My son is still obsessed with the Christmas Zebra I made for him last month. He named the zebra Zozee and now Zozee goes everywhere with us. Luckily we haven't lost him yet (I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one). Zozee is quite the adventurous zebra; he flies through space, he rescues other animals, and he apparently loves to watch Octonauts. It probably goes without saying that I was strictly banned from packing Zozee up with the other Christmas things. Since it looks like Zozee's definitely the favorite toy at the moment, I couldn't resist my son's request to make Zozee a friend. But instead of making a zebra, I figured I'd tweak the pattern just a bit and make something a little different: a unicorn!
I know it's only the beginning of January, but I am already SO done with winter. Thank goodness it's starting to warm up a bit, because the last couple weeks have been brutal. I guess you can take the girl out of Southern California, but you can't take the Southern California out of the girl. I am just not built for the cold. Luckily, cozy crochet pieces always cheer me up a bit. And my favorite crochet-wear at the moment is definitely this awesome trapper hat.
My little Facebook page has reached 3000 likes! This calls for a celebration. You guys are all the best and it (quite literally) wouldn't be possible without you all, so I'm excited to host another giveaway in honor of this milestone with not one, but THREE winners! Woohoo!
As a pattern designer, I find that I don't often make things using other people's patterns anymore. I can't always find the things I'm imagining (my brain can be a strange place, people) or if there's some particular style I'm interested in, I might just make up my own version. But while it's sometimes more convenient to be the one woman yarn show, I do think that it's good to branch out and try to work from someone else's pattern every now and then. I always learn something new: a new stitch, a new construction, or even a new way of writing out something. It's like a mini class from a fellow designer. So when I first learned about the Scheepjes 2017 Crochet Along (CAL), I knew I wanted to join in.
Decorating the Christmas tree has always been one of my favorite childhood memories. Some people have fancy trees, but ours tended more towards the eclectic; we always just stuck up all our favorite random ornaments. You wouldn't see our tree on any magazine cover, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. As such, I've always had a fondness for unique homemade ornaments. They're like little bits of love, wrapping the tree in memories (how's that for cheesy?). I designed this little sun ornament as a gift for a friend who radiates goodness and sunshine. I hope that it brings a little bit of extra joy to her home, and maybe it can bring some to yours as well.
When I'm designing a new crochet pattern, my number one inspiration would have to be my kids. I love to make things for them, both practical (like a warm hat) and fun (like my Cuddly Camera toy. And now that my oldest is big enough to give me ideas, he can actually help design things, which is awesome. The other day we were playing an animal pretend game and he started describing a red and green zebra. Sounds like a Christmas zebra to me! Once the idea popped into my head, I knew it was too fun to ignore, and thus this little amigurumi came to be.
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