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E-mail me: june@planetjune.com

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Mowbray 7705
South Africa

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  1. Antoinette said

    Hi June,

    I sent an e-mail with pics and after reading this I guess you may not reply? So doing this one in case you do.

  2. Antoinette said

    Hi June,

    Is it possible to use a magic ring to start a guinea pig? The pattern says ch 2 and work into the 2nd chain 6sc. I notice that this pattern was written in 2007 and maybe you had not adopted the magic ring in all the patterns that it could have been used in. I’m not sure I can get such a neat finish crocheting into 1 stitch.

    • June said

      Antoinette, the reason that the guinea pigs (and all of my ‘fuzzy’ patterns) don’t use a magic ring is that, depending on the yarn you use, the fuzz can get trapped, making the ring difficult or even impossible to draw closed! [You’ll see that the ears, worked in a non-fuzzy yarn, do start with a magic ring :)]

      If you want to try using a magic ring start, go for it! Just substitute Make a magic ring, ch 1. Rnd 1: 6 sc in to magic ring for Ch 2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. You’ll know after Rnd 1 if your yarn will let you close the ring, or if you need to cut off that piece of yarn and go back to the ch 2 method.

  3. carolyn neff said

    I just ordered the xmas tree and the ponsittia. Idont know what I hit but the douwnloads are gone. and they are paid for. could you tell me what i have done.

    • June said

      Carolyn, I’ve checked and your downloads have not expired, so you should be able to save them by logging back into your PlanetJune account – see http://www.planetjune.com/download for instructions. Please email me if you’re still having problems after following the instructions 🙂

  4. Just had to stop in and award you the Stylish Blogger Award. You rock. Love your patterns.

    Best,

    Dana

    • June said

      Thanks very much, Dana – I appreciate it!

      • Sue Rhoten said

        I agree – June TOTALLY ROCKS!! I am so happy I found the website. I made a donation today!!

  5. Marleen said

    Dear June,
    I ordered your book (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi) through the internet and it arrived today, I’m really happy.
    I’m not a complete newbie when it comes to crochet, but regarding amiguri it made a lot of things clear. I learned a lot already and is is so well written that I’ll probably always keep it at hand for future reference.
    Your book as well as your website provided me with lots of new inspiration.
    I’ll be back to visit your website soon 🙂
    Thanks and best wishes,
    Marleen

    • June said

      Marleen, thank you so much! I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my book and website. When I was writing the book, I hoped that people would use it as a reference book, so it’s really nice to hear that you are 🙂

  6. carly said

    hi june i love your guinea pigs they are so cute! I was wondering if you have the animals already made because a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she is in love with guinea pigs. Also i wanted to know if you can make a replica of someone’s animal if they send you a picture of their pet

    • June said

      Hi Carly, I’m afraid I only sell patterns, not finished animals. I do occasionally accept a commission for a finished piece (and yes, I could customize it to match a real pet!) but I’m in the middle of moving to South Africa at the moment, so I’m not accepting any commissions for at least the next few months. I’m sorry I couldn’t help!

  7. edie said

    Hi June-

    I have been trying to find our early May conversation about punchneedle in your comments someplace, and I can’t. But I seem to have figured out the needle/ fabric/ thread size issue and have been punching a bunch. I seem to be obsessed. I just wanted to thank you for your help.

    Edie

  8. Hello! I posted your awesome shrinky dinks here!:)
    http://blogs.babble.com/family-style/2011/06/30/diy-shrinky-dinks-for-adults/#more-38760
    I am excited I found you!:)

  9. ben said

    look at my stegosaurus!!

    https://plus.google.com/photos/109044213656782376671/albums/5656786339382580481

    awesome patterns 😀

    • missy said

      aww thats absolutely adorable! very cute and very good job 🙂 im gonna have to go find the pattern now, i wanna make one too.

      • June said

        Thanks Missy, and you can find the Stegosaurus pattern here 🙂

        • missy said

          oh awesome thanks very much!

  10. Tanya said

    Hi! I just came across your website and I love your animal patterns! I am new to this craft so was wondering if you have any advice or know of a good starter kit. Thanks!!

    • June said

      Hi Tanya,

      Well, I know of a great book that would give you all the advice you need (and coincidentally, I happened to write it!): The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi.

      All you really need to get started is worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook (somewhere between size E and G – I like to use an E), a metal yarn needle, and some stuffing – you can find those in any craft store. The other things you might like to buy so you can create the best amigurumi (but you probably won’t find in a craft store) are a stitch marker, a stuffing tool and some eyes. I sell a kit that includes all those: Amigurumi Accessory Kit 🙂

      Hope that helps!
      June

    • Dorothy Atkinson said

      Please, please order June’s book. I have been crocheting Amigurumi animals for awhile now but still had some questions. Her book is fantastic, I can’t tell you how much I have learned. She also has great tutorials with printouts of just about every technique. It isn’t terribly expensive for what you learn and the amount of work she has put into it. Happy Amiguruming. Dorothy

    • Dorothy Atkinson said

      Tanya, just wanted to clarify. The videos and printouts of the tutorials aren’t in the book but are on her site under Learning. Dorothy

  11. Seyeon said

    I just sent you an email saying how much I adore your work!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  12. Seyeon said

    Oops and I forgot to add: Where do you find the fizzy/fluffy yarn?
    I have been on the hunt for them at spotlight but I can’t find them really… Maybe I didn’t check well……….. I only asked this because I love the bunnies and stuff you make with these yarn! They look so attracting!!!

  13. Hi June,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really love the things you make.

    Thank you so much.

  14. nirmala pasala said

    hi….i love those African Violet plant that is so adorable and i would love 2 make one for my mom and gift it…
    but i am not getting the pattern can u please please send me the pattern

  15. Carmen said

    Hi June,

    I think that your commission process is a great idea :)! I just have one small suggestion since I guess that many foreigners (like me) are reviewing and voting for your pattern commissions. If you don’t face any copyright problems by using photos next to the animal names, I think that it would help a lot since some animal names which are in the commissions process are unfamiliar to me and I have to google them to know which animal they represent ;).

  16. Susan said

    Hi June
    I hope you are enjoying living in my former home-country? Just wanted to say I love your blog and website. And a non-needlework related question if I may: what is the piece of music you have playing in your video for your new book?
    Thank you!

    • June said

      I think South Africa is very beautiful, Susan. And the music I used in my book trailer video is Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov.

  17. Karen said

    I love the cactus patterns! I brought a potful to work and people thought they were real.

  18. Nga said

    Hi June,

    Was googling to look up a crochet stitch, found a chevron pattern tutorial and was pleasantly surprised to notice that it was yours! Congratulations on your thriving success!!! So happy for you.

    Nga

  19. Judy Lee said

    Someone pinned a punchneedle with a spool threader on pinterest from your website. I can’t find it. Can you tell me if I can order it from you or how I can locate one? Thanks so much, Judy

    • June said

      Hi Judy, I made it myself and give the details of how I did it in this post if you want to make one too. It comes in very handy when you’re punching large areas in a single colour!

  20. Birgit nielsen said

    Hi, did You crochet The patten for the orangutang. I Cannes find it in her.
    Love Your Patterson.

    Kind regards
    Birgit

  21. Lisa Mack said

    Hi June I am so pleased to have purchased the giant panda pattern from you I cannot wait to make it thanks for allowing me to sign up on your site as well have a good day and I look forward in seeing what other patterns you have

  22. clara tebeau said

    June thank you for sharing your talents. I was wonder you used to have some circles that you filled with cotton or beads great for jewelry, do you still have that patter? thank you please let me know through email, have a blessed Clara,

    • June said

      I’m afraid you’re mis-remembering, Clara: I never had a pattern like that! Sorry I can’t help.

  23. Carol W said

    Hello June,
    I’ve been a follower (and happy shopper) with you for some time. I just happened to notice in your newsletter that you mentioned papercraft and thought oh, what a coincidence that she likes paper as well as yarn, just like me. Well I was utterly amazed to see that Folding Trees, which I followed for years, was yours as well!! I had no idea! Somehow over the years I found each “branch” of PlanetJune completely separately and never knew they were connected.
    I think it goes to show how much appeal there is in your talent and expertise in MULTIPLE craft areas!
    All the best,
    Carol

  24. Ms TroyLynn Hill said

    June I love your designs!! My question is about yarn for amigurumi…as my skill improves I find some problems with knotting and shredding of standard worsted weight yarn. Any suggestions? I will be traveling to the UK and Ireland in spring 2016 and am excited to explore and invest in some fabulous yarn. Any favorites you might suggest I try? Thank you so much for your time and contributions to the creative community. Top of the day to you!

    • June said

      TroyLynn, please see my article Yarn for Amigurumi for my yarn advice. (I’ve never experienced any knotting or shredding with any of the yarns I use, so I’d recommend you try one of those, assuming you’re in the US, and see if that solves your problem.)

      As for your trip to the UK, worsted weight yarn is extremely uncommon there (as I say in the article), so I’d use your UK yarn shopping to treat yourself to some fabulous yarn to make accessories or other crocheted items – go with whatever looks and feels lovely to you – and stick with the US brands for your amigurumi 🙂

  25. Ruth Tingey said

    please tell me how to order your crochet baby orangutan? My granddaughter would love this!

  26. Wendy McAlister said

    Love your work and the turtles

  27. Lucy Fountain said

    I’m working on your sloth pattern, and I’m struggling because I have to change colour so often. For each colour change do I have to cut the yarn and sew it in? Because it’s every few stitches.

  28. Robyn said

    Hi June are your books, patterns & yarns in UK or USA terms? Also, do you know of any Australian crafters that have converted patterns & yarns to Aussie terms at all?

    Thank you.

    regards
    Robyn

    • June said

      Robyn, my books have US publishers, so all terminology is American. For my PlanetJune patterns, they are written with standard (US) terminology, but each pattern includes a table of abbreviations that shows the equivalent stitch names in UK crochet terminology, so you can refer to that if you’re unsure of any of the stitch names.

      I’ve written a series of articles for non-US crocheters that you’ll find helpful: for more info about converting terminology, see my article Crochet Terminology, and for info about converting yarn weights, see my article Yarn for Amigurumi.

  29. Sandie O'Connor said

    Hi June
    Love your patterns. They always look like what they are suppose to! unlike some I have seen. As they say you get what you pay for.

    Thanks

    Sandie

  30. Hey June! I saw a pin of a clear ring with birds on it! How beautiful! Can that be purchased or is it in a tutorial?

    I can’t wait to look at more of your art!

    Thanks so much! Be Blessed!

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