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Crochet Yarn Classes

Rodney The Lion

I was in Belfast over the weekend where I was to meet wee Rory. I had decided that Rory was to have a little present from me, so I set to work with the hook and some cotton and Rodney The Lion slowly but truly materialized almost on his own accord.

Rodney The Lion © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Rodney is the simplest kind of Amigurumi figure as I didn’t want anything too complicated – just a simple toy for Rory. The lion is worked in one piece to cut down on pieces that can potentially fall off once Rodney is introduced to the rough and tumble of play by a small boy.

Roaring success…

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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…

IMG_9016smallHippy Felt Bag –felted © Irene Lundgaard 2010

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

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.