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I'm a bad deviant. I haven't posted in a while. I am excited to tell you about my new partnership with AllFreeCrochet.com though! They offered to pay me to make some crochet videos for them, and I recently uploaded Episode Two of a short series I'm making for them called Creating Amigurumi! Cool, huh?

You can find them on my channel at YouTube as well as AllFreeCrochet's channel.

Creating Amigurumi Episode #1 -- Jan demonstrates The Magic Loop and Amigurumi Double Ring Methods of beginning to crochet in the round.

Creating Amigurumi Episode #2 -- Jan demonstrates crochet in the round with single crochet increases.


By the end of the series, viewers will have been shown all the skills they need to create their own amigurumi designs. I'm pretty excited about it!

I haven't made much in the way of jewelry recently, but I've been crocheting a lot. Just got a gorgeous book called Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman and I'm just loving it.



There are so many cool motifs to play with to construct blankets or even just yarnbomb the town in (not that I admit to participating in such subversive activities ;) ). It's spiral-bound so it lays flat while you read and stitch, the patterns are written out in easy, common terms as well as graphic chart, and the pictures are in gorgeous, full colour. There are patterns for all skill levels here, though none of them look too daunting if you are familiar with the basic stitches. This cover alone, worthy of hours of admiration, makes me smile every time I look at it.

I highly recommend this book to my fellow hookers!

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Amigurumi Easter Egg - Free Pattern

Fri Apr 2, 2010, 12:58 PM
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Amigurumi Easter Egg by WireMySoul

Amigurumi Easter Egg

See this demonstrated on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8cqr3…

Materials:
Red Heart Comfort sport in two colours of your choice.
Hook: F (3.75 or 4 mm)


Abbreviations:
R = round or row
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
instructions between * are repeated

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 – *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 9 st
R3 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 12 st
R4 - *sc 3, 2 sc in next st* = 15 st
R5 - *sc 4, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st
R6 - *sc 5, 2 sc in next st* = 21 st
R7 - *sc 6, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st
R8 – sc around = 24 st
R9 – *sc 2, sc 2 tog* = 18 st
R10 - *sc 2, sc 2 tog* = 12st --Stuff with 100% polyester fibrefill.--
R11 - *sc 2 tog* = 6 st

sl st and bind off, leaving a tail long enough to sew end closed.

I also posted a link to this pattern on Ravelry.

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FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
Dollar Store Crafts: dollarstorecrafts.com
AmigurumiGirl: amigurumigirl.blogspot.com/
Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
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Journal 26 - Jewelery Feature 4

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Jewelery Journal Feature

Since I finally set up two new boxes on my profile page that feature my recent favourite amigurumi and jewelery, I won't post these journal features as often, but I wanted to point out a few recent faves to my friends who might not have visited recently, but would read this. XD


Philladelphia City Skyline Cuf by getpersonalart
by getpersonalart. I have zero experience with laser etching, but this made me want to learn more about it! I found this cuff just freaking brilliant. The colours are incredible, they look luminescent!

Fairly seething with talent by hogret
by hogret . hogret said she made this to help her feel creative on days she doesn't, and I can see why. Firstly, I'm recently in love with decoupage so the domino appeals to me big time, but look at all the treasures it's strung with! OH MY GOSH! That's like... I can see a squillion ways to use the beads on there separately and she's just bunched them on there willy-nilly! What incredible chuztpa to do that. So cool.

Simple Elegance Pearl Ring by Not-Broken
by Not-Broken. My friend Le made this simple, elegant ring I adore. I have made wire rings for a couple of years now, but Le pulls designs out of her head that amaze me. Some of them, I can stare for hours and can't tell how she wrapped them.

slytherin fork bracelet by gris-mauve
by gris-mauve. I've always wanted to try making silverware jewelery. This piece, in addition to being my favourite colour, tickled me just because she called it Slytherin.

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by VixenVendettaDesigns. I just love skulls, and resin-filled bottlecaps are very cool. XD


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Stamps I love today:

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The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

Check out some of my favourite blogs:
Wil Wheaton: wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbac…
FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
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Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
  • Listening to: In the Morning by Razorlight
  • Reading: Warriors DAWN by Erin Hunter
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Journal 25 - Studio-Making

Wed Aug 5, 2009, 8:48 AM
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Today on my blog:

Studio-Making

Over a year and a half ago, I arranged a nice little desk in my basement laundry room to serve as my jewelery-making 'studio' space.  It worked well enough in the summer when I wanted to escape to the cool basement to create. In the winter, well.. I could always wear polar fleece (I practically live in fleece in the winter anyway).



We have a small bedroom in the basement that's not being used much, so I decided to make the space a little more useful.



Check out my blog for the rest of the story and pictures, if you like. There's still work to do in there, but I have a place to create, and that makes me feel good. I'm excited. I can't wait to get in there and make stuff, but I wanted to share the progress with you and give you the heads up that I'll be posting some more jewelery in the future. FINALLY!!! YAY!

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The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

Check out some of my favourite blogs:
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FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
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Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
  • Listening to: Return of the Jedi
  • Reading: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
  • Watching: Return of the Jedi
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Journal 24 - Amigurumi Feature 4

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by PyroFullmetalGela. PIKACHU I choose you! My kids are loving pokemon right now and I know when they see this they're going to look at me with the puppy dog eyes and ask me to make some pokemon amigurumi for them. How can I top this one though? SO Cute.

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by PyroFullmetalGela. Now... I didn't mean to pick two from the same artist, and looking at these two together I wouldn't have guessed they were the same artist. I love Trek, and this Spock is just the cutest thing ever. This artist made Kirk and Mudkip too, and they're well worth seeing so head to Gela's gallery!

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by StareyedInLA. Most who know me know that, although I couldn't put down the Twilight series, I wanted to smack Edward and Bella at the end of each book I was so sick of their melodramatic "I'll die without you" garbage. Freaking teenagers. I didn't even buy Breaking Dawn, even though it was the best one of the whole series.[/rant] Whoops. Sorry. Erica has done a fabulous job with these two amigurumi, even I can tell it's Edward and Bella and they're so stinking CUTE that I forget my emphatic dislike of the characters. Seriously.

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by kakijbird. I know Lennon wasn't a fictional character, but I couldn't resist featuring this amigurumi. I love how kakijbird used embroidery for the distinctive facial features. Can you believe she's only recently learned to crochet? Wow.

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by DekeNicki. Einstein! Let there be SCIENCE! I love this amigurumi. I love the hair and the moustache and the little blue sweater, all of which screams Einstein! I don't think anyone could mistake this fellow for anyone else. So cute and.. guh. Just check out her other amigurumi in her gallery. I'm watching this deviant.


Thanks for looking!

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Stamps I love today:

clubSEARCH by parallellogic :thumb58200634: Stamp - Ruby Gloom x Skull Boy by AmyJSmylie

The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

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FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
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AmigurumiGirl: amigurumigirl.blogspot.com/
Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
  • Listening to: Tori Amos
  • Reading: Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
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Leon the Pig Amigurumi Free Pattern

Sat May 9, 2009, 9:01 AM
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I posted this to my blog today.

Here's another free pattern from my gallery at deviantART. This one was requested (more than once) and I'm happy to be able to give it away now. My big thanks go to Beth (mercysmom on Ravelry) for testing this pattern for me!

Leon the Pig

Amigurumi Pig 'Leon' by WireMySoul

Abbreviations:
R = round (or row)
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
instructions between * are repeated

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn in pink or other desired colour.
Used: Red Heart Comfort 3147 (Dusty Rose)
Crochet hook : 4.25mm or G hook
Polyester fibrefill
optional: Two 6x9mm pony beads or two washer-backed safety eyes** in your choice of colour and size. Yarn needle, for weaving in ends and sewing the pieces together.

** If using safety eyes, I recommend making a small support round that you'll but the eye's post through before the body, to give the post and washer more fabric to hold as well as to further hide the washer. If you don't use this round, the washer may show through holes around the eye. Just sc 6 in a circle using the amigurumi double ring. Pull it closed so the middle hole is big enough to recieve the safety eye post and bind it off with a slip stitch. weave in the end and pull it into the stuffing of the body when attaching the eyes, to hide and secure it. Alternatively, you can use a felt circle in a contrasting colour, to add dimension and detail to the eyes.

Body:
R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st
R3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st
R4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st (For bead eyes, crochet in pony beads twice on this round, on either side of the round)
R5 to R8 - sc around = 24 (If using safety eyes, insert them after you've made enough fabric to support the washers)
R9 - *sc 2, sc 2 tog* = 18 st
R10 - *sc 1, sc 2 tog* = 12 st
R11 - *sc 2 tog* = 6 st

If you wish, turn the form inside out to get a different, textured surface showing. Stuff it with fibrefill as you get close to the end here. Bind off with a sl st, leaving 12" or so, and sew the hole closed. With this long end, ch 4. Put 3 sc in the 2nd st from the hook and 3 in each ch leading back to the body. Bind off with a sl st and weave in your end. This should create your pig's curly tail.

Feet (make 4):
R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 to 5 - sc around.
Stuff each with a small ball of polyester fibre fill and sew the edges to the underside of the pig, two in front, two in back. Exact placement is your preference.

Nose:
R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st
Bind off with a sl st and sew this to the face, dead centre with either your cut end or a contrasting colour for nostrils. Sew it in two spots, where you want nostrils.

Ears (make 2):
R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - *2 sc in next st, sc 2* = 8st
R3 - *2 sc in next st, sc 3* = 10st
R4 - *2 sc in next st, sc 4* = 12st
R5 - *sc 2 tog, sc 3* = 10st
R6 - sc 2 tog, sc 2, sc 2 tog, sc, sl st last st = 8st
Bind off and cut, leaving a 4" or so end, with which to sew the ear to the top of the body, just above the face.

If you didn't use pony beads or safety eyes, embroider your eyes on after placing the nose and ears, for best control over the facial expression and placement. You can also embroider a smile, frown or smirk under his nose, if you like.

Thanks for stopping by! ~ Jan

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clubSEARCH by parallellogic :thumb58200634: Stamp - Ruby Gloom x Skull Boy by AmyJSmylie

The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

Check out some of my favourite blogs:
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DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
Dollar Store Crafts: dollarstorecrafts.com
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Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
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Journal 23 - Another Bandana Shirt

Thu May 7, 2009, 12:55 PM
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I posted this to my blog today:

Inspired by such blogs as Mary Olsen's Crafter's Guru and Jan DiCintio's Daisy Janie, I whipped up this little summer bandana shirt for my daughter. She's eight, so it'll fit her perfectly for a good long while as a baggy and breezy shirt, but it could also fit a toddler as a dress.

Another Bandada Shirt by WireMySoul

I found these bright and gorgeous bandanas at the dollar store last time I was there, and bought two each of my daughter's favourite colours to wear: turquoise and green. After washing and ironing, I followed the instructions (from memory actually, it was that easy) I'd seen on both the websites I'd seen this on and made a cute turquoise top. I sewed all the seams down on this one, and embellished the bottom front with a few Tulip's "Glam it Up" iron-on crystals.

I'm considering making something different for her from the green bandanas. A skirt maybe? If she really likes this shirt, then I'll make her another. I hope it's really warm out this weekend, so I can see my girl in this!

Check out the links above for those instructions and try it yourself!

- Jan

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clubSEARCH by parallellogic :thumb58200634: Stamp - Ruby Gloom x Skull Boy by AmyJSmylie

The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

Check out some of my favourite blogs:
Wil Wheaton: wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbac…
FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
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Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
  • Listening to: Pokemon on TV in the background
  • Watching: Pokemon
  • Playing: Kingdom of Loathing
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Journal 22 - Jewelery Feature 3

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Jewelery Journal Feature

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Honeysuckle by alphagrl
by alphagrl. The dripping crescent-shaped setting on this piece really caught my eye. Not only is it a bit unusual, it really complements the perfect cut of that very pretty champagne-coloured cubic zirconia briolette. Very feminine with the bit of sparkle.

Aurora II by Theopanu
by Theopanu. I love Swarovski for bringing out these new and organic shapes in crystal.  These earrings are both simple and flashy! The crystals are bling for miles but look at those long, simple silver beads in the middle. Classy as heck and they hold their own next to the sparkly bits. These are really exceptional earrings.

A Pagan Rosary, of sorts. by nixxieraindrop
by nixxieraindrop. I really like mixing gemstones, and this necklace has a really nice selection of natural stones. The focal bead looks like agate to me (could be jade though), and is a gorgeous colour. The carving of it is kind of primitive and naturally complements the beads and wire. This is a really lovely, earthy necklace.

Cloudburst by MmeMagpie
by MmeMagpie.  Grey silk and freshwater pearls really bring a stormy effect to this crystal necklace, making the name of this piece, Cloudburst, very appropriate. (I've never been very good at naming my jewelery so I want to mention it when I see someone who's really done a great job at it.) The chunky and imperfect polished quartz nuggets add depth, and complement the pearls and tiny perfect bicones. I'd wear this.

Towers Soiree by SpaceHappy
by SpaceHappy. These earrings popped out at me for the contrast between the milky blue cyrstals and shiny pearls with the bronz-y tone. The robot really make me double-take though. Why, YES.. they DO look very spacey and science fiction-y! hehe. Great presentation. This made me take the time to go through SpaceHappy's whole gallery looking for more Transformers related stuff. You should do the same, because Autobots RULE, kids. *nod*
A big, geeky, robot-lovin' thumbs up!

Drops of Ice by ElegantlyEccentric
by ElegantlyEccentric. I would really have liked to see this piece in silver, but I really like how she bridged between the cool crystals and warm pearls with the bronze wire. I really like the little brass beads used as links! Very nice.

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Stamps I love today:

clubSEARCH by parallellogic :thumb58200634: Stamp - Ruby Gloom x Skull Boy by AmyJSmylie

The Mentalist Stamp - Cho by SweetDuke Crochet Stamp by colormist Chuck stamp 7 by WireMySoul

Check out some of my favourite blogs:
Wil Wheaton: wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbac…
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DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
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Journal 21 - Amigurumi Feature 3

Sat Mar 28, 2009, 10:04 AM
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Enter to win the Lisa Pavelka Signature Series polymer clay tools and DVD on favecrafts.com.

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by ip2much. :bulletblue: One of the most intricate amigurumi I've ever seen, this squid is simply amazing. Look at the underside of those tentacles!


Harry Potter Amigurumi by Missteya
by Missteya. :bulletblue: I've made an amigurumi Harry before (three of them, actually) and I love the extra details Missteya put into hers! Look at the shirt, tie and sweater combo she put in there, the finer thread she used for his hair and the edging on that Gryffindor robe! This is another good example of how attention to little extra details like this really make a doll something super special!


Pug in a basket by Simnut
by Simnut. :bulletblue: I love cutsie little animal amigurumi. So many artists out there have such different styles from my own and I just adore simple designs like this. No legs showing or anything, but look at that pet bed! Who needs to make limbs when this cutie can just chillax in his wee basket all day? Brilliant design. I love it!


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by skindiesel. :bulletblue: I really enjoy zombie movies (doubly so since Shaun of the Dead), but it wasn't until joining dA that I learned how popular zombies are. I mean.. did you know that there are whole groups of people who get together once a year in any given town, dress up like zombies and lurch through the streets?? Seriously. How cool is that? I've been watching for zombie-gurumi for a little while now and I was excited to find this little guy with his dangling eyeball, spilling brains and gored arm. This is a brilliant doll.



by lemoncookies. :bulletblue: MORE ZOMBIE-GURUMI! This little monster is in a very advanced state of decomposition. Someone took the time to sew his guts in place lest they keep spilling out, and he's got some nasty gangrene bits. Don't you love an artist with eyes for little details like this? Hahaha!


Amigurumi Toni Chopper by JB-Pawstep
by JB-Pawstep. :bulletblue: I'm lazy. My toys are often as plain as possible, so maybe that's why I love the details other artists put into their amigurumi. Not only did JB-Pawstep make clothes for this little guy, but they're removable too! Sheesh! How cute is that blue nose? And little silver buttons on his shorts? The hat with antler holes is just pure genius, making this one of my favourites this month! Awesome work.


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FaveCrafts Blog www.favecraftsblog.com/
DudeCraft Blog: www.dudecraft.com/
Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club: naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.…
Dollar Store Crafts: dollarstorecrafts.com
AmigurumiGirl: amigurumigirl.blogspot.com/
Hannah Kaminsky's Bittersweet: bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/
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One Piece Crochet Shamrock

One Piece Crochet Shamrock by WireMySoul

Materials:
crochet hook: 4.25mm, or G/6
Yarn: your choice worsted weight. This used Red Heart Super Saver in Hunter Green

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tc = treble crochet
ch = chain stitch
st = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch


R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6 st
sl st 1 to complete the circle

R2 - *ch 3, work (2tc, 2dc, 2tc) in next st. ch 2, sl st next st.* repeat twice more for 3 leaves.

stem: ch 6, then sl st 2nd ch from hook and sl st each of remaining ch back to the centre. bind off and weave in ends.

Your shamrock will be approximately approx. 3" tall by 2.5" wide. (You can increase this by using larger hooks, which will also result in looser stitches, or increasing the thickness of yarn used as well as hook size.)

Now you can use it as an applique on the tummy or hair of your latest amigurumi doll, fix it to a brooch pin, hair barrette or pin, or even use a long hatpin to secure it to your St. Patrick's Day hat or outfit. You could even sew a few together at corners in a line, attach some elastic and make a hair band out of it. Mucho applications. Have fun, and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Edit: You can make them into a garland too!

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Journal 20 - Jewelery Feature 2

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Jewelery Journal Feature

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Apricot Double Hoops by kittenspawn
By kittenspawn Gorgeous, faceted beads with silver. Is there anything prettier? There's so much I like about this. Great green background, glossy cup/bowl and pretty jewelery. Very nice picture.

Nightmare Charm Bracelet by quidditchmom
By quidditchmom
I could feature this artist every day. I love all of her work. In particular, I'm really tickled by her Tim Burton influenced pictures, jewelery and clothing. I'm not going to gush here, I'd rather tell you all to GIT to her shops on Etsy and at Sleepy Hollow Originals to buy some cool stuff. All proceeds are going towards the adoption of a daughter from Ghana who's just waiting to be brought to her new home. Go help the family!

Rainbow Chain Bracelet by fairy-cakes
by fairy-cakes
Here's another one I could feature all day long. I LOVE the jewelery made by fairy-cakes! It's whimsical and fun and it constantly surprises me how great all these colours look together on something meant to be worn. I mean, I love rainbows, but it doesn't occur to me to wear them, you know? I know the links are plain and uncomplicated with intricate weaving, and the end result is just awesome.

green and pink star ring by julierosephoto
by julierosephoto
Another great ring! Look at how well these two buttons go together for this party-riffic ring! Where do people get awesome buttons like this and why can't I ever find them myself, HM? This is great. I'd wear this, ring-junkie that I am!

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by magpie-poet
What a great use of a geode slice! I love the colours in this pendant, and how the light shines through the stone. I know it wouldn't shine like that while being worn, but who says it has to be worn? It could hang in a window. Just a gorgeous use of natural stone. Wow.

pacman earrings by bare-voice
by bare-voice
Another pull at my inner geek! I loved Pac Man and these earrings are just so cute! Great idea, isn't it? Makes me want to make some. These and maybe some space invaders.

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Journal 19 - March is Craft Month!

Mon Mar 2, 2009, 11:20 AM
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February is a difficult and often depressing time for most people, so it's with great relief that I remind everyone that Spring is coming to revieve us of our winter doldrums. Celebrate!

March is craft month, so try to set aside some time this month to try a new craft or to make something special for someone in your life.

I haven't made any new jewelery since November and I was beginning to feel a bit guilty and neglectful of all my lovely treasures waiting in the studio. They call to me but I just cannot seem to put down my crochet hooks! II suppose it's time to stop feeling guilty about it though; March 16 - 22 is National Crochet Week! Who knew? (Well, the folks at Lion Brand knew, it was their Lion Brand Notebook blog that tipped me to it!)

I've made two baby blankets and some (not matching) booties for friends whose babies are due (or overdue). I haven't taken any pictures yet but I'll have to do something about that, today.

Also, I found bags of mill end very chuncky acrylic in gorgeous colours; plum and a deep, steely grey for $2.50. No, you're right, I don't need any yarn. But $2.50 for the equivalent of three skeins is just too hard to resist. I know you're nodding your head and most of you would have probably done the same.

My favourite crochet stitch for chunky yarn is half double crochet, and many of you know I just don't DO big afghan projects, but I wanted to do something special with this stuff, so I made some 5x5" and 5x10" panes that will get a border and pieced together with other panels made in white or black (haven't decided yet) for an afghan. I finished making all of the plum and steel panes already this weekend(!!!) and now I just need to border each piece in either black or white, make 3, 5" squares and 12, 5x12" panels in the remaining colour (black or white) and assemble this puppy. I'm excited because I know I'm actually going to finish this and have a gorgeous blanket when it's done. Small pieces are the key, I guess!

I also got a few cotton onesies for my closest girlfriend's baby (when it comes). My kids and I are going to paint stuff on them to make them special. Maybe I'll take some pictures of that process. :D

So here's my To Do list:

:bulletred: Finish Chunky Panel Afghan (and find a decent name for it) :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Finish yellow pony in progress, write pattern changes :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Make another pony on camera for demo vid. Edit vid & post on YouTube :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Make some new amigurumi for quidditchmom's Adoption Fund :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Write pony guest blog for favecrafts.com :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Make another Leon Pig, write pattern for next free pattern offering. :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:
:bulletred: Make/edit/post Demo video of Hannah Kaminski's Cupcake pattern (I have her permission) for YouTube :star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty:

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Journal 18 - Amigurumi Feature 2

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Amigurumi Cat by azfla-neko
by azfla-neko
I love this super cute pair of amigurumi. The fuzzy yarn used here hides the stitches, and azfla-neko's choices in colours here make them look like real little cats. Great designs and follow-through!

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by Abyrin
The big geek in me cannot resist faving this Leia. Isn't she awesome? Great, big eyes and really super cool cinnamon bun hairdo make this one of my all-time favourite 'known character' amigurumi. Well done!

Unicorn by EthrinOfXanadu
by EthrinOfXanadu
If my daughter sees this, she's going to ask me to make one or design one of my own (she's already got one of my horses). This is really cute, and I really like this colour of green for it!

Strawberry Bunny by Simnut
by Simnut
Look at the fabric used on the ears of this bunny! What a cute idea, to use applique for this! And a really cool looking fabric print too! I like the colours here, and the toes on her feet. So sweet!

amizombie bear by DeadNeonFlies
by DeadNeonFlies
Zombigurumi!!! This is just awesome. I've been thinking more and more about making some more zombie designs. It never occurred to me to make zombified animals, but look at this cool, undead bear. Isn't he awesome? I might have to do a Zombies-only feature sometime soon.



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Make it So by LeonaWindrider :thumb110171718: You Will Be Assimilated Stamp by TaiStormsword
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Journal 17 - Jewelery Feature 1

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Jewelery Journal Feature

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Wild silver flower brooch by VanaJewelry
Wild silver flower brooch by VanaJewelry
I couldn't help but appreciate this little gem. I crochet and make jewelery as well, and I still have yet to combine my two obsessions in a clever and meaningful way. I love this piece. I can totally see why Vana has chosen craft wire for this project; can you imagine trying to keep crocheted sterling clean? Aye-ya-ya! I'll have to remember that when I get around to designing something with crocheted wire!

Bubblegum by MadamEve
Bubblegum by MadamEve
Is this not the cutest? Okay, yes.. it's another crocheted piece. I swear I wasn't searching crocheted jewelery, it just screamed out to me when I was looking for feature fodder. I simply love this necklace. How daring to use red wire for the lace, don't you think? And to punctuate it with this gorgeous selection of colours in asymmetry is just brilliant. I would totally wear this.

red clear flower button ring by julierosephoto
red clear flower button ring by julierosephoto
As a jewelery designer/maker, I'm very much inspired by certain beads. They really are little treasures, and this one really caught my eye. I'm not a huge fan of millefiore glass but this single bloom encased in clear glass is just gorgeous, set atop this simple wire ring. It's fun and pretty and not too fancy. Just the perfect setting for this bead. I love it.

Falling Stars by hunny21
Falling Stars by hunny21
This one got in my devwatch through one of the clubs I watch, so forgive me if you're not seeing it for the first time. Look at it closely though. I love this lariat. The tiny stars are so dainty looking and are a nice complement to the thick ring and big green bead. I'm a big fan of green, and could :+fav: green bead things all day long. I'd love to see this design done with a nice big blue bead, too. Simple, and very feminine. (but maybe that's the hint of cleavage. Rawr. hehe)

Kitty Cat Bracelet by Cateaclysmic
Kitty Cat Bracelet by Cateaclysmic
I have a black kitty here named Hunter. He looks nothing like these little darlings, but black cat owners really tend to appreciate black cat art, so it's no wonder I really like this fun bracelet. This lady does wonderful things with polyclay.

Froth by razzigyrl
Froth by razzigyrl
What a great title. Froth is a wonderful word. Razzi loves the mix of pale sea-green and silver, and so do I! Wire is my friend. It looks fabulous twisted around this aventurine bead, and Razzi did a great job with the spirals. I'm not a confident spiral-maker so I really admire people who work multiple spirals into their work. Nicely done!!

Upon a Star by GipsonDiamondJeweler
Upon a Star by GipsonDiamondJeweler
What an amazing sapphire in this soldered wire pendant! I really like simple designs and I just LOVE the wide open space in this piece. Wire is so freaking lovely.

Simple by Azach
Simple by Azach
Didn't I say I love simple? I do. This ring is accented with these little square punches and a few flakes of gold. SO understated and subtle. There's this pretty texture that just makes this ring so bright and white, it's magical. Love it.

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Frog Amigurumi - Free Pattern

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Free Amigurumi Patterns by Jan!

Amigurumi Frog 'Antonio' by WireMySoul

Amigurumi Frog

Materials:
Red Heart Comfort sport in two colours of your choice.
Hook: 3.75

Abbreviations:
R = round or row
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
instructions between * are repeated

Body:
R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st
R3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st
R4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st
R5 to R7 - sc around = 24 st
R8 - *sc 2 tog twice, sc 8* = 20st
R9 - *sc 2 tog, sc 8* = 18st
R10 - *sc 2 tog, sc 7* = 16st
R11 - *sc 2 tog, sc 6* = 14st
R12 - *sc 2 tog, sc 5* = 12st
R13 - sc 2, sc 2 tog, sc 6
R14 - sc 2, sc to tog, sc 4
sl st and bind off, leaving a tail long enough to sew end closed.
Stuff with 100% polyester fibrefill and close.
If you choose to use safety eyes, you'll insert these before stuffing. If not, directions for the eyes are next.

Eyes (make 2):
R1 - With main colour (this is the iris), sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st.
sl st in first sc to close the circle, bind off and cut yarn.
R2 - Attach white or other contrasting colour and 2 sc in each st around = 12 st.
sl st in first sc in round and bind off and cut yarn, leaving a long enough end to sew the eyes to the body at 2 and 10 o'clock placements.

Hind Legs (make 2):
Chain 15.
1st toe: sl st in the 2nd chain from the hook, sl st 3 more.
2nd toe: Chain 6; sl st 5, back along these to the main chain.
3rd toe: Chain 5, sl st 4, back along these to the main chain.
Put hook through the bottom of the 2nd toe's chain, yarn over, pull through, keaving loop on hook.
Put hook through chain beside third toe, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
sl st back along the leg, bind off at first chain and cut yarn. Use ends to sew the top of the leg to the ankle, then sew the ankle to the body at the corner of the end that was sewn shut.

Fore Legs (make 2):
Chain 9.
1st toe: sl st in the 2nd chain from the hook, sl st 2 more.
2nd toe: Chain 5; sl st 4, back along these to the main chain.
3rd toe: Chain 4, sl st 3, back along these to the main chain.
Put hook through the bottom of the 2nd toe's chain, yarn over, pull through, keaving loop on hook.
Put hook through chain beside third toe, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
sl st back along the leg, bind off at first chain and cut yarn. Use ends to sew the top of the leg to the side of the body, just behind the eye.

Legs guide image

Weave in all free ends and add a smile either by embroidering with yarn or gluing on felt.

Edit 02-16-09: Thanks go to <a href=:www.ravelry.com/people/mercysm…:>Mercysmom</a> for catching my counting error. The stitch counts are now correct. I think.

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Make it So by LeonaWindrider :thumb110171718: You Will Be Assimilated Stamp by TaiStormsword
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Free Amigurumi Patterns by Jan!

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I've decided to begin offering up some of my patterns for free to anyone interested in using them.

This pattern is untested. This is how I wrote it as it was made the first time. If you would like to test this pattern I'd be grateful. Please reply to this journal with your comments about the pattern. Include any edits/corrections you would like to contribute and a link to your deviation, so I can add a thumbnail of it to this post. Thanks so much in advance!


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Cocoabo Familiar Pattern

Amigurumi Cocoabo of Loathing by WireMySoul

Yarn used: Red Heart Comfort colour 3202 - Java : Use any comfortable worsted weight in a chocolatey colour.
Hook: H/8 - 5.0 mm
EDIT: I used a 5.0mm hook, but would choose a smaller hook in future to close up those holes between stitches. Try this with a 3.75 or 4.0mm hook!

Abbreviations:
R = round or row
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
instructions between * are repeated


R1 – sc 6 in a circle (Amigurumi Double Ring) = 6 st
R2 – 2 sc in each st = 12 st
R3 - *sc 1, sc 2 in next st* = 18 st
R4 - *sc 8, sc 2 in next st* = 20 st
R5 - *sc 9, sc 2 in next st* = 22 st
R6 - *sc 10, sc 2 in next st* = 24 st
R7 - *sc 11, sc 2 in next st* = 26 st
R8 - 2 sc next st, sc 4, sc 2 tog, sc 4
R9 - 2 sc next st, sc 5, sc 2 tog, sc 5

Forming the tail:

Turn form right side out and sc next 2 tog. sc 3 then jump across the gap to the 4th st behind your decrease to close this end. sc around the tail circle for 4 - 5 rounds, depending how long you want it.
Bind off with a sl st and cut, leaving a long end to sew tail shut. Fill with fibrefill.

Thread your long end along the tail to where the back opens. Whip stitch it shut to the tip of the neck, stuffing with fibrefill as you go. Don't overstuff it. Give the back some sway, so it looks like a crescent moon. Weave in ends after sewing.


Cocoabo head:

R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6 st
R2 - 2 sc in each st = 12 st
R3 - *sc 2, sc 2 in next st* = 15 st
R4 - sc around, (sc in beads on this row for eyes if desired) = 15 st
R5 - sc around = 15 st
R6 - *sc 2 tog, sc 6*
R7 - *sc 2 tog, sc 5*
... stuffing with polyester fibrefill as you go, decrease both sides until you come to a point. bind off with a sl st and cut yarn, sewing point shut with the end, then use end to sew head to neck at appropriate place.

The cocoabo pictured has no eyes, but you can add whatever eyes you like; beads, safety eyes, embroidery or even speed-sew some felt pieces on.

"Crest"
Cut 3 pieces of yarn, each 2-3 inches long. Tie these to the back of the head in a triangle formation, 'latch-hook' style. Trim them to desired length.

Legs (make 2):

Chain 15.
1st talon: sl st in the 2nd chain from the hook, sl st 3 more.
2nd talon: Chain 6; sl st 5, back along these to the main chain.
3rd talon: Chain 5, sl st 4, back along these to the main chain.
Put hook through the bottom of the 2nd talon's chain, yarn over, pull through, keaving loop on hook.
Put hook through chain beside third talon, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
sl st back along the leg, bind off at first chain and cut yarn. Use ends to sew the leg to the body.
Talon guide image
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I've decided to begin offering up some of my patterns for free to anyone interested in using them.

This pattern is untested. This is how I wrote it as Frank was made the first time. If you would like to test this pattern I'd be grateful. Please reply to this journal with your comments about the pattern. Include any edits/corrections you would like to contribute and a link to your deviation, so I can add a thumbnail of it to this post. Thanks so much in advance!


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Frank the Whale Pattern

Amigurumi Whale 'Frank' by WireMySoul

Abbreviations:
R = round or row
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
tog = together (sc 2 tog = decrease)
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
instructions between * are repeated


R1 - sc 6 in a circle (amigurumi double ring) = 6st
R2 - 2 sc in each st around = 12 st
R3 - *sc 1, 2 sc in next st* = 18 st
R4 - *sc 2, 2 sc in next st* = 24 st
R5 - *sc 3, 2 sc in next st* = 30 st (If using beads for eyes, crochet them in along this row on either side of the face)
R6 to R12 -  sc around = 30 st (If using safety eyes, insert them after you've made enough fabric to support the washers)
R13 - *sc 6, sc 2 tog* = 26 st
R14 - *sc 5, sc 2 tog* = 22 st
R15 - sc around = 22 st
R16 - *sc 5, sc 2 tog* = 19 st
R17 - sc around
R18 - *sc 4, sc 2 tog* = 16 st
R19 - sc around = 16 st
R20 - *sc 3, sc 2 tog*  = 12 st
R21 to R22 - sc around
Stuff the whale fully now, leaving enough space at the tail to press it flat between your fingers.

Tail:

Press the tail closed flat, then sc it shut with 6 sc for R1.
R2 - chain 2, dc 2, sl st 2, dc 2, turn.
R3 - chain 2, 2 dc in each of next 2 st, sc, chain 1, 2 dc in next 2 st, turn
R4 - chain 2, 2 dc in each of next 3 st, sc in middle-most stitch post hole, chain 1, 2 dc in last 3 st, (skipping any between middle and last 3)
slip stitch, cut yarn and pull through loop to bind off, weave in end.

Fins (make 2):

Chain 5
sc in 2nd ch from hook, and sc to end. Turn.
sc along other side to end.
3 sc in end stitch.
sc along to end. sl st final stitch, cut and pull through loop to bind off, leaving enough of a tail to sew fin to body where desired. Weave in ends.

Cut out felt facial features if you didn't use beads or safety eyes, and paste them on with speed sew or sew them on.

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Journal 16 - Amigurumi Feature 1

Tue Feb 3, 2009, 9:03 AM
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I want to do more features this year, and I know I have several people in my friends list who make amigurumi, but I wanted to browse and see who else is into this stuff. The result? I need to browse more. In fact, I found these wonderful pieces today all by artists whose galleries I hadn't seen yet. And yes, I'll be watching them now, as should you, if you have interest in awesome amigurumi!


Crackers by zenzen-zero ROFL monky by zenzen-zero
zenzen-zero made this gorgeous monkey in his smart and stylish tee shirt. So cute! Then I find the other monkey gem!! OMG! AWESOME amigurumi... great colours and facial expression, but look at the photo! It's just tops; with the slight blur it looks like an action shot of him rofl. Freaking brilliant!


Bolt Amigurumi by vrlovecats
vrlovecats created this stunning Bolt amigurumi that just knocked my socks off! I have a feeling my kids are going to demand I try to make one for each of them. I'm partial to Rhino, myself, so I might try and make him. Great Bolt though; go give her some love!


MOCHI Romeo the Siamese Kitty by bobbin4apples
GREAT kitty design by bobbin4apples here! I just love seeing alternative design solutions for animal legs and feet on amigurumi; I think it gives designs just as much variance of character as the face does!


Amigurumi HEART MANSION by meekssandygirl
meekssandygirl created this whole house in honour of Valentine's Day. What a piece! This is a real testament to the fact that amigurumi is not just toys; it's art!


giraffattack by electrokinetic
electrokinetic's 'hearing-impaired' giraffe is another great design. Nice colour and as she said, he's made of super soft yarn. CUDDLY! He's for sale, too.


There were so many pieces to look at, I'd be here all day if I featured all the ones I wanted. Unfortunately I don't have the time to spare to do that, so here we are, with just a few choice deviations. I hope you enjoy them.

I have a new collection in my favourites for Journal-featured amigurumi, and another for journal-featured jewelery (currently empty), wherein will be put all the things I collect for these feature posts.

Thanks for looking!

Don't forget to check out my poll and help me with my guest blog/instructor piece for Favecrafts.com!


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Stamps I love today:

Canada Stamp by l8 :thumb58200634: Nerd Alert by missmarypotter

Make it So by LeonaWindrider :thumb110171718: You Will Be Assimilated Stamp by TaiStormsword
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SF Nerdiness
If you're actually a friend of mine (as opposed to a dA acquaintance with whom I'm 'friends', which should in no way mean you're not important, but I digress) then you know I'm a pretty big, geeky nerd. Actually, if you browsed my collections you'd notice a definite attraction to science fiction shows like Firefly/Serenity and Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis). I don't mean neglect all the other super cool SF shows I enjoy, it's just that I haven't made time to go searching for artwork relating every cool show. So .. being a nerdy girl, I have to plug this thing my husband stumbled across last night. Wil Wheaton's Radio Free Burrito podcast. I have Wil Wheaton (of Stand By Me fame, Star Trek TNG as Wesley Crusher and countless voice roles in animation) talking in my head. He's intelligent, eloquent, entertaining and has a really great, interesting blog over here: wilwheaton.typepad.com/. He's a good writer and I'm seriously considering buying his books. I know Star Trek TNG is over; the real tie in is that he too, is a big geeky nerd. Yeah. In fact, he's a far more experienced geek than I am, so if advanced geekdom interests you, check out his blog for his musings on books, video games, SF shows, current events and everything else. Also, if you're a big science fiction nerd like me, be sure to reply to this journal with your favourite shows/books/podcasts/movies so we can have a squeee-y fangirly moment together. In fact, I'm opening a new thread in my forum about that, so check it out.

YouTube and Craft Blogging
Now, even if you're not a huge friend of mine, maybe you can appreciate this; I know many of you will. The other day I got a very flattering invitation to be a guest blogger/video teacher on FaveCrafts.com. Nice huh? One of the editors subscribed to <a href=ca.youtube.com/user/WireMySoul">my YouTube Channel and sent me a private message about it. How cool is that, right? Thing is, I want to make a new video for this project and I would like to make it as nice and professional looking as possible given the tools I have. YouTube only allows me to upload videos of 10 minutes or less, unless I become approved for a partnership status. I applied and was declined because my viewership isn't high enough.

Quote: Who qualifies for partnership?
To become a partner, you need to meet these criteria:
You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
You own the copyrights and distribution rights for all audio and video content that you upload - no exceptions.
You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.


Seriously? I personally think my viewership is pretty high, considering I only got into YouTube to show a couple of friends how to make an amigurumi ball. I now have 299 subscribers and 10 videos; the one with the highest viewership has 39,799 views at present, the one with the lowest has just under 1,000. My combined video views is at 87,248 and my channel views is at 4,056. Not too shabby, but not enough for YouTube to grant me partnership that would allow me to upload longer videos. So if you have some free time, please check out my channel and view a couple of videos (even just a minute of them) so my viewership can come up enough in time for my next application in two months time.

That's "thousands of YouTube users", folks. So tell all your crafty friends who have YouTube accounts as well. And if you don't have one, consider joining; it's free, you don't have to make videos to contribute, you can comment and subscribe to channels and it's a great place to learn how to crochet, knit, make poly clay things and how to make everything else we like to make when we're feeling crafty and creative.

And just what will my guest blog/instructional video be about? Why, amigurumi of course! The editor who asked me said it's up to me, though she really liked my Zomberta the zombie doll (don't worry Nat, she's safe with you and I wouldn't ask you to part with her ever, ever, ever), so I might make another zombie doll and write the pattern to share as well as demonstrate making it, except that it was pretty complicated and I'm not even sure I can duplicate it again. OR... I could just demonstrate the main points of form-making and how to design your own patterns for amigurumi. Not sure. So I'm posting a poll today and I encourage any of you who read this to give me your input on what you, as someone interested in amigurumi, would like to see in a guest blog by me.

Whew. Long entry today. Sorry! Thanks to all who read this far, and if you have, I've made cookies, and you may have some. They're in the kitchen, help yourself. :D

Jan

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Stamps I love today:

Canada Stamp by l8 :thumb58200634: Nerd Alert by missmarypotter

Make it So by LeonaWindrider :thumb110171718: You Will Be Assimilated Stamp by TaiStormsword
  • Listening to: Radio Free Burrito Podcast with Wil Wheaton
  • Reading: My journal for typos
  • Eating: chocolate chip cookies
  • Drinking: Vanilla latte

Journal 14 - Happy New Year

Wed Jan 14, 2009, 9:50 AM
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Yeah, I've been slack in the deviations and journals. The holidays were awesome for me, as many of you have heard already. I crocheted so many freaking hats for family and friends that it's not funny (I think it came to about 15 hats made, plus matching wristwarmers for some of those). There were days I woke up with my hand so swollen and sore that I couldn't close it properly. It made a freaky CLICK sound when I did. Isn't that just COOL? [/sarcasm]

So I've been resting lately, but I admit I can't seem to stop making hats. WTF? I've not been very motivated to make any amigurumi lately but recently decided to create some Kingdom of Loathing related ones, so watch for that coming soon. First up, a cocoabo familiar amigurumi. Yeah, you wouldn't get it if you don't play KoL. Join, it's addictive and laugh-out-loud funny. Serious.

Jewelery. Yup, I haven't made more than 1 or 2 things since my last craft fair. For Christmas, though.. I got a tumbler for finishing jewelery so I'll be busting that out soon and learning how to use it. WOOHOO! I'm excited! I'll be able to make some bigger forms with wire and not have to work harden them with a hammer or mallet, which can leave nasty marks to deal with. I'm looking forward to making some of the things I have in my head.

I don't make New Years resolutions. I think they're stupid, to be honest. What makes me more likely to achieve a goal if I set it, on January 1st than at any other time? Pft. That being said, I'd like to do more featuring this year and post journals more regularly. Not saying I'll end up delivering, but I will try. I'd also like to do some more trading with my dA friends, so if anyone wants me to create a new amigurumi (or other crocheted thing; I don't do afghans, sorry) or a piece of jewelery, holler.

If I haven't said so to you already in a reply to your journals, etc.. let me say Happy New Year and that I hope you had a good holiday with loved ones, and that your year is full of creative goodness and love. Peace.

Jan

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Canada Stamp by l8 :thumb58200634: Gimme Coffee by Sadiya Crochet Stamp by colormist
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  • Eating: Turkey salad on a bun
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