Wow, My Kits Were in a Magazine!!

Anyone who follows my facebook page will already have seen this, but facebook moves so quickly I thought it’d be lovely to have it on my website too.

I was contacted by a journalist on the editorial team of Love Crochet magazine a few months ago, the lady asked me for permission to include my crochet kits in a feature she was working on.  Of course I said yes!  

I wasn’t sure anything would come of it but ordered the issue it was supposed to be in just in case, I was so so so excited when I saw it!!!  My kits in print, it’s astonishing to me, it really is ha ha!  So, I’m chuffed to bits and here’s a little video of me showing you the article.

Vicki x

Thinking About Dormice … They’re Just So Damn Cute!!

Thinking About Dormice … They’re Just So Damn Cute!!

I have two cats, they’re gorgeous, affectionate, black and white creatures of softness called Brian and Audrey.  I love them dearly but, of course, they bring in all kinds of little mice, shrews, voles, etc… dead ones sadly – it’s not good!!!  It got me to thinking about my amigurumi dormice, luckily my cats haven’t presented me with any dormice!  

The dormice I make are one of my favourite amigurumi to crochet, they make me smile so much when I’ve embroidered their cute little noses on and added a teeny mouth. 

    amigurumi mouse looking out of the window

I started making them as a secondary thing to the nest really, the nest came first as an idea and the mouse came after, then it had to be a dormouse!!  I know my dormice are not like the real thing, especially when I make them out of turquoise yarn ha ha!  I have given them quite large round ears and, more like a real dormouse, an actual fluffy tail!

   

I have a grey one sitting on my desk right now, he’s looking at me in a friendly kind of way as if to say ‘I really like hanging out with you!’ and ‘just don’t let those cats in, ok?’ No chance!  You’re safe here with me little fella!

There are some dormice in my Etsy shop right now if you fancy treating yourself or someone you know, I can say that they make superb desk companions and have heard they’re great pocket toys too.

Vicki x

Did you know that if you order more than one item from my Etsy shop you don’t get charged a penny more for shipping?

That’s right, you only pay the postage and packaging for one item, additional items go free!

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Dragons!

Dragons!

Introducing Miss Gregory’s Gorgeous Dragons! 

My new range of cute amigurumi creatures, they come in three different colours, traditional green, welsh red and gorgeous gold, they live in an egg – of course they do!

These are baby dragons so haven’t fully grown everywhere yet, they have little wing buds, just sprouting and aren’t spewing fire just yet either!

 

They started out life as a badly drawn sketch – all my sketches are awful!!

Fallen in love?  You’ll find these in my Etsy shop so you can keep one of your very own smile

Cat in a Stovepipe Hat!

Cat in a Stovepipe Hat!

I was all set to write up the pattern for my amigurumi bunny scarf, to go with the amigurumi bunny kits I make, but we had such unexpectedly lovely weather at the end of February that it no longer seemed appropriate (though I will get round to doing this in the future).  Instead, I decided to design a top hat to go with my amigurumi cat kits.   It took me a lot longer than I anticipated – I decided to take photographs to explain parts of the pattern so it’s more of a thorough job than I originally intended!

So here it is!  I hope you like it!

 

Stovepipe Hat

A free accessory pattern to go with my amigurumi cat kits

Key – UK crochet stitch terms used

htr – half treble                       dc – double crochet
ch – chain                                BLO – back loop only
ss – slip stitch                         FLO – front loop only
st/s – stitch/es

For this pattern I used Stylecraft Special Chunky and a 4mm hook 

R1:  Make a magic ring, ch1 and crochet 9htr into it, join with a ss to the first htr made

      

(Click here to take you to my how to make a magic ring tutorial)

R2: ch1, 2htr in each st around, join with a ss (18 sts)

R3: ch1, dc in BLO of each stitch around, join with a ss (18 sts)

  

Instead of going under both loops of the ‘v’ as you usually would you go through the back loop only.

(if you haven’t crocheted over your initial end then now is a good time to sew it in)

You end up with the front loop making a ridge and you’ll now be crocheting up the sides of the hat.

R4 – 8: ch1, 1htr in each st around, join with a ss (18 sts)  This row is repeated 5 times

    

R9: ch1, dc in FLO around (18 sts)

   

You have how changed direction again and will be crocheting the rim of the hat

R10: ch1, 2htr in next 9 sts, turn (18 sts)
(check the hat on your cat’s head to see if this a good size, as you can see for me my cat’s ears are roughly central so 9 sts works, you may have to adjust for your own cat)

            

R11: ch1, 1htr in next 2 sts (the first of these will go directly below the ch1 you just made.  I’ve put a wool needle in the space to show you), then 2htr in the next st (repeat the pattern of 1htr, 1htr, 2htr till the end of the row) (24sts)
fasten off.

         

Now you’re going to make the front on the hat rim.

To make space for the ears you need to miss a stitch out on each side.  So join the yarn one stitch in, in the 2nd picture the yarn needle shows you the missed stitch and the crochet hook shows you where to join.  On my hat I have 7 stitches to crochet into.

   

R12: ch1, 2htr in the same place as the join (shown where my yarn needle is again) then 2htr in the next 6 sts (or as many as you need for your hat making sure you leave the last st empty) (14 sts) turn.

   

R13: ch1, 1htr in the next 2 sts (again the first stitch you go into is shown with my yarn needle), then 2htr in the next st (repeat the pattern of 1htr, 1htr, 2htr till the end of the row) finishing with 1htr in the last 2 sts (do not turn) (18 sts)

   

R14: ch1, then 1dc around the whole of the hat brim being careful not make the stitch that jumps the gaps too loose.  Join to the 1st dc of the round with a ss and fasten off (42 sts)

         

Weave in the ends.

Lastly pop it on your cat’s head!  Ta da!

      

 

I hope you enjoy making your top hat for your cat!

Vicki x

P.S.  You can find my amigurumi cat kits in my Etsy shop and also at Quillies a bricks and mortar shop in Rhayader, mid Wales; Talgarth Mill Craft Shop, Talgarth and The Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.

 

Do You Have Anyone Left To Buy For?

Do You Have Anyone Left To Buy For?

Have you got anyone left to buy for?  I’m always a bit late with my Christmas shopping so I’ve still got a bit more to do!  I may be able to help with yours though, with a little Miss Gregory’s Gorgeous Gifts Ideas List.

1 – For the Crafter

An amigurumi crochet kit!  My crochet kits are ideal for the crafter in your life.  As long as they know how to hold a hook and a couple of basic stitches they’ll be good to go!  I provide website support with my little video tutorials and am always happy to help with questions, I’m just a contact form or message away!

2 – A Very Special Present for New Parents

One of my crochet baby blankets will knock their socks off!  These blankets are designed with longevity in mind, they can be passed down through the generations to come.  Beautifully crocheted with gorgeous natural fibres or premium acrylic if you prefer.

3 – For the Unicorn Mad

The cutest little baby unicorn you’ll see anywhere!  Like all my amigurumi these mythical lovelies come with their own bed and blanket.
There are only 2 of these left in my shop right now.

3 – For the Cat Lover

The purrfect gift for anyone who adores cats.  So so cute in their little beds! 

4 – For the Baby

A very grabbable amigurumi doll.  These loveable people are designed to fit in little hands, they are of course CE marked (so they meet the toy safety requirements like all my toys), they have no hard parts and can be popped in the washing machine when they get grubby.   

6 – For Lion Tamers 

These little lions are already tame of course but they like to play along!  Perfect for the young and the young at heart who love teeny roars.

7 – For Your Hunny Bunny

These bunnies are the most adorable, they have extra long ears which give them a lot of charm!  One of my personal favourites these are – I have a soft spot for a bunny!

8 – For Dormice Adorers

Do you know someone who loves these little critters?  They each have the sweetest little nest to curl up in and fluffy tails like a dormouse should have.

9 – For Dog Owners

Someone who has a dog really does appreciate these little sweethearts, they’re the cutest little puppies that you can tuck up in bed!  What’s not to love?

10 – For Wolfy People

These little wolf pups are just the thing for people who love the wildness of a wolf but want them cuddly like a puppy really!  Softies!

I hope that’s been some help to you, I’m off now to do some shopping of my own now so here’s wishing you a fabulous Christmas!

My last order date is 17th December for UK customers only.

See you next time!

Vicki x

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Amigurumi Wolf Pups

Amigurumi Wolf Pups

Hello!  I have a new addition to my Etsy shop this month that I wanted to tell you about.  As you can see by the title I’ve made some super cute amigurumi wolf pups!

Grey Amigurumi Wolf

The story behind this design is quite simple, I was asked to make a wolf as part of a custom order about a year and a half ago, my customer wanted me to make a little cat and a wolf which would come in the same basket with a shared blanket – so cute!  How could I resist making something like that?  So I went ahead and designed the wolf, happily, it was one of those designs that just went well immediately so I haven’t changed a thing since.

I’ve kept to wolfy kind of colours but of course, I’m more than happy to make one in a colour of your choice, custom orders are always, always welcome – all you need to do is ask 🙂 

What colour do you like best?  Have I made a wolf that appeals to you?  Let me know I’d love to find out.

See you next time!

Vicki x

Shop for Amigurumi Wolves here!