Mr Sleepy

Hello guys!

I can’t say I have a bad day, but I do have a runny nose and it’s all sore from constant wiping. Bed and cuddly toy would be most welcome ;)

Mr Sleepy embraces the mood, so I’m all for showing it to you! It’s one of my latest works. I used Silvia Niessen’s free pattern. It is avaliable in Dutch only, but with little effort you’ll be able to read it.

I think it’s perfect for babies. You are able to crochet Mr Sleepy in one piece (plus hat). I absolutely love it! Give this handsome toy a try :)

Rita the Rabbit

To begin with, I want to recommend you OlaBoga‘s Thursday series of interviews with pattern creators. It concerns problem of stealing and redistributing patterns (paid for and free ones as well). I can’t wait to read the very first interview! OlaBoga writes in Polish, though.

As for Rita… I’m sure you’ve seen at least one of Lalylala dolls. They are absolutely cute and unique! In my queue awaits also Lydia’s newest pattern, for Agatha the Spider, so you can expect to see it here ;)

If you bought one of Lalylala patterns, you can use this free kit to crochet also Rita, the rabbit.

I made five bunnies so far and I still am amazed how sweet it looks and how much people like it :) It looks good in one colour and made with variegated yarn, too.

Rita is quite easy to crochet. You can make adjustments in the pattern to attach body parts easier and crochet as much as possible in one piece. That’s my favourite part of fitting patterns to my style :)

However I have troubles with few things. Attaching head to body is tedious and placing eyes requires experience, as it’s quite easy to do it askew and you’ll end up with bunny looking somewhere aside. But it is worth the effort :)

I like to use crazy and vivid colours, like the ones above. It makes every bunny special!

Rita is a big toy – mine are crocheted with sport weight yarns – and it looks so adorable when small children hug it :) I’m definitely going to make more, one day.

Aaaand, I have news to tell you! I’m coming to Ireland! Next weekend :) I will stay for three weeks, I’m so excited! There is so many things I want to see and do, I hope I’ll have time for everything. I’m not taking my crochet tools with me, but maybe I’ll find fancy yarn to buy there, who knows? I’m hoping for great time in Dublin :)

One-armed Voodoo doll

Welcome back!

How are your New Year’s resolutions? Mine are a bit… neglected… but I’m still trying to get there. Most challenging thing is finding time to do everything I want. And as always, crocheting is pushed into the background :(

I don’t want to leave behind things I love and I care about just to be able to fullfill all duties and obligations. They say what you dedicate most of your time to becomes most important thing in your life. For obvious reasons most people spend long hours working, but at the end of the day we all have 24 hours. And you can see people living their dreams, devoting to their hobbies, again and again. How do they do that?

I’m going to find out how, I’ll let you know. I’m going to work hard to achieve whatever makes me happy. I can’t do much about me working overtime, however there is lots, lots of things I can change. I want to have more time to spend with people I love. More time for my cats. I want to get in shape at last and learn new skills. I want to crochet and read more.

It feels like too much to endure. I don’t know if I can reach that high, but I still want to try. I’d be more than happy and thankfull for your support. It means a lot to me, especially if changes require time.

I know OlaBoga is preparing to participate in a marathon this year, which is great goal. I can only imagine how huge effort she needs to – and elready did – put into this. Even for professional athletes it is demanding! Ola, I hope – no, I know! – you will take part in this marathon and you will finish it with a big fat smile. You will do it :)

As a part of enchantment (because we can use any help avaliable, right?), let’s stick some metaphorical pins into Voodoo doll that symbolizes our current reality. Shall we? ;)

I’m just kidding, no pins hurting me! But it would be splendid to know you can fix your life with a few jabs :)

On the other hand it was kind of hard to stick all those pins into doll I crocheted, so I’m not sure if I would be able to fix my life after all. Now that I think about it, I don’t even know what happened to the doll. I made it four years ago for my friend and haven’t heard about it since. Hmm…

Anyway, if you want one like this for yourselves (if you believe in this kind of magic, I mean), it is Ann D’Angelo‘s pattern. Free nad easy to follow :) There is no colour changing, and you can make it unique in so many ways! Use mis-matched buttons, use different stitches to sew hands and legs, maybe embroider a heart to stab? The last one made me smile :)

 

Autumn

I have a folder on my desktop with pictures of every work I want to show you. Unfortunately I don’t have much time to crochet on my daily basis and therefore every project takes me ages to complete… :( And so I thought it would be a good idea to host also my old amigurumi here.

Today I was browsing files, and this one picture catched my eye. I really like this doll, its gentle hair, head leaned to the side and pine cone beside her. The pattern I used was created by Daniela Duma, you will find it on Ravelry.

autumn

When I saw original Autumn doll for the first time, I fell in love with it. How cute she looks, from the way colourful layers on the dress unfold, to long, delicate braid falling down on the side. Autumn is also my favourite season :)

In few weeks it will arrive again. Where I live it offers variety of beautiful scenes. When it’s warm and sunny, leaves change colours to gold, red and brown. Chestnuts, acorns and red mountain ash adorn trees, various mushrooms sprout from moss in the forest and the sun is more gentle than in the summer. But autumn can be also chilly, with mists arising and rooks and crows flying across the cloudy sky. It can be rainy, with dusk falling early and leavless trees swaying on the wind. This time of year you can see the night sky and stars clearly. You can also wrap yourself in a blanket and spend endless hours in bed, in front of fireplace or in the garden reading, crocheting, drinking tea and hot chocolate… Sounds like perfect day to me :)

Forgive me if I am a bit too sentimental. I am right now far away from home, like 600 kilometers from where I live, on a two month delegation from work. I love it here, and I am by the seaside, which is amazing! I miss my family and friends, though, and long horribly for my cats. But tomorrow’s my last day at work here, and when I get back I will pack myself up and get ready. On Saturday morning I’m going to board onto a train home. I am already counting down the hours. So the very next time I will write you from Krak√≥w, yayy!

It appeares I am sleepy, too. Time to go to bed, I guess. Sleep tight :)