Readers Gallery 2

Hi everyone.

I was going to post what I’d made for my sister’s birthday tomorrow, but then I realised she might then see it before I give it her, so delay that one a week.

Instead, I’ve been collecting images of people’s versions of my patterns again. I love seeing photos of things you guys have made from my designs, so please if you have any you haven’t sent me or which haven’t been put on Ravelry do email me at amiguruthi@hotmail.co.uk. Especially if you’ve made something based on my Basic Amigurumi Human Base – I’m saving them for the next Readers Gallery.

First up is one of my favourite things I’ve been sent – a Giant Rubber Duck!

pamvdz Ravelry Duck3 pamvdz Ravelry Duck2 pamvdz Ravelry Duck1

pamvdz was incredibly helpful in testing this pattern and sent me quite a few corrections I had missed which I really appreciated. And look! Purple duck! I’m impressed.

I’ve been sent a few other cool things too – my Flail is pretty popular. I’ve been sent it in it’s classic form:

o0dove0o Ravelry Flail

o0dove0o

In bright pink girl form:

CharminglyWicked Ravelry Flail

CharminglyWicked

And in super upsized incredibly spiky form!:

jld2247 Ravelry Flail

jld2247. I don’t think I can take credit for this one, except in the form of inspiration. I love it though. EDIT: She’s just Ravelry messaged me and added: ‘The handle is 19.5 inches long. The ball is roughly 32 inches in circumference. And the spikes are 6.5 inches long.’
WOAH!

Also popular is my Batman Keyring. I’ve been sent them from S-Max Jewels:

S-Max Jewels Batman Facebook

And janiewaah, who made Robin and The Joker as well.

janiewaah Ravelry batman janiewaah Ravelry robin janiewaah Ravelry joker

(They’re posed in egg cups – I thought they were giant teeth).

A pattern still getting a lot of hits is Puppy Love. And manatina has used it for a lovely tribute to her friend’s dog MacArther, who is pictured in the background.  

manatina puppy love

A few months back now, the Treblemaking Hookers on Facebook had a Yarn Bombing day. I didn’t get my butt in gear in time to join in, but Denise Niemann chose my Unhappy Lil’ Slug to bomb her local Post Office with – hopefully he’s nicely happy with some mystery recipient!

Denise Niemann slug at post officeDenise Niemann slug

A little hint to the future now – I released my Cute Lil’ VooDoo Doll pattern last year when I was still learning to crochet. He’s been popular, but I’ve reworked him for a future post as a re-release, and he actually looks more like Jamie Lasher’s version here:

Jamie Lasher Voodoo doll email

You’ll also see my Fat Gnome re-jigged if you download my Guide to Crochet, but here’s Cmaizy’s version using the original pattern. I love the bird in the background!

Cmaizy Gnome

Another pattern I’ll be talking about in the near future is my Jellyfish. Here’s Laweinberger‘s version to remind you what it looks like – I like the stretched out tentacles on hers.

Laweinberger Jellyfish Ravelry

And lets end on the second biggest invaders of the crochet community behind the owl – Minions! I posted my pattern this time last year, and Tiverknitter sent me a few that she’d made.

Tiverknitter Minion Ravelry

That’s all for now – again, I LOVE seeing your stuff, so please do add them to my Ravelry, post them on my Facebook or drop me a photo by email as above. If I’ve included your project today and not credited you it’s because I don’t have a link to your internet presence, so just let me know and I’ll add it in 🙂

Jellyfish (Free Pattern)

Yarndango number whatever I’m up to now! Also it’s my birthday today, so free pattern to celebrate 🙂

So last week I posted about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef and I mentioned that I’d crocheted this little jellyfish to add to it:

Because it was such a simple improv, I decided to recrochet another and check the pattern. and then give him out free to you lovely people. This is seriously the simplest pattern I have ever written – took me 45 mins to do so with it all written out he’s a proper quickly scrap buster 🙂

Pattern after the jump

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Midweek Squee: Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Remember me complaining that I’ve not had time to crochet? Well that changed! Firstly, I managed to crochet on the train the last two mornings (WIP, more to follow in the next few weeks hopefully) although now I’ll be back in the car commuting so that’ll stop. And secondly, I stumbled across the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. These are apparently running across the world, so if what you read here sparks your interest give it a Google and see if there’s one near you.

How did I come across it? Well, the other week my tutor said to us ‘If you can, go and visit some galleries while you’re in Sheffield’ (we’ve done a few days of my course there this week and last instead of at our usual base). At this point she made no mention of what exhibits were currently running, so I wasn’t overly bothered to go out of my way if it wasn’t compulsory. Monday came round and a lad on the course mentioned a knitted Reef at one of the recommended galleries and since I decided that I couldn’t face another mad dash over to the station after the seminar ended, and decided, begrudgingly I might add, to go be a dutiful student. I didn’t expect much from it – he hadn’t been overly enthused, and the photos I found online on my phone were a bit blah. So I went in not really expecting to be there over five minutes.

OMG THE CROCHET GOODNESS!

There’s an exhibition called ‘Under the Sea‘ running until Oct 14th, and part of it is a gigantic crochet (and knit) Coral Reef. I wasn’t allowed to take my own photos, but here’s a few of the gallery’s own shots:

Credit to Shrunklies on Flickr

Credit to Shrunklies on Flickr

(Gallery credit: Shrunklies)

And a close up:

Credit to Design Week

Photo Credit: Design Week

The whole thing was started by Rowena Hamilton, who is the exhibition curator for craft and design at Museums Sheffield and has been created by community groups and schools and museum visitors and is added to on a weekly basis. It’s apparently nine meters long now. It’s so amazing to look at – there’re hundreds of the squiggly Coral forms that you can see, plus little amigurumi fish and even a big amigurumi octopus. I wanted to take so many photos of my own, but I was stopped because all the artists need to give consent and obviously most haven’t been asked, never mind signed something.

I was sad.

Then I asked if there was any way I could contribute, thinking that she’d day ‘Sure, come to this really expensive class which you’ll never be able to afford in a million years’. Instead she pointed to a bucket of yarn and said ‘I’ve even got a crochet hook I can lend you’ (I had a hook with me as it happens, but hers was nicer).

I was then very, very happy. And I spent forty glorious minutes where I was forced to sit on a sofa in an art gallery making this:

 

I improvised the pattern, and I’m not claiming to have reinvented the wheel, but I was pretty damned pleased with myself. It has five tendrils in reality not just the three you can see, I just didn’t get a really great picture (she didn’t mind me photographing my own addition, but I did feel like I was being watched in case I whipped my camera round and started shooting the Reef, so I didn’t take my usual in progress and multiple angle shots!).

I’m planning on quickly whipping up another at some point this week (I wrote down my pattern as I went thankfully) and improving it a bit, maybe give it a face, so I’ll hopefully be making it my freebie this weekend. Watch this space!

The upshot of this post is, don’t miss out on opportunities by not taking that little bit of time to look somewhere new. I had an hour to kill before my train, and normally I’d have slopped off round the shops. Instead I got to not only indulge my hobby, but add to a great work of art in the process!