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Archive for September, 2008

halloween treats!

Can you believe it’s the end of September already? And you know what that means… time to get crafting for Halloween. So I thought I’d help you out with a bumper crop of brand new Halloween-themed crochet patterns.

First up, we have a new set of PocketAmi, especially for the spookiest time of year. PocketAmi Set 3: Halloween includes patterns to make a ghost, black cat, and witch. They are all under 3″ tall and work up in no time. An excellent choice if you don’t have much time!

crocheted halloween pocketami by planetjune

The ghost and cat, like all the other PocketAmi patterns, are really simple to make. The witch is slightly more complicated, because of her curly witchy hair, but I’ve included step by step photos in the pattern, so even if you’ve never made doll hair before, it’ll still be easy-peasy with my directions.

crocheted halloween pocketami by planetjune

PocketAmi Set 3: Halloween is now available in the PlanetJune shop for the bargain price of $5, and includes the patterns for all 3 spooky cute ami.

And that’s not all! I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported PlanetJune in the past, so I’m giving back to you all with a new FREE pattern: the multiple-personality amigurumi Pumpkin! The pattern is pretty simple, and makes a nice squishy hand-sized pumpkin. And with a few embellishments, you can create a realistic pumpkin for your Fall table:

realistic crocheted pumpkin by planetjune

…a cute amigurumi-style pumpkin for the kids:

cute crocheted pumpkin by planetjune

…or a spooooooooooooooky pumpkin for Halloween:

spooky crocheted halloween pumpkin by planetjune

Click through for the FREE pumpkin pattern! As usual with my free patterns, I’ve included a donation button on the pattern page. If you like the pattern, please feel free to send me a token of your appreciation – all donations are very gratefully received, and help me to create more free patterns for you all…

Happy crocheting, and happy halloween!

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learn amigurumi from me!

The Fall Creativ Festival is rapidly approaching… For anyone who may be in or around Toronto for the weekend of Oct 17-19, I recommend that you attend! It’s a vast show, with 200,000 square feet of shopping (fabrics, yarns, patterns, papers, jewellery supplies – you name it, you can find it there), learning about new tools and techniques, and the chance to meet creative and crafty industry experts.

PocketAmi Mouse and Bunny by planetjune

And as if this wasn’t enough of a draw, there are still some spaces left at my amigurumi class, starting at 11am on Saturday 18th. You can learn how to make the PocketAmi Mouse or Bunny shown above – even if you have never held a crochet hook before. This is a fun project for new crocheters or amigurumi beginners, and I will be there to help you through every step. If you are planning to attend the show, I recommend you sign up for your classes soon – the spaces are filling up fast!

On Saturday 18th, I will be at the A Needle Pulling Thread magazine booth (that’s booth #1005) all day, except when I’m teaching, so please remember to come and introduce yourself…

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AmiDogs Chihuahua is here

Chihuahua lovers, take note. This cute little chi puppy has just joined the AmiDogs range. He’s a bit smaller than the other AmiDogs, at just under 5″ long, and he has biiig chihuahua eyes.

To get your copy of the AmiDogs Chihuahua pattern, head on over the PlanetJune shop. And while you’re there, why not see if there’s anything else that takes your liking – I have 32 patterns in the shop now, and more to come soon! As always, your patterns will be available for you to download as soon as your payment has been received; if you pay by PayPal (except for Paypal eChecks) you can receive your pattern within seconds!

AmiDogs Chihuahua crochet pattern by planetjune

Yap yap! This chi is guaranteed to be the best-behaved chihuahua you will ever see!

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ami paint set available

Ami Paint Set by planetjune

The Ami Paint Set crochet pattern is now available to purchase from the PlanetJune shop. Crochet a paintbrush, paint tube, and palette. It’s an easy pattern and a great way to use up scraps of worsted weight yarn in any colours you have handy. Teachers and budding artists will love it!

Ami Paint Set and Fuzzy Bear by planetjune

And it’s approved by Fuzzy Bear – what more could you ask for?! Fuzzy Bear has very discerning taste – he wouldn’t put his seal of approval on just any pattern 😉

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aye chihuahua!

Everyone’s favourite pint-sized pup, the chihuahua, now comes in crochet form:

crocheted chihuahua by planetjune

Chihuahua facts:

  • The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog in the world.
  • The breed originated in Mexico.
  • A typical chihuahua only weighs between 2 and 6lb!
  • Chihuahuas come in long-haired and short-haired varieties, and all sorts of colours.
  • Famous chihuahuas include Bruiser from the movie Legally Blonde, Paris Hilton’s dog Tinkerbell, and the canine stars of the upcoming movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua

crocheted chihuahua by planetjune

The AmiDogs Chihuahua measures just under 5″ long. If you’d like to make your own, the crochet pattern will be available shortly in the store. (For those who are still waiting for the Paint Set, it should be up in the next day or two!) If you’re on the mailing list, you’ll be e-mailed as soon as each new pattern is released.

I still have a list of other dog designs to work on in future, but please feel free to comment and add your requests for more breeds!

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

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Discworld update

Looking to buy a Discworld pattern or a finished Discworld?
See my Amigurumi Discworld info page.

Thank you so much for the Discworld love; I’m so happy you get what I was trying to do here. I also have some news: I contacted Terry Pratchett’s agent, to ask if there was any possibility that Terry could see my Discworld, and Colin kindly agreed to show the pics to Terry. And I have a reply from Colin about Terry Pratchett’s reaction:

He gave a quiet laugh and said, ‘Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!’

Thank you, Terry! (And Colin.) This has made my day!

crocheted Discworld by planetjune

I thought I would share my happiness by revealing some more details of my Discworld project. I’ve had several requests from people wondering how I managed to accurately crochet in the landmasses of the Disc. I’m not intending this as a tutorial or method for you to follow – I just thought you might like to see the crazy method my mind came up with to crochetify the Discworld 🙂

First, I started by crocheting a plain blue circle for the underside of the Disc. I scanned this into the computer. Then I used the Discworld Mapp to sketch (with pencil and paper) a map of the landmasses and a rough guide for my colour changes. I scanned this into the computer too:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

I edited my sketch to remove the white background and darken the lines to black to make them easier to see. I resized the two images so they were the same size, and then layered the map over the crocheted Disc:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

Now for the slow part… but I figured it was better to make the mistakes digitally than to have to rip back when it came to the crocheting part. In my graphics software, I picked a paintbrush that was about the same size as one crocheted stitch, then began to colour in my map onscreen. I kept the coloured layer translucent, so I could still see the stitches beneath. Here’s a close-up, and the complete digitally-coloured map:

plan for amigurumi discworld plan for amigurumi discworld

Lastly I turned off the black sketch layer, and printed my ‘pattern’:

plan for amigurumi discworld

With all that work done, I just had to reproduce my digital crochet in reality! No secret method here – just careful counting and colour changes.

When I had finished, I crocheted both discs together around the edges, to keep it together and give a subtle Rimfall effect. I also stitched the two discs together at various points across the surface (with blue yarn in the blue areas only, so it doesn’t show), to avoid any problems with it trying to puff up in the middle – it’s called the Disc, not the Lens 😉

Oh, and you may also be able to see from this pic that I used a variegated green yarn, so I chose the lighter green parts of the yarn to be closer to the Hub, fading to darker green towards the Rim. I just thought it added a little more depth:

completed amigurumi discworld

That’s it! As I said before, it really was a labour of love, and it took much longer to design than to actually crochet! And now I can say it’s officially Pratchett-approved 🙂

You can, of course, buy the patterns for my Turtle and Elephants, if you are so inclined.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into the unusual way my mind works. Please leave me a comment if you did…

Looking to buy a Discworld pattern or a finished Discworld?
See my Amigurumi Discworld info page.

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paper weaving

woven paper cards and bookmark by planetjune

Today I have a new tutorial up at Folding Trees showing how to weave paper strips into a coloured checkerboard pattern. The greetings cards and bookmark I made (above) use strips cut from old magazine pages!

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painting, with fuzzy bear

A PlanetJune story, by Fuzzy Bear

Hello! Fuzzy Bear here. Today I would like to show my fellow amigurumi how to paint. First, set up an easel and a blank piece of paper.

Find some good quality tubes of paint.

Squeeze your paints out onto a palette.

Find your favourite paintbrush.

Dip your brush into the paint…

…and get ready to start painting!

Use your imagination.

Change colours to make your artwork more interesting.

Ta-da!

THE END

Thank you, Fuzzy Bear! I tried something a bit different from my usual animals with the paint set design. What do you think of it? Would you like to see more like this?

The pattern for the crocheted paintbrush, paint tube and palette will be coming soon. Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list if you’d like to be notified when it’s available.

UPDATE: Looking for the patterns? You can find the Ami Paint Set crochet pattern and Fuzzy Bear crochet pattern in my shop.

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