Friday, 30 June 2017

June update

June has been a busy month. The weather has been lovely. I went to visit my friend in London for a little holiday. I've been working on some really fun commissions for magazines that will be released in time for Christmas.

I've also added to my growing collection of Marvel and DC characters. Deadpool, above was the character that first started me down this rabbit hole of making these designs. I wanted to make a little amigurumi of him just for me, but I got a bit stuck and in doing so I stumbled upon this lovely new pattern shape.
Deadpool got put to one side as I created the Guardians and the Avengers.  He was just waiting for ages to be put together. Now he's turned out one of my favorite of the whole group.  
 My plan is to make all the characters that will be in the upcoming Marvel Infinity war film so far rumored to be 32 main characters. Thankfully I've a year before the film comes out to get these made.
I had to do Doctor Strange though and I loved the Ancient one so I thought they would make a really cute duo.
You can get hold of the patterns for these two here or follow the pattern link at the top of the page.

 We have a few films to go before Infinity war and the next big one will be Spider man Homecoming. I will be there opening night. I'm very excited.
 I really wanted my spider man design to be super cute. I spent a lot of time working on this design to get the proportions of the eyes right. I also wondered if I should add the web over the red. In the end I decided to leave it plain. I don't think anyone is not gonna guess that is Spider man. I wanted the pattern to be simple so everyone can enjoy it. I think doing a lot of sewing just makes the pattern messy and complicated.
You can find the pattern for Spider man here

 Not to forget about DC characters I released my Superman pattern last week. you can find it here
I wanted to go for a retro feel with my Superman design so I based it on the original films with Christopher Reeve. I think he turned out just adorable.
I'll be working on more of the DC characters and have Bat man and The Flash coming out soon.

 In other news I'm also working on a simple set of fun classic amigurumi designs. These are made in The James C brett noodles yarn, that is perfect for learning amigurumi. I'm not sure what these characters are yet but they are super cute and really fun to make. The Orange one doesn't have a name yet. Suggestions welcome :)
 The little blue one is called Dash :) patters for these and more coming soon.

I also received an advanced copy of a book project I've been involved with. I won't show pics from inside till the books been published but it's really lovely. I worked on two of the large projects in this book. Its so lovely to see the finished designs all together.

Finally I'm a bit late sharing this one and the next issue is due out shortly but this is my lovely little bride on the cover of Love crochet magazine.
I promised to make her a groom if she ever got published so I have to add that to the list.
Also in this magazine is my little hula bear that you can just see in the photo and my mermaid pattern.
If you have missed this issue I think you'll enjoy the next issue just as much. I'm hoping one of my favorite commissions to date will be on the cover.
 I've also just been asked to make something I've wanted to make for ages for the Autumn issue. I'm going to be having so much fun.

Well thats all for today. I'm going to write up the next newsletter now. It'll have a free copy of the Spider man pattern in. Sign up by entering your email at the top of this page.
Signing up before 2pm GBT 30/06/2017 to get the issue of the newsletter with the free Spider man design.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Newletter issue two coming very soon

Just another very quick post. I'll have a proper update coming on Friday but I wanted to let you know that the next issue of the newsletter will be being sent out on Friday also.

If you want to sign up to the newsletter - look for the box in the top right corner of this blog and enter your email.

I have decided that the free pattern in this issue will be my new Spider man pattern because the new Spider man Homecoming film will be coming out at the beginning of July. He is the most adorable and I'm pretty sure you are all going to love making one.

Remember you need to have signed up to the newsletter no later than 10am Friday 30th of July 2017 UK time to get the free pattern.
If you miss out the pattern is always available to purchase from my Etsy shop

Thats it for today. Happy crocheting love Liz xxx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

London baby


Really quick post. I'm just back for my little holiday in London. I had an amazing time so much so I forgot to take many photos.
 My friend has recently moved to London from Geneva. I got to stay with him in his lovely flat that looks over the Thames. I could lounge on the sofa and watch the boats go by, it was wonderful.

 This is now my favorite view in London.
This is the opposite of the river looking back at my friends flat. We walked under the Thames to get here.

The main reason for this post is to remind you that the next Amigurumi Clinic is this week. You can find details here

I really enjoy doing these events and meeting everyone who comes along. Hope to see some of you soon.

Told you it'd be short and sweet. Happy crocheting. Love Liz

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


I am so excited about these new patterns. I have been wanting to do a set of Avengers patterns for nearly two years.

I have done a few different doll shapes before and I knew that they could be adapted to make these designs.
This was the shape I had originally planned to use.

I love this doll shape and it can show a lot of detail. The only problem was, these dolls take a while to make. The arms and legs are long and made separately. It all takes time and its very repetitive.
I knew I wanted a full set of the original eight Avengers and would probably want to expand and make more later. Making them this doll style would take a couple of days to make each doll. I knew I'd get bored making so many, so I've put off making them altogether.

It was by happy accident I worked out the new doll shape design. I mentioned it in my last blog post. I made the Guardians set and I was so happy with how they turned out. The dolls are smaller but much cuter, I could still get a lot of detail in and they would be the perfect size to fit in a hand.

 These are so easy to make aswell. I already had lots of lovely feedback on the Guardians set and I know you are going to all love making these too.

You can make one in an afternoon, easily. The head, body and legs are all made in one piece. You don't even need to use a stitch marker when you make the arms. I'll show you that trick if you come and join me at the next Amigurumi clinic on the 15th June 2017 at The York makery
They also fun to make in a hour or so you got most of it done and just have a bit of detail to add.
They really are super easy to make and they are just adorable.

The link to the pattern for the full set is here.
They are also available as single patterns or you can use my 5 for £10 discount and pick your favorites.
They are all on the new, lovely, printer friendly pattern format and are available in UK of US abbreviations.

Lets go through them, shall we.

Captain America

He is my favorite of this new set. He turned out the most adorable. We have had great fun playing Civil War with his shield and Iron Man. We always make them make up after they've been fight. I am a grown up, honest :)

Hulk. I wanted to do Banner aswell. I still might, but for this set I stayed with the big guy. Hes not scary here, hes far to cute for that.

Thor. Don't let the hair put you off, its super easy to do and I've put a step by step in the pattern. You also have endless hours of fun playing with his little hammer. Are you worthy?

Next up is Iron Man. Couldn't have an Avengers set with out him, could we. Now you can make you own and give him a cuddles, because I think he needs one. I may do an unmasked version of this in an expansion set or the Spiderman home coming set. If that would be something you'd like let me know in the comments.

Vision joined the Avengers in Age of Ultron and I really wanted him in the big eight set. I'm really looking forward to Infinity war and I think Vision is gonna be a huge part of that.

Wanda - Scarlet witch.
I have a friend who is slightly obsessed with Wanda. She does cosplay and Wanda is her favorite character. I had to get this so right or she was going to be upset with me. Think I nailed it :)

Black widow. Shes such a bad ass, I love her. I know you'll all love this pattern. There is a really easy trick to the hair that I take you through in the pattern.

I kinda sucks that are only two girls in this set up. I think we need to find some more from the MCU to add into the next set. Comment with you favorite super lady and I'll add it to the list.

Last up is Hawkeye. Adorable Clint. I needed to get the quiff right and I love how it turned out. There are instructions on how to make the bow in the pattern but you can always get a small toy one if you want to make him look really cool.

That them all. The big eight. More are defiantly coming. I thinking of a Harry Potter set and a Game of Thrones set. I would also love to do all 13 Doctors Whos and the cast of Community, oh and a DC set is coming up next.

You can meet all these guys at the next amigurumi clinic. I'll be showing off lots of tips and how to make hair, its gonna be really fun.

So thats all for today. I'm actually on holiday this week. I have a few magazine commissions to work on, then I'm off to see my wonderful friend in London for  a couple of days. I'm very excited, it'll be my first proper holiday in 5 years and its only because you guys buy my patterns that I can afford to go.

Thank you for all the lovely feedback you've been sending in about these patterns. It is like getting a warm hug

Happy crocheting my lovely geeks xxxxx