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“Whimsical Stitches” Book Review & Giveaway

Hey, all! Today I’m bringing you a very special book review (and a giveaway!) for a very special book by a good friend of mine. Introducing, “Whimsical Stitches” by Lauren Espy, or as you may know her, A Menagerie Of Stitches!

How cute is just the front cover? I knew the moment I laid eyes on this book that I was going to love it. And oh, my! I am so in love with it and all the cute designs! Picking a favorite one is impossible.

As soon as I received it I made a macaron . . . five actually . . . all in one day. They are so fun and colorful I just couldn’t resist! Look how adorable they are!  Continue reading “Whimsical Stitches” Book Review & Giveaway

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Free Pattern: Baby Pig Farm Animal

**NOTE: You can find an ad-free, beautifully formatted and concise version of this pattern available in my shop HERE. Supporting my website in this way ensures that I’ll be able to release many more free patterns in the future! :)

Hey, all! I’m super excited to bring you another free pattern! This time I’ll be releasing a whole series of baby farm animals over the next few months. The first one I’ll be sharing is this baby pig.

Last year I had a custom order from a long-time customer for eight mini farm animals. At the time, I promised to share their patterns with you all. Now I’m finally getting around to doing just that!  Continue reading Free Pattern: Baby Pig Farm Animal

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Extreme Penguin Amigurumi Kit

Hey, guys! I’m so excited to announce that Extreme Danny the Penguin is now available as a kit from Mama Knows Luxury! In the kit, you’ll receive the pattern to make Danny – including tons of step-by-step pictures – and all the yarn required! Find it HERE.

Most of the other materials that you will need you probably already have on hand. The few specialty items you might not have include 40mm safety eyes, a P/Q (15mm) crochet hook, and a weaving/loom needle. I’ve provided links to each item below.  Continue reading Extreme Penguin Amigurumi Kit

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Pattern Writing – My Process

Storyland Amis, Pattern Writing process

Hey, all! I thought it would be nice to share with you the process I go through to publish a pattern from start to finish. I know everyone’s process is slightly different, but I want to share what I do so that you’ll be encouraged if you’re just starting out and maybe give you an idea of how you could be doing it.  Continue reading Pattern Writing – My Process

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“Designer Amigurumi” – Book Review

Hey, all! I was recently contacted by Tuva Publishing asking if I would like to be part of their upcoming blog/IG (Instagram) tour for their newest book, “Designer Amigurumi”. I was delighted that they would ask and quickly agreed to be part of it!

A couple weeks after, I received this delightful book in the mail. Continue reading “Designer Amigurumi” – Book Review

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Extreme Penguin Amigurumi

Storyland Amis, Extreme Crocheted Penguin Amigurumi, Giant Crochet

Hey, guys! It looks like I’m back with another extreme amigurumi! I kinda vowed that I would never make another extreme amigurumi after my last one, (Let’s face it, guys, these things aren’t super easy to make!) but I just couldn’t resist saying “yes” when Sarah of Mama Knows Luxury asked if I’d like to make something with her extreme acrylic yarn. Staying true to my theme of only amigurumi, I decided that I would make a giant version of my penguin. You can see my original Cuddle-Sized Penguin pattern HERE. Continue reading Extreme Penguin Amigurumi

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40k Instagram Giveaway

Hey, all! It’s been awhile, but I’ve been busy behind the scenes doing important stuff. ;) While I was away, I hit 40k followers on Instagram! When I started my Instagram account I had no idea I would get that many followers or that so many people would enjoy watching me make amigurumi. I’m deeply grateful to you all for making that happen. You make my life way more fun than it would be otherwise!  Continue reading 40k Instagram Giveaway

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Materials I Used – Chinese New Year Dog Pattern

Hey, all! It’s been over a month since I published my puppy dog pattern, but I’m trying to put a post together after each new pattern, listing the exact materials I used. That way, if you want to use what I used, you’ll know where to find it!

First off, you can find Chet’s pattern HERE. I’ve loved seeing the adorable versions that others have come up with using this pattern and I can’t wait to see yours too!

Below are listed the materials I used to make Chet and links to purchase them! Continue reading Materials I Used – Chinese New Year Dog Pattern

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Free Pattern: Burt the Baby Honey Bee

Free Amigurumi Bumble Bee Pattern-Storyland Amis

Hey, all! Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’ve decided to give my baby bee pattern a makeover and write it up for FREE here on my blog!

I think these little bees look perfect paired with a bee pun Valentine’s Day card, so I’ve gone ahead and made up three different cards that you can download and print out below. Using yarn, tie your bee to the front of the card and give your Valentine something extra special this year!  Continue reading Free Pattern: Burt the Baby Honey Bee

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TurboTax Inspired Teddy Bear

Storyland Amis-TurboTax Inspired Teddy Bear Amigurumi

Hey, all! As most of you probably know, I don’t usually take custom orders unless they’re really special. I prefer to focus on developing new patterns and then selling those finished animals that I have as a result of testing my own patterns. But every once in awhile I’ll get a custom request that I just can’t refuse!

A couple weeks ago I received one of those requests and I just had to take it on! The customer requested a TurboTax inspired teddy bear for his girlfriend’s birthday since she loves the little teddy bear from their commercial so much.  Continue reading TurboTax Inspired Teddy Bear

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Materials I Used – Cuddle-Sized Bluebird Pattern

Hey, all! Oliver the Bluebird’s pattern is now available for purchase! It got finished a little early, which is always exciting! You can purchase his pattern HERE.

I get asked a lot what the exact yarn and materials are that I use for my patterns, so I’ve gone ahead and listed the exact materials I used for Oliver and links to purchase them!


 

Yarn – For the blue, I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color “Turqua”. (I know, you would have never guessed). You can purchase it HERE.

For the yellow, I also used Red Heart Super Saver in the color, “Lemon”. (That’s easier to guess.) You can purchase it HERE.

Safety eyes – I used 15mm eyes for Oliver and I purchased them HERE. These are the best value I’ve found! If you’re interested in other safety eyes I use, take a look at my blog post HEREContinue reading Materials I Used – Cuddle-Sized Bluebird Pattern

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What I’m Working On

Hey, all! I recently put out a survey about my website asking for people’s feedback on how easy my website is to navigate and if there was anything that could be improved upon.

I received mostly positive feedback which I was thankful for and few people had anything to complain about.

I did really like some of the suggestions that ya’ll made, though!

Would you like to hear some of my favorites?

  1. Apparently, I need to update my blog more often with what I’m working on and pattern release updates. I didn’t realize that some of you go straight to the blog to see what’s up (rather than Facebook or Instagram), and I need to be updating it more regularly.
  2. More photos! Okay, I can do that! Everyone loves pictures, right?
  3. More giveaways and free patterns. Since I haven’t had a giveaway for at least four months, I would say that one is long overdue. Stay tuned! And free patterns? Absolutely! Stay tuned for that one too!
  4. Crochet along? What do you guys think? Would you be interested in doing a crochet along with me? Let me know!

Continue reading What I’m Working On