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Amigurumi Crochet Design Dolls

Horseplay With The Hook

While I was in Denmark earlier in the month a message with a fun order ticked into my mail box. I usually say I don’t “do” commissions, but then again, I do “do” commissions, but only when my creative freedom is not constrained. Fortunately, this was the case again this time. This was an order for two small figures of about 12 cm. One male and one female, he was to wear black trousers and a red coat, she was to wear a black dress. And I was to crochet a horse too…

I have crochet like something of a lunatic ever since as today was the deadline for completion of the project.

Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female with Horse by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I could have done many different styles of people and horse, but knowing the person who ordered them, I kept the whole thing fairly simple.

I had a really hard time making the horse. I have never been a horse girl, when I was a child, so a bit of research went into getting that neck made somewhat right!

Crochet amigurumi horse by Irene Lundgaard 2Detail of Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female Detail and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have just handed over the lot and fortunately they were well received! That is always a gamble when doing commissions, even with pictures of the progress during creation, there are no guarantees that the customer is going to be happy with the finished work, so I’m delighted again this time!

And now, I’ll go back to crocheting wild pink roses, I have a little neck piece in mind for the shop for tomorrow.

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Crochet Fun

The Rhythm Of Crochet

A while ago, (a year to be exact, I have just been reliably told, cough-cough! How time flies!) I was given a gorgeous and very inspiring gift. I was given a piece of crochet music. Donal wrote a pretty little tune for me all inspired by the rhythm of my crochet hook.

Honestly, it doesn’t get any bigger than that as gifts go in my world!

Not only did Donal write the music, he also made me a video with an animated crochet hook interspersed with pictures of some of my crochet.

Donal called the tune “Get Hooked” and that is exactly what he has done. I’m hooked on it and I think Donal has completely captured the rhythm of a crochet hook in the tune and let’s face it, he does hear a lot of it! Words like “obsessive compulsive” does regularly make their way across the room to me for some reason…

I love that little humpty-dumpty rhythm he has captured, it is so melodic and great crochet music to my ears. I adore this little video, I adore the tune and truth be told, I adore Donal, but that’s my own little private secret…

Enjoy the music!

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Crochet Fun Knitting

Knitting All Sorts

I had to make some Christmas presents, as I’m sure every crafter in the world was compelled to doing.

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Beanies For The Boyoz and a Ice Cowl for Herself.

For some reason it was my knitting needles I turned to for the most part. That seems to happen to me every Christmas for some reason… I worked a couple of nice warm beanies in Rowan Felted Tweed DK (current favourite yarn) for the ‘boys’ and I worked a mock cable cowl in Rowan Big Wool which is a very nice yarn too and it worked up nice and fast as I worked it on a size 10 mm!

IMG_9019smallI even managed to get my tractor of a washing machine to work for the felting of my little Hippy Felt Bag. Although, after the second wash, which made very little impact, just like the first one, I did consider either working the process by hand or simply just binning the whole thing. Then I had a brainwave, even if it was on the the bizarre side as I gave it a last try with the aid of a pair of old summer flip-flops in the wash drum while living with ice and snow in sub-zero temperatures right outside the windows…

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I tried to introduce a bit of hot cheer by crocheting a new version of Hamish The Lion in Rowan Milk Cotton, delicious yarn that, but the pea-soup weather prevails and is frightfully depressing. IMG_9025smallI mean, today we have some +10C which is too cold for flip-flops too so in my opinion we might as well have the crisp white fields to look at and gain the wonderful extra shine of light from the snow and the crisp healthy air which we have enjoyed for the last month or so.

I guess there is only one really good cure; seeing that the weather forecast does not exactly promise clear blue skies for the next while. What the cure is? A deep dive on the colourful yarn stash, what else?

Note: The felted hip bag is worked in ‘Austermann Creativ + Filtz’ which is lovely to work and felts easily, just not in my washing machine. It comes in some interesting colour-ways too.

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Crochet Yarn Classes

The Bookworm – A Marker of Books

When I teach project classes I love having small projects that people can actually manage to make the best part of during class. There is nothing like the achieve of that after a couple of hours work, it boosts the confidence and makes it feel good not only to have mastered a technique but having it manifested is just great!

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The Bookworm – A Marker of Books
© 2010 Irene Lundgaard

I have been playing with these Bookworms for my Amigurumi class for the last while but never really felt I got the eyes right. I had the idea that they should wear glasses but the glasses I made never worked, then suddenly last night I saw the light as my inner Darwin kicked in and I realised that all a good Bookworm needs is a set of huge eyes, so that they can see and read better.

They look right at home there in Daina’s book!

Note: Pattern is available here.

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Crochet Yarn Classes

Elfie It Is

The sweetest little live wire of a happy, charming five year old was the one to come up with ‘The Name’. Elfie it is, the name of the elephant worked for my Amigurimi Class, the first class is on Friday in The Yarn Room in Ashford, Co Wicklow.
I hope Elfie will be happy with Hamish the lion and Ms Space Cadett. I would.

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Note: The Amigurimi Class on Friday 16th of April starts at 10.30 and finishes at 12.30. Booking at The Yarn Room on 085 1303762 or by mail to Stephanie@theyarnroom.com.
May class details in Tinahely will be available on this site later this week.

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Crochet

Spaced Out Head

IMG_0098smallI have developed a severe cold, everything included… I am feeling light-headed and a bit spaced out by it and I am armed with man size tissues at all times. Suppose it would be naive to think I could manage to go a whole autumn and winter without a cold at least. It has obviously gone to my head as ‘Ms Space Cadet’ is the cold manifest through crochet…

Ms Space Cadet
© 2010 Irene Lundgaard

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Crochet

Meet Hamish The Lion

I am preparing some Amigurumi Classes and worked out the lion Hamish over the weekend. Hamish is not quite made in the right style as he is joined together, albeit in crochet, but according to Japanese tradition this should not be the case, it should be worked as one large round but Hamish works best as he is made.

IMG_0060smallHamish The Lion © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

I had expert advice at my disposal during the process as my darling nephews and niece were soft-toy-consultants on the project. They were great fun and even came up with a name for him. Thank you guys!  I better get going on the next one, something fishy; perhaps – and something true to the Amigurumi tradition…

Note: Hamish is worked in two colours of Lett Lopi yarn which is an Aran weight yarn approximately. It is worked on a size 4.5 mm hook. If I was true to the Amigurumi tradition I probably should have worked him on a size 4 mm hook to make him real tight.