Sooooooooo… this is my first ever bog post…..what to write, what not to write? For now I’ll go with the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid!) and tell you why I’ve started a blog.
For 20 years I was a Greetings Card Designer - a good one, sold thousands of designs - but I got VERY bored with sitting in front of a computer drawing Santas every day.
As a hobby, I taught myself to crochet - I started with Granny Squares, and once every room in the house had a blanket (and I was completely broke from buying so much yarn) I started having a go at Amigurumi and….. excuse the pun… I was HOOKED.
After all those years drawing cute characters on paper I LOVE being able to bring them to life in 3D with yarn.
Let me tell you, my first attempts at Ami were dreadful! So if you’re only just starting, keep going - they’ll get better! I’m planning on putting some hints and tips for getting great results on the site soon.
I started writing my own patterns about 4 years ago - I really like the process of working out how to create the shapes and the technical writing aspect of creating my own patterns.
Earlier this year I had my first ever pattern published - Frankie the Flamingo appeared in issue 60 of Crochet Now magazine in September. I am indebted to the lovely Jenny Conduit - the magazine Editor - for taking a chance on a completely unproven designer. Fortunately, she liked what I did and I’m now working on some other projects for her.
I’ve wanted to start an Amigurumi website for some time but didn’t really know where to begin. Inspiration came with an impulse buy of an Aldi So Crafty Knit & Purl Amigurumi Yarn box - 50g each of 36 gorgeous colours.
Rather than the box just adding to my ever growing yarn stash, (we’ve all got on of those, right?) , I’ve set myself a #lockdownamichallenge - I’m going to see how many different little Ami - or mycrochetchums - I can design and make from it.
To make sure I stick to the challenge, I’ve started this site and I’ll be posting the Free Amigurumi Patterns on the Free Patterns page.
I’ll do a Blog post each time I get a new pattern up on the site - you can also follow my progress on Instagram and Facebook.
The first #lockdownamichallenge chum off the hook is mycrochetchums Frog
You can the Free Amigurumi Pattern here - Happy Crocheting!