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Archive for March, 2008

daffodils pattern

It’s still winter here. The snow hasn’t melted yet, and it feels like it’s been winter forever! I can’t wait any longer for spring to arrive, so I decided to create some spring for myself…

Here’s my vase of crocheted daffodils – a bit of instant springtime!

crocheted daffodils by planetjune
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crocheted daffodils by planetjune

I’ve written up the pattern for you – it’s another Donationware pattern, so it’s free to view and, if you like it, you can send me a thank you payment. I hope you enjoy it!

>> Continue to the Daffodils free pattern instructions >>

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a puppy painting

One of the things I most love about my blog is the opportunity it gives me to ‘meet’ other artists and crafters and people who make things. One such person is Christy DeKoning, a talented artist who I recently ‘met’ online but coincidentally also lives in Ontario. She paints watercolour portraits and also sells small ACEO-sized paintings in her Etsy store.

When I visited Christy’s website I fell in love with the most adorable ACEO puppy painting I have ever seen. A few days later, and I now own my first piece of original artwork! My painting “Puppy Dog Eyes” is, in reality, even more special that I had hoped for – look at that eye! And I just love the colouring.

Puppy Dog Eyes by Christy DeKoning

I’ll be framing it soon and I’ll hang it somewhere in my craft room. Christy also accepts commissions, so I hope my furbaby Maui is feeling photogenic, because he’s about to become immortalized in watercolour… 🙂

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say hello to the sea turtle

I’ve tried something a bit different for my latest design for the AquaAmi range. My sea turtle is made with two colours of yarn, but is still all worked in single crochet in the round (apart from a few rogue hdcs). He is one of my largest and most ambitious designs to date, at 11″ (28cm) long from nose to tail, with a 12.5″ (32cm) flipper-span!

crocheted sea turtle by planetjune
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I’ve designed him so his head and limbs appear to stick out of holes in his shell. The top and bottom of his shell are each formed from 10 hexagons. Yes, that is a lot of stitching together, but I think it was worth it!

crocheted sea turtle by planetjune

Some fun sea turtle facts I discovered while researching for this design:

  • Sea turtles, unlike other turtles, cannot retract their heads and limbs into their shells
  • Sea turtles have evolved streamlined shells and large front flippers so they can ‘fly’ through the water
  • Sea turtles spend almost their whole lives at sea, but females return to the same beach they were born to lay their eggs
  • You can tell females from males as the females have a very short tail

crocheted sea turtle by planetjune

Here’s his belly:

crocheted sea turtle by planetjune

Once I have finished writing up and illustrating all the steps that go into making him, you’ll be able to make your own Sea Turtle! Join my mailing list if you’d like to know when the pattern is available.

What do you think of him? I hope you love him as much as I do!

UPDATE: Looking for the pattern? You can find the AquaAmi Sea Turtle crochet pattern in my shop.

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AmiDogs Set 3 is here!

AmiDogs Set 3 includes:

  • Siberian Husky (or Alaskan Malamute)
  • Welsh Corgi (Pembroke and Cardigan varieties)
  • German Shepherd (aka Alsatian)

AmiDogs Set 3

The patterns are available individually, or as a value-priced set of all three. If you’d like to purchase them, you can click through to my store to buy (and scroll down; the latest dogs are at the bottom of the list!)


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cardigan welsh corgi

I decided I was being unfair by making my corgi design only apply to tailless Pembroke Welsh Corgis, so here is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi modification:

crocheted cardigan welsh corgi by planetjune

crocheted cardigan welsh corgi by planetjune

(The corgi pattern will include both versions!)

For everyone who is waiting, the AmiDogs Set 3 patterns will be available very shortly…

UPDATE: Looking for the pattern? You can find the AmiDogs Corgi crochet pattern in my shop.

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flower garden embroidery by Carina

Want to know some more about me and my crafting? The lovely and crafty Carina (Wardi) interviewed me a few weeks ago, and the interview is up on her blog today.

Go and check out my interview, and while you’re there, take a look at Carina’s blog and see the happy colourful crafts she’s been making lately!

Thanks to Carina for taking the time to interview me – it was fun 🙂

Photo credit: embroidered garden by Carina

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german shepherd

By popular demand, I finally designed a german shepherd (also known as an Alsatian, for any Brits reading this):

crocheted german shepherd dog by planetjune

A big thanks to Kris and Kassie for your design feedback!

crocheted german shepherd dog by planetjune

It’s difficult to see his nose (black on black) but you can see it’s there from the profile of the face. I also just realised that the angle of these pictures don’t really show it, but the black from the dog’s back carries over into the base of the tail.

crocheted german shepherd dog by planetjune

Now to finish the patterns… AmiDogs Set 3 (Husky, Corgi & German Shepherd) should be ready to purchase (individually or as a set) within the next few days; please sign up for my mailing list if you’d like to be notified when the set is available.

UPDATE: Looking for the pattern? You can find the AmiDogs German Shepherd crochet pattern in my shop.

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amigurumi animals

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I just went to my mailbox, and look what I found inside (sorry about the photo quality; the sun is not cooperating today):

It’s a new book, Amigurumi Animals by Annie Obaachan! The book is very cute, and has lots of tips for how to design and make amigurumi:

It includes a menagerie of patterns you can make (with both written and charted instructions):

In the back is a gallery of amigurumi artists, and guess who has a full-page spread? 😉

Three large pictures, and a little blurb about me and What really cracked me up, though, is I even made it into the index 😀

If you’re an amigurumi beginner, you could do a lot worse than picking up Amigurumi Animals (and not just to look at my photos!)

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