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PlanetJune Stories: Cherie Fishlock

Today’s PlanetJune Story is from Cherie Fishlock and comes to us from Australia. (Isn’t it amazing how crafting connects us all into one big global community?)

Cherie writes:

I’ve been crocheting for a year and am self taught. June’s book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, was my go-to guide when crocheting amigurumi especially after I discovered the brilliance of the invisible decrease.

Thanks to June’s amazing emperor penguin pattern I won first prize at the Royal Show in Canberra, Australia in the beginner’s crochet class. I also won champion. It was great seeing the penguin amongst all the crocheted blankets.

I just want to thank June for the well written pattern. I must confess that I crocheted it at the last minute and her clear instructions made the process so much easier especially since I had never done colour changes before.

Unfortunately I couldn’t give June the credit she deserves; I wrote on the entry that it was designed by however that was not displayed.

Considering it was the first show I had ever entered I must say I’m now hooked. 😉

I am impressed: my Emperor Penguin, with its white belly and black back, is my most ambitious pattern for colour changes and Cherie obviously handled them like a pro to scoop the prizes with her lovely penguin.

Congratulations, Cherie – I’m really glad that my pattern could help you showcase your crochet skills and capture the attention of the judges 🙂

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Cherie’s Emperor Penguin.

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Cherie showing off her prize-winning penguin at the show!

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Excellent achievements: certificate, ribbon and rosette.

All very well-deserved, I think, don’t you? Please leave Cherie a comment if you’ve enjoyed this post!

Do you have a PlanetJune Story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it! Please email your story to, together with one or more high quality photos showing what you’ve made from PlanetJune patterns. If I choose your story to feature here on the blog, I’ll send you your choice of pattern from my shop to say thank you!


  1. Heidi said

    Congratulations! Your penguin is adorable 🙂

  2. S.S.REVATHI said

    All r super good

  3. Lynn said

    Congrats! Beautiful penguin. Love it. Been thinking about doing this one myself but I really want to get started on the pug dog pattern I bought before buying another pattern.

  4. Monica said

    Congratulations!!! Such an amazing feat! Thanks for sharing such a fun and inspiring story!!!

  5. Congratulations on winning the Blue Ribbon! I love your Emperor Penguin! Have you participated in the PlanetJune Crochet-Alongs? I would love to see more of your crocheting!

  6. Simone said

    Congrats on winning first price and Champion! Fantastic story, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  7. Chrisie Merriman said

    Congrats on your win! It was well-deserved! 🙂 (I love the penguin pattern too.)

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