Thank you!

Little Bobbles wants to thank everyone who voted for him. And in case you’re the one who’s been leaving sexy underwear outside his door, he wants you to know he’s truly flattered by the fanfare. 😋

On a serious note, thank you so much to everyone who voted for this little angel in the Amigurumi Fantasy Creatures Design Contest. Bobbles and I truly appreciate your support. In case you haven’t voted yet, there’s still a few hours left before the voting closes. By voting for your 10 favorite entries, you also stand a chance to win “100 Must-Have Minis yarn balls” by Yarn and Colors. How amazing is that!

You can vote for Bobbles here.

Thank you! ❤️

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Bobbles, the Baby Angel

Angels come in all shapes and sizes. For me, he came in an 8-inch frame.

Allow me to explain.

 Every year, Amigurumipatterns.net [folks behind the cutest amigurumi books in the planet] organizes a contest for amigurumi designers. When they announced this year’s theme—Fantasy Creatures, I was super excited. Lately I’ve been bingeing on quite a bit of fantasy and mythology books and I knew exactly what I was going to make for the contest—Faun, a mythological half-human, half goat.

First, I made a rough sketch of my design would look like. Then I made the hooved legs and the upper body.

Next, I sat down to work on the arms. As you can see in the pic above, the whole thing was going to be wired from the inside, right down to the fingertips, to make every inch of this toy movable. I was so excited about the whole idea. It was going to be big and it was going to be glorious! In my excitement, I worked non-stop and neglected to listen to my body. Next day I woke up with swollen and painful wrist and fingers. This was back in September. I haven’t been able to crochet since. 😞

So as you must have guessed already, my Faun design is still in the WIP bin. Which brought me to the conclusion: I was not going to meet the contest deadline. It was a depressing thought. After all, I have been participating in this annual design contest every year since its inception. I was totally bummed!

It was then this angelic little fella who I had made many moons ago, asked me if he could participate. I told him I couldn’t be happier! I mean just when I had given up, he flapped his cute little wings and everything was alright again. 😁

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Bobbles, the baby angel, my entry for “Amigurumi Fantasy Creatures Design Contest”.

Bobbles is an angel responsible for finding missing underwear. Yes, you read that right! Every time an exceptionally mischievous child discards his underoos in the bathroom [just because he feels like it] or flings it under the couch [just to annoy his mom], Bobbles promptly swoops in, retrieves the offending piece, and quietly drops it in the laundry bin. Granted it is not the most glamorous job but he saves moms around the world quite a bit of bother. Isn’t he such an angel!

If you find Bobbles cute enough to be among the stars of this contest, will you please take a moment to vote for him here?

This year, voters also stand to win some amazing goodies. Once you submit your vote, your name will be automatically entered in the raffle to win 100 Must-Have Minis yarn balls by Yarn and Colors! How awesome is that!

HOW TO VOTE

  1. Go to AmigurumiPatterns.net.
  2. Click the heart button on ten of your favorite designs. Bobbles and I would appreciate it very much if you select him as one of your favorites.
  3. On the pop-up screen, enter your name and email address and click on the Submit button.
  4. Confirm your vote by clicking the link in the email sent to you by Amigurumipatterns.net.

Voting ends December 10, 2017.

On a similar note, my dear designer friend Amifan—who helps me test all my designs—is also participating in the contest. It’d be awesome if you could check out her cute little “Merlin” and vote for him too.

Thank you!

 

Holiday Sale: 50% off all patterns

Snuggles, the Holiday Bear wants you to know that you can now use coupon code HOL50 on Ravelry to get 50% off on all my patterns between November 16 – December 16, 2017. There’s no minimum purchase requirement; whether you buy just one pattern or every item in my shop, you are eligible for this discount. Also, there’s no per-customer purchasing limits; customers may use the code more than once. Just add the item[s] to your cart and apply coupon code HOL50 to activate the discount.

I hope you’ll find something you like in my Ravelry shop to make for yourself and your loved ones this Holiday.

Happy hookin’!

 

Snow Buddies

I’m super excited to tell you that my little Snow Buddies are featured in the October 2017 issue of Happily Hooked Magazine. It is a quick and easy project that requires small amounts of yarn, and is suitable for all skill levels.

As this amigurumi has a flat base, it can sit on any flat surface without support, which makes it an excellent desk accessory, a cute decor for your mantel or your shelf. It’s a little over 5 inches when made with sock weight yarn and a 2.5mm hook.

Snow Buddies 1 copy

You can subscribe to Happily Hooked Magazine here or get a copy of this month’s issue here.

I know it’s only October but it’s never too early to start building your snowmen army. 😉

 

Happy hookin’!

Amigurumi Globetrotters Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of this fabulous book? My friend Ilaria Caliri of Airali Design [author of Amigurumi Winter Wonderland] has her new book out and her publisher Meteoor Books has generously offered to give away copies of Amigurumi Globetrotters to three of my Instagram followers.

This book presents 15 easy and fully customizable crochet patterns for the most adorable and adventurous globetrotters who will be your travel buddies and take you on an unforgettable crochet journey. You can get more information on the book here.

 

Entering the giveaway is simple.
1. Head over to my Instagram account [click here] and follow me there.
2. Follow AmigurumiPatterns’ Instagram account [click here]
3. Find my latest Insta post on this giveaway and tag a crochet buddy who lives in another country and mention where you both are from [for example, “I’m from Kathmandu and I’m tagging (insert your friend’s Instagram handle here) from Belgium”] in the comments
OR
If you love taking your hooks and yarn along with you on your vacation, simply tell us about your favorite vacation crochet spot.

Please note, this is an Instagram only giveaway.

This giveaway is open worldwide and ends August 20. Every entry will be assigned a number and I’ll use a random number generator to pick three winners. Winners will be announced on my Instagram the same day. The winners will need to provide me with their mailing address within 24 hours of the result announcement. The book will be shipped to your address by Meteoor Books on August 28 from Germany with Deutsche Post.

Good luck! ❤️

 

Crochet a cover for your Kindle

Raise your hands if you love crochet and reading. Now raise your hooks if you’ve been looking for a quick and simple [and free!] crochet sleeve pattern for your Kindle. I’m happy to tell you, your search ends here. 😄

They say you make handmade gifts for those you love. Since I love reading, I decided I needed to make something for the device that lets me read at night without blinding me. 😉 Now that I’ve made two of them for my Kindle and can personally vouch for how handy this little sleeve is, I’m sharing this pattern with you.

For this project, you’ll need around 50gm of sports weight yarn in the primary color and another 20-25gm in the secondary color, a 3.5mm hook, and a 38mm round button. The piece is worked flat and later joined at the seams. What makes this otherwise simple pattern fun to make is the use of spike stitch which—with its triangular motifs in a contrasting color—makes the design pop. If you are not familiar with this stitch, don’t panic. I’ve included a full-page photo tutorial on how to make a spike stitch. 😇

This crochet sleeve is designed for Kindle Paperwhite [7th generation] but the pattern can be adapted to fit other eReaders and tablets as well. Look up the section on sizing [under Special Notes] in the PDF to see how this can be done.

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Happy hookin’!

 

If you liked this free pattern, would you please consider making a small donation to Animal Nepal? Animal Nepal is a not for profit, animal welfare and rights organization based in Lalitpur, Nepal, which runs two sanctuaries for abused and injured homeless/working animals. This organization is also in the forefront of campaigning for animal rights. If you want to see the wonderful work these folks do, you can check out their Facebook  page or their blog. You can also help them by donating here.

 Thank you for caring.