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After a prolonged break have got back into crocheting.  For a recent craft fair, I wanted to create some beasties to liven up the Seawitch image, and had the brain wave of replicating one of my favourite dive sites in Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.  So we have an octopus, some squid, and jellyfish:

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The jellies and octopi got a bit cutesy so I made up ‘Angry Squid’.  Despite this two little girls were happy to make off with the deep red (Humboldt squid-esque!) one from my stall.

Next I plan to create a ray or two – sting and manta – possibly an angel shark and cuttle fish (adapting the squid pattern).  This year there have been sightings of sun fish (mola mola) so I may try one of those – although they may not make very interesting amigurumis.  I also have plans to incorporate some soft circuits into the the jellyfish to give them illuminated stingers.

Patterns will follow too and the completed items will soon be on sale online via Folksy.

No, I’m not thinking of Del Boy* – but the jubilee. I’m not a royalist but having found a stash of red, white and blue yarn in my store, I played around with some ideas until I came up with the ‘Jubilee Humbug’: suitable for enthusiastic monarchists and those who may not wish to embrace the festivities as much. I’ve ended up with a whole family of humbugs to the delight of my daughter at least.  Of course you don’t have to be British to make these – use any colours you like; it could be for a football team or to match your outfit whatever shade it is!

Trio of Humbug Jubblies

The Jubbly Family

Since they’re so quick to make I’m sharing the pattern with you here; I apologise now for any errors, I haven’t had a chance to get it tested out by a volunteer.   Please let me have feedback so I can make sure future patterns are usable by all. If you get keen and make a bunch to sell, credit Seawitch Designs and of course do not reproduce the pattern for sale yourself.

Enjoy!

Humbug

Ability level: confident beginner.  UK instructions with US in [].

You need:

  • 3 colours of DK yarn (same brand would be best to keep tension even).
  • 2 black safety eyes, buttons or beads
  • Soft toy stuffing
  • 3mm or 3.5mm [D or E] crochet hook

You need to work two 10 by 10 ‘squares’ (they may be more rectangular) as follows:

  1. Using  first colour, chain 11
  2. Turn and dc [sc] in second chain from hook (10)
  3. Turn, chain 1, dc [sc] to end (10)
  4. Join in second colour, turn, chain 1, dc [sc] to end (10)
  5. Turn, chain 1, dc [sc] to end (10)
  6. Work 6 more rows switching colours every second row.
  7. Square is complete on row 10.

Work a second square starting with the second colour for the foundation row.

To make up:

  1. Sew in ends.
  2. Place squares together with stripes vertically and dc [sc] round 3 sides.
  3. If using safety eyes, insert them now in desired position.  (Tip: partially stuff humbug so that it can stand up, line up eyes and then pinch top together to get feel for right position.)
  4. Stuff humbug (not too much!), and then pinch the top together to form a cross.
  5. Join top with dc [sc] and finish off.

Make some more humbugs in alternating colours as I did here.  You could also make them into brooches to pin to clothing or hats.

*Just in case: Del Boy was a character in UK TV programme whose catchphrase was ‘Lovely Jubbly’.

The mini coven

Well, actually more Nanny Ogg than mermaids. But they are from me as the Seawitch. They’ll be on sale tomorrow at the craft fair in Enfield, UK from 10. Hurry, hurry!

I spent some time adding a post about Ada Lovelace and Android apps development which has vanished, so instead have decided to share the cuteness of my latest amigurumi!

Enjoy……

Pumpkin Cute

Waiting for the big day

Hi – have been inspired to share my thoughts after meeting Doris Chan today at the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally in the UK.  This event always amazes me as there are so many great displays – not just the stalls – but the graduation shows from many wonderful artists.  I turned a corner and saw a knitted lampshade and stand cover which just made me smile!  Sadly I have forgotten the name of the creator of this loveliness – you know who you are!

Doris demo’d broomstick crochet to the crowd and patiently answered my question on ‘just how to do you shape the piece?’  As with all crochet (and possibly knitting) it’s all a question of maths.. which brings me back to why I’m doing this blog.   A few years ago I stumbled over the crochet reef on its world tour when it was at the Southbank Centre in London – I found out that it was started in Australia but really came about through research into ‘hyperbolic’ curves.   I then played about with this myself and came up with some interesting shapes – mostly scarves!

I hope to share my creations with you, and possibly some of the patterns of how I did them.  Expect a few amigurumis on the way as well – I came across these too and have been making them as festive decorations.

Keep hooking!

Daf