Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Crochet Monkey Purse!

My 21 month old nephew loves a purse!...well I'm not sure whether it's the purse he loves or the money in it!!! As I am enjoying my newly learnt crochet skills, I decided to try and crochet him his own purse!! His favourite soft toy is a monkey and as his cheeky smile and mischievious ways remind me of a monkey I decided to attempt a simple monkey purse!!  These are the results!...

I have discovered 'Drops' yarns and love the Drops 4 yarn which is a lovely soft mix of alpaca, wool and linen..
it's so gorgeous and touchy feely! The black eyes are safety eyes and the facial features - nostrils and mouth - are handstitched!
I found some cute monkey fabric in complementary colours to line the purse with - I think it makes a really lovely detail!
I always struggle with zips and this one was no different but I eventually managed to complete it and am reasonably pleased with the finished article!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Crochet!...getting the hang of it now!!

Feeling accomplished!! :)

Well I feel like I am on a roll now!!! These are my second and third attempts at crochet...a giraffe and  monkey!

I made the giraffe using this amazing pattern from the lovely http://ilovebuttonsbyemma.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/crochet-giraffe-pattern.html .  This is only my second attempt at crochet amigurumi and I found the pattern really easy to follow!  I am really pleased with the result and so is my four year-old niece!!

The pattern for the monkey came from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/179944745/monkey-amigurumi-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_16 which has an amazing array of patterns to choose from!!  My one-year old nephew was really please with his monkey too!

Monkey Amigurumi Pattern

My efforts!!!.......

Thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Crochet update!!

I have been super busy trying to learn to crochet so I can make my bunny from my Toft pattern (available from: http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/home.aspx ) ...this is what I am aiming for...
I got a bit stuck when it came to doing the face but sort of got there in the end and this is the result of my very first attempt at crochet!!!.....one bunny rabbit!!

There are loads more patterns available for making lovely animals from TOFT  http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/PD.aspx?product=PATTERNS/toys/-Edwards_Menagerie_eBook :

There are so many lovely animals I can't decide what to crochet next!!!

Thursday, 27 February 2014


There are some lovely crochet toys out there...so lovely in fact that it's inspired me to have a go myself!!

This lovely crochet mouse is by attic @ notonthehighstreet.com

The stripey bear, monkey and Russian matroskya doll are all Anne-Claire Petit.

I went to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate last year and was so inspired by these lovely crochet animals by Toft made with gorgeous alpaca wool in natural colours, that although I had never crocheted before, I bought a ball of wool, a crochet hook and a pattern...determined to teach myself to crochet!

I eventually settled on this lovely rabbit...
Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed for me that you-tube can teach me how to crochet!!!