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!

Review from Etsy

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

Blanket talk!

Blanket talk!

A few months ago I asked my friend if I could do a photo shoot with her children for my blankets, she very kindly agreed.  I’m so very grateful to her!!  Her son is around 2/3 years old and was very happy to oblige, he was intrigued by the colours in the blankets and keen to see which one was coming next.  I couldn’t have asked for a better model he was so fab!  He chatted along to me as he sat in our local park looking extremely cosy under the blankets.

When it came to photograph his little sister it was another matter!  She was not having any of it, it was clearly a ‘not today thankyou!’ situation – oh well, can’t have it all I guess.   As you can see I got some amazing photos.

I do love crocheting baby blankets!  They are one of my favourite things to do, the whole process is delightful from start to finish.

Usually, I start from the yarn, picking out what colours go together and deciding what yummy yarn to use – sometimes a difficult job because there are so many gorgeous yarns available to choose from!  Occasionally I’ll start with the design as some yarns seem to go better with some designs than others.  I like to use a cotton or baby merino to make a traditional continuous granny square blanket for example.

Each blanket takes me anything from 12 to 24 hours to make depending on the design and size, so the initial design process is pretty important, I don’t want to be unhappy with the result at the end of all that work!  The type of yarn I pick is important too, I like to use natural fibres wherever possible, not only do they produce something very special at the end, they’re also amazing to work with. 

A cotton or merino blanket feels luxurious to touch, very soft and supple, perfect to have next to a babies skin; the pure wool and wool/alpaca blankets have a lovely sumptuousness to them and a weight that you just don’t get with acrylic fibre yarns. 

Acrylic yarns do have their place though, they make the best lightweight blankets which are great for that extra layer or for slightly warmer weather when you only need a light covering.

You can find my blankets in my Etsy shop and also at Quillies a bricks and mortar shop in Rhayader, mid Wales.

I also offer a custom service, I can make a blanket in colours of your choice and design – contact me to discuss the details of your heirloom in the making!

Vicki x

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!