or two for my Etsy or Felt shop when I have completed the ones for family. It has given me the opportunity to tweek my pattern anyway. The only thing is I need to write instructions down but I know from experience some of my handwritten patterns could do with some clearer info.

When I come to make an item with one of my patterns my memory leaves a lot to be desired and I am left thinking    ” what is she talking about ” LOL  it helps if I still have a made up one to refer to though,  until I learn to write the pattern with some clearer details. It’s just that I don’t want to stop working to write everything down.

So here is the link for you from:

planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/

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Many years ago I used to do a lot of machine knitting, I made sweaters & cardigans for a couple of boutique designers & clothes for my children. I have two large containers of mercerized cotton yarns left over from this knitting. Most are not enough to make a whole garment, but they have been waiting patiently for my attention. I briefly had a craft room to use my machines a few months ago. I had the whole bedroom my son used when he was living at home, then we moved 😦  It is time to downsize I know but I do miss my crafty room.

Mostly all the bedrooms were always occupied, children come and go plus we had some students stay with us too, so using my machines was a chore to set up & put away. Now they are in storage again with no room to use them until we find another property that I can once again have my own room to set them up.

Anyway with a teenage birthday coming up and loose knit tops in fashion I decided to mix some of the cotton yarn to crochet a summer top, all the while hoping I had enough to actually finish it 🙂 well luckily I did have enough yarn and picture is below hope she likes it haven’t been able to give it to her yet.

loose knit cotton top

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Needed a break from making the slippers so started a crochet anatomical heart cushion…

Did see a pattern for a knit one but I’m no good with a bunch of little needles or circular. So not one to let that put me off I made up a pattern for a crochet one. I’m happy with the way it turned out but now I have given myself the task of making a few for Christmas gifts because everyone wants one LOL

Also started a fox scarf I had made a couple before with some yarn from my stash I liked them so wanted to make another similar one in a rust brown. Have had to put this on hold for the time being, it’s nearly summer here anyway so can’t wear it for a while.


Crochet anatomical heart cushionCrochet anatomical heart cushion

Snow fox scarves

Snow fox scarves

Foxy scarf

Foxy scarf

Foxy scarf

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It’s winter in the UK so this year I’m sending slippers to warm some tootsie’s and a little beanie. Just a few pics to remind me of what I’ve been up to. Actually the weather here in NZ hasn’t been that great, lots of rain and it’s a bit chilly today so might have to make something warming for lunch, maybe leek & potato soup as I have some cooked potato’s & the leek.

Anyway back to the slippers, made 7 pairs different colours so the girls can choose what they would like and the black beanie was a request. Plus couldn’t resist including a crochet gingerbread man for the tree and a pair of red & green Christmas slippers for Mrs Clause. I know after a hard day making Christmas dinner & looking after everyone she will be ready to put her feet up with a glass of wine and relax.

A gift for Mrs Clause

A gift for Mrs Clause

Crochet slippers & black beanie

7 pairs to choose 5 from

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