To all mothers in the world, “Happy Mother’s Day!”

To celebrate these days, I have made 3 crochet figurine doll to all mothers in my family: my mother, my sister and my sister-in-law.

This is the first time I’ve made such a small doll using a 4 ply yarn for the head and hands and 8 ply yarn for the hair and the body. The size of the dolls are from 4-5 inches tall. The hair was made to fit varies head sizes and to portray different style of mother in my family. My mother, the grandmother has a tied bun. My sister has dark straight shoulder length hair that has a hair clip put on it. My sis-in-law has long piggy tail hair with a flower pin on top.

The style of hands are quite different too to show more of their lively characters. I tired to make them to stand on their own by making two feets for some of them. The results are quite satisfy and I really love my own creation.

I’m going to make another two more for my brother and bro-in-law for father’s day celebration. See if it fits the mothers as a pair. Really looking forward to it. 😛

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Time flies.. It has been months ago since I update blog post. What have I been doing lately?

Busy working and crocheting of course.

The past months were like daze to me.. I did many projects. In February till March, I finished 3 hobbes,  2 amigurumi cats and 2 tiger dolls crochet,  some for the orders on etsy and others from friends and relatives. I was happy my Calvin and Hobbes pair that I design in February found an owner. I also made another extra hobbes as one of my order almost did not deliver to the recipient. Luckily she got it just before I finished. Right nowI decided to rest for a while in making doll crochet. I think I’m a bit burn out now.

I also did a white shrug for my niece. It was made from cotton yarn and the final products looks hard but it stand out pretty nice. I quite like it and can’t wait to show it to my niece. Wonder how would it turn out as a skirt?

I did another shrug for myself. a purple colar yarn made from Moda Vera – mousse 70% Australian wook and 30% Soya. I have been wanting to try on yarn made from Soya lately. I got this beautiful yarn from Spotlight at a discounted price. The yarn gave a different shades of purple tone when look at different angle and it pretty much matches the pattern that I’ve chosen for the shrug.  I hope the weather in Singapore would turn cooler so that I have the chance to wear it. Ha! Ha! Still left 5 more rolls of purple yarn, wonder what project should I make out of them?

I have also mended my previously made pink blouse to make it longer. I wore it to work to show off my product to my colleagues 😛

Now I started make  a using a earthlygreen yarn made from100% Highland wool byelann.com Peruvian Highland Sport. I read the pattern from Inside Crochet magazine and can’t wait to start on this. The pattern has a fashionable and durable look that you would have thought that it is made from knitting rather crocheting. Can’t wait to finish to scarf to see the final product.

I still have a few more pending projects and lots of yarn purchased and awaiting for me to crochet. Happy crocheting!

I just completed my second snowmain crochet doll in two evening time. Felt so proud of myself.

I was kind of working stress lately and miss my first snowman so much. I did my first snowman stress relief doll last November and sold it within a day after I display at the etsy site. I wonder how is he now , did the new owner like him?

Anyway, I decided to make myself another one to compensate my ‘lost’. I need it badly to release some of my stress. While crocheting, I have already felt the relaxation that I needed. And I found another good reason to do crocheting. No matter how tired I felt after my day job, I should remind myself the best way to replenish my energy at the end of the day is to do some crocheting. Pick up a crochet hook and some yarn you can find. Without thinking much, just do what came first in your mind and you surprise yourself what you can make out of it.

This second snowmain, Mr purple, is quite similar to his brother Mr Green. I change the hat slightly started with making the rounded ball at the tip of the hat and expand using single crochet in white yarn. I used double crochet and half double crochet for the last four rows to increase its elasticity. It really look like a real hat to me. As for the scarf, I started with the rounded ball in white and continue on using double crochet with althernate color row between purple and white.  I ended with a simple sc ball using purple color yarn. Both balls were also stuffed with poly fiber.

I’m going to place it at my office desk. Seeing him everyday during work would some how ease off my daily stress, I hope.

Chinese New Year has just started 4 days ago and now I am back to work. four  I really do not have the mood to start work today since the last four days I’ve been indulged on good food and relaxation.

Looking at my last post, I was kind of shame of myself on how lazy I became since I started the day job. No blog entry for the past 1 month! But luckily I was not stopping for my crochet work. The past four days I was trying hard to work on my new project ‘ Calvin and Hobbes’ in between the celebration of CNY. I would say I am proud of myself to come out with the Calvin doll design and almost completed another Hobbes doll of 16 inches tall to match with ‘Calvin’.

For the past month, I have also sold a Hobbes doll and made another of  my ‘tiger’ doll. It seems that Hobbes is well received in the western world whereas my tiger doll is well received in the eastern world.  Anyway, so long that people appreciate my effort I’ll be fine.  I am also thinking of doing something else other than doll for my next project. May be a sweater , mitten or a scarf design my me. Maybe another handbag.  It all depends when my inspiration will come.

Lately I have more enthusiasm in doing my crochet work than doing my day job. Really hope one day I could work full-time on crocheting to earn my living. That will be my greatest wish!

I did the Monkey’s dress on last Friday night.

It looks like my monkey and the tiger make great companion for each other!

See my latest design, Calvin. He and Hobbes are going to be the greatest companion too! I am in the process of finishing a larger Hobbes.. Only left the ears, mouth, and nose….

Today is a happy day as it is the last day to say farewell to my jobless status to become ‘with job’. I found a day job and going to start work tomorrow. But that does not mean its the end to my ‘crochet career’. Instead I will go full force towards achieving my goal to be a crochet designer. With the stable income from my day job I would be able to invest on more yarn and material to explore further.

As now I could only do crochet part time, more commitment and effort would require from me to carryon.  I believe when there is a will there is a way.

Some updates to my recent crochet activities:

1. Start doing a Hello Kitty angel, finishing crocheting all the parts and awaiting to assemble.

2. Working on a 16 stitch sampler afghan, I selected some of the beautiful stitches out of the 36 that I found on the book: Crochet Techniques by Renate Kirkpatrick. This serve as a practise for me to explore other crochet stitches and at the same time use it as a sampler for my future projects.

3. I pick up one of the half done motif project and convert it a tissue cover.

4. Made a small purse of kitty’s face. Still awaiting to assemble the eyes, nose and a zipper.

And last but not least, my hobbes crochet doll has finally found an owner! This make my happy day.

Here’s to everyone a great year ahead! Busy busy busy… 😛

Don’t think crochet and knitting are only meant for grandmothers or housewives who have nothing to do but to make some socks, scarf or sweater presents for their kids, grandkids, friends and families. If you have such thinking, check this sites on how crochet apply to create artistic pieces that were no lesser than other form of arts:

1) You have seen the real form of coral reef under the sea. Some mathematicians have used mathematical formulas to create hyperbolic planes and used paper to create the spiral form of coral. But Lativan-born mathematician Diana Taiminia, has combined her mathematical skill and crochet skill to form hyperbolic planes where two parallel lines curve away from each other. Read more at :

http://www.math.cornell.edu/~dtaimina/hypplanes.htm

http://theiff.org/reef/index.html

2) Crocheting technique is no longer just learn from some crochet basic books or some one who is more experience than you in crocheting and reading charts. Now you can take an International Diploma Crochet course, a three-part distance learning ‘diploma’. For more information refer to: http://www.crochet.co.uk/

3) Here is another talented artist, Inga Hamilton, who use crochet to do sculpting for her art gallery exhibition.  Due to copyright issue, please refer to this site for more info: http://www.rockpoolcandy.com/

Fellow crocheters, if you need some inspirations for you next projects, refer to the above links. I really hope that crochet technique could continue be adopted by many other areas and more people pick up the interest.

Long live the crochet!

It’s a brand new year 2010 now. Where are my new year resolutions?

Getting very lazy lately on not updating this blog as often as I wanted to be. I was busily doing crocheting.. Yeah all the excuses…

Last few weeks of  year 2009 I was doing some last minutes projects: a modified ‘Hobbes’ from my tiger pattern, some mini christmas wreath to give to my family and friends, roses for a friend. Currently I am working on a Strawberry shortcake blouse.  I have placed my ‘Hobbes’ at etsy on sales now. Many viewers but no takers. Hmm..

Today I have finally take up the initiative to make out some resolutions for my future crochet projects:

1) Make a lightweight jacket from a design stated in Inside Crochet magazine (looking for soysilk yarn online, they are so expensive…)

2) Design something for the valentine  gift season, hello kitty? Heart shape cushion? Roses? Any ideas?

3) Seriously updating this blog for more crochet techniques: from basic to advance. At least two times per week  ( readers, please kick me if you don’t see any new blogs updates for a while :P)

4) venture to other kind of small accessories design like: hair bend, pin cushion, potpourri, etc.

5) Learn fulling (felting) – the process of shrinking knitted or crocheted pieces. You many wonder why would I want to shrink my precious handmade pieces so as to get a different kind of texture from its original pattern. I’ve been doing some researching on this and find it quite interesting. I think I would start something small first  like, a small pouch or something.

6) Last but not least, finish all my half done projects which include: handbag, cushion cover or pot holder, tissue box cover or cushion cover? That is for myself to interpret and determin. haha!

So hope that I could fullfil what I have written above. Time will only tell..

A year later I will make a point to come back to this blog to update what I have actually done.

So have you done your new year resolution yet?