Friday, January 16, 2015

Sootball Amigurumi Pattern

Sootball Pattern, (I also have a much smaller Soot Sprite pattern here)

Here's a pattern that I had wanted to publish with way more photos of the sootball doing cool stuff but I ran out of the novelty yarn I needed and I can't find any in my town. I could order more online but I'll wait to see if I get lucky and Walmart restocks their yarn shelves first!

When I first made the sootball I took a few awesome pictures of him throwing coal into my stove and I really wanted to make about 5 or 6 more sootballs doing the same thing because that would make a great photo! But it'll have to wait... you can see him in action here as a lone worker :)

As you can see I have the sootball holding a piece of coal that stands on 2 legs and also a sootball with just dangly limbs made from yarn chains. The choice is yours and I've included instructions for both. The dangly limbs are quick to make! The

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First Video Of The New Year Now On Youtube!

My first video tutorial of 2015 has been posted, yay! I'm so relieved to get that one done. It got the wheels turning again after about 6 weeks off from filming! I needed a little kick start is all :)

And for the video I needed a cover photo so I went to my facebook page and asked everyone which one should it be:

1) Pool Ball Smiley 
2) Smiley In A Crowd 
3) Smiley on Top

And the winning photo... drum roll please... 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oh So Happy Smiley With Video

crochet smiley balls
Oh So Happy Smiley!

I've had this design in the back of my mind for over a year now but never got around to doing it. And finally this year I gave myself a little kick and said get on it already! So I did :)

There is a famous picture online with a pile of blue "not so happy" smileys and one happy yellow one in that pile. Every time I see that picture I think of my aunt who we call our "Smiley Face Aunty". In fact one of my very first designs was a large smiley face that stands on 2 feet and I also designed that for her. You can see that pattern right here. That smiley has been my profile picture on my facebook page, Amigurumi Freely since I started in 2011, I don't think I'll ever change it.

So here you go Aunty Jane, another smiley just for you! Thanks for being your

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Monster Love Bugs

Meet the Love Bugs!

This is another one of those "design by accident" patterns.. you can read all about it here. Anyway, after getting the doll made and sewn together I was completely stumped for a couple days on how to do the face and finally ended up just going with a very simple look. After that was done I had an even tougher time trying to capture their cuteness in a photo. I don't know why but every photo I took just made them look weird but in person they are the cutest little creatures, honest! Well these ones you're looking at aren't that bad but believe me this took me days to get good photos, lol. Then I couldn't decide if they should have antennae or just the horns.. I tried both which meant more photos, oy vey! It's just crazy how these two have kept me undecided and made me work extra hard to get a good photo.. they are truly monsters!

The majority of people on facebook decided they should be Monsters so that's how I decided on the cover photo. But the questions still remains, with or without the antennae? I'm torn so I'll leave it up to you. It's your choice to add the antennae or not. I've included the instructions below :)

*Please note this is not a pattern for a beginner. Please read through the supplies

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bad Fluffy!

Hello Friends!

Just dropping in with an update before I head off to bed. I've been working on these fluffy monsters on and off for a few days. It took me a bit to figure out what to do for the faces and I'm almost happy with them but I want to try out one more thing tomorrow before I release the pattern. And I also have to figure out how to take photos of them. My goodness, fluff is hard to photograph! I tried and tried but no luck. I brought in the basket and that seemed to help a little. They are really super cute in person but I can't seem to capture it in the photos. I don't know what it is but their faces look all wrong when I try to take one of them side by side. Maybe tomorrow they will be kinder to me. Bad fluffy monsters! But I forgive them. It's hard to stay mad at fluffy things :)
You can read how these 2 came about and why I made them here

See you soon!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Facebook Is Hiding Your Favorite Pages!

Hello Friends,

If any of you are on facebook and aren't aware yet, there's been some changes that affects all facebook pages such as mine Amigurumi Freely. Facebook has taken us mostly out of your newsfeed so that you (well, all of us) can see posts of a more personal level. Which is super great since the facebook feeds have become a commercial mess but now in order for me to get my posts to you I will have to pay to boost my posts which I can not do.
But there is good news, if you want to continue getting updates from my page or any page that you love then simply hover over the liked button (see photo above) and then click on "get notifications" and ta da! Now each time one of your favorite pages posts something you won't miss a thing! I do this for a select few and I love it!

Please pass along this information to your friends so we can continue to enjoy what we love.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year The Stores Are Closed!

I thought my first post of 2015 would be with a pattern, but sadly noooo! On the 26th of December of last year, (lol it feels funny to say "last year" when it was just yesterday) anyway I had finished my first Spirited Away Sootball and I wanted to post a pattern but I ran out of the novelty yarn I was using. I needed more so I could run through the pattern again, take photos and test the pattern while I did all that. No big deal I thought, I'll just make a trip to walmart and grab some. WELL, I went to walmart and what the blazes they had none left! And I went at night so there's no other stores open at that time. Ok, now what? Well, they did have this sparkle fur that kind of looked like what I used. But this stuff is SO soft, it feels like heaven or clouds you'd find in heaven! So I grabbed a black one and a white one.

I thought I'd run through my sootball pattern while using this black sparkle fur but as soon as I started I realized this will not work. The fibers are so long that you can't see any stitches. It'll definitely take some experience to work with this stuff. But I loved the feel of it so much I continued just feeling my way along. And you can see just how much bigger it fluffs up than the sootball, that's the same body

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's Free Not Cheap

Sometimes I'm a little shocked by the things I see online, thoughts shared by peers. I don't get a chance to read up on the latest news or look at other people's blogs very often but this morning I had a little extra coffee time and I was enjoying catching up on the latest until I saw the words that free patterns somehow cheapen the craft of crochet! I was actually a bit floored by that, maybe even a little hurt that my peers harbor such thoughts but then I had another coffee and thought about it some more. It's all good, no harm done to me, I'm letting those words roll right off. We have to allow others have their own opinions. After all, it's just an opinion and it doesn't make it true. I have opinions and my opinions aren't always true, right?! lol I may know lots but I'm not all knowing :)

And for what it's worth, here's my opinion on the matter not to combat anyone in particular but in case the view that free patterns cheapen the craft is shared by another in the future. We have to be careful that we don't claim a craft as something to be governed by one or by a group:

It's Free But Definitely Not Cheap

Don't think the price tag somehow adds worth to something because it doesn't. There's room for those who charge for teaching a craft and room for those who don't. First, the key word in there is "craft" it's a craft! I'd like to know when anyone decided they had exclusive rights to this precious craft to decide what's done with this craft or how it's taught? And when did a price tag begin to add worth to a craft?

A price tag added to a pattern does not add worth to that pattern nor does a free pattern  make it cheap. A pattern is a pattern and they are all different. As

Saturday, December 27, 2014

How A Yarn Doodle Was Born

I was quietly crocheting enjoying some time alone with my yarn and out of the corner of my eye I saw a sootball running as fast as the speed of lightening! And then I saw it! A collision was about to happen, there was a big ball of yarn in it's path but it must not have seen the big ball of yarn or it didn't have time to stop because it hit that yarn ball head on! I closed my eyes to this horror show unfolding in front of me and I heard a soft "swoosh" and the sound of a yarn ball tumbling