After writing three blogs in a row, I really have nothing to write further. Except updating what I have done for March 2010.

I’ve made a pair of Amigurumi cats, signified wealth and prosperity.

I have revised my Hobbes pattern to make the stripes of black on the back of the head by interchanging the yellow and black yarn instead of pasting another stripes of black on to the yellow crocheted head. Another of my Hobbes sale was made then.

I almost completed a white color shrug for my niece. The pattern was taken from a crochet book. I chose a 100% cotton yarn due to the weather in Singapore was too hot for wool material. However due to the weight of the yarn, the completed project was kind of heavy. I’ve used 4 rolls of 100g yarn. You can see how heavy it could be. 😛

In the next post I will be doing more projects other than dolls. Stay tune.

With a successful sale on Hobbes, I started to venture into making Calvin. This was the first time I’m making a human figurine. It took me some time to think of how to start with it. I have never attended any design class before. Being engineering trained during my territory school days; I have always thought that my left brain, logical mind is more well developed as compares to my right brain. I recalled I failed my arts most of the time during my school days and I believed I do not have any imagination cell in my brain. I have never design a single thing out in my life although I was a good copier. I was able to stitch out exactly any cross stitch picture, crocheting other people’s product but never create a good artwork before. It was the first time in my life that I wanted to do more on creating something out using my crocheting skill. I hope that my interest will sustain for a long time then.

Success will only follow after many rounds of failures. This is the lesson learnt after I completed my Calvin doll. I’m still not satisfied with the outcome and am thinking of remaking Calvin again for the coming month of 2011. In order to make a Hobbes with size matching the Calvin doll, I used two strand yarn to increase the height to 14 inches tall. That was the biggest doll that I have ever made so far and I recalled the amount of polyester fill that I have to insert to fill up such a big doll. J

It was Chinese New Year for the month of February 2010, I decided to make a new dress for my monkey doll. Together with my Chinese tiger doll, they made a great pair!

I began to miss my first snowman crocheting doll, I wonder how it was treated by its new master. Did it get squeezed all the time? I miss it so much that I decided to make my second snowman with purple scarf and hat. Now it still stayed with me in my office table, accompany with my Angel doll of knowledge (will be reveal in my coming post).

I have also made two small flowers for my friend that she asked for to be made as hair clips for her daughter. I think till now I still have not met her yet. When are you going to claim this, Crystal? But let me go find out where I have placed them first. 😛

So much for my work in February 2010. Lots of work indeed and I like being busily crocheting!

I hardly recalled what I did on the January 2010. That was the time that I just started the etsy site selling my crochet doll. I was amazed that I sold my snowman two days after I setup the site. I decided a lot on what to do with my ‘business’. Since it is a tiger year for 2010, I decided to make a tiger doll. I searched the webstite to look for a tiger doll that resemble something I wanted to make and got myself creating one by looking at some other crochet dolls picture. I finally I made one and my friends and family loved it so much. Though I may not sell any online (except the pattern) I managed to sold three of them to my friends a few months later.

 

Due to popular demand, I decided to modify my tiger doll to the more popular hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes) in US. Since I am selling over at US site, I should not be making dolls that are popular over at Asia like Doraemon, Hello Kitty, amigurami Cats, etc. That was the time that I figured that I should focus more on market demand than what I think I like. I was also thinking of the Valentine’s season and trying out making a Heart angel Hello Kitty. Too bad it did not catch any buyer.

I went back to make a pouch to try out if any buyers interested in crocheted bag. But it did not turn out well too. Well guess I have to concentrate working hard on the hobbes then. My reward at the end of the month was I manageed to sell my first hobbes away. 🙂

Stay tune for my next blog on how well was my ‘business’. See you!

It’s the last week of the year and I’m back to the setting new year resolution mode again.

Looking back I have not fulfilled my year resolution that I set last year end, that is, to constantly update this blog.

Well, this only proved that human is destined to be lazy and procrastinate with things that they dislike to work on. Funny I can constantly doing my crochet work and play with my facebook game everyday but not updating the blog. Ha! Ha!

Last Friday on Christmas Eve, I decided to come out of a blog consecutively each day for 12 days to summarize all the crochet craft that I’ve worked on for year 2010. And till now, then I decided to work with it. Well, it’s better to be late than never. Guess I have to work extra hard today to finish up the back log. 😛

So get started now. Today is the 3rd day and I have three more blogs to write.

 Oh, almost forgot. Merry Christmas 2010!

I often heard people asking the above question, “What are the differences between crocheting and knitting?”

For a novice, you may not know the difference between the two and wonder which one is good to start with.

The simplest answer to this would be: one using a hooked needle and the other uses two needles without hook. That is as far as from the appearance point of view. In terms of product, you could see the difference between the two if you have worked on any of them before.

My History with Crochet

I started learning crochet since I was very young, at the age of around 10. I vaguely recalled learning the basic crochet technique from aunt: the simple chain, single crochet and double crochet, fan shape, etc. And thereafter, improvise my own design by combining the different techniques to make various products like: my own scarf, water bottle cover, motif, cushion cover, scarf and many other products. I cannot remember why I like this skill so much. When I first started work, I learn knitting from a yarn shop owner. I was amazed by the sweater produced by knitting and got myself hooked onto it. At that time, I thought knitting was for sweater and crocheting was for motifs. If you want products that comes with flowery ’ holes’,  lots of see through in between yarns, you would rather choose crocheting than knitting. If you want tighter texture with little see through, you rather choose knitting than crocheting. This only falls true if you are limited to only knowing a few patterns for knitting and crochet.

My Likes & Dislikes

Throughout the years, I have dropped off the passion of knitting and crocheting on and off. I have picked up other interest like cross stitching, hardanger and paper clay making, etc. For the past few years, I restarted aggressively back to crocheting. I did lots of products: from motifs, scarves, dolls, cushion covers, handbags to big project s like blouses, shrug, sweaters, skirts, afghan, curtain etc. It was during this period I realized that crochet could really do all kinds of wonders. Most of the thing that knitting could do crocheting could follow too. I’ve discovered lots of crochet pattern made for sweater, scarf, socks etc that looks very much like knitting.

I always find that using one hooked needle is much easier to handle than working with two unhooked needles. This is because at any one time I only need to care about one open loop rather than a row of open loops. I’m sure most of the knitters experienced the occasion of dropping one of the stitches in a row. Re-hook back the dropped stitch to me is a terrible nightmare, especially if you are dealing with yarn that has difficulty showing a clear pattern. Although they said knitting would be much faster than crocheting, especially come to make large projects like a sweater, I rather stick to crocheting. I could concentrate on one open stitch at a time.

The Future

Throughout the years, I have sourced many books on crochet patterns. Found that the fundamental patterns have been around for many years and crochet designers keep revamping new design out of old patterns. However, crochet has been recently put on runway and became part of fashion icons these days. You could see different kinds of fashionable wears that ladies love to wear. Hand knitted products no longer only belongs to old folks sitting on armchairs making for their grandchildren, children, friends and relatives. It became more commercialize and you could see more people willing to buy handmade products online.

I hope these hobbies could be more appreciated in future. Long live crochet and knit!

I came across a few people asking what kind of yarn to use for my crochet doll and decided to write down my point of view on yarn selection.

In the tropical country that I stayed, we seldom has the need to wear thick clothing that made from pure wool or fur. So when I select yarn for wearing purposes, I will try to avoid such thick yarn and choose more cooling yarn that made from cotton or bamboo material. This types of yarns are quite hard to come by in the context of my small country, Singapore, whereby it is hard to find the group of knitters and crocheters who are willing to spend time to knit a cotton made blouse or skirt to be wear under the bright Sun. However, there are still people willing to make a pure wool scarf, pullover or sweater only to be used in an air-conditioned room, when travel overseas or send it overseas as presents.

As for me to find a better source to find cooling yarn for me will be via internet. Usually yarns sold on internet could be in quite a reasonable price, provided the currency conversion is acceptable and the shipment cost is low. However, to ship yarn that sold in US or Canada to Asia is still pretty expensive and may easily cost double or triple its original price. I have also tried to buy yarn from countries that were closer to me like China, Japan or Australia. For Australia, we have a great store here, Spotlight, which provides the supplies. I hope we have more locals here who love this hobby and so increase the yarn sale which in turns trigger Spotlight to ship more varieties of yarn here. As for China I may not want to venture into it due to its quality. I heard some purchase cases that state what you see on internet may not be what you get at times. Good yarn from Japan is pretty expensive. We do have a crafty shop over in Singapore that sell Japanese yarn, called Golden Dragon. Some of the yarn price as compare to overseas is better and some could be pretty expensive.

Once a while I would pamper myself to buy some ‘expensive’ yarn over the internet. The price stated on internet is not that expensive. However after taking into account of the shipment cost, it becomes. But still I prefer to get some yarn over the internet to explore other types of yarn. Sometimes I really envy people who stay in seasoned countries who could make all kinds of products from different types of yarn. You won’t have the problem of not finding any occasion to wear them.

Back to choosing yarn material for making amigurumi dolls. Usually you don’t want to spend too much on doll materials unless you are make a doll for a person with sensitive condition like asthma or similar. So I choose 100% acrylic yarn. As for size of the yarn, I usually choose 8 ply yarn that uses 4 to 4.5mm crochet hook sizes to make dolls that are taller than 10cm. At times I would need to double up the yarn to make something bigger. My 16 inches tall hobbes are made from two strand of 8 ply yarn.

So no matter what type of yarns you used, it is worth to take the risk to try it out. It may not be suitable to a project you choose in the first place. Then try it on other projects. The more you try out the more experience you will get and who knows the outcome may be something out of a surprise and a fulfilling one.

I have a plush piggy toy that I purchased very long ago. Cannot remember when and where was it. The only thing that I recall was I bought it because the piglet looked so cute with its chubby chins at two sides of its nose. One thing about soft toy is you never get too tired looking at them, the cute faces just melt all your troubles alway.

I have recently made a crocheted pig followed the design of the plush piggy. It took me quite a long time to figure out how to crochet the two fat chin beside the nose. Although it turn out not as chubby as the origin one, I’m quite satisfy with the outcome. I’ve also made a pinky hat to match my piglet. Both piggy and piglet are now standing side by side looking at me.

Piggy and Pigglet

So which one you like more? Any buyers for my pink piglet?